July 19th, 2014
After nearly a decade of success as one half of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall embarked on a periodic solo career with 1980’s Sacred Songs. It has been “periodic” in that Hall’s solo albums have been separated by additional charting offerings by the famous duo. Hall’s second solo effort came in 1986 on RCA as Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. RCA released the sophomore album on CD in the U.S. in 1986 under catalog number PCD1-7196. This release came to market as a Japanese pressing, which is rather common as far as early CDs are concerned.
To further expand the market for the compact disc, record labels in the mid-’80s began releasing CD singles, taking a cue from the familiar 45 and other singles on vinyl. Some of these CD singles were released at retail, while others were promotional releases. Record labels gave promotional CD singles to radio stations and music retailers and encouraged them to regularly (incessantly) play them to promote their artists and albums, as well as the new medium for hearing them. Daryl Hall’s Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine yielded the hit “Dreamtime”, and RCA issued a promotional CD single in the U.S. to promote the song and album. This CD single is rare.
The “Dreamtime” single is a simple release. It contains just the album version of the song; no “B-side”, no alternative mix, no radio edit, etc. RCA released the single under catalog number CR-14386. The single was released in a jewel case with front and back inserts. As this was a promotional issue, there is no barcode on the back insert. Both the disc and back insert are labeled “PROMOTIONAL ONLY” and “NOT FOR SALE”. The front insert is just a single card rather than a booklet. Artwork is printed on the front, but nothing is printed on the back.
Interestingly, both the CD and back insert reference Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine on vinyl, not CD. The back insert reads “TAKEN FROM THE LP THREE HEARTS IN THE HAPPY ENDING MACHINE”. Also shown beneath this statement is the LP catalog number, AFL1-7196. This may have been an error in that the text may have taken from a vinyl single for “Dreamtime” or it may have been recognition on the part of RCA that many consumers still were buying albums on vinyl instead of CD in 1986.
The label side for the “Dreamtime” CD single bears the standard design of early U.S. RCA releases — a royal blue ring around the perimeter with royal blue text, a white vertical RCA logo, and no paint coating. The CD was pressed in the U.S. at the LaserVideo plant, which was one of the first CD pressing plants to open in the U.S. (for a unique commemorative CD from the opening of the LaserVideo plant, go here). The matrix code is “CI05110 -0- CR-14386”. Also included in the mirror band is “10001 MANUFACTURED IN U.S.A. BY LASERVIDEO INC.”
Shown below are the front and back inserts and a spine label for the “Dreamtime” single, as well as the disc itself.
The front insert for the U.S. CD single of Daryl Hall “Dreamtime” (RCA, catalog number CR-14386). The RCA CD logo in the bottom right corner is atypical. Note that the logo contains the letters “C” and “D” together to form a disc on a tray. The common logo shows the C and D as an aluminum CD with light reflecting off the surface.
The back insert for the U.S. CD single of Daryl Hall “Dreamtime” (RCA, catalog number CR-14386). There is no barcode. Note the reference to the LP release of Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine beneath the production credits. “PROMOTIONAL ONLY” and “NOT FOR SALE” appear beneath the LP reference. As noted in the copyright paragraph, this insert was printed in the U.S.
A spine label for the U.S. CD single of Daryl Hall “Dreamtime” (RCA, catalog number CR-14386). It possesses the red-orange-yellow color spectrum typical of early U.S. RCA CD releases.
The U.S. CD single of Daryl Hall “Dreamtime” (RCA, catalog number CR-14386). This disc was pressed in the U.S. by LaserVideo and bears the standard label design of early CDs released by RCA in the U.S. “Made in U.S.A” is printed at 4 o’clock. Like the back insert shown above, this disc shows a reference to the Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine LP and promotional statements. The matrix code is “CI05110 -0- CR-14386”. “10001 MANUFACTURED IN U.S.A. BY LASERVIDEO INC.” is also stamped in the mirror band.