February 26th, 2012
We kicked off 2012 on keithhirsch.com with discussion of a rare U.S. Target CD pressing of Neil Young Harvest (click here for details). This disc is unusual by virtue of its color scheme, which differs from the color combination found with the more common West German pressing. Here we consider a similar example — a U.S. Target CD of Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2. This popular Eagles compilation, originally released on the Asylum label in 1982, contains 10 hits, including the favorites “Hotel California”, “Heartache Tonight”, and “Life in the Fast Lane”.
Greatest Hits Volume 2 first appeared on CD as a West German Target pressing under Asylum catalog number 9 60205-2. The disc shows the newer “sunrise” Asylum logo, as opposed to the earlier lower-case “a” logo. As is typical for West German Target pressings bearing the newer Asylum logo, Greatest Hits Volume 2 has a blue target and a yellow paint coating. Surprisingly, the very rare U.S. Target pressing has a different color scheme. It has a purple target and a light blue paint coating. This is the color scheme found with West German Asylum Target pressings showing the earlier “a” logo.
For the sake of clarity, West German Target pressings with the different Asylum logos and color combinations are shown below. Also shown is the U.S. Target of Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2.
The U.S. Target of Greatest Hits Volume 2 is found with standard U.S. inserts, so there is no way to spot this rare pressing in a used CD shop without actually seeing the disc. U.S. non-target pressings are extremely plentiful, so finding the U.S. Target is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. This is among the rarest of the U.S. Target pressings in my experience.
West German Target pressing of Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Asylum, catalog number 105-2). The disc bears the original Asylum lower-case “a” logo. The purple target and light blue paint coating is typical for West German Target pressings bearing the “a” logo.
West German Target pressing of Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Asylum, catalog number 9 60205-2). The disc bears the newer Asylum “sunrise” logo. The blue target and yellow paint coating is typical for West German Target pressings bearing the sunrise logo.
The rare U.S. Target pressing of Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Asylum, catalog number 9 60205-2). Compare the color scheme to the West German pressings shown above. Although the disc has the sunrise Asylum logo, it has the color scheme associated with the earlier “a” logo. Note that the disc has “MADE IN USA BY PDO” printed along the perimeter. The matrix code is “7559 60205-2 2893 272 01 #”.