Happy Holidays!  Around this time last year, I posted on the rare West German pressing of Carpenters Christmas Portrait that was released in Europe (for more information, click here). This year, I report another rare pressing of Christmas Portrait.  This is the original Japanese CBS/Sony pressing for the U.S. market (A&M, catalog number CD 3210).  This copy, like subsequent U.S. pressings, is labeled “The SPECIAL EDITION” on the cover.  The Special Edition has 21 tracks and has the choir track on “Ave Maria” included.  It was noted last year that the original European version matched the LP content, with 17 tracks and with no choir track on “Ave Maria”.  This version was quickly replaced in Europe with the Special Edition.

In short, the disc featured this year is a rare pressing of a common version of Christmas Portrait.  For the collectors in the crowd, this Japanese pressing, as a CBS/Sony pressing, has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring.  The matrix code is “DIDX-186 11A1”, and the disc has “Made in Japan” printed at 6 o’clock.  The inserts were printed in the U.S.A.

Shown below are pictures of the Japanese pressing and the accompanying inserts.  Compare the cover here to the rare European cover posted last year.

 

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The cover for the U.S. issue of Carpenters Christmas Portrait (A&M, catalog number CD 3210).  The poster in the painting is labeled “The SPECIAL EDITION” and highlights the content instead of listing the actual tracks.

 

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The back insert for the U.S. issue of Carpenters Christmas Portrait (A&M, catalog number CD 3210).  As noted in the lower right corner, this insert was printed in the U.S.A.  Importantly, 21 tracks are listed.  The LP and rare original European CD have just 17 tracks.

 

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The rare Japanese CBS/Sony pressing of Carpenters Christmas Portrait for the U.S. market (A&M, catalog number CD 3210).  The disc has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDX-186 11A1”.  Note that the disc has “Made in Japan” printed at 6 o’clock.

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