The first Japanese CD issue of The Police Synchronicity was released under catalog number 38XB-2.  There are two pressings that differ in several ways.  Importantly, the first pressing mimics the original LP release in that it has just 10 tracks rather than the typical 11.  “Murder by Numbers” does not appear on this disc.  Shown below are pictures of the discs, front covers, and back inserts that highlight differences between these two pressings.

 

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The first pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2.  This disc has 10 tracks and lacks “Murder by Numbers”.  This label design with the partial black coating was used by A&M in Japan on only a few early pressings.  The disc was pressed at the CBS/Sony plant in Japan.  It has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matix code is “38XB-2 11A1”.

 

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The second pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2. This disc has 11 tracks and has “Murder by Numbers” as the last track. The label design is very similar to the one used for the original U.S. issue. In fact, this disc bears the original U.S. catalog number of CD 3735 beneath the A&M logo. The disc was pressed at the CBS/Sony plant in Japan. It has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matix code is “38XB-2 31A8 +++++”.

 

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The front cover for the first pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2.  The booklet opens from the right.  Thus, the cover artwork is presented in an unconventional vertical orientation.  Also note the shadow effect on “THE POLICE” and “SYNCHRONICITY” on the right side.  Lyrics and other text are printed in both English and Japanese inside the booklet.  There is no separate Japanese lyric sheet.

 

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The front cover for the second pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2. The booklet opens from the right. Thus, the cover artwork is presented in the conventional horizontal orientation. Note that there is no shadow effect on “THE POLICE” and “SYNCHRONICITY” at the top. This booklet is identical to one used for an early Japanese pressing issued in the U.S. All text inside this booklet is printed in English, but a separate Japanese lyric sheet is included.

 

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The back insert for the first pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2.  The picture is oriented such that the spines are on the left and right sides.  Thus, like the front cover above, the artwork appears in the unconventional vertical orientation.  Once again, note the shadow effect on “THE POLICE” and “SYNCHRONICITY” on the right side.  The gray strip on the right looks like the back of an obi strip, but it is actually a printed portion of the back insert.

 

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The back insert for the second pressing of the Japanese issue of Synchronicity with catalog number 38XB-2.  The picture is oriented such that the spines are on the left and right sides.  Thus, like the front cover for the second pressing above, the artwork appears in the conventional horizontal orientation.  Note that there is no shadow effect on “THE POLICE” and “SYNCHRONICITY” at the top.  The gray strip on the right is an obi strip of sorts.  It is a separate piece of paper from the back insert.  Thus, it covers a portion of the back insert and also covers one spine.  Notice that part of “SYNCHRONICITY” is covered by this obi strip.

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