Continuing the theme of classic jazz gracing this page (see the John Coltrane post immediately before this one), I’d like to discuss the 1959 landmark album by Dave Brubeck, Time Out. Known for its unconventional rhythm structures, its sound is unmistakable and its influence is unquestioned. Given the impact it had on jazz musicians, it should come as no surprise that Time Out was an early CD release by CBS/Sony in the U.S.
When I began collecting early CD pressings several years ago, I thought that the first U.S. CD issue of Time Out was the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces release from 1986 bearing catalog number CK 40685. This release is identified by a purple border surrounding the traditional album cover, along with the blue and purple Columbia Jazz Masterpieces logo in the top right corner. (Incidentally, this version of Time Out only exists as a series of U.S. pressings.) As I became more involved in this hobby, one of the many things I learned was that there actually was an earlier U.S. issue from about 1984. The actual first U.S. CD issue was released on the Columbia label and bears catalog number CK 8192. In the years that I have been collecting, I have encountered many other music collectors and jazz fans who were unaware of this version of Time Out. It seems that it was in print for only a short period and available in limited quantitles before being replaced by the common Columbia Jazz Masterpieces release.
Since the first U.S. issue was released around 1984 (again, Columbia, catalog number CK 8192), it should come as no surprise that the original copies were pressed in Japan by CBS/Sony. This Japanese pressing was then replaced with a U.S. DADC plant pressing. The two pressings are found with identical inserts, and the two discs look very similar. If you are a collector of early CD pressings, you probably would expect the Japanese pressing to be the rarer of the two. In my experience, that actually is not the case. I seldom come across either pressing, but when I do encounter a copy, it is nearly always the Japanese pressing. The U.S. pressing is very rare in my experience.
I can only relate my experience when discussing the relative rarity of different pressings because press runs from the early days generally were not reported. My guess is that the Japanese pressing saw a relatively normal press run for the day (still limited). However, the subsequent U.S. pressing may have only seen a short press run before being replaced by the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces issue. There is no way to know for sure, but this seems like a reasonable explanation.
Shown below are pictures of the album cover and back insert for the original U.S. CD issue of Time Out. Also shown is a spine label for this issue and finally the Japanese CBS/Sony and U.S. DADC pressings. If you find either pressing, consider yourself lucky. However, if you find the U.S. DADC pressing, then you have found a true rarity.
The cover for the first U.S. issue of Dave Brubeck Time Out (Columbia, catalog number CK 8192). Both the Japanese CBS/Sony and U.S. DADC pressings bearing catalog number CK 8192 are found with this cover.
The back insert for the first U.S. issue of Dave Brubeck Time Out (Columbia, catalog number CK 8192). Note the statement “Disc manufactured in Japan by CBS/Sony, Tokyo, Japan.” at the bottom. This phrase was not removed for the subsequent U.S. pressing, so both the Japanese and U.S. pressings bearing catalog number CK 8192 are found with this back insert.
A spine label for the first U.S. issue of Dave Brubeck Time Out (Columbia, catalog number CK 8192). As noted, the album title is erroneously shown as “Take Five”, which is the title of the third track on the album. This error is found with all copies bearing catalog number CK 8192 (i.e., with both the Japanese and U.S. pressings). It was corrected for the later Columbia Jazz Masterpieces issue, which has similar spines with red text on white.
The original Japanese pressing of Dave Brubeck Time Out (Columbia, catalog number CK 8192). The disc was pressed by CBS/Sony. It has “CSR COMPACT DISC” repeating in the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDP-20080 11”. Note also that the disc has “DIDP 20080” printed beneath the catalog number at 3 o’clock. It also has “MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN” printed along the perimeter, beneath the track list.
The U.S. pressing of Dave Brubeck Time Out (Columbia, catalog number CK 8192). The disc was pressed by DADC. It has “Made in USA – Digital Audio Disc Corp.” stamped on the plastic ring, and the matrix code is “DIDP 20080 11A4”. Note also that the disc has “DIDP 20080” printed beneath the catalog number at 3 o’clock. It also has “MANUFACTURED IN U.S.A.” printed along the perimeter, beneath the track list. Note the “triangle-in-circle” DADC logo beneath the CD format logo at 3 o’clock. This logo is not present on the Japanese CBS/Sony pressing shown above.