First CD releases 1982-83?

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  1. flashgordon

    flashgordon New Member Thread Starter

    Well, it is known that Billy Joel's "52nd Street" was the first album to be commercially released on Compact Disc in 1982.
    I wonder were there any other releases on CD that year? What albums were the followers up?
    Perhaps some of you remember yourself buying those early CDs as they first came out...
     
  2. ivan_wemple

    ivan_wemple Forum Resident

    The first 50 released by CBS/Sony (Japan) in October 1982:

    Classical releases by CBS/Sony

    38DC 1 BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FATE), SCHUBERT SYMPHONY NO. 8 (UNFINISHED) MAAZEL : VIENNA PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 2 BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 3 (EROICA) MEHTA : NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 3 MOZART HAFFNER KUBELIK : BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    38DC 4 MOZART SYMPHONY NO. 38 (PRAGUE) KUBELIK : BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    38DC 5 MOZART SYMPHONY NO. 41 (JUPITER) KUBELIK : BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    38DC 6 BRUCKNER SYMPHONY NO. 4 (ROMANTIC) KUBELIK : BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    38DC 7 TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5 Maazel : CLEVELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    38DC 8 SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO.5 (REVOLUTION) BERNSTEIN : NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 9 TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 OVERTURE MAAZEL : VIENNA PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 10 R. STRAUSS ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA MEHTA : NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 11 STRAVINSKY BALLET MUSIC (PETRUSHKA) MEHTA : NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 12 HOLST THE PLANETS MAAZEL : FRENCH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
    38DC 13 DVORAK CONCERTO FOR CELLO TSUYOSHI TSUTSUMI (Vc) KOSLER : CZECH PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 14 GRIEG PIANO CONCERTO HIROKO NAKAMURA (P), YUICHIROU OHMACHI : TOKYO PHILHARMONIC
    38DC 15 NEW FAMOUS PIECES BY CHOPIN HIROKO NAKAMURA(P)


    Pop Music by CBS/Sony

    35DP 1 BILLY JOEL / 52ND STREET
    35DP 2 BILLY JOEL / THE STRANGER
    35DP 3 BOZ SCAGGS / MIDDLE MAN
    35DP 4 PINK FLOYD / WISH YOU WERE HERE
    35DP 5 TOTO / TURN BACK
    35DP 6 JOURNEY / ESCAPE
    35DP 7 BARBRA STREISAND / GUILTY
    35DP 8 WEATHER REPORT / NIGHT PASSAGE
    35DP 9 AL DIMEOLA, PACO DE LUCIA & JOHN MCLAUGHLIN / ONE NIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO
    35DP 10 BOB JAMES & EARL KLUGH / ONE ON ONE
    35DP 11 BOZ SCAGGS / HITS!
    35DP 12 TOTO / TOTO IV
    35DP 13 SIMON & GARFUNKEL / BEST OF COLLECTION
    35DP 14 SIMON & GARFUNKEL / BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
    35DP 15 EARTH WIND & FIRE / RAISE!
    35DP 16 MILES DAVIS / THE MAN WITH THE HORN
    35DP 17 HERBIE HANCOCK TRIO with RON CARTER & TONY WILLIAMS


    Japanese pop releases by CBS/Sony

    35DH 1 EIICHI OTAKI / A LONG VACATION
    35DH 2 MOTOHARU SANO, MASAMICHI SUGI、EIICHI OTAKI / NIAGARA TRIANGLE Vol.2
    35DH 3 SEIKO MATSUDA / Pineapple by SEIKO MATSUDA
    35DH 4 MAYUMI ITSUWA / KOIBITOYO
    35DH 5 MOMOE YAMAGUCHI / Again MOMOE ANATO NO KOMORI NO UTA
    35DH 6 THE CANDIES / THE BEST Again
    35DH 7 SADAO WATANABE / ORANGE EXPRESS
    35DH 8 KIMIKO KASAI / KIMIKO
    35DH 9 VARIOUS / NEW MUSIC BEST HIT
    38DG 1 THE SL : SL SOUND IN DIGITAL


    Pop music by EPIC/Sony

    35.8P-1 JULIO IGLESIAS / DE NINA A MUJER
    35.8P-2 MICHAEL JACKSON / OFF THE WALL
    35.8P-3 THE NOLANS / DON'T LOVE ME TOO HARD
    35.8P-4 REO SPEEDWAGON / HI INFIDELITY
    35.8P-5 JEFF BECK / THERE AND BACK


    Japanese domestic releases by EPIC/Sony

    35.8H-1 CHANNELS / SOUL SHADOWS
    35.8H-2 MOTOHARU SANO / SOMEDAY
    35.8H-3 IPPU-DO / LUNATIC MENU
     
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  3. flashgordon

    flashgordon New Member Thread Starter

    Thank you, Ivan :thumbsup:
    No matter how i tried i haven't managed to find this info anywhere.
    So likely there were no European CD releases in 1982? Those days all the CDs for European market were manufactured in Japan, right?
     
  4. Beattles

    Beattles Forum Resident

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    Does anyone know how to distinguish (from the insert other than 35DP matrix) the early 52nd St and Stranger in particular/ Do they have bar codes, Made n Japan, etc.
     
  5. Ivan,

    thank you for this list - didn't have it in such a complete format.

    :cheers:
     
  6. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

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    They also made discs in W. Germany, however, I don't know if it was '92. Wasn't it Philips?
     
  7. Coldacre

    Coldacre Well-Known Member

    Location:
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    for some reason I always thought "Brothers In Arms" was the first cd released. Obviously I'm way off.
     
  8. pencilchewer

    pencilchewer Active Member

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    Wow, I never knew that, thanks for that bit of trivia!! I loved that album. I bought the vinyl when it first came out and dug the whole thing. "Stiletto" and "Zanzibar" are great songs that I enjoy hearing today whenever they happen to appear on the radio (which isn't that often).

    If I'm ever playing a trivia game and this question comes up, I'll have you to thank for giving me the answer!
     
  9. flashgordon

    flashgordon New Member Thread Starter

    You're welcome :cheers:
     
  10. Winter Hugohalter

    Winter Hugohalter New Member

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    Does anyone have a list of the very first RCA CD's?
     
  11. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

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    Wasn't Born to Run one of the early ones, too? I distinctly recall salivating at a copy at a stereo store that offered the Sony 101 player for over a grand. Perfect sound forever!
     
  12. Wilkie

    Wilkie New Member

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    The 1983 RCA CD catalog contained 35 titles from Eurythmics, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Taco, Ronnie Milsap and others.
     
  13. Capt Fongsby

    Capt Fongsby Simulacrum

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    Thanks for the list, Ivan! Great trivia!

    Does anybody else have any "early cds list", be it the next 50 from Japan, or the first pressings from Europe/US, first 50 from specific companies, first cd factories, etc? I know very little of these things...
     
  14. zen archer

    zen archer Forum Resident

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    I was a staff photographer for Leechmere a Best Buy type of store in the Boston area back in 82 . I remember shooting the first CD player , it was expensive i think around $2500.00 ???....maybe more . I do remember it
    being a Sony .
    Was Sony the first company to make players ? at least that was what they were stocking.
    I only remember them telling us that it was mostly for classical music , meaning that was all that was available.
    We were really nonplussed about it , all of us working there were buying vinyl, i don't think it really dawned on us until the prices dropped and we started shooting other models . Everything was beyond our incomes!
     
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  15. rburly

    rburly Sitting comfortably with Item 9

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    It's been mentioned here many times. I think Dire Straits "Brothers In Arms" was the first CD released and Billy Joel's "52nd Street" was the first to sell over a million CDs. I saw it on Sony's site, but it's been a few months.
     
  16. -Ben

    -Ben Forum Resident

    Location:
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    We've had many related threads over the years about this. I've just searched and came up with this DIDP list (CBS ca. 1982-85). Tons of info in the forum.

    DIDP 50001 Billy Joel - 52nd Street (CBS)
    DIDP 50002 Billy Joel - The Stranger (CBS)
    DIDP 50004 Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (CBS) *
    DIDP 50006 Journey - Escape (CBS)
    DIDP 50007 Barbra Streisand - Guilty (CBS)
    DIDP 50008 Weather Report - Night Passage (ARC/Columbia) *
    DIDP 50012 Toto - Toto IV (CBS)
    DIDP 50014 Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50015 Earth, Wind & Fire - Raise! (ARC/CBS)
    DIDP 50021 Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run (CBS)
    DIDP 50023 Santana - Shango (CBS) *
    DIDP 50024 Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery (Jet)
    DIDP 50030 Al DiMeola - Electric Rendezvous (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50034 Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (CBS)
    DIDC 50040 Lorin Maazel - R. Straus: Ein Heldenleben (CBS Masterworks) *
    DIDP 50044 Earth, Wind & Fire - Powerlight (Kalimba/CBS)
    DIDP 50045 Journey - Frontiers (CBS)
    DIDP 50053 Pink Floyd - The Final Cut (CBS) *
    DIDP 50058 Santana - Abraxas (CBS)
    DIDC 50070 Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet Concertos (CBS Masterworks) *
    DIDP 50072 Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages (Jet) *
    DIDP 50075 Wynton Marsalis - Think Of One ... (CBS)
    DIDP 50077 Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (CBS)
    DIDP 50082 Herbie Hancock - Future Shock (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50093 Bob Dylan - Infidels (Columbia)
    DIDP 50099 Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits (CBS)
    DIDP 50109 Billy Joel - Piano Man (Columbia)
    DIDP 50110 Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50111 Billy Joel - Turnstiles (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50129 Soundtrack - Footloose (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50136 Matthew Wilder - I Don't Speak The Language (Private I)
    DIDP 50138 The Romantics - In Heat (Nemperor)
    DIDP 50187 Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall (Columbia) *
    DIDP 50196 Bob Dylan - Real Live (Columbia)

    DI8P 50002 Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Epic)
    DI8P 50004 REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity (Epic)
    DI8P 50007 Boston - Don't Look Back (Epic)
    DI8P 50011 Michael Jackson - Thriller (Epic)
    DI8P 50015 Men At Work - Business As Usual (CBS)
    DI8P 50016 Men At Work - Cargo (CBS)
    DI8P 50027 Loverboy - Keep It Up (CBS)
    DI8P 50060 Jacksons - Victory (Epic)

    DIDP 20007 Heart - Little Queen (Portrait)
    DIDP 20008 Dan Fogelberg - Greatest Hits (Full Moon/Epic)
    DIDP 20009 James Taylor - JT (CBS)
    DIDP 20010 Neil Diamond - 12 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20014 Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow (Epic)
    DIDP 20018 Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell (Epic)
    DIDP 20023 Billy Joel - Glass Houses (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20024 Paul McCartney - Tug Of War (Columbia)
    DIDP 20025 Barbra Streisand - Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20027 Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Columbia)
    DIDP 20028 Kansas - Point Of Know Return (Kirshner)
    DIDC 20032 Liona Boyd - Liona In Tokyo (CBS Masterworks)
    DIDP 20034 Paul McCartney and Wings - Band On The Run (Columbia)
    DIDP 20036 Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace (Columbia)
    DIDP 20037 Dan Fogelberg - Phoenix (Full Moon/Epic)
    DIDP 20040 Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (Columbia)
    DIDP 20043 Quiet Riot - Mental Health (Pasha)
    DIDP 20044 Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon (CBS)
    DIDP 20046 Adam Ant - Strip (Epic) *
    DIDC 20049 Barbra Streisand - Classical Barbra (CBS Masterworks)
    DIDP 20055 Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith (Columbia)
    DIDP 20056 Soundtrack - The Way We Were (Columbia)
    DIDP 20057 Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisted (Columbia)
    DIDP 20059 Dan Fogelberg - Windows And Walls (Full Moon/Epic)
    DIDP 20067 Aldo Nova - Aldo Nova (Portrait)
    DIDP 20070 Weather Report - Heavy Weather (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20080 The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Columbia)
    DIDP 20083 Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth - The Warrior (Columbia)
    DIDP 20084 Santana - Greatest Hits (Columbia)
    DIDP 20085 Al DiMeola - Elegant Gypsy (Columbia)
    DIDP 20088 Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (Portrait)
    DIDP 20089 The Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20091 Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True (Columbia)
    DIDP 20093 Roger Waters - The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20094 Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle (Columbia)
    DIDP 20095 Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA (Columbia)
    DIDP 20097 Steve Perry - Street Talk (Columbia)
    DIDP 20098 Jackie Wilson - The Jackie Wilson Story (Brunswick/Epic) *
    DIDP 20099 Heart - Passionworks (Epic)
    DIDP 20101 Cheap Trick - At Budokan (Epic)
    DIDP 20108 Barbra Streisand - A Christmas Album (Columbia)
    DIDP 20110 Eddy Grant - Going For Broke (Ice/Portrait)
    DIDP 20111 Orion The Hunter - Orion The Hunter (Portrait)
    DIDP 20113 Journey - Captured (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20115 Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks (Columbia)
    DIDP 20116 Barbra Streisand - Wet (Columbia)
    DIDP 20119 Kansas - The Best Of Kansas (CBS)
    DIDP 20121 Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20125 Maynard Ferguson - Conquistador (Columbia)
    DIDP 20126 Hubert Laws - Romeo & Juliet (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20129 Wynton Marsalis - Hot House Flowers (Columbia)
    DIDP 20135 Sade - Diamond Life (Portrait) *
    DIDP 20142 Wings - Venus and Mars (Columbia)
    DIDP 20144 Paul McCartney - Give My Regards To Broad Street (Columbia)
    DIDP 20149 REO Speedwagon - Wheels Are Turnin' (Epic) *
    DIDP 20186 Mick Jagger - She's The Boss (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20188 Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman (Jet)
    DIDP 20196 Paul Simon - Greatest Hits, Etc. (Columbia)
    DIDP 20206 Pink Floyd - Animals (Columbia) *
    DIDP 20208 Dan Fogelberg - High Country Snows (Full Moon/Epic) *
    DIDC 20241 Branford Marsalis - Romances For Saxophones (CBS Masterworks) *
    DIDP 20337 Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia) *

    DIDP 70252 The Clash - London Calling
    DIDP 70279 The Argent Anthology - Greatest Hits (Epic)
    DIDP 70274 The Rolling Stones - Still Life (Rolling Stones Records)
    DIDP 70380 Paul Revere And The Raiders - Greatest Hits (Columbia)
    DIDP 70388 Kansas - Song For America (Kirshner)
    DIDP 70393 Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (Columbia)
    DIDP 70693 Bobby Vinton - Greatest Hits (Columbia) *
    DIDP 70810 Robert Goulet - Greatest Hits (Columbia) *
     
  17. Radiotron

    Radiotron Tube Designer

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    Great info guys!
     
  18. dcathro

    dcathro Forum Resident

    There are loads of threads on this topic if you look

    The first "West German" releases were all from the Polygram plant in Hanover. The first CDs were in the 800 0XX-2 range, and were mainly on the Polydor, Mercury, and Vertigo labels. The Polydor discs had the Red Face label, the Mercurys had a Green Arrow Design, whilst the Vertigos had a Blue Swirl Design. There were also discs on the Charisma and Casablanca labels.

    These discs were manufactured from August 1982, with the first disc off the production line being Abba Vistors 800 011-2.

    The earliest W German Classical discs were the 400 0XX-2 series on Decca, DG and Philips. These were also pressed 1982/83.

    After the 400 and 800 series, came the 41X and 81X series. I have seen very early discs on 410, 411, 412, 413, 810, 811, and 813.

    From What I have seen, the 416, 417, and 42X series came in the mid 80's, as did the 82X discs.

    Hope this is useful
     
  19. rburly

    rburly Sitting comfortably with Item 9

    Location:
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    Here's the link I found several months ago that mentions Billy Joel's "52nd Street" as the first CD pressed. Maybe the Dire Straits CD was the first to reach a million in sales. If you look at this link and the others flashing links at the bottom, it tells about the history of the CD. Note the prototype for the CDP-101 in the picture.

    http://www.sony.net/Fun/SH/1-20/h5.html
     
  20. dcathro

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  21. -Ben

    -Ben Forum Resident

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    Brothers in Arms was first released in May 1985, not even close to being the first CD released.
     
  22. Capt Fongsby

    Capt Fongsby Simulacrum

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    No lists, only links? :confused:

    I wanted the info served on a platter, lazy sod I am! :D ;)

    :wave:
     
  23. Coldacre

    Coldacre Well-Known Member

    Location:
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    actually that sounds about right. I think it's a trivial pursuit question! Brothers In Arms is the answer, just can't remember the question exactly :D
     
  24. PFA

    PFA Forum Resident

    Location:
    Florida
    The early history of the CD can be very confusing. Keeping it as simple as possible:

    Philips and Sony were the two companies that developed the compact disc together. They both began manufacturing the first compact discs in 1982.

    Philips owned Polygram which opened a pressing plant in Germany in August 1982.
    Sony owned CBS/Sony which opened a pressing plant in Japan in October 1982.
    These were the first two CD pressing plants and the only pressing plants in operation for the first couple of years.

    So all early CDs were either pressed in Japan (by CBS/Sony) or in Germany (by Polygram). Even CDs that were issued by other companies (such as EMI Records) used one of these two plants to press their CDs for them.

    Vernon Fitch
    www.PinkFloydArchives.com home of The Pink Floyd Discographies Page
     
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  25. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    Born to Run was very early, probably late 1982. It was 35DP-21, which means it came out in the second batch of CD's released by CBS/Sony (the first batch being released on 10/01/82).

    You still see Sony CDP-101 players for sale in Japan. I would love to have one just for historical value, but I can't bring myself to spend $300 just to look at it.
     
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