RSO (Red Cow) CD list

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  1. Fred68

    Fred68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Has anyone compiled a list of all known RSO CDs (red and silver face)?

    They exist for:
    Eric Clapton (and his various bands)
    Bee Gees

    Any other artists?

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  2. EddieVanHalen

    EddieVanHalen Forum Resident

    The soundtrack for the 1980 film Fame was available on RSO CD.
  3. fortherecord

    fortherecord Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY
    I have several of these early CDs, orange labels or otherwise, and do look for them, though some were mastered pretty badly, until Dennis Drake redid many of the titles in the late 80's early 90's.
  4. JA Fant

    JA Fant Forum Resident

    I love and collect the 'cow' pressing cds!
  5. chef0069

    chef0069 Well-Known Member

    You mean you collect them just cause they have a red cow on them? Not making fun, just curious.
  6. Fred68

    Fred68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It seems there were a lot more "Cow" pressings in Japan than in West Germany. If you look on eBay at the overpriced offerings of seller "chung197", there are at least a half-dozen Bee Gees titles that I believe are Japan only, and also a couple Clapton/Cream.

    Some of the titles I either have or am aware of:

    Rainbow Concert
    461 Ocean Blvd (both silver and red faces)
    There's one in Every Crowd
    EC was Here
    No Reason to Cry
    Just One Night (silver and red)
    Another Ticket
    Timepieces (silver and red)
    Timepieces 2
    History of (Japan only?)
    Derek & Dominos in Concert (Japan only?)
    Fresh Cream
    Disraeli Gears
    Wheels of Fire
    Live Cream I
    Live Cream II
    Cream Greatest Hits (Japan only?)
    Blind Faith

    Star Wars (red and silver)
    Empire Strikes Back (red and silver)
    Jedi (red and silver)
    Fame (red and silver)
    Saturday Night Fever (red and silver)
    Staying Alive (red and silver)

    Bee Gees
    Whole bunch of 'em
  7. PhilCohen

    PhilCohen Active Member

    Is it a cow....or a pig? Anyhow, around 1979-80, there was an obese young lady(who was a big Bee Gees fan) that I knew from local record collecting swapmeets, and I knew that she was going in for surgery to remove a gland from her lower neck, and that there was going to be a long recovery. Anyhow, at the time, there was an independant record store in North Miami, and the owner had a prized collectors item up on his shelf. It was a large(16" x 12") ceramic cookie jar made to look like the RSO Records red cow(or pig), and I persuaded the store owner to sell it to me for $50, and I presented it to the young lady. Anyhow, after all my efforts(and despite the fact that she had met all three Gibbs), she eventually lost interest in The Bee Gees. She got into Van Halen.
  8. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Greater Vancouver
    SAscherl, a lot of those Japanese CD's are in fact the first pressings made for the Japanese market in W. Germany so I'm almost certain they would exist for the W. Germany/European market as well.
  9. ivan_wemple

    ivan_wemple Forum Resident

    If it's a pig, it's wearing a cowbell. Or is that a pigbell?
  10. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium
    I like these discs. I need more pigbell.

    (It's actually a cow.)
  11. darkmatter

    darkmatter Gort Astronomer Staff

    Yes I have been collecting the Red ones :)
  12. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

    I'm still looking for the Jedi CD simply to have the original CD issues of all three Star Wars soundtracks even though they've been improved upon several times since.
  13. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    We're freaks! :)
  14. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium

  15. mr_mjb1960

    mr_mjb1960 I'm a Tarrytowner 'Til I die!

    They're more collectable than their Polydor CD brethren..because there were so fewer pressed of them than the Polydor ones,sooo..bigger prices!
  16. Fred68

    Fred68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I've been doing a little research, and I believe I've assembled a (near) complete list of the first Cow pressings in Japan. The Japanese catalog numbers are consecutive, the West German ones are not. Maybe someone else wants to have a go at listing the West German catalog numbers?


    Cat No. Prefix Title Artist
    *WG for JAPAN pressing*
    50001 (P33W) Staying Alive Soundtrack
    50002 (P33W) Empire Strikes BackSoundtrack
    50003 (P33W) Slowhand Clapton, Eric
    50004 (P33W) Disraeli Gears Cream
    50005 (P33W) 461 Ocean Blvd Clapton, Eric
    50006 (P33W) Timepieces Clapton, Eric
    50007 (P33W) Timepieces vol. 2 Clapton, Eric
    50008/9 (P58W) Star Wars Soundtrack
    *1st JAPAN pressing*
    20001 non-RSO title
    20002 non-RSO title
    20003 (P30W) Greatest Hits Bee Gees
    20004 non-RSO title
    20005/6 (P58W) Backtrackin' Clapton, Eric
    20007 (P33W) Best of Cream
    20008/9 (P58W) Greatest Bee Gees
    20010/1 (P58W) Saturday Night FeverSoundtrack
    20012 (P33W) Staying Alive Soundtrack
    20013 (P33W) Fame Soundtrack
    20014/5 (P58W) Star Wars Soundtrack
    20016 (P33W) Empire Strikes BackSoundtrack
    20017 (P33W) Return of the Jedi Soundtrack
    #'s jump up to:
    25001 (P33W) Blind Faith Blind Faith
    25002/3 (P58W) Wheels of Fire Cream
    25004/5 (P58W) Layla and Other SongsDerek & the Dominos
    25006 (P33W) No Reason to Cry Clapton, Eric
    25007 (P33W) Another Ticket Clapton, Eric
    25008 (P33W) Live Cream Cream
    25009 (P33W) There's One in Every Crowd Clapton, Eric
    25010 (P33W) Backless Clapton, Eric
    25011 (P33W) Rainbow Concert Clapton, Eric
    25012 (P33W) Live Cream II Cream
    25013 (P33W) Goodbye Cream
    25014 (P33W) Fresh Cream Cream
    25015 (P33W) Spirits Having FlownBee Gees
    25016 (P33W) Children of the WorldBee Gees
    25017 (P33W) Main Course Bee Gees
    25018/9 (P58W) Here at last Live Bee Gees
    25020 (P33W) Eric Clapton Clapton, Eric
    25021 (P33W) 461 Ocean Blvd Clapton, Eric
    25022/3 (P58W) In Concert Derek & the Dominos
    25024/5 (P58W) History of Clapton, Eric
    25026 (P33W) Slowhand Clapton, Eric
    25027/8 (P58W) Just One Night Clapton, Eric
    25029 (P33W) EC Was Here Clapton, Eric
    25030 (P28W) Living Eyes Bee Gees
    25031 (P28W) Odessa Bee Gees
    25032 (P28W) First Bee Gees
    25033 (P28W) 1934-1976 King, Freddie
    25034 (P28W) Disraeli Gears Cream
    25035 (P28W) Timepieces vol. 2 Clapton, Eric
    25036 (P28W) Timepieces Clapton, Eric

    Additions/Corrections most welcome.
  17. jh901

    jh901 Forum Resident

    were these "Cow" pressings manufactured in both Japan and WG?? were either manufactured for sale in the US?
  18. fortherecord

    fortherecord Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY
    Did Dennis Drake master some of the early cow pressings? I know he remastered many of them when they were issued on Polydor later on like Cream and Clapton.
  19. Fred68

    Fred68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Japan discs were for Japan only (I believe). The WG discs were for the world (including Japan, until they started pressing their own). I have one Cow pressing (Clapton's Rainbow Concert) that was manufactured in the USA.
  20. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA
    I have some of the Clapton discs, but I don't think I've even seen a Bee Gees with a red cow. I have had both Odessa and Bee Gees 1st for years, but not red cows. Were they released in the US?
  21. zardozislove

    zardozislove Member

    Lemoyne, PA
    I have both Odessa and 1st on RSO. The discs are silver but they do have the red cow at the top.

  22. Fred68

    Fred68 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Most US pressings are on the Polydor label instead of RSO. Polygram bought RSO in the early 80's. I'm not sure why when it came to CDs the decision was made to use the RSO label in some countries, and the Polydor label in others (Bee Gees vinyl in the US is on RSO).
  23. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA I have some more searching to do. It's actually fun.
  24. JDeanB

    JDeanB Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC USA
    I have some Bee Gees with the Polydor, including a Best of Vol II made in W. Germany. Thanks for the info!
  25. JA Fant

    JA Fant Forum Resident

    I LOVE these versions! Much Thanks! for the list, I did not know how many of these guys were out there?
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