32 Years ago today. A format championed and lamented here and abroad, it brought me lots of music I love and still enjoy today. The tidbit above was from wikipedia, and here are some others: Philips established the Polydor Pressing Operations plant in Langenhagen near Hannover, Germany, and quickly passed a series of milestones. The first test pressing was of a recording of Richard Strauss's Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), played by the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Herbert von Karajan, who had been enlisted as an ambassador for the format in 1979. The first public demonstration was on the BBC television program Tomorrow's World in 1981, when The Bee Gees' album Living Eyes (1981) was played. The first commercial compact disc was produced on 17 August 1982. It was a recording from 1979 of Claudio Arrau performing Chopin waltzes (Philips 400 025-2). Arrau was invited to the Langenhagen plant to press the start button. The first popular music CD produced at the new factory was The Visitors (1981) by ABBA. The first album to be released on CD was Billy Joel's 52nd Street, which reached the market alongside Sony's CDP-101 CD player on 1 October 1982 in Japan. I don't have any of these early discs. I didn't start collecting them until 1987, and my first three titles were The Beatles' REVOLVER, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Greatest Hits (my only target CD), and the European copy of Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced, which didn't have the Purple Haze my cassette had, but introduced me to RED HOUSE. Good stuff.