What’s the highest selling album that was never issued on CD?

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  1. dbone828

    dbone828 Only Visiting This Planet

    The Beatles' Love Songs would be their best-selling album (by RIAA certifications) without a CD release. Here are their top-certified albums without a CD release:

    3,000,000 = Love Songs
    2,000,000 = 20 Greatest Hits
    1,000,000 = Introducing the Beatles
    1,000,000 = Rock 'n' Roll Music
    1,000,000 = Rock 'n' Roll Music, Volume 1
    1,000,000 = Rock 'n' Roll Music, Volume 2
    500,000 = Reel Music
    500,000 = Rarities

    Worth mentioning is The Beatles' Story, which was certified Gold (500,000). It was released on CD as part of the U.S. Albums box set, but unlike the other albums in that set, did not have an individual release on CD.

    As already mentioned, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl was certified Platinum (1,000,000), and was never released on CD under that title. It was re-released as Live at the Hollywood Bowl to coincide with the Eight Days a Week documentary.

    The UK-only album The Beatles Ballads was certified Gold by the BPI (100,000 copies) without ever seeing a CD release, and the UK version of Rarities was certified Silver by the BPI (60,000 copies).
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  2. TrekkiELO

    TrekkiELO Forum Resident

    The single sold 2.5 million copies as of 2008 and its parent album Pac-Man Fever sold 1,200,000 copies in total by the end of 1982, so both had significant sales numbers!

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020 at 2:21 PM
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  3. TrekkiELO

    TrekkiELO Forum Resident

    There was commentary by Jerry Buckner on the most recent CD and digital release of their re-recorded songs as bonus tracks!

    He also told me this last year on Facebook...

    "Sony only has the Master Mix tapes. We never requested them. The 24 track Master tapes are stored here in Atlanta. When we did the album re-record in 1999 we tried to pull all the original sfx off of them but because of their age the tapes were stuck together and would have required a special process to restore with the possibility of damaging them."

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  4. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    Maybe the original version could get an "official" needledrop CD from Russia!
  5. Freezerburn

    Freezerburn Spendin' Monopoly Money

    Pennsylvania USA
    Bux - We Come To Play
    Riggs - S/T
  6. EdColeman

    EdColeman Forum Resident

    Whidbey, WA.USA
    Sundazed released them, only to have their former mangler and general all-around asshat get a legal hold on them, yet again.
  7. fast'n'bulbous

    fast'n'bulbous Forum Resident

    New York, NY
    IIRC An Evening With Wildman Fischer sold at least a few hundred copies. It's #1 on my Never on CD list.
  8. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

    Cleveland, Ohio
    The debut album by the Bellamy Brothers featuring "Let your Love flow."

    Never on CD.
  9. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    Released on CD in 2016.
  10. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Neither have the bulk of their earlier albums
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  11. fast'n'bulbous

    fast'n'bulbous Forum Resident

    New York, NY
    The Gonzo Multimedia release? That's grey market, right?
  12. Kent Gray

    Kent Gray Resident

    I would guess one or more LPs by the Righteous Brothers would be on the list. MGM availability hasn't been the best.
  13. ibekeen

    ibekeen Forum Resident

    Sonny & Cher "All I Ever Need is You" (1971) album on Kapp sold over a million copies and had two top ten singles. It has never been released on CD. There was a CD issued with the same title but it's a compilation.
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  14. Galley

    Galley Forum Resident

    Riggs was released by Wounded Bird in 2011, but it’s long out of print. Riggs - Riggs
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  15. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I figured it had to be a Beatles album...
  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Yesterday & Today in Volume 3! Bring it on...YEA! LOL.

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