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➦ Phil Collins: 12"ers, Virgin CDEP 4, First UK Nimbus CD - Variant A

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front rear cd cd set
cd inside disc matrix


Label Virgin Records IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Virgin Records Ltd. IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference CDEP 4 Matrix numbers CDEP 4 ::   :MASTERED BY NIMBUS:
Country of manufacture UK Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release UK
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 1987 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer Nimbus, UK Right society (details) Not present
CD variation Yes Barcode 5 012980 100422
Rear insert (print) Not present Booklet/print Not present
Packaging Cardboard sleeve Booklet Not present

Release notes

This entry is for the first pressing CD and also disc variant A. Phil Collins 12"ers has been released in a cardboard sleeve packaging, presumably to cut down manufacturing costs. This was, back in the day also a new way of disc packaging entering the CD market. The album has been released by Virgin Records and the catalouge number is CDEP 4. The CD was released, in the UK, in October 1987.

The EP prefix in the catalogue numbers has been adopted from the records industry and simply means Extended Play. Most of you probably know, that in the 1950s and 1960s, EPs were usually compilations of singles or album samplers and were typically played at 45 rpm on a 7-inch discs. Because 12"ers is not typical studio album, but rather a compilation of single versions, the record companies decided to release the album, at least here in the UK, as an EP CD. Therefore the CD is packed into a cardboard sleeve. Please note that this CD has only been released in the UK. 


The disc of this release was manufactured by NIMBUS pressing plant in Monmouthshire, Wales. The CD has silver label with a black text. Virgin logo, in a circle, is placed on the bottom of the CD. Manufactured in the U.K..is printed above the Virgin logo. The matrix numbers of this copy are "CDEP 4 ::   :MASTERED BY NIMBUS:". There are no other numbers in the matrix area.

Front cover, basically reflects "No Jacket Required" album cover. Rear side, with Phil's photo standing in the room, has printed Virgin logo a catalogue number and barcode. There is no place of manufacture printed on cardboard sleeve. 

The CD I own have "Our Price Music" shop sticker on front. This is, I believe, the way how these CDs were put on sale without shrink wrap. The CD was priced at £6.99. 

As stated above, this is variant A. The CD colour is silver and the label appear to be "sticky", which simply means the CD is manufactured with a flaw. Variant B CD, however, is free from flaws and has different label colour (more yellowish).

In terms of rarity, this CD shouldn't be hard to find. Of course there are better chances to locate this release in the UK.

Disc variation

There is another variant CD of this release. For more information, please check variant B entry.

Rarity rating

★  ★  ☆  ☆  ☆ 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  ➠ the CD is extremely hard to find
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  ➠ the CD is hard to find and present a challenge
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆  ➠ the CD is not common and require searching
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  ➠ the CD is relatively common
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  ➠ the CD is very easy to find
Please be advised that the rarity rating is based only on my experience and may vary from others opinion. Please also consider that the CD rarity is changing. Some CD releases became more or less available over the years.