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➦ Phil Collins: Face Value, Atlantic 299 143, "40 Golden Greats" by WEA, 1988 CD issue

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General notes

Label Atlantic / Warner IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Warner Music / WEA IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 299 143 Matrix numbers 2 99143 SRC 01
Country of manufacture Germany Price codes (details) France WE 835
Country of the release Europe
Label Code (LC) (details) LC 0121
Year of release 1988 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer Record Service GmbH, Alsdorf, West Germany Right society (details) GEMA / BIEM
CD variation Yes Barcode Not present
Rear insert (print) Printed in West Germany Booklet/print Not present
Packaging Jewel case with ball stoppers Booklet 4 page booklet with lyrics

Release notes

The CD has been distributed in European countries, in 1988, by WEA. The album originally has been released for German market, but eventually the record companies decided to release the series of "40 Golden Greats" in Europe too. The CDs were distributed in the UK, France, Italy, and other European destination where WEA holds distribution rights. 

The disc has gold label and is identical to the one presented in variant A entry. There is only one difference that distinguish the CD. A brown hyper sticker is present on the lid. These CDs where intended for European distribution, but sometimes there were on sale in Germany too. Nowadays these CDs can be found all over the world.

If I had to compare these two variants, I would say this one is a lot easier to locate due to the wider distribution. 

There was a speculation that these CDs are not made of 24KT gold! Well, there is no information in the release whatsoever about gold used to manufacture the CD. I tend to believe that the gold label has been created by using different type of metal, but I think it's not gold. This is just speculation. We never find out. 

In terms of sound the mastering is great! This is probably Barry Diament mastering, when he was with Atlantic.

Disc variation

This CD has also been issued in Germany with different sticker. For more information check variant A 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.