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➦ Phil Collins: Face Value, Atlantic 299 143, Bild am Sonntag, 1988 Limited Edition WEA Gold CD

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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 Germany
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 released only in Europe, in 1988, in WEA collaboration with German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag". Presented variant in this entry was distributed only in Germany and can be only purchased with the newspaper. Apparently, there was a limited series of albums that were added to the Sunday edition of the "Bild am Sonntag".

The CD has a hyper sticker on the front lid, with the newspaper logo and "Limited Edition GOLD" information. In fact there where over 40 titles, in total, that has been released in this series. The program was supported by WEA at that time. Outside of Germany, however, the CD has been released with different sticker on the lid and with different series name. For more information, please see variant B entry.

The CD has a gold label. There is a set of two catalogue numbers present on disc. An American catalogue number "16029-2" and an European catalogue number "Europe: 299 143". I don't understand why WEA decided to kept the American catalogue number on these releases? This hasn't been changed ever. There is GEMA / BIEM indication and label code present on disc.The disc itself was manufactured by Record Service GmbH, Alsdorf in West Germany. The matrix numbers are "2 99143 SRC 01", which suggests that the glass master for this release was mastered in the United States by WEA SRC facilities. That could also explain the American catalogue numbers on the label. I would guess that the reason why Alsdorf plant hasn't created the glass master for this release is very simple. They were too busy!

In late 1980s,  Alsdorf plant in West Germany was the major supplier for WEA releases. As far as I can tell., their CDs where dirty cheap and not in a great quality. Alsdorf plant has been contracted to WEA for several years and their capacity was massive.

This was not the first "Face Value" release pressed by Alsdorf for German/European market, but strangely enough the rear art does not have barcode. There is also French distribution code present on rear artwork (France WE 835).

In terms of rarity, the CD itself is not terrible hard to find, however, finding the disc with the original "Bild am Sonntag" sticker on lid is not an easy task! Over the years these stickers tend to came off the lid and very often the original owners removed it.

Disc variation

This CD has also been issued in Europe with different sticker. For more information 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.