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➦ Phil Collins: Hello, I Must Be Going!, WEA 299263. The UK PDO pressing

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Hello, I Must Be Going! spine Hello, I Must Be Going! front Hello, I Must Be Going! rear Hello, I Must Be Going! insert
Hello, I Must Be Going! insert  Hello, I Must Be Going! disc Hello, I Must Be Going! matrix

General notes

Label WEA IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor WEA International IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 299263 (80035-2) Matrix numbers 2 99263 175541 01% MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
Country of manufacture UK Price codes (details) WE 835
Country of the release Europe
Label Code (LC) (details) LC4281
Year of release Unknown SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer PDO, United Kingdom Right society (details) GEMA/BIEM
CD variation No Barcode 0 2292-99263-2
Rear insert (print) Manufactured in Germany by Record
Service GmbH. Alsdorf
Booklet/print Not present
Packaging Jewel case (dot stoppers) Booklet 4 page foldout booklet with lyrics

Release notes

This is the UK PDO CD issue likely for sale outside the United Kingdom. The release year remain unknown, but the disc shown signs of the late 1980s pressings, particularly from the infamous PDO era

The CD has been released by WEA label and distributed across Europe by German division of WEA International. The catalogue number of this CD issue is 299263. There was, however,  a quite mess with the catalogue numbers in WEA releases of this title. It seems like presented copy has been affected too.

The catalogue numbers present on the CD label are very close to 299 263, with the minimal gab between digits. The catalogue numbers printed on inserts are 2 99263 (the rear artwork has 299 263 printed beneath the barcode), whereas the catalogue numbers on the spine are 299263.

There is no doubts that disc is made in the UK. All the artwork, however, is made in Germany (or more likely West Germany) by Record Service in Alsdorf facilities. Discs were made at the PDO factory in Blackburn and supplied with artwork delivered from Germany. This was an export order. These discs, even if made in the UK were never released in the United Kingdom.

As you see in the scans above, the disc of this release has an imitated gold tone CD label. The bottom (playing) side of the disc is silver. This is due to a lacquer formula used at the PDO factory. These discs may look like a pure gold CDs, but they are not.

Fortunately my copy does not shown (yet?) any signs of the CD rot. The disc label is clean and goldish as other unaffected CDs from PDO factory that I have in collection.

The disc have GEMA/BIEM indications. Label codes are also present on the CD. Rear artwork has a distribution code (WE 835) for France territory. It seems like the disc was manufactured to cover demand for European market.

The barcode present on rear insert is an old style barcode. Only copies from the late 1980s have this type of barcode. Later copies were released with different barcode style.

I have this copy from the German seller. I bought it on eBay in 2012. Until then, I haven't seen any copy on sale. In my opinion this disc is hard to find and present a challenge for the collector. Because the artwork used in this releases was commonly used in Germany (by other factory), in the 1980s, this disc can only be found by checking the disc itself.

Disc variation

No variation that I know of.

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.