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➦ Phil Collins: No Jacket Required, Atlantic U.S, 7 81240-2, Japanese JVC first CD issue (Variant B)

Images of the CD (click image to enlarge)

No Jacket Required, spine No Jacket Required, front No Jacket Required, rear No Jacket Required, rear
No Jacket Required, insert No Jacket Required, disc No Jacket Required, matrix

General notes

Label Atlantic IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Atlantic Recording Corporation IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 7 81240-2 Matrix numbers 81240 2 S4 E1 |
Country of manufacture Japan Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release USA
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release January to February, 1985 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer JVC, Japan Right society (details) Not present
CD variation Yes Barcode 0 7567-81240-2 0
Rear insert (print) Printed in Japan Booklet/print Manufactured by JVC, Japan. Printed in Japan
Packaging Jewel case with ball stoppers Booklet 6 page booklet without lyrics with Phil's photo

Release notes

I believe this CD was manufactured a little bit later than the official album release date, but is still qualified as the first pressing CD. The disc was manufactured by JVC factory, in Japan and this is the second run that was send to the United States.

The artwork and label remain the same as in variant A. The only difference, apart of the jewel case, is in the matrix numbers. The disc has the following matrix numbers "81240 2 S4 E1 |". Note there are not dashes in the matrix string and the first letter is "S". 

Inserts are "Printed in Japan" and the CD has smooth-sided jewel case with two ball stoppers. Presented copy have also a tiny "T4" embossed on the lower right corner, on the back of the jewel case.

The CD of this release is silver with the two, red and black rings along the disc edge. Atlantic logo appears on the left, while Compact Disc logo is on the right side of the CD. The bottom of the CD has "MADE IN JAPAN" printed along the disc edge. Front insert has "Manufactured by JVC, Japan. Printed in Japan" on the bottom.

In terms of rarity, I would place this CD as "not common and require searching". It's probably the last first pressing before JVC released the second batch (with dashes) CDs for the United States market. As times goes by this CD will be harder to find in my opinion.

Disc variation

There is also a CD variation of this release. The only difference is the matrix numbers. I know about the following CDs:

81240 2 S3 E1 3
81240 2 S4 E1
81240 2 S5 E12
81240 2 S7 E10

Note that the matrix number looks as little bit dodgy. This is because, on occasion, I ask sellers about the matrix numbers and some people have struggle to read the tiny letters. Therefore the matrix numbers may vary, but at last the first letter is provided correctly. These CDs, of course, may have come with different packaging but artwork and the label remain the same.

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.