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➦ Phil Collins: No Jacket Required, Virgin CDV 2345, First UK Nimbus CD pressing - Variant A

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 Virgin Records IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Virgin Records Ltd. IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference CDV 2345 Matrix numbers CDV 2345 · NIMBUS ENGLAND
Country of manufacture UK Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release UK
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 1985 SPARS Codes (details) AAD
CD manufacturer Nimbus Right society (details) Not present
CD variation For more details check below Barcode Not present
Rear insert (print) Manufactured in the UK Booklet/print For more details check below
Packaging Jewel case with long bar stoppers Booklet 4 page booklet with lyrics

Release notes

Here we have the first UK domestic CD issue from January, 1985. This CD was released to the UK market in the day of the release of the album. The CD was manufactured in the UK by Nimbus factory and this is the very first UK domestic release.

The CD was released by Virgin Records and distributed by Virgin Records Ltd. The catalogue number of the release is CDV 2345.

The disc is silver (or rather yelowish) with a red text label. Later copies have different disc colour. The country of manufacture is printed at 3 o'clock. Please note that there are no SPARS codes present on the CD label. These are presents, however, on inserts. Please also note, that the first Nimbus pressings of "No Jacket Required" have ADD SPARS codes printed inside sleeve and on rear sleeve. The later copies have ADD printed on rear sleeve and AAD inside sleeve. The matrix numbers of presented copy are CDV 2345 · NIMBUS ENGLAND.

The matrix numbers note:

The early Nimbus discs have "Nimbus England" in the matrix ring. Later pressings often had "Mastered by Nimbus" in the matrix area. These were released much later than discs with "Nimbus England". There is also one small dot present in the matrix ring. In my opinion, only the first pressing discs of this CD where released with one to three dots in the matrix ring (see scans below). Later reissues (from 1986-1987) have more dots. I would also say that mentioned dots represents use of a given mastering/glass master.

Some examples:
  • One dot = first glass master created and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Two dots = second glass master created (for a various reasons) and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Three dots = third glass master created (for a various reasons) and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Four and five dots = probably the last glass master discs created to manufacture of a given disc

The first UK Nimbus CDs of "No Jacket Required" were released without a barcode on rear insert. In the late 1980s, the same old stock was on sale by Virgin Megastore with a stickered barcode on the jewel case. For more information, please see disc variation below.

Please also not that inserts where printed in the UK. However, the front insert have the West German printing notes. That simply means the inserts where taken out of the West German CD release and modified for copyrights in the UK.


I should also mention that the CD was released with a smooth sided jewel case with two long bar stoppers, "Patent Pending" and a tiny "1" in the lower right corner on the back. There is also a significant difference with the disc tray. Only the early pressing CDs of this title have been released with the Compact Disc logo in the upper right corner of the tray. The bottom of the tray remain clear. Later copies had the disc tray with Compact Disc logo in the lower left and upper right corner (see scans below).

The disc label note:

There is also one very important thing that I should mention about this CD. Early Nimbus CDs had often suffer from a "sticky label" issue. It means that due to manufacturing error as well as the incorrect storage the CD label became very sticky over the years. That said, the CD easy collect dust and fingerprints. If your CD suffer from the issue, it is a very important to leave it as it is.

An attempt of cleaning the CD, with a soft cloth or a water may damage your disc by peel of the protective layer. Presented copy is clean and free from the issue, but I had seen many CDs of this title, especially first pressing discs, that label was very sticky.

Below are scans of the two other CDs that I have in my collection. These are the CDs with two and three dots in the matrix ring. The label of these two discs is covered by dust and finger prints. A real example of the "sticky label" discs.

Nimbus sticky disc
Two small dots visible in the matrix area

three dots
Three small dots visible in the matrix area

The two discs from the above (with "sticky labels") come with slightly different SPARS codes present on inserts.

The first UK Nimbus pressings of "No Jacket Required" were released only in the UK territory. These discs were manufactured in a very large numbers. Due to popularity of the album Nimbus, in the UK, was contracted many times to manufacture another releases.

I would say this CD is relatively common in the UK. However, finding the disc with a decent condition and the original packaging require some searching. From my experience, only a careful owners kept the original jewel case with "Patent Pending". I have seen many first pressing CDs of this title with replaced packaging. Only the very first issues where released with the smooth sided jewel case with two long bar stoppers and "Patent Pending" embossed on the back.

Disc variation

No variation of the CD, however, the old stock was sold by Virgin Megastore, in the late 1980s, with a barcode applied on the back of the jewel case. For more information see 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.