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➦ Phil Collins: No Jacket Required, Virgin CDV 2345, First UK Nimbus CD pressing - 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 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 (but sold long after) SPARS Codes (details) AAD
CD manufacturer Nimbus Right society (details) Not present
CD variation For more details check below Barcode Barcode sticker
Rear insert (print) Manufactured in the UK Booklet/print Printed in West Germany
Packaging Jewel case with long bar stoppers Booklet 4 page booklet with lyrics

Release notes

This is the first UK domestic CD that was released in January, 1985. This CD was released to the UK market with the same batch as the Variant A. The disc, inserts and jewel case are identical to the release presented in the Variant A entry. The only one difference is a barcode sticker present on the back of the jewel case.

Now, you may wondering why I consider this copy as the another variant, when everything is the same apart of the sticker?

Originally this CD was released, in 1985, without a barcode. The stickered barcode, showed on the scan, was not added during the release time, but a much later. It appear that these type of barcodes were somehow applied by shops or distributor sent the disc with the barcode already present on the packaging? I don't know the truth, but I have seen a many other titles (like "Face Value", in example) with the same barcode sticker present on the jewel case. I would guess that these CDs has been sent to the shops long after the release time.

The only thing I am certain though is that these CDs, with exactly the same barcode stickers where sold by Virgin Megastore, along with later CD releases with barcodes present on inserts. So it appears that the disc was sitting in the distributor warehouse since the release and sent to the shops much later.

You may also notice that the CD presented in this entry suffer from "sticky label" issue, whereas the disc presented in Variant A entry is free from the issue. Well, I have no explanation on that, but the early Nimbus disc are very prone to this issue.

I love finding CDs that still have original stickers, price tags, or any shop tags. That is one of the reasons why I decided to add this CD as the another variant.

This CD is not common. This was sort of a transitional release, between the old stock running out and a new CD releases arriving to the shops. Because this CD was released only in the UK there are better chances to find it here. However, it needs time. Not many of this was sold I guess. It is much easier to find a copy from Variant A entry than this one. 

Disc variation

No variation of the CD. The copy without the barcode sticker is presented in 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.