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➦ Genesis: ABACAB, Vertigo 800 044-2, PDO France (Variant A)


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spine front rear insert
insert disc matrix

General notes

Label Vertigo IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Phonogram IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 800 044-2 Matrix numbers 800 044-2 03 #
Country of manufacture France Price codes (details) PG 899
Country of the release France
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release Unknown SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer PDO Louviers, France Right society (details) GEMA
CD variation Yes Barcode 3 259180 004422
Rear insert (print) Imprimé En France - Montreuil Offset Booklet/print Imprimé En France - Montreuil Offset
Packaging Jewel case (dot stoppers) Booklet 2 page insert without lyrics

Release notes

This is a Vertigo CD release sold mostly in France and possibly Belgium. The disc of this release is manufactured by PDO plant in France, Louviers. This is the first French pressing of this CD. The year of the release remain unknown.

The disc have a red Vertigo swirl graphics and a black text. Half part of the CD is printed in grey colour while the rest is silver and red. There is no outer mirror band present on disc. The disc is silver all the way to the center hole. This design is basically adopted from the West German CDs of this title. There is only one difference on disc that is visible and give us information about the CD manufacturer. A statement MADE IN FRANCE BY PDO is printed along the bottom disc edge.

In my opinion these copies were sold in France between 1988 and 1989 (just before PDO was converted in PRS and later PMDC), but I have no sufficient evidence, so I leave the year of the release unknown.

Insert has only two pages. There are no lyrics inside, just a picture of Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Tony Banks sitting by the wall. The colour scheme of the front page of the insert is light gray, yellow, navy blue and maroon. The insert has printed IMPRIME EN FRANCE - MONTREUIL OFFSET in the bottom left corner. Vertigo logo appear on top. Although the disc have GEMA indication on it, the CD itself was distributed in France and possibly Belgium.

Rear artwork has a barcode numbers that are the same as on the early West German Vertigo releases, which make the release unique. I have not seen these barcodes appearing on later releases. Only the very first West German CDs were released with these barcode numbers. It does not mean, however, that this copy was released along with the first West German CDs. This CD was issued a much later and in a different territories.

Rear artwork has also Phonogram/Polygram price code PG 899 printed in a box. The price codes helps retailer set the price for the CD.

This CD is not common. Because the CD was distributed mostly in France there are better chance to find it there rather than elsewhere.

Disc variation

There is also a minor variation of this CD. For more information, please see this 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.