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➦ Genesis: ABACAB, Vertigo PHCR-6018, 4th Japanese CD release (Stay Gold series)

Images of the CD (click image to enlarge)

spine front rear rear rear insert insert OBI
fold-out insert disc matrix

General notes

Label Vertigo IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd. Tokyo IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference PHCR-6018 Matrix numbers CBR-102-A1E | 4
Country of manufacture Japan Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release Japan
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 05-Nov-1991 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer JVC, Japan Right society (details) JASRAC
CD variation No Barcode 4 988011328589
Rear insert (print) Made in Japan Booklet print Made in Japan
Packaging Jewel case (long bar stoppers) Booklet 2 page booklet with fold-out insert
Cover variant Variant A - Yellow, Orange, Green, Dark Gray Japanese price ¥2.100

Release notes

Here we have an interesting Japanese CD re-issue from 1991. The CD was released, for the Japanese market on November 5, 1991. The album is released by Vertigo label with "Stay Gold" Japanese CD series. The catalogue number of this release is PHCR-6019. The album was available on sale for ¥2.100.

This is 4th Japanese domestic release of ABACAB and 2nd Japan CD pressing of this title. Disc of this release was manufactured by JVC pressing plant in Japan. Rear inlay does not contain a barcode, however, barcode was attached to the OBI. Originally, the album was released with an OBI strip and a Japanese fold-out insert.

The CD is silver, in colour with "Blue Spiral" Vertigo graphics, but this is Japanese pressing. The inner center hub is clear and matte (you can see this matte on the scan). The disc has printed MADE IN JAPAN near the bottom edge. The CD came in jewel case with two long stopper bars. The matrix numbers of the disc are "CBR-102-A1E | 4". Note that CBR-102 refers to the UK vinyl edition of the album.

Mastering note:

Regarding the sound, I should also point out that this is the last unremastered Japanese release, which contain original 1980s Virgin mastering. Yes! This is a Vertigo (Nippon Phonogram Co. Ltd., Japan) release, but contain Virgin (UK) mastering. Later Japanese album editions (after 1994) were released with mastering sourced from Definitive Edition Remaster series.

The disc was manufactured in Japan, by JVC and contain JVC style matrix numbers with visible "Tetris" blocks in the matrix ring. This is JVC late 80s and early 90s pattern that Japanese and American plants occasionally used during CD production.

I have to say that this release is not common, but show up on the online auctions from time to time. Complete release was issued with detached OBI a Japanese two page booklet and fold-out lyrics in English.

Disc variation

There is 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.