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➦ Genesis: ...And Then There Were Three, Charisma / Virgin CDSCD 4010, First UK "Pale Blue" PDO pressing for UK market - Variant A


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spine front rear insert
insert disc matrix

General notes

Label Charisma Records / Virgin Records IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Virgin Records LTD. IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference CDSCD 4010 Matrix numbers 800 059-2 04 #
Country of manufacture UK Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release UK
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 1987-1988 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer PDO UK, Blackburn, Lancashire Right society (details) Not present
CD variation Yes Barcode Not present
Rear insert (print) Printed in West Germany Booklet/print Manufactured in the U.K.
Packaging Ribbed edges jewel case (dot stoppers) Booklet 10 pages insert with lyrics

Release notes

The is probably the very first pressing CD of And Then There Were Three manufactured by PDO plant in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK.

The catalogue number of this CD issue is CDSCD 4010. The CD was released under Charisma / Virgin label and distributed across the UK via Virgin Records LTD. distribution channel. 

The disc has a pale blue label. Only Charisma logo is present on the label, there is no Virgin logo on disc. Compact Disc logo is in large. There is no country of manufacture present on the label, but this the UK PDO pressing. The matrix numbers are 800 059-2 04 #, which means the CD has been manufactured from the same glass master used to manufacture Charisma CD of this title (Reference: 800 059-2).

There is no barcode present on rear insert. Printed in West Germany appears on the bottom. The booklet is manufactured in the UK, only the rear insert has West German print and presumably, was printed in West Germany.

In my opinion, it was one of the first CD runs of And Then There Were Three, manufactured by PDO in UK. The plant would not have their own rear inserts ready and they decided to use the West German print.

There is a certain similarity to the disc, if we compare it to the West German pressing, but the UK PDO issue does not have fully coated silver center ring. The inner disc ring is partially transparent and the silver part of the label, near the middle hole and on the disc edges, is more gold in colour. Because PDO plant in Blackburn is famous of "CD bronzing" this CD pressing, as well as the other two variants, are free off the issue.

The CD was on sale in the UK, but sometimes can be found in Germany, where it was later distributed by Ariola. These CDs where on the UK market between 1987 and 1988 and not for long. The disc from this entry must be from the late 1987, briefly after the CD production at PDO plant in Blackburn was launched.

I would say this copy is not an easy to locate, but there are still some copies around.

Disc variation

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