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➦ Genesis: Duke, Charisma 814 270-2, West Germany first pressing CD (Variant A)

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spine front rear insert
insert insert
disc matrix

General notes

Label Charisma / The Famous Charisma Label IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Phonogram IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 814 270-2 Matrix numbers 814 270-2 03
Country of manufacture West Germany Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release West Germany
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release late 1983 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer PolyGram, West Germany Right society (details) GEMA
CD variation Yes Barcode 0 4228142702 2
Rear insert (print) Printed in West Germany Booklet/print Printed in West Germany by Kaiser. Essen
Made in West Germany
Packaging Jewel case (dot stoppers) Booklet 17 page insert with lyrics and credits

Release notes

This entry showing the very first CD pressing of "Duke" on Charisma label. The CD was issued in Germany in early 1980s. The exact release date remain unknown, but it appears that these CDs have been released in late 1983 and were on the market for a short period of time.

The disc has yellow moire label with "Charisma" mad hatter logo on it. The catalogue number of this release is 814 270-2. The matrix numbers are "814 270-2 03". Please note that there are gaps between digits in the matrix numbers, which suggest the late 1983 or early 1984 pressing. Thiis variation has "MADE IN W. GERMANY BY POLYGRAM" printed along the bottom edge of disc. Like many early West German CDs the disc have the outer mirror band.

The CD comes with smooth-edges jewel case, with four tabs on lid, and a barcode on rear insert. Inserts are printed in West Germany by Kaiser. The Famous Charisma logo is present on booklet and rear insert. The booklet is thick and conists of 17 pages with lyrics. The CD has been distributed in Germany and sourounding countries. It also appear that some copies had been distributed in Australia.

As far as I know the CD was distributed by Phonogram up to the first quarter of 1984. Later, when Charisma's rights has been aquired by Virgin Records, this CD has been replaced by Virgin/Charisma releases.

This CD release is not common, but can be found with some searching.

Disc variation

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

Rarity rating

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★  ➠ 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.