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➦ Genesis: Land of Confusion, 1986, Charisma Records CD single


GENERAL NOTES

Genesis - Land of Confusion is a single by Genesis, released on vinyl and CD. The CD was released in the UK, in late 1986.

This is a very interesting CD single that contain "Do The Neurotic" and "Feeding the Fire" songs that originally were recorder for "Invisible Touch" album. The CD version of the album (whether it's Charisma or Atlantic) omitted the songs. So, "Do The Neurotic" as well as "Feeding the Fire" for the first time (on a CD) were released on this CD single.

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Apparently the CD single was released only in the UK, Europe and Japan. I am not aware of the North American release of the single, however, the European copies were imported to the United States1 at some point and could be find with a sticker or other markings (about importation) present on the slim jewel case.

The UK CD single (CD Reference: SNEG 3-12) was released in a gatefold cardboard sleeve with lyrics to "Land of Confusion" and "Feeding the Fire".  The CD single has a Virgin logo on the label, but officially was released under Charisma Records label but since Charisma was no longer independent label, the CD was distributed by Virgin.

The UK CD single was also distributed in the late 1980s (in Germany and other surrounding territories) by ARIOLA Import Services (ARIS). Imported copies have a sticker with numbers 658 632. These numbers later became a permanent catalogue numbers for European CD issue.

The European CD single (CD Reference: SNEG 3-12, 658-632, PM 515) was released much later than the UK issue and was released in slim jewel case 2. Lyrics for the "Land of Confusion" and "Feeding the Fire" and all the credits are also present, but in a slightly different way to the UK cardboard CD issue. The CD itself, is the same as the UK cardboard sleeve copy. Apart of the additional catalogue number and a price code (PM 515) there are no other difference between them.

The Japanese CD single (CD Reference: 20VD-1073) was released in the same time as the UK CD single. Some Japanese copies may have lyrics in Japanese language as well as additional sheets. The CD single was released with a cardboard OBI attached to the the sleeve.

I must admit that all CD singles have the same track listing. All European CD singles were manufactured in the UK.


1. In early 1990s the CD single was exported to the United States. At that time the UK CD single was no longer in print, so the new batch was ordered mainly for export to the United States. I noticed that exported copies, on many occasion, have a different matrix numbers. I am aware of discs with additional numbers, like 1273, present in the matrix area of the disc. The complete matrix number is "1273 SNEG 3-12: 1:1". See complete matrix photo here. I also have seen this discs being sold in German eBay, so I presume they were also sold in Germany back in the early 1990s.

2. It appears that two major UK CD factories (EMI in Swindon and Nimbus in South Wales) manufactured the European CD single. The EMI Swindon pressing (scan here) is very hard to find whereas the Nimbus CD issue is more common.


THE CD RELEASES

Currently I have 6 different CD releases of Genesis "Land of Confusion" CD single. All CDs are listed below. Please click on "Details" in the table to find out more about the each CD release.

The flag in the table (i.e. flag of the UK Germany) signifies the country of the CD release and NOT the country where the actual disc was manufactured.

REGION REFERENCE LABEL RELEASE YEAR NOTES LINK
UK SNEG 3-12 Charisma Records 1986 UK gatefold cardboard sleeve CD single.
Promotional copy. Distributed by Virgin
Details
UK SNEG 3-12 Charisma Records 1986 UK gatefold cardboard sleeve CD single.
Retail copy. Distributed by Virgin
Details
Germany SNEG 3-12
Sticker: 658 632
Charisma Records 1986 UK gatefold cardboard sleeve CD single.
Distributed by ARIOLA Service (ARIS)
Details
Europe SNEG 3-12
658-632
PM 515
Charisma Records 1990-1993 European CD single. Released in a
slim jewel case. Disc is the same as the
UK gatefold copy. Different sleeve
Details
Europe SNEG 3-12
658-632
PM 515
Charisma Records Unknown European CD single. Released in a
slim jewel case. Disc manufactured by
EMI Swindon factory in the UK
Details
Japan 20VD-1037 Charisma Records 1987 Japanese CD single. Issued in a  gatefold
cardboard sleeve with an OBI
Details