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➦ Genesis: Seconds Out (1977), Virgin / Charisma GECD 2001, first NIMBUS pressing for UK - Variant B

Images of the CD (click image to enlarge)

spine front rear insert
insert insert
disc one matrix disc two matrix

General notes

Label Virgin Records / Charisma Records IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Virgin Records LTD. IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference GECD 2001 Matrix numbers Disc one: GECD 2001/1 • MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Disc two: GECD 2001/2 :   :MASTERED BY NIMBUS:
Country of manufacture UK Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release UK
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 1985 SPARS Codes (details) AAD
CD manufacturer Nimbus, UK Right society (details) Not present
CD variation No Barcode Not present
Rear insert (print) Not present Booklet/print Manufactured in the U.K.
Packaging Double CD box Booklet 6 page insert with lyrics and some photos

Release notes

This is variant B CD issue of an early "Seconds Out" Nimbus pressing that is presented in variant A entry. This CD has been released in the UK, in 1985, and it is still considered as the first UK pressing CD of this album. It's highly possible that this is the replacement CD issue, of the previous NIMBUS CD release that has manufacturing flaw known as "sticky label".

Two disc set album was released with double CD box including booklet with lyrics. The album has been recorded live, in 1977, and both CDs are mastered form analogue tapes (Analog-Analog-Digital). There is a small print in the booklet, as well as on the front and rear sleeve: This Compact Disc is not digitally recorded. 

Artwork has been printed in the UK. The lyrics are messed up, in the same way as in the previous variant. There is no barcode on rear sleeve and front insert has cropped photo of the band performing live on stage.

Both labels are sort of goldish/silver in colour with a black text. Compact Disc logo is in large, as usual. There are no record companies logo on labels. "MANUFACTURED IN THE UK" is printed along the disc edge of each CD. Note that previous variant does not have this.

The same catalogue numbers are printed on both CDs, but the UK version has "DISC 1" and "DISC 2" printed on the label. Both CDs are housed in a double box packaging.

The matrix numbers of discs are:

Disc one: GECD 2001/1 • MASTERED BY NIMBUS
Disc two: GECD 2001/2 :  :MASTERED BY NIMBUS:

If we compare the matrix band/inner ring of variant A to this pressing there is visible difference in width. Note the two dots in the matrix ring on disc two and other dots configuration. It looks like this is the second use of a given mastering.

The matrix numbers note:

The early Nimbus discs have often "Nimbus England" or sometimes "Mastered by Nimbus" in the matrix ring. In my opinion, the very first pressing Nimbus discs of "Seconds Out" were released with "Mastered by Nimbus" print and one to two dots in the matrix ring.

I have never seen discs with "Nimbus England" print for this album. Later reissues (from 1986-1987) have often more dots in the matrix area. I would also say that mentioned dots represents use of a given mastering/glass master.

Some examples:
  • One dot = first glass master created and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Two dots = second glass master created (for a various reasons) and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Three dots = third glass master created (for a various reasons) and use to manufacture of a given disc
  • Four and five dots = probably the last glass master discs created to manufacture of a given disc

The album was on sale in the UK, but also can be found in Germany and in some other countries. In my opinion, these CDs were distributed in the UK around late 1985 and this could be a replacement run for affected discs.

I would say the CD require some searching, but there are still some copies around.

Disc variation

There is no CD variation as far as I know. However, other matrix variants may exist.

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.