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➦ Genesis: A Trick of the Tail, ATCO U.S, 38101-2 U.S. CD long box (Disc manufactured in Japan)

Images of the CD and long box (click image to enlarge)

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 front rear cd

cd inside 


Label ATCO IFPI Mastering SID (details)
Not present
Distributor Atlantic Recording Corporation IFPI Mould SID (details) Not present
Reference 38101-2 Matrix numbers 38101 - 2 - S4 E10
Country of manufacture Japan Price codes (details) Not present
Country of the release USA
Label Code (LC) (details) Not present
Year of release 1986-1987 SPARS Codes (details) Not present
CD manufacturer JVC, Japan Right society (details) Not present
CD variation No Barcode 0 7567-90415-2 4
Rear insert (print) Printed in Japan Booklet/print Manufactured by JVC, Japan. Printed in Japan
Packaging Paper box with flaps Sticker Disc Manufactured In Japan

Release notes

Please note: This entry focuses on the entire CD long box release of A Trick of the Tail issued in the United States.

The long boxes were unique to the United States. Imports occasionally appears in Europe, however, the long boxes were never officially released in Europe neither other territories. Occasionally, but not often, the U.S long boxes were exported to Canada.

Many customers who bought these long boxes, very often removed the original cardboard packaging. That is way not many of these survived in an original state. 

Apparently, the long boxes were abandoned in the early 1990s however, there are still people who collect them. A complete release is a very nice piece of the history.

Presented A Trick of the Tale release is the first CD long box of the title released for the United States market. I believe these long box releases went on the market shortly after the first JVC discs (without a barcode) were out of print. The second batch CDs, manufactured in Japan by JVC, does have barcodes printed on rear. I presume JVC discs were delivered from Japan to the U.S distributor (in this case Atlantic Recording Corporation) and packed into the long box.

The long box has statement Printed in the U.S.A near the bottom. Rear side of the long box has a sticker "Disc Manufactured in Japan". The sticker is applied on the shrink wrap. If the buyer removed the shrink,  the sticker gone to the bin. Fortunately my copy does have the original wrap.

As it shown on the scans, the long box packaging reproduce the album cover. On the front appear "Compact Disc" text (on top left corner). That is a quite interesting idea. The text is to inform the customer that we have a Compact Disc here and not the LP. Long boxes in the shop were stored in an LP shelves. They fit perfectly in size. To inform customers about the CD inside and avoid confusion producers often signifies the top of the long box with the Compact Disc logo.

The long box I own have the original price tag on the front ($13.99). Rear side of the long box has an information about the Compact Disc directed to the customer. There is also a picture of the CD, so the customer can see how the Compact Disc looks. I would say this was also for better CD promotion, since not many people was aware about the CD.

Is highly possible that other U.S CD pressings (i.e WEA SRC's) of A Trick of the Tale were issued in the same long box packaging, but I haven't found any yet.

Of course, JVC discs were also sold out of the long box. The long box issues were somewhat limited and not every disc was sold in long boxes. As far as I know the first JVC batch of A Trick of the Tale where never sold in long box.

Considering the rarity of this release, I can easily say that is almost impossible to find in Europe. Even in the United States this long box is very hard to find.

Long box variation

There is no long box variation that I know off although there are probably different CD matrix variants.

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.