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Joan Armatrading 'The Key'. Extremely rare first gen production CD (manufactured in Japan in early 1983).
“Audio Master Plus Series CD”.
One of the earliest cds ever manufactured - this is a great collectable - a bargain priced well below the average market price for same quality condition.
Matsushita Electric Ind Co Ltd imprinted in large block print around center hub (Panasonic).
Note that the marking on matrix runout is hand-etched "4912 2" (see attached photo).
NOTE: The first credited manufactured for sale CD was August 1982, made in Japan. This CD was distributed 6 months later in February, 1983 (in Japan, but available through select USA audiophile music retailers). No CDs were "released" directly in the USA until Springsteen’s "Born In The USA” in 1984 (have that one too but not for sale).
I’ve owned this since new - Purchased in NYC when I lived there in 1980s.
Played only a couple of times.
A very rare collectable in immaculate condition.
Buyer pays additional flat $6 for USA shipping via USPS “Padded Envelope Priority Mail” - Will be reinforced with bubble wrap and a lot of tape.
Buyers from outside USA pay all shipping, insurance and duty tax, plus $2 for packaging materials.
NOTE THAT AMAZON'S MUSIC STORE USES THE PHOTOS I TOOK OF THIS PARTICULAR CD AS THE HEADER PHOTOS FOR ALL WHO POST A COPY ON THEIR STORE (SEE LAST ATTACHED PHOTO - I USED TO SELL AUDIOPHILE AND RARE COLLECTABLE CDS ON AMAZON AND EBAY).
THIS IS LIKELY THE BEST CONDITION "USED" EXAMPLE ON THE MARKET AND VERSIONS SELL FOR $200+ NEW/UNOPENED.
MY PRICE JUST REDUCED.
MUSIC HISTORY/TRIVIA NOTE: Rock, New Wave and Alternative music vanguard Steve Lillywhite of England "discovered" Joan and produced this album. Steve worked with a lot of other great artists - U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Morrissey, the Killers, the Pogues, David Byrne, Blue October, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, the Psychedelic Furs, Phish, and Counting Crows.
Steve's son Jamie (I know him from my work in music industry) "discovered" (and still "manages") Ellie Goulding.
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