Clive wrote:Interesting JIm, I didn't know that was the reason why the 83 CD was withdrawn.
So was the UK release in 88 exactly the same as the German 86 CD? (the blue one Frans posted)
(or maybe Discogs has wrong date and should have 88 not 86 as the date)
I think that the date of 1986 is simply erroneous. Having got its corporate fingers burned in 1983, Phonogram would have been foolhardy in the extreme to do the same in 1986. It could have left them open to a claim from Dusty for aggravated damages on the grounds that the company had knowingly issued CDs of Springfield recordings when they knew they had no legal right to do so and had known that since 1983. The blue label Frans supplied is identical to the one I purchased in 1988.
The fact that a CD carries the words 'Manufactured in W Germany' does not necessarily mean that the CD is for the West German market. In the early days of CDs all of Phonogram's CDs for European release were pressed at PolyGram's huge plant in Hannover.
It is highly likely that the red label relates to the initial Dutch release. According to a site I found, that CD label design (known as Philips Red Swirls) was only in use for a relatively short time, ie 1982-1983. The blue label design succeeded it.