Saturday, 26 May 2012

The first RCA CD Catalogue - ever!


In 1983 I was working at RCA Records European office coordinating CD releases.  The format launch first in Japan in October 1982 and then Europe in March the following year had gone so well that there was a worldwide shortage of manufacturing capacity.  RCA had got in on the act quickly and had put out about 20 releases both pop and classical.  Whilst you would normally never see both in the same catalogue, this was produced to entice the audiophiles to buy RCA rather than the dominant Philips catalogue. 
Here is the cover of the first ever CD catalogue from the label.
 (The US launch would occur in October 1983)

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