The Complete Japanese CD-Album Guide

Date: 2011-05-02 Autor: Kamil

text and pictures by Kamil Kaznowski and Maciej Stańczak
thanks for additional pictures to Alexey Trifonov

 

Japanese CDs, tapes and vinyl are probably one of the most delightful positions in our collections. They usually have beautiful graphics, one of the best mastering of music and additional elements, such as extensive booklets, bonus tracks and OBI strips. Originally OBI strips were unique only to Japan, but today they are used by other countries in Asia as well (China, Taiwan, etc.). OBI, as a strip folded over the left side of CDs, are used to provide a title of the album/single, track listings, price, catalog number and sometimes information on related releases in Japanese.

Every new Japanese re-issue of any album (or rarely single) has new catalog number and OBI strip. But you have to remember that even for apparently identical-looking issues there can appear minor differences, for example: 1995 pressing of Something To Remember [WPCR-555] (1996 re-release has the same OBI, but new price) or 2005 pressing of Confessions On A Dance Floor [WPCR-12200] (2006 re-release has the same OBI strip with some new information but the same price). It happens when album or single is only re-released (not re-issued):

   

 

Dates of release are easy to identify. CDs are printed with a release date on the OBI strip. Just a letter represents a year for CDs released in the 80's. Becasue it seems to be confusing for collectors who wonder, what year certain editions of Japanese CDs were released, we want to expalin a meaning of each letter: N (1984), I (1985), H (1986), O (1987), R (1988), E (1989), C (1990), D (1991).

 

 

REVIEW: CDs Released As A Part Of Series

 

24 Carat Gold CD Series includes 3 albums and was released by Warner-Pioneer in the 80's:

  

 

Forever Young Series released by Warner-Pioneer in 1989 and re-released later by Warner Music Japan in 1991:

  

 

Hot Price Series released by Warner Music Japan in 1995 - each album for ¥1835:

 

 

¥2000 Series released by Warner Music Japan in 1997, limited only to 'greatest hits' albums:



Super Best Series released by Warner Music Japan in 1998, limited only to 'greatest hits' albums:

 

 

2001 Warner Remasters Series released by Warner Music Japan as the first issue of 2001 remastered pressings:

  

 

1900 Price Series released by Warner Music Japan in 2003 - each album for ¥1900:

 

 

¥1980 Series released in 2006 by Warner Music Japan - each album with yellow OBI:

    

 

Forever Young Series released bit by bit by Warner Music Japan in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012:

       

       

 

Ultra Best 2013, 2014, 2016 released in 2012, 2013 and 2015 by Warner Music Japan - each album for ¥1200 with red, yellow or green OBI:

    

 

Forever Young Series 2013 with red OBI (The Red Sale) released by Warner Music Japan - only 7 titles:

      

 

Forever Young Series re-released in full in 2015 by Warner Music Japan:

       

      

 

Memorial Paper Jacket Collection (Vinyl Replica) released in in 2016 by Warner Music Japan:

     

 

REVIEW: CD-Album Guide 1983-2015

 

Madonna  
32XD-318 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/10/1985
38XP-87 * Made in West Germany by PolyGram
Release date: 1985
   
   
18P2-2700 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1989 (re-released in 1991)
WPCR-1155 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1997
    
   
WPCR-11059 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 22/08/2001
WPCR-75119 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
    
   
WPCR-78120 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
WPCR-80200 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
   
   
WPCR-17077 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
 
   
   

Additional release: Warner-Pioneer release for US market [Japanese CD, inserts, booklet and no OBI strip]
9 23867-2 * Warner-Pioneer * Release date: 1985

  
   
   
Like A Virgin  
32XD-102 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 1985
32XP-102 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 1985
   
   
43P2-0001 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/10/1988
18P2-2701 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1989 (re-released in 1991)
   
   
WPCR-1156 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1997
WPCR-11060 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 22/08/2001
   
   
WPCR-75120 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
WPCR-78121 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
   
   
WPCR-80201 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
WPCR-17078 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
   
   
   
True Blue  
32XD-449 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/08/1986
32XD-449 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/08/1986
   
   
43P2-0002 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/10/1988
18P2-2702 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1989 (re-released in 1991) 
   
   
WPCR-1157 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1997
WPCR-11061 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 22/08/2001
   
   
WPCR-75121 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
WPCR-78122 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
   
   
WPCR-80202 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
WPCR-17079 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
   
   
   
Who's That Girl  
32XD-787 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/08/1987
22P2-2703 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1989 (re-released in 1991)
    
   
WPCR-336 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1995
WPCR-75122 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
   
   
WPCR-80203 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
You Can Dance  
32XD-850 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 10/12/1987
22P2-2704 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 25/05/1989
   
   
43XD-2000 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 1988
WPCR-335 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1995
   
   
WPCR-75123 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
WPCR-80204 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
   
   
WPCR-17081 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
 
   
   
   
Like A Prayer  
22P2-2650 * Warner-Pioneer
Release date: 09/04/1989
WPCR-334 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1995
   
   
WPCR-75124 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005
WPCR-78123 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
   
   
WPCR-80205 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
WPCR-17080 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
   
   

 

I'm Breathless
 
WPCR-3460 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 10/06/1990 (re-release 1991)
WPCR-75125 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/11/2005

 

 

   
WPCR-80206 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
The Immaculate Collection   
WPCP-4000 * Warner-Pioneer, Warner Music Japan
Release date: 17/11/1990 (re-release 1991)
WPCR-1376 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/07/1997

 

 

   
WPCR-1913 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1998
WPCR-10843 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 08/11/2000

 

 

   
WPCR-22033 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 06/11/2003
WPCR-12423 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/08/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-13045 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 10/10/2007
WPCR-14324 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 07/12/2011

 

 

   
WPCR-14733 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 05/12/2012
WPCR-15312 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 04/12/2013
   
   
WPCR-17082 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 01/02/2016
 
   
   
   
Erotica   
WPCP-5000 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/10/1992
WPCR-75217 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/07/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-78124 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
WPCR-80207 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
   
   
   
Bedtime Stories   
WPCR-111 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 05/11/1994
WPCR-75218 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/07/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-80208 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
Something To Remember   
WPCR-555 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 10/11/1995 (available with ¥2400 and ¥2447)
WPCR-1377 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/07/1997

 

 

   
WPCR-1914 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/05/1998
 

 

 
   

 

Evita    
WPCR-999 * Warner Music Japan (1CD)
Release date: 10/11/1996
WPCR-1001/2 * Warner Music Japan (2CDs)
Release date: 25/01/1997 (available with ¥3700 and ¥3772)

 

 

   
WPCR-75219 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/07/2006
WPCR-28524 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 11/06/2014

 

 
   
WPCR-80209 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
Ray Of Light   
WPCR-2000 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 22/02/1998
WPCR-2279 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 25/10/1998

 

 

   
WPCR-10246 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 13/02/1999
WPCR-10556/7 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 08/09/1999

 

 

   
WPCR-12421 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/08/2006
WPCR-75527 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/06/2010

 

 

   
WPCR-78125 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013
WPCR-80210 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
   
   
   
Music    
WPCR-10900 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 18/09/2000
WPCR-12422 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/08/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-75528 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/06/2010
WPCR-80211 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015

 

 
   
   
GHV2  
WPCR-11130 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 10/11/2001
WPCR-12424 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/08/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-14734 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 05/12/2012
WPCR-15313 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 04/12/2013
   
   
   
American Life  
WPCR-11540 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/04/2003
WPCR-22008 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 06/11/2003

 

 

   
WPCR-12425 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/08/2006
WPCR-75670 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/03/2012

 

 

   
WPCR-80212 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
Remixed & Revisited  
WPCR-11769 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 21/01/2004
 

 

 
   
   
Confessions On A Dance Floor  
WPCR-12200 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 16/11/2005 (re-release 2006)
WPZR-30184-5 * Warner Music Japan (CD+DVD)
Release date: 23/08/2006

 

 

   
WPCR-75671 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/03/2012
WPCR-78126 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 23/07/2013

 

 
   
WPCR-80213 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015
 
   
   
   
I'm Going To Tell You A Secret The Confessions Tour 
WPZR-30163/4 * Warner Music Japan (CD+DVD)
Release date: 26/07/2006
WPZR-30218/9 * Warner Music Japan (CD+DVD)
Release date: 07/03/2007

 

 

   
   
Hard Candy  
WPCR-12880 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 30/04/2008
WPCR-75672 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 26/03/2012

 

 

   

WPCR-80214 * Warner Music Japan
Release date: 24/06/2015

 

 

 
   
   
Celebration  
WPCR-13679 * Warner Music Japan (1CD)
Release date: 30/09/2009
WPCR-13680-1 * Warner Music Japan (2CDs)
Release date: 30/09/2009

 

 

   
WPCR-14051 * Warner Music Japan (1CD)
Release date: 8/12/2010
WPCR-14452-3 * Warner Music Japan (2CDs)
Release date: 26/03/2012

 

 

   

WPCR-16039/40 * Warner Music Japan (2CDs)
Release date: 24/09/2014

WPCR-16960 * Warner Music Japan (1CD)
Release date: 2/12/2015

 

 
   
   
Sticky & Sweet Tour MDNA
WPZR-30363-4 * Warner Music Japan (CD+DVD)
Release date: 31/03/2010
UICS-1247 * Universal Music Japan
Release date: 26/03/2012

 

 

   
   
MDNA World Tour  
UIBS-9026 * Universal Music Japan (2CDs+DVD)
Release date: 2/10/2013
 
   
   
   
Rebel Heart  
UICS-1293 * Universal Music Japan
Release date: 11/03/2015
UICS-9148/9 * Universal Music Japan
Release date: 18/03/2015
 

 

   
UICS-9152 * Universal Music Japan
Release date: 22/01/2016
 
   
   
   
   
REVIEW: Argentinian Pressings For Japanese Market
   
Some CDs which were released by Warner Music Argentina were available on Japanese market as well. Every album includes Argentinian CD, inserts, booklet and Japanese OBI strip and was released as a part of Great Best, Ultra Best and Super Hits Collection series.
   
   
9362 46204-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1995
9362 48000-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 2001
   
   
7599 26440-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1990
7599 26440-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1990
   
   
7599 26440-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1990
7599 26440-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1990
   
   
7599 26440-2 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 1990
SE-42 * Warner Music Argentina
Release date: 2009
   

 



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