Rhino Vinyl Releases

Rhino Vinyl Releases

Rhino - founded in 1978 - is responsible for production of the latest Warner Music re-releases.

Every Madonna vinyl release made by Rhino [except for Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits EPThe Immaculate Collection (coloured LPs) and Who's That Girl] was pressed by Optimal Media GmbH in Germany. Vinyl releases made by Optimal Media are marked using specific type of numbering system which can be found on run-out grooves:

XY#####-ZZ A1

  • X - format of release, for example: A - CD, B - Vinyl, D - DVD, E - BluRay
  • Y - year of release:
Optimal Media Production Optimal Media GmbH
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H

 

  • ##### - five-digit inner code
  • ZZ - number of disc: 01 - disc one, 02 - disc two from a set of two discs (can be 03, 04, 05, etc.)
  • A - side of record (can be B, C, D, etc.)
  • 1 - number of vinyl cut (can be 2, 3, 4, etc.)
  • RE-1 - vinyl side pressed with some technical difficulties with master disc or father plate

Other information which can be found on run-out-grooves (matrix information):

  • MPO - pressing plant [France] where Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits and Who's That Girl were pressed
  • Mastered by Capitol - writing as a stamp which informs that mastering was made at Capitol Studios [US]
  • chrisp@UNITY is a signature of mastering engineer - Chris Parmenidis - responsible for master disc made at Unity Mastering, UK
  • IS is a signature of mastering engineer - Ian Sefchick- responsible for master disc made at Capitol Studios, US.

Ian Schefchick signature:

       

 

  • HL - signature of mastering engineer - Heino Leja - responsible for master disc made at Optimal Media [Germany]
  • LVC - signature of mastering engineer - Lex Van Coeverden [Holland]
  • Andreas At Schnittstelle - signature of mastering engineer - Andreas Kauffelt
  • CB - signature of mastering engineer - Chris Bellman [US]

Notice that there is no information on run-out-grooves that record was pressed at Record Industry [Holland]. Then Manufactured in the Netherlands might be found on every label.

 

EU Releases

   

Madonna [8122797360], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2012)

  • Side 1: BC68219-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68219-01B1

   

Like A Virgin [8122797359], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2012)

  • Side 1: BC68221-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68221-01B1

   

True Blue [8122797358], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2012)

  • Side 1: BC68222-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68222-01B1

   

Like A Prayer [8122797357], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2012)

  • Side 1: BC68226-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68226-01B1

 

   

Erotica [8122797356], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2012)

  • Side 1: BC68631-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68631-01B1
  • Side 3: BC68631-02C1
  • Side 4: BC68631-02D1

   

Something To Remember [8122796396], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2013)

  • Side 1: BD20755-01 A1 HL
  • Side 2: BD20755-01 B2 HL

   

Bedtime Stories [8122797354], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: R1-45767-A RE1 IS BG36187-01 A2 0081227973544
  • Side 2: R1-45767-B GI IS 0081227973544 BG36187-01 B1

 

   

The Immaculate Collection [603497859344], Pressed by Record Industry (2018)

  • Side 1: RB1-26440-A Mastered by Capitol 22704 1A IS
  • Side 2: RB1-26440-B 22704 1B IS
  • Side 3: RB1-26440-C 22704 1C IS
  • Side 4: RB1-26440-D 22704 1D IS

   

Who's That Girl [603497860517], Pressed by MPO (2018)

  • Side 1: R1-25611-A IS MPO 1822096
  • Side 2: R1-25611-B IS MPO 1824899 Mastered by Capitol

   

Like A Virgin [603497860739], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2018)

  • Side 1: chrisp@UNITY BC68221-01 A1
  • Side 2: BC68221-01 B1

 

Sainsbury's Exclusive Coloured Vinyl

True Blue and Like A Prayer were re-released in October 2016 on coloured vinyl as a Sainsbury's exclusives [available in UK only]. Both, exactly the same, were available to buy in Fabruary 2017 in Fnac stores in France. Coloured vinyl LPs were pressed by Optimal Media GmbH usuing the same stampers which were made for 2012 Rhino re-issues. Both received new catalog numbers which were stickered as bar codes on the back covers: True Blue - 81227942304, Like A Prayer - 81227942298 [old 2012 Rhino catalog numbers' can be found on cover spines and labels].

Like A Virgin and Ray Of Light were re-released in October 2017 on coloured vinyl as Sainsbury's exclusive [available in UK only]. Both, exactly the same, were available to buy in most of European countries and Australia in 2018. Coloured vinyl LPs were pressed again by Optimal Media GmbH:

  • Like A Virgin was pressed from the same stampers which were used for 2012 Rhino re-issue,
  • Ray Of Light was made from the same stampers used for 2003 re-issue of this album.

Both received new catalog numbers which were stickered as bar codes on the back covers: Like A Virgin - 81227932312 and Ray Of Light - 81227932329.

   

True Blue [81227942304], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68222-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68222-01B1

   

Like A Prayer [81227942298], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68226-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68226-01B1

   

Like A Virgin [81227932312], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2017)

  • Side 1: BC68221A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68221-01B1

 

   

Ray Of Light [81227932329], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2017)

  • Side 1: B382810-01 A1 D33 09362468471 S1 320
  • Side 2: B382810-01 B1 D33 09362468471 S2 320
  • Side 3: B382810-02 C1 D33 09362468471 S3 320
  • Side 4: B382810-02 D1 D33 09362468471 S4 320

 

'Record Store Day' releases

   

Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits [81227947675 / R1 553402], Pressed by MPO (2016)

  • Side 1: MPO R1-553402 -A- -LVC-
  • Side 2: MPO R1-553402 -B- -LVC-

   

Dance Mix [8122794100 / R1 559233], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2017)

  • Side 1: BG63181-01 A1 R1-559233-A GI IS 0081227941000 Mastered by Capitol
  • Side 2: BG63181-01 B1 R1-559233-B GI IS 0081227941000

   

You Can Dance [603497862245 / R1 565848], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2018)

  • Side 1: BH10058-01 A1 0603497862245 R1-565848-A Mastered by Capitol
  • Side 2: BH10058-01 B1 0603497862245 R1-565848-B

  

The First Album [R1-15002], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2018)

  • Side 1: BH08435 01A1 0603497862238 R1-150002-A
  • Side 2: BH08435 01B1 0603497862238 R1-150002-B Mastered by Capitol

 

Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits [2016], Dance Mix [2017] and You Can Dance [2018] were released with two different catalog numbers:

  • 8122 or 603 prefix for EU market,
  • R1 prefix for US market.

Differences in EU and US issues are only for catalog numbers stamped on paper covers, spines, info stickers and OBI strip. The same pressings were used for both distributions. Notice that The First Album [2018] picture disc was released as one issue with R1 catalog number only.

   

  

 

US Releases

None of 2016-2018 releases were pressed in US.

Every pressing of each album and Record Store Day exclusives presented below are exactly the same like those which were already released between 2012 and 2018 in Europe [made by Optimal Media GmbH or MPO France] and have the same matrix information on their run-out-grooves. Labels and sleeves are new and include additional R1 catalog numbers [records made by Rhino intended for US market]. These US releases have characteristic info stickers on the front cover [except for Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits].

 

   

Madonna [R1 23867], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68219-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68219-01B1

   

Like A Virgin [R1 25157], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68221-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68221-01B1

   

True Blue [R1 25442], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68222-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68222-01B1

   

Like A Prayer [R1 25844], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68226-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68226-01B1

 

   

Erotica[R1 45031], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BC68631-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
  • Side 2: BC68631-01B1
  • Side 3: BC68631-02C1
  • Side 4: BC68631-02D1

   

Bedtime Stories [R1 45767], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: R1-45767-A RE1 IS BG36187-01 A2 0081227973544
  • Side 2: R1-45767-B GI IS 0081227973544 BG36187-01 B1

   

Something To Remember [R1 46100], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: BD20755-01 A1 HL
  • Side 2: BD20755-01 B2 HL

 

   

Ray Of Light [R1 46847], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: B382810-01 A1 D33 09362468471 S1 320
  • Side 2: B382810-01 B1 D33 09362468471 S2 320
  • Side 3: B382810-02 C1 D33 09362468471 S3 320
  • Side 4: B382810-02 D1 D33 09362468471 S4 320

   

Music [R1 47865], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: B038146-01 A2 HL
  • Side 2: B038146-01 B2 HL

 

   

American Life [R1 48439], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: B380030-01 A2 1-4849-A FDS-1
  • Side 2: B380030-01 B2 1-4849-B FDS-1
  • Side 3: B380030-02 C5 MK
  • Side 4: B380030-02 D4

 

   

Confessions On A Dance Floor [R1 49460], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2016)

  • Side 1: B645392-01 A1 1-49460 A
  • Side 2: B645392-01 B1 1-49460 B
  • Side 3: B645392-02 C1 VI8 1-49460 C
  • Side 4: B645392-02 D1 1-49460 D

 

   

The Immaculate Collection [R1 26440], Pressed by Record Industry (2017)

  • Side 1: 91794 1A 1-26440 A Andreas At Schnittstelle
  • Side 2: 91794 1B 1-26440 B Andreas At Schnittstelle
  • Side 3: 91794 1C 1-26440 C Andreas At Schnittstelle
  • Side 4: 91794 1D 1-26440 D Andreas At Schnittstelle

   

Like A Virgin [RCV1-25157], Pressed by Optimal Media GmbH (2018)

  • Side 1: chrisp@UNITY BC68221-01 A1
  • Side 2: BC68221-01 B1

   

Who's That Girl [R1-25611], Pressed by MPO (2018)

  • Side 1: R1-25611-A IS MPO 1822096
  • Side 2: R1-25611-B IS MPO 1824899 Mastered by Capitol

 

   

The Immaculate Collection [RB1-26440, 081227930561], Pressed by Record Industry (2018)

  • Side 1: RB1-26440-A Mastered by Capitol 22704 1A IS
  • Side 2: RB1-26440-B 22704 1B IS
  • Side 3: RB1-26440-C 22704 1C IS
  • Side 4: RB1-26440-D 22704 1D IS

 

   

The Immaculate Collection [RB1-26440], Pressed by Record Industry (2018)

  • Side 1: RB1-26440-A Mastered by Capitol 22704 1A IS
  • Side 2: RB1-26440-B 22704 1B IS
  • Side 3: RB1-26440-C 22704 1C IS
  • Side 4: RB1-26440-D 22704 1D IS

 

Music, American Life, Confessions On A Dance FloorRay Of Light (black vinyl edition) and The Immaculate Collection (coloured vinyl edition) released in US and presented above were never a part of Rhino series released in Europe and they still remain 'exclusives' released in North America only. Four of them were pressed from original stampers which were made in 2000, 2003 and 2006. The Immaculate Collection was released on two coloured vinyl records [blue and gold] as a part of Start Your Ear Off Right series and was exceptionally pressed at Record Industry in Netherland. The same manufacturer was responsible for Just Say 50 - Sire Records 50th Anniversary Box which was Record Store Day exclusive release in 2017 and includes 12" Version of Everybody, but notice: this was not a Rhino release!

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