Madonna
Like a Virgin
Sire 9 25157 (on wings)
Sire 32XP-102 or 32XD-102 (on disc)
made in Japan for Japanese market
color scheme: light blue background with black reticle and lettering
genre: pop/rock
LP originally released in 1984


MADE IN | | JAPAN, CSR COMPACT DISC embossed three times in the plastic center (a).
"CSR" stands for CBS/ Sony Records.
The catalog number is 32XP-102, beneath the US number 9 25157-2
The matrix number is 32XP-102 11 +++++
This is atually the second Japanese issue with this catalog numer.
The first issue was a West German target CD sold in Japan with a sticker obi, also as 32XD-102
see the listing for the West German target CD.

After the 32XP-102 release sold out, this title was reissued as 32XD-102. It must have sold very well,
as there were at least fifteen distinct pressings! Some of these pressings have very minor differences.
This is trainspotting at its finest!

Or worst, depending on your viewpoint. From this point on, things start getting hairy!
Don't say I didn't warn you!

I will try to list them in chronological order as much as is possible.
I strongly suspect that CBS/Sony was pressing discs on at least two pressing lines simultaneously
to keep up with demand, so this chronology is only approximate. If anybody has more information,
I would love to hear from them.

To make things a little easier to understand, I'll point out that CSR utilized two distinctly
different upper hemisphere perimeter wording styles, which are very similar at first glance.
The easiest way to differentiate the two is as follows:
(r) There is a registered trademark symbol next to the stylized "W" logo at approximately 11 o'clock,
and NO period after the word "JAPAN" at 6 o'clock. This is the same style used on the 32XP disc.
(s) There is NO registered trademark symbol next to the stylized "W" logo at approximately 11 o'clock,
and there IS a period after the word "JAPAN" at 6 o'clock.

Got it? Okay! Here we go! There will be a test next Friday!


MADE IN | | JAPAN
This, and the next thirteen disc variations were pressed by CSR.
Note here that the US catalog number, 9 25157, appears under the Sire logo. The matrix number on this copy is 32XD-102 11A3 +++++.
Here are the variations that I am aware of:

(b) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A2 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(c) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A3 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (s); CSR COMPACT DISC (X3) embossed in plastic center.
(d) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A3 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (s); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(e) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A3 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(f) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A5 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(g) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A6 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (s); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(h) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A6 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(i) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A7 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (s); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(j) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A7 +++++ ; US number under logo; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(k) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A7 +++++ ; no US number; perimeter style (r); one small CSR embossed in plastic center.
(l) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A7 +++++ ; no US number; perimeter style (s); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(m) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A8 +++++ ; no US number; perimeter style (r); nothing embossed in plastic center.
(n) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A8 +++++ ; no US number; perimeter style (r); one small CSR embossed in plastic center.
(o) Matrix: 32XD-102 11A8 +++++ ; no US number; perimeter style (r); one small CSR embossed in plastic center plus barcode-like lines.
I would not be terribly surprised if there are more disc variations out there somewhere.


MADE IN | | JAPAN, (l).

Wrapping up our discussion of disc variations is: (p) Pressed by EMI / Toshiba; Matrix: 32XD-102 1A1 TO; no US catalog number on the disc.
The perimeter print is noticeably different than the ones from CSR; it begins:
MADE BY WARNER-PIONEER | | CORPORATION, JAPAN
I don't have a picture yet.

There. That wasn't so bad, was it?


Front cover of the twelve-page booklet.
Page eleven states "Printed in Japan"
Disc variation (a) comes with a booklet that has a catalog number 32XP-102 on page twelve.
Disc variations (b) through (p) come with a booklet that has a catalog number 32XD-102 on page twelve.
This title was issued with a Japanese lyric insert.


Rear tray insert "Printed in Japan." with barcode and 32XP-102 in top left corner.
Nothing is printed on the reverse.
Disc variation (a) comes with this rear tray card.


An enlargement of the top left corner.


Rear tray insert, "Printed in Japan" with barcode and 32XD-102 in top left corner.
Disc variations (b) through (p) come with this rear inlay.


This is what this title looks like with sticker obi attached...


... and a partial side view.

Notes: This target CD was only released in Japan, but scads of them were sold, and it regularly
turns up on eBay, from sellers in Japan. The 32XP variation appears to be quite scarcer.

03/23/19