Foreigner 4
Atlantic 16999-2 EUROPE: 250 796 (on inserts)
Atlantic 16999-2 (on disc)
made in West Germany for US and international markets
color scheme: teal background with red reticle and silver paint lettering
genre: rock
LP originally released in 1981

Known matrix numbers: 7567 16999-2 2895 241 01# (a), and 7567 16999-2 2895 241 02 # (c)
Later pressings of the 01# matrix can be found with MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO HANOVER
etched around the center hole (b).
Known suffixes: (b) CJ
Later pressings of the 02 # matrix can be found with MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO
etched around the center hole (d).
Another variation issued in Europe says MADE IN WEST | | GERMANY along the bottom and
MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO is etched around the center hole (e). No picture yet.

Front cover of the sixteen-page booklet.
Page 15 states "Manufactured by PolyGram in Hanover, West Germany"
Printed in West Germany" in booklets accompanying the WG tray insert (m).
Page 15 states "Printed in U.S.A." in booklets accompanying the US tray insert (n).

Rear tray insert "Printed in West Germany" without barcode (x).
"16999-2" is printed on the reverse.
The "common" variation, without MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO HANOVER etched
around the center hole, can be found with this rear inlay.

Rear tray insert, "Printed in U.S.A." with barcode (y).
Nothing is printed on the reverse.
The variation with MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO HANOVER (b) is found with this tray insert.
Usually common US pressings will be found with this inlay,
so be sure to check the disc before purchasing!
The disc variation without POLYGRAM comes with a rear inlay that states "Manufactured in Germany"
I don't have a picture yet.

This exact same disc (mine is (a)) was issued in Japan with a sticker obi. The catalog number 32XP-129
appears only on the obi strip. A Japanese insert was probably included, but I don't have one to prove it.

Notes: I used to think this disc was pretty common. It is not as easy to find recently
and has sold on eBay in the $25-35 range.

Disc and paper insert combinations summary:
(a) + (m) + (x)
(b) + (n) + (y)
(c) + (o) + (z)

Jewel case info: (a) heavy ridged-top six-tab, two-dimple, "83" is embossed on one tab
and "83" is embossed on the back portion, inside bottom center. Eight-prong disc tray embossed "Patents pending 6.4"

(b) heavy ridged-top four-tab case with two short stopper bars, "6" (or is it a "9?" is embossed on one tab.
Twelve-prong disc tray embossed "7/B" in one of the circles.


Matrix number: 16999-2 SRC-02 M2 S2
This disc is something of an anomaly, a cross between a WEA Gen1 and Gen3. Although a Gen0 pressing
supposedly exists, I have yet to find one. I do have a Gen1, which would be just like the above,
except the "M2 S2" is missing. Gen3 pressings usually have a label-identifier code to begin
the matrix number. I have only a handful of these Gen1/Gen3 hybrids in my collection.
The mother/stamper code is not visible in this scan. If it was, you'd see it
at 180 degrees from the matrix number. Trust me.
The rear tray insert is the same as insert (y), above.
Page 15 of the booklet also states "Printed in U.S.A."