Madonna
Like a Virgin
Sire 9 25157
made in West Germany for US & international markets
color scheme: yellow background with purple reticle and black lettering
genre: pop/rock
LP originally released in 1984


MADE IN WEST | | GERMANY BY POLYGRAM
Matrix number: 7599 25157-2 2893 736 01 #
Known suffixes: CH


MADE IN WEST | | GERMANY on disc face,
MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO is etched around the center hole.
Matrix number: 7599 25157-2 2893 736 01 #
These are the only two disc variations that I am aware of.


front cover of the twelve-page booklet
Page eleven states "Manufactured by PolyGram in Hanover, West Germany
Printed in West Germany"


Rear tray insert, "Printed in West Germany" with barcode.
"925 157-2" is printed on the reverse.
I found the POLYGRAM variation with this back inlay.


Rear tray insert, "Printed in U.S.A." with barcode.
It's hard to tell from this scan, but the wings are gray, instead of black.
I found the POLYGRAM variation with this back inlay.
There is nothing printed on the reverse.


Rear tray insert, "Printed in U.S.A." with barcode. Note the lighter color of the inlay.
I found the PDO variation with this back inlay.

Notes: This disc is not terribly scarce, but it is in high demand.
Not impossible to find, but it does present a challenge.

Jewel case info: (POLYGRAM in West German inserts) smooth frosted two-dimple, nothing emboosed on the back.
"23" is embossed on one tab and "51" is embossed on the back portion, inside bottom center.
Eight-prong disc tray embossed "Patents pending 4.3"
copy #2: (gray-spine US inserts) smooth frosted, two long stopper bars, embossed on the back "Patent pending D-2"
"D-1" is embossed on one tab. Eight-prong disc tray embossed "Patents pending 1R"

OTHER INTERESTING EARLY CD PRESSINGS OF THIS TITLE:


MADE IN JAPAN (by JVC)
Matrix number: 9 25157 2 M5E24
Before WEA opened their own pressing plant, they outsourced disc manufacturing to other
pressing plants worldwide. Note this one has a gap at 12 o'clock to accomodate the target
design while there is no corresponding gap at 6 o'clock. The matrix code dates this to late 1984.
Many other matrix numbers exist for this title. In addition to the above, I have the following:
9 25157 2 3E12, 9 25157 2 3E14, 9 25157 2 M5E21, & 9 25157 2 S5E11.


Rear tray insert "Printed in Japan" with barcode.
"9-25157-2" is printed on the reverse.
This one is housed in a frosted smooth-top two-dimple case with "T2" embossed on the back and
on one tab. Eight-prong disc tray embossed "Patents pending" and "T2"


MADE IN U.S.A. at 6 o'clock and "Mfg. by WEA Manufacuring." at 8 o'clock.
Matrix number: 25157-2 SRC-04
This is known by collectors as a first generation WEA/SRC pressing.
These were produced between late 1986 and mid-1987.
The rear tray insert is the same as the USA tray card above, except the background color is noticeably lighter.

09/02/20