Roger Waters
German
Compact Disc Discography

by Vernon Fitch

© copyright Vernon Fitch / The Pink Floyd Archives


This is a discography of Roger Waters compact disc albums (CDs) that were released in Germany.

Any comments, corrections or additions to this discography would be appreciated.


Compact Disc Information

  1. Bar Codes: Bar codes are a group of vertical lines found on the back cover of some CDs that are used for scanning purposes. By passing a CD with a bar code over a scanner, the scanner can read information about the CD instantly. The information in bar codes begins with the vendor code (first 4 digits), the catalog number, and a format code. In recent years, there has been a trend towards using the entire bar code number as the catalog number of the CD.

  2. Label Codes: Label codes are the 4 digit numbers that are found on the labels of some CDs. These label codes are designated by the IFPI to indicate the company that owns the rights to the property on the CD. The label codes found on West German Pink Floyd CDs are "LC 0542" which is the registered label code of EMI Records, and "LC 1305" which is the registered label code of Harvest Records.

  3. History:

    1. Polygram - The first CD pressing plant in West Germany was owned by Polygram Records. This plant, which opened in August 1982, was located in Hannover, West Germany. CDs that were pressed by Polygram had "Made in West Germany by Polygram" on the label, but there were no Pink Floyd CDs of this type. By 1984, the Polygram plant was the largest CD pressing plant in the world, pressing apx. 80,000 discs a day.

    2. BMG Sonopress - The earliest Pink Floyd CDs pressed in Europe were pressed in West Germany by BMG Sonopress in 1985-1986. These early West German CDs have distinctive black Harvest labels (Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Meddle).
      Although the black Harvest label issues are the earliest Sonopress pressings, Sonpress also pressed some of the very first copies of other Pink Floyd compact discs. For example, the West German Sonopress pressing of the Pink Floyd CD Obscured by Clouds is believed to be the first compact disc pressings of that particular Pink Floyd album anyhwere in the world.

    3. Philips DuPont Optical - Polygram transferred control of their West German pressing plant to a joint venture between Philips and DuPont Optical that was formed in October 1985 to manufacture compact discs. This company, Philips DuPont Optical or "PDO," was used to press CDs for a number of companies, one of which was EMI/Harvest Records, and in 1986, PDO began pressing the Pink Floyd CD Ummagumma. One distinguishing feature of these early PDO pressed discs is that there is no clear plastic hub around the center hole. The aluminium disc goes all the way to the center hole. Pink Floyd CDs that were pressed at the Hannover plant and have PDO in the matrix were made between 1986-1991.
      In the late 1980s, PDO opened additional CD pressing plants in the U.S. (Kings Mt., North Carolina), as well as in the U.K. (Blackburn, Lancashire), and in France. The PDO plant in North carolina pressed some copies of the Dark Side of the Moon CD in late 1986/early 1987.
      In the early 1990s, PDO was dissolved and control of the pressing plants was transferred back to Polygram, which then became Polygram Music Distribution Co. (PMDC). PMDC has since sold their German and U.S. plants.

    4. West German Compact Discs Made for Export - Because West German compact disc pressing plants were among the earliest CD pressing plants in operation, West German CDs were sold and distributed throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S.


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Compact Discs

  1. Roger Waters

    1. The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
      1. Harvest Records - 1st issue
      2. Harvest Records - 2nd issue
    2. The Wall - Live in Berlin
      1. PDO issue
      2. Universal issue
    3. Amused to Death

  2. Soundtracks

    1. When the Wind Blows


Roger Waters


Roger Waters
The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking CD

Title: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Record Company: Harvest Records
Catalog Number: CDP 7 46029 2
Bar Code: None.
Matrix Information:
1) Bottom: SONOPRESS C-7049/CDP 7460292 A
Release Information: West German issue.
Total Time: 42:15
Track Peak Levels: 54.4 / 60.6 / 100 / 73.0 / 95.3 / 54.7 / 81.6 / 58.0 / 78.6 / 98.2 / 97.8 / 42.2
Description:
Front Cover: A nude hitch hiker. Title.
Back Cover: Song listing.
Booklet: [front] [2-3] [4-5] [6-7] [back] 8-page booklet.
Label: Silver label with text in black, and the Harvest logo at the top.
To the left of center is a rectangle divided into four areas. In each of these sections of the rectangle, clockwise from the top left, it says:

STEREO
CDP 7 46029 2
Made in W. Germany
BIEM / GEMA

Above this rectangle, it says "All rights of the producer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, renting, public performance, and broadcasting of this record prohibited."

There is nothing written around the edge of the label.



Roger Waters
The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking CD
Harvest Records 2nd issue

Title: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (Harvest Records 2nd issue)
Record Company: Harvest Records
Catalog Number: CDP 7 46029 2
Bar Code: None.
Release Information: Second German release. Uncensored cover. CD made in Holland for release in Germany.
Description:
Front Cover: A nude hitch hiker. Title.
Back Cover: Blue frame. Song listing in picture box.
Label: Silver label with text in black, and the Harvest logo at the top.
To the left of the center hole, it says:

STEREO
CDP 7 46029 2
Made in Holland
BIEM / GEMA

Above this rectangle, it says "All rights of the producer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, renting, public performance, and broadcasting of this record prohibited.quot;

There is nothing written around the edge of the label.



Roger Waters
The Wall Live in Berlin 2-CD

Title: The Wall - Live in Berlin
Record Company: Mercury Records
Catalog Numbers:
Case: 846 611-2
CDs: 846 612-2 / 846 613-2
Bar Code: 0 42284 66112 6
Matrix Information:
1) Disc 1: Bottom: 846 612-2 01 + A MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO
-- Disc 2: Bottom: 846 613-2 # F MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO
2) Disc 1: Bottom: 846 612-2 01 + AA MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO
-- Disc 2: Bottom: 846 613-2 01 # R MADE IN W.GERMANY BY PDO
Release Date: 1990
Release Information: Double CD. Made in West Germany by PDO. Also issued as a Club Edition (76 139 5).
Description:
Front Cover: White brick wall. Title. 12-page booklet cover.
Back Cover: White brick wall. Title. Song titles. Bar code.
Label: Red / white crossed hammers picture labels. LC 0268.



Roger Waters
The Wall Live in Berlin 2-CD

Title: The Wall - Live in Berlin
Record Company: Mercury Records
Catalog Numbers:
Case: 846 611-2
CDs: 846 612-2 / 846 613-2
Bar Code: 0 42284 66112 6
Matrix Information:
1) Disc 1: Bottom: 00422 846 612-2 04 50973023 [MADE IN GERMANY BY UNIVERSAL M & L IFPI 0134 A]
-- Disc 2: Bottom: 00422 846 612-2 04 50973017 [MADE IN GERMANY BY UNIVERSAL M & L IFPI 0134 C]
Release Date: 1990
Release Information: Double CD. Made in West Germany by Universal.
Description:
Front Cover: White brick wall. Title. 12-page booklet cover.
Back Cover: White brick wall. Title. Song titles. Bar code.
Label: Silver labels with text in black. LC 0268. Some issues have a clear plastic inner ring, while other have the aluminum CD layer all the way to the center hole.



Roger Waters
Amused to Death CD in slip case
Spiegel edition

Title: Amused to Death
Record Company: Sony Music
Catalog Number: 4687619000 / 468761 9
Bar Code: 5 099746 876197
Release Information: A special German edition issued by the German magazine, Spiegel. Part of the Spiegel "The Vinyl Classics" series. Issued in a slip case.
Also included by Spiegel in a 7-CD box set of albums titled "Rock - The Vinyl Classics," catalog number 5099700090508. This box set included the albums Pearl Jam-vs., Meat Loaf-Bat Out of Hell, Ozzy Osbourne-No More Tears, Janis Joplin-Pearl, Santana-Abraxas, and From Dusk Till Dawn original soundtrack.
Description:
Front Cover Slip Case: Gray with a small picture of the album cover in the middle, and part of a vinyl album showing on the right.
Front Cover: A monkey watching TV. Title.
Back Cover: A picture of Roger Waters. Song titles. Bar code.
Label: Black CD with a red label in the center that makes it look like a vinyl record. LC 00162. "Made in Austria."


Soundtracks


When the Wind Blows soundtrack CD

Title: When the Wind Blows
Record Company: Virgin Records
Catalog Number: CDV 2406
Bar Code: 5 012981 240622
Release Information: German soundtrack album for the movie, When the Wind Blows.
Side 1: David Bowie-When the Wind Blows, Hugh Cornwell-Facts and Figures, Genesis-The Brazilian, Squeeze-What Have They Done, and Paul Hardcastle-The Shuffle.
Side 2: Roger Waters and the Bleeding Hearts Band performing the songs The Russian Missile, Towers of Faith, Hilda's Dream, The American Bomber, The Anderson Shelter, The British Submarine, The Attack, The Fallout, Hilda's Hair, and Folded Flags.
Description:
Front Cover: Title. Couple standing in front of a nuclear explosion. 8-page booklet cover.
Back Cover: Song listing. Bar code. "Made in West Germany."
Label: Orange /silver picture label.