Nick Mason
United States
Compact Disc Discography

by Vernon Fitch

© copyright Vernon Fitch / The Pink Floyd Archives


This is a discography of compact disc albums (CDs) that have been released in the United States by Nick Mason.

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


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Albums

  1. Nick Mason

    1. Albums
      1. Fictitious Sports
        1. Sony Music Special Products - 1st issue
        2. Sony Music Special Products - 2nd issue

      2. Profiles
        1. Columbia Records - 1st issue
        2. Sony Music Special Products - 2nd issue

    2. Samplers

      1. Heard It On The Radio - Volume 3


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, a format code ("1" for LPs, "2" for CDs, "4" for cassette tapes), and sometimes there is a final digit that is the barcode checksum. In recent years, there has been a trend towards using the entire bar code number as the catalog number of the CD.

  2. DIDP & DIDX Identification Codes: DIDP, which stands for Digital IDentification Project, is an identification code created by by Sony Records to track thier compact disc manufacturing. Each album manufactured by Sony will have a DIDP number on the disc. DIDX, which stands for Digital IDentification eXternal, is a Sony Records code that was used to track the manufacturing of compact discs by Sony for other companies. Each album manufactured by Sony for another company, such as the early Dark Side of the Moon compact discs that were manufactured at Sony's DADC plant for EMI Records, will have a DIDX number on the disc.

  3. 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. Some of the registered labels codes are:
    1. LC 0148 - Capitol Records
    2. LC 0149 - CBS Records
    3. LC 0162 - Columbia Records
    4. LC 0542 - EMI Records
    5. LC 1305 - Harvest Records
    6. LC 1331 - EMIDisc Records

  4. Longbox Packaging: In the late 1980s and early 1990s, CDs were often released in a longbox to help record shops display CDs in deep bins made for vinyl record albums. The longboxes were a 12 inch long by 6 inch wide cardboard box inside which was the CD in a jewel case. The longbox was discontinued in early 1993.

  5. Manufacturing Dates (EMI / Capitol Records):
    1. 1983-1984 - The first Pink Floyd compact discs that were released in the U.S. (Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, David Gilmour-About Face) were manufactured for the U.S. market by Toshiba-EMI in Japan. These CDs have all black labels and "Made in Japan" is designated on the label and cover.
    2. 1984-1985 - In 1984, Capitol Records began using the Sony DADC plant in Terre Haute, Indiana to manufacture CDs (prior to starting up their own manufacturing facilities in Jacksonville, Illinois). One of the first CDs that was produced at this plant was the first U.S. made issue of Meddle.
    3. 1985-1986 - Since CD manufacturing plants in the U.S. were still limited, many CDs sold in the U.S. at this time were imported from foriegn pressing plants. Some original releases of Pink Floyd compact discs by EMI in the U.S. were manufactured for the U.S. market by the following plants:
      1. Nimbus, Monmouth, U.K. (Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets)
      2. Philips/PolyGram, Hanover, West Germany (Ummagumma)
      3. Victor Company of Japan (JVC) (More, Atom Heart Mother)
      4. BMG Sonopress, West Germany (Obscured by Clouds)
    4. 1987 - EMI began producing CDs for the U.S. market at its plant in Jacksonville, Illinois (CAPITOL JAX), which had been a vinyl pressing plant since 1964. Most of the Capitol /EMI compact discs release in the U.S. during the late 1980s and 1990s were pressed at this plant.
    5. 2004 - In March, 2004, EMI announced that it was going to cease producing its own CDs and DVDs. Cinram International, a Canadian company, would take over the production of CDs and DVDs for all EMI companies previously supplied by the Jacksonville, Illinois, plant, which would be closed. Cinram produces CDs and DVDs for EMI out of its plant in Richmond, Indiana.

  6. Manufacturing Dates (CBS / Sony Records):
    1. 1984 - The original Columbia CDs released in the U.S. were made in Japan. These included the first issues of Wish You Were Here, The Wall, The Final Cut, David Gilmour, and The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking.
    2. 1984-1985 - The U.S. record industry began converting U.S. record plants to the manufacture of compact discs. The first such plant was the Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana, which opened in 1983 as a joint venture between CBS and Sony. The earliest U.S. pressings of Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason were done by Digital Audio Disc Corp.
    3. 1988 - Columbia Records began producing CDs at its Pitman, New Jersey plant, which was an old CBS Records plant (it had been producing LPs since 1960) retrofitted to make CDs.
    4. 1995 - In spring 1995, Nimbus opened a CD manufacturing plant in Sunnyvale, California. Nimbus / CA pressed some Pink Floyd CDs, including P-U-L-S-E (1995), Animals (1997 edition), The Final Cut (1997 edition), and Is There Anybody Out There? - The Wall Live 1980-81 (2000).

  7. Matrix Information: Matrix information is the letters and numbers printed on a compact disc in the mirror band close to the center hole of the CD. Matrix information may be printed to be read from the top side (label side) of the CD, while other matrix information may be printed to be read from the bottom side of the CD. In some instances, matrix information is printed on both the top and bottom sides of the disc, with the bottom side matrix information being the mastering information, and the top side matrix information being the pressing information. In other instances, both the mastering and pressing information is printed on the same side of the disc.
    The following matrix band information can be found on many compact discs:
    1. Catalog number - The identifying number given to the release by the record company.
    2. Manufacturer - On some CDs, on the plastic hub around the center hole (not on the shiny part of the disc), there is imprinted information about the disc manufacturer. (In this discography, this information is indicated in brackets.)
      Examples of manufaturing information stamped on the plastic hubs:

      [MANUFACTURED BY CBS / SONY] - CBS / Sony Records, Tokyo, Japan (hub first used in 1983)
      [Made in USA - Digital Audio Disc Corp.] - Sony's Digital Audio Disc Corp., Terre Haute, Indiana (hub first used in 1984)
      [CSR COMPACT DISC] - CBS / Sony Records, Tokyo, Japan (hub first used in apx. 1985/1986)
      [CMU P] - Columbia Records, Pitman, New Jersey (hub first used in 1988)
      [IFPI xxxx] - SID codes - the numbers following IFPI indicate different manufacturing plants (first put on CDs in 1994)
      [NIMBUS/CA] - Nimbus U.S.A., Sunnyvale, California (hub first used in 1997)

    3. Manufacturer's Work Order Number - This often is in the form of the scan code that can only be read by a special scanner.
    4. Mastering Information - On some CDs there are three numbers separated by dashes, such as 2-2-1. These numbers refer to the father, the mother, and the stamper. In the example given, 2-2-1, the first 2 indicates that the CD was made from the second father, the second 2 indicates that the CD was made from the second mother made from the second father, and the third number, 1, means that the CD was made using the first stamper made from the second mother (The stamper is what is installed in the mold machine).
    5. Pressing Plant - Pressing plant information is often found in the matrix, either as a part of the SID Code or as an abbreviation. For example, the letters "JAX" found in the matrix indicate that the CD was made at the EMI pressing plant located in Jacksonville, Illinois.
    6. Selection Source Master - On some CDs, the selection source master is designated by information such as "RE2." In the example given, "RE2" indicates that the selection source master is at revision level 2.
    7. SID Codes - On many CDs, there are two Source Identification Codes (SID Code) in the matrix band. The SID Code, which was introduced in April 1994, consists of the letters IFPI (which stands for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), followed by 4 or 5 additional characters. There are two different SID Codes found on CDs:
      1. Mastering Code - The first SID Code in the matrix band is the "Mastering Code." The Mastering Code begins with "IFPI" followed by a sequence of digits beginning with the letter L, followed by two numbers that indicate the pressing plant, and then 1 or 2 additional digits that indicate the Laser Beam Recorder (LBR) that cut the glass master. The Mastering Code is put on the CD at the time the glass master of the CD is cut by the LBR, and it appears on all subsequent pressings of the CD sourced from that specific glass master.
      2. Mould Code - The second SID Code on a CD is the "Mould Code." The Mould Code begins with "ifpi" followed by two digits that indicate the specific pressing plant that pressed the disc, and two additional digits that indicate the unique mould or stamper that pressed the CD.
        SID Mould Codes, which indicate where a CD was stamped or pressed, include:

        03 - Universal Manufacturing & Logistics, King Mountain, USA
        14 - EMI Compact Disc pressing plant, Greenbridge, Swindon, England
        15 - EMI Compact Disc BV pressing plant, Uden, Netherlands
        16 - EMI Compact Disc pressing plant, Jacksonville, Illinois
        38 - Zomax Optical pressing plant, Plymouth, Minnesota
        45 - Sony Records pressing plant, Japan
        50 - Sony Records DADC pressing plant, Terre Haute, Indiana
        51 - Sony Records DADC pressing plant, Terre Haute, Indiana
        61 - Cinram International, Richmond, Indiana
        72 - Sony Records pressing plant, Pitman, New Jersey
        2T - Nimbus Records pressing plant, Sunnyvale, California
        AAH - MediaMotion Manufacturing BV, Uden, Netherlands

    Note: The matrix information listed in this discography is not intended to be complete listings. This is known matrix information only. Matrix information from multiple copies is listed if known.

  8. Total Time: The total time for each CD is provided in minutes and seconds. Total time readings can vary by a second or two depending on the CD player or software program used to do the readings.

  9. Track Peak Levels: The peak volume levels for each song on a particular CD release have been noted in this discography. These peak volume levels are measured as percentages, with the maximum possible peak level being 100%. CDs that have differing peak levels from one issue to the next reveal that the CDs were made from different masters, while CDs with the same peak levels tend to indicate that they are from the same mastering.


Nick Mason


Nick Mason
Fictitious Sports CD
Sony Music Special Products 1st issue

Title: Fictitious Sports (Sony Music Special Products 1st issue)
Record Company: Sony Music Special Products
Catalog Number: WK 75070
Bar Code: 6692 - 75070 - 2
Production Mastering: Sony mastering
Release Information: Original U.S. release.
Description:
Front Cover: A fictitious playing field. Title. Four-page booklet cover.
Back Cover: Title, song listing, credits, and bar code.
Label: Silver Sony Music Special Products label with text in black.
To the right of the center hole, it says:

WK 75070
Compact Disc Digital Audio
DIDP 078081

Across the bottom edge of the label, it says:

Sony Music Special Products / Manufactured by Columbia Records



Nick Mason
Fictitious Sports CD
Sony Music Special Products 2nd issue

Title: Fictitious Sports (Sony Music Special Products 2nd issue)
Record Company: Sony Music Special Products, Collector Series
Catalog Number: A 37307
Bar Code: 0 7989-37307-2
Matrix Information:
1) Top: DIDP-078081 1 +++ +++++
Production Mastering: Sony mastering
Release Information: Second U.S. release.
Total Time: 35:49
Track Peak Levels: 96.5 / 82.1 / 68.8 / 84.8 / 81.1 / 74.5 / 88.7 / 84.0
Description:
Front Cover: A fictitious playing field. Title. Four-page booklet.
Back Cover: Title, song listing, credits, and bar code.
Label: Silver Sony Music Special Products label with text in black.
To the right of the center hole, it says:

A 37307
Compact Disc Digital Audio
DIDP 078081

Across the bottom edge of the label, it says:

Sony Music Special Products / Manufactured by Columbia Records



Mason + Fenn
Profiles CD & longbox
Columbia Records 1st issue

Title: Nick Mason + Rick Fenn - Profiles (Columbia Records 1st issue)
Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: CK 40142
Bar Code: 0 7464-40142-2
Matrix Information:
1) Top: DIDP 20373 11A3 [Made in USA - Digital Audio Disc Corp. D]
Pressing Plant: Sony DADC, Terre Haute, Indiana
Production Mastering: Sony mastering
Release Date: 1985
Release Information: Original U.S. release. On the back of the CD cover is a vertical white strip down the left side that has nothing at the top or in the middle, and a bar code at the bottom.
Total Time: 44:11
Track Peak Levels: 100 / 84.9 / 74.2 / 90.2 / 79.0 / 77.2 / 75.5 / 77.8 / 83.0 / 44.9 / 36.2
Description:
Front Cover: Nick's auto mechanic. Title at the top. Compact disc logo in bottom right corner. 12 pane fold-open cover.
Back Cover: Song titles. Bar code. At the bottom it says "© 1985 CBS Inc. / P 1985 CBS Inc. / Manufactured by Columbia Records / CBS Inc. / 51 W. 52 Street, New York, NY / "Columbia" [logo] are trademarks of CBS Inc. except in Canada where they are trademarks of CBS Records Canada Ltd. Printed in U.S.A. / WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws."
Longbox: On the front of the box, at the top, is the title, with a picture of the auto mechanic in the middle, and Compact Disc at the bottom. On the back of the box at the top is the bar code. Below that are the song titles. At the bottom it says "© 1985 CBS, Inc./P 1985 Nick Mason Music Ltd./Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS, Inc./51 W. 52 Street, New York, NY/"Columbia" are trademarks of CBS Inc. except in Canada where they are trademarks of CBS Records Canada Ltd. Printed in U.S.A./WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws."
Label: Silver label with text in black, and the Columbia logo to the left of the center.
To the right of the center hole, it says:

CK 40142
DIDP 20373

Across the bottom edge of the label, it says:

"Columbia" [logo] are trademarks of CBS Inc.



Nick Mason
Profiles CD
Sony Music Special Products

Title: Nick Mason + Rick Fenn - Profiles (Sony Music Special Products)
Record Company: Sony Music Special Products
Catalog Number: A 40142
Bar Code: 0 7989-40142-2
Matrix Information:
1) Top: DIDP-078082 2 + ++ +++++ [IFPI 5022]
Pressing Plant: Sony Records DADC, Terre Haute, Indiana
Production Mastering: Sony mastering
Release Information: Second U.S. release by Sony Music Special Products.
Total Time: 44:10
Track Peak Levels: 100 / 84.9 / 74.2 / 90.2 / 79.0 / 77.2 / 75.5 / 77.8 / 83.0 / 44.9 / 36.2
Description:
Front Cover: Nick's auto mechanic. Title. Six-pane fold-open cover with lyrics.
Back Cover: Title, song listing, credits, and bar code.
Label: Silver Sony Music Special Products label with text in black.
To the right of the center hole, it says:

A 40142
Compact Disc Digital Audio
DIDP 078082

Across the bottom edge of the label, it says:

Sony Music Special Products / Manufactured by Columbia Records


Samplers


Heard It On The Radio - Volume 3 CD

Title: Heard It On The Radio - Volume 3
Record Company: Sony Music / Renaissance / Ryko Records
Catalog Number: RMED 00503 / A 27423
Bar Code: 6 30428 050327
Release Information: U.S. sampler CD that includes the Nick Mason + Rick Fenn song, Lie for a Lie.
Description:
Front Cover: Title. Pictures of artists.
Back Cover: Song listing, credits, and bar code.
Label: Black Sony Music label.