Michael Jackson ‎– Thriller

Epic ‎– EK 38112
CD, Album, Repress

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Written-By – M. Jackson*
2 Michael Jackson Baby Be Mine
Written-By – R. Temperton*
3 Michael Jackson With Paul McCartney The Girl Is Mine
Written-By – M. Jackson*
4 Michael Jackson Thriller
Rap – Vincent Price (2)Written-By – R. Temperton*
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
Written-By – M. Jackson*
6 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
Written-By – M. Jackson*
7 Michael Jackson Human Nature
Written-By – J. Bettis*, S. Porcaro*
8 Michael Jackson P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Written-By – J. Ingram*, Q. Jones*
9 Michael Jackson The Lady In My Life
Written-By – R. Temperton*

Companies, etc.



℗ 1982 CBS Inc./© 1982 CBS Inc

2nd pressing; manufactured in Japan, for sale in the US.
DIDP 20022 located under catalog # on the right side of the CD.

There is a note regarding the country of manufacturer on the insert and back cover: "Record manufactured in Japan by CBS/Sony, Tokyo, Japan". However, although **most** of the discs manufactured the US as part of this 2nd pressing **were** manufactured by CBS/Sony in Tokyo, a very small number were farmed out to JVC in Japan. (CBS/Epic/Columbia/etc. were notorious for not editing insert information on their early compact discs.) The white strip along the left of the back tray card contains a Compact Disc Digital Audio logo, and a UPC code.

Along with the unique DIDP 20022 2 E11 matrix, one other distinguishing feature of this disc is that the disc hub is clear & blank, with no embossed lettering in it.

So why is this particular disc in such demand? Due to a mastering error, most of the first-pressing "Thriller" discs have incorrect pre-emphasis flags in the disc's coding, which meant that the resulting sound of the CD was noticeably "thin" by comparison, containing much more treble than was intended by the album's creators. These 2nd pressing discs corrected that error, resulting in CDs that have a much more "natural" sound, considered by many collectors to be the closest to the original analog LP pressings. We would caution of course, that one should make their judgements about this issue. Completists will need to seek out his variant disc in any event, however, due to the small number of CDs that were manufactured by JVC for this press run. This is considered to be the hardest "Thriller" CD pressing to find.

As a final note, the original jewel cases for this JVC pressing are smooth-sided-- none of the edges are ribbed, or even "frosted" (as most early CD cases are), and are noticeably heavier than latter-day CD cases.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7464-38112-2
  • Matrix / Runout: DIDP 20022 2 E11
  • Other (Manufacturing Number): DIDP 20022

Other Versions (5 of 552) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
QE 38112 Michael Jackson Thriller(LP, Album, Pit) Epic QE 38112 US 1982 Sell This Version
245141794 Michael Jackson Thriller 25(M/Stick) Sony Music 245141794 US 2008 Sell This Version
85 930 Michael Jackson Thriller(LP, Album, Promo) VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin 85 930 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1982 Sell This Version
EPC 40-85930 Michael Jackson Thriller(Cass, Album) Epic EPC 40-85930 UK 1982 Sell This Version
88697026872 Michael Jackson Thriller(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, DVD) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697026872 France 2012 Sell This Version


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September 9, 2020
This is the best sounding cd of the Thriller album. Hands down.