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Def Jam Recordings ‎– C 44303, Def Jam Recordings ‎– FC 44303, Columbia ‎– C 44303, Columbia ‎– FC 44303
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Direct Metal Mastering (DMM).

Characteristics of this pressing:
- cat # (label): C 44303
- cat # (spine): FC 44303
- labels: have both the Def Jam Recordings and Columbia logos and includes the track listing (see images).

Although similar to the other version, this version can be distinguished by white text printed on both labels, which is absent on the other version.

There is also a very similar version with the catalog number BFW 44303 printed on its labels, which also can be distinguished by the absence of the Columbia logo around the perimeter of its labels and was likely released subsequent to this version. Furthermore, this version can also be distinguished by the black background found on the back cover of the jacket, which on the BFW 44303 version is red.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-44303-1
  • Barcode (String): 07464443031
  • Barcode (Scanned): 074644430318
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Etched): AL-44303-1C MASTERDISK-DMM G2 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Etched): BL-44303-1C MASTERDISK-DMM G2 A6


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August 17, 2018
The differences between the 88 vinyl release and the 2000 release at a quick A/B comparison is the reissue is between 1.5 to 2 db louder and there is a wide boost centered around 5K also it seems they have slightly dropped via a low shelf everything below 300hz slightly on the reissue. Also the side info on the reissue has some scratchy distortion on the vocals which you sometimes get from lower res mp3’s, so I don't know what that is all about.


July 14, 2017

The BFW 44303 version has the PE name in Yellow, instead of Black. Yellow is used in non-US released versions. Apparently all US version have the PE title in Black. Can someone verify? Thanks.