PDO, UK

PDO, UK

Profile:
UK optical discs manufacturer, located in Blackburn, and operating under the legal name of PDO Discs Ltd. from December 1986 until March 1996.
(Some items released in late 1996 are known to still display a Made in U.K. by PDO credit, possibly due to the use of old stock by the successor company, PMDC.)

Regularly credited in CD matrices with (capitalized) "Made in U.K." or "Made in U.K. by PDO" (or P.D.O.), PDO Discs Ltd. was the UK branch of PDO (Philips DuPont Optical) based in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Originally established in 1980 by Philips Electronics to manufacture Laser Discs, by December 1986 the plant also manufactured CDs, CDRs, and CDVideos. In April 1996 control was handed over to PMDC, UK after the plant was sold to PolyGram.

PDO UK had a strictly sequential numbering system, unique to this plant:
Between 1987 and June 1989 the pattern consisted of 6+2 digits:
XYYYYZ NN (e.g. 134231 01)

where X = 1 (first disc) or 2 (second disc for 2xCD editions) and Z = number of discs in the set
YYYY = sequential manufacturing number,
NN = 01 up to 09 or even higher (potentially the glass master number).

From July 1989 onwards, the system was enhanced to 8+2 digits, with optional symbol presumably identifying the LBR:
XYYYYYYZ NN (e.g. 10133491 01 or 20133491 01 %)

where X = 1 (first disc) or 2 (second disc for 2xCD editions),
YYYYYY = sequential manufacturing number,
NN = 01 to 09, 10, 11, etc. (potentially the glass master number).

The pattern was valid for all discs types (CD, CD-Single, CD-Mini, or CDV).

Only add XYYYYZ and XYYYYYYZ as LCCN catalog number.
For 2xCD editions add Made By - PDO, UK twice with one number each.

Note: The pattern can also be found on other UK plants such as Mayking or VDC. In such cases, PDO should be added for Glass Mastered At plus sequential number.
See an example here.

Due to manufacturing problems at the UK PDO plant, many releases from the late 80s and early 90s eventually suffered from CD bronzing (or "disc rot"), and are rendered unplayable. When the problem became known in the early 1990s, PDO (and later its successors) offered to replace any discs thus affected, and pledged to re-press new CDs to meet the demand.
However, the helpline was discontinued in 2006, and defective CDs are now no longer replaced, even though some of the affected record labels continue to offer replacements.
Such repressings can be identified by a matrix number starting with 198xxxxx, where the 198 usually replaces the first 1 to 3 numbers of the original number (see this example, where 198 replaced the 1).

The Blackburn factory changed hands several more times, being operated by Deluxe (7) and eventually being acquired by EDC and operating as EDC Blackburn Ltd until its closure on December 31, 2009 with all operations moving to EDC's main European plant in Hanover, Germany.
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Contact Info:
Philips Road,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB1 5RZ.
(Contact info now obsolete)
[l342146]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
04 349-1 In My Mind's Eye (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)  album cover Tears For Fears In My Mind's Eye (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)(Laserdisc, 12", PAL, CLV) Music Media (2), Polygram Video 04 349-1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
13482 The Planets • Mlada Suite  album cover Holst*, Rimsky-Korsakov*, Yevgeny Svetlanov*, Philharmonia, The* Holst*, Rimsky-Korsakov*, Yevgeny Svetlanov*, Philharmonia, The* - The Planets • Mlada Suite(CD, Album) Collins Classics 13482 UK 1992 Sell This Version
30332 Le Sacre Du Printemps • Petrouchka (1947)  album cover Stravinsky* / London Symphony Orchestra*, Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos Stravinsky* / London Symphony Orchestra*, Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos - Le Sacre Du Printemps • Petrouchka (1947)(CD, RE) Collins Classics 30332 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
080 016-2 Eyes Of The Wind  album cover Michael Hoppé - Michael Grunstein - Russell Srole Michael Hoppé - Michael Grunstein - Russell Srole - Eyes Of The Wind(CDV, 5", PAL) Philips 080 016-2 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
080 064-2 Shout  album cover Tears For Fears Shout(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury, Phonogram 080 064-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 068-2 I Believe (A Soulful Re-recording)  album cover Tears For Fears I Believe (A Soulful Re-recording)(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury, Phonogram 080 068-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 112-2 Misfit  album cover Curiosity Killed The Cat Misfit(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury 080 112-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 122-2 Breakout  album cover Swing Out Sister Breakout(CDV, 5", PAL) Mercury, Phonogram 080 122-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 150-2 Lost Weekend  album cover Lloyd Cole And The Commotions* Lost Weekend(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 080 150-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 152-2 Perfect Skin  album cover Lloyd Cole And The Commotions* Perfect Skin(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 080 152-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 176 1 The Cure In Orange  album cover The Cure The Cure In Orange(CDV, 12", RE, PAL) PolyGram Music Video, Polydor 080 176 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 306-2 Goldrush  album cover Yello Goldrush(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Fontana 080 306-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 308-2 Oh Yeah  album cover Yello Oh Yeah(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Fontana 080 308-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 456-2 We've Got The Juice  album cover Derek B We've Got The Juice(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Tuff Audio, Phonogram, Music Of Life 080 456-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 472-2 Les Brunes Comptent Pas Pour Des Prunes  album cover Lio Les Brunes Comptent Pas Pour Des Prunes(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 080 472-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
080 496 9 Television  album cover Pet Shop Boys Television(CDV, 8", Comp, PAL) Picture Music International, PolyGram Music Video 080 496 9 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 500-9 Visible Touch  album cover Genesis Visible Touch 080 500-9 UK 1987 Sell This Version
080 506-1 Storytelling Giant  album cover Talking Heads Storytelling Giant(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, Comp, PAL) PolyGram Music Video, Picture Music International 080 506-1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 560-2 Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm  album cover The Style Council Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 080 560-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 576-2 Take A Look  album cover Level 42 Take A Look(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 080 576-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 626-2 Animal  album cover Def Leppard Animal(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Bludgeon Riffola, Phonogram, Vertigo 080 626-2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
082 644-1 Rocking All Over The Years - All Their Greatest Hits Live  album cover Status Quo Rocking All Over The Years - All Their Greatest Hits Live(Laserdisc, 12", PAL) PolyGram Music Video 082 644-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
082 648-1 The Wall: Live In Berlin  album cover Roger Waters The Wall: Live In Berlin(Laserdisc, 12", PAL) PolyGram Music Video 082 648-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
082 750-1 Going To California  album cover Tears For Fears Going To California(Laserdisc, 12", PAL) Polygram Music Video 082 750-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
083 588-1 Two Rooms - Celebrating The songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin  album cover Various Two Rooms - Celebrating The songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin(Laserdisc, PAL) Polygram Video international 083 588-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
085 556-1 Achtung Baby - The Videos, The Cameos And A Whole Lot Of Interference From ZooTV  album cover U2 Achtung Baby - The Videos, The Cameos And A Whole Lot Of Interference From ZooTV(Laserdisc, 12", PAL, Sté) Island Records 085 556-1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
086 436-1 L'autre  album cover Mylène Farmer L'autre(Laserdisc, Comp, PAL) Polygram Video 086 436-1 France 1992 Sell This Version
087 742-1 Show  album cover Cure* Show(Laserdisc, PAL) PolyGram Music Video, Fiction Records 087 742-1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
089 566-1 Ten Summoner's Tales  album cover Sting Ten Summoner's Tales(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, PAL) Polygram Video 089 566-1 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
100341 Love And Dancing  album cover The League Unlimited Orchestra Love And Dancing(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 100341 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100381 Dare!  album cover The Human League Dare! (Album) 100381 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100391 Colour By Numbers  album cover Culture Club Colour By Numbers(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 100391 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100401 Hysteria  album cover The Human League Hysteria(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 100401 UK 1987 Sell This Version
100421 Lost Boys  album cover The Flying Pickets Lost Boys(CD, Album, RE) 10 Records 100421 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
100441 Crises  album cover Mike Oldfield Crises(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 100441 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100581 Plays Live - Highlights  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live - Highlights(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 100581 UK 1987 Sell This Version
100591 Gone To Earth  album cover David Sylvian Gone To Earth (Album) 100591 UK 1987 Sell This Version
100671 Meet Danny Wilson  album cover Danny Wilson (2) Meet Danny Wilson(CD, Album) Virgin 100671 UK 1987 Sell This Version
100701 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)  album cover Eurythmics 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (Album) 100701 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100731 The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack)  album cover Mike Oldfield The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack)(CD, Album) Virgin 100731 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100811 Brilliant Trees  album cover David Sylvian Brilliant Trees (Album) 100811 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100901 Unconditionally Guaranteed  album cover Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Unconditionally Guaranteed(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 100901 UK 1987 Sell This Version
100911 Vaudeville  album cover In Tua Nua Vaudeville(CD, Album) Virgin 100911 UK 1987 Sell This Version
101011 The Big Express  album cover XTC The Big Express(CD, Album, RP) Virgin 101011 UK Unknown Sell This Version
101361 Nobody's Fool  album cover Cinderella (3) Nobody's Fool(CDV, 5", NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 101361 US 1988 Sell This Version
101651 The Golden Boy  album cover Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 101651 UK 1989 Sell This Version
101661 And So I Will Wait For You  album cover Freddie McGregor And So I Will Wait For You(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 101661 UK 1988 Sell This Version
101751 Candy  album cover Cameo Candy(CDV, 5", Single, NTSC) Atlanta Artists, Atlanta Artists, PolyGram Music Video, PolyGram Music Video 101751 US 1988 Sell This Version
101771 Lonely Ol' Night  album cover John Cougar Mellencamp Lonely Ol' Night(CDV, 5", NTSC) Riva (2), PolyGram Music Video 101771 US 1988 Sell This Version
101921 Everybody Wants To Rule The World  album cover Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World(CDV, 5", Single, NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 101921 US 1988 Sell This Version
102011 Big City Nights  album cover Scorpions Big City Nights(CDV, 5", NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video, Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 102011 US 1988 Sell This Version
102101 Rubycon  album cover Tangerine Dream Rubycon (Album) 102101 UK 1987 Sell This Version
102361 Working With Fire And Steel (Possible Pop Songs Volume Two)  album cover China Crisis Working With Fire And Steel (Possible Pop Songs Volume Two)(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 102361 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
102411 Perlimpinpim  album cover Barbara (5) Perlimpinpim(CDV, 5", PAL) Philips 102411 France 1988 Sell This Version
102421 Tied Up  album cover Yello Tied Up(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury 102421 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102441 Chocolate Girl  album cover Deacon Blue Chocolate Girl(CD, Single) CBS, CBS 102441 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102461 Cosmic Radiation  album cover Hyperdrama C.L.U.B. Cosmic Radiation(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Metronome 102461 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102471 Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More  album cover The Wonder Stuff Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 102471 UK 1988 Sell This Version
102601 Cyclone  album cover Tangerine Dream Cyclone (Album) 102601 UK 1987 Sell This Version
102631 Head Over Heels  album cover Tears For Fears Head Over Heels(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury, Phonogram 102631 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102681 Breakout  album cover Swing Out Sister Breakout(CDV, 5", PAL) Mercury, Phonogram 102681 UK 1988 Sell This Version
102701 Eyes Of The Wind  album cover Michael Hoppé - Michael Grunstein - Russell Srole Michael Hoppé - Michael Grunstein - Russell Srole - Eyes Of The Wind(CDV, 5", Promo, PAL) Philips 102701 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
102721 Let's Put The X In Sex  album cover Kiss Let's Put The X In Sex(CDV, 5", NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 102721 US 1989 Sell This Version
102731 Don't Go  album cover Hothouse Flowers Don't Go(CDV, 5", NTSC) London Records, PolyGram Music Video 102731 US 1988 Sell This Version
102897 Themes From Vapourspace  album cover Vapourspace Themes From Vapourspace(CD, Album) Internal, Internal 102897 UK 1994 Sell This Version
103061 What Kind Of Fool  album cover All About Eve What Kind Of Fool(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Mercury 103061 UK 1988 Sell This Version
103071 Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)  album cover Status Quo Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Vertigo 103071 UK 1989 Sell This Version
103141 The Last Mile  album cover Cinderella (3) The Last Mile(CDV, 5", Single, NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 103141 US 1988 Sell This Version
103151 Brand New Toy  album cover The Jeremy Days Brand New Toy(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Polydor 103151 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
103181 Big Area  album cover Then Jerico Big Area(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) London Records 103181 UK 1989 Sell This Version
123011 Symphony No 2 / Symphony 3 / Trumpets / Ophelia Dances / Coursing / Cantata  album cover Oliver Knussen / Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, London Sinfonietta, The Nash Ensemble Oliver Knussen / Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, London Sinfonietta, The Nash Ensemble - Symphony No 2 / Symphony 3 / Trumpets / Ophelia Dances / Coursing / Cantata(CD, Album, RE) Unicorn-Kanchana 123011 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123061 The Peel Sessions  album cover Syd Barrett The Peel Sessions(CD, EP) Strange Fruit 123061 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123071 The Peel Sessions  album cover The Cure The Peel Sessions(CD, EP) Strange Fruit 123071 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123081 Another Kind Of Love  album cover Hugh Cornwell Another Kind Of Love(CD, Single) Virgin 123081 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123111 Thirteen Preludes Op 32 / Prelude In F Major / Prelude In D Minor  album cover Rachmaninov* - Howard Shelley Rachmaninov* - Howard Shelley - Thirteen Preludes Op 32 / Prelude In F Major / Prelude In D Minor(CD, RE, Emp) Hyperion 123111 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123131 I Was Glad (Cathedral Music By Parry)  album cover Parry*, St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor*, Roger Judd, Christopher Robinson Parry*, St George's Chapel Choir, Windsor*, Roger Judd, Christopher Robinson - I Was Glad (Cathedral Music By Parry)(CD) Hyperion 123131 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123281 Blue Monday 1988  album cover NewOrder* Blue Monday 1988(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Factory 123281 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123341 Got To Be Certain  album cover Kylie Minogue Got To Be Certain(CD, Single) PWL Records 123341 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123421 The Complete Music for String Trio Volume 1  album cover Ludwig van Beethoven, Cummings String Trio, Diana Cummings, Luciano Iorio, Geoffrey Thomas Ludwig van Beethoven, Cummings String Trio, Diana Cummings, Luciano Iorio, Geoffrey Thomas - The Complete Music for String Trio Volume 1(CD) Unicorn-Kanchana 123421 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123461 Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm  album cover The Style Council Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm(CD, Single) Polydor, Polydor 123461 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
123471 Get It On  album cover Kingdom Come (2) Get It On(CDV, 5", Single, NTSC) Polydor, Mercury, PolyGram Music Video, Polydor, Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 123471 US 1988 Sell This Version
123471 The Perfumed Garden And Other Piano Works  album cover Sorabji* / Michael Habermann Sorabji* / Michael Habermann - The Perfumed Garden And Other Piano Works(CD) ASV Digital, Musicmasters 123471 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123481 Civilian  album cover Frank Tovey Civilian(CD, Album) Mute 123481 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123511 I Will Be With You  album cover T'Pau I Will Be With You(CD, Single, Pic) Siren (3) 123511 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123551 The Conversation Disc Series   album cover AC/DC The Conversation Disc Series (CD, Ltd, Unofficial) The Conversation Disc Series 123551 UK Unknown Sell This Version
123601 In The Air Tonight (88' Remix) And (Extended Version)  album cover Phil Collins In The Air Tonight (88' Remix) And (Extended Version)(CD, Single) Virgin 123601 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123611 Happy Ever After  album cover Julia Fordham Happy Ever After(CD, Single) Circa 123611 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123622 La Traviata  album cover Verdi* - Rosa Ponselle Verdi* - Rosa Ponselle - La Traviata(2xCD, RE, RM) Pearl 123622 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123631 Metal Masters  album cover Accept Metal Masters(CD, Comp, RE) Razor Records (2) 123631 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123641 Roll With It  album cover Steve Winwood Roll With It(CD, Single) Virgin 123641 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123741 Everlasting Love  album cover Sandra Everlasting Love(CD, Single) Siren (3) 123741 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123771 Junk Culture  album cover Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Junk Culture(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 123771 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123781 Presenting Joshua Bell  album cover Joshua Bell Presenting Joshua Bell(CDV, 5", Single, PAL) Decca 123781 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
123821 Mr. Bachelor  album cover Loose Ends Mr. Bachelor(CD, Single) Virgin 123821 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123831 Go  album cover Blow Go(CD, Single) 10 Records 123831 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123851 Middle Man  album cover Living Colour Middle Man(CD, Single) Epic 123851 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123871 The Mercy Seat  album cover Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Mercy Seat(CD, Single) Mute 123871 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123931 No Clause 28  album cover By George* No Clause 28(CD, Single) Virgin 123931 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124001 Tons Of Sobs  album cover Free Tons Of Sobs(CD, Album, RE) Island Records 124001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
124041 Limbo  album cover Bryan Ferry Limbo(CD, Single) Virgin 124041 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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adylee

adylee

November 18, 2017
I loathed this pressing company promising to replace defected copies there were so many they couldn't deal with the demand!
as for repressing existing copies they failed here too.

They often refused replacing them with an excuse of "its just a unique gold hue" a tint that was applied to some discs and justifying it saying they were "unique in using silver" rather than aluminium like other manufactures.

The truth is they used poor lacquer when other manufactures used good acrylic.
they changed the formulation in the mid 90's but i contacted them 2 year before this' well before it was wide spread.
i had no reply....

I took it into my own hands in 1993 and spent about 10 month going round shops opening discs (with permission) and receipts swapping 90% of the ones i owned with the new "silver" colour ones with the new formulation.

They were sneakily pressing newer copies for 12 month without any public announcement they ended up on shelves in the shops but majority of the population didn't know! until 1994 when it hit the news....
by then i replaced nearly all that i could i told some family members to do the same.

To this day there is still some great tracks with scarse mixes included on some of these older discs that have still not seen the light of day they never will.
Shame!