PDO, UK

PDO, UK

Profile:
Operating under this name from December 1986 until March 1996.
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:
XYYYYY ZZ (e.g. 134231 01)

where X = 1 (first disc) or 2 (second disc for 2xCD editions),
YYYYY = sequential manufacturing number,
ZZ = 01 up to 09 or even higher (potentially the glass master number).

From July 1989 onwards, the system was enhanced to 8+2 digits:
XYYYYYYY ZZ (e.g. 10133491 01 or 20133491 01 %)

where X = 1 (first disc) or 2 (second disc for 2xCD editions),
YYYYYYY = sequential manufacturing number,
ZZ = 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 XYYYYY and XYYYYYYY 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.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
Philips Road,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB1 5RZ.
(Contact info now obsolete)
[l342146]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12441 Chocolate Girl  album cover Deacon Blue Chocolate Girl(CD, Single) CBS, CBS 12441 UK & Europe 1988 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
080 306-2 Goldrush  album cover Yello Goldrush(CDV, Single, PAL) Fontana 080 306-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
080 308-2 Oh Yeah  album cover Yello Oh Yeah (Single) 080 308-2 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, Single, PAL) Polydor 080 472-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
080 576-2 Take A Look  album cover Level 42 Take A Look(CDV, Maxi, PAL) Polydor 080 576-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
080 626-2 Animal  album cover Def Leppard Animal(CDV, Single, PAL) Bludgeon Riffola 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
082 750-1 Going To California  album cover Tears For Fears Going To California(Laserdisc, PAL, 12") 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
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 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 Unknown 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
100671 Meet Danny Wilson  album cover Danny Wilson (2) Meet Danny Wilson(CD, Album) Virgin 100671 UK 1987 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 1984 Sell This Version
100811 Brilliant Trees  album cover David Sylvian Brilliant Trees (Album) 100811 UK 1984 Sell This Version
101011 The Big Express  album cover XTC The Big Express(CD, Album, RP) Virgin 101011 UK Unknown Sell This Version
101651 The Golden Boy  album cover Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy(CDV, 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, Single, PAL) Polydor 101661 UK 1988 Sell This Version
101921 Everybody Wants To Rule The World  album cover Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World(CDV, Single, NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 101921 US 1988 Sell This Version
102101 Rubycon  album cover Tangerine Dream Rubycon (Album) 102101 UK 1987 Sell This Version
102411 Perlimpinpim  album cover Barbara (5) Perlimpinpim(CDV, PAL) Philips 102411 France 1988 Sell This Version
102421 Tied Up  album cover Yello Tied Up(CDV, Single, PAL) Mercury 102421 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102461 Cosmic Radiation  album cover Hyperdrama C.L.U.B. Cosmic Radiation(CDV, 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, 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 (Single) 102631 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
102681 Breakout  album cover Swing Out Sister Breakout(CDV, PAL) Mercury 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, 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, NTSC) Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 102721 US 1988 Sell This Version
102731 Don't Go  album cover Hothouse Flowers Don't Go(CDV, 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, 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, Single, PAL) Vertigo 103071 UK 1989 Sell This Version
103151 Brand New Toy  album cover The Jeremy Days Brand New Toy(CDV, Single, PAL) Polydor 103151 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
103181 Big Area  album cover Then Jerico Big Area(CDV, 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) Hyperion 123111 UK 1988 Sell This Version
123281 Blue Monday 1988  album cover NewOrder* Blue Monday 1988(CDV, 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
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, Single, NTSC) Polydor, Mercury, PolyGram Music Video, Polydor, Mercury, PolyGram Music Video 123471 US 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
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
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) 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
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, 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
124061 Peek-A-Boo  album cover Siouxsie And The Banshees* Peek-A-Boo(CD, Single) Wonderland (3), Polydor 124061 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124071 Don't Fear Me Now (Kiss You Once More)  album cover In Tua Nua Don't Fear Me Now (Kiss You Once More)(CD, Single) Virgin 124071 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124081 UB40 With Chrissie Hynde UB40 With Chrissie Hynde - Breakfast In Bed (Single) 124081 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124091 Abacab  album cover Genesis Abacab(CD, Album) Virgin 124091 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124141 Never Tear Us Apart  album cover INXS Never Tear Us Apart(CD, Single, Car) Mercury, Mercury 124141 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124151 The Best Of My Love  album cover Dee Lewis The Best Of My Love(CD, Single) Phonogram, Phonogram, Mercury, Mercury 124151 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124161 Anything Can Happen  album cover Was (Not Was) Anything Can Happen(CD, Maxi, Tin) Fontana, Fontana 124161 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124191 Grijp Naar Goud  album cover No Artist Grijp Naar Goud(CDV, Single, Promo, PAL) Philips 124191 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
124221 Cross My Heart  album cover Eighth Wonder Cross My Heart(CD, Single) CBS 124221 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124241 Feel The Need In Me  album cover Shakin' Stevens Feel The Need In Me(CD, Single) Epic, Epic 124241 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124301 Kylie  album cover Kylie Minogue Kylie(CD, Album) PWL Records 124301 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124331 Hands To Heaven  album cover Breathe (3) Hands To Heaven(CD, Single) Siren (3), Siren (3) 124331 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124421 Just A Game  album cover Oldland Montano Just A Game(CD, Single) Siren (3) 124421 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124621 Beatin' The Heat  album cover Jack 'N' Chill Beatin' The Heat(CD, Single) 10 Records, Oval (3) 124621 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124631 Flesh Of My Flesh  album cover Lavine Hudson Flesh Of My Flesh(CD, Single) Virgin 124631 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124641 (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me  album cover Alexander O'Neal (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me(CD, Single) Tabu Records 124641 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124651 Hey Manhattan!  album cover Prefab Sprout Hey Manhattan!(CD, Single) Kitchenware Records, CBS 124651 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124661 We Have The Technology  album cover Pere Ubu We Have The Technology(CD, Single, Num) Fontana, Fontana 124661 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124681 The Peel Sessions  album cover Joy Division The Peel Sessions(CD, EP) Strange Fruit 124681 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124701 The Peel Sessions (26.1.81)  album cover New Order The Peel Sessions (26.1.81) (EP) 124701 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124721 The Peel Sessions  album cover The Wedding Present The Peel Sessions(CD, EP) Strange Fruit 124721 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124731 The Peel Sessions  album cover Stiff Little Fingers The Peel Sessions(CD, EP) Strange Fruit 124731 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124751 Riot  album cover Jesus & Mary Chain* Riot(CD, Single, RE, Unofficial) Fierce Recordings 124751 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124761 Love Bites  album cover Def Leppard Love Bites(CD, Single) Bludgeon Riffola, Bludgeon Riffola, Phonogram, Phonogram 124761 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124781 Martha's Harbour  album cover All About Eve Martha's Harbour(CD, Single, Gat) Mercury, Mercury 124781 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124911 Ricochet  album cover Tangerine Dream Ricochet (Album) 124911 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124921 À Paris  album cover The Style Council À Paris(CDV, Single, PAL) Polydor 124921 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124951 Rev It Up  album cover Jerry Harrison : Casual Gods* Rev It Up (Single) 124951 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124961 Don't Make Me Wait  album cover Clive Griffin Don't Make Me Wait(CD, Single) Mercury, Mercury 124961 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
124971 Love And Money (Selected Tracks From "Strange Kind Of Love")  album cover Love And Money Love And Money (Selected Tracks From "Strange Kind Of Love")(CD, Promo) Fontana, Phonogram 124971 UK 1988 Sell This Version
124981 Ainsi Soit Je...  album cover Mylene Farmer* Ainsi Soit Je...(CDV, Maxi, PAL) Polydor 124981 France 1988 Sell This Version
125001 Let's Apologize  album cover Tove Naess Let's Apologize(CD, Single) Virgin, Virgin 125001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
125041 Ayla (Disco Mix)  album cover Flash And The Pan* Ayla (Disco Mix)(CD, Single) Epic, Albert Productions 125041 UK 1988 Sell This Version
125131 This Is The Chorus  album cover Morris Minor And The Majors This Is The Chorus(CD, Single) 10 Records 125131 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!