35DP - The First Pop and Jazz CD's from Sony Japan

By paulisdead paulisdead
updated over 2 years ago

The Compact Disc audio format is now over 30 years old and the earliest releases are now prime collectibles. Many websites perpetuate the myth that the first commercially available CD was Billy Joel's 52nd Street (35DP-1) and then go on to list the other 35DP releases as if they were the first CDs ever released. It seemed strange to me that a Japanese company would only release US rock and jazz CDs on the day the CD player was first on sale so I did some investigating. It turns out that the first 50 CDs were a mix of US Rock, Japanese Pop, Jazz, and Classical Music. You can identify the true 1st pressings by the gold tone of the label surface if they were pressed at the CBS/Sony SCR pressing plant and silver if not, the dot matrix font style of matrix number, the smooth sided jewel case, and the lack of a barcode on the back insert.

Originally Published by gaijin2002. Updated by paulisdead.

Among the 50 first CD to be released in 1982, the popular music and jazz albums from Sony Music Japan were given the catalogue number preface of 35DP.

Below is a list of the compact discs released under the 35DP number. This list is still to be completed:

35DP-1 - Billy Joel-52nd Street
35DP-2 - Billy Joel-The Stranger
35DP-3 - Boz Scaggs-Middle Man
35DP-4 - Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here
35DP-5 - Toto-Turn Back
35DP-6 - Journey-Escape
35DP-7 - Barbra Streisand - Guilty
35DP-8 - Weather Report - Night Passage
35DP-9 - Al DiMeola/John McLaughlin/Paco De Lucia - Friday Night In San Francisco
35DP-10 - Bob James/Earl Klugh - One On One
35DP-11 - Boz Scaggs - Hits!
35DP-12 - Toto - IV
35DP-13 - Simon & Garfunkel - Collection
35DP-14 - Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
35DP-15 - Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude
35DP-16 - Miles Davis-The Man With The Horn
35DP-17 - The Herbie Hancock Trio With Ron Carter And Tony Williams
35DP-18 - Billy Joel-Glass Houses
35DP-19 - Billy Joel-Songs In The Attic
35DP-20 - Boz Scaggs-Silk Degrees
35DP-21 - Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run
35DP-22 - Art Garfunkel - Scissors Cut
35DP-23 - Santana - Shangó
35DP-24 - ELO-Discovery
35DP-25 - Asia - Asia
35DP-26 - Karla Bonoff-Wild Heart of the Young
35DP-27 - Quarterflash - Quarterflash
35DP-28 - Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind
35DP-29 - Weather Report - Weather Report
35DP-30 - Al Di Meola Electric Rendezvous
35DP-31 - Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up
35DP-32 - Bob James - Hands Down
35DP-33 - Wynton Marsalis - Wynton Marsalis
35DP-34 - Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain
35DP-35 – Bertie Higgins - Just Another Day In Paradise
35DP-36 - Third World - You've Got the Power
35DP-37 - "Annie" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
35DP-38 - The V.S.O.P. Quintet ‎– Five Stars
35DP-39 - Herbie Hancock - Directstep
35DP-40 - Kenny Loggins - High Adventure
35DP-41 - Al Di Meola Tour de Force -- Live
35DP-42 - Toto-Hydra
38DP 43 - Herbie Hancock ‎– The Piano
35DP-44 - Earth Wind and Fire - Powerlight
35DP-45 - Journey - Frontiers
35DP-46 - Weather Report - Procession
35DP-47 - Andy Williams - Love Standard
35DP-48 - Percy Faith - Latin Hit Sounds
35DP-49 - Brothers Four, The - Greenfields
35DP-50 - Percy Faith & His Orchestra - Screen Music Special
35DP-51 - Joni Mitchell - Wild Things Run Fast
35DP-52 - Surf Break Band - Surf Break From Jamaica
35DP-53 – Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
35DP-54 -
35DP-55 - Miles Davis-Star People
35DP-56 - Santana-Havana Moon
35DP-57 - Michael Tilson Thomas, Sarah Vaughan, Los Angeles Philharmonic* - Gershwin Live!
35DP-58 - Santana - Abraxas
35DP-59 - Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story - The Original Sound Track Recording
35DP-60 - Various - Easy Listening Collection
35DP-61 - Miles Davis - Porgy And Bess
35DP-62 - Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
35DP-63 - Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain
35DP-64 - Miles Davis - Someday-My Prince Will Come
35DP-65 - Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis In Concert
35DP-66 - Miles Davis - "Four" & More: Recorded Live In Concert
35DP-67 - Miles Davis - Miles in Tokyo: Miles Davis Live In Concert
35DP-68 - Miles Davis - Miles in Berlin
35DP-69 - Miles Davis - E.S.P.
35DP-70 - Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
35DP-71 - Bob James - The Genie: Themes & Variations From The TV Series "Taxi"
35DP-72 - Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages
35DP-73 - Quarterflash - Take Another Picture
35DP-74
35DP-75 - Wynton Marsalis - Think Of One
35DP-76 - Various - Oldies Golden Million Sellers
35DP-77 - Billy Joel - An Innocent Man
35DP-78 - John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia* - Passion, Grace & Fire
35DP-79 - Third World - All The Way Strong
35DP-80 - Asia - Alpha
35DP-81 -
35DP-82 - Herbie Hancock - Future Shock
35DP-83
35DP-84 - Percy Faith & His Orchestra - All About Percy Faith & His Orchestra
35DP-85 - Ray Conniff And The Singers - All About Ray Conniff and The Singers
35DP-86
35DP-87
35DP-88
35DP-89
35DP-90
35DP-91
35DP-92 - Bob James ‎– Foxie
35DP-93 - Bob Dylan - Infidels
35DP-94
35DP-95
35DP-96
35DP-97
35DP-98
35DP-99 - Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits
35DP-100
35DP-101
35DP-102
35DP 103 - Irene Cara - What a Feelin'
35DP 104 - Paul Anka ‎– Walk A Fine Line
35DP 105 - Earth, Wind & Fire - Electric Universe
35DP 107 - Willie Nelson ‎– Without A Song
35DP 108 - Billy Joel ‎– Cold Spring Harbor
35DP 109 - Billy Joel - Piano Man
35DP 110 - Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade
35DP 111 - Billy Joel - Turnstiles
35DP 112 - Andrew Lloyd Webber ‎– Cats: Selections From The Original Broadway Cast Recording
35DP 113
35DP 114
35DP 115
35DP 116
35DP 117
35DP 118 - Whitesnake ‎– Slide It In
35DP 119 - Night Ranger ‎– Midnight Madness
35DP-120 - Willie Nelson - Stardust
35DP 121 - Willie Nelson ‎– Somewhere Over The Rainbow
35DP 122 - Willie Nelson With Waylon Jennings* ‎– Take It To The Limit
35DP 123
35DP 124
35DP 125
35DP 126
35DP 127
35DP 128
35DP-129 - Various Artists - Footloose
35DP 130 - Weather Report ‎– Black Market
35DP 131 - Weather Report ‎– Heavy Weather
35DP-132 - Weather Report - Mr. Gone
35DP-133
35DP-134
35DP 135 - Gazebo ‎– Gazebo
35DP-136 - Matthew Wilder ‎– I Don't Speak The Language
35DP 137 - Kool & The Gang ‎– In The Heart
35DP 138
35DP 139
35DP 140 - Weather Report ‎– Domino Theory
35DP 141 - Various ‎– New York Hip Hop (Best Of Celluloid)
35DP 142
35DP 143
35DP 144
35DP 145
35DP 146 - Go-Go's - Talk Show
35DP 147
35DP 148 - Steve Perry - Street Talk
35DP-149 - Roger Waters - The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
35DP 150 - Willie Nelson Featuring The Guitar Of Jackie King ‎– Angel Eyes
35DP 151
35DP 152
35DP 153
35DP 154
35DP 155
35DP 156
35DP 157
35DP 158
35DP 159
35DP 160
35DP 161
35DP 162 - Barbra Streisand ‎– The Way We Were
35DP 163 - Barbra Streisand ‎– Classical Barbra
35DP 164 - Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
35DP 165 - Kent Jordan ‎– No Question About It
35DP 166
35DP 167 - La Toya Jackson ‎– Heart Don't Lie
35DP 168
35DP 169
35DP 170 - Miles Davis ‎– Decoy
35DP 171 - Annabel Etkind ‎– Memory
35DP 172 - Branford Marsalis ‎– Scenes In The City
35DP 173 - Pierre Buzon ‎– La Belle Vie
35DP 174 - Quiet Riot ‎– Condition Critical
35DP 175
35DP 176
35DP 177
35DP 178
35DP 179
35DP 180
35DP 181
35DP 182
35DP 183
35DP 184
35DP 185
35DP 186
35DP 187
35DP 188
35DP 189
35DP 190
35DP 191
35DP 192
35DP 193
35DP 194
35DP 195
35DP 196
35DP 197
35DP 198
35DP 199
35DP 200 - The Official Music Of The XXIIIRD Olympiad Los Angeles 1984
35DP 497 - Pete Hamill ‎– New York City Story
35DP 888 - Billy Joel ‎– Концерт

  1. Billy Joel - 52nd Street

    4 For Sale from $99.99

    35DP-1 Billy Joel-52nd Street

  2. Billy Joel - The Stranger

    9 For Sale from $13.70

    35DP-2 Billy Joel-The Stranger

  3. Boz Scaggs - Middle Man

    3 For Sale from $22.47

    35DP-3 Boz Scaggs-Middle Man

  4. Toto - Turn Back

    3 For Sale from $146.07

    35DP-5 Toto-Turn Back

  5. Journey - Escape

    9 For Sale from $32.90

    35DP-6 Journey-Escape

  6. Barbra Streisand - Guilty

    11 For Sale from $50.00

    35DP-7 Barbra Streisand - Guilty

  7. Weather Report - Night Passage

    1 For Sale from $250.00

    35DP-8 Weather Report - Night Passage

  8. Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco

    3 For Sale from $59.99

    35DP-9 Al DiMeola/John McLaughlin/Paco De Lucia - Friday Night In San Francisco

  9. Bob James And Earl Klugh - One On One

    9 For Sale from $11.12

    35DP-10 Bob James/Earl Klugh - One On One

  10. Boz Scaggs - Hits!

    11 For Sale from $11.22

    35DP-11 Boz Scaggs - Hits!

  11. Toto - Toto IV

    3 For Sale from $90.00

    35DP-12 Toto - IV

  12. Simon & Garfunkel - The Simon And Garfunkel Collection

    1 For Sale from $55.06

    35DP-13 Simon & Garfunkel - Collection

  13. Simon And Garfunkel* - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    2 For Sale from $50.00

    35DP-14 Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

  14. Earth, Wind & Fire - Raise!

    5 For Sale from $33.71

    35DP-15 Earth, Wind & Fire - Raise!

  15. Miles Davis - The Man With The Horn

    2 For Sale from $174.16

    35DP-16 Miles Davis-The Man With The Horn

  16. Herbie Hancock Trio With Ron Carter + Tony Williams* - Herbie Hancock Trio With Ron Carter + Tony Williams

    9 For Sale from $20.55

    35DP-17 The Herbie Hancock Trio With Ron Carter And Tony Williams

  17. Billy Joel - Glass Houses

    6 For Sale from $12.00

    35DP-18 Billy Joel-Glass Houses

  18. Billy Joel - Songs In The Attic

    9 For Sale from $22.46

    35DP-19 Billy Joel-Songs In The Attic

  19. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees

    6 For Sale from $20.22

    35DP-20 Boz Scaggs-Silk Degrees

  20. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

    3 For Sale from $75.00

    35DP-21 Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run

  21. Santana - Shangó

    2 For Sale from $99.99

    35DP-23 - Santana - Shangó

  22. Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery

    1 For Sale from $42.99

    35DP-24 - ELO-Discovery

  23. Asia (2) - Asia

    5 For Sale from $99.99

    35DP-25 - Asia - Asia