CBS 40XXX Series
updated 7 months ago
So, this is it. In the order the actual sequencing happened (I say that because I started these going back from 36XXX until launching right into 37XXX after 30XXX), we started off at the beginning of the 1970s, when the Epic labels were still yellow, Harmony repackagings were plentiful, and catalog numbers mainly had no prefixes. As time went on, CBS changed with the times, taking our numbering journeys into the golden ages of FM rock, Philly soul, and country music. Proper white-label promos from CBS came and went, artists were signed and dropped, material was packaged and repackaged, mini-LPs were introduced, labels were opened and closed, other labels were acquired and dropped, new artists were given their shot through the Exposed samplers and the CBS Artist Development Program (for more on that, see a review for Holly And The Italians - The Right To Be Italian), and CBS even put out the best selling album in the world (Thriller, Epic QE 38112). Sooner or later, the numbering system had to come to a head, and it did in the late Eighties. After the 40XXX Series wrapped in this part of the decade, the numbering went totally off the rails, with the group (later to be bought up by Bertelsmann) using numerous different numbering sequences at a time, all at a rapid clip, until switching to the current "8XXXX XXXXX X" system sometime in 2005. I, however, intend to stop the series of lists with this, the last CBS numbering series before the post-40999 derailing of the system. Here it is, the 40XXX Series - and as it's VERY heavy on the pop/country/jazz releases, you can say this is actually where the derailing began. And if you haven't seen any of the other installments yet (plus my Canadian Special, and the thread that inspired what I've spent the past five months gathering), check them out below.
Canadian Special: https://www.discogs.com/lists/CBS-Canada-80XXX-Series/445464
Original "CBS Catalog Number Confusion" thread: https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/766648