CBS 40XXX Series

By Columbia39 Columbia39
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:
Original "CBS Catalog Number Confusion" thread:

  1. Exile (7) - Hang On To Your Heart

    44 For Sale from $0.99

    Epic, BFE 40000

  2. Aldo Nova - Twitch

    28 For Sale from $2.99

    Portrait, FR 40001

  3. Jimmy Cliff - Cliff Hanger

    38 For Sale from $1.93

    Columbia, FC/PC 40002

  4. Nina Hagen - In Ekstasy

    10 For Sale from $6.67

    40003 MISSING
    Columbia, FC 40004

  5. Culture Club - Waking Up With The House On Fire

    4 For Sale from $9.10

    Virgin/Epic, 9E9 40005

  6. Mountain - Go For Your Life

    42 For Sale from $3.00

    Scotti Bros., FZ 40006

  7. T.G. Sheppard - Livin' On The Edge

    38 For Sale from $0.99

    Columbia, FC 40007

  8. Willie Nelson - Me & Paul

    65 For Sale from $1.11

    Columbia, FC 40008

  9. Clarence Clemons - Hero

    112 For Sale from $0.99

    Columbia, BFC 40010

  10. Duke Ellington - All Star Road Band Volume 2

    32 For Sale from $2.99

    40011 MISSING
    Doctor Jazz, W2X 40012/40013/40014

  11. Bloodstone - Bloodstone's Greatest Hits

    33 For Sale from $3.10

    40015 MISSING
    T-Neck, PZ 40016

  12. The Clash - Cut The Crap

    43 For Sale from $5.68

    Epic, FE 40017
    November 1985

  13. Heaven (13) - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

    14 For Sale from $5.95

    Brighton/Columbia, BFC 40018

  14. Nicole* - What About Me?

    40 For Sale from $1.50

    Portrait, BFR 40019

  15. Patti Labelle - Patti

    181 For Sale from $0.86

    Philadelphia International, FZ 40020 (last LP release under CBS distribution)

  16. Process and the Doo Rags - Too Sharp

    61 For Sale from $0.93

    Columbia, BFC 40021

  17. Roy Ayers - You Might Be Surprised

    40 For Sale from $2.27

    Columbia, FC 40022

  18. Miles Davis - You're Under Arrest

    65 For Sale from $3.00

    Columbia, FC 40023
    April 1985

  19. Cheryl Lynn - It's Gonna Be Right

    67 For Sale from $1.80

    Columbia, FC 40024

  20. Herbie Hancock - Perfect Machine

    29 For Sale from $4.99

    Columbia, FC 40025
    May 1988

  21. Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin

    9 For Sale from $19.99

    CBS Associated, OZ 40026
    February 1986

  22. The Outfield - Play Deep

    21 For Sale from $14.99

    Columbia, FC 40027
    November 1985