WEA Manufacturing Gen3 CDs (my collection only)

By mjb mjb
updated 7 months ago

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These are the first CDs to have a mother/stamper code. There is almost always a space or dash between the mother and stamper IDs. It is located at "6 o'clock", i.e. half a rotation away from the main matrix number. I have yet to spot a Gen3 glass master with a mother/stamper code at any other location, which is weird because you would think that in the Gen4 era, when the mother/stamper ID was closer to the main matrix number, they still would have pressed some with Gen3 glass masters.

The unused space in the matrix area of these CDs is filled, as in previous generations.

Earliest originals from this generation spotted so far seem to be the Depeche Mode and New Order promo singles which would have been out circa April 1988. Latest ones seem to be from late 1989, e.g. I think the Robert Palmer compilation is from October/November.

  1. The B-52's - Love Shack

    15 For Sale from $1.50

    1 21318-2 SRC-01 M3 S6
    © 1989

  2. Deborah Harry - I Want That Man

    7 For Sale from $3.00

    1 21322-2 SRC-01 M1 S2
    © 1989

  3. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

    45 For Sale from $2.00

    1 21328-2 SRC-03 M2 S2
    19 Sep 1989
    probably lots of Gen4 pressings out there too

  4. Erasure - Drama! / Sweet, Sweet Baby / Paradise

    23 For Sale from $0.50

    1 21356-2 SRC-02 M1 S3
    © 1989

  5. Baby Ford - Beach Bump

    12 For Sale from $2.95

    1 21440-2 SRC+01 M1 S3
    © 1990

  6. The B-52's - Roam (Remixes)

    13 For Sale from $1.00

    1 21441-2 SRC+01 M1 S2
    © 1989

  7. Various - Just Say Yes... Sire's Winter CD Music Sampler

    33 For Sale from $1.12

    1 25665-2 SRC-12 M2 S4
    4 Nov 1987 / first pressings may be Gen2

  8. Various - Just Say Yo (Volume 2 Of Just Say Yes)

    27 For Sale from $0.73

    1 25745-2 RE-1 SRC-07 M3S6
    9 Aug 1988
    early pressings may have been Gen2. I think I got mine in very early 1989.
    No space in mother/stamper code!

  9. R.E.M. - Green

    52 For Sale from $1.00

    1 25795-2 RE-1 SRC+02 M3 S2
    08 Nov 1988

  10. Ofra Haza - Shaday

    12 For Sale from $0.50

    1 25816-2 SRC-01 M1-S1
    Nov 1988

  11. Various - Just Say Mao (Volume III Of Just Say Yes)

    16 For Sale from $3.00

    1 25947-2 SRC-01 M1 S1
    11 Jul 1989

  12. The Diabolical Biz Markie* - The Biz Never Sleeps

    9 For Sale from $3.99

    1 26003-2 RE-1 SRC-05 M4 S1
    10 Oct 1989

  13. Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel

    6 For Sale from $65.47

    1 PRO CD 2953-2 SRC+01 M1 S1
    ℗ 1988

  14. New Order - Blue Monday 1988

    8 For Sale from $13.00

    1 PRO CD 3053-2 SRC-01 M1 S1
    © 1988

  15. Information Society - What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)

    8 For Sale from $19.99

    1 PRO CD 3143-2 SRC-01 M2 S1
    © 1988

  16. Depeche Mode - Strangelove (Remixes)

    3 For Sale from $65.00

    1 PRO CD 3213-2 RE-1 SRC-02 M1 S2
    © 1988

  17. Information Society - Repetition (Edit)

    1 For Sale from $149.95

    1 PRO CD 3333-2 SRC=02 M2 S1
    © 1989

  18. Information Society - Lay All Your Love On Me (Remixes)

    1 For Sale from $149.95

    1 PRO CD 3449-2 SRC=02 M1 S1
    © 1989

  19. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts (Live)

    5 For Sale from $44.99

    1 PRO CD 3485-2 SRC=01 M1 S2
    ℗ 1989

  20. The Cure - Lovesong

    43 For Sale from $1.95

    2 66676-2 RE-1 SRC=01 M3 S2
    Aug 1989

  21. Various - Buster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    30 For Sale from $1.00

    3 81905-2 SRC-04 M2-S3
    © 1988

  22. INXS - The Swing

    3 For Sale from $2.00

    3 90160-2 SRC=03 M1 S7
    © 1984
    obviously not that old

  23. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome

    7 For Sale from $4.30

    3 90232-2 SRC-07 M2 S7
    © 1984 / circa 1987–1989 release based on manufacturer, Gen3, label art, cat# from before PolyGram/Island merger

  24. The Art Of Noise - (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!

    9 For Sale from $2.99

    3 90179-2 SRC-01 M1 S3
    © 1984 / circa 1987–1989 release based on manufacturer, Gen3, label art, cat# from before PolyGram/Island merger