WEA Manufacturing Gen4 CDs (my collection only)

By mjb mjb
updated 2 months ago

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This generation is mainly identifiable by the thick-block barcode in the matrix area. These usually have a mother/stamper code (e.g. M1S1) but it may be very faint (especially on the older ones), and I have at several discs with no mother/stamper code (search for this text in the list); this seems to occur randomly. Older cuts and previous generations tend to have the matrix text in a 5×7 dot-matrix font, newer ones have 9×7. I have not yet checked to see when this changeover occurred but I feel we should split Gen4 based on this.

I maintain a separate list for the scanned barcodes.

First pressings in this generation have street dates from roughly mid-1990 to mid-1992.

See Lazlo's guide for more info. Some of these (also through Gen6 at least) have a small parabola-shaped mark where the clear plastic part of the hub joins with the rest of the disc. This may not be intentional. Click for example. Also there are some older discs with "||" marks impressed on the clear plastic hub.

Similar CDs were made for CBS labels (CBS, Columbia, Epic) by another company; see my list of WEA Manufacturing-style CDs made by SDM (Columbia Pitman) (my collection only).

  1. Erasure - Blue Savannah

    21 For Sale from $2.60

    1 21428-2 SRC+01 M1S1
    13 Mar 1990

  2. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

    9 For Sale from $0.99

    1 21490-2 SRC=01 M1S3
    27 Feb 1990
    original slipcase release
    I'm sure I bought mine new around the time it came out, so it is a bit odd that the release date is so much earlier than the others. I would expect a Gen3 disc.

  3. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

    21 For Sale from $3.58

    1 21490-2 SRC=01 M1S4
    © 1990
    jewel case; has same disc as the slipcase release

  4. Madonna - Vogue

    29 For Sale from $3.22

    1 21513-2 SRC+03 M1S1
    06 Apr 1990
    That release date is for the slipcase, but this is the jewel case edition which came later, IIRC. I am wondering if the slipcase came with a Gen3 disc or Gen4.

  5. Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth

    43 For Sale from $1.00

    1 21534-2 SRC=02 M1S7
    22 May 1990

  6. Baby Ford - Let's Talk It Over / Change

    8 For Sale from $0.99

    1 21557-2 SRC-01 M1S1
    © 1990

  7. Englandneworder* - World In Motion…

    29 For Sale from $0.44

    1 21582-2 SRC-01 M1S5
    © 1990

  8. DepecheMode* - World In My Eyes / Happiest Girl / Sea Of Sin

    40 For Sale from $2.99

    1 21735-2 SRC=02 M1S10
    16 Oct 1990

  9. The Dream Academy - Love

    8 For Sale from $3.49

    1 21738-2 SRC+02 M2S3
    © 1990

  10. Tevin Campbell - Round And Round

    9 For Sale from $3.00

    1 21740-2 SRC-01 M2S1
    Sep 1990

  11. Madonna - Justify My Love

    39 For Sale from $2.84

    1 21820-2 SRC=01
    © 1990
    no mother/stamper code on this one ... so it is like a Gen2/Gen4 hybrid!

  12. Electronic - Get The Message

    18 For Sale from $1.00

    1 21832-2 SRC=03 M2S7
    28 Apr 1991

  13. New Order - 'Low-life'

    1 For Sale from $8.00

    1 25289-2 SRC=05 M5S13
    © 1985 but circa 1988 first pressing
    Gen4 disc with Gen7 M#S# and mold SID

  14. Depeche Mode - Catching Up With Depeche Mode

    37 For Sale from $1.58

    1 25346-2 SRC+11 M5S10
    © 1985 but this is obviously a later pressing

  15. Roxy Music - Avalon

    16 For Sale from $2.00

    1 23686-2 SRC=04
    © 1982
    first press was probably Gen1 or Gen2 from '87, mine is Gen4 but has no mother/stamper code

  16. Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World

    56 For Sale from $0.89

    1 25837-2 RE-1 SRC=02 M3S8
    6 Jun 1989
    mine is a Gen4; original pressings are probably Gen3

  17. Erasure - Crackers International

    28 For Sale from $1.42

    1 25904-2 SRC+07 M1 S9
    25 Apr 1989
    mine is a Gen4 repress; earlier cuts were Gen3

  18. Depeche Mode - Violator

    45 For Sale from $2.00

    1 26081-2 SRC=02 M1S1
    20 Mar 1990

  19. Various - Just Say Da (Volume IV Of Just Say Yes)

    27 For Sale from $1.40

    1 26240-2 SRC+03 M1S9
    4 Sep 1990

  20. My Bloody Valentine - Glider

    34 For Sale from $2.00

    1 26313-2 SRC=01 M1S5
    © 1990

  21. Morrissey - Bona Drag

    31 For Sale from $2.00

    1 26221-2 SRC=01 M1S4
    6 Nov 1990

  22. Information Society - Hack

    23 For Sale from $1.49

    1 26258-2 SRC+01 M1S10
    September or October 1990
    matrix barcode is missing the stop character

  23. Electronic - Electronic

    35 For Sale from $1.00

    1 26387-2 SRC+01
    © 1991
    no mother/stamper code

  24. Lush - Gala

    14 For Sale from $4.99

    1 26463-2 SRC+02 M1S5
    13 Nov 1990
    has ARC & SRC pressings in one sub; needs to be split