USATODAY article (Mar 18, 2023):
CDs debuted in the U.S. in March 1983, followed by a massive rise in popularity, then a fall. As vinyl rebounds, do discs have a comeback left too?
I am trying to remember my first three CDs. I know that Earth Wind & Fire's Powerlight was one of them, and I think George Benson's Give Me The Night and Phil Collins' Hello I Must Be Going were the other two. Fourth, fifth and sixth were, I think, Police Synchronicity and I got the import Virgin release of the first Phil Collins album, Face Value, along with the "bad" version of Donald Fagen's The Nightfly (the "-2" matrix version mistakenly made from an analog copy made for LP cutting). Other early CDs were the Genesis Three Sides Live and I got the self-titled when it was first released, as I had to buy the import since it wasn't released in the US right away. Peter Gabriel's fourth album (titled Security only in the US, self-titled everywhere else in the world) was another early one, as was the abbreviated Plays Live.he first pop CDs I had were Genesis's self-titled album, and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. They were quite the cool thing to demonstrate to customers in our stereo store.
Another good one was Madonna's Like a Virgin, which was one of the first albums "recorded digitally" to appear on CD. It was quite cool to give customers a pair of headphones and watch them jump when that first kick-drum in "Material Girl" hit.
Another great demo disk was Phil Collins' Face Value. If you listen to the song "Hand in Hand," which is an instrumental, it starts off with all keyboards and then about a minute in, you hear the very distinctive Phil Collins drums, and if you have it turned up loud enough, it sounds like he's right there in the room with you.
I also used In The Digital Mood, by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. It was a current recording, not a reissue, so it sounded terrific. I'd use that to demo for older people and sold more than one CD player that way.
I unfortunately did this also, and lived to regret it--very many titles on CD back in those early days sounded a lot worse than their vinyl counterparts, because the labels saw their new cash cow and were grabbing any tape imaginable. There are some who covet the Warner "target" CDs (based on their design) but I personally thought they sounded like ass, and my opinion hasn't changed almost 40 years.I remember thinking I'd probably just re-buy the albums I "liked most" on CD. Of course I wound up re-buying the majority of my library.