The Complete Japanese CD-Single Guide

Date: 2011-06-04 Autor: Kamil

text and pictures by Kamil Kaznowski and Maciej Stańczak
thanks for additional pictures to Alexey Trifonov

 

The Japanese CD-singles (issued as 3" and 5" compact discs) were released between 1988 and 1991 by Warner-Pioneer Corporation and since 1991 untill 2006 by Warner Music Japan.

Unique EPs were released in 1986 as the very first CD-EPs [only for Japanese market]: Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits and Dress You Up / Ain't No Big Deal - both previously released as the 12" EPs (1985). Although they are not equivalent to the appropriate singles released worldwide they are often classified as Madonna's first singles released on CD. Both were re-issued more than once in the 90's:

 1986:                                                                     1990:                                                                     1997:

             

 

None of singles from the first three Madonna's albums were released as a CD-single but Japanese branch of Warner Brothers released in 1987 another two unique (at the time, re-released in Australia in 1993) multitrack CD-EPs: True Blue / Super Club Mix and La Isla Bonita / Super Mix with dance remixes mainly from the True Blue album as the part of promotion for the third Madonna's album and Who's That Girl Tour in Japan. Both were re-issued more than once in the 90's:


1987:                                                                      1990:                                                                     1997:

             

 

The very first regular and commercial CD-single released in Japan in 1988 was (unique only for Japanese market) Spotlight - the only one previously unreleased track on the first Madonna's collection of dance remixes - You Can Dance. This 3" compact disc was the first from the serries of 19 CD-singles released in the snap packs (only in Japan) between 1988 and 1995. Snap case for the 3" CDs is unique only for Japan and that's why some sources treat 3" CD of Don't Cry For Me Argentina (snap pack) as the Japanese single, but it was not made by Warner Music Japan - it's Thai pressing. Series includes all singles released during that period of time, except Dear Jessie, FeverRain and Bedtime Story:

         

        

 

Although each another Madonna's single was released in Japan as the regular and commercial pressing, Warner-Pioneer Corporation and Warner Music Japan did not leave the idea of issuing CD-EPs unique only for Japan market. Some of them were later re-issued in Japan in the 90's and 7 of these EPs were also re-released in Australia in 1993 [La Isla Bonita Super Mix, True Blue Super Club Mix, Remixed Prayers Mini Album, Keep It Together, Erotica Remixes, Deeper And Deeper EP and Rain EP].

The track-lists of five of the 90's EPs [Vogue EP, Rescue Me Alternate Mix, Material Girl Club Mix EPSecret Remixes and Take A Bow Remixes] are still unique only to Japan to this day. All CDs were later re-issued in Japan and these CDs are the final Japanese-only EPs. All of them were re-issued in 1997 as a part of Collector Series released in slim cases (unusual for Japanese CDs).

      

      

 

REVIEW: Regular Pressings and Re-Issues

 

Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits
28XD-455, Warner-Pioneer, 1986

Dress You Up / Ain't No Big Deal 
28XD-456, Warner-Pioneer, 1986

   
   

True Blue
28XD-533, Warner-Pioneer, 1986

La Isla Bonita
28XD-713, Warner-Pioneer, 1987

   
   

Papa Don't Preach
24P6-0501, Warner-Pioneer, 1988

Remixed Prayers
20P2-2900, Warner-Pioneer, 1989, Warner Music, 1991

 
 
   

Keep It Together
WPCP-3200, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits
WPCP-3437, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

   
   

Dress You Up / Ain't No Big Deal
WPCP-3438, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

True Blue
WPCP-3439, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

   
   

La Isla Bonita
WPCP-3440, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

Vogue
WPCP-3698, Warner-Pioneer, 1990, Warner Music, 1991

   
   

Rescue Me
WPCP-4100, Warner-Pioneer, 1991, Warner Music, 1991

Material Girl
WPCP-5063, Warner Music, 1992

   
   

Erotica
WPCP-5150, Warner Music, 1992

Deeper And Deeper
WPCP-5244, Warner Music, 1993

   
   

Rain
WPCP-5644, Warner Music, 1993

Secret
WPCR-170, Warner Music, 1995

   
   

Take A Bow
WPCR-191, Warner Music, 1995

You'll See
WPCR-556, Warner Music, 1995

   
   

One More Chance
WPCR-572, Warner Music, 1996

You Must Love Me 
Me WPCR-841, Warner Music, 1996

   
   

Don't Cry For Me Argentina
WPCR-947, Warner Music, 1997

Another Suitcase In Another Hall
WPCR-967, Warner Music, 1997

    
   

Frozen
WPCR-1791, Warner Music, 1998

Frozen
WPCR-1846, Warner Music, 1998

    
   

Ray Of Light
WPCR-1887, Warner Music, 1998

Ray Of Light
WPCR-1860, Warner Music, 1998

   
   

Drowned World / Substitute For Love
WPCR-1975, Warner Music, 1998

Drowned World / Substitute For Love
WPCR-1983, Warner Music, 1998

   
   

The Power Of Good-Bye
WPCR-2297, Warner Music, 1998

Holiday
WPCR-10070, Warner Music Japan, 1999

   
   

Nothing Really Matters
WPCR-10298, Warner Music, 1999

Beautiful Stranger
WPCR-10486, Warner Music Japan, 1999

   
   

Ray Of Light
WPCR-10525, Warner Music, 1999

American Pie
WPCR-10675, Warner Music, 2000

   
   

American Pie
WPCR-10693, Warner Music, 2000

Music
WPCR-10901, Warner Music, 2000

    
   

Music
WPCR-10902, Warner Music, 2000

Don't Tell Me
WPCR-10903, Warner Music, 2000

   
   
Don't Tell Me
WPCR-10904, Warner Music, 2000

What It Feels Like For A Girl
WPCR-10905, Warner Music, 2001

   
   

What It Feels Like For A Girl
WPCR-10906, Warner Music, 2001

Die Another Day
WPCR-11398, Warner Music, 2002

   
   

American Life
WPCR-11541, Warner Music, 2003

American Life
WPCR-11610, Warner Music, 2003

    
   

Hung Up
WPCR-12187, Warner Music, 2005

Sorry
WPCR-12225, Warner Music, 2006

     

 

REVIEW: Regular Pressings - Snap Pack

                                                                                                                        

Spotlight
10SW-21, Warner-Pioneer, 1988

Like A Prayer
10P3-6112, Warner-Pioneer, 1989

Express Yourself
09P3-6147, Warner-Pioneer, 1989

 
     

Cherish
09P3-6175, Warner-Pioneer, 1989

Oh Father
09P3-6206, Warner-Pioneer, 1989

Keep It Together
WDPD-6216, Warner-Pioneer, 1990
     
     

Vogue
WDPD-6227, Warner-Pioneer, 1990

Hanky Panky
WDPD-6235, Warner-Pioneer, 1990

Justify My Love
WDPD-6261, Warner-Pioneer, 1990
 
     

Rescue Me
WDPD-6267, Warner-Pioneer, 1991

This Used To Be My Playground
WDPD-6304, Warner Music, 1992

Erotica
WDPD-6310, Warner Music, 1992
     
     

Deeper And Deeper
WDPD-6316, Warner Music, 1992

Bad Girl
WDPD-6321 * Warner Music, 1993

Bye Bye Baby
WDPD-6347, Warner Music, 1993
 
     

I'll Remember
WDPD-6351, Warner Music, 1994

Secret
WPDR-3011, Warner Music, 1994

Take A Bow
WPDR-3020, Warner Music, 1995
     
     

Human Nature
WPDR-3027, Warner Music, 1995

   
   

             

REVIEW: Re-Issues - Collector Series

 

Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits
WPCR-1501, Warner Music Japan, 1997
Dress You Up / Ain't No Big Deal
WPCR-1502, Warner Music Japan, 1997
   
   
True Blue
WPCR-1503, Warner Music, 1997
La Isla Bonita
WPCR-1504, Warner Music, 1997
   
   
Remixed Prayers
WPCR-1505, Warner Music, 1997
Keep It Together
WPCR-1506, Warner Music, 1997
   
   
Vogue
WPCR-1507, Warner Music, 1997
Rescue Me
WPCR-1508, Warner Music, 1997
   
   
Material Girl
WPCR-1509, Warner Music, 1997
Erotica
WPCR-1510, Warner Music, 1997
   
   
Deeper And Deeper
WPCR-1511, Warner Music, 1997
Rain
WPCR-1512, Warner Music, 1997
   
   
Secret
WPCR-1513, Warner Music, 1997
Take A Bow
WPCR-1514, Warner Music, 1997
   

 

REVIEW: Re-Issues - CD Single Collection

 

Burning Up / Physical Attraction
WPDR-3100, Warner Music, 1997

Holiday
WPDR-3101, Warner Music, 1997

Borderline
WPDR-3102, Warner Music, 1997

Lucky Star
WPDR-3103, Warner Music, 1997

Like A Virgin
WPDR-3104, Warner Music, 1997

Material Girl
WPDR-3105, Warner Music, 1997

     

Angel
WPDR-3106, Warner Music, 1997

Into The Groove
WPDR-3107, Warner Music, 1997

 

Dress You Up
WPDR-3108 * Warner Music, 1997

     

Love Don't Live Here Anymore
WPDR-3109, Warner Music, 1997

Live To Tell
WPDR-3110, Warner Music, 1997

Papa Don't Preach
WPDR-3111, Warner Music, 1997

     

True Blue
WPDR-3112, Warner Music, 1997

Open Your Heart
WPDR-3113, Warner Music, 1997

La Isla Bonita
WPDR-3114, Warner Music, 1997

     

Who's That Girl
WPDR-3115, Warner Music, 1997

Causing A Commotion
WPDR-3116, Warner Music, 1997

Spotlight
WPDR-3117, Warner Music, 1997

     

The Look Of Love
WPDR-3118, Warner Music, 1997

Like A Prayer
WPDR-3119, Warner Music, 1997

Express Yourself
WPDR-3120, Warner Music, 1997

     

Cherish
WPDR-3121, Warner Music, 1997

Oh Father
WPDR-3122, Warner Music, 1997

Keep It Together
WPDR-3123, Warner Music, 1997

Vogue
WPDR-3124, Warner Music, 1997

Hanky Panky
WPDR-3125, Warner Music Japan, 1997

Justify My Love
WPDR-3126, Warner Music, 1997

     

Rescue Me
WPDR-3127, Warner Music Japan, 1997

This Used To Be My Playground
WPDR-3128, Warner Music, 1997

Erotica
WPDR-3129, Warner Music, 1997

     

Deeper And Deeper
WPDR-3130, Warner Music, 1997

Bad Girl
WPDR-3131, Warner Music, 1997

Bye Bye Baby
WPDR-3132, Warner Music, 1997

     

I'll Remember
WPDR-3133, Warner Music, 1997

Secret
WPDR-3134, Warner Music, 1997

Take A Bow
WPDR-3135, Warner Music, 1997

 

 

 

Human Nature
WPDR-3136, Warner Music, 1997

Crazy For You
WPDR-3137, Warner Music Japan, 1997

You'll See
WPDR-3138, Warner Music, 1997

 

 

 

One More Chance
WPDR-3139, Warner Music, 1997

  

 



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