Rhino Vinyl Releases

Rhino Vinyl Releases

Rhino - founded in 1978 - is responsible for production of the latest Warner Music re-releases.

Every Madonna vinyl release made by Rhino [except for Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits EP and The Immaculate Collection (coloured LPs)] was pressed by Optimal Media GmbH in Germany. Vinyl releases made by Optimal Media are marked using specific type of numbering system which can be found on run-out grooves:

XY#####-ZZ A1


  • X - format of release, for example: A - CD, B - Vinyl, D - DVD, E - BluRay

  • Y - year of release
:
Optimal Media Production Optimal Media GmbH
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H  

 

  • ##### - five-digit inner code

  • ZZ - number of disc: 01 - disc one, 02 - disc two from a set of two discs (can be 03, 04, 05, etc.)

  • A - side of record (can be B, C, D, etc.)

  • 1 - number of vinyl cut (can be 2, 3, 4, etc.)

  • RE-1 - vinyl side pressed with some technical difficulties with master disc or father plate

Matrix information is handwritten when mastering is not made at Optimal Media where vinyl records are pressed:

  • chrisp@UNITY is a signature of mastering engineer - Chris Parmenidis - responsible for master disc made at Unity Mastering, UK
  • IS is a signature of mastering engineer - Ian Sefchick- responsible for master disc made at Capitol Studios, US.

Ian Schefchick signature:

       

 

Matrix information is stamped when mastering and pressing are made at Optimal Media:


  • HL is a signature of mastering engineer - Heino Leja - responsible for master disc made at Optimal Media, Germany

Matrix information is handwritten when vinyl is pressed by MPO in France [Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits only]:


  • LVC is a signature of mastering engineer - Lex Van Coeverden from Holland

Matrix information is partly stamped [pressing information] and handwritten [mastering information] at the same time when pressing is made at Record Industry in Netherland [The Immaculate Collection coloured vinyl only]:

  • Andreas At Schnittstelle is a signature of mastering engineer - Andreas Kauffelt

  • CB is a signature of mastering engineer - Chris Bellman (Los Angeles, USA)

 

Rhino series for EU market 

     

Catalog Number: 8122797360


Date of Release: 2012, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68219-01A1 chrisp@UNITY


Side 2: BC68219-01B1

     

Catalog Number: 8122797359

Date of Release: 2012, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68221A1 chrisp@UNITY


Side 2: BC68221-01B1

     

Catalog Number: 8122797358


Date of Release: 2012, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68222-01A1 chrisp@UNITY

Side 2: BC68222-01B1

     

Catalog Number: 8122797357

Date of Release: 2012, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68226-01A1 chrisp@UNITY

Side 2: BC68226-01B1

     

Catalog Number: 8122797356

Date of Release: 2012, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68631-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
 / Side 2: BC68631-01B1


Side 3: BC68631-02C1

 / Side 4: BC68631-02D1

     

Catalog Number: 8122796396

Date of Release: 2013, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BD20755-01 A1 HL

Side 2: BD20755-01 B2 HL

     

Catalog Number: 8122797354


Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: R1-45767-A RE1 BG36187-01 A2 0081227973544

Side 2: R1-45767-B GI 0081227973544 BG36187-01 B1

     

Catalog Number: 603497859344

Date of Release: 2018, pressed
 by Record Industry, Netherland

Side 1: RB1-26440-A Mastered by Capitol 22704 1A IS / Side 2: RB1-26440-B 22704 1B IS

Side 3: RB1-26440-C 22704 1C IS / Side 4: RB1-26440-D 22704 1D IS

 

'Record Store Day' releases

     

Catalog Number: 81227947675, R1 553402

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 
 by MPO France

Side 1: MPO R1-553402 -A- -LVC-


Side 2: MPO R1-553402 -B- -LVC-

     

Catalog Number: 8122794100, R1 559233


Date of Release: 2017, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BG63181-01 A1 R1-559233-A GI 0081227941000 Mastered by Capitol

Side 2: BG63181-01 B1 R1-559233-B GI 0081227941000

     

Catalog Number: 603497862245, R1 565848

Date of Release: 2018, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BH10058-01 A1 0603497862245 R1-565848-A Mastered by Capitol

Side 2: BH10058-01 B1 0603497862245 R1-565848-B 

     

Catalog Number: R1-15002

Date of Release: 2018, pressed
 
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BH08435 01A1 0603497862238 R1-150002-A

Side 2: BH08435 01B1 0603497862238 R1-150002-B Mastered by Capitol 

 

Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits [2016], Dance Mix [2017] and You Can Dance [2018] were released with two different catalog numbers, with:

  • 8122 or 603 prefix for EU market,
  • R1 prefix for US market.

Differences in EU and US issues are only for catalog numbers stamped on paper covers, spines, info stickers and OBI strip. The same pressings were used for both distributions. Notice that The First Album picture disc was released as one issue with R1 catalog number only.

   

  

 

Sainsbury's exclusive coloured vinyl

True Blue and Like A Prayer were re-released in October 2016 on coloured vinyl as a Sainsbury's exclusives [available in UK only]. Both, exactly the same, were available to buy in Fabruary 2017 in Fnac stores in France. Coloured vinyl LPs were pressed by Optimal Media GmbH usuing the same stampers which were made for 2012 Rhino re-issues. Both received new catalog numbers which were stickered as bar codes on the back covers: True Blue - 81227942304, Like A Prayer - 81227942298 ['old 2012 Rhino catalog numbers' can be found on cover spines and labels].

Like A Virgin and Ray Of Light were re-released in October 2017 on coloured vinyl as Sainsbury's exclusive [available in UK only]. Coloured vinyl LPs were pressed again by Optimal Media GhmbH:

  • Like A Virgin was pressed from the same stampers which were used for 2012 Rhino re-issue,
  • Ray Of Light was made from the same stampers used for 2003 re-issue of this album.

Both received new catalog numbers which were stickered as bar codes on the back covers: Like A Virgin - 81227932312 and Ray Of Light - 81227932329.

   

   

 

Rhino series for US market 

None of 2016-2018 releases were pressed in US.

Every pressing of each album and Record Store Day exclusives presented below are exactly the same like those which were already released between 2012 and 2018 in Europe [made by Optimal Media GmbH or MPO France] and have the same matrix information on their run-out-grooves. Labels and sleeves are new and include additional R1 catalog numbers [records made by Rhino intended for US market]. These US releases have characteristic info stickers on the front cover [except for Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits].

     

Catalog Number: R1 23867

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68219-01A1 chrisp@UNITY


Side 2: BC68219-01B1

     

Catalog Number: R1 25157

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68221A1 chrisp@UNITY


Side 2: BC68221-01B1

     

Catalog Number: R1 25442

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68222-01A1 chrisp@UNITY

Side 2: BC68222-01B1

     

Catalog Number: R1 25844

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68226-01A1 chrisp@UNITY

Side 2: BC68226-01B1

     

Catalog Number: R1 45031

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BC68631-01A1 chrisp@UNITY
 / Side 2: BC68631-01B1


Side 3: BC68631-02C1

 / Side 4: BC68631-02D1

     

Catalog Number: R1 45767

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: R1-45767-A RE1 BG36187-01 A2 0081227973544

Side 2: R1-45767-B GI 0081227973544 BG36187-01 B1

     

Catalog Number: R1 46100

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: BD20755-01 A1 HL

Side 2: BD20755-01 B2 HL

     

Catalog Number: R1 46847

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: B382810-01 A1 D33 09362468471 S1 320 / Side 2: B382810-01 B1 ... S2 320

Side 3: B382810-02 C1 D33 09362468471 S3 320 / Side 4: B382810-02 D1 ... S4 320

     

Catalog Number: R1 47865

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: B038146-01 A2 HL

Side 2: B038146-01 B2 HL

     

Catalog Number: R1 48439

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: B380030-01 A2 1-4849-A FDS-1 / Side 2: B380030-01 B2 1-4849-B FDS-1

Side 3: B380030-02 C5 MK / Side 4: B380030-02 D4

     

Catalog Number: R1 49460

Date of Release: 2016, pressed
 by Optimal Media GmbH

Side 1: B645392-01 A1 1-49460 A / Side 2: B645392-01 B1 1-49460 B

Side 3: B645392-02 C1 VI8 1-49460 C / Side 4: B645392-02 D1 1-49460 D
     

Catalog Number: R1 26440

Date of Release: 2017, pressed
 by Record Industry, Netherland

Side 1: 91794 1A 1-26440 A Andreas At Schnittstelle / Side 2: 91794 1B 1-26440 B ...

Side 3: 91794 1C 1-26440 C Andreas At Schnittstelle / Side 4: 91794 1D 1-26440 D ...

 

Ray Of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions On A Dance Floor and The Immaculate Collection released in US and presented above were never a part of Rhino series released in Europe and they still remain 'exclusives' released in North America only. Four of them were pressed from original stampers which were made in 2000, 2003 and 2006. The Immaculate Collection was released on two coloured vinyl records [blue and gold] as a part of Start Your Ear Off Right series and was exceptionally pressed at Record Industry in Netherland. The same manufacturer was responsible for Just Say 50 - Sire Records 50th Anniversary Box which was Record Store Day exclusive release in 2017 and includes 12" Version of Everybody, but notice: this was not a Rhino release!

© Kamil Kaznowski, Maciej Stańczak