European CD Singles in Card Sleeves

European CD Singles in Card Sleeves

CD singles are packed in a various way. The most common are slim cases - mostly for short play singles, and jewel cases - mostly for extended maxi singles. More ecological packages are used in different territories, for example: digipaks, snap packs and card sleeves.

The first CD singles released in Europe were six 3" CD singles released in card sleeves and placed in plastic bags. All of them were manufactured by Record Service Alsdorf (short: RSA) in 1989, and two years later re-packed and re-released as 5" CD singles in slim cases.

 

German 3" CD singles in card sleeves

Lucky Star [921-139-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921139-2 RSA

   

Holiday [921-140-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921140-2.2 RSA

   

Into The Groove [921-141-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921141-2 RSA

   

Like A Prayer [921-191-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921191-2 RSA

   

Express Yourself [921-249-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921249-2 RSA

   

Cherish [921-326-2], Manufactured by RSA (Germany)

  • Matrix: 921326-2 RSA

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5" CD singles released in card sleeve were introduced in Europe by Warner Music France. The first single packed in card sleeve was This Used To Be My Playground [9362-40510-9] released in June 1992. If you look closely at CD you can easily find Made in France by MPO, and SACEM logo which appeared for the first time when Bad Girl [9362 40812-9] CD single was released in February 1993:

 

SACEM - Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique - is the organisation of French authors, composers and musical publishers.

 

French CD singles in card sleeves

All CD singles in card sleeves from This Used To Be My Playground [9362-40510-9] to Secret [9362 41785-9] released in 1994, were manufactured by MPO and released with MPO or MPO and SACEM logo.

 

This Used To Be My Playground [9362-40657-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2405109 MPO 01 @@@ 9
  • without SACEM logo

   

Erotica [9362-40510-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2406579 MPO 01 @@@ 9
  • without SACEM logo

   

Deeper And Deeper [9362-40736-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2407369 MPO 01 @@@ 9
  • without SACEM logo

   

Bad Girl [9362-40812-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2408129 MPO 02 @@@ 9
  • with SACEM logo

   

Fever [9362-40846-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2408469 MPO 01 @@@ 1
  • with SACEM logo

   

Rain [9362-40984-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2409849 MPO 01 @@@ 1
  • Matrix: WEA 2409849 MPO 02 @@ 1
  • with SACEM logo

   

I'll Remember [9362-41453-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2414539 MPO 02 @@@ 9
  • with SACEM logo

   

Secret [9362-41785-9], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: WEA 2417859 MPO 01 @@ 1
  • with SACEM logo

   

 

German / French CD singles in card sleeves

The first CD single in card sleeve which was not manufactured by MPO was Take A Bow [9362-41874-9]. Since then untill 1997 all CD singles were manufactured by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe (short: WME or WMME). If you look at CD you can find Made in Germany, but still, there was SACEM logo printed on CD singles, except: Bedtime Story [9362-41977-9] and Human Nature [9362-43535-9]. These two CD singles have no SACEM logo printed on CDs.

Made in Germany and SACEM logo (together) inform that CDs were manufactured in Germany by WME but were intended for French market. Don't Cry For Me Argentina [9362-43832-9] (with alternative cover) was the final German / French single released in card sleeve.

What is worth to know from this period:

  • Bedtime Story [9362-41977-9] was released with misprinted tracklist - there are 2 tracks listed on a back cover, but CD plays 5 tracks,
  • Bye Bye Baby, One More Chance, Oh Father and Another Suitcase In Another Hall were not released in Europe as CD singles in card sleeves.

 

Take A Bow [9362-41874-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936241874-9 WME
  • with SACEM logo

    

Bedtime Story [9362-41977-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936241977-9 WME
  • without SACEM logo
  • 2 tracks listed on back cover, CD plays 5 tracks

   

Human Nature [9362-43535-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936243535-9 WME
  • without SACEM logo

   

You'll See [9362-43623-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936243623-2 WME
  • with SACEM logo
  • -2 instead of -9 on matrix (the same pressing used for CD singles in card sleeve and slim case)
  • also available without French info sticker

   

Love Don't Live Here Anymore [9362-43692-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936243692-2 WME
  • Matrix: 936243692-2.2 WME (at picture below)
  • with SACEM logo
  • -2 instead of -9 on matrix (the same pressing used for CD singles in card sleeve and slim case)
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

 You Must Love Me [9362-43791-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936243791-2 WME
  • with SACEM logo
  • -2 instead of -9 on matrix (the same pressing used for CD singles in card sleeve and slim case)

   

Don't Cry For Me Argentina [9362-43832-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 936243830-2 WME
  • with SACEM logo
  • 936243830-2 instead of 936243832-9 on matrix (the same pressing used for CD singles in card sleeve and slim case)
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

 

SACEM logo was no longer visible on CD singles in card sleeves since Frozen [5439-17244-9] which was released in February 1998. It was a time when prefix number for all Warner Music CD singles in card sleeves was changed. 9362 was replaced by 5439. Catalog numbers with 5439 prefix for Warner Music releases were not completely new at that time. They appeared in 1991 when 7" Holiday [5439-19265-7] was released in Germany.

Catalog numbers with 9362 prefix were still in use on CD albums and CD singles (packed in slim cases) manufactured by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe in Germany.

Notice that 5439-catalog numbers were used exceptionally for three 2-track CD singles released in slim cases (!) in 2001 and 2003 - What It Feels Like For A Girl [5439-16752-2], American Life [5439-16656-2] and Hollywood [5439-16578-2]:

  

 

Frozen [5439-17244-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543917244-9 01/98
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

Ray Of Light [5439-17209-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543917209-9.2 04/98
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

Drowned World / Substitute For Love [5439-17156-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543917156-9 08/98
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without info sticker

   

The Power Of Goodbye [5439-17121-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543917121-9 10/98
  • without SACEM logo

   

Nothing Really Matters [5439-16997-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916997-9 02/99
  • Matrix: 5439169979 B (at picture below)
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without info sticker

   

Beautiful Stranger [5439-16953-9], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916953-9 05/99
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with white and silver writings on CD

   

American Pie [5439-16879-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916879-2 02/00
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without 'Photo by Dah Len' printed on back cover

   

Music [5439-16838-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916838-2 08/00
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with "Album Version" and "Album Verson" (misspeling) listed on back cover

   

Don't Tell Me [5439-16790-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916790-2 11/00
  • without SACEM logo

   

What It Feels Like For A Girl [5439-16752-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: 543916752-2 04/01
  • without SACEM logo

   

Die Another Day [5439-16681-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: 543916681-2.2 10/02 V01
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without info sticker

   

American Life [5439-16658-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916658-2 03/03 V01
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without info sticker on back cover

   

Hollywood [5439-16643-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916643-2 06/03 V01
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with EU yellow info sticker and French red info sticker

   

   

Nothing Fails [5439-16500-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916500-2 11/03 V01
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

Love Profusion [5439-16443-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: 543916443-2 02/04 V01
  • without SACEM logo
  • available with and without French info sticker

   

 

 

German CD singles in card sleeves

Since You'll See [9362-43623-9] released in 1995 untill Love Profusion [5439-16443-2] released in 2004, all card sleeves which were manufactured by Warner Music Manufacturing for French market were marked by French info stickers.

Card sleeves started to be manufactured in France again in 2005 by SNA or MPO. However, manufacturing in Germany was not stopped and both were released in parallel but French card sleeves were limited only to domestic market. Exceptions:

  • Jump [5439-15585-2] was manufactured only in Germany,
  • Miles Away [5439-19909-2] was the final single manufactured in Germany, and was not manufactured in France,
  • Celebration [5439-19853-7] and Celebration [5439-19867-9] were the final CD singles in card sleeve manufactured only in France.

French and German CD singles in card sleeves usually have no differences. However, there were exceptions: Hung Up as the first French CD single (after break) was released as a 2 CDs set: Hung Up [5439 15896-2] (2-track the same as German pressing) and exclusive French-only Hung Up [9362 42886-2] with 3 tracks. There can appear differences in layouts of back covers - Give It 2 Me [5439 19925-6] - and differences in CD layouts - 4 Minutes [5439 19939-4].

 

Hung Up [5439-15896-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: CD 543915896-2 V01 (at picture below)
  • Matrix: CD 543915896-2.2 V01

   

Sorry [5439-15829-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: CD 543915829-2 V01

   

Get Together [5439-15704-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany)

  • Matrix: CD 543915704-2 V01

   

Jump [5439-15585-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: CD 543915585-2.2 V01

   

4 Minutes [5439-19939-4], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: 543919909-2 V01 NBC

   

Give It 2 Me [5439-19925-6], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: 543919925-6 V01 ULV

   

Miles Away [5439-19909-2], Manufactured by WME (Germany) 

  • Matrix: 543919909-2 V01 GHW

    

 

 

French CD singles in card sleeves 

Hung Up [5439-15896-2], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/5439158962

   

Hung Up [9362-42886-2], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/9362428862

   

Sorry [5439-15829-2], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 2/5439158292

   

Get Together [5439-15704-2], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/5439157042

   

4 Minutes [5439-19939-4], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/5439199394

   

Give It 2 Me [5439-19925-6], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/5439199256

   

Celebration [5439-19853-7], Manufactured by MPO (France)

  • Matrix: MPO CA 5439198537 @

   

Celebration [5439-19867-9], Manufactured by SNA (France)

  • Matrix: SNA 1/5439198679

   

 

 

Ukrainian CD singles in card sleeves

Living For Love [0602547238962], Ghosttown [0602557612639] and Bitch I'm Madonna [0602557807943] were released in Ukraine in 2016 and 2017. All three singles were manufactured by COMPMusic and were released under Boy Toy licence. COMPMusic manufactured several CDs available on Ukrainian market and their products can be identified by IFPI codes [LU003].

 

Living For Love [602547238962], Manufactured by COMPMusic

  • Matrix: 00602547238962 IFPI LU003

   

Ghosttown [602557612639], Manufactured by COMPMusic

  • Matrix: 00602557612639 IFPI LU003

   

Bitch I'm Madonna [602557807943], Manufactured by COMPMusic

  • Matrix: 602557807943 IFPI LU003

   

© Kamil Kaznowski, Maciej Stańczak

Kamil

Kamiladded 2 weeks ago

Thank you. We will update it.

natmoule

natmouleadded 2 weeks ago

there are actually 3 american pie 2 having photo by dah len > total blue ring + clear ring inside the blue one one without photo by dah len, total blue ring