CD Mispressings

I get a lot of people who say “I bought a CD and while the label says one thing, the music is something else. Is it worth any money?” Generally, no.

This sort of mispressing happens quite frequently because CD pressing plants are huge operations and screw-ups sometime occur. But there are special exceptions.

In 2002, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra launched a fundraising drive which included sending out 8,000 CDs of material the symphony had planned to perform as part of their upcoming fall program.

When prospective patrons of the symphony put the discs on their stereos, what they got was the soundtrack to a hardcore porn movie. This, of course, gives new meaning to the term “screw-up.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

8 thoughts on “CD Mispressings

  • March 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm
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    My favourite manufacturing screw up is a Chinese Moby bootleg that not only makes his greatest hits two discs with no remixes but the first disc had Mika's album "Life in Cartoon Motion" printed on it.

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  • March 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm
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    A friend of mine has a copy of Ministry's Psalm 69 cd that is actually Eric Clapton "Unplugged"

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  • March 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm
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    My parents gave me a cassette of Weird Al's "Dare to be Stupid" about 20 years ago for Christmas, but my excitement quickly evaporated when I put it in my tape player only to hear classical/opera music.

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  • March 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm
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    On my copy of Bob Dylan and The Band's "Basement Tapes", the CD labeled disc 1 has the music from disc 2 and vice versa.

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  • March 12, 2012 at 5:48 am
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    I have a legit copy of AC/DC's 'Blow Up You Video' with god knows what band on it.

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  • March 12, 2012 at 6:32 am
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    i have a cassette copy of The Clash London Calling that is missing the title track (Brand New Cadillac is the first song) and side two only takes up half the tape then starts at Wrong 'Em Boyo again and plays til the tape runs out. since the mid '80's i've argued that London Calling wasnt on the album. everyone thought i was a retard

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  • March 12, 2012 at 6:36 am
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    I know that disappointment. I purchased Korns – French Remixes cd only to find out it has some '90's pop compilation on it. Was waiting for that low bass to kick in and all I got was " Hit, me baby one more time" Arrghh

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  • March 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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    Not a CD But I recieved Led Zeppelin's "Song Remains The Same" DVD for christmas and the disc's label was printed properly but the movie was "From Hell" or something like that. It was starring Johnny Depp. Took it back to exchange but unfortunately it was the last copy so I had to pick something different. Still haven't seen it.

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