September 22, 2023
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Ongoing History of New Music Daily: Mispressed Records

I often get emails from people asking about mispressed CDs and records. Occasionally, there are mixups at the pressing plant where the wrong music is pressed onto the wrong CD or record. This isn’t uncommon because mistakes do happen. But some of them can be really funny mistakes.

In early 1987, grandparents were thrilled when the Lawrence Welk Orchestra released a collection of golden greats on compact disc. All those wonderful songs performed by his big band and sung by those people with nice haircuts every Saturday night were finally going to be preserved digitally for all time.

However, something went wrong at the CD factory in Japan. Thousands of mislabeled Lawrence Welk albums were shipped—and instead of his Polka Party, people actually received a copy of the Sid and Nancy soundtrack. That must have been a surprise.

Alan Cross

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  • Greetings,

    I have a mispressed, 1st edition release of the vinyl record of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s 1981 ‘Nine Tonight’ double live album. The 1st side of the 2nd record (aka side 3) has the appropriate sticker and track listing on it. However, the record itself is actually mispressed with what I believe to be side 1 of The Beatles ‘Live at the Hollywood Bowl’. Have you ever heard of this mispressed LP?





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