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Happy Birthday, CD!

Today, the Compact Disc celebrates its 30th birthday: On October, 1st, 1982, Sony published the first Compact Disc in Japan. The musical piece that marked the beginning of digitalisation of audio was the album 52nd Street by Billy Joel, the good old guy who went down in the end with analogue alcohol. The first CD was sold together with Sony’s CD player CDP-101.

Happy Birthday, you dying lady!

The first test CD was pressed in Langenhagen near Hannover, Germany, by the Polydor Pressing Operations plant. The disc contained a recording of Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie (in English, An Alpine Symphony), played by the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Herbert von Karajan. The first public demonstration was on the BBC television program Tomorrow’s World when The Bee Gees’ album Living Eyes (1981) was played. In August 1982 the real pressing was ready to begin in the new factory, not far from the place where Emile Berliner had produced his first gramophone record 93 years earlier. By now, Deutsche Grammophon, Berliner’s company and the publisher of the Strauss recording, had become a part of PolyGram. The first CD to be manufactured at the new factory was The Visitors (1981) by ABBA. The first album to be released on CD was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, that reached the market alongside Sony’s CD player CDP-101 on October 1, 1982 in Japan.

Source: Wikipedia

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