United States of America-DOTEOT - My Collection

DOTEOT - My Collection

United States of America

COL JC 35318
COL HC 45318
COL 88875014251
The U.S. pressed DARKNESS LP (Columbia JC 35318) has more varieties compared to his other albums, in terms of the location of the pressing plant where the record was manufactured. The cause of this variation was due to the labor strike that took place in Spring 1978 at the Pitman pressing plant of NJ, THE major Columbia factory back then to manufacture and distribute Columbia Records' products; mainly for the East Coast market. The strike forced the plant to stop its operation temporarily and so, several unusual pressing plants (for Springsteen's records) stepped in and compensated for the album production. It is believed however, that the other two major Columbia's plants (located in Santa Maria, CA and Terre Haute, IN) were most probably unaffected and still operating.

Here’s an overview of the four known pressing plants making up for the shortfall in vinyl pressing at the early phase of the album release;

• North American Music Industries (NAMI), Scranton, PA
• MCA Records, Pinckneyville, IL
• MCA Records, Gloversville, NY
• Keel Manufacturing Corp., Hauppauge, NY

Every plant has a unique symbol that is stamped on the run-off groove area, such as that denoting the Union Jack (i.e. Keel pressings) or a stylized U.S. Capitol building (i.e. NAMI pressings). These symbols indicate where a vinyl copy originated from. Most probably the above plants were not utilized when the album was repressed, as relevant copies have not be seen without TML dead-wax stamps (a signature of the early pressings) in the later LP sleeves.
The following pressings from the US are known to exist;

* COL JC 35318 Acetate/TP*
* COL JC 35318 Picture Disc PROMO
* COL JC 353158 1st pressing PROMO
* COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
* COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
* COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
* COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
* COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
* COL HC 45318 4th pressing
* COL 88875014251 5th pressing
* missing


Apart from the Half-Speed Mastered and Remastered reissues, there exist three kinds of different sleeves for the US DARKNESS LP with variations on the rear:

• #1, large track listing/black font credits without barcodes;
• #2, small track listing/white font credits without barcodes; and
• #3, small track listing/white font credits with barcodes.

These issues are also distinguished by some differences found in the accompanying inner sleeve and lyric insert. For example, the inner sleeve is grouped into two variations which are made of thick and thin papers with standard and poor-quality images, respectively.
Generally, #1 and #2 come with the thick inner sleeve, whereas the thin version is mostly associated with #3.

Due to this variety of Darkness pressed LP's it's too complex to list matrix numbers, however in the following section I will shed some light on this. Please note that the information shared below is based on current knowledge and could not be complete!
Early* pressing plant-specific matrix code / symbol / run-out suffix;
Columbia Records - Santa Maria, CA
Code: 1S or 2S
Symbol: N/A
Suffix Side 1: 1A, 1B or 1C
Suffix Side 2: 2B or 2C**

Columbia Records - Terra Haute, IN
Code: T1 or T2
Symbol: N/A
Suffix Side 1: 1D, 1E or 1F
Suffix Side 2: 2E or 2H


North American Music Ind. - Scranton, PA
Code: PN
Symbol: U.S. Capitol building
Suffix Side 1: 1G
Suffix Side 2: 2S or 2T


MCA Records - Gloversvile, NY
Code: PMN
Symbol: ⧈-G-⧈
Suffix Side 1: 1J
Suffix Side 2: 2Q or 2R


MCA Records - Pinckneyville, IL
Code: PMI
Symbol: ◈-P-◈
Suffix Side 1: 1L
Suffix Side 2: 2P


Keel Manufacturing Corp. - Hauppage, NY
Code: PK
Symbol: Union Jack
Suffix Side 1: 1AB
Suffix Side 2: 2K or 2W


Columbia Records - Pitman, NJ
Code: PPP
Symbol: N/A
Suffix Side 1: 1AF or 1AG
Suffix Side 2: 2AB

*The early pressings are defined as follow: the rear sleeve features large track listing and black font credits; the iner sleeve is thick; the main matrix numbers are hand-inscribed 'PAL 35318' and 'PBL-35318' on side 1 and 2 respectively; and TML-M or TML-s stamp on each side of the record.

**I don't think the SIDE 2 matrix suffix 2A (Santa Maria pressing) has ever been available. According to Dave Marsh's BORN TO RUN book (Chapter 15), SIDE 2 of the LP, once completed mastering, had to be remastered immediately before the release of the album because the first track 'The Promised Land' was remixed to put Miami Steve's guitar solo back in. So, I guess SIDE 2 before subjected to remastering would carry the matrix suffix 2A.
The picture gallery below (light yellow) visualizes the differences between all pressings.
Rear
Front
Front
Remastered
Hype Sticker Color
Spine Color
Spine
Spine
OIS
Left: thin paper // Right: thick paper
Rear
Remastered
Track List Size
Album Credits Color
Rear Logo
Rear
Barcode
Promo Stamp
Side 1
COL JC 35318 PROMO (Terre Haute)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (NAMI)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (MCA - Gloversville)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (Pitman)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (Keel) EXPORT
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (NAMI) EXPORT
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing (Santa Maria)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing (Pitman?)
Side 1
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Side 1
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
Terre Haute, IN pressing from Columbia Records plant
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMO
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMO
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMO
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMO
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMO
Ventura, CA pressing from Pic Veu Records (Fitzgerald Hartley Co.) plant
"Badlands, you gotta live it everyday."
US-only promotional release; the very first official Bruce Springsteen picture disc ever issued. Front/back color photos are identical to the standard album cover artwork, though lacking any type apart from a small company logo of the manufacturer ('Pic Veu Records - A Division Of Fitzgerald Hartley Co.') printed onto each side of the disc. Originally came in a special white die-cut display sleeve that featured track listing/credits on rear and included the regular lyric sheet as well.
Counterfeits in circulation have substantially poorer sound quality than originals, which nearly play as good as their normal black vinyl counterparts despite the fact that some copies tend to jump during the first 10 seconds of "Badlands" (actually another clear sign of authenticity).
The exact number of original discs pressed is not quite clear, but according to Dick Wingate, who served as CBS' product manager for the "Darkness" album, no more than 1,000 copies were produced.
There is also a story circulating that there were actually two pressings of 2,000 copies each.
Front
COL JC 35318 Picture Disc PROMO
Rear
COL JC 35318 Picture Disc PROMO
Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 Picture Disc PROMO
Scranton, PA pressing from North American Music Industries (NAMI) plant
"Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul
I want control right now."
What struck me about this promotional release was the placement and shape of the golden promo stamp.
Stamped on the front sleeve instead of the more common rear sleeve placement.
This golden promo stamp also differs from the next one below, which is more commonly seen I believe.
Such promo stamps, as seen on this release, can be found on older LP releases as well. Makes me wonder if this stamp is an old variant!
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Scranton, PA pressing from North American Music Industries (NAMI) plant
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Scranton, PA pressing from North American Music Industries (NAMI) plant
"Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man."
Has a golden 'For Governmental Sale Only' stamp on the left top corner. Some claim these to have been sold on military bases (For Military Sale Only stamps also exist!), others claim these were sold to Libraries. No confirmation on either theory though.
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Gloversville, NY pressing from MCA Records plant
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Pitman, NJ pressing from Columbia Records plant
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing PROMOTIONAL
Santa Maria, CA pressing from Columbia Records plant
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
Hype Sticker
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing
Hauppage, NY pressing from Keel Manufacturing Corp. plant
"Well there's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor."
US pressing for Scandinavian market
Story goes that both US and Canadian pressings were cheaper to press so they were exported to the Scandinavian market (they also did a similar thing in Japan).
What you often see is that on the rear sleeve the manufacturer 'Columbia' is hidden (black marker or stickers).
The labels have a circular sticker to hide the manufacturer.
These stickers are known to exist in several variations.
Most common for the Scandinavian market are the black stickers. Japan has silver and golden variants.
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Rear Logo
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Album Credits
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Scranton, PA pressing from North American Music Industries (NAMI) plant
"We take all the action we can meet."
US pressing for Japanese market
Story goes that both US and Canadian pressings were cheaper to press. It is believed that only the US pressings were exported to Japan, where Canadian copies were exported to the Scandinavian market as well.
What you often see is that on the rear sleeve the manufacturer 'Columbia' is hidden (black marker or stickers).
The labels have a circular sticker to hide the manufacturer.
These stickers are known to exist in several variations.
Most common for the Scandinavian market are the black stickers. Japan has silver and golden variants.
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Rear
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Front
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Rear Logo
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Album Credits
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Side 1
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Side 2
COL JC 35318 1st pressing EXPORT
Pitman, NJ pressing from Columbia Records plant (?)
Front
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Rear
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Barcode
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Side 1
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Side 2
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Pitman, NJ pressing from Columbia Records plant (?)
Front
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Rear
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Side 1
COL JC 35318 2nd pressing
Pitman, NJ pressing from Columbia Records plant (?)
"I wanna blow 'em all out of their seats."
Came with a thin pictured inner sleeve (which has the lesser-quality image) and a separate lyric insert.
This lyric insert came with an interesting printing error, as one side of the lyric sheet is upside down compared to the other side.

The label on Side 1 has a triangle-in-circle symbol on the left of the center hole.
This symbol is generally seen with the Columbia LP, 12-inch and CD releases issues in 1980's to 1990's.
Interestingly, what it means remains a mystery to me.
Front
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Rear
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Lyric Insert
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Side 1
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Side 2
COL JC 35318 3rd pressing
Front
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Rear
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Promo Stamp
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
OIS_Lyric Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Mastersound Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Mastersound Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Mastersound Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Mastersound Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 1
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Side 2
COL HC 45318 4th pressing PROMOTIONAL
Front Sleeve
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
Front
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
Rear
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
OIS_Insert
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
Side 1
COL HC 45318 4th pressing
Front
COL 88875014251 5th pressing
Rear
COL 88875014251 5th pressing
Front
COL 88875014251 6th pressing
Rear
COL 88875014251 6th pressing
Hype Sticker
COL 88875014251 6th pressing
Barcode
COL 88875014251 6th pressing