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52nd Street Born in the U.S.A. The Visitors Claudio Arrau We’re going to split hairs here and even then there’s a good chance that the answer will be wrong. Here goes… Early sales of the new CD format were marketed to high end audiophiles; i.e. people that had the money to invest in a new audio system which was by no means cheap when first introduced. It was determined that listeners of classical music fit that niche so the first wave of CDs were classical. To that end Claudio Arrau’s recordings of Chopin waltzes was produced August 17, 1982, though I can’t confirm the release date. ABBA’s The Visitors was recorded digitally at the Polar Studios in Stockholm beginning November of ’81. Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was an analog recording from 1978 and released October 1, 1982 in Japan just ahead of The Visitor. As for mass produced, commercially released CDs in the U.S. that honor goes to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. which began rolling off the presses (if that’s what CDs do…) shortly after the opening of the first pressing plant in the U.S. 275.  First group/singer to have a CD sell over a million copies Dire Straits Bruce Springsteen The Beatles

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