Back in the day CD's replaced cassette tapes, and cassette tapes replaced 8 track. But at the time, CD's were revolutionary. A clear, crisp way of listening to music. But with technology always advancing, CD's have become basically obsolete, and replaced by streaming and other platforms. So who released the first ever CD back in the day?
October 1, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary (1982) of the release of the first albums on CD. So . . . which was the first CD ever released? There are a few albums vying for the title of ''first CD ever released'', and how you phase the question makes a difference.
BILLY JOEL's '52nd Street' tends to get listed as the first CD to be released commercially, but that's not entirely accurate, as it was just one of 50 CD albums released in Japan on October 1, 1982. But '52nd Street' just so happens to be the first listed in the catalog, so it gets the 'tag' as the ''first CD album ever released''. So 50 'CD' albums first released in 1982, and BILLY JOEL's '52nd Street' is listed first? How did that happen? Let's just call it luck, by chance, fate, a fluke? But whatever the reason, I'm sure BILLY JOEL is not complaining about being listed number 1 in the catalog!
You can read the entire article by Andre Calilhanna of Disc Makers Blog here.