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Absent Friends – Ukraine

Absent Friends

  • Formats
    • CD (Comp Music, 2004): 7243 5 77260 2 3
It may seem strange, but a specific print of Absent Friends was manufactured in Ukraine. We do not know much about TDC’s publicity over there (promotional material, press articles, etc.), and how the album managed to raise interested over there.
The album was distributed by Ukrainian label Comp Music under license by EMI. Therefore it was manufactured in Ukraine. On the other hand it seems that for their distribution logistic they do not affect new serial numbers to their releases. Hence, like Regeneration in Canada, the print shares the same serial number as the generic EMI print.
On the back cover, the copyright note has been extended to include all this relevant information: “Marketed and distributed by Comp Music/EMI. Made for sales in Ukraine” with contact information. The design still features the EMI frame regarding the Copy Controlled system, although it remains unsure if the disc includes such a system.
The back also features an anti-piracy sticker, with the reference ‘577127 AP’.