This is an attempt to catalog all pressings of records that appeared in the Prospective 21e Siècle series. This series is known for its fantastic reflective covers. Many of these records were pressed several different times with different levels of faithfulness to the original cover design. Covers range from the reflective ones to a grey scale version to plain grey.
This discography was last edited 31, December 2011.
A quote from an insert in Electronic Panorama
"Prospective 21e siècle" which was launched in 1967, quickly won its place as the most avant-garde, the most revolutionary of all record collections: "revolutionary" in its presentation (metallized record sleeves in keeping with their contents), in its exclusive repertory - concrete, electronic and experimental music - and in its price, putting it within the reach of all, and especially of young people, who are passionately interested in new sonic effects.
Most of the "Prospective" records have been best-sellers ever since they were issued, and they are distributed in many countries of the world with the success they meet in France. This collection, which now includes over twenty records, will grow in 1970/71 by some ten new recordings presented in sleeves with notes in three languages: English, French, and German.
The insert lists the titles in the series, and there are many numbering gaps.
It seems that copies with white paper on the back covers are first pressings. Some copies have "ELECTRONIC" printed on the cover underneath the Philips logo in the upper right hand corner. All of these that I have seen have white back covers. The covers with metallic back covers usually have the title printed on the spine of the jacket. The white backed versions don't have any printing on the spine.
Some further information regarding issue origin from collector Randall Smith:
I would also like to point out to you that all silver records with BIEM on the vinyl label were first edition and SACEM was second edition. Blue label was issued first with BIEM, green label came second with most having BIEM. Some of the later silver series have SACEM. SACEM and BIEM are the companies in France that provided copyright protection. BIEM was pre 1972 and SACEM came after 1972.
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