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POLYGRAM UNVEILS INITIAL DCC CATALOG

 POLYGRAM UNVEILS INITIAL DCC CATALOG
 NEW YORK, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyGram announced today the first


of its pop and classical titles which will be released on digital compact cassette (DCC) when the new music system is introduced this fall.
 The DCC titles, from artists who are either signed or licensed to PolyGram labels, include:
 -- Bryan Adams' best-selling "Waking Up the Neighbours" album, which has sold more than eight million copies since its release last year;
 -- U2's latest album, "Achtung Baby," as well as "The Joshua Tree," "Rattle and Hum" and "The Unforgettable Fire;"
 -- Bob Marley's classic "Legend" compilation;
 -- From Motown, Lionel Richie's current hit album "Back to Front;"
 -- "Carreras, Domingo & Pavarotti in Concert," the three tenors' live recording from Rome in 1990 and the world's best-selling classical recording ever;
 -- Mahler's Symphony No. 1, the acclaimed live recording of Claudio Abbado's first concert as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic;
 -- Mozart's Symphonies 40 and 41, the final release in the highly acclaimed Mozart symphony series with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists on period instruments.
 Alain Levy, president and chief executive officer of PolyGram, said: "The strength of our initial DCC catalog reflects the enthusiasm of our artists to release their repertoire on this new medium. We are always looking to improve the quality of our product and the introduction of digital sound in a truly portable form is a natural step for us. I expect to see our major new releases in 1993 available on DCC as well as on the three established music formats."
 The full DCC launch catalog will include 500 titles by international superstars from all major record companies. Mass production of pre- recorded DCCs for the fall launch of the DCC music system is underway at PolyGram's manufacturing plant in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. In addition to the Amersfoort facility, major record companies and tape manufacturers are establishing nine other DCC duplication plants around the world.
 The DCC music system is designed for home, car, personal and portable use and plays new DCCs as well as cassettes from listeners' existing cassette collections. In addition to providing CD-quality sound, DCC offers music lovers new features previously unavailable on recordable music systems, including digital recordability, direct track access and text information display.
 The DCC music system was invented by Philips Consumer Electronics of The Netherlands, and was co-developed by Matsushita Electrical Industrial Company of Japan. All of the world's major record companies -- BMG International, EMI Music Group, MCA Music Entertainment, PolyGram, Sony Music and The Warner Music Group -- support the DCC music system and will release pre-recorded DCCs.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A complete listing of PolyGram's initial DCC catalog appears below.
 Color and black & white photography of selected DCC titles are available upon request. Contact Adam Chasnow, Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600.
 The following pop recordings will be among the first to be released by PolyGram on digital compact cassette (DCC):
 ARTIST ALBUM TITLE LABEL
 Bryan Adams "Waking Up the Neighbours" A&M
 Jon Bon Jovi "Blaze of Glory" Mercury
 Lionel Richie "Back To Front" Motown
 Scorpions "Crazy World" Mercury
 U2 "Achtung Baby" Island
 U2 "Rattle and Hum" Island
 U2 "The Unforgettable Fire" Island
 Kiss "Revenge" Mercury
 Extreme "Pornograffiti" A&M
 Bee Gees "The Very Best Of" Polydor/PLG
 Steve Winwood "Chronicles" Island
 Tears for Fears "Seeds of Love" Fontana/Mercury
 Tears for Fears "Tears Roll Down" Fontana/Mercury
 Ugly Kid Joe "America's Least Wanted" Mercury
 Rolling Stones "Between the Buttons" Abkco
 Allman Bros. "Decade of Hits" Polydor/PLG
 Amy Grant "Heart in Motion" A&M
 Bob Marley "Legend" Island
 Suzanne Vega "Solitude Standing" A&M
 Righteous Bros. "Unchained Melody" Polydor/PLG
 Shanice "Inner Child" Motown
 Boyz II Men "Cooleyhigharmony" Motown
 John Mellencamp "Whenever We Wanted" Mercury
 Van Morrison "Avalon Sunset" Polydor/PLG
 Van Morrison "Enlightenment" Polydor/PLG
 Robert Palmer "Addictions" Island
 Robert Cray "I Was Warned" Mercury
 Chris de Burgh "Spark to a Flame" A&M
 Bananarama "Greatest Hits" London Classics
 The Jam "Greatest Hits" Polydor/PLG
 James Brown "20 All Time Greatest" Polydor/PLG
 Nana Mouskouri "The Classical Nana" Philips Classics
 Neville Bros. "Brothers Keeper" A&M
 Vanessa Williams "Comfort Zone" Wing/Mercury
 Yello "Baby" Mercury
 Vangelis "Themes" Polydor/PLG
 Melissa Etheridge "Never Enough" Island
 "Grease" Soundtrack Polydor/PLG
 The Christians "The Christians" Island
 Oleta Adams "Circle of One" Fontana/Mercury
 PM Dawn "Of the Heart & Soul" Island
 Aaron Neville "Warm Your Heart" A&M
 Cathy Dennis "Move to This" Polydor/PLG
 Zucchero "Miserere" London Classics
 Zucchero "Zucchero" London Classics
 The following classical recordings will be among the first to be released by PolyGram on digital compact cassette (DCC):
 COMPOSER/TITLE SOLOIST/ORCHESTRA/CONDUCTOR
 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON
 Bernstein: "West Side
 Story"/highlights Bernstein
 Mahler: Synphony No. 1 Berlin Philharmonic/Abbado
 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Philadelphia Orchestra/Sinopoli
 Holst: "The Planets" Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Levine
 Grieg: "Peer Gynt" Suites, etc. Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan
 Prokofiev: "Peter and the Wolf" Sting/COE/Abbado
 Chopin: Ballades Zimerman
 "Spirituals in Concert" Battle/Norman/Levine
 Schubert: Sonata D 960/
 Schumann: "Kinderszenen" Horowitz
 Beethoven: "Missa Solemnis" Gardiner
 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
 Op. 27 Nos. 1 & 2; Op. 28 Pollini
 Brahms: "Hungarian Dances" Vienna Philharmonic/Abbado
 Elgar: "Enigma Variations," etc. Philadelphia Orchestra/Sinopoli
 Schubert/Liszt/Brahms Yevgeny Kissin
 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Berlin Philharmonic/Abbado
 Bach: Arias Battle/Perlman/The Orchestra of
 St. Luke's/Nelson
 Schubert: String Quintet D 956 Rostropovich/Emerson String
 Quartet
 Saint-Saens:
 Organ Symphony, etc. Berlin Philharmonic/Levine
 LONDON
 Wagner: Orchestral music
 from "The Ring" Vienna Philharmonic/Solti
 "Carreras, Domingo &
 Pavarotti in Concert" Mehta
 Orff: "Carmina Burana" San Francisco Symphony
 Orchestra/Blomstedt
 "Chopin Favourites" Ashkenazy
 "Volare" Pavarotti
 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi
 Verdi: Choruses Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
 Mozart: "Requiem" Vienna Philharmonic/Solti
 Dvorak: Symphony 9/
 "Carnival" Overture Chailly
 Satie: Piano Works Roge
 Vivaldi: Cello Concertos Hogwood
 Bruckner: Symphony 4 Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi
 PHILIPS CLASSICS
 "Hollywood Dreams" Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/Mauceri
 Albinoni/Pachelbel/Mozart I Musici
 Sibelius/Tchaikovsky/Vicos Mullova
 Brahms: Pico 1 Brendel/Abbado
 Schubert: Impromptus Brendel
 Stravinsky: "Firebird" Haitink
 Bach: Brandenburg
 Concertos 3, 4, 5 I Musici
 Brahms: "Deutsches Requiem" Gardiner
 Vivaldi: "Four Seasons" I Musici
 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 Arrau
 Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique" Davis/
 /CONTACT: Adam Chasnow of Hill and Knowlton, 212-697-5600, for PolyGram; or Patricia Kiel or Dawn Bridges of PolyGram, 212-333-8576/
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