CALLING ELVIS
 
Artist Dire Straits
Release date 1991
Recording Air Studios, London UK, November 1990 - May 1991
Format 1DCC
Label Vertigo
Cat.no. -
Tracks
  1. Calling Elvis
Front cover                 
Back of the DCC  
 
               
Additional comments DCC sample of Calling Elvis. This must have been one of the first DCC's as the back of the DCC itself states: "Sample not for sale, not yet according to DCC Standard". Issued without back cover.

Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) is an obsolete magnetic tape sound recording format introduced by Philips and Matsushita in late 1992. Pitched as a successor to the standard analog cassette, and competitor to MiniDisc (MD) and Digital Audio Tape (DAT), it never became popular with the general public. It shared the same form factor as analog cassettes, and DCC recorders could play back either type of cassette. In February 1996, Jan Timmer who was President of Philips at the time, admitted that sales of DCC were below expectations. According to him, it had become a "niche product for audiophiles". Timmer made clear that it would not be kept in production at any price: "We have to make the balance sometime: how much did it cost, what does it bring in and what are we doing with it now". The DCC was discontinued in October 1996 after Philips admitted it had achieved poor sales and MiniDisc was winning.