This is the Deutche Grammophon release, catalog # 427 485-5.
I just acquired this a couple of weeks ago, and unsealed it last night to play it… and it’s behaving strangely. When I press “play”, the deck looks for, and apparently finds, the index information at the start of the tape, then fast-forwards to the first start marker, as you’d expect. (The start of side A is apparently about 500 counts in from the start of the tape, which is considerably more than I’ve seen on a tape before, so that was a bit odd in itself.) But then it starts playing, the “start marker” indicator flashes on the display to – presumably – indicate that it found the start of track 1…
…and then it immediately reverses to play side B, putting it right in the middle of track 8. If I hit the “side A/B” switch to make it reverse back to side A, it will do the same thing; every time it hits track 1’s start marker, it reverses.
Now, if I manually fast-forward a few seconds past the start marker for track 1, then let it play, it will play through side A just fine, and reverse direction at the expected point. It’s almost like this tape has a “mastering error”, where they accidentally inserted a “reverse here” marker instead of a “start marker”, or just after it.
I don’t think the DCC deck is at fault, since other tapes are still playing as you’d expect them to. Has anyone ever seen this kind of behavior from a prerecorded tape before?