Sonopress

Sonopress

Profile:
German vinyl, cassette, CD and DVD manufacturer, operating under this name from 1957 until 2004.
In 2004 the legal name was changed to Sonopress Arvato.

Labelcode: LC 4241 or LC 04241

Sonopress vinyl pressings can be identified by two ways:
The "bass clef" symbol, usually embossed on the B-side centre label.
Sonopress vinyl runout etchings, following certain patterns:
Early 1960s: In the early 1960s the pattern is not yet consistent. Often it is "1 B xxxx A-1 / B-1" (e.g. 1 B 1016 A-1 // 1 B 1016 B-1); sometimes it is the release's cat# (e.g. 45450 X-1 / 45450 Y-1"). The four digits are sequential but their meaning remains unclear (and should not be added as Sonopress numbers).

1965 - 1973: N xxxxx A-1 / B-1. N is a letter (mostly B, C, G, K) - but could also be two or more letters (e.g. B C, G L/C, G C, G FU or PU), and xxxxx is the cat# of the release. Examples: B 19174 A-1 // B 19174 B-1 (7") or G C 75562/63 A-1 // G C 75562/63 A-1 (LP).

1973 - 1975: S xxxxx A-1 / B-1 (or M xxxxx A-1 / B-1). The S stands for Stereo, the M for Mono, regardless the format.

1975 - 1978: S xxxxx A-1 / B-1 75 or xxxxx A-1 / B-1 / 76 S (the last 2 numbers stand for the cutting year). Often with additional roman numerals I, II, III etc.

1978 - 1983: The catalogue numbers are adjusted to 6 digits, e.g. xxxxxx A-1/79 S. In 1983, injection molding was introduced.

1983 - 1988: Use of leading DM, DMM or DS (e.g. DM xxxxxx A - 9/84 S). These letters indicate the mastering/processing method. DM became standard after 1984.

1988 - 1992: Use of 3-digit number preceding the DS, DM and the cat# (e.g. 005 DS xxxxxx A-2 or 105 DM xxxxxx A-1); the date appears irregulary but the S disappeared. Apparently, the 3 digits indicate the respective lathe.

Since 1965 there also is "Made in Germany" found (irregularly placed) in the runouts, indicating a pressing in Gütersloh (as opposed to Made in Austria or Made in Switzerland). Example: G 19080 A-3 Made in Germany // G 19080 B-3 Made in Germany (7"). Note: A "Made in Germany" runout stamp is by itself not an indicator of a Sonopress vinyl pressing, because other plants (e.g. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant) used it as well. "Manufactured in Germany" indicates a contractual pressing by Teldec-Press GmbH.
Please note: The numbers are not Sonopress specific work numbers. Generally, for all Ariola and BMG related pressings, xxxxxx stands for the cat#, provided by the record company, and is used throughout the labels they distributed (e.g. Jupiter, Pye, Ariola, Hansa, A&M, Virgin etc.). If the runout number is identical to the cat#, don't use it as LCCN number!

On releases manufactured between 1974 and 1982 you will in some cases notice additionally engraved 2/3-digit numbers. These were applied during galvanization if the mothers were destined to be used at other pressing plants:

002: Teldec-Press GmbH
011: CBS, Haarlem
12/012: Phonodisc GesmbH
014: Ariola Benelux B.V.

020: Sonopress - was engraved to indicate that lacquer or mother had been manufactured somewhere else.

However, an additional 3-digit code was re-introduced in 1988 (see above).

The Sonopress specific pattern on contracted vinyl pressings for outside labels begins in 1970. The pattern is A-xxxx, B-xxxx, etc., followed or preceded by the typical side identifiers and mastering codes as described above, e.g. A-xxxx A-3/83 S I or DM B-xxxx A-1/9-86 or B-xxxx A-1/83S I or 209 DMG-3990 A-2 (please note that often the DM and the following letter are combined to DMB-1234 or DMG-5678, etc., but only B-1234 would be the LCCN number).
The pattern was eventually carried over to CD releases, where it continued until Z-9999 was reached in 1999. Then it changed to A-xxxxx.
Note: Only these specific Sonopress patterns like B-1234, G-3990 or A-12345 can be used as LCCN company numbers.

Sonopress numbers on modern CDs occur in an 8-digit format of "5xxxxxxx". This number is usually followed by the release catalog number, often separated by a slash. The start of the numbering sequence is not exactly known, but it is unlikely to predate the year 2000. Similar numbering is also found on releases made by Arvato Digital Services. This sequential number can be added as LCCN number.

Bertelsmann rarely outsourced their production chain (cutting, pressing, printing, distribution). So, a "Printed by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH", "Printed by TOPAC", "Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH" München or Gütersloh (found on the outer centre label ring), all Bertelsmann companies, would surely appear on releases pressed by Sonopress. However, occasional exceptions exist (e.g. for Switzerland or Teldec repressings).

History:
1957: Reinhard Mohn decided to produce vinyl records for the Bertelsmann Schallplattenring and establishes Sonopress Schallplatten GmbH (April). Just a few years later, Sonopress was servicing customers outside the Bertelsmann group as well.
1962: Ariola-Sonopress GmbH is established in August and Sonopress Schallplatten GmbH is dissolved (November).
1966: Sonopress GmbH is established in June.
1969: Start with the production of compact cassettes.
1978: Acquisition of a production facility in Mexico City. Start of the internationalization. Sonopress Gesellschaft für Tonträgerherstellung mbH is established (October).
1981: Start with the production of video cassettes.
1982: Start with the production of LaserDiscs.
1984: Start with the production of Compact Discs.
1986: After the takeover of RCA by BMG, Sonopress takes over the RCA pressing plants in the USA, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.
1991: A plant in Hong Kong is opened. Sonopress Gesellschaft für Tonträgerherstellung mbH is renamed to Sonopress Produktionsgesellschaft für Ton- und Informationsträger mbH (February).
1992: Sonopress stops mass manufacturing vinyl records (July).
1993: Sonopress Ibermemory, S.A. is created after a joint venture with Iberofon, S.A..
1997: Start with the production of DVDs.
2002: Two plants are opened in France and Singapore.
2004: Acquisition of Audio Services Ltd. (ASL), the largest UK vinyl pressing plant (April)
2004: Renamed to Sonopress Arvato.
Sublabels
Contact Info:
Sonopress GmbH
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 161 F
D - 33332 Gütersloh
Germany
Phone: + 49 - 5241 - 80 40600
Fax: + 49 - 5241 - 80 6619
[obsolete]
[l95728]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Saint Laurent Idea(CD, Album) Rain Song Production Singapore 2004 Sell This Version
Renegade Soundwave Soundclash(LP, Album, Promo) Sonopress Germany 1990 Sell This Version
01 Lampshade Because Trees Can Fly(CD, Album, Dig) Tyst 01 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
МР 0001 Маша Распутина Платье Из Роз(CD, Single, Enh) Sonopress, Gala Records (5) МР 0001 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
1 BE/3381 Various Musica Nova Africana(7", Gat) Vereinigte Evangelische Mission 1 BE/3381 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1BE 4263 Dr. Med. S. H. Wolf Weg Zur Mitte, Folge 1(7") Sonopress 1BE 4263 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-1 47514 7 Rodgau Monotones Gigantisch(7", Single) EMI 1C 006-1 47514 7 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 065-99 614 Vivaldi*, Locatelli*, Albinoni*, Collegium Aureum Auf Originalinstrumenten* Vivaldi*, Locatelli*, Albinoni*, Collegium Aureum Auf Originalinstrumenten* - Venezianische Konzerte(LP) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 1C 065-99 614 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 060 1 47514 6 Rodgau Monotones Gigantisch(12", Maxi) EMI 1C 060 1 47514 6 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 066 7 91420 1 Höhner Guck Mal...(LP, Album) EMI 1C 066 7 91420 1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
02 La Negra La Negra(CD, Album) Casa Limón, Casa Limón 02 Spain 2005 Sell This Version
АБП 002 Алла Пугачева Избранное (Live Concert)(2xCD, Album) Арт-студия "АЛЛА" АБП 002 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
2C008 16840 Marie-Paule Belle Nosferatu(7") Sonopress 2C008 16840 France 1980 Sell This Version
2PMC-2714 Handel* / Elly Ameling, Halina Lukomska, Theo Altmeyer, Collegium Aureum Handel* / Elly Ameling, Halina Lukomska, Theo Altmeyer, Collegium Aureum - Cantatas(2xLP, Album, RM) Quintessence 2PMC-2714 US 1981 Sell This Version
2S 006-85384 Liza Minnelli Maybe This Time / Try To Remember(7", Single, RE) Capitol Records 2S 006-85384 France 1978 Sell This Version
5C PL-74953 U.D.O. (2) Timebomb(LP, Album) RCA, RCA 5C PL-74953 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
7XCA30109 The Young Idea With A Little Help From My Friends / Peculiar Situation(7", Single) Columbia 7XCA30109 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
008 Böyen Beng Bombe(CD, Album) Bøyen Beng Produkt 008 Norway 2004 Sell This Version
008 An Arrow In Flight Filling The Night Sky(CD, Album) Coldbringer Recordings 008 US 2004 Sell This Version
12 BRW 47 Dhar Braxton Jump Back (Set Me Free)(12", Promo) Island Records 12 BRW 47 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
22.DEKT Various Seht, Welch Ein Mensch(LP, Album) Not On Label 22.DEKT Germany 1987 Sell This Version
25CDR-405 Various Historia Del Rock & Roll Vol. I(CD, Comp) Orfeon 25CDR-405 Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
25CDR-413 Various Historia Del Rock & Roll Vol. III(CD, Comp) Orfeon 25CDR-413 Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
25RS-106 Barry Manilow Barry(LP, Album) Arista 25RS-106 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
40SPOON6/7 Can Tago Mago(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Spoon Records, Mute 40SPOON6/7 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
46 Various XBox Game Disc(DVD-D, Enh, Promo) XBox 46 US 2005 Sell This Version
66T023 Wander Wildner Baladas Sangrentas(CD, Album) Tinitus 66T023 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
0071-4 Lucie (2) Pohyby(Cass, Album) B&M Music 0071-4 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
00001 01 IRCD Свинцовый Туман Безумный мир(CD, Album) Indie Records (4) 00001 01 IRCD Germany 1994 Sell This Version
0102-2 Various Tenkrát O Vánocích(CD, Comp) B&M Music 0102-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
108 DMF - 5353 F.O.M. C'mon Get Up(12", TP) 101 Records 108 DMF - 5353 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
0129-2 Jakub Smolík Zachraňte Milenky(CD, Album) B&M Music 0129-2 Czech Republic 1998 Sell This Version
186 Los Reyes Locos 15 Grandes Exitos(CD, Comp, RE) Econodisa 186 Mexico 2003 Sell This Version
02-86N Marianne Stensland Szewczyk ...så Livskraften Fritt Får Strømme(CD, Album, Dig) Nordnorsk Pensjonistskole 02-86N Norway 2002 Sell This Version
605 Heinz Teuchert Lautenmusik An Europäischen Fürstenhöfen(10", Mono) Quadriga-Ton 605 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
07-65N Bøbben & Yogi (43) Feat. Jørg-1* Bøbben & Yogi (43) Feat. Jørg-1* - Mot Strømmen(CD) Bootleg (2) 07-65N Norway Unknown Sell This Version
07-71N Stella (64) Live - The Gospels(CD, Album) Lydmuren 07-71N Norway Unknown Sell This Version
1002-5 The Cult Pure Cult Anthology 1984 - 1995(DVD-V, Comp, NTSC) Sum Records (2) 1002-5 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
1007 Pater Leppich Revolution Der Bergpredigt(LP, Mono) Quadriga-Ton 1007 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1011 Pater Leppich Ist Das Liebe? - Pater Leppich Antwortet Den 14- Bis 17-Jährigen(LP) Quadriga-Ton 1011 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1036 Norbert Linke Diri Dana(LP) MDG 1036 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1060-2 Janek Ledecký Ryba Rybě(CD, Promo) B&M Music 1060-2 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
2038-2 Depeche Mode In Your Room(CD, Single, Car) Sum Records (2), Mute 2038-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2067-2 Bad Religion The Process Of Belief(CD, Album) Epitaph, Sum Records (2) 2067-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2117 The Rainbows Balla Balla(7", Single) CBS 2117 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
2134-2 Depeche Mode I Feel You(CD, Single, Dig) Sum Records (2), Mute 2134-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2220-2 Bolt Thrower Honour - Valour - Pride(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2220-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2237-2 The White Stripes White Blood Cells(CD, Album) XL Recordings 2237-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2316 2 Various Lovy Metal(CD, Comp) Som Livre 2316 2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2328 2 Various Lovy Metal 2(CD, Comp) Som Livre 2328 2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2345-2 Various Punk-O-Rama 7(CD, Comp) Sum Records (2), Epitaph 2345-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2361-2 Danzig Danzig 777: I Luciferi(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2361-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2380-2 Cathedral Caravan Beyond Redemption(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2380-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2381-2 Napalm Death Bootlegged In Japan(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2381-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
2387-2 Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(CD, Album, RE) Sum Records (2) 2387-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2393-2 Napalm Death Fear, Emptiness, Despair(CD, Album) Sum Records (2), Earache 2393-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2635-8 Six Feet Under Double Dead Redux(CD, Album + DVD-V + Ltd) Sum Records (2), Metal Blade Records, Venus New Media 2635-8 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2679 Various Chill Out Vol. 1 - Voyages Into Trance And Ambient(2xCD, Comp) Tua Records, Tua Records, Tua Records 2679 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
2739-2 Coal Chamber Giving The Devil His Due(CD, Comp, RP) Sum Records (2) 2739-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2849-2 Rabies Caste Let The Soul Out And Cut The Vein(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2849-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
3603 Echo & The Bunnymen Ballyhoo : The Best Of Echo & The Bunnymen(CD, Comp, RE) Korova 3603 Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
4019 2 Camisa De Vênus Viva(CD, Album, RE) RGE 4019 2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
5420 Danyel Gerard* Butterfly(7", Single) CBS 5420 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
6073 Orchester Nino De La Plata Feurige Rhythmen Aus Rio(LP) Delta (18), Delta (18) 6073 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
6101 Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy - Schaffende Hände(7", Single) Sonopress 6101 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6102 Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy - Brüder, Zur Sonne, Zur Freiheit (7", Single) Sonopress 6102 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
6165-2 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Mute 6165-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
6174-2 Depeche Mode 101(2xCD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records, Mute 6174-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
6175-2 Depeche Mode Construction Time Again(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records, Mute 6175-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
6177-2 Depeche Mode Speak & Spell(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records 6177-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
6180-2 Erasure Wild! (Album) 6180-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
6191-2 Depeche Mode Music For The Masses(CD, Album, RE) Mute 6191-2 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
6212-2 Depeche Mode The Singles 86 > 98(2xCD, Comp) Roadrunner Records, Mute 6212-2 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
6221-2 Six By Seven The Things We Make(CD, Album) Mantra Recordings, Roadrunner Records 6221-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
6342-2 Sigue Sigue Sputnik Flaunt It(CD, Album) Sonopress 6342-2 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
6387-2 Bad Religion Against The Grain(CD, Album, RE) Epitaph, Roadrunner Records 6387-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
6389-2 Bad Religion Generator (Album) 6389-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
6429-CD Michael Shaara, Stephen Hoye Michael Shaara, Stephen Hoye - The Killer Angels (A Novel Of The Civil War)(11xCD) Books On Tape 6429-CD US 2004 Sell This Version
6467-2 Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo(CD, Album) Hollywood Records 6467-2 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
6495-2 Peter Murphy Wild Birds 1985-1995(CD, Comp) Roadrunner Records, Beggars Banquet 6495-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
6501 Yi-Kwei Sze, Brooks Smith (2), Brahms* / Moussorgsky* Yi-Kwei Sze, Brooks Smith (2), Brahms* / Moussorgsky* - Vier Ernste Gesänge / Songs And Dances Of Death(LP) Iramac 6501 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
6504 Beethoven* / Daniël Wayenberg* Beethoven* / Daniël Wayenberg* - Sonata No 30 In E Major Opus 109 / Sonata No 21 In C Major Opus 53 'Waldstein'(LP, Gat) Iramac 6504 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6527-2 Alice Cooper (2) Brutal Planet(CD, Album, RP) Sum Records (2), ST2 Records 6527-2 Brazil 2006 Sell This Version
6633-2 The Black Crowes Lions(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 6633-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
666-1P Various Fuck You We're From Denmark, Vol. 666-1(CD) Diehard Music Worldwide 666-1P Denmark 1999 Sell This Version
6684-2 Heideroosjes Sinema(CD, Album) Epitaph 6684-2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
6880-2 Coal Chamber Dark Days(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 6880-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
6912-2 Carnivore Retaliation(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sum Records (2) 6912-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
6916-2 Obituary Anthology(CD, Comp) Sum Records (2) 6916-2 Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
6927-2 Brujeria Brujerizmo(CD, Album) Sonopress 6927-2 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
6930-2 Carnivore Carnivore(CD, Album, RE, RM) Sum Records (2) 6930-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
7130 - H Antonio Apruzzese " El As Del Organillo"(LP, Album) Vergara, Ariola Eurodisc S.A. 7130 - H Spain Unknown Sell This Version
7499 Winfried Berger, Ulrich Grosser Winfried Berger, Ulrich Grosser - Konzert für zwei Orgeln(LP, Album) Polyphonia (2) 7499 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
8207 Deep Blue Something Byzantium(CD, Album) Interscope Records, Rainmaker Records, Universal 8207 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
8382 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE) Analogue Productions, Fantasy 8382 US Unknown Sell This Version
9152 Echo And The Bunnymen* Flowers(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 9152 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
9316-2 Can Delay(SACD, Hybrid, Album, RE, RM) Mute, Spoon Records 9316-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
9377-2 Can Tago Mago(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mute, Spoon Records, Mute, Spoon Records 9377-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
9378-1 Can Ege Bamyasi(LP, Album, RE, RM) Spoon Records, Mute 9378-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
9378-2 Can Ege Bamyasi(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mute, Spoon Records, Mute, Spoon Records 9378-2 US 2007 Sell This Version