Rainbo Records

Rainbo Records

Profile:
A California-based manufacturer and pressing plant established in 1939 by Jack Brown.

In April 2002, Rainbo Record Manufacturing Corporation purchased DOCdata California, Inc., the Canoga Park, CA manufacturing plant formerly run by DOCdata.

In late December 2019, Rainbo’s manufacturing equipment, including all of its presses, was hauled to Nashville on 14 semi trucks. United Records, which has been in business since 1949, bought it all, including the Rainbo name, client list and a choice selection of memorabilia.

Rainbo Records announced that they would be closing permanently as of January 31, 2020.

Vinyl Format Releases:
Typical prefix, found on vinyl runout data, as follows:
• S-12345, S being for LP, 12", and 10" (note: the "S" can resemble a "5").
• L-12345, L being for LP, 12", and 10" (note: Greg Lee Processing also used a 'L' prefix in its number scheme, however, this is not mutually exclusive as it often processed releases later pressed at Rainbo).
• R-12345, R being for 7". (note: other pressings plants, e.g., Allied Record Company also use this same R-12345 type etching on 7" records).

S-12345 or R-12345 can be entered in the catalogue number field adjacent to the Pressed By field used for the 'Rainbo Records' credit. Because each side of a record will often be assigned a unique identifier, e.g., S-12345, S-12346, each sequence should be added into a separate dedicated field. Additional identifier for Lps, in conjunction with "S-" numbers, is Rainbo's 1.25" pressing ring.

*Please note that although helpful, the runout data should not be relied on as the sole source of information to substantiate the year of the release in most instances and especially for reissues, represses, and other subsequent pressings. This is because Rainbo Records will often recycle the identification number assigned to the initial pressing on subsequent pressings of the same release.

CD Format Releases:

CDs made and manufactured through Rainbo Records have gone through a number of changes over the years. By all appearances, glass mastering was outsourced to other companies until 2002, resulting in different looking CD matrices that correspond with periods of time during which a particular company was engaged for glass mastering. The outsourcing of glass mastering looks to have ended in approximately 2002 or 2003, after Rainbo's acquisition of DOCdata California, Inc. Therefore, it is safest not to credit Rainbo Records with the Glass Mastered At role on any discs released before 2003.

For the earliest CD pressings, up until some point in time during 1994, discs made through Rainbo Records contained a date in the matrix, and although unconfirmed, appear to have been glass mastered at Technidisc.

Then during 1994, glass mastering appears to have been outsourced instead to Nimbus, resulting in the first noticeable change of how the CD matrix looks. At some point in time during 1995, the Nimbus mastering SID codes of IFPI L12* begin to appear within the matrix band, and in some few instances from approximately 1997, the Nimbus mould SID code of IFPI 24** may be seen on the inner hub of some discs.

By approximately 1998, Rainbo's own mould SID code of IFPI A60*, and often a "RAINBO" or "RAINBO CA" mould begin to appear on disc hubs. This may indicate the introduction of in-house disc presses by Rainbo at around this time, as it is unconfirmed whether the company had pressed the discs in-house before this time, or whether it was done by Technidisc and Nimbus along with the glass mastering work.

IMPORTANT
For CD's made in 1994 or later, the presence or absence of any SID codes, or a Rainbo mould being present, should be recorded in the BAOI field, as a first pressing made between years 1994 to 1997 may not contain any moulds on the hub, however, a later repress may have identical artwork and matrix, yet will contain moulds on the hub, indicating it is a later repress. Mastering SID codes will be absent on 1994 pressings up until some point in 1995. In the absence of SID codes, it is suggested to add them to the appropriate field in the BAOI field as "none".

For example:
Barcode: 782027719720
Matrix / Runout: RBO2270AWR7197 RAINBO ‧
Mastering SID Code: IFPI L125
Mould SID Code: none

In 1998, Nimbus CD International was acquired by Carlton Communications-owned Technicolor, which may explain the next chapter for Rainbo CDs and why the change of outsourcing occurred from Nimbus to Technicolor.

During 1999, glass mastering appears to have been outsourced to Technicolor, resulting in the second noticeable change of how the CD matrix looks.
Discs made between 1999 up until 2002 will likely contain a unique identifier, in combination with the Technicolor mastering SID code IFPI L89*. Some examples of unique identifiers are as follows:
• C1.1 504552-01 5233-DTI6972 <- An example of a 1999 pressing. The unique identifier is 504552.
• C1.1 157444-01 3651-GCR701 <- An example of a 2000 or 2001 pressing. The unique identifier is 157444.
• (186411) 6617-0059 01 <- An example of a 2002 pressing, where the identifier is now in brackets. The identifier is 186411.

The unique identifiers above can be entered with Technicolor when using the "Glass Mastered At" credit.
When RAINBO or RAINBO CA is named in the hub mould on such pressings, it will usually be accompanied by the Rainbo mould SID of IFPI A60*. This indicates that Rainbo replicated discs from the Technicolor master. These discs can be credited as follows:

Glass Mastered At – Technicolor – xxxxxx
Pressed By – Rainbo Records

In April 2002, Rainbo acquired DOCdata California. In the same year, the mastering SID code of IFPI LT05 is seen and remains from here on in.

At some point in 2003, dates began to appear in the matrix in the form mmddyy.

Examples include:
Various - Soft Sounds For Gentle People 3
Matrix / Runout: 7706 - SOFT3 071604
Date: 16 July 2004

Magic Circle - Magic Circle
Matrix / Runout: 9320 - AS002 112612
Date: 26 November 2012

This date in the matrix can be used to identify later pressings and remove impossible release dates (such as an album originally released in 2001, but with matrix date 010105 = 1 January 2005), but please note that these dates should not be entered as a catalogue# for Rainbo Records in the LCCN section.

Mastering SID codes seen on Rainbo Records CDs (please note that these mastering SID codes do not necessarily belong to Rainbo):
IFPI L12* - from 1995 to 1999
IFPI L89* - from 1999 to 2002
IFPI LT05 - from 2002 onward

Mould SID code seen on Rainbo Records CDs since approximately 1998:
IFPI A60*

Current employees:
• Steve Sheldon (President)
Known former employees:
• Jack Brown (b 1914 - †2004) (Founder, President from 1939)
• Bill Piner (Executive Supervisor, circa 1977)
• Jim Doyle (Accountant Executive, circa 1977)
• Bea Laugham (Customer Relations, circa 1977)
• Steve Sheldon (Production Supervisor, circa 1977)
• Ron Rankin (Record Production, circa 1977)
Rick Silva (3) (Plant Engineer, circa 1977)
Contact Info:
Rainbo Records
8960 Eton Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91304
USA
Phone: (818) 280-1100
Fax: (818) 280-1101

Address ca. 1977:
1738 Berkeley St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
USA
(213) 829 3476
(Contact info now obsolete)

Address ca. 1972-3:
Rainbo Recs. Mfg. Corp.
1041 N. Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90038
USA
(213) 466-7516
(Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:
[l100643]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
01 True Blue  album cover N.O.T.S. True Blue(CD, Album) Ain't Jokin Records 01 US 1992 Sell This Version
1-1 Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool  album cover Otis Lee Hard Row To Hoe / They Say I'm A Fool(7", Single) Quaint Record Co. 1-1 US 1968 Sell This Version
002 Magic Circle  album cover Magic Circle Magic Circle(CD, Album) Armageddon Shop 002 US 2013 Sell This Version
02 Untitled  album cover Coinmonster Untitled(7", TP) Tee Pee Records 02 US 1995 Sell This Version
002-2 Punk Statik Paranoia  album cover Orgy Punk Statik Paranoia(CD, Album) D1 Music, Majael 002-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
0002-2 Crime Pays  album cover BHC Crime Pays(CD, Album) Big House Productions 0002-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
2-2 Baby I Love You  album cover Otis Lee Baby I Love You(7", Single) Quaint Record Co. 2-2 US 1969 Sell This Version
2BM 001 Ghetto Poetry  album cover Next 2 Kin Ghetto Poetry(CD, Album) 2BM Recordings 2BM 001 US 1994 Sell This Version
003 Soft Sounds For Gentle People 3  album cover Various Soft Sounds For Gentle People 3(CD, Comp) Pet Records (3) 003 US 2004 Sell This Version
003-2 Punk Statik Paranoia  album cover Orgy Punk Statik Paranoia(CD, Album, Cle) D1 Music, Majael 003-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
3-SMC-D-0011-2 If These Walls Could Talk  album cover Sicx If These Walls Could Talk(CD, Album) Siccmade Muzicc 3-SMC-D-0011-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
3-SMC-D-0664 If These Walls Could Talk  album cover Sicx If These Walls Could Talk(CD, Album, RE) Siccmade Muzicc, Manson Mind Music 3-SMC-D-0664 US Unknown Sell This Version
4AD0020CDT Sleep Well Beast  album cover The National Sleep Well Beast(CD, Album, Tar) 4AD 4AD0020CDT US 2017 Sell This Version
4P 1009-1 Tenth Chapter Prologue(12", TP) 4 Play Records Inc. 4P 1009-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
0005-2 Wildside  album cover Wildside (2) Wildside(CD, Album) Tony Nicole Tony Records 0005-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
010 Upside Down Home 2002  album cover Howe* Upside Down Home 2002(CD, Album) OW OM Finished Recorded Products 010 US 2002 Sell This Version
11 And 16 Poi Dog Pondering  album cover Poi Dog Pondering Poi Dog Pondering(CD, Album, RE, Rai) Texas Hotel 11 And 16 US Unknown Sell This Version
12VOLT01 What Doesn't Make Us Stronger Only Kills Us  album cover Hardesty What Doesn't Make Us Stronger Only Kills Us(CD, Album) 12 Volt Records 12VOLT01 US 2002 Sell This Version
22 Life. Love. Regret.  album cover Unbroken Life. Love. Regret.(CD, Album, RE) New Age Records, New Age Records 22 US Unknown Sell This Version
31G43 Here Lies The Body Of Jaks  album cover Jaks Here Lies The Body Of Jaks(CD, Comp) Three One G (31G), Three One G (31G) 31G43 US 2005 Sell This Version
0032-2 Beg No Friends  album cover Strickly Roots Beg No Friends(CD, Maxi) Friends Connections Productions 0032-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
33RD ST 3315 Not 4 Sale  album cover Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas Not 4 Sale(CD, Album) 33rd Street Records 33RD ST 3315 US 2002 Sell This Version
0038 You'll Never Understand This Band The Way I Do  album cover The Shys You'll Never Understand This Band The Way I Do(CD, Album) Aeronaut Records 0038 US 2008 Sell This Version
057 Angelyne  album cover Angelyne Angelyne (Album) 057 US 1982 Sell This Version
0059 Crime Rate 2K2  album cover J Mack* Crime Rate 2K2(CD, Album) Stackhouse Records 0059 US 2002 Sell This Version
0069 Keep It Real  album cover T-Lowe Keep It Real(CD, Album, RE) Black Power Productions 0069 US 2002 Sell This Version
0070 Stickin' To The Script  album cover Primo (2) Stickin' To The Script(CD, Album, RE) Black Power Productions 0070 US 2002 Sell This Version
70 A Taste Of Triple A & Americana Sampler 70  album cover Various A Taste Of Triple A & Americana Sampler 70(CD, Promo) ...A Taste Of Triple A... 70 US 2010 Sell This Version
0074-2 Every Damn Time  album cover Black Diamond Heavies Every Damn Time(CD, Album) Alive Records 0074-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
78 So Much More  album cover OHalloran* So Much More(CD, Album) Boy Genius Records 78 US 2003 Sell This Version
#153 Skulldozer  album cover Bastard Noise Skulldozer(CD, Album) Deep Six Records #153 US 2011 Sell This Version
0158-2 Gets Loaded  album cover Hollis Brown (2) Gets Loaded(CD, Album) Alive Records, Alive Records 0158-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
#162 Brutal Truth / Rupture  album cover Brutal Truth / Rupture Brutal Truth / Rupture - Brutal Truth / Rupture(7", RE, TP) Deep Six Records #162 US 2013 Sell This Version
0186-2 Bigger Than Life  album cover Jack Lee (2) Bigger Than Life(CD, Comp) Alive Records 0186-2 US 2016 Sell This Version
0191 Demonz-N-My Sleep  album cover Woodie (2) Demonz-N-My Sleep(CD, Album, RE, RM) East Co. Co. Records 0191 US 2004 Sell This Version
0207-2 Everyday Dreams  album cover Jesper Lindell Everyday Dreams(CD, Album) Alive Records, Natural Sound Records 0207-2 2019 Sell This Version
0260-2 True That / Reach Out (Touch Somebody) (Remix)  album cover M.C. Shy-D* / Tha Rhythum M.C. Shy-D* / Tha Rhythum - True That / Reach Out (Touch Somebody) (Remix)(CD, Maxi) Benz Records Inc. 0260-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
313-7 Live In Detroit  album cover DeepChord Presents Echospace DeepChord Presents Echospace - Live In Detroit (Album) 313-7 US 2017 Sell This Version
447 East-West Live  album cover The Paul Butterfield Blues Band East-West Live(CD, Album) Winner (3) 447 US 1996 Sell This Version
452 The State V.S. Poohman: Straight From San Quentin State Prison  album cover Pooh-Man The State V.S. Poohman: Straight From San Quentin State Prison(CD, Album) In-A-Minute Records 452 US 1997 Sell This Version
459 CD Phenomena 256  album cover Experimental Audio Research Phenomena 256(CD, Album, RE) Sympathy For The Record Industry 459 CD US 1996 Sell This Version
555CD72 A Punch Up The Bracket  album cover Boyracer A Punch Up The Bracket(CD, Album) 555 Recordings 555CD72 US 2006 Sell This Version
675 Fiends Of Dope Island  album cover The Cramps Fiends Of Dope Island (Album) 675 USA, Canada & UK 2003 Sell This Version
677 How To Make A Monster  album cover The Cramps How To Make A Monster (Album) 677 US 2004 Sell This Version
0801 A Tribute To Big Star (Additional Songs By Chris Bell)  album cover Various A Tribute To Big Star (Additional Songs By Chris Bell)(CD, Comp) LunaSea Records 0801 US 2001 Sell This Version
862 Come See Me And Come Lonely  album cover Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis - Come See Me And Come Lonely(CD, Album) Goldenlane Records 862 US 2017 Sell This Version
1000-1 Ammo Dump  album cover Aladdin* Ammo Dump(Cass, EP) Players Convention Records 1000-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
1002 Phukk Watcha Goin Thru  album cover Candyman Phukk Watcha Goin Thru(CD, Album) Ruckus Records (4) 1002 US 1995 Sell This Version
1015 American Expressions  album cover Lisa Hilton American Expressions(CD, Album) Ruby Slippers Productions 1015 US 2012 Sell This Version
1016-2 Pager Checkin'  album cover Partners In Rhyme (2) Pager Checkin'(CD, Album) Northland Records 1016-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
1020 Polaris Cover Sessions No. 1  album cover Whitehorse (3) / Sarah Harmer / Great Lake Swimmers Whitehorse (3) / Sarah Harmer / Great Lake Swimmers - Polaris Cover Sessions No. 1(10", Ora) Polaris Music Prize 1020 Canada 2015 Sell This Version
1049 The Rompalation  album cover Mac Dre Presents Various Mac Dre Presents Various - The Rompalation(CD, Comp, RE) Romp Records, Sumo Productions (2) 1049 US 2004 Sell This Version
1082-NEVER Never  album cover Scarface (3) Never(CD, Single, Promo) Rap-A-Lot 4 Life 1082-NEVER US 2007 Sell This Version
1125 21  album cover Tutti Troppo 21(7") T.O.N. Records 1125 US 1994 Sell This Version
1228-2 A Punk Tribute To Weezer  album cover Various A Punk Tribute To Weezer(CD, Comp) Cleopatra, Cleopatra 1228-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
1234 Come And Get Me  album cover Smoke (7) Come And Get Me(CD, MiniAlbum) II FA 30 Records 1234 US 1994 Sell This Version
1257 Feel This  album cover Perfect Tommy Feel This(CD, Album) PT 109 Records 1257 US Unknown Sell This Version
1434-2 The Mix Tape Before 9/11  album cover Mobb Deep The Mix Tape Before 9/11(CD, Comp, Mixed) X-Ray Records (2), Big Brother Music 1434-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
1621 A Choir Of Empty Beds  album cover B. Fleischmann A Choir Of Empty Beds(CD, Album) Fuzzy Box 1621 US 2000 Sell This Version
1930 Papa’s Show Stoppers  album cover The Rivingtons Papa’s Show Stoppers(LP, Album) Quan Records 1930 US 1988 Sell This Version
2002-2 Rainfall  album cover A Flock Of Seagulls Rainfall(CD, Single) Savant Records 2002-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
2011 Hurricane  album cover Screamin Eagle Hurricane(LP, Album) Screamin Eagle 2011 US 2011 Sell This Version
2090-2 Dead Yuppies  album cover Agnostic Front Dead Yuppies(CD, Album) Epitaph 2090-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2182 Carnival Of Sounds  album cover Various Carnival Of Sounds(CD, Promo, Smplr) Century Media 2182 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
2251 Go 'Way Hound Dog  album cover Nick Lowe & His Band Go 'Way Hound Dog(7", TP) Yep Roc Records 2251 US 2011 Sell This Version
2358 Classic Rave  album cover Various Classic Rave(CD, Comp) Moonshine Music 2358 US 1998 Sell This Version
2528 Pummel  album cover All (2) Pummel(LP, Album, TP) Interscope Records 2528 US 1996 Sell This Version
2627 What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will   album cover Jean Knight What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will (7") Open Records (9) 2627 US 1976 Sell This Version
2822 Sabotage  album cover Black Sabbath Sabotage(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) 2822 US 2016 Sell This Version
3010 Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.  album cover Outlawz* Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.(CD, Album) One Nation Entertainment, 33rd Street Records 3010 US 2005 Sell This Version
3010 Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.  album cover Outlawz* Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.(12", EP, Smplr) One Nation Entertainment, 33rd Street Records 3010 US 2005 Sell This Version
3012 Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.  album cover Outlawz* Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.(CD, Album, Cle) One Nation Entertainment 3012 US 2005 Sell This Version
3016 Buried Alive In The Blues  album cover Chicago Blues Reunion Buried Alive In The Blues(CD, Album, Lim + DVD-V) Out Of The Box Records 3016 US 2005 Sell This Version
3018-2 Feels Good  album cover Take 6 Feels Good(CD, Album) Take 6 Records 3018-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
3269 Harthouse 100  album cover Various Harthouse 100(CD, Comp) Harthouse America 3269 US 1996 Sell This Version
3317 Now And Then  album cover Alex de Grassi* Now And Then(CD, Album) 33rd Street Records, Tropo Records (2) 3317 US 2003 Sell This Version
3326 Soul Flower  album cover En Vogue Soul Flower(CD, Album) 33rd Street Records, Funkigirl Records, Beat Exchange 3326 US 2004 Sell This Version
3328-2 All Or Nothin  album cover Coo Coo Cal All Or Nothin(CD, Album) Infinite Recordings (2), Unexplained Music, 33rd Street Records 3328-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
3346-2 The Konnectid Project Vol. 1  album cover Suga Free...*, Mausberg...* Suga Free...*, Mausberg...* - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1(CD, Album, RE) Laneway Records, 3rd Street Records 3346-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
3804 Left  album cover End.user* Left(CD, Album) Ohm Resistance 3804 US 2008 Sell This Version
3992 Never Back Down  album cover Lack Of Interest Never Back Down(CD, Album) Deep Six Records 3992 US 2005 Sell This Version
4001-2 What Cha Missin'  album cover III Frum Tha Soul What Cha Missin'(CD, Single) Brown Street Records 4001-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
4045 Freddie Redd Quintet Shades Of Redd(LP, Album, RE, TP) Blue Note 4045 US Unknown Sell This Version
4224 The Mouse And The Mask  album cover Danger Doom The Mouse And The Mask(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Tri) Metal Face Records 4224 US 2017 Sell This Version
4321-2 The Dominion  album cover The Delinquents (3) The Dominion(CD, Album) Real To ReeL Entertainment, Real To ReeL Entertainment 4321-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
4777 Helpless / Cold, Cold Shot  album cover Rusty And The Driftwoods Helpless / Cold, Cold Shot(7", Single) Rainbo Records 4777 US Unknown Sell This Version
4918 Chapel Of The Chimes  album cover Xiu Xiu Chapel Of The Chimes(CD, EP) Absolutely Kosher Records 4918 US 2002 Sell This Version
4918 - AK034 Goblin Cock Bagged And Boarded(LP, Pic, TP) Absolutely Kosher Records 4918 - AK034 US 2005 Sell This Version
5000-2 Any Ole Sunday  album cover Mr. X (2) Any Ole Sunday(CD, Single) Jungle Records (3) 5000-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
5001-2 Streetz Got Me Gone  album cover New Breed Of Hustlas Streetz Got Me Gone(CD, Album) Mobstyle Records 5001-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
5002-A Flossin  album cover Mr. X (2) Flossin(CD, Single) Jungle Records (3) 5002-A US 1996 Sell This Version
5129 ESG-1 E.S.G. (2) Braids / Fades(12", TP) Rainbo Records 5129 ESG-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
5293 Dead Scream Symphony  album cover Debauchery (2) Dead Scream Symphony(CD, Album) Blood Fire Death 5293 US 2003 Sell This Version
5435 Lullaby Lane (The Perfect Tool To Fix A Crying Baby!)  album cover Jim Martinez (3) Lullaby Lane (The Perfect Tool To Fix A Crying Baby!)(CD, Album) Daddy's Tool Bag 5435 US 2004 Sell This Version
5524 Hey Country  album cover Victor Sanz Hey Country(CD, Album) WCI Records 5524 US 2004 Sell This Version
6001 Someday You'll Have These Blues  album cover Phillip Walker Someday You'll Have These Blues(LP, Album) Joliet Records 6001 US 1977 Sell This Version
6038 Doing It For The Kids  album cover Whore (3) Doing It For The Kids(CD, Album) Moribund Records 6038 US 2005 Sell This Version
6038 Tyranny Returns  album cover Sargeist Tyranny Returns(CD, Album) Moribund Records 6038 US 2004 Sell This Version
6246-1 We're On A Mission  album cover D.J. Buddy & The Kat* D.J. Buddy & The Kat* - We're On A Mission(LP) Picture Perfect Productions 6246-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
Ƨ-6859 Secret Omen  album cover Cameo Secret Omen (Album) Ƨ-6859 US 1979 Sell This Version

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Turtlenews

Turtlenews

March 29, 2020
I have 1969 Rainbo pressings that have the same characteristics everyone seems to be complaining about (scratch marks that appear to be coming from manufacturing-not usage, oily looking vinyl, off-centered labels, etc....). Somewhat of a tradition, I'll suspect?
movceo

movceo

November 11, 2019
edited 8 months ago
hmmm, I see my comment about Rainbo's closing triggered somebody and they got it deleted. GOOD RIDDANCE, RAINBO! Edit: Apparently their last day of pressing vinyl will be Dec 13/2019 according to a poster the Steve Hoffman forums.
REENO

REENO

November 11, 2019
Maybe this company would have not had to shut it's doors if it cared more about quality control.
badsongninja

badsongninja

November 11, 2019
Rainbo is closing by the end of 2019 and taking no new orders as of 10/22/19.
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/10/22/rainbo-records-shutting-down/
DogsCollection

DogsCollection

September 11, 2019
After all these years, it's still a gamble to get a good pressing from them. The issues still persist: off-centered pressings, uneven-looking surface, as if the stampers were damaged in some way. They either need to step up or just close down already.
prankrec

prankrec

August 20, 2019
I run a small independent record label that used Rainbo for vinyl manufacturing from the late 1990's until 2009, when I requested the return all my plating and parts for almost a hundred records, most of which were manufactured there. They just never seemed to get I was trying to run a business, and were kind of stunned when they realized how much business I had done there. I can't recommend ANYONE use their services, I spent tens and tens of thousands of dollars with Rainbo, if they don't care about my business, they probably don't care about yours. Insult to injury, Rainbow Recycles all your stampers and re-makes them to order, so when you get your parts back, You're out the $200-$250 it's going to cost to make new stampers ( freight, mailing the mothers and the stamper)....to repress, what on an indie scale 300-500 Records. I lost $200 on 100 titles when I left, Over $20K in parts, crippling my business. They never seemed to understand or care I was running a business.

Once you have paid for a recording, layout, mastering and printing, you can't operate on that undetermined, unanswered and unknown turnaround time. It stalls your business, it stalls your cash flow, and if there's anything Rainbo is actually timely on, it's bill collection. All plants are busy now, all of them make mistakes now and again, but the disorganization, delays, errors and just short of outright lies for what seems to be a large operation were always stunning and crippling to my business.

I had re-ordered records several times, they'd send them without the provided inserts that had been put in the records each time. They once sent me totally warped 45's and the OWNER suggested " I can just straighten them out by hand". And most infuriatingly, the sales reps will rush you off the phone "So they can get right back to you".....and they never do. It's almost like you're burdening them calling up with your business. I'd be making four 12" LP's at once, and still have the same horrific customer service and sluggish turn times on orders.

Maybe if you are a high volume Major Label or Broker handling multiple accounts, they'll provide a modicum of customer service.( Or can show up in Person, thus forcing them deal with you) but for anyone else I'd run as far away from Rainbo Records as possible. There's no pot of gold at the end of dealing with them, only warped and delayed records while your phone calls go straight to voicemail.
royal01

royal01

July 25, 2019
You better avoid this pressing plant, i had a couple of copies of RTJ 2 & 3 and all copies are horrible!! full of noise and crackles!!
movceo

movceo

June 28, 2019
edited 9 months ago
List of record labels who use Rainbo Records (so people can AVOID any purchases, because we know the pressing will more likely than not be defective):
Domino (American pressings only - EU releases usually handled by Optimal)
Sacred Bones Records (seems to have recently (around Aug 2019) have switched to GZ for pressings, but be careful of anything released before then)
Universal Music Group and its various labels (American pressings only - they use a variety of plants, but Rainbo and United Record Pressing are the most common ones they use)
Polyvinyl Record Company (may have recently [Sep 2019] switched to GZ, some of their recent releases were pressed there)
Carpark Records
SideOneDummy Records
eOne Music
The Control Group
Young Turks (American pressings only)
Glassnote
Plain Recordings/4 Men With Beards (well, these two should be avoided anyway for obvious reasons!)
Daptone Records
Arts & Crafts (Prior to 2017 - most pressings now handled by Precision Record Pressing)
Light in the Attic and its various labels (They also use Erika Records which is another garbage pressing plant)
Big Machine Records
Barsuk Records
Stax Records
Mexican Summer (Although they sometimes use GZ as well)
BMG (Anything that says "Made in the USA"; thankfully for most of their releases they just import the EU pressing)
Mass Appeal Records
Porterhouse Records
Milan
Omnivore Recordings
Harvest Records

Also Warners (and its various labels) seem to have cut back quite a bit on using Rainbo (thankfully), but they may still press the occasional thing there.

I will keep updating this list as needed
boggey68

boggey68

June 10, 2019
I've just returned David Crosby's "Sky Trails" and waiting for a replacement hoping it was just a bad copy...records were warped, sratch marks, loud ticks and pops, off centred labels... the album was beautifully recorded and mastered and I can't believe the quality of the pressing is so poor. The artist and the sound and mastering engineers should sue them for ruining their work
five5tone

five5tone

December 18, 2018
As many have spoken, you give United a run for its money in terms of SHITTY PRESSING QUALITY.