Quality Records Limited

Quality Records Limited

Profile:
Independent Canadian-owned record company started in 1950 in Toronto. It pressed and distributed various US lines in Canada, entering into a partnership (terminated in 1973) with the US company MGM, and handling Buddah, Groove Merchant, Kama Sutra and Mercury, among other labels.

The company was the first in Canada to manufacture cassette and eight-track tapes. It also distributed such Canadian lines as its own Quality, Birchmount, and Celebration labels and the independent Broadland, Kanata, MWC (Music World Creations), and Reo labels. The company operated a New York office briefly in the mid-1970s.

Records pressed by Quality Records Limited can often be identified by an uppercase "Q" or "Qu" in the runouts and/or a "Q" printed on the labels. The Q on Quality pressing runouts is hand-etched, often quite small, upside-down compared to the rest of the run-out etchings, and often tucked in just where the run-out hits the locked groove. See images section of this label. .More description

Quality established two publishing companies ca.1970; the CAPAC affiliated Shediac Music Publishing Ltd. (a.k.a Shediac Music and Shediac), and the BMIC/BMI affiliated Qualrec Music Ltd. (a.k.a Qualrec). In August 1975 Quality took over the BMI Canada portion of Broadland Music Ltd.'s catalogue. In October 1976 Quality took over the entire Broadland operation, including publishers Doubleplay Music and Grandslam Music.

Canadian artists to record for Quality included the Young Canada Singers (who made the hit version of 'CA-NA-DA'), the Beaumarks (whose 'Clap Your Hands' was an early Canadian rock hit in the USA in 1960), Andy de Jarlis, the early Guess Who, Albert Hall, Harmonium, the Haunted, the King Beezz, Jury, Ronn Metcalfe, Skip Prokop, Hank Smith, and Sweet Blindness, all in the pop field.

Quality updated their 7" label design in 1970, moving away from the plain white background with red trim to a two-tone red label with a background made up of 80 small Qs in a checkerboard pattern. The new label was designed by the national promotion co-ordinator at the time, Mel Shaw.

Quality Records Limited ceased operations in 1985, selling their vinyl pressing and tape duplication operations to Cinram in November. Cinram moved all equipment to existing their Scarborough location. The Quality name lived on through Quality Special Products and was revived in 1990 as Quality Records, Quality Music and other variations, specializing mainly in commercial dance music.

This company is also printed on releases as 'Quality Records Ltd.' or 'Canada-Quality Records Limited', or (in French) 'Disques Quality Limitée'...

Robert G. Haacke was head of the plating department and quality control from 1950 to 1967.
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Contact Info:
Quality Records Limited
380 Birchmount Road
Scarborough, Ontario, M1K 1M7
Canada
[l111208]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 You Can Be Anyone This Time Around  album cover Dr. Timothy Leary You Can Be Anyone This Time Around(LP, Album) Douglas 1 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
1E1 Ben-Hur Deluxe Edition  album cover Miklós Rózsa Ben-Hur Deluxe Edition 1E1 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
1E4ST Bronislau Kaper* Mutiny On The Bounty(LP, Album, Mono, Dlx + Box) MGM Records, MGM Records 1E4ST Canada 1962 Sell This Version
1E-6ST Doctor Zhivago (Original Sound Track Album)  album cover Maurice Jarre Doctor Zhivago (Original Sound Track Album)(LP, Album, Gat) MGM Records, MGM Records 1E-6ST Canada 1965 Sell This Version
1 E 7 (D) The Singing Nun  album cover Debbie Reynolds The Singing Nun(LP) MGM Records, MGM Records 1 E 7 (D) Canada 1966 Sell This Version
1SE-33ST The Last Picture Show (Music From The Original Sound Track)  album cover Hank Williams The Last Picture Show (Music From The Original Sound Track)(LP) MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE-33ST Canada 1971 Sell This Version
1 SE 36 ST Shaft's Big Score! - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  album cover Gordon Parks Shaft's Big Score! - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(LP, Album) MGM Records 1 SE 36 ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
1SE-47-ST Westworld - The Original Sound Track Album  album cover Fred Karlin Westworld - The Original Sound Track Album(LP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE-47-ST Canada 1973 Sell This Version
1T1-7424 Mr. Country  album cover George Jones (2) Mr. Country(Cass, Comp, Dol) Picc-A-Dilly 1T1-7424 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
2BS-3140 Waiting For Columbus   album cover Little Feat Waiting For Columbus (2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2BS-3140 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2BSK 3277 Livin' Inside Your Love  album cover George Benson Livin' Inside Your Love(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2BSK 3277 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2BX 2066 Something / Anything?  album cover Todd Rundgren Something / Anything?(2xLP, Album) Bearsville 2BX 2066 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2C064-96062 Rock And Roll Survivors  album cover Fanny (2) Rock And Roll Survivors(LP, Album) Casablanca 2C064-96062 France 1975 Sell This Version
2CH-60006 A.K.A. Muddy Waters  album cover McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Chess 2CH-60006 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2 COC-2900 Exile On Main St.  album cover The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St.(2xLP, Album, Gat) Rolling Stones Records 2 COC-2900 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2 CP 0102 Eat A Peach  album cover The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach(2xLP, Album, Gat) Capricorn Records 2 CP 0102 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2CRS 2296 Live Rust  album cover Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records 2CRS 2296 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2G5-4012 Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 2G5-4012 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album) Geffen Records 2GHS 4012 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
2HS 3350 Tusk  album cover Fleetwood Mac Tusk(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2HS 3350 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2ISL-11 Babylon By Bus  album cover Bob Marley & The Wailers Babylon By Bus(2xLP, Album, RE, Qua) Island Records 2ISL-11 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2LP 1035 Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed  album cover Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed(2xLP, Comp, RE) Vee Jay Records, Vee Jay Records 2LP 1035 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Trout Mask Replica  album cover Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Trout Mask Replica (Album) 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2PS 606/7 Hot Rocks 1964-1971  album cover The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (Comp) 2PS 606/7 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2PS 626/7 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)  album cover The Rolling Stones More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)(2xLP, Comp) London Records 2PS 626/7 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2RSX-2245 The Essential Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Comp) 2RSX-2245 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2RX 2237 Gord's Gold  album cover Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold(2xLP, Comp, RE) Reprise Records 2RX 2237 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SD 9002 Seconds Out  album cover Genesis Seconds Out(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 9002 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2SDS 900 The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson  album cover King Crimson The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson(2xLP, Comp) Atlantic 2SDS 900 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2SDX 7000 Works (Volume 1)  album cover Emerson, Lake & Palmer Works (Volume 1)(2xLP, Album, Qua) Atlantic, Atlantic 2SDX 7000 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2SE-14ST The Strawberry Statement  album cover Various The Strawberry Statement(2xLP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records 2SE-14ST Canada 1970 Sell This Version
2SS 200 Physical Graffiti  album cover Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (Album) 2SS 200 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SWS 2923 We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll  album cover Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll(2xLP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records 2SWS 2923 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2 THS 12/13 This Is The Moody Blues  album cover The Moody Blues This Is The Moody Blues (Comp) 2 THS 12/13 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2V 8106 Greatest Hits  album cover Bachman-Turner Overdrive Greatest Hits(2xLP, Comp, Club) Realm Records 2V 8106 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2WB 3500 Fleetwood Mac Live  album cover Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Live(2xLP, Album, Sma) Warner Bros. Records 2WB 3500 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Second Edition  album cover Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2X5-3350 Tusk  album cover Fleetwood Mac Tusk(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records 2X5-3350 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2XS 6476 The Ballad Of Calico  album cover Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* The Ballad Of Calico(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2XS 6476 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2XS 6480 Journey Through The Past  album cover Neil Young Journey Through The Past(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2XS 6480 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
3-E2 36 Of His Greatest Hits  album cover Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys 36 Of His Greatest Hits(3xLP, Comp, Mono, Box) MGM Records, MGM Records 3-E2 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
3-E4 Hank Williams Sings 36 More Of His Great Hits: Volume 2  album cover Hank Williams Hank Williams Sings 36 More Of His Great Hits: Volume 2(3xLP, Comp) Quality Records Limited 3-E4 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
3FS 2300 Trilogy: Past, Present & Future  album cover Frank Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present & Future(3xLP, Album) Reprise Records 3FS 2300 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Decade  album cover Neil Young Decade(3xLP, Comp, RE, Tri) Reprise Records 3RS 2257 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4A 509518 The Turn Of A Friendly Card  album cover The Alan Parsons Project The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Album) 4A 509518 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4A 509543 A Woman Needs Love  album cover Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio* A Woman Needs Love(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Arista 4A 509543 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4A2 508605 Hot ! Live And Otherwise  album cover Dionne Warwick Hot ! Live And Otherwise(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Arista 4A2 508605 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4L0-51157 Love Is What We Make It  album cover Kenny Rogers Love Is What We Make It(Cass, Album, Dol) Liberty 4L0-51157 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4L0-551138 James Bond - 13 Original Themes  album cover Various James Bond - 13 Original Themes (Comp) 4L0-551138 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4L0-551143 We've Got Tonight  album cover Kenny Rogers We've Got Tonight (Album) 4L0-551143 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4L0-551154 Duets  album cover Kenny Rogers With Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton & Dottie West Kenny Rogers With Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton & Dottie West - Duets(Cass, Comp, Club, Q, ) Liberty 4L0-551154 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4L0-551157 Love Is What We Make It  album cover Kenny Rogers Love Is What We Make It(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Liberty, Liberty 4L0-551157 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4LT-551145 New Horizons  album cover Dottie West New Horizons(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Liberty 4LT-551145 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4W9 02541 Are You Lovin Somebody / You've Really Got A Hold On Me  album cover Debra DeJean Are You Lovin Somebody / You've Really Got A Hold On Me(12") Handshake Records And Tapes 4W9 02541 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4X00 512122 Greatest Hits  album cover Dr. Hook Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, Club, Q, ) Capitol Records 4X00 512122 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4X0-517052 Mistaken Identity  album cover Kim Carnes Mistaken Identity (Album) 4X0-517052 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4X0 517078 Voyeur  album cover Kim Carnes Voyeur(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EMI America 4X0 517078 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4X0-517093 Let's Dance  album cover David Bowie Let's Dance(Cass, Album, Club, Tan) EMI America 4X0-517093 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XJ-512363 Heart Over Mind  album cover Anne Murray Heart Over Mind(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XJ-512363 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-512211 Rio  album cover Duran Duran Rio(Cass, Album, Club) Capitol Records 4XT-512211 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT 512247 Greatest Hits  album cover Little River Band Greatest Hits (Comp) 4XT 512247 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-512271 The Golden Age Of Wireless  album cover Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512271 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512277 Your Move  album cover America (2) Your Move(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512277 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512293 Beach Boys Rarities  album cover The Beach Boys Beach Boys Rarities (Comp) 4XT-512293 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512301 A Little Good News  album cover Anne Murray A Little Good News (Album) 4XT-512301 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512314 The Politics Of Dancing  album cover Re-Flex (2) The Politics Of Dancing(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512314 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512328 People Talk  album cover Sherry Kean People Talk(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512328 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-512330 Private Dancer  album cover Tina Turner Private Dancer(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512330 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4XT-512388 Music Box Dancer  album cover Frank Mills Music Box Dancer(Cass, Comp, Club, Q ,) Capitol Records 4XT-512388 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512404 Freddie Jackson Rock Me Tonight(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512404 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4XT 517070 Built For Speed  album cover Stray Cats Built For Speed (Album) 4XT 517070 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-517145 Maverick  album cover George Thorogood And The Destroyers* Maverick(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EMI America 4XT-517145 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4XW-517004 St Vincent's Court  album cover Kim Carnes St Vincent's Court (Album) 4XW-517004 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
5C 006-94 776 Chester (19) Make My Life A Little Bit Brighter(7", Single) Stateside 5C 006-94 776 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
6E 103 Hotel California  album cover Eagles Hotel California (Album) 6E 103 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
6E-106 Greatest Hits  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-106 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E 108 The Best Of Bread  album cover Bread The Best Of Bread(LP, Comp, RE) Elektra 6E 108 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
6E-112 News Of The World  album cover Queen News Of The World (Album) 6E-112 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
6E-135 The Cars  album cover The Cars The Cars (Album) 6E-135 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
6E-139 Bruised Orange  album cover John Prine Bruised Orange(LP, Album, Q) Asylum Records 6E-139 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
6E-141 "But Seriously, Folks..."  album cover Joe Walsh "But Seriously, Folks..."(LP, Album) Asylum Records 6E-141 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
6E-155 Living In The USA  album cover Linda Ronstadt Living In The USA(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-155 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
6E-162 Blue Valentine  album cover Tom Waits Blue Valentine (Album) 6E-162 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
007 Louie Louie  album cover Goddo Louie Louie(7", Single, TP) A&M Records, Inc. 007 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
7C 062-98858 Sons Of The Beaches  album cover Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids* Sons Of The Beaches(LP, Album) Private Stock 7C 062-98858 Sweden 1975 Sell This Version
7E-1002 Hotcakes  album cover Carly Simon Hotcakes(LP, Album, Gat) Elektra, Elektra 7E-1002 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
7E-2008 Nighthawks At The Diner  album cover Tom Waits Nighthawks At The Diner(2xLP, Album, Qua) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 7E-2008 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
7ES 1004 On The Border  album cover Eagles On The Border(LP, Album) Asylum Records 7ES 1004 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
7ES-1015 The Heart Of Saturday Night  album cover Tom Waits The Heart Of Saturday Night (Album) 7ES-1015 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
7ES-1033 Playing Possum  album cover Carly Simon Playing Possum(LP, Album) Elektra 7ES-1033 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
7ES-1053 A Night At The Opera  album cover Queen A Night At The Opera(LP, Album, RP, Emb) Elektra 7ES-1053 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7ES-1078 Small Change  album cover Tom Waits Small Change (Album) 7ES-1078 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7ES 1079 The Pretender  album cover Jackson Browne The Pretender(LP, Album, RE, Qua) Asylum Records 7ES 1079 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7ES-1084 Hotel California  album cover Eagles Hotel California(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 7ES-1084 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
7N 25305 Shakin' All Over  album cover Guess Who?* Shakin' All Over(7", Single, Promo) Pye International 7N 25305 UK 1965 Sell This Version
8AS-1084 Hotel California  album cover Eagles Hotel California(8-Trk, Album, Yel) Asylum Records 8AS-1084 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
8T-4224 Joe Cocker!  album cover Joe Cocker Joe Cocker!(8-Trk) A&M Records 8T-4224 US 1969 Sell This Version
8TB-1109 Rock Me Baby  album cover David Cassidy Rock Me Baby(8-Trk, Album) Bell Records 8TB-1109 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
8TB-1111 The Partridge Family Notebook  album cover The Partridge Family The Partridge Family Notebook(8-Trk, Album) Bell Records 8TB-1111 Canada Unknown Sell This Version