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

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0CLP8- 5004 Donna Summer - A Love Trilogy Donna Summer A Love Trilogy(8-Trk, Album) Oasis 0CLP8- 5004 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
0XX0 Di Di Sound Feat. Daniele Montanari - Tributo A Eros Ramazzotti Di Di Sound Feat. Daniele Montanari Di Di Sound Feat. Daniele Montanari - Tributo A Eros Ramazzotti(CD) Quality Records Limited 0XX0 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
1 Dr. Timothy Leary - You Can Be Anyone This Time Around Dr. Timothy Leary You Can Be Anyone This Time Around(LP, Album) Douglas 1 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
1E1 Miklos Rozsa* - Ben-Hur Deluxe Edition Miklos Rozsa* 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 Maurice Jarre - Doctor Zhivago (Original Sound Track Album) Maurice Jarre Doctor Zhivago (Original Sound Track Album) (Album) 1E-6ST Canada 1965 Sell This Version
1 E 7 (D) Debbie Reynolds - The Singing Nun Debbie Reynolds The Singing Nun(LP) MGM Records, MGM Records 1 E 7 (D) Canada 1966 Sell This Version
1E5/1SE5 Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, Debbie Reynolds - How The West Was Won - Original Sound Track Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, Debbie Reynolds Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, Debbie Reynolds - How The West Was Won - Original Sound Track(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) MGM Records, MGM Records 1E5/1SE5 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
1RB 011 Jack Nelson Barron - If You Gotta Lie Make It A Good One Jack Nelson Barron If You Gotta Lie Make It A Good One(7") ISS records (3) 1RB 011 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
1SE-32ST Peter Maxwell Davies And The Augmented Boy Friend Band* Starring Twiggy (2) Peter Maxwell Davies And The Augmented Boy Friend Band* Starring Twiggy (2) - The Boyfriend (Original Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Gat) Quality Records Limited, MGM Records 1SE-32ST Canada 1971 Sell This Version
1SE-33ST Hank Williams - The Last Picture Show (Music From The Original Sound Track) Hank Williams The Last Picture Show (Music From The Original Sound Track)(LP) MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE-33ST Canada 1971 Sell This Version
1SE-35ST Solomon Burke - Cool Breeze Solomon Burke Cool Breeze(LP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE-35ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
1 SE 36 ST Gordon Parks - Shaft's Big Score! - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 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 39ST Various - The Great Waltz Various The Great Waltz(LP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE 39ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
1SE-47-ST Fred Karlin - Westworld (The Original Sound Track Album) Fred Karlin Westworld (The Original Sound Track Album)(LP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records, MGM Records 1SE-47-ST Canada 1973 Sell This Version
1T1-7424 George Jones (2) - Mr. Country George Jones (2) Mr. Country(Cass, Comp, Club, Dol) Picc-A-Dilly 1T1-7424 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
2BS-3140 Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus Little Feat Waiting For Columbus (2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2BS-3140 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2BSK 3277 George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love George Benson Livin' Inside Your Love(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2BSK 3277 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2BSK 3654 Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert In Central Park Simon & Garfunkel The Concert In Central Park(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2BSK 3654 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2BX 2066 Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything? Todd Rundgren Something / Anything? (Album) 2BX 2066 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2C064-96062 Fanny (2) - Rock And Roll Survivors Fanny (2) Rock And Roll Survivors(LP, Album) Casablanca 2C064-96062 France 1975 Sell This Version
2CH-60006 Muddy Waters - McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Chess 2CH-60006 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2 COC-2900 The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St.(2xLP, Album, Gat) Rolling Stones Records 2 COC-2900 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2 CP 0102 The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach(2xLP, Album, Gat) Capricorn Records 2 CP 0102 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2CRS 2296 Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records 2CRS 2296 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2D 2290 Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York Frank Zappa Zappa In New York (Album) 2D 2290 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2EKS-9002 The Doors - Absolutely Live The Doors Absolutely Live (Album) 2EKS-9002 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2G5 4012 Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Peter Gabriel Plays Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Geffen Records 2G5 4012 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album, Qua) Geffen Records 2GHS 4012 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
2H5-3577 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 2H5-3577 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2HS 3350 Fleetwood Mac - Tusk Fleetwood Mac Tusk(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2HS 3350 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2ISL-11 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon By Bus Bob Marley & The Wailers Babylon By Bus(2xLP, Album, RE, Qua) Island Records 2ISL-11 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
2LP 1035 Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall / The Best Of Jimmy Reed 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 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica (Album) 2MS 2027 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2PS 606/7 The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (Comp) 2PS 606/7 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2PS 626/7 The Rolling Stones - More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) The Rolling Stones More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)(2xLP, Comp) London Records 2PS 626/7 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2RSC 6307 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland(2xLP, Album, Club, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2RSC 6307 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2RSX-2245 Jimi Hendrix - The Essential Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Comp) 2RSX-2245 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2RX 2237 Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold(2xLP, Comp, RE) Reprise Records 2RX 2237 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SA 801 Otis Redding - The Best Of Otis Redding Otis Redding The Best Of Otis Redding(2xLP, Comp, RE, Qua) ATCO Records 2SA 801 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SA-802 The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Album) 2SA-802 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SA-805 The Allman Brothers Band - Beginnings The Allman Brothers Band Beginnings(2xLP, Comp) ATCO Records 2SA-805 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2SA-806 Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield(2xLP, Comp, RE) ATCO Records 2SA-806 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SD 9002 Genesis - Seconds Out Genesis Seconds Out(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 9002 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2SDS 900 King Crimson - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson King Crimson The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson(2xLP, Comp, Qua) Atlantic 2SDS 900 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2SDX 7000 Emerson Lake & Palmer* - Works (Volume 1) Emerson Lake & Palmer* Works (Volume 1)(2xLP, Album, Qua) Atlantic, Atlantic 2SDX 7000 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2SE-14ST Various - The Strawberry Statement Various The Strawberry Statement(2xLP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records 2SE-14ST Canada 1970 Sell This Version
2SS 200 Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (Album) 2SS 200 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SS-201 Led Zeppelin - The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same Led Zeppelin The Soundtrack From The Film The Song Remains The Same(2xLP, Album, RE) Swan Song 2SS-201 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SWS 2923 Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll 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 The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues The Moody Blues This Is The Moody Blues (Comp) 2 THS 12/13 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2V 8106 Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Greatest Hits Bachman-Turner Overdrive Greatest Hits(2xLP, Comp, Club) Realm Records 2V 8106 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2W 3091 The Grateful Dead - What A Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best Of The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead What A Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best Of The Grateful Dead(2xLP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records 2W 3091 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
2WB 3500 Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Live Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Live(2xLP, Album, Sma) Warner Bros. Records 2WB 3500 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
2WS 1935 Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead (Album) 2WS 1935 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2WS 2701 Deep Purple - Made In Japan Deep Purple Made In Japan(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 2701 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2WX 3288 Public Image Ltd.* - Second Edition Public Image Ltd.* Second Edition(2xLP, Album, Gat) Island Records 2WX 3288 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2X5-3350 Fleetwood Mac - Tusk Fleetwood Mac Tusk(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records 2X5-3350 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
2XS 6476 Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* - The Ballad Of Calico Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* The Ballad Of Calico(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2XS 6476 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2XS 6480 Neil Young - Journey Through The Past Neil Young Journey Through The Past(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2XS 6480 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
3-E2 Hank Williams - 36 Of His Greatest Hits Hank Williams 36 Of His Greatest Hits (Comp) 3-E2 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
3-E4 Hank Williams - Hank Williams Sings 36 More Of His Great Hits: Volume 2 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
3ESD-600 Charles Mingus - Passions of A Man Charles Mingus Passions of A Man(3xLP, Comp) Atlantic 3ESD-600 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
3FS 2300 Frank Sinatra - Trilogy: Past, Present & Future Frank Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present & Future(3xLP, Album) Reprise Records 3FS 2300 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
3R5-2257 Neil Young - Decade Neil Young Decade(2xCass, Comp, M/Print, RE, Qua) Reprise Records 3R5-2257 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Neil Young - Decade Neil Young Decade (Comp) 3RS 2257 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3WS 3146 The Band - The Last Waltz The Band The Last Waltz(3xLP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3WS 3146 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4A 509518 The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card The Alan Parsons Project The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Album) 4A 509518 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4A 509543 Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio* - A Woman Needs Love Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio* A Woman Needs Love(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Arista 4A 509543 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4A2 508605 Dionne Warwick - Hot ! Live And Otherwise Dionne Warwick Hot ! Live And Otherwise(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Arista 4A2 508605 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4AN-1-1038 Rush - Signals Rush Signals (Album) 4AN-1-1038 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4L0-51157 Kenny Rogers - Love Is What We Make It Kenny Rogers Love Is What We Make It(Cass, Album, Dol) Liberty 4L0-51157 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4L0-551138 Various - James Bond - 13 Original Themes Various James Bond - 13 Original Themes (Comp) 4L0-551138 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4L0-551143 Kenny Rogers - We've Got Tonight Kenny Rogers We've Got Tonight (Album) 4L0-551143 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4L0-551154 Kenny Rogers With Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton & Dottie West - Duets 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 Kenny Rogers - Love Is What We Make It Kenny Rogers Love Is What We Make It(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Liberty, Liberty 4L0-551157 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
4LT-506269 Ferrante & Teicher - Golden Piano Hits Ferrante & Teicher Golden Piano Hits (Album) 4LT-506269 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4LT-551145 Dottie West - New Horizons Dottie West New Horizons(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Liberty 4LT-551145 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4LV-551152 Kenny Rogers - Twenty Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers Twenty Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, Club, Q, ) Liberty 4LV-551152 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4W9 02541 Debra DeJean - Are You Lovin Somebody / You've Really Got A Hold On Me 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 Dr. Hook Greatest Hits (Comp) 4X00 512122 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4X0-517052 Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes Mistaken Identity (Album) 4X0-517052 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
4X0 517078 Kim Carnes - Voyeur Kim Carnes Voyeur(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EMI America 4X0 517078 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4X0-517093 David Bowie - Let's Dance David Bowie Let's Dance (Album) 4X0-517093 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XJ-512361 Billy Squier - Signs Of Life Billy Squier Signs Of Life (Album) 4XJ-512361 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XJ-512363 Anne Murray - Heart Over Mind Anne Murray Heart Over Mind(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XJ-512363 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT 511557 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band* - Night Moves Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band* Night Moves(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT 511557 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4XT-512211 Duran Duran - Rio Duran Duran Rio(Cass, Album, Club) Capitol Records 4XT-512211 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-512217 Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion Billy Squier Emotions In Motion(Cass, Album, Club, Gra) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XT-512217 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT 512247 Little River Band - Greatest Hits Little River Band Greatest Hits (Comp) 4XT 512247 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-512271 Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512271 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512277 America (2) - Your Move America (2) Your Move(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512277 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512293 The Beach Boys - Beach Boys Rarities The Beach Boys Beach Boys Rarities (Comp) 4XT-512293 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512301 Anne Murray - A Little Good News Anne Murray A Little Good News (Album) 4XT-512301 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512314 Re-Flex (2) - The Politics Of Dancing Re-Flex (2) The Politics Of Dancing (Album) 4XT-512314 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4XT-512328 Sherry Kean - People Talk Sherry Kean People Talk(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-512328 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-512330 Tina Turner - Private Dancer Tina Turner Private Dancer (Album) 4XT-512330 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-512388 Frank Mills - Music Box Dancer 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