Monarch Record Mfg. Co.

Monarch Record Mfg. Co.

Profile:
Monarch Record Manufacturing Company - Plating and pressing plant in Los Angeles, CA. Re-branded as Electrosound Los Angeles in January 1985. Discs pressed by Monarch usually have a stamped, encircled "MR" in runouts (sometimes found reversed). The etched letters "MR" were also used occasionally during the '60s and '70s, and exclusively post-1985 -- refer to profile images for examples of each.

Many early '50s/'60s records pressed at Monarch lack the "MR" stamp, and only contain a standard processing (plating/metalwork) 'delta' number , i.e. △00000, which is common to many processing plants and pressing facilities. Many early Monarch pressings that lack the (MR) stamp can still be identified based on known association with the releasing label, printed plant codes on record labels, AND the standard 'delta' number, but the existence of a △00000 etching does not by itself denote a Monarch pressing. Alco Research And Engineering, Co., for example, used a similar 'delta' numbering system.

The Monarch pressing plant identity is also evidenced on Atlantic & ATCO recordings by an "MO" suffix to the matrices. See ATCO Records for details of this (and other ATCO plant IDs).
Pressings on PolyGram labels from 1979-80 were identified on the label by a '24'; A&M releases pressed by Monarch sometimes had a 'C' displayed on the label.

Other runout indicators:
XTMR + sequential number (e.g. △9907) : Mastered At (i.e. plated) - Monarch Record Mfg. Co. and Pressed By - Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute.

Known to have pressed for:
- Warner Bros. Records, Dot Records, Chess, Duke, Carlton, A&M Records, Alston Records, Colpix Records, Buddah Records, Paramount Records, BOMP!, Alternative Tentacles, Bell Records, MGM Records, Reprise Records, Elektra, Atlantic, Private Stock, Mercury, RSO, Nemperor Records, Parrot and others

History
Monarch was founded in 1945 by Nate Rothstein and Nate DuRoff (sometimes spelled Du Roff or Duroff), the latter remaining with the company well into the late 1970s. Around 1948, the plant moved its operations to 4852-54 West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, its home for the next three decades, pressing records for both major and independent labels from the 1950s to 1980s. During most of this time, 45rpm records were pressed on polystyrene.

In March 1961, Monarch was purchased from Rothstein and DuRoff by Cosnat Record Distributing, parent company of Jay-Gee Record Corporation which owned Jubilee and Josie Records, though the two men would continue to operate the plant. (Cosnat changed its name to Jubilee Industries, Inc. on 01 Aug 1966.)

In June 1970, Monarch and its parent, Jubilee Industries, were purchased by Viewlex, Inc; thereafter, Viewlex made Monarch a wholly-owned subsidiary, incorporating the plant into its other pressing operations which included American Record Pressing Co., Allentown Record Co. Inc., and Sonic Recording Products, Inc. Viewlex filed for bankruptcy in 1976, reorganizing two years later as ElectroSound Group, Inc. In 1978, Monarch moved to a new pressing plant at 9545 San Fernando Road in Sun Valley, California, upgrading to new presses with the move. Around this time, the stamped (MR) found in deadwax since 1960 disappeared, replaced by a handwritten 'MR'. Presses were also upgraded, and the 2.875″ chamfered pressing ring identified with historical Monarch Lp pressings pressing was replaced with a two-plane ring - small center ring with a shouldered outer ring - like that of parent Electrosound. Within a few more years, Monarch ceased pressing 45s in styrene and switched to pressing entirely in vinyl.

After ElectroSound merged with a graphic productions firm, IGC Inc., in January 1985, the Monarch name was phased out and the plant officially renamed Electrosound Los Angeles.
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Contact Info:
Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
4852 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
[c. 1948-78]
9545 San Fernando Road
Sun Valley, CA 91352
[1978-85]
(contact info is obsolete)

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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 So Long, I'm Gone / I Need Someone  album cover Jimmy Robertson And The Melody Men So Long, I'm Gone / I Need Someone(7", Single) Johnny Records (5) 1 US 1965 Sell This Version
2ACMB 201 Howlin' Wolf  album cover Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2ACMB 201 US 1976 Sell This Version
5E-516 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Volume Two(LP, Comp) Asylum Records 5E-516 US 1980 Sell This Version
5N-220 Tush   album cover ZZ Top Tush (7", Single, Styrene, Mon) London Records 5N-220 US 1975 Sell This Version
5N-2285 Take Me To The River / Could I Be Falling In Love  album cover Syl Johnson Take Me To The River / Could I Be Falling In Love(7", Single, Styrene) Hi Records 5N-2285 US 1975 Sell This Version
5N-2288 Oh Me Oh My (Dreams In My Arms) / Strong As Death (Sweet As Love)  album cover Al Green Oh Me Oh My (Dreams In My Arms) / Strong As Death (Sweet As Love)(7", Styrene, Mon) Hi Records 5N-2288 US 1975 Sell This Version
5N-2310 Honky Tonk Women Love Red Neck Men   album cover Jerry Jaye Honky Tonk Women Love Red Neck Men (7", Single, Mon) Hi Records 5N-2310 US 1976 Sell This Version
5N-20093 Misty Blue  album cover Engelbert Humperdinck Misty Blue(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) London Records 5N-20093 US 1977 Sell This Version
5N-49033 Funny How Love Can Be / Surfer Queen  album cover First Class (3) Funny How Love Can Be / Surfer Queen(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) UK Records 5N-49033 US 1975 Sell This Version
006 Here In This Room / The Story Of Gail & Tom  album cover Lynn Brown Here In This Room / The Story Of Gail & Tom(7", Single, Styrene) Pzazz Records 006 US 1968 Sell This Version
13 Sharing You   album cover Carl Henderson (2) Sharing You (7", Promo) Omen Records 13 US 1966 Sell This Version
#25 If It Ain't Worth Fighting For / You Sure Make It Good To Me  album cover J.C. Phillips If It Ain't Worth Fighting For / You Sure Make It Good To Me(7", Single) Canyon Records (3) #25 US 1970 Sell This Version
45-K-1517 Don't Worry About The Mule (Just Load The Wagon)  album cover Glenn Barber Don't Worry About The Mule (Just Load The Wagon)(7") Hickory Records 45-K-1517 US 1968 Sell This Version
45-K-1528 Where Do You Go (When You Don't Go With Me) / Hocus-Pocus  album cover Ernie Ashworth Where Do You Go (When You Don't Go With Me) / Hocus-Pocus(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Hickory Records 45-K-1528 US 1969 Sell This Version
45-K-1588 I Wanna Live  album cover Don Gibson I Wanna Live(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Hickory Records 45-K-1588 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-K-1645S Unexpected Goodbye  album cover Glenn Barber Unexpected Goodbye(7", Mon) Hickory Records 45-K-1645S US 1972 Sell This Version
45-K-1651S Is This The Best I'm Gonna Feel  album cover Don Gibson Is This The Best I'm Gonna Feel(7", Styrene, Mon) Hickory Records 45-K-1651S US 1972 Sell This Version
45-LON 9561 Telstar / Jungle Fever  album cover The Tornadoes* Telstar / Jungle Fever(7", Single, Styrene) London Records, Inc. 45-LON 9561 US 1962 Sell This Version
45-LON 9639 Diane  album cover The Bachelors Diane(7", RP, Styrene, Mon) London Records 45-LON 9639 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-P-1395 Billy And Sue  album cover B.J. Thomas And The Triumphs (2) B.J. Thomas And The Triumphs (2) - Billy And Sue(7", Single, MO) Hickory Records 45-P-1395 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-P-1473 Just Let Me Make Believe  album cover Frank Ifield Just Let Me Make Believe(7", Promo, Styrene) Hickory Records 45-P-1473 US 1967 Sell This Version
45-P-1489 The Love Of A Girl / Longed For A Woman  album cover C.L. Weldon The Love Of A Girl / Longed For A Woman(7", Single, Styrene) Hickory Records 45-P-1489 US 1967 Sell This Version
45-P-1512 Doin' Nothing  album cover Sue Thompson Doin' Nothing(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Hickory Records 45-P-1512 US 1968 Sell This Version
45-PAR 313 Bodacious  album cover The Satellites (17) Bodacious 45-PAR 313 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-PAR 3001 I Put A Spell On You  album cover Alan Price Set* I Put A Spell On You(7") Parrot 45-PAR 3001 US 1966 Sell This Version
45-PAR 9695 She's Not There  album cover The Zombies She's Not There(7", Single, Styrene) Parrot 45-PAR 9695 US 1964 Sell This Version
45-PRT-343 We're Not Gonna Take It  album cover Jennifer* We're Not Gonna Take It(7", Promo) Parrot 45-PRT-343 US 1970 Sell This Version
45-TRC-950 Stand By / Fading Love  album cover Percy Mayfield Stand By / Fading Love(7", Single) Tangerine Records 45-TRC-950 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-TRC-957 Give Me Time To Explain  album cover Percy Mayfield Give Me Time To Explain(7", Single, Styrene) Tangerine Records 45-TRC-957 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-TRC-981 Letter From A Soldier/You Sweet Devil You  album cover Bobby Joy (2) Letter From A Soldier/You Sweet Devil You(7", Promo, Mon) Tangerine Records 45-TRC-981 US 1968 Sell This Version
76 Slip The Drummer One / Mr. Penguin (Pt. 1)  album cover Lunar Funk (2) Slip The Drummer One / Mr. Penguin (Pt. 1)(7", Styrene, Mon) Flashback Records (4) 76 US Unknown Sell This Version
#96 Walk - Don't Run '64  album cover The Ventures Walk - Don't Run '64(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Dolton Records, Dolton Records #96 US 1964 Sell This Version
100 That's The Way The Ball Bounces  album cover Barry Smith (7) That's The Way The Ball Bounces(7", Promo) Shane Records 100 US Unknown Sell This Version
100 Bustin' Surfboards  album cover The Tornadoes Bustin' Surfboards (Single) 100 US 1962 Sell This Version
100 In One Small Motion  album cover The Chocolate Company In One Small Motion(7", Promo) Eureka (3) 100 US Unknown Sell This Version
101 Modessa / Goin' Down  album cover Bluebird (4) Modessa / Goin' Down(7", Single) Burdette 101 US 1971 Sell This Version
102 I Need A Helping Hand / My Turn  album cover The Servicemen I Need A Helping Hand / My Turn(7", Styrene) Patheway 102 US 1967 Sell This Version
103 Since I Don't Have You  album cover The Skyliners Since I Don't Have You(7", Single) Calico, Calico 103 US 1958 Sell This Version
103 Battle Of The Bands!  album cover Various Battle Of The Bands!(LP, Comp) Panorama (2), Panorama (2) 103 US 1966 Sell This Version
104 Harpo  album cover Jim Valley With Don & The Goodtimes Jim Valley With Don & The Goodtimes - Harpo(LP, Album, Mono) Panorama (2), Panorama (2) 104 US 1966 Sell This Version
106 Dang Me  album cover Sam Hutchins* Dang Me(7", Single) AGP Records 106 US 1968 Sell This Version
108 Rockin' Red Wing / Lonely Weekend  album cover Sammy Masters Rockin' Red Wing / Lonely Weekend(7", Single, Mon) Lode 108 US 1960 Sell This Version
111 (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry / Playing For Keeps  album cover Darlene Love (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry / Playing For Keeps(7", Single, Styrene) Philles Records 111 US 1963 Sell This Version
116 Back To School Again  album cover Timmie "Oh Yeah!" Rogers* Back To School Again(7") Cameo 116 US 1957 Sell This Version
117 The Rays (2) Silhouettes / Daddy Cool(7", RP) Cameo 117 US Unknown Sell This Version
120 You Only Pass This Way One Time  album cover The Hillsiders You Only Pass This Way One Time(7", Promo) Mel-o-dy 120 US 1965 Sell This Version
123 Walking In The Rain  album cover The Ronettes Walking In The Rain(7", Single) Philles Records 123 US Unknown Sell This Version
133 I Can Hear Music / When I Saw You  album cover The Ronettes I Can Hear Music / When I Saw You (Single) 133 US 1966 Sell This Version
137 I Say Love  album cover The Isley Brothers I Say Love(7", Single) Wand 137 US 1963 Sell This Version
137 Oh, How It Hurts  album cover Barbara Mason Oh, How It Hurts (Single) 137 US 1967 Sell This Version
142 (I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away / Half A Love  album cover Barbara Mason (I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away / Half A Love(7", Single, Styrene) ARCTIC 142 US 1968 Sell This Version
△143 The Naughty 90's In Hi Fi  album cover Bee And Ray Goman And Company The Naughty 90's In Hi Fi(LP, Album) San Francisco Records (2) △143 US 1956 Sell This Version
153 New Orleans / Hard Times For Young Lovers  album cover Eddie Hodges New Orleans / Hard Times For Young Lovers(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Aurora (8) 153 US 1965 Sell This Version
154 Love You So  album cover Ron Holden With The Thunderbirds (3) Ron Holden With The Thunderbirds (3) - Love You So(7", Single, RE) Lana Records 154 US Unknown Sell This Version
172 I'm Gettin' On Life   album cover Wombat (3) I'm Gettin' On Life (7", Single, RP, Styrene, Unofficial) Gemni Records (2) 172 US Unknown Sell This Version
185 I'm Coming Back  album cover Dennis Lambert I'm Coming Back(7", Single, Promo, Styrene, Mon) T-A 185 US Unknown Sell This Version
186 One Tin Soldier  album cover The Original Caste One Tin Soldier(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) T-A 186 US 1969 Sell This Version
191 See My Life  album cover Seals & Crofts See My Life(7", Mono, Promo, Sty) T-A 191 US 1970 Sell This Version
△195 Let The Good Times Roll  album cover Shirley & Lee* Let The Good Times Roll(LP, Album, Mono) Aladdin (6) △195 US 1956 Sell This Version
202 Seven Days / Look Here Baby  album cover The Frank Moore Four Seven Days / Look Here Baby(7", Single) Almo International 202 US 1963 Sell This Version
202 Do What You Wanna Do / Black Cat  album cover Five Flights Up Do What You Wanna Do / Black Cat (Single) 202 US 1970 Sell This Version
202 Ain't That Bad / Progress  album cover Pancho Villa And The Bandits* Ain't That Bad / Progress(7", Single, Styrene) Symbol Records (2) 202 US 1964 Sell This Version
204 Back Street / Let's Got It Together  album cover Dale Darby Back Street / Let's Got It Together(7", TP) Wesgate 204 US 1977 Sell This Version
205 Dear Mommy And Daddy  album cover Diane Shure* Dear Mommy And Daddy(7") Shasta Records 205 US 1971 Sell This Version
△206 Rock, Rock, Rock  album cover Various Rock, Rock, Rock(LP, Comp, Mono) Chess, Chess △206 US 1956 Sell This Version
209 Jolie Jacqueline / Yours  album cover Lucille Starr Jolie Jacqueline / Yours(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Almo International 209 US 1964 Sell This Version
214 She Blew A Good Thing / Out To Lunch  album cover The Poets (4) She Blew A Good Thing / Out To Lunch(7") Symbol Records (2) 214 US 1966 Sell This Version
△221 Count 'Em 88  album cover Ahmad Jamal Trio Count 'Em 88(LP, Album) Argo (6) △221 US 1956 Sell This Version
223 Codyne  album cover Matthew Moore Plus Four Codyne(7", Promo) White Whale 223 US 1965 Sell This Version
229 Sent For You Yesterday / Hoe Down  album cover Shirley Scott Sent For You Yesterday / Hoe Down(7", Single, Styrene) Impulse! 229 US Unknown Sell This Version
231 When She Walks / Gee Whiz  album cover Bob & Earl When She Walks / Gee Whiz(7") Class 231 US 1958 Sell This Version
240 Out Of Luck / What Is Love  album cover Terry And Jerry* Out Of Luck / What Is Love(7", Promo) Class 240 US 1958 Sell This Version
243 My Heart Speaks / Convicted  album cover Oscar McLollie My Heart Speaks / Convicted(7", Promo) Class 243 US 1959 Sell This Version
244 Anyway The Wind Blows  album cover The Sonics Anyway The Wind Blows(7") Piccadilly Records 244 US 1967 Sell This Version
245 Run And Hide  album cover The Uniques (2) Run And Hide(7", Single) Paula Records 245 US 1966 Sell This Version
△248 With His Hot And Blue Guitar  album cover Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar (Album) △248 US 1957 Sell This Version
△250 Dance Album Of Carl Perkins  album cover Carl Perkins Dance Album Of Carl Perkins(LP, Album) Sun (9), Sun (9) △250 US 1957 Sell This Version
251 Six Gun / Strange Is Love  album cover The Marquis (7) Six Gun / Strange Is Love(7", Single) Class 251 US 1959 Sell This Version
△254 Censored  album cover Billy Devroe And The Devilaires Censored(LP, Album) Tampa Records △254 US 1958 Sell This Version
255 Please Come Home For Christmas  album cover The Uniques (2) Please Come Home For Christmas(7", Single, Mon) Paula Records 255 US 1965 Sell This Version
285 Gay Divorcee / Two Lonely People  album cover Boots Till Gay Divorcee / Two Lonely People(7", Single, Styrene) Paula Records 285 US 1967 Sell This Version
288 Breathless  album cover Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano* Breathless(7", Single) Sun (9) 288 US 1958 Sell This Version
294 Hey, Hey, Bunny  album cover John Fred & His Playboy Band Hey, Hey, Bunny(7", Single) Paula Records 294 US 1968 Sell This Version
305 Boogaloo Down Broadway / Look What Love Can Make You Do  album cover The Fantastic Johnny C Boogaloo Down Broadway / Look What Love Can Make You Do(7", Single, Styrene) Phil L.A. Of Soul 305 US 1967 Sell This Version
305 Bring A Little Sunshine (To My Heart)  album cover Vic Dana Bring A Little Sunshine (To My Heart)(7", Styrene, Mon) Dolton Records 305 US 1965 Sell This Version
△305 Richie Kamuca Quartet  album cover The Richie Kamuca Quartet Richie Kamuca Quartet(LP, Mono) Mode Records △305 US 1957 Sell This Version
306 The Boys In The Navy Blue / Poker Talk  album cover Roger Christiansen (2) The Boys In The Navy Blue / Poker Talk(7") Sla-Mon, Sla-Mon 306 US 1964 Sell This Version
△307 On Stage  album cover Louis Prima & Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses Louis Prima & Keely Smith With Sam Butera And The Witnesses - On Stage(LP, Album, Mono) Dot Records △307 US 1960 Sell This Version
309 Got What You Need / New Love  album cover The Fantastic Johnny C Got What You Need / New Love(7", Promo) Phil L.A. Of Soul 309 US 1968 Sell This Version
Δ 315 After School Session  album cover Chuck Berry After School Session (Album) Δ 315 US 1957 Sell This Version
316 The Horse / The Mule  album cover The James Boys The Horse / The Mule 316 US 1968 Sell This Version
320 Don't Ever Leave Me  album cover Ernie Chaffin Don't Ever Leave Me(7", Single) Sun (9) 320 US 1959 Sell This Version
321 Arabesque  album cover The Ventures Arabesque(7", Single, Styrene, Mon) Dolton Records 321 US 1966 Sell This Version
325 We're Gonna Work It Out / Goodnight My Love  album cover Billy Marvin We're Gonna Work It Out / Goodnight My Love(7", Promo, Styrene) Paula Records 325 US 1969 Sell This Version
330 Little Queenie  album cover Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano* Little Queenie(7", Single) Sun (9) 330 US 1959 Sell This Version
331 Come On Back To Beer  album cover The Oxfords* Come On Back To Beer(7", Single) Paula Records 331 US 1970 Sell This Version
△333 Moody's Mood For Love  album cover James Moody Moody's Mood For Love(LP, Album, Mono) Argo (6) △333 US 1957 Sell This Version
△335 Gal With A Horn  album cover Clora Bryant Gal With A Horn(LP, Album, Mono) Mode Records △335 US 1957 Sell This Version
339 If You Can't Say Something Nice  album cover David Box If You Can't Say Something Nice(7", Single) Candix 339 US 1962 Sell This Version
346 He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother  album cover Ronnie Kole Trio He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother 346 US Unknown Sell This Version