Specialty Records Corporation

Specialty Records Corporation

Profile:
Defunct US manufacturer and pressing plant which was located in Olyphant, PA.
(Not a record label: use only as Manufacturer / Pressed By ("(SP)" or "SP") / Duplicated By / Glass Mastered At)

Founded in 1946, Specialty Records Corporation was at one point one of the biggest pressing plants in the world. Warner Communications Inc. purchased Specialty in 1978 along with Allied Record Company in 1979 to form WEA Manufacturing Inc. CD pressing started at the plant in September 1986 (first disc: Phil Collins - No Jacket Required). They also manufactured 8-tracks, cassettes, VHS tapes, and DVDs. Specialty pressed records for a huge range of major and minor record labels, including Asylum Records and Island Records, as well as for record pressing brokers. WEA operated the pressing plant under the Specialty name until the plant was officially renamed WEA Mfg. Olyphant at the end of 1996. In 2003, the facility was sold to Cinram as part of their takeover of WEA Manufacturing. Cinram operated the plant until November 2015, when Cinram's North American operations were acquired by Technicolor. Technicolor closed the plant on May 1, 2018.

PRESSING IDENTIFIERS INCLUDE:
• Pressing plant code 49 on labels, as seen on releases from PolyGram's sublabels and partner labels.
• Often denoted by an "(SP)" or "SP" plant code printed on center labels on many of the labels they pressed record for. Often denoted on Atlantic releases or related labels' releases with a "-SP" at the end of the printed matrix number on the center labels.
• Usually on vinyl from late '70s to '00s by the machine-stamped SRC logo in the runout groove dead-wax, although earlier releases will sometimes only have an "-SP" or "-SR" etching, without the logo.
• An "E A S T" embossed around the center hole (sourced from metal parts that were originally made for use at Allied Record Company based on the etchings). Note that usually the "T" is the most visible, sometimes the only really visible letter. Also note that a lone "A" embossed in the label area would indicate it was pressed at Allied Record Company.
• CASSETTES duplicated at SRC are denoted by a printed 'SR' on the cassette itself ('AR' on the cassette indicates Allied Record Company).
• COMPACT DISCS: the "SRC" in the matrix (1986 to 1996). If there is both ARC and SRC, then the CD was pressed at Allied Record Company but the glass master came from SRC.
• COMPACT DISCS: the Specialty 'S' logo in the matrix ring. (1993 to 1996 [possibly into 1997]). Note that this only appears in the matrix of CDs glass mastered in that period, after that the plant was officially renamed and only a WEA Mfg logo appears on glass masters made post '96.

Records that have the "SRC" logo in the runout 'deadwax' were processed & pressed By Specialty Records Corporation.
Records that have the "SRC" logo along with an "SPAR" etching and a "B-#####"-type matrix number in the runout 'deadwax' indicate that the plating (processing / metalwork) was done at Specialty Records Corporation but the record itself was pressed at Allied Record Company. In such cases, add Specialty Records Corporation as 'Mastered At' and also add Allied Record Company as 'Pressed By'.
Records that have an "SP-AL" etching and a "B-#####"-type matrix number in the runout indicate that the plating (processing / metalwork) was done at Specialty Records Corporation and the record itself was pressed at Allied Record Company. In such cases add Specialty Records Corporation as 'Mastered At' and also add Allied Record Company as 'Pressed By'.

Similar patterns can be found on other releases, which were pressed outside U.S. for foreign markets. Here, e.g. "SPGER" can be found in the runouts, which means the masters were plated at SRC, mastered by Record Service Alsdorf and pressed in a German pressing plant (which eventually can be identified by their specific pattern in the runouts). For example, a widely used cooperation can be found between SRC, Sterling Sound, and Record Service Alsdorf on numerous releases. Identified country codes are:
SPGER - Germany
SPENG - England
SPAUS - Australia
SPCAN - Canada
SP-ITA - Italy

Note, on Test Pressings from this company:
"ACC'T ____________"Account" equals the manufacturing company (parent of the label) for major label releases, or sometimes just the Label in the case of smaller indie labels.
"REC. NO. _________" Record Number" equals the Catalog number.
"MTX. NO. _________" Matrix Number" equals the Matrix number.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
1400 E. Lackawanna Ave.
Olyphant, PA. 18447.
Phone (717) 383-3291
TWX (510) 671-4580
(Company has been defunct for several decades)
Sites:
[l27576]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1CD 8075 Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s  album cover Various Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s(CD, Comp) Realm Records 1CD 8075 US 1991 Sell This Version
1CD 8192 Simply The Best  album cover Tina Turner Simply The Best (Comp) 1CD 8192 US 1991 Sell This Version
1CD 8195 Hot No. 1 Hits!  album cover Various Hot No. 1 Hits!(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8195 US 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 8196 Hot No 1 Country Hits  album cover Various Hot No 1 Country Hits(CD, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1CD 8196 US 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 8197 Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy The Ultimate Rock Album  album cover Various Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy The Ultimate Rock Album(CD, Comp) Realm Records 1CD 8197 US 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 8293 No.1 Hit Mix  album cover Various No.1 Hit Mix (Comp) 1CD 8293 US 1994 Sell This Version
1CD 57128 The Chronic  album cover Dr. Dre The Chronic(CD, Album, Club) Interscope Records 1CD 57128 US 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 92279 Doggystyle  album cover Snoop Doggy Dogg* Doggystyle(CD, Album) Death Row Records (2), Interscope Records 1CD 92279 US 1993 Sell This Version
##01 M4S1 Ben & Jerry's - One World One Heart  album cover Various Ben & Jerry's - One World One Heart(CD, Comp) Rhino Records Inc. ##01 M4S1 US 1995 Sell This Version
01MS07700 Flava  album cover MMC* Flava(12") Walt Disney Records 01MS07700 US 1993 Sell This Version
1P-8136 Slave To The Grind  album cover Skid Row Slave To The Grind(LP, Album, Club) Atlantic 1P-8136 US 1991 Sell This Version
1P 8162 For My Broken Heart  album cover Reba McEntire For My Broken Heart(LP, Album, Club) MCA Records, MCA Records 1P 8162 US 1991 Sell This Version
1P 8196 Hot No 1 Country Hits  album cover Various Hot No 1 Country Hits(LP, Album, Comp, Club) Realm Records 1P 8196 US 1992 Sell This Version
1P-8201 Wynonna  album cover Wynonna Wynonna(LP, Album, Club) Curb Records 1P-8201 US 1992 Sell This Version
1T1 8075 Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s  album cover Various Flashback! Rock Classics Of The '70s(Cass, Comp) Realm Records, Realm Records 1T1 8075 US 1991 Sell This Version
1T1 8370 The House Of Groove (Arista's Most Fierce Tracks)  album cover Various The House Of Groove (Arista's Most Fierce Tracks)(Cass, Comp, Club) Arista, Arista 1T1 8370 US 1993 Sell This Version
002 Leaving  album cover Even Worse Leaving 002 US 1988 Sell This Version
?-002 Horns, Grooves & Beats  album cover Unknown Artist Horns, Grooves & Beats(12") Questionable ?-002 US Unknown Sell This Version
2B 3409 Terra Brasilis  album cover Antonio Carlos Jobim Terra Brasilis(2xLP, Album, RE, Spe) Warner Bros. Records 2B 3409 US 1983 Sell This Version
2BS 2760 It's Too Late To Stop Now  album cover Van Morrison It's Too Late To Stop Now(2xLP, Album, RE, Spe) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 2760 US Unknown Sell This Version
2BS 2923 We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll  album cover Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll(2xLP, Comp, RE) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 2923 US 1983 Sell This Version
2BS 3140 Waiting For Columbus  album cover Little Feat Waiting For Columbus(2xLP, Album, RP, SRC) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 3140 US Unknown Sell This Version
2G5 24052 Nocturne  album cover Siouxsie And The Banshees* Nocturne(Cass, Album) Geffen Records 2G5 24052 US 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 2031 Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording)  album cover Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording)(2xLP, Album, Spe) Geffen Records 2GHS 2031 US 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 F Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 2GHS 4012 F US Unknown Sell This Version
2GHS 4036 English Settlement  album cover XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1984 Sell This Version
2GHS 24052 Nocturne  album cover Siouxsie And The Banshees* Nocturne (Album) 2GHS 24052 US 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 24052 F Nocturne  album cover Siouxsie And The Banshees* Nocturne(2xLP, Album, SRC) Geffen Records 2GHS 24052 F US 1983 Sell This Version
2HS 3350 Tusk  album cover Fleetwood Mac Tusk(2xLP, Album, Spe) Warner Bros. Records 2HS 3350 US 1979 Sell This Version
2HS 3441 Roadie (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)  album cover Various Roadie (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)(2xLP, Album, Comp, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2HS 3441 US 1980 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp, SRC) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Trout Mask Replica  album cover Captain Beefheart* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 1997 Sell This Version
2RNR-01 1957  album cover Various 1957(CD, Comp, Mono, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-01 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-02 1962  album cover Various 1962(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-02 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-04 1961  album cover Various 1961(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-04 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-05 1958  album cover Various 1958(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-05 US 1992 Sell This Version
2RNR-07 1963  album cover Various 1963(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-07 US 1986 Sell This Version
2RNR-09 The Everly Brothers: 1957-1962  album cover The Everly Brothers* The Everly Brothers: 1957-1962(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-09 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-11 1960  album cover Various 1960 (Comp) 2RNR-11 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-12 The Supremes: 1963-1969  album cover The Supremes The Supremes: 1963-1969(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-12 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-13 1959  album cover Various 1959 (Comp) 2RNR-13 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-14 1956  album cover Various 1956(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-14 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-15  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: 1962-1967  album cover Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons* Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: 1962-1967(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-15 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-16 1962 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1962 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-16 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-17 1957 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1957 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-17 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-18 1961 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1961 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-18 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RNR-19 1963 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1963 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-19 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RNR-20 1959 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1959 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-20 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RNR-21 1958 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1958 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-21 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RNR-22 1960 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1960 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-22 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RNR-23 1956 Still Rockin'  album cover Various 1956 Still Rockin'(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-23 US 1989 Sell This Version
2RS 2237 Gord's Gold  album cover Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold(2xLP, Comp) Reprise Records 2RS 2237 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RS 2245 The Essential Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix (Comp) 2RS 2245 US Unknown Sell This Version
2 RS 6307 Electric Ladyland  album cover The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (Album) 2 RS 6307 US 1979 Sell This Version
2RX 2296 Live Rust  album cover Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust (Album) 2RX 2296 US Unknown Sell This Version
2WB 3500 Fleetwood Mac Live  album cover Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Live(2xLP, Album, Spe) Warner Bros. Records 2WB 3500 US 1980 Sell This Version
2WS 1830 Live/Dead  album cover The Grateful Dead Live/Dead(LP, RE, RP, Gat) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc. 2WS 1830 US Unknown Sell This Version
2WS 1935 Grateful Dead  album cover Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead (Album) 2WS 1935 US Unknown Sell This Version
2XS 6454 The Kink Kronikles  album cover The Kinks The Kink Kronikles(2xLP, Comp, RP, Spe) Reprise Records 2XS 6454 US 1981 Sell This Version
3FS 2300 Trilogy: Past, Present & Future  album cover Frank Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present & Future(3xLP, Album, Spe) Reprise Records 3FS 2300 US 1980 Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Decade  album cover Neil Young Decade(3xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Reprise Records 3RS 2257 US Unknown Sell This Version
3WX 2668 Europe '72  album cover The Grateful Dead Europe '72(3xLP, Album, RE, WN ) Warner Bros. Records 3WX 2668 US Unknown Sell This Version
4DS 555138 Chant  album cover The Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos* Chant(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Angel Records 4DS 555138 US 1994 Sell This Version
4N-516321 Greatest Hits 1974-78  album cover Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-78(Cass, Comp, Club) Capitol Records 4N-516321 US Unknown Sell This Version
4PRO-19911 The Coup/O.C. Sampler  album cover O.C. / The Coup O.C. / The Coup - The Coup/O.C. Sampler(Cass, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Wild Pitch Records 4PRO-19911 US 1994 Sell This Version
4V 9759 Hardcore (2) Take It From The Top / A Different Groove / High Time(Cass, Maxi) NuBeat Records 4V 9759 US 1988 Sell This Version
4V57110 We Want Eazy (Remix)  album cover Eazy-E We Want Eazy (Remix)(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4V57110 US 1989 Sell This Version
4X3L-57598 Various These Were Our Songs Musical Memories of the War Years(3xCass, Comp) CEMA Special Markets 4X3L-57598 US 1991 Sell This Version
4XBK 512396 Made In U.S.A.  album cover The Beach Boys Made In U.S.A.(Cass, Comp, Club, SR) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XBK 512396 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XL-9635A Nat King Cole Million Dollar Memories(Cass, Album, Comp) Reader's Digest 4XL-9635A Canada 1990 Sell This Version
4XL-50603 2Pacalypse Now   album cover 2Pac 2Pacalypse Now (Cass, Album, Club, CRC) TNT Records (2), Interscope Records 4XL-50603 US 1991 Sell This Version
4XL 50609 Me Against The World  album cover 2Pac Me Against The World(Cass, Album, Club, SR,) Interscope Records, Out Da Gutta Records 4XL 50609 US 1995 Sell This Version
4XT-17241 Najee's Theme  album cover Najee Najee's Theme (Album) 4XT-17241 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 53031 Always In The Mood  album cover Shirley Jones Always In The Mood(Cass, Album) Philadelphia International Records 4XT 53031 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 512247 Greatest Hits  album cover Little River Band Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, Club) Capitol Records 4XT 512247 US 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-512485 Crowded House  album cover Crowded House Crowded House(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XT-512485 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C 5508 The Long Run  album cover Eagles The Long Run(Cass, Album, Club) Asylum Records 5C 5508 US Unknown Sell This Version
5C-5519 Stand In The Fire  album cover Warren Zevon Stand In The Fire (Album) 5C-5519 US 1980 Sell This Version
5C-5527 Hush  album cover John Klemmer Hush(Cass, Album) Elektra 5C-5527 US 1981 Sell This Version
5C5-557 Exit  album cover Tangerine Dream Exit(Cass, Album) Elektra, Asylum Records 5C5-557 US 1981 Sell This Version
5c5-562 Come Morning  album cover Grover Washington, Jr. Come Morning(Cass, Album) Elektra 5c5-562 US 1981 Sell This Version
5c006.90545 M Move Over / Power Play  album cover Steppenwolf Move Over / Power Play(7") Stateside 5c006.90545 M Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
5CCR-2 Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty - Chronicle - The 20 Greatest Hits (Comp) 5CCR-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
5E-501 High Anxiety - Original Soundtrack / Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits Featuring The Fabulous Film Scores Of John Morris  album cover John Morris High Anxiety - Original Soundtrack / Mel Brooks' Greatest Hits Featuring The Fabulous Film Scores Of John Morris (Album, Comp) 5E-501 US 1978 Sell This Version
5E-502 An American Prayer  album cover Jim Morrison Music By The Doors Jim Morrison Music By The Doors - An American Prayer (Album) 5E-502 US 1978 Sell This Version
5E-504 Hurricane (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover Nino Rota Hurricane (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-504 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-505 Mingus  album cover Joni Mitchell Mingus (Album) 5E-505 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-506 Spy  album cover Carly Simon Spy(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Elektra 5E-506 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-507 Candy-O  album cover The Cars Candy-O (Album) 5E-507 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-507-2 Candy-O  album cover The Cars Candy-O (Album) 5E-507-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5E 508 The Long Run  album cover Eagles The Long Run (Album) 5E 508 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-509 Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School  album cover Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (Album) 5E-509 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-510 Mad Love  album cover Linda Ronstadt Mad Love (Album) 5E-510 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-511 Hold Out  album cover Jackson Browne Hold Out (Album) 5E-511 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-511-2 Hold Out  album cover Jackson Browne Hold Out (Album) 5E-511-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
5E-512 The Original Music Soundtrack From Clint Eastwood's - Bronco Billy  album cover Various The Original Music Soundtrack From Clint Eastwood's - Bronco Billy (Album) 5E-512 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-513 The Game  album cover Queen The Game (Album) 5E-513 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-514 Panorama  album cover The Cars Panorama (Album) 5E-514 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-514-2 Panorama  album cover The Cars Panorama (Album) 5E-514-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
5E-515 Greatest Hits  album cover The Doors Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) 5E-515 US 1980 Sell This Version

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BeatlELO10538

BeatlELO10538

July 24, 2019
I noticed that on two of my SRC CD's, there are pinholes on the disc that do not affect play. Both discs date from the early 1990's.

Did Specialty [in the 1990's] get dust in their stampers?