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/ Duplicated By)

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 and they also manufactured cassettes and VHS tapes. 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 offically renamed WEA Mfg. Olyphant at the end of 1996. In 2003, the facility was sold to Cinram as part of their take-over of WEA Manufacturing. Cinram operated the plant until November, 2015 when Cinram was acquired by Technicolor, who continue to operate the former Specialty plant today in some capacity.

PRESSING IDENTIFIERS INCLUDE:
• Pressing plant code 49 on labels, as seen on releases from PolyGram's sublabels & partner labels.
• Usually on vinyl from late 70's to 00's by the machine-stamped SRC logo in the runout groove dead-wax, though earlier releases will sometimes have an SP or SR etching without the logo.
• 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 and sublabels' or partner labels' releases with a "-SP" at the end of the printed matrix number on the center labels. Otherwise a "-SP" or "-SR" can often be found at the end of the etched matrix number in the runout 'deadwax'.
• A lone "A" embossed in the label area like this would indicate it was pressed at Allied Record Company.
• An "E A S T" embossed around the center hole (sourced from metal parts that were originally made for use at Allied Record Company based on the etchings).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.
• CASSETTES duplicated at SRC are denoted by a printed 'SR' on the cassette itself. A printed 'AR' on the cassette would indicate 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 [into 1997?]) Note that this only appears in the matrix of CD's 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, but records that have the "SRC" logo along with an "SPAR" etching "and" a "B-#####" type matrix number all in the runout 'deadwax' indicates that the Plating (Processing / Metalwork) was done at Specialty Records Corporation but the record itself was actually Pressed at Allied Record Company. In such cases with the "SPAR" and "B-#####" etchings, 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

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 57128 Dr. Dre The Chronic(CD, Album, Club) Interscope Records 1CD 57128 US 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 92279 Snoop Doggy Dogg* Doggystyle(CD, Album) Death Row Records (2), Interscope Records 1CD 92279 US 1993 Sell This Version
1P-8136 Skid Row Slave To The Grind(LP, Album, Club) Atlantic 1P-8136 US 1991 Sell This Version
1P 8162 Reba McEntire For My Broken Heart(LP, Album, Club) MCA Records, MCA Records 1P 8162 US 1991 Sell This Version
1R1 6962 Bad Company (3) Desolation Angels(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Swan Song 1R1 6962 US 1979 Sell This Version
1R1 7233 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Comp) Asylum Records 1R1 7233 US 1976 Sell This Version
?-002 Unknown Artist Horns, Grooves & Beats(12") Questionable ?-002 US Unknown Sell This Version
2BS 2923 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 Little Feat Waiting For Columbus(2xLP, Album, RP, SRC) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 3140 US Unknown Sell This Version
2G5 24052 Siouxsie And The Banshees* Nocturne(Cass, Album) Geffen Records 2G5 24052 US 1983 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 F Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 2GHS 4012 F US Unknown Sell This Version
2GHS 4036 XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1984 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart* Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, TP) Warner Bros. Records 2MS 2027 US 1997 Sell This Version
2 RS 6307 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (Album) 2 RS 6307 US 1979 Sell This Version
2RX 2296 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust (Album) 2RX 2296 US Unknown Sell This Version
2WB 3500 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Live(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2WB 3500 US 1980 Sell This Version
2WS 1935 Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead (Album) 2WS 1935 US Unknown Sell This Version
2XS 6454 The Kinks The Kink Kronikles(2xLP, Comp, RP, Spe) Reprise Records 2XS 6454 US 1981 Sell This Version
3FS 2300 Frank Sinatra Trilogy: Past, Present & Future(3xLP, Album, Spe) Reprise Records 3FS 2300 US 1980 Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Neil Young Decade(3xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Reprise Records 3RS 2257 US Unknown Sell This Version
4N-516321 Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-78(Cass, Comp, Club) Capitol Records 4N-516321 US Unknown Sell This Version
4PRO-19911 O.C. / The Coup O.C. / The Coup - The Coup/O.C. Sampler(Cass, Promo) Wild Pitch Records 4PRO-19911 US 1994 Sell This Version
4V57110 Eazy-E We Want Eazy (Remix)(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4V57110 US 1989 Sell This Version
4XT-17241 Najee Najee's Theme(Cass, Album) EMI America 4XT-17241 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-53023 Pieces Of A Dream Joyride(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records 4XT-53023 US 1986 Sell This Version
5C-5519 Warren Zevon Stand In The Fire(Cass, Album) Asylum Records 5C-5519 US 1980 Sell This Version
5C-5527 John Klemmer Hush(Cass, Album) Elektra 5C-5527 US 1981 Sell This Version
5c5-562 Grover Washington, Jr. Come Morning(Cass, Album) Elektra 5c5-562 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-501 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 Jim Morrison Music By The Doors Jim Morrison Music By The Doors - An American Prayer (Album) 5E-502 US 1978 Sell This Version
5E-505 Joni Mitchell Mingus (Album) 5E-505 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-506 Carly Simon Spy(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Elektra 5E-506 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-507 The Cars Candy-O (Album) 5E-507 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E-507-2 The Cars Candy-O (Album) 5E-507-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5E 508 Eagles The Long Run (Album) 5E 508 US 1979 Sell This Version
5E 509 Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (Album) 5E 509 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-510 Linda Ronstadt Mad Love (Album) 5E-510 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-511 Jackson Browne Hold Out (Album) 5E-511 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-511-2 Jackson Browne Hold Out (Album) 5E-511-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
5E-512 Various The Original Music Soundtrack From Clint Eastwood's - Bronco Billy (Album) 5E-512 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-513 Queen The Game (Album) 5E-513 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-514 The Cars Panorama (Album) 5E-514 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-514-2 The Cars Panorama(CD, Album, Club, RE) Elektra 5E-514-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5E-515 The Doors Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) 5E-515 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-516 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Volume Two(LP, Comp) Asylum Records 5E-516 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-518 Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music) (Album) 5E-518 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-519 Warren Zevon Stand In The Fire(LP, Album) Asylum Records 5E-519 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-521 Tangerine Dream Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) 5E-521 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-522 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor's Fun In Space (Album) 5E-522 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-523 Joe Walsh There Goes The Neighborhood (Album) 5E-523 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-524 David Lindley El Rayo-X (Album) 5E-524 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-526 Lee Oskar My Road Our Road(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-526 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-527 John Klemmer Hush (Album) 5E-527 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-529 Joe Vitale Plantation Harbor(LP, Album) Asylum Records 5E-529 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-530 Mickey Thomas Alive Alone (Album) 5E-530 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-531 Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C.* Love Byrd(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-531 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-535 Hank Williams, Jr.* The Pressure Is On(LP, Album, Club, RCA) Elektra, Curb Records 5E-535 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-537 Joey Scarbury America's Greatest Hero(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-537 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-541 Johnny Lee (3) Bet Your Heart On Me(LP, Album) Asylum Records, Full Moon 5E-541 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-542 Tompall And The Glaser Brothers* Lovin' Her Was Easier(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-542 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-543 The Kings Amazon Beach(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-543 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-545 Eddy Raven Desperate Dreams(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-545 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-546 Riot (4) Fire Down Under(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-546 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-554 Various Christmas Country(LP, Comp, Promo) Elektra 5E-554 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-557 Tangerine Dream Exit(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-557 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-561 Lindsey Buckingham Law And Order(LP, Album, SP;) Asylum Records 5E-561 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-562 Grover Washington, Jr. Come Morning (Album) 5E-562 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-564 Queen Greatest Hits (Comp) 5E-564 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-567 The Cars Shake It Up (Album) 5E-567 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-568 Del Shannon Drop Down And Get Me (Album) 5E-568 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-569 Kieran Kane Kieran Kane(LP, Album, TP) Elektra 5E-569 US 1981 Sell This Version
5T-8509 Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School(8-Trk, Album) Asylum Records 5T-8509 US 1980 Sell This Version
6E-30 Karen Alexander Voyager(LP, Album, Promo) Asylum Records 6E-30 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-101 Queen A Day At The Races (Album) 6E-101 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-102 Neil Sedaka A Song(LP, Album) Elektra 6E-102 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-103 Eagles Hotel California (Album) 6E-103 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-104 Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams (Album) 6E-104 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-104-2 Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams (Album) 6E-104-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
6E-105 Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Album, Comp) 6E-105 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-106 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-106 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-107 Jackson Browne The Pretender (Album) 6E-107 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-108 Bread The Best Of Bread(LP, Comp, RE, Spe) Elektra 6E-108 US 1979 Sell This Version
6E-109 Carly Simon The Best Of Carly Simon (Comp) 6E-109 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-111 Judy Collins Judith (Album) 6E-111 US 1975 Sell This Version
6E-112 Queen News Of The World (Album) 6E-112 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-113 Jackson Browne Running On Empty (Album) 6E-113 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-113-2 Jackson Browne Running On Empty (Album) 6E-113-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
6E-114 Keith Carradine Lost And Found(LP, Album, TP) Asylum Records 6E-114 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-116 Andrew Gold All This And Heaven Too (Album) 6E-116 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-117 John Hall* John Hall (Album) 6E-117 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-118 Warren Zevon Excitable Boy (Album) 6E-118 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-120 Roy Ayers Presents Ubiquity (4) Roy Ayers Presents Ubiquity (4) - Starbooty (Album) 6E-120 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-123 Larry Coryell - Philip Catherine Larry Coryell - Philip Catherine - Twin-House(LP, Album) Elektra 6E-123 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-125 Dirk Hamilton Meet Me At The Crux(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 6E-125 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-127 Eddie Rabbitt Variations(LP, Album, TP) Elektra 6E-127 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-128 Carly Simon Boys In The Trees (Album) 6E-128 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-130 Karen Alexander Voyager(LP, Album, SP ) Asylum Records 6E-130 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-131 Laura Allan Laura Allan(LP, Album, SP) Elektra 6E-131 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-133 Television Adventure(LP, Album, SP ) Elektra 6E-133 US 1978 Sell This Version
6E-134 Sergio Mendes & Brasil '88 Brasil '88(LP) Elektra 6E-134 US 1978 Sell This Version