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 / 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. 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.
• Usually on vinyl from late '70s to '00s 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• An "E A S T" embossed around the center hole (sourced from metal parts that were originally made for use at Allied Record Company based on the etchings).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 [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, but records that have the "SRC" logo along with an "SPAR" etching "and" a "B-#####"-type matrix number 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 8192 Simply The Best  album cover Tina Turner Simply The Best(CD, Comp, Club) Capitol Records 1CD 8192 US 1991 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
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
1R1 6935 Greatest Hits  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Comp) Asylum Records 1R1 6935 US 1976 Sell This Version
1R1 6962 Desolation Angels  album cover Bad Company (3) Desolation Angels(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Swan Song 1R1 6962 US 1979 Sell This Version
?-002 Horns, Grooves & Beats  album cover Unknown Artist Horns, Grooves & Beats(12") Questionable ?-002 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 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(2xLP, Album, RE) Geffen Records 2GHS 24052 US Unknown 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 1986 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 The Rock 'N' Roll Era - 1961  album cover Various The Rock 'N' Roll Era - 1961 (Comp) 2RNR-04 US 1987 Sell This Version
2RNR-08 1954-1955  album cover Various 1954-1955(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-08 US 1988 Sell This Version
2RNR-11 1960  album cover Various 1960(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-11 US Unknown Sell This Version
2RNR-13 1959  album cover Various 1959(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Time Life Music, Warner Special Products 2RNR-13 US Unknown 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
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 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
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, Promo) Wild Pitch Records 4PRO-19911 US 1994 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
4XL-9635A Nat King Cole Million Dollar Memories(Cass, Album) Reader's Digest 4XL-9635A Canada 1990 Sell This Version
4XT-17241 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-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-5519 Stand In The Fire  album cover Warren Zevon Stand In The Fire(Cass, Album) Asylum Records 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
5c5-562 Grover Washington, Jr. Come Morning(Cass, Album) Elektra 5c5-562 US 1981 Sell This Version
5CCR-2 Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty - Chronicle - The 20 Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, Dol) Fantasy 5CCR-2 US Unknown 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-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 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(CD, Album, Club, RE) Elektra 5E-514-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5E-515 Greatest Hits  album cover The Doors Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) 5E-515 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-516 Greatest Hits Volume Two  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Volume Two(LP, Comp) Asylum Records 5E-516 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-518 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music) (Album) 5E-518 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-519 Stand In The Fire  album cover Warren Zevon Stand In The Fire (Album) 5E-519 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-521 Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover Tangerine Dream Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) 5E-521 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-522 Roger Taylor's Fun In Space  album cover Roger Taylor Roger Taylor's Fun In Space (Album) 5E-522 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-523 There Goes The Neighborhood  album cover Joe Walsh There Goes The Neighborhood (Album) 5E-523 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-524 El Rayo-X  album cover David Lindley El Rayo-X (Album) 5E-524 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-526 My Road Our Road  album cover Lee Oskar My Road Our Road(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-526 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-527 Hush  album cover John Klemmer Hush (Album) 5E-527 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-529 Plantation Harbor  album cover Joe Vitale Plantation Harbor(LP, Album, Spe) Asylum Records 5E-529 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-530 Alive Alone  album cover Mickey Thomas Alive Alone (Album) 5E-530 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-531 Love Byrd  album cover Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C.* Love Byrd(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-531 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-534 Tender Togetherness  album cover Stanley Turrentine Tender Togetherness(LP, Album, Spe) Elektra 5E-534 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-535 The Pressure Is On  album cover Hank Williams, Jr.* The Pressure Is On(LP, Album, Club, RCA) Elektra, Curb Records 5E-535 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-537 America's Greatest Hero  album cover Joey Scarbury America's Greatest Hero(LP, Album, Spe) Elektra 5E-537 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-541 Bet Your Heart On Me  album cover Johnny Lee (3) Bet Your Heart On Me(LP, Album) Asylum Records, Full Moon 5E-541 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-542 Lovin' Her Was Easier  album cover Tompall And The Glaser Brothers* Lovin' Her Was Easier(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-542 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-543 Amazon Beach  album cover The Kings Amazon Beach(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-543 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-545 Desperate Dreams  album cover Eddy Raven Desperate Dreams(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra 5E-545 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-546 Fire Down Under  album cover Riot (4) Fire Down Under (Album) 5E-546 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-554 Christmas Country  album cover Various Christmas Country(LP, Comp, Promo) Elektra 5E-554 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-557 Exit  album cover Tangerine Dream Exit(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-557 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-561 Law And Order  album cover Lindsey Buckingham Law And Order(LP, Album, SP;) Asylum Records 5E-561 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-562 Come Morning  album cover Grover Washington, Jr. Come Morning (Album) 5E-562 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-563 Runaway  album cover Bill Champlin Runaway(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-563 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-564 Greatest Hits  album cover Queen Greatest Hits (Comp) 5E-564 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-565 Ragtime  album cover Randy Newman Ragtime(LP, Album) Elektra 5E-565 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-567 Shake It Up  album cover The Cars Shake It Up (Album) 5E-567 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-568 Drop Down And Get Me  album cover Del Shannon Drop Down And Get Me (Album) 5E-568 US 1981 Sell This Version
5E-569 Kieran Kane  album cover Kieran Kane Kieran Kane(LP, Album, TP) Elektra 5E-569 US 1981 Sell This Version
5N-85028 Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)  album cover The Moody Blues Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)(7", Single, RE, 49 ) Deram 5N-85028 US Unknown Sell This Version
5T-8509 Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School  album cover Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School(8-Trk, Album) Asylum Records 5T-8509 US 1980 Sell This Version
6E-101 A Day At The Races  album cover Queen A Day At The Races (Album) 6E-101 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-102 A Song  album cover Neil Sedaka A Song(LP, Album) Elektra 6E-102 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-103 Hotel California  album cover Eagles Hotel California (Album) 6E-103 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-104 Simple Dreams  album cover Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams (Album) 6E-104 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-104-2 Simple Dreams  album cover Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams (Album) 6E-104-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
6E-105 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975  album cover Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (Album, Comp) 6E-105 US 1976 Sell This Version
6E-106 Greatest Hits  album cover Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, RE, SP ) Asylum Records 6E-106 US 1977 Sell This Version
6E-107 The Pretender  album cover Jackson Browne The Pretender (Album) 6E-107 US 1977 Sell This Version