Owned by the publishing house of modern Czech and Slovak sheet music and music literature, Panton, Vydavatelství Českého Hudebního Fondu, founded in 1958, until 1996.
Label Code: LC 1430
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Gong (6) (1975-1984)
Great Czech Conductors Present (1992-1993)
Impuls (4) (1985-1990)
Mini Jazz Klub (1976-1986)
Panorama (12) (1993)
Protokol XX (1994)
Rock (5) (1985-1989)
Rock Debut (1987-1990)
The full company name was initially “Panton, nakladatelství Svazu československých skladatelů” (“Panton, the publishing house of the Czechoslovak Composers Association”), later “Panton, vydavatelství Českého hudebního fondu” (“Panton, publishers for the Czech Music Fund”). From 1967 until ca. 2000, Panton as a record label was releasing domestic recordings of all genres: classical music, pop, rock, jazz, folk, brass music, or spoken word. Among others, particularly noteworthy are the Mini Jazz Klub series of forty-five 7" EPs, released between 1976 and 1986.
After 1996 the label was owned by Bonton Music a.s. Presently the Panton catalogue is owned by Supraphon a.s., with the exception of recordings originally produced at Československý Rozhlas which are owned by Český Rozhlas.
The primary catalog number is always on the center labels, not on the cover. For example, earlier releases had both the mono and the stereo catalog# printed on the cover, and the same cover artwork was used for both versions. On the other hand, later represses may have had an updated numbering scheme printed on the cover, but still the original number on the labels.
—> How to: If there are both mono/stereo numbers on the cover, use only the actual one as found on the center labels and add the other one to the notes.
If the numbering scheme on cover and label differs, use the label as the primary catalog# and the cover as the secondary catalog# (see paragraph 4.8.4. of the guidelines).
For mono releases, please always add “Mono” to the format. For stereo releases, always add “Stereo” if a mono version obviously exists. But since stereo LPs were not a Czechoslovak standard until ca. 1970 and stereo 7" not until ca. 1974, you may want to include the “Stereo” tag anyway in such cases, including later represses of these records.
Catalog# schemes ca. 1967–1978:
0# #### = mono
## #### = stereo (i.e. 11 ####, 22 ####, 33 ####, 44 ####, etc.)
Catalog# schemes ca. 1978–1987:
80## #### = mono
81## #### = stereo
Catalog# schemes after 1987:
81 ####-# ### —> the last three digits were often “boxed” on the cover: [#|#|#]
In the post-1987 catalogue number scheme (similar to most Western major labels), the seventh number can mean:
1 = LP
2 = CD
3 = VHS
4 = MC
7 = 7" Single
8 = 8-Track or MD
9 = DVD
Retail price code suffix
The catalog number on the cover may have a retail price code suffix attached to it, for example “11 1234 H”. However, the suffix was used very inconsequently and is not a part of the actual catalog number. Often the actual retail price was instead printed on the cover or on the center labels.
—> How to: Please do not include the price code suffix or the retail price with the actual catalog number. If present, you may want to add it to the Barcode & Identifiers field as “Other (Retail price code)” or “Other (Retail price)”.
Partial retail price code list:
e = Kčs 8,– (7" SP)*
f = Kčs 9.– (7" SP)*
g = Kčs 10,– (7" SP)*
h = Kčs 12,– (7" SP)*
ee = Kčs 16,– (7" EP)
ff = Kčs 18,– (7" EP)
gg = Kčs 20,– (7" EP)
hh = Kčs 24.– (7" EP)
E = Kčs 20,– (7"/10"/12" LP)
F = Kčs 28,– (7"/10"/12" LP)
G = Kčs 36,– (10"/12" LP)
H = Kčs 44,– (12" LP)
ZA = Kčs 50.– (12" LP)
ZB = Kčs 60,– (12" LP)
ZD = Kčs 80,– (12" LP)
ZN = Kčs 120,– (12" LP)
*) SP = “Krátký záznam” = Short Play
Manufacturing date code
Most Czechoslovak vinyl records pressed between ca. 1967 and 1992 include a three-digit code on the side A center label: ## # The first two digits represent the year, the third digit the half-year of the pressing. For example, a record with code “75 2” on the label has been manufactured in the 2nd half of 1975.
Even if the manufacturing date differs from the sound recording copyright (℗ year), it doesn’t necessarily mean that a record is a re-press. Some releases might have been held back for up to a few years for bureaucratic or political reasons, and the code simply denotes the time window when a vinyl left the manufacturing plant.
First pressings manufactured ca. 1969–1974 sometimes didn’t contain the manufacturing date code at all, in favor of the total duration time for each vinyl side.
Represses are usually identical to the original releases, apart from this code on the label as well as different stamper codes. (Some later represses may have an updated catalog# scheme on the sleeve though, see above.)
—> How to: Please always add the manufacturing date code to “Barcode and Other Identifiers” as: “Other (Manufacturing date code)”, because it is a very safe identifier of unique versions. However, before you submit a record as a unique release based on this code, please first check all previously submitted versions of the same release. Many submitters don’t include the manufacturing date code at all. In case of doubt please contact them in order to avoid duplicates. In most cases, later pressings are not “reissues”, they are represses. However, only add the “Repress” format tag if you are sure that yours is one.