CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton

CBS Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton

Profile:
UK record pressing and tape duplication plant in Buckinghamshire, run by CBS United Kingdom Ltd. from September 1964 until end of January 1991.
Prior to the CBS take-over, the plant was Levy's, Pressing Plant, Aston Clinton, part of the Levy brothers music empire, which included Levy's Sound Studios.
Until 1964, CBS UK pressings were done under a distribution agreement with Philips Records Ltd. between 1962 and Sep 1964. Also known as Oriole Pressing Plant.

The matrix on pressings is usually stamped at 12 o'clock, horizontally - rather than following the circumference of the runout, as found on Philips/Phonogram pressings.
The most obvious indicator for a CBS pressing is Λ, which is actually a faintly stamped "broken" A, which may also look like ∴ (3 dots in a pyramid), found at 9 o'clock, which is a stamper indicator. On high volume singles there may be other "shallow" letters such as B, C or F, of which one letter may appear as a broken circle or two brackets (). These indicators aren't Pressing Plant IDs (PPID) though.

At three o'clock there are usually one or two numbers; again these may also be very faintly stamped or etched.

Around 1977 the stamped matrix was replaced by a hand-etched one but the layout remained the same, i.e. the symbols are at three o'clock and nine o'clock.

CBS UK contract pressing matrices may vary and be hand-etched on a radial curve (still, usually, at 12 o'clock).

The plant relocated from Aston Clinton to nearby Aylesbury in 1980. Construction began in March 1978 and the official opening was on 20 June 1980.
The new press room then had 40 automatic Hamilton presses for LP production, and 20 SMT and MAP presses for singles.
The plant also included the printing of covers and labels.

CBS normally pressed 7"s with solid centres or 4 prong centres. However, they did experiment with dinked centres (and spiders) between March and May 1976 but had to give it up due to negative dealer feedback. It is unknown to what extent and for which releases dinked singles were manufactured by CBS but this has to be considered very limited only.

The last record pressed in January 1991 was Motörhead's 1916. The plant was then converted into a video duplication plant and all CBS records were subsequently pressed by CBS in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
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Contact Info:
Since June 1980:
Rabans Lane
Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire HP19 8TS
England
[obsolete]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 006-20 0720 7 Some People  album cover Belouis Some Some People(7", Single) Parlophone, Parlophone 1A 006-20 0720 7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
2EPC 0031/EPC 4154 Sandinista!  album cover The Clash Sandinista!(2xCass, Album) Epic 2EPC 0031/EPC 4154 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
7N 46035 Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs (Lowry's Song)  album cover Brian & Michael (Burke & Jerk)* Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs (Lowry's Song)(7", Sol) Pye Records 7N 46035 UK 1977 Sell This Version
7SAV 106 Hippychick  album cover Soho (2) Hippychick(7", Single) S And M 7SAV 106 UK 1991 Sell This Version
7SR 5018 Judas Priest  album cover Judas Priest Judas Priest(7", Album, Comp) Scoop 33 7SR 5018 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7SR 5031 Dana  album cover Dana (9) Dana(7", Album, Comp) Scoop 33 7SR 5031 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7SR 5037 Love Affair  album cover Love Affair* Love Affair(7", Album, Comp) Scoop 33 7SR 5037 UK 1984 Sell This Version
7SR 5045 Marmalade  album cover The Marmalade Marmalade(7", Album, Comp) Scoop 33 7SR 5045 UK 1984 Sell This Version
8C 062-37452 Blues Hit Me  album cover Hungry John With His Bergen Blues Band Hungry John With His Bergen Blues Band - Blues Hit Me(LP, Album) Harvest, EMI 8C 062-37452 Norway 1983 Sell This Version
12 BRO 67 Overkill  album cover Motörhead Overkill(12", Pla) Bronze 12 BRO 67 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 FAA 106 Rock On  album cover The Dave Howard Singers Rock On(12") Fun After All 12 FAA 106 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 FTC 178 I Heard It Through The Grapevine  album cover Creedence Clearwater Revival I Heard It Through The Grapevine(12") Fantasy 12 FTC 178 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12KTP 6 Radio On  album cover Kissing The Pink Radio On(12", Single) Magnet (2), Magnet (2) 12KTP 6 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 KTP 7 The Other Side Of Heaven  album cover Kissing The Pink The Other Side Of Heaven(12") Magnet (2) 12 KTP 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 KTP 8 One Step  album cover Kissing The Pink One Step(12") Magnet (2), Magnet (2) 12 KTP 8 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 KTP 8R One Step (Special Club Remix)  album cover Kissing The Pink One Step (Special Club Remix)(12", W/Lbl) Magnet (2) 12 KTP 8R UK 1986 Sell This Version
12KTP 9 Certain Things Are Likely  album cover Kissing The Pink Certain Things Are Likely(12") Magnet (2), Magnet (2) 12KTP 9 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 KTP 10 Never Too Late To Love You  album cover K T P* Never Too Late To Love You(12") Magnet (2), Magnet (2) 12 KTP 10 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 KUT 126 Calling On You  album cover Stryper Calling On You(12") Music For Nations 12 KUT 126 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 LAMP 11 Back In England For Christmas (Extended Version)  album cover David Essex Back In England For Christmas (Extended Version)(12") Lamplight Music 12 LAMP 11 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 LTD 444 Take Me High  album cover Colm III Take Me High 12 LTD 444 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 mezzo 2 No Limit  album cover Mezzoforte No Limit(12") Funkin' Marvellous Records, Funkin' Marvellous Records 12 mezzo 2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 REV 36 Sally Cinnamon  album cover The Stone Roses Sally Cinnamon(12", Single) Black (2) 12 REV 36 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 ZOE 1 Fever  album cover Zoé* Fever(12") Amidisque, Amidisque 12 ZOE 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 7 Welcome To The Pleasuredome  album cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(12", Single) ZTT 12ZTAS 7 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
25AP 1851 Greatest Hits  album cover KC & The Sunshine Band Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) T.K. Records, T.K. Records 25AP 1851 Singapore & Malaysia 1980 Sell This Version
45-HL 8366 Tutti Frutti / Long Tall Sally  album cover Little Richard With His Band* Tutti Frutti / Long Tall Sally (Single) 45-HL 8366 Denmark 1956 Sell This Version
50 DA 308 50 Hits Of The Naughty 40's  album cover Geraldo And His Orchestra 50 Hits Of The Naughty 40's(2xLP) Pickwick Records, Pickwick Records 50 DA 308 UK Unknown Sell This Version
50DA 319 50 Smash Hit Guitar Extravaganza  album cover The Bruce Baxter Orchestra & Guitar* 50 Smash Hit Guitar Extravaganza(2xLP, Ast) Pickwick Records 50DA 319 UK 1977 Sell This Version
50DA 320 50 Pop Hits Country Style  album cover The Pickwick Gang* 50 Pop Hits Country Style(2xLP) Pickwick Records 50DA 320 UK 1978 Sell This Version
50DA 321 50 Rock & Roll Greats  album cover Various 50 Rock & Roll Greats(2xLP, Comp) Pickwick Records 50DA 321 UK Unknown Sell This Version
0250 1 Tidvatten  album cover Anna Lotta Larsson* Tidvatten(LP, Album) Frituna, Frituna 0250 1 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
28·3P-615 Youthquake  album cover Dead Or Alive Youthquake(LP, Album) Epic 28·3P-615 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
15-35 The Magic Of The Street Organ  album cover Various The Magic Of The Street Organ(LP, Album) Gold Star 15-35 UK 1975 Sell This Version
1634 Wonderfulness  album cover Bill Cosby Wonderfulness(LP, Album, Mono) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1634 US 1966 Sell This Version
2390 Vendetta / The Danny Scipio Theme  album cover John Barry Vendetta / The Danny Scipio Theme (Single) 2390 UK 1966 Sell This Version
2557 The Kid  album cover Andre Brasseur* The Kid 2557 UK 1970 Sell This Version
2700 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat / Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine  album cover Bob Dylan Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat / Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine(7", Single) CBS 2700 UK 1967 Sell This Version
2718 Shake Hands And Walk Away Cryin'  album cover Lou Christie Shake Hands And Walk Away Cryin' (Single) 2718 UK 1967 Sell This Version
2751 Hurtin'  album cover Johnny Devlin Hurtin'(7", Single, Promo, Sol) CBS 2751 UK 1967 Sell This Version
2816 San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)  album cover Scott McKenzie San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)(7", Single, 4-P) CBS 2816 UK 1967 Sell This Version
3018 OMD* Dazzle Ships(LP, Album) Virgin 3018 1983 Sell This Version
3051 I Believe My Time Ain't Long  album cover Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac* I Believe My Time Ain't Long(7", Single, RE) Blue Horizon, CBS 3051 UK 1969 Sell This Version
3110 Woman, Woman  album cover The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett* Woman, Woman(7", Single) CBS 3110 UK 1967 Sell This Version
3124 The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde  album cover Georgie Fame The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Single) 3124 UK 1967 Sell This Version
3211 Anniversary Waltz  album cover Anita Harris Anniversary Waltz(7", Single) CBS 3211 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3412 Lovin' Things  album cover The Marmalade Lovin' Things (Single) 3412 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3526 By The Time I Get To Phoenix  album cover Georgie Fame By The Time I Get To Phoenix(7", Mono, Sol) CBS 3526 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3674 A Day Without Love  album cover The Love Affair A Day Without Love(7", Single) CBS 3674 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3705 Funny Girl   album cover Barbra Streisand Funny Girl (7", Single) CBS 3705 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3764 Race With The Devil  album cover The Gun Race With The Devil (Single) 3764 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3892 Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da  album cover The Marmalade Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (Single) 3892 UK 1968 Sell This Version
3994 One Road  album cover Love Affair* One Road(7", Single, Kno) CBS 3994 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4116 You've Made Me So Very Happy  album cover Blood, Sweat & Tears* You've Made Me So Very Happy(7", Single) CBS 4116 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4158 Groovy Baby / Your Turn Now  album cover Microbe (4) / The Microbop Ensemble Microbe (4) / The Microbop Ensemble - Groovy Baby / Your Turn Now(7", Single, Sol) CBS 4158 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4162 The Boxer  album cover Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer(7", Single, Sol) CBS 4162 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4219 I Threw It All Away  album cover Bob Dylan I Threw It All Away(7", Single, 4 P) CBS 4219 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4227 One Fine Day  album cover Nina Shaw One Fine Day(7", Single) CBS 4227 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4405 Ballad (Of The Big Girl Now And A Mere Boy)  album cover Principal Edwards Magic Theatre Ballad (Of The Big Girl Now And A Mere Boy)(7", Single) Dandelion Records 4405 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4410 Betty Travelin' In The Wright Circle  album cover Betty Wright Betty Travelin' In The Wright Circle(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Alston Records 4410 UK 1979 Sell This Version
4434 Lay Lady Lay  album cover Bob Dylan Lay Lady Lay (Single) 4434 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4435 Good Morning Starshine  album cover Oliver (6) Good Morning Starshine(7", Single, Kno) CBS 4435 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4494 The Stride  album cover Clague The Stride(7", Single) Dandelion Records 4494 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4496 Autumn Song  album cover Steamhammer Autumn Song(7", Single) CBS 4496 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4582 (Call Me) Number One  album cover The Tremeloes (Call Me) Number One (Single) 4582 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4631 Baby I Know  album cover The Love Affair Baby I Know (Single) 4631 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4715 I'm A Man  album cover Chicago (2) I'm A Man(7", Single) CBS 4715 UK 1969 Sell This Version
4780 Lincoln County  album cover The Love Affair Lincoln County(7", Single, Mono) CBS 4780 UK 1970 Sell This Version
4781 Yawney Morning Song  album cover Mike Hart Yawney Morning Song(7", Single) Dandelion Records 4781 UK 1970 Sell This Version
4818 Can't Help Falling In Love  album cover Andy Williams Can't Help Falling In Love (Single) 4818 UK 1970 Sell This Version
4911 Yellow River  album cover Christie Yellow River (Single) 4911 UK 1970 Sell This Version
4953 Everything Is Beautiful  album cover Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful(7", Single, Sol) CBS 4953 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5017 Speak Of Peace, Sing Of Joy  album cover The Love Affair Speak Of Peace, Sing Of Joy(7", Single, Mono) CBS, CBS 5017 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5076 25 Or 6 To 4  album cover Chicago (2) 25 Or 6 To 4 (Single) 5076 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5102 Crystal Ball  album cover Salamander (10) Crystal Ball (Single) 5102 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5139 Me And My Life  album cover The Tremeloes Me And My Life (Single) 5139 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5169 San Bernadino  album cover Christie San Bernadino(7", Single, Mono, Sol) CBS, CBS 5169 UK 1970 Sell This Version
5360 Rose Garden  album cover Lynn Anderson Rose Garden(7", Single, Pus) CBS 5360 UK 1971 Sell This Version
5365 Sing Fool Sing   album cover Titanic (3) Sing Fool Sing (7", Single, 4-P) CBS 5365 UK 1971 Sell This Version
5429 Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham  album cover The Tremeloes Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham(7", Single, Sol) CBS 5429 UK 1971 Sell This Version
6495 CBS Rockabilly  album cover Various CBS Rockabilly(7", EP, Comp, Mono) CBS, CBS 6495 UK 1978 Sell This Version
6496 Extrait E la Musique Originale de Jeff Wayne la Guerre Des Mondes  album cover Jeff Wayne Extrait E la Musique Originale de Jeff Wayne la Guerre Des Mondes(7", Single) CBS 6496 France 1978 Sell This Version
8323 Bankrobber  album cover The Clash Bankrobber (Single) 8323 UK 1980 Sell This Version
8402 Cosmo's Factory  album cover Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory (Album) 8402 Scandinavia 1970 Sell This Version
8929 What's In A Kiss  album cover Gilbert O'Sullivan What's In A Kiss(7", Inj) CBS, CBS 8929 UK 1980 Sell This Version
10006 Reflections  album cover Andy Williams Reflections(LP, Comp) CBS, CBS, CBS 10006 UK 1977 Sell This Version
10019 Tears And Laughter  album cover Johnny Mathis Tears And Laughter(LP, Comp) CBS, CBS 10019 UK 1980 Sell This Version
10029 The Simon And Garfunkel Collection  album cover Simon And Garfunkel* The Simon And Garfunkel Collection (Comp, Album) 10029 UK 1981 Sell This Version
10031 Love Songs  album cover Barbra Streisand Love Songs (Album, Comp) 10031 UK 1981 Sell This Version
10046 The Art Garfunkel Album  album cover Art Garfunkel The Art Garfunkel Album(LP, Album, Comp) CBS, CBS 10046 UK 1984 Sell This Version
22025 The Original Fleetwood Mac / English Rose  album cover Fleetwood Mac The Original Fleetwood Mac / English Rose (Comp) 22025 UK 1976 Sell This Version
22101 Anthology  album cover Janis Joplin Anthology(2xLP, Comp, Gat) CBS, CBS 22101 UK 1980 Sell This Version
22102 Best Of  album cover Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show* Best Of(2xLP, Comp, Gat) CBS 22102 UK 1980 Sell This Version
25360 As It Happened  album cover The Tremeloes As It Happened(LP, Comp, Mono) CBS, CBS 25360 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
25964 Throw The Warped Wheel Out  album cover Fiction Factory Throw The Warped Wheel Out(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 25964 UK 1984 Sell This Version
26095 Steps In Time  album cover King Steps In Time (Album) 26095 UK 1984 Sell This Version
26229 Alf  album cover Alison Moyet Alf(LP, Album, Blu) CBS, CBS 26229 UK 1984 Sell This Version
26266 Sense Of Purpose  album cover Third World Sense Of Purpose (Album) 26266 UK 1985 Sell This Version
26301 מחכים למשיח =  Waiting For Messiah  album cover שלום חנוך* מחכים למשיח = Waiting For Messiah(LP, Album) CBS 26301 Israel 1985 Sell This Version
26419 The Great Balloon Race  album cover Sky (4) The Great Balloon Race(LP, Album) Epic, Epic 26419 UK 1985 Sell This Version