MPO

MPO

Profile:
French pressing plant, manufacturing and distribution company which stemmed from their original pressing plant in Averton (Mayenne), France, established by Pierre Tyrel de Poix in 1957. The 'MPO' acronym remains from the original company; 'Moulages et Plastiques de l'Ouest'. Through expansion, MPO has permanent offices throughout the world, with a strong presence in Europe. The group's operations are structured around its three production sites and logistics centres; MPO Iberica and MPO France (Averton and Villaines La Juhel) and MPO Asia (Bangkok, Thailand) and numerous sales offices in Europe and Asia as well as a partner in the US.

MPO is an acronym for "Moulages Plastiques de l'Ouest" (in English: Western Plastics Castings).

MPO pressed its first commercial CD on 4th of December, 1984.

Vinyl discs pressed by MPO usually have the hand etched "MPO" inscription in the runouts.
Recent presses could also show a stamped logo followed by a string of digits ## ##### (see this image), where the first two digits stands for the pressing year.
Another identifier can be that MPO pressings have three concentric rings around the spindle hole (see this image).
MPO can be credited as M.P.O. on releases.

On cassettes: "Duplication MPO", most often printed on labels.

MPO CDs made at Averton are assigned the following SID codes:
Mastering: L031, L032, L033, L035, L036, L039, LY88 (often misread as LV88)
Mould: 12##

MPO isn't always explicitly mentioned in the CD matrix, but can sometimes be identified by a string of tiny text with the following format:
CA [label cat#] [one or more @] IFPI [mastering SID code] M/D/YYYY HH:MM:SS [AM/PM] NNNNNNNNNN
(This isn't usually allowed, but there was forum discussion for doing this for MPO in particular.) If you aren't sure, please ask in the forums.)
Sublabels
Contact Info:
Email: info@mpo.fr / mpodirect@mpo.fr
Sites:
[l56025]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Grunge Instinct  album cover Various Grunge Instinct(CD, Comp) Revenge Records (2), Revenge Records (2) France 1995 Sell This Version
LateNightTales  album cover David Holmes LateNightTales(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Mixed) LateNightTales UK 2016 Sell This Version
- 2255   album cover Ipiki Ookami 2255 (2xLP) Not On Label - Belgium 2015 Sell This Version
Paradise For All  album cover Guts Paradise For All(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Heavenly Sweetness France 2018 Sell This Version
Blessed Are The Sick  album cover Morbid Angel Blessed Are The Sick(LP, Album, M/Print) Earache Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
C'est Guignol ! / Le Soulier Qui Vole  album cover Chantal Goya C'est Guignol ! / Le Soulier Qui Vole(7") RCA, RCA Victor France 1981 Sell This Version
Ecoute Les Chansons De Noël  album cover Chantal Goya, Jairo, Les Enfants Du Lycée International De St-Germain-En-Laye Chantal Goya, Jairo, Les Enfants Du Lycée International De St-Germain-En-Laye - Ecoute Les Chansons De Noël(7", EP, RE) RCA, RCA Victor France 1981 Sell This Version
LateNightTales  album cover Röyksopp LateNightTales (Comp) UK 2013 Sell This Version
Le Soulier Qui Vole  album cover Chantal Goya Le Soulier Qui Vole France 1981 Sell This Version
Ξ  album cover Veil Of Light Ξ(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Beläten Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
- Very Best Of Hinds So Far  album cover Hinds Very Best Of Hinds So Far(CDr, EP, Comp, Promo) Mom + Pop - US Unknown Sell This Version
/// N/A (4) + N/A (5)  album cover Unknown Artist N/A (4) + N/A (5)(10", Ltd) Not On Label /// US 2017 Sell This Version
- Sinfonia N. 5 In Si Bem Magg. / Romeo E Giulietta Suites / Concerto Per Violino In Re. Magg.  album cover Sergei Prokofiev, Sergiu Celibidache Sergei Prokofiev, Sergiu Celibidache - Sinfonia N. 5 In Si Bem Magg. / Romeo E Giulietta Suites / Concerto Per Violino In Re. Magg.(CD) CGD Compagnia Generale Del Disco S.p.a., Hunt Productions - Unknown Sell This Version
X Sessions  album cover Expression Direkt X Sessions(CD, Album) Independance Music France 2004 Sell This Version
Jersey  album cover Gold (3) Jersey(CD, Single) WMD France 1994 Sell This Version
Les Plus Célèbres Airs De Films  album cover Hollywood Strings Orchestra* & Mario Cavallero Hollywood Strings Orchestra* & Mario Cavallero - Les Plus Célèbres Airs De Films(LP) Musidisc-Europe France 1978 Sell This Version
En L'An 2000  album cover Charly & Lulu Feat. Ben.J Charly & Lulu Feat. Ben.J - En L'An 2000(CD, Single) Moucate Productions France 1999 Sell This Version
Armshouse EP  album cover Callahan (11) Armshouse EP(12", EP) 4 Seasons Music UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Inde Du Sud  album cover Various Inde Du Sud(CD, Album) Le Chant Du Monde France 1990 Sell This Version
Transes (Musique Originale Du Film De Ahmed El Maanouni)  album cover Nass El Ghiwane Transes (Musique Originale Du Film De Ahmed El Maanouni)(10", Maxi, Promo) Sogeav France 1981 Sell This Version
Jazzocratie  album cover Monsieur Lacenaire Jazzocratie(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Unofficial) Monsieur Lacenaire France 2016 Sell This Version
0000 Rien  album cover Odezenne Rien(12", EP, RE) Universeul, Tôt Ou Tard 0000 France 2015 Sell This Version
0H5 Les Millions D'Arlequin / La Paloma  album cover The Melody Four Les Millions D'Arlequin / La Paloma(7", Single) Chabada 0H5 France 1984 Sell This Version
0H6 Love Plays Such Funny Games  album cover The Melody Four Love Plays Such Funny Games(10", Album) Chabada 0H6 France 1984 Sell This Version
0H7 Eleven Songs For Doris Day  album cover Steve Beresford His Piano & Orchestra Eleven Songs For Doris Day(10", Album) Chabada 0H7 France 1985 Sell This Version
0H8 Mainly Mancini  album cover Tony Coe Mainly Mancini(10", Album) Chabada 0H8 France 1985 Sell This Version
0H9 The Inimitable  album cover Lol Coxhill The Inimitable(10", Album) Chabada 0H9 France 1985 Sell This Version
0H11 The Melody Four? Si Señor!  album cover The Melody Four The Melody Four? Si Señor!(10", Album) Chabada 0H11 France 1985 Sell This Version
0H12 Kazuko Hohki Chante Brigitte Bardot  album cover Kazuko Hohki Kazuko Hohki Chante Brigitte Bardot(10", Album) Chabada 0H12 France 1986 Sell This Version
0H13 T.V.? Mais Oui!  album cover The Melody Four T.V.? Mais Oui!(10", Album) Chabada 0H13 France 1986 Sell This Version
0H15 Little Pictures (Talkin''bout TV, Yeah !)  album cover The Melody Four Little Pictures (Talkin''bout TV, Yeah !)(7", Single) Chabada, Chabada 0H15 France 1986 Sell This Version
0H16 Hello! We Must Be Going  album cover The Melody Four Hello! We Must Be Going(10", Album) Chabada 0H16 France 1987 Sell This Version
0H17 Before My Time  album cover Lol Coxhill Before My Time(10", Album) Chabada 0H17 France 1987 Sell This Version
0H18 Aveklei Uptowns Hawaiians  album cover Mike Cooper & Cyril Lefebvre Mike Cooper & Cyril Lefebvre - Aveklei Uptowns Hawaiians(10", Album) Chabada 0H18 France 1987 Sell This Version
0H19 Shopping For Melodies - Volume 1  album cover The Melody Four Shopping For Melodies - Volume 1(10", Album) Chabada 0H19 France 1988 Sell This Version
0H21 Shopping For Melodies - Volume 2  album cover The Melody Four Shopping For Melodies - Volume 2(10", Album) Chabada 0H21 France 1988 Sell This Version
001 River / Ghost  album cover Gardens Of God River / Ghost(12", EP) Sodai 001 Lithuania 2016 Sell This Version
001 Kilburn National 17∙11∙90  album cover Snuff (3) Kilburn National 17∙11∙90(LP) Armshoe, Rugger Bugger Discs 001 UK 1991 Sell This Version
001 Mars Is Calling  album cover Fafa Monteco Mars Is Calling(12") Hypnotic Music 001 France 2001 Sell This Version
0001 Πρόσκληση Σε Δείπνο Κυανίου  album cover Θανάσης Παπακωνσταντίνου Πρόσκληση Σε Δείπνο Κυανίου(2xLP, Album, 180 + CD) Αχός 0001 Greece 2014 Sell This Version
0001 Full Of Sorrow  album cover Frustration Full Of Sorrow(CD, MiniAlbum) Born Bad Records, Born Bad Records 0001 France 2006 Sell This Version
001 L'Oiseau De Feu / Petrouchka / Le Sacre Du Printemps / Pulcinella  album cover Stravinsky* - Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo, Yakov Kreizberg Stravinsky* - Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo, Yakov Kreizberg - L'Oiseau De Feu / Petrouchka / Le Sacre Du Printemps / Pulcinella(3xCD, Album) OPMC Classics 001 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
001 Stanky Get Funky / Back Slop  album cover Billy Davis (2) / "Baby" Earl & The Trini-Dads Billy Davis (2) / "Baby" Earl & The Trini-Dads - Stanky Get Funky / Back Slop(7", Single) Southern Artist Records 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
001 Invitation Au Voyage  album cover Mireille Terashima Invitation Au Voyage(CD, Album) HiMi 001 France 2007 Sell This Version
1 Détail Monochrome  album cover Pascal Comelade Détail Monochrome(LP, Album) Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier, Labyrinthes 1 France 1984 Sell This Version
001 Forgotten Days  album cover Davy Spillane & Kevin Glackin Davy Spillane & Kevin Glackin - Forgotten Days(CD, Album) Burrenstone Music 001 Ireland 2001 Sell This Version
001 Patience And Understanding  album cover Raza (2) Patience And Understanding(12") Coloured (2) 001 UK 2010 Sell This Version
01 Tobin 01  album cover Tobin Tobin 01(12") Tobin (2) 01 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
00001 Cam (2) Mug / Mellowman(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label 00001 Unknown Sell This Version
1 In Deepest Rebound  album cover Critical Mass (5) In Deepest Rebound(12") Divided Kingdom 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
001 Bratha 01  album cover Bratha Bratha 01(12", EP) Bratha 001 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
001 Disque Compact, Pièces Détachées  album cover Gangpol Und Mit Disque Compact, Pièces Détachées(CD, Album, Enh) G.U.M. 001 France 2004 Sell This Version
01 Fabrik 01  album cover Fabrik (5) Fabrik 01(LP) Fabrik 01 France Unknown Sell This Version
01 Chants Du Silence  album cover Paul Arma Chants Du Silence(LP, Album, Promo, gat) Not On Label 01 France Unknown Sell This Version
001 Glory / Are You Swimming  album cover Mademoiselle K Glory / Are You Swimming(12", Ltd) Not On Label (Mademoiselle K Self-released) 001 France 2014 Sell This Version
#001 #001  album cover Various #001(12") MLTred, MLTred #001 UK 2014 Sell This Version
001 Dead End Track  album cover Dirty Meadow Dead End Track(LP, Album) DMR (6) 001 Norway 2014 Sell This Version
001 Feel A Change Comin On (Innershades Remix)  album cover DJ Haus Feel A Change Comin On (Innershades Remix)(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl, Sta) Shades (6) 001 Belgium 2015 Sell This Version
001 Sharpman / Crazzy A Gogo  album cover Jesús Ortega Sharpman / Crazzy A Gogo(12") Subcione Records 001 Spain 2003 Sell This Version
001 Untitled  album cover P.Leroy* / F.Cribier* P.Leroy* / F.Cribier* - Untitled(12") Eat This 001 France 2000 Sell This Version
001 Missa No 1  album cover Urmas Sisask Missa No 1(CD, Album) I&M Records 001 Estonia 1993 Sell This Version
1 Voix  album cover Pierre-Alain de Garrigues Voix(CD, Album) MPO 1 France Unknown Sell This Version
0001AD Home Town Chicago  album cover Boo Williams Home Town Chicago(2x12", Album, RE, RM) Anotherday Records 0001AD UK 2011 Sell This Version
01BC A Break In The Clouds  album cover Holden* A Break In The Clouds 01BC UK 2003 Sell This Version
1BC Untitled  album cover Last Session / The Innocent Last Session / The Innocent - Untitled(12", RE, RM) Blue Cucaracha 1BC UK 2014 Sell This Version
1C1169 Deux Nocturnes - Adagio Pour Grand Orchestre - Genèse - Praemonitio Passionis - Manu Tara (Sortilèges)  album cover Jean Derbès - Orchestre Philharmonique De Timisoara*, Jean-François Antonioli Jean Derbès - Orchestre Philharmonique De Timisoara*, Jean-François Antonioli - Deux Nocturnes - Adagio Pour Grand Orchestre - Genèse - Praemonitio Passionis - Manu Tara (Sortilèges)(CD) Timpani 1C1169 France 2010 Sell This Version
1C1179 Flûte, Harpe & Cordes  album cover Jean Cras - Juliette Hurel, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Philippe Graffin, Miguel Da Silva, Henri Demarquette Jean Cras - Juliette Hurel, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Philippe Graffin, Miguel Da Silva, Henri Demarquette - Flûte, Harpe & Cordes(CD, Album) Timpani 1C1179 France 2011 Sell This Version
1C 064-45 428 Children Of The Universe  album cover Wolfgang Maus Soundpicture* Children Of The Universe(LP, Album, Unofficial) EMI (2), EMI Electrola (2) 1C 064-45 428 2012 Sell This Version
01CD Continentales  album cover Lamour* Continentales(CD, Album, Fol) Silent Productions 01CD France 1994 Sell This Version
1-diam. Reassimilation EP  album cover Optic Nerve Reassimilation EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl) diametric. 1-diam. UK 2009 Sell This Version
1dot12 Reverse  album cover W.J. Henze* & I. Boss* W.J. Henze* & I. Boss* - Reverse(12") 1dot12 1dot12 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
1 Eden D For Desire  album cover All About Eve D For Desire(12", Single) Eden 1 Eden UK 1985 Sell This Version
1 In 12 003 Enemies Of The State  album cover Various Enemies Of The State(LP, Album, Comp) 1 In 12 Records 1 In 12 003 UK 1984 Sell This Version
1 In 12 004 Systembeat  album cover Various Systembeat(LP, Comp) 1 In 12 Records 1 In 12 004 UK 1985 Sell This Version
001ÖX11/1 Rëvëürt  album cover Öxxö Xööx Rëvëürt(CD, Album) Not On Label (Öxxö Xööx self-released) 001ÖX11/1 France 2011 Sell This Version
02 Flow / Wasted Time  album cover The Green Man & Kingz / Basztart The Green Man & Kingz / Basztart - Flow / Wasted Time(12") Basswerk 02 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
002 Protest To Survive  album cover Powerage (2) Protest To Survive(7", EP) Neg Fx 002 France 1985 Sell This Version
002 Antiphon  album cover Alfa Mist Antiphon(2xLP, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl, Gat) Pink Bird Recording Co. 002 UK 2017 Sell This Version
002 Amen  album cover Johannes Heil Amen(12") Fieber Records 002 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
002 All Areas  album cover Deine Quelle All Areas (EP) 002 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
02 Hzd Records 02  album cover iNOs Hzd, BangBass iNOs Hzd, BangBass - Hzd Records 02(12") Hzd Records 02 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
002 Cut-Ups, Drones And Other Weird  album cover Macronympha Cut-Ups, Drones And Other Weird(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Gre) Premier Sang 002 France 2010 Sell This Version
2 You Know Faust  album cover Faust You Know Faust(LP, Album) Klangbad 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
#002 Break The Silence EP  album cover Spiros Kaloumenos Break The Silence EP (EP) #002 Greece 2010 Sell This Version
2 Couleurs Sur Paris  album cover Oberkampf Couleurs Sur Paris(12", RE) Oberkampf Records 2 France 1983 Sell This Version
02 Camper Van Beethoven  album cover Camper Van Beethoven Camper Van Beethoven(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Pitch-A-Tent 02 UK 1987 Sell This Version
002 Les Becasses  album cover Les Becasses* Les Becasses(10", EP) Terror Motel 002 France 2012 Sell This Version
02 Oxygene 7-13  album cover Jean Michel Jarre* Oxygene 7-13(CD, Album) Disques Dreyfus 02 France 1997 Sell This Version
# 2 St. Emilion  album cover Lorber / Sikora* St. Emilion # 2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
.002 Bye!  album cover Lorenzo Navarro Bye!(12", Promo, W/Lbl) La Crema Records .002 Spain 2004 Sell This Version
2 Effort Discographique #1  album cover Néophyte Effort Discographique #1(7", Ltd, Num + CD) Artysan 2 France 2008 Sell This Version
02 Cheap Chaser  album cover Cheap Chaser Cheap Chaser(7", EP) Better Rock Than Roll Records, PMD Records (5) 02 France 2010 Sell This Version
002 Bipolar EP  album cover Various Bipolar EP(12", EP) Melting Bass Records 002 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
002 Scratchmix Records 002  album cover Various Scratchmix Records 002(12", Ltd) Scratchmix Records 002 UK 2017 Sell This Version
002 Something To Do  album cover Buba & The Shop Assistants* Something To Do(7", Single) Villa21 Records 002 UK 1984 Sell This Version
2 Desert Island Dusks  album cover Jan Steele / Ziz ! Ensemble Jan Steele / Ziz ! Ensemble - Desert Island Dusks(LP, Album) Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier, Labyrinthes 2 France 1986 Sell This Version
02 Kochise  album cover Kochise Kochise(7") On A Faim !, Toxic Grafity Records 02 France 1990 Sell This Version
002 VD / Hello Boy Friend, Coming My Way ?  album cover Agent Orange (10) VD / Hello Boy Friend, Coming My Way ?(7", EP) New Wave Records, New Wave Records 002 France 1983 Sell This Version
002 Another Day  album cover Systeme D (2) Another Day(7", EP) Melopara 002 France 1984 Sell This Version
002 Daphnis Et Chloé / Prélude À "L'Après-midi D'un Faune"  album cover Ravel* / Debussy* - Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Yakov Kreizberg Ravel* / Debussy* - Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Yakov Kreizberg - Daphnis Et Chloé / Prélude À "L'Après-midi D'un Faune"(CD, Album) OPMC Classics 002 Europe 2011 Sell This Version

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Musicfreak98

Musicfreak98

October 1, 2018
My thoughts on MPO are that they're a curiously inconsistent plant. I have quite a number of releases from them and some are merely acceptable whilst others are, frankly, superb. At their best, I think they're preferable to either GZ Media or Optimal and I would say their overall quality control is better from my experience than either of those, however they're definitely not as consistently excellent as Record Industry. I've had records from them that suffer from a fairly high noise floor and intermittent crackling, but I've had more records with barely a flaw to mention. Overall, I'd say I generally find them to be one of the better European pressing plants, but they're not above putting out the occasional disappointing release (though, to be honest, I don't think there's many plants that are - I've even heard one or two underwhelming presses from Pallas and RTI).
soundspace

soundspace

April 14, 2018
I have not had any severe issues with MPO, but I have had a couple of records that didn't look new and needed a few deep cleans to play well, but most I have from MPO are good or excellent. They may not be the best European pressing plant, but if left the choice between MPO and United, 9 times out of 10 I will go with MPO.
patlebouc

patlebouc

January 7, 2018
bought Bjork Vulnicura sealed , and it has a 1cm scratch you can feel when you touch it on first track of side 2 , how can something like that happens ???how come this record's been packed and sold like that ?. obvious lack of quality control
AlecTronic

AlecTronic

November 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
"Delays at France's MPO vinyl pressing plant disrupt label release schedules

Andy Whittaker of R&S Records, whose relationship with MPO goes back over 15 years, said the label's release schedule was "a total mess. It's the worst it's ever been by a long way. MPO have offered apologies but they have made some bad business decisions this year." Above Board Distribution, which represents the likes of Trip, Red Ember, Cómeme, DFA and Planet E, has said: "Our entire schedule is ripped apart. We've all been in the dark for weeks now. Many releases pencilled in for 2017 are pushed back into 2018 with no further notice.""

https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=40326
ButtShark

ButtShark

July 22, 2017
edited about 1 month ago
I can think of three recent records I own pressed by MPO (probably more I can't think of), and they all have different flaws.
Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower 2015 2LP: came new with scratches and dust, saturated highs
Chilly Gonzales - The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales 2015 LP: hole out-of-centre, doesn't spin or play consistently as a result
Maïak - A Very Pleasant Way to Die 2015 LP: would sound great, but very high noise floor

There's probably a reason MPO isn't famous for the quality of its pressings.

Edit - And yet, as others have mentioned, sometimes they put out flawless pressings. I had the chance to check out two copies of Vendredi sur Mer - Marée Basse, and both are perfectly good, even for clear pressings. The bottom line here is : YMMV. You might luck out, but don't bet on it.
mvns

mvns

July 26, 2016
MPO's quality control, especially for releases by smaller labels, seems to be lacking. I frequently have non-fill vinyl problems that produces ripping sounds on one channel. Shame!
RobR.

RobR.

July 9, 2016
I'm surprised about the comments. Bought a Dead can Dance LP (Into the Labyrinth) today and looked up which plant did this great pressing. It's MPO.
Heterograft_Madness

Heterograft_Madness

May 23, 2016
I have to agree with redblooded, terrible quality control. I recently purchased Ihsahn's Arktis and side C had a second centre label pressed onto it, off-centre and on the last track 'crooked red line.' How does something like that get missed during packing? I think it's back to cds for me.
mtngchi

mtngchi

April 19, 2016
I have the Melt Yourself Down LP, pressed by MPO, and it sounds great and very clean.
Vinylseeker1

Vinylseeker1

August 22, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Some vinyl aren't plane, bubbles & dents on it. Burrs also.

If you don't believe me, check out new Black dog album: Neither/neither or

Orlando Voorn - Black diamond

I must say that many records from MPO are in a bad condition and aren't an option for audiophiles & collectors!