Customatrix

Customatrix

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Customatrix was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Records and CBS, Inc. that produced masters, mothers and stampers for all of the regional pressing plants that were part of Columbia's North American operation (Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute, Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman, Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria, Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA, Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Bridgeport in the US; and Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Don Mills, ON in Canada).

Please use "Mastered At" until additional drop-down menu items are available for the LCCN field (e.g. "Metalwork"). Also, Customatrix is not necessarily associated with any specific matrix prefix such as XSM.

Since Columbia Records also pressed records for many other major record labels besides Columbia, including Elektra, Reprise Records, A&M Records, Epic, Warner Bros. Records, Harmony (4), Blue Thumb Records, and many more, the Customatrix stamp can be found on those pressings as well.

Identifying Customatrix metalwork on vinyl pressings from any of Columbia's pressing plants is accomplished by locating a small stamped o or º or °, not be to confused with the "0" used by Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville. It is often positioned either directly before or after the matrix number. Sometimes it will be stamped in any location within the runout area. It's worth noting that this o or º or ° stamp varies in size. The design tended to fluctuate over time and varied in subtle ways from plant to plant.

It should be noted that in many cases, locating the Customatrix stamp can be rather difficult, requiring the aid of a good magnification tool and strong lighting conditions. Often the stamping will be so faint that it looks more like a "C", "G", "J", "D", or a tight spiral. In some cases the stamping can be so vague that it's just not possible to detect it at all. Since many contributors overlook this mark when entering the runout data from their copy into the BAOI, it's a good idea to mention it in the release notes when the marking can't be found. That way others will know it's not just an oversight.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1E-4 ST Bronislau Kaper*, Robert Armbruster Conducts The MGM Symphony Orchestra* - Mutiny On The Bounty (The Original Sound Track Recording) Bronislau Kaper*, Robert Armbruster Conducts The MGM Symphony Orchestra* Bronislau Kaper*, Robert Armbruster Conducts The MGM Symphony Orchestra* - Mutiny On The Bounty (The Original Sound Track Recording)(LP, Album, Mono) MGM Records, MGM Records 1E-4 ST US Unknown Sell This Version
1P 6032 Various - 20 Rock Super Hits Various 20 Rock Super Hits(LP, Comp) Columbia House 1P 6032 US 1973 Sell This Version
1P 6084 Johnny Mathis - Johnny Today Johnny Mathis Johnny Today(LP, Comp) Columbia House 1P 6084 US 1973 Sell This Version
1P 6265 Various - Long Ago And Far Away (The Great Love Songs Of The 40's) Various Long Ago And Far Away (The Great Love Songs Of The 40's)(LP, Comp, Ter) A Columbia Musical Treasury 1P 6265 US 1974 Sell This Version
1P 7066 Various - Country Portraits Various Country Portraits(LP, Comp, Club) Columbia House 1P 7066 US 1980 Sell This Version
1P 7597 Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Leppard, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Haydn* / Hummel* / L. Mozart* - Trumpet Concertos Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Leppard, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Haydn* / Hummel* / L. Mozart* Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Leppard, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Haydn* / Hummel* / L. Mozart* - Trumpet Concertos(LP, Club) CBS Masterworks Digital 1P 7597 US 1983 Sell This Version
1P 7982 Eddie Money - Greatest Hits Sound Of Money Eddie Money Greatest Hits Sound Of Money(LP, Comp, Club) Columbia 1P 7982 USA & Canada 1989 Sell This Version
1R1 6050 Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R1 6050 US 1973 Sell This Version
1R1 6764 Art Garfunkel - Watermark Art Garfunkel Watermark(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R1 6764 US 1978 Sell This Version
1R2 6164 Chicago (2) - Chicago VII Chicago (2) Chicago VII(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R2 6164 US 1974 Sell This Version
1SE-4796 The Osmonds - Phase III The Osmonds Phase III(LP, Album) MGM Records 1SE-4796 US 1971 Sell This Version
1V 8067 Liberace - Masterpiece: Liberace Plays The World's Greatest Music Liberace Masterpiece: Liberace Plays The World's Greatest Music(LP, Album) AVI Records 1V 8067 US 1976 Sell This Version
2BP 220114 Bessie Smith - Nobody's Blues But Mine Bessie Smith Nobody's Blues But Mine(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Columbia 2BP 220114 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
2 BR 6952 Todd Rundgren - Todd Todd Rundgren Todd(2xLP, Album) Bearsville 2 BR 6952 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2BS 2760 Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now Van Morrison It's Too Late To Stop Now(2xLP, Album, Tri) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 2760 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2 BX 2066 Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything? Todd Rundgren Something / Anything?(2xLP, Album, gat) Bearsville 2 BX 2066 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2CH-1514 Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (Comp) 2CH-1514 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CH-50030 Various - The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues Various The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues(2xLP, Comp, Pit) Chess, Chess 2CH-50030 US 1972 Sell This Version
2 COC-2900 The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St.(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Rolling Stones Records 2 COC-2900 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2CP 0102 The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach (Album) 2CP 0102 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CX 0132 The Allman Brothers Band - Beginnings The Allman Brothers Band Beginnings(2xLP, Comp, RE) Capricorn Records 2CX 0132 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2DS 2202 Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy & Elsewhere Zappa* / Mothers* Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy & Elsewhere (Album) 2DS 2202 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2F 1019 Frank Sinatra With Count Basie & The Orchestra* Arranged & Conducted Quincy Jones - ---In Concert---Sinatra At The Sands Frank Sinatra With Count Basie & The Orchestra* Arranged & Conducted Quincy Jones Frank Sinatra With Count Basie & The Orchestra* Arranged & Conducted Quincy Jones - Sinatra At The Sands (Album) 2F 1019 US 1966 Sell This Version
2FS 1019 Frank Sinatra - Sinatra At The Sands Frank Sinatra Sinatra At The Sands (Album) 2FS 1019 US 1966 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp, Club, CRC) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2MS 2024 The Mothers Of Invention* - Uncle Meat The Mothers Of Invention* Uncle Meat (Album) 2MS 2024 US 1969 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica(2xLP, Album, RE, Ter) Straight, Straight 2MS 2027 US 1970 Sell This Version
2P 6083 Johnny Mathis - The Early Years Johnny Mathis The Early Years(2xLP, Comp) Columbia House 2P 6083 US 1973 Sell This Version
2P 6277 Johnny Mathis - Warm And Tender Johnny Mathis Warm And Tender(2xLP, Comp, Ter) Columbia House 2P 6277 US 1974 Sell This Version
2P 6547 Various - History Of British Rock Various History Of British Rock (Comp) 2P 6547 US 1976 Sell This Version
2P 6577 Various - A Golden Treasury Of Concert Favorites, Vol. 3 Various A Golden Treasury Of Concert Favorites, Vol. 3(12", Comp) Columbia House 2P 6577 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2PS 606/7 The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971(2xLP, Comp, Ter) London Records 2PS 606/7 US 1971 Sell This Version
2RS 2214 Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie - Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Together In Concert Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie - Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Together In Concert(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records 2RS 2214 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
2RS 6307 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (Album) 2RS 6307 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
2RS 6334 The Pentangle* - Sweet Child The Pentangle* Sweet Child (Album) 2RS 6334 US 1968 Sell This Version
2RSX-2245 Jimi Hendrix - The Essential Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2RSX-2245 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2RX 6481 Jimi Hendrix - Sound Track Recordings From The Film Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Sound Track Recordings From The Film Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records 2RX 6481 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
2SD 902 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic 2SD 902 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2SD 908 Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 908 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2 SDS-401 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway(2xLP, Album) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 2 SDS-401 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2SDS 900 King Crimson - The Young Person's Guide To King Crimson King Crimson The Young Person's Guide To King Crimson(2xLP, Comp, Don) Atlantic 2SDS 900 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2 SFS 6012 Richie Havens - Richie Havens On Stage Richie Havens Richie Havens On Stage(2xLP, Album, Gat + 7", Single) Stormy Forest, Stormy Forest 2 SFS 6012 US 1972 Sell This Version
2SS-200 Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (Album) 2SS-200 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
2SWS 2923 Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2SWS 2923 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2TS 2106 Jethro Tull - Living In The Past Jethro Tull Living In The Past (Comp) 2TS 2106 US 1972 Sell This Version
2U-4739 Various - All This And World War II Various All This And World War II(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2U-4739 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8002 The Hustle Factory - Do The Hustle - Vol. 1 The Hustle Factory Do The Hustle - Vol. 1(2xLP, Comp, Ter) Realm Records, Realm Records, Realm Records 2V 8002 US 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8019 Various - 120 Music Masterpieces Highlights Vol. 2 Various 120 Music Masterpieces Highlights Vol. 2(2xLP, Comp) Realm Records 2V 8019 US 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8066 Liberace - Candlelight Love - The Very Best Of Liberace Liberace Candlelight Love - The Very Best Of Liberace(2xLP, Comp) AVI Records 2V 8066 US 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8077 The Statler Brothers - The Very Best Of The Statler Brothers The Statler Brothers The Very Best Of The Statler Brothers(2xLP, Album, Comp, Ter) Realm Records 2V 8077 US 1977 Sell This Version
2W 1555 Peter, Paul And Mary* - In Concert Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert (Album) 2W 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2WS 1555 Peter, Paul And Mary* - In Concert Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert (Album) 2WS 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2WS1935 Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead(2xLP, Album, Pit) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 2WS1935 US 1971 Sell This Version
2WS 2701 Deep Purple - Made In Japan Deep Purple Made In Japan(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 2701 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2WS 1555 2W 1555 Peter, Paul And Mary* - In Concert Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 1555 2W 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2XS 6329 Lenny Bruce - The Berkeley Concert Lenny Bruce The Berkeley Concert (Album) 2XS 6329 US 1969 Sell This Version
2XS 6332 Wild Man Fischer - An Evening With Wild Man Fischer Wild Man Fischer An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Album) 2XS 6332 US 1969 Sell This Version
2XS 6476 Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* - The Ballad Of Calico Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* The Ballad Of Calico(2xLP, Album, Pit) Reprise Records 2XS 6476 US 1972 Sell This Version
2XS 6480 Neil Young - Journey Through The Past Neil Young Journey Through The Past(2xLP, Pit) Reprise Records 2XS 6480 US 1972 Sell This Version
2Z8-2276 The Isley Brothers - Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1&2) / Tell Me When You Need It Again (Part 1&2) The Isley Brothers Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1&2) / Tell Me When You Need It Again (Part 1&2)(12", Single) T-Neck 2Z8-2276 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
3C 33191 Andy Williams - Christmas Present Andy Williams Christmas Present(LP, Album, RE, Car) Columbia, Columbia 3C 33191 US Unknown Sell This Version
3E 36450 New Musik - Straight Lines New Musik Straight Lines (EP) 3E 36450 US 1980 Sell This Version
3E 36868 Rick Nelson* - Four You Rick Nelson* Four You(10") Epic, Nu Disk 3E 36868 US 1981 Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Neil Young - Decade Neil Young Decade(3xLP, Comp) Reprise Records 3RS 2257 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
3WS 3146 The Band - The Last Waltz The Band The Last Waltz (Album) 3WS 3146 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3WX 2668 The Grateful Dead - Europe '72 The Grateful Dead Europe '72(3xLP, Album, Tri) Warner Bros. Records 3WX 2668 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
4 John McLaughlin - Devotion John McLaughlin Devotion (Album) 4 US 1972 Sell This Version
4E 36453 Cheap Trick - Found All The Parts Cheap Trick Found All The Parts (EP, Single) 4E 36453 US 1980 Sell This Version
4E 36846 The Clash - Black Market Clash The Clash Black Market Clash(10", Comp, Ter) Epic, Nu Disk 4E 36846 US 1980 Sell This Version
4R9-02753 Angela Clemmons - Give Me Just A Little More Time Angela Clemmons Give Me Just A Little More Time(12") Portrait 4R9-02753 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-04086 The Russell Brothers - The Party Scene The Russell Brothers The Party Scene 4R9-04086 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04971 Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun(12") Portrait 4R9-04971 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05011 Cyndi Lauper - She Bop Cyndi Lauper She Bop 4R9-05011 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05106 The Limit (2) - Say Yeah The Limit (2) Say Yeah(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05106 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05172 The Elvis Brothers - Don't Take My Guns Away The Elvis Brothers Don't Take My Guns Away(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05172 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9 05331 Nicole* - Don't You Want My Love Nicole* Don't You Want My Love(12") Portrait, Portrait 4R9 05331 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9 05375 Sade - Never As Good As The First Time Sade Never As Good As The First Time(12") Portrait, Portrait 4R9 05375 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9-05949 Nicole* - Housecalls Nicole* Housecalls(12") Portrait 4R9-05949 US 1985 Sell This Version
4RA 6316 The Electric Prunes - Release Of An Oath The Electric Prunes Release Of An Oath(4-Trk) Reprise Records 4RA 6316 US 1968 Sell This Version
4W8 5351 Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus(12", RP, Pit) WMOT Records 4W8 5351 US 1981 Sell This Version
4W9 7846 Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype Public Enemy Don't Believe The Hype(12", M/Print) Def Jam Recordings 4W9 7846 US 1988 Sell This Version
4W9 02738 R.J.'s Latest Arrival - (Aerobic Dancin) Keep Dancin R.J.'s Latest Arrival (Aerobic Dancin) Keep Dancin(12", Promo) Zoo York Recordz 4W9 02738 US 1982 Sell This Version
4W9 02761 Mel Brooks - It's Good To Be The King Mel Brooks It's Good To Be The King(12") WMOT Records 4W9 02761 US 1982 Sell This Version
4W9 02923 Videeo - Thang (Gimme Some Of That Thang) Videeo Thang (Gimme Some Of That Thang)(12", Promo) Houston Connection Recording Corporation 4W9 02923 US 1982 Sell This Version
4W9 03074 X-25 Band - Black Hole Bop X-25 Band Black Hole Bop(12") Houston Connection Recording Corporation 4W9 03074 US 1982 Sell This Version
4WA 1727 Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle Van Dyke Parks Song Cycle(4-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records 4WA 1727 US 1967 Sell This Version
4Z9 02433 The Quick - Zulu The Quick Zulu(12") Pavillion 4Z9 02433 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 02961 Cerrone - Back Track Cerrone Back Track(12") Pavillion 4Z9 02961 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9-03051 Barry White - Change Barry White Change 4Z9-03051 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03139 Zinga Washington - Respect Zinga Washington Respect(12") My Disc Records 4Z9 03139 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03166 Tyrone Brunson - The Smurf Tyrone Brunson The Smurf(12", Single) Believe In A Dream 4Z9 03166 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9-03898 The Cold Crush Brothers* - Punk Rock Rap The Cold Crush Brothers* Punk Rock Rap 4Z9-03898 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 03938 Tyrone Tyrone "Tystick" Brunson* Hot Line(12", Promo) Believe In A Dream 4Z9 03938 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 03975 The Reddings - On The Outside Looking In The Reddings On The Outside Looking In(12") Believe In A Dream 4Z9 03975 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04312 Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride Matthew Wilder Break My Stride(12") Private I Records 4Z9 04312 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04955 Davy DMX - One For The Treble (Fresh) Davy DMX One For The Treble (Fresh)(12", Promo) Tuff City, CBS Associated Records 4Z9 04955 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04956 Lady Jane - I'm Your Lover Lady Jane I'm Your Lover 4Z9 04956 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04967 The Romantics - One In A Million The Romantics One In A Million(12", Advance, Promo) Nemperor Records 4Z9 04967 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9-04970 Hisao Shinagawa - More Money, More War / Human Computer (Long Version) Hisao Shinagawa More Money, More War / Human Computer (Long Version)(12", Promo) Rock 'N' Roll Records 4Z9-04970 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04978 Rich Cason And The Galactic Orchestra - Street Symphony Rich Cason And The Galactic Orchestra Street Symphony 4Z9 04978 US 1984 Sell This Version

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Anthon40

Anthon40

March 3, 2022
What’s the difference between Custom and Sterling quality wise? Sterling seems to get praise.
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