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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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1E-4 ST Mutiny On The Bounty (The Original Sound Track Recording)  album cover 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 20 Rock Super Hits  album cover Various 20 Rock Super Hits(LP, Comp) Columbia House 1P 6032 US 1973 Sell This Version
1P 6084 Johnny Today  album cover Johnny Mathis Johnny Today(LP, Comp) Columbia House 1P 6084 US 1973 Sell This Version
1P 7066 Country Portraits  album cover Various Country Portraits(LP, Comp, Club) Columbia House 1P 7066 US 1980 Sell This Version
1P 7597 Trumpet Concertos  album cover 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 Greatest Hits Sound Of Money  album cover Eddie Money Greatest Hits Sound Of Money(LP, Comp, Club) Columbia 1P 7982 US 1989 Sell This Version
1R1 6050 There Goes Rhymin' Simon  album cover Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R1 6050 US 1973 Sell This Version
1R1 6764 Watermark  album cover Art Garfunkel Watermark(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R1 6764 US 1978 Sell This Version
1R2 6164 Chicago VII  album cover Chicago (2) Chicago VII(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R2 6164 US 1974 Sell This Version
1SE-4796 Phase III  album cover The Osmonds Phase III(LP, Album) MGM Records 1SE-4796 US 1971 Sell This Version
1V 8067 Masterpiece: Liberace Plays The World's Greatest Music  album cover Liberace Masterpiece: Liberace Plays The World's Greatest Music(LP, Album) AVI Records 1V 8067 US 1976 Sell This Version
2BP 220114 Nobody's Blues But Mine  album cover Bessie Smith Nobody's Blues But Mine(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Columbia 2BP 220114 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
2BS 2760 It's Too Late To Stop Now  album cover Van Morrison It's Too Late To Stop Now(2xLP, Album, Tri) Warner Bros. Records 2BS 2760 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2CH-1514 Chuck Berry's Golden Decade  album cover Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (Comp) 2CH-1514 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CH-50030 The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues  album cover Various The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues(2xLP, Comp, Pit) Chess, Chess 2CH-50030 US 1972 Sell This Version
2CP 0102 Eat A Peach  album cover The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach(2xLP, Album, RE) Capricorn Records 2CP 0102 US 1974 Sell This Version
2DS 2202 Roxy & Elsewhere  album cover Zappa* / Mothers* Zappa* / Mothers* - Roxy & Elsewhere (Album) 2DS 2202 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
2F 1019 Sinatra At The Sands  album cover Frank Sinatra With Count Basie Orchestra Arranged & Conducted Quincy Jones Frank Sinatra With Count Basie Orchestra Arranged & Conducted Quincy Jones - Sinatra At The Sands (Album) 2F 1019 US 1966 Sell This Version
2FS 1019 Sinatra At The Sands  album cover Frank Sinatra Sinatra At The Sands (Album) 2FS 1019 US 1966 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp, Club, CRC) Warner Bros. Records 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2MS 2024 Uncle Meat  album cover The Mothers Of Invention* Uncle Meat (Album) 2MS 2024 US 1969 Sell This Version
2MS 2027 Trout Mask Replica  album cover 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 The Early Years  album cover Johnny Mathis The Early Years(2xLP, Comp) Columbia House 2P 6083 US 1973 Sell This Version
2P 6277 Warm And Tender  album cover Johnny Mathis Warm And Tender(2xLP, Comp, Ter) Columbia House 2P 6277 US 1974 Sell This Version
2P 6547 History Of British Rock  album cover Various History Of British Rock (Comp) 2P 6547 US 1976 Sell This Version
2RS 2214 Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie Together In Concert  album cover 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 Electric Ladyland  album cover The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (Album) 2RS 6307 US 1968 Sell This Version
2RS 6334 Sweet Child  album cover The Pentangle* Sweet Child (Album) 2RS 6334 US 1968 Sell This Version
2RSX-2245 The Essential Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2RSX-2245 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
2RX 6481 Sound Track Recordings From The Film Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix Sound Track Recordings From The Film Jimi Hendrix(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2RX 6481 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2SD 902 4 Way Street  album cover Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Atlantic 2SD 902 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2SD 908 Tales From Topographic Oceans  album cover Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans(2xLP, Album) Atlantic 2SD 908 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2SDS 900 The Young Person's Guide To King Crimson  album cover 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 On Stage  album cover Richie Havens Richie Havens On Stage(2xLP, Album, Gat + 7", Single) Stormy Forest 2 SFS 6012 US 1972 Sell This Version
2SS-200 Physical Graffiti  album cover Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (Album) 2SS-200 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
2SWS 2923 We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll  album cover 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 Living In The Past  album cover Jethro Tull Living In The Past (Comp) 2TS 2106 US 1972 Sell This Version
2U-4739 All This And World War II  album cover Various All This And World War II(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2U-4739 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8002 Do The Hustle - Vol. 1  album cover 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 120 Music Masterpieces Highlights Vol. 2  album cover Various 120 Music Masterpieces Highlights Vol. 2(2xLP, Comp) Realm Records 2V 8019 US 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8066 Candlelight Love - The Very Best Of Liberace  album cover Liberace Candlelight Love - The Very Best Of Liberace(2xLP, Comp) AVI Records 2V 8066 US 1976 Sell This Version
2V 8077 The Very Best Of The Statler Brothers  album cover 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 In Concert  album cover Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert 2W 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2WS 1555 In Concert  album cover Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert (Album) 2WS 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2WS1935 Grateful Dead  album cover Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 2WS1935 US 1971 Sell This Version
2WS 1555 2W 1555 In Concert  album cover Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 1555 2W 1555 US 1964 Sell This Version
2XS 6329 The Berkeley Concert  album cover Lenny Bruce The Berkeley Concert(2xLP, RP, Gat) Reprise Records, Bizarre Records 2XS 6329 US Unknown Sell This Version
2XS 6332 An Evening With Wild Man Fischer  album cover Wild Man Fischer An Evening With Wild Man Fischer(2xLP, Album, Promo) Bizarre Records 2XS 6332 US 1969 Sell This Version
2XS 6476 The Ballad Of Calico  album cover Kenny Rogers And The First Edition* The Ballad Of Calico(2xLP, Album, Pit) Reprise Records 2XS 6476 US 1972 Sell This Version
2XS 6480 Journey Through The Past  album cover Neil Young Journey Through The Past(2xLP, Pit) Reprise Records 2XS 6480 US 1972 Sell This Version
2Z8-2276 Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1&2) / Tell Me When You Need It Again (Part 1&2)  album cover 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 Christmas Present  album cover Andy Williams Christmas Present(LP, Album, RE, Car) Columbia, Columbia 3C 33191 US Unknown Sell This Version
3E 36450 Straight Lines  album cover New Musik Straight Lines(10") Nu Disk, Epic 3E 36450 US 1980 Sell This Version
3E 36868 Four You  album cover Rick Nelson* Four You(10") Epic, Nu Disk 3E 36868 US 1981 Sell This Version
3RS 2257 Decade  album cover Neil Young Decade(3xLP, Comp) Reprise Records 3RS 2257 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
3WS 3146 The Last Waltz  album cover The Band The Last Waltz (Album) 3WS 3146 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3WX 2668 Europe '72  album cover The Grateful Dead Europe '72(3xLP, Album, Tri) Warner Bros. Records 3WX 2668 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
4 Devotion  album cover John McLaughlin Devotion(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Douglas, Douglas 4 US 1972 Sell This Version
4E 36453 Found All The Parts  album cover Cheap Trick Found All The Parts (EP, Single) 4E 36453 US 1980 Sell This Version
4E 36846 Black Market Clash  album cover The Clash Black Market Clash(10", Comp, Ter) Epic, Nu Disk 4E 36846 US 1980 Sell This Version
4R9-02753 Give Me Just A Little More Time  album cover Angela Clemmons Give Me Just A Little More Time(12") Portrait 4R9-02753 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-04086 The Party Scene  album cover The Russell Brothers The Party Scene 4R9-04086 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04971 Girls Just Want To Have Fun  album cover Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun(12") Portrait 4R9-04971 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05011 She Bop  album cover Cyndi Lauper She Bop 4R9-05011 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05106 Say Yeah  album cover The Limit (2) Say Yeah(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05106 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05172 Don't Take My Guns Away  album cover The Elvis Brothers Don't Take My Guns Away(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05172 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9 05331 Don't You Want My Love  album cover Nicole* Don't You Want My Love(12") Portrait, Portrait 4R9 05331 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9 05375 Never As Good As The First Time  album cover Sade Never As Good As The First Time(12") Portrait, Portrait 4R9 05375 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9-05949 Housecalls  album cover Nicole* Housecalls(12") Portrait 4R9-05949 US 1985 Sell This Version
4RA 6316 Release Of An Oath  album cover The Electric Prunes Release Of An Oath(4-Trk) Reprise Records 4RA 6316 US 1968 Sell This Version
4W9 02761 It's Good To Be The King  album cover Mel Brooks It's Good To Be The King(12") WMOT Records 4W9 02761 US 1982 Sell This Version
4WA 1727 Song Cycle  album cover Van Dyke Parks Song Cycle(4-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records 4WA 1727 US 1967 Sell This Version
4Z9 02433 Zulu  album cover The Quick Zulu(12") Pavillion 4Z9 02433 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 02961 Back Track  album cover Cerrone Back Track(12") Pavillion 4Z9 02961 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03139 Respect  album cover Zinga Washington Respect(12") My Disc Records 4Z9 03139 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03166 The Smurf  album cover Tyrone Brunson The Smurf(12", Single) Believe In A Dream 4Z9 03166 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9-03898 Punk Rock Rap  album cover The Cold Crush Brothers* Punk Rock Rap(12") CBS Associated Records, Tuff City 4Z9-03898 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 03975 On The Outside Looking In  album cover The Reddings On The Outside Looking In(12") Believe In A Dream 4Z9 03975 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04312 Break My Stride  album cover Matthew Wilder Break My Stride(12") Private I Records 4Z9 04312 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04955 One For The Treble (Fresh)  album cover Davy DMX One For The Treble (Fresh)(12", Promo) Tuff City, CBS Associated Records 4Z9 04955 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04956 I'm Your Lover  album cover Lady Jane I'm Your Lover 4Z9 04956 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04967 One In A Million  album cover The Romantics One In A Million(12", Advance, Promo) Nemperor Records 4Z9 04967 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 04978 Street Symphony  album cover Rich Cason And The Galactic Orchestra Street Symphony 4Z9 04978 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05042 Sugar Baby  album cover Kids At Work Sugar Baby(12", Promo) CBS Associated Records, Sound Of New York 4Z9 05042 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05073 Sugar Baby  album cover Kids At Work Sugar Baby(12") CBS Associated Records, Sound Of New York 4Z9 05073 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05130 Smooth Talker  album cover Lorenzo Lamas Smooth Talker(12") Scotti Bros. Records 4Z9 05130 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05140 Innocent  album cover Alexander O'Neal Innocent(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05140 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05145 One Night In Bangkok  album cover Robey One Night In Bangkok(12") Silver Blue Records 4Z9 05145 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05241 Bad Boy  album cover Juicy Bad Boy(12") Private I Records 4Z9 05241 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05268 I Like You  album cover Phyllis Nelson I Like You(12") Carrere 4Z9 05268 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05293 We Gotta Do It  album cover R.O.A.R. We Gotta Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05293 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05332 Saturday Love  album cover Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05332 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05364 The Finest  album cover The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05364 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9-06788 Fake  album cover Alexander O'Neal Fake(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9-06788 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 08124 Personality  album cover New Toys Personality(12", Promo) CBS Associated Records, Star City Records 4Z9 08124 US 1988 Sell This Version
5 Hooteroll?  album cover Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia - Hooteroll?(LP, Album) Douglas, Douglas 5 US 1971 Sell This Version
5C 38097 The Boomtown Rats  album cover The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats (EP) 5C 38097 US 1982 Sell This Version
5C 38178 Never Say Never  album cover Romeo Void Never Say Never(12") Columbia, 415 Records 5C 38178 US 1981 Sell This Version
5C 38194 Scandal  album cover Scandal (4) Scandal(12", EP, Ter) Columbia 5C 38194 US 1982 Sell This Version
5C 39374 Hug Her  album cover Hugger Hug Her(LP, Album, Pit) Columbia, Brighton Records 5C 39374 US 1984 Sell This Version