First Record

First Record

Profile:
First Record (第一唱片) is a label of questionable legality from Taiwan, catering for US soldiers stationed there. Some sources claim the records were legal in that country, but this is still a controversial point of view. The releases are mostly copies from US or Japanese releases, often with altered colors, and include a wide array of styles.

Pressed in Taiwan to cash in on the 35,000 or so GI's that were stationed there between the 1950s and 1970s. The albums were usually pressed in batches of about 500, with no two batches looking or sounding the same (ie different covers, vinyl colors). Covers were usually recycled, meaning art for a totally different album was on the reverse side of the paper (covers were thin paper wrapped in cellophane). For context, Taiwan was the pirate capital of SEA (followed closely by Thailand and the Philippines). In Taiwan circa 1970 there were reportedly over 45 (modern equipped) pressing plants churning out 200,000 pirate albums per month (that's just the number pressed for export to other parts of SEA!), up from 150,000 per month back in 1963. Pirate pressings outsold legit pressings 5 to 1. They were sold openly in legit record stores alongside equivalent legit pressings...usually for 1/5 or 1/4 of the price of the legit copy (in 1970 a pirate LP cost around US$0.70 whereas a legit Singaporean EMI pressing of the same album cost around US$3.50).*
*Source= Billboard article 3/14/1970.

Common labels include: Liming, Chung Sheng Record (中聲), Dragon, Hae Shan, (Early version of Haishan) Union, Large World, Black Cat, First Record, Song Jwu, Tongsheng, Sun Shine, Leico, etc.

The release year can often be determined from a number on the labels. The date format is: YY.MM.DD. Add 1911 to the year number for the release year. Sometimes the day is not listed but the same rules apply. If these numbers are not present, the release date should always be left blank unless stated on the front cover, etc.

Manufacturing process:
The pirate would acquire a copy of a legit LP and create a straight disc dub, which became the master. From the master, stampers were made and new LPs were then pressed in one of the 45 pressing plants. Up until the late 1960s the sleeves and labels were printed in Taiwan, but afterwards most were printed in the Philippines.
Sublabel
Contact Info:
*Obsolete*
:
No. 9, Xinyi West Street
Sanchong District
241 NEW TAIPEI CITY
TAIWAN R.O.C.
Google address:
三重市信義西街九號

License #'s (Circa 1965-1966)
Publishing: 0130
Manufacturing: 1527
Company: 3442
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1193 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Today!(LP, Album, Mono, Unofficial, Ora) First Record 1193 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
A 1755 鄧麗君* 鄧麗君專集 / 第一集 (何日君再來)(Cass, Album, P/Unofficial) First Record A 1755 Hong Kong Unknown Sell This Version
A 1757 鄧麗君* 絲絲小雨 (島國之情歌第三集)(Cass, Album, P/Unofficial) First Record A 1757 Hong Kong 1977 Sell This Version
F-176 The Who 賽門與格方凱二重主唱金唱片 (Comp) F-176 Taiwan 1970 Sell This Version
F-181 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones(12", Comp, Mono, Unofficial) First Record, First Record F-181 Taiwan 1970 Sell This Version
F-1084 The Ventures Colorful Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, ORA) First Record F-1084 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FI-2026 Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FI-2026 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1002 The Ventures Twist With The Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1002 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1018 The Ventures Mashed Potatoes And Gravy(LP, Album, ORA) FIRST RECORD FL-1018 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1020 Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra Linger Awhile(LP, Album, Unofficial, Gre) First Record FL-1020 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1020 Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra Linger Awhile(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1020 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1028 Chet Atkins Down Home(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1028 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1029 Jan & Dean Jan & Dean's Golden Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) First Record Ⓢ FL-1029 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1031 Hank Snow & Anita Carter Hank Snow & Anita Carter - Together Again(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1031 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1034 Percy Faith And His Orchestra* Screen And Romance(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1034 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1034 Percy Faith And His Orchestra* Screen And Romance(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1034 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1047 Sonny James Young Love(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1047 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1048 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley's A Twister(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1048 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1054 Johnny Cash The Sound Of Johnny Cash(LP, Album, Unofficial, Pea) First Record Ⓢ FL-1054 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1059 John Gary A Heart Filled With Song(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1059 Taiwan 1966 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1059 Sam Cooke Hits Of The 50's(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1059 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1067 Ray Charles The Genius Hits The Road(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record ⓈFL-1067 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1068 The Kingston Trio* Sunny Side!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1068 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1069 Unknown Artist Good Night Sweetheart(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1069 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1070 The Four Seasons Sherry & 11 Others(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1070 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1071 Chubby Checker All The Hits (For Your Dancin' Party) / Chubby Checker's Great Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1071 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1075 Ray Charles The Best Of (Comp) FL-1075 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1076 Dean Martin Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again(LP, Unofficial, Red) First Record FL-1076 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
FL-1085 The Singing Nun The Singing Nun(LP, Album) First Record FL-1085 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1087 Frankie Laine The Best Of Frankie Laine(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1087 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1091 The Ventures Another Smash The Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, ORA) First Record FL-1091 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1092 Wanda Jackson Love Me Forever(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1092 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1097 The 4 Seasons* Born To Wander(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1097 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1100 Nancy Sinatra Country, My Way(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1100 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1101 Andy Williams Born Free(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1101 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FLⓈ-1103 Johnny Rivers The Sensational Johnny Rivers(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record FLⓈ-1103 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1108 The Banjo Barons The Headliners, Volume 3(LP, Comp, Ltd, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1108 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1110 Joni James Joni James Sings Something For The Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1110 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1113 Glenn Miller The Great "Glenn Miller In" Stereo(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1113 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1116 Mitch Miller And The Gang Sing Along With Mitch Vol. 3(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1116 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓢ FL-1118 Ray Conniff Best Of Ray Conniff(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) First Record ⓢ FL-1118 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1126 Mantovani Continental Encores(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1126 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1127 Johnny Horton The Best Of Johnny Horton(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1127 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1128 Patti Page Pattie Page Golden Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL1128 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1135 Bobby Vinton A Date With Bobby(LP) First Record FL-1135 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1149 Mario del Monaco Songs Of Italy(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1149 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1152 Harry Belafonte Ballads, Blues And Boasters(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1152 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1157 Beatles* Beatles For Sale(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1157 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1158 Stanley Black Friml And Romberg In Cuban Moonlight(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1158 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1163 Unknown Artist Popular Western Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1163 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1169 Julie London Julie London Sings Latin In A Satin Mood(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1169 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1177 Elvis Presley Girl Happy (Album) FL-1177 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL - 1178 The Beatles Beatles No. 5 (Comp) FL - 1178 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1179 John Barry Goldfinger (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1179 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1180 Various West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1180 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1182 Sam (The Man) Taylor* Yogiri No Blues(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1182 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1183 Hank Williams The Very Best Of Hank Williams Vol. 1 (Comp) FL-1183 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1185 Rodgers And Hammerstein* The Sound Of Music (An Original Soundtrack Recording)(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1185 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1186 Various The Best 12 Themes From Western Movie Soundtracks(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1186 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1187 Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only (Comp) ⓈFL 1187 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1189 Hank Williams The Very Best Of Hank Williams Vol. 2(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1189 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1192 Three Top Guys The Third Album(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1192 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1193 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Today!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) First Record, First Record ⓈFL1193 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL 1198 The Beatles Help! (Album) FL 1198 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1201 The Ventures Knock Me Out!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1201 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1204 Everly Brothers, The* The Everly Brothers' Best(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1204 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1207 The Ventures Surfing(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-1207 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
FL-1209 Elvis Presley Golden Records Volume 3 (Comp) FL-1209 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1211 Nat King Cole The Best Of Nat King Cole(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1211 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1212 Doris Day The Best Of(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Mar) First Record ⓈFL-1212 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1217 Pat Boone White Christmas(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1217 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1218 Frank Sinatra The Best Of Frank Sinatra(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) First Record Ⓢ FL-1218 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1223 Peter And Gordon* A World Without Love(LP, Album, Unofficial, Bla) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1223 Taiwan 1966 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1225 The Astronauts (3) For You From Us (Album) ⓈFL 1225 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1227 The Lettermen The Lettermen In Concert(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1227 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1230 Various My Fair Lady Soundtrack(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1230 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1231 The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1231 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1232 The Dave Clark Five Coast To Coast(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1232 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1233 Skeeter Davis Vol. 2(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL1233 Taiwan 1965 Sell This Version
ⓈFL1242 Herman's Hermits Introducing Herman's Hermits (Album) ⓈFL1242 Taiwan 1968 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1244 The Dave Clark Five The Dave Clark Five(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1244 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1251 Various Walt Disney's Mary Poppins: Original Cast Soundtrack (Album) ⓈFL-1251 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1255 The Beatles Rubber Soul(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1255 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1256 Skeeter Davis Skeeter Sings Standards(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL 1256 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1262 The Animals 動物合唱團 (Comp) Ⓢ FL-1262 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1267 Peter, Paul And Mary* In The Wind(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1267 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1268 The Hollyridge Strings The Beatles Song Book(LP, Comp, Unofficial) First Record FL-1268 Taiwan 1969 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1274 Herman's Hermits Introducing Herman's Hermits(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1274 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1275 The Ventures The Ventures A Go-Go(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1275 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FLⓈ1279 The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody... (Album) FLⓈ1279 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1281 The Ventures The Ventures(LP, Album, ORA) First Record FL-1281 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1283 Connie Francis & Hank Williams Jr. Connie Francis & Hank Williams Jr. - Sing Great Country Favorites(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) First Record FL-1283 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1288 The Brothers Four The Best Of The Brothers Four / Vol. 3(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1288 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1291 Paul Revere & The Raiders Just Like Us(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1291 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1292 Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1292 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1293 Paul Anka 21 Golden Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1293 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1300 The Ventures Go With The Ventures(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-1300 Taiwan 1966 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1301 The Kinks Kinks Size(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1301 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1302 Marianne Faithfull Marianne Faithfull(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1302 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1306 The Brothers Four Sing Lennon / McCartney. A Beatles Songbook(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1306 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version