First Record

First Record

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Also appears as "First" only.
First Record (第一唱片) is a label of questionable legality from Taiwan, catering to soldiers (mostly from the US) 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
1977 Music Of My Mind  album cover Stevie Wonder Music Of My Mind(LP, Album, Unofficial, Gat) First Record 1977 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
A 1755 鄧麗君專集 / 第一集 (何日君再來)  album cover 鄧麗君* 鄧麗君專集 / 第一集 (何日君再來)(Cass, Album, Unofficial) First Record A 1755 Hong Kong Unknown Sell This Version
A 1757 絲絲小雨 (島國之情歌第三集)  album cover 鄧麗君* 絲絲小雨 (島國之情歌第三集)(Cass, Album, Unofficial) First Record A 1757 Hong Kong 1977 Sell This Version
F-176 賽門與格方凱二重主唱金唱片  album cover 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  album cover The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones(12", Comp, Mono, Unofficial) First Record, First Record F-181 Taiwan 1970 Sell This Version
F-1084  Colorful Ventures  album cover The Ventures Colorful Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, ORA) First Record F-1084 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-0602 The Graduate (Original Sound Track Recording)  album cover Simon & Garfunkel, Dave Grusin Simon & Garfunkel, Dave Grusin - The Graduate (Original Sound Track Recording)(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) First Record FL-0602 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1002 Twist With The Ventures  album cover The Ventures Twist With The Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1002 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1018 Mashed Potatoes And Gravy  album cover The Ventures Mashed Potatoes And Gravy(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1018 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1020 Linger Awhile  album cover Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra Linger Awhile (Album) FL-1020 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1022 Twist  album cover Chuck Berry Twist(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1022 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1028 Down Home  album cover Chet Atkins Down Home(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1028 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1029 Jan & Dean's Golden Hits  album cover Jan & Dean Jan & Dean's Golden Hits (Comp) Ⓢ FL-1029 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1031 Together Again  album cover 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 Screen And Romance  album cover Percy Faith And His Orchestra* Screen And Romance (Album) ⓈFL-1034 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1047 Young Love  album cover Sonny James Young Love(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1047 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1048 Bo Diddley's A Twister  album cover Bo Diddley Bo Diddley's A Twister(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1048 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1054 The Sound Of Johnny Cash  album cover Johnny Cash The Sound Of Johnny Cash(LP, Album, Unofficial, Pea) First Record Ⓢ FL-1054 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1059 Hits Of The 50's  album cover Sam Cooke Hits Of The 50's(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1059 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-1067 The Genius Hits The Road  album cover Ray Charles The Genius Hits The Road(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record ⓈFL-1067 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1068 Sunny Side!  album cover The Kingston Trio* Sunny Side!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1068 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1069 Good Night Sweetheart  album cover Unknown Artist Good Night Sweetheart(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1069 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1070 Sherry & 11 Others  album cover The Four Seasons Sherry & 11 Others(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1070 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1071 All The Hits (For Your Dancin' Party) / Chubby Checker's Great Hits  album cover 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 The Best Of  album cover Ray Charles The Best Of (Comp) FL-1075 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1076 Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again  album cover Dean Martin Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again FL-1076 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1085 The Singing Nun  album cover Soeur Sourire The Singing Nun (Album) FL-1085 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1087 The Best Of Frankie Laine  album cover Frankie Laine The Best Of Frankie Laine(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1087 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1089-A Encore Of Golden Hits  album cover The Platters Encore Of Golden Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial) First Record FL-1089-A Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1091 Another Smash The Ventures  album cover The Ventures Another Smash The Ventures(LP, Album, Unofficial, ORA) First Record FL-1091 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1092 Love Me Forever  album cover Wanda Jackson Love Me Forever(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1092 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1097 Born To Wander  album cover The 4 Seasons* Born To Wander(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1097 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1100 Country, My Way  album cover Nancy Sinatra Country, My Way(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1100 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1101 Born Free  album cover Andy Williams Born Free(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1101 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FLⓈ-1103 The Sensational Johnny Rivers  album cover Johnny Rivers The Sensational Johnny Rivers(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record FLⓈ-1103 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1104 The Claus Ogerman Orchestra Watusi Trumpets(12", Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1104 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1107 Colour My World  album cover Petula Clark Colour My World(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1107 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1108 The Headliners, Volume 3  album cover The Banjo Barons The Headliners, Volume 3(LP, Comp, Ltd, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1108 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1110 Something For The Boys  album cover Joni James Something For The Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1110 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1112 The Great Glenn Miller  album cover The New Glenn Miller Orchestra The Great Glenn Miller(3xLP, Comp, Unofficial) First Record, First Record, First Record FL-1112 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1113 The Great "Glenn Miller In" Stereo  album cover Glenn Miller The Great "Glenn Miller In" Stereo(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL-1113 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1116 Sing Along With Mitch Vol. 3  album cover 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 Best Of Ray Conniff  album cover Ray Conniff Best Of Ray Conniff(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) First Record ⓢ FL-1118 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1122 A Hard Day's Night  album cover The Beatles A Hard Day's Night(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1122 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1126 Continental Encores  album cover Mantovani Continental Encores(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1126 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1127 The Best Of Johnny Horton  album cover Johnny Horton The Best Of Johnny Horton(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1127 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1128 Pattie Page Golden Hits  album cover Patti Page Pattie Page Golden Hits (Comp) ⓈFL1128 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1135 A Date With Bobby  album cover Bobby Vinton A Date With Bobby FL-1135 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1136 Mancini Marches  album cover Henry Mancini Mancini Marches(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-1136 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
FL-1138 The Platters Christmas With The Platters(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1138 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1149 Songs Of Italy  album cover Mario del Monaco Songs Of Italy(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1149 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL 1152 Ballads, Blues And Boasters   album cover Harry Belafonte Ballads, Blues And Boasters (LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL 1152 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1152 Ballads, Blues And Boasters  album cover Harry Belafonte Ballads, Blues And Boasters(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1152 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1157 Beatles For Sale  album cover The Beatles Beatles For Sale(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1157 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1158 Friml And Romberg In Cuban Moonlight  album cover Stanley Black Friml And Romberg In Cuban Moonlight(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1158 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1163 Popular Western Hits  album cover Unknown Artist Popular Western Hits(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1163 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1169 Julie London Sings Latin In  A Satin Mood  album cover 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 Goldfinger (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover John Barry Goldfinger (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record Ⓢ FL-1179 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1180 West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)  album cover 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 Yogiri No Blues  album cover Sam (The Man) Taylor* Yogiri No Blues(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1182 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1183 The Very Best Of Hank Williams Vol. 1  album cover Hank Williams The Very Best Of Hank Williams Vol. 1 (Comp) FL-1183 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1185 The Sound Of Music (An Original Soundtrack Recording)  album cover 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 The Best 12 Themes From Western Movie Soundtracks  album cover 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 For LP Fans Only  album cover Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only (Comp) ⓈFL 1187 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1189 The Very Best Of Hank Williams Vol. 2  album cover 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 The Third Album  album cover Three Top Guys The Third Album(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1192 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1193 The Beach Boys Today!  album cover The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Today! (Album) ⓈFL1193 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL 1198 Help!  album cover The Beatles Help! (Album) FL 1198 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1201 Knock Me Out!  album cover The Ventures Knock Me Out!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1201 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1204 The Everly Brothers' Best  album cover The Everly Brothers* The Everly Brothers' Best(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1204 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1207 Surfing  album cover The Ventures Surfing(LP, Unofficial) First Record FL-1207 Taiwan 1963 Sell This Version
FL-1209 Golden Records Volume 3  album cover Elvis Presley Golden Records Volume 3 (Comp) FL-1209 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1211 The Best Of Nat King Cole  album cover 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 The Best Of  album cover Doris Day The Best Of(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Mar) First Record ⓈFL-1212 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1217 White Christmas  album cover Pat Boone White Christmas(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1217 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1218 The Best Of Frank Sinatra  album cover Frank Sinatra The Best Of Frank Sinatra(LP, Comp, Unofficial, Red) First Record Ⓢ FL-1218 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1223 A World Without Love  album cover Peter And Gordon* A World Without Love(LP, Album, Unofficial, Bla) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1223 Taiwan 1966 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1225 For You From Us  album cover The Astronauts (3) For You From Us (Album) ⓈFL 1225 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1227 The Lettermen In Concert  album cover The Lettermen The Lettermen In Concert(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1227 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1230 My Fair Lady Soundtrack  album cover Various My Fair Lady Soundtrack(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1230 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1231 Glad All Over  album cover The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1231 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1232 Coast To Coast  album cover The Dave Clark Five Coast To Coast(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL 1232 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL1233 Vol. 2  album cover Skeeter Davis Vol. 2 (Comp) ⓈFL1233 Taiwan 1965 Sell This Version
FL-1238 Cliff Richard  album cover Cliff Richard Cliff Richard(LP, Comp, Unofficial) First Record FL-1238 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
FL-1239 The Fascinating Mantovani Big Hits From Broadway  album cover Mantovani And His Orchestra The Fascinating Mantovani Big Hits From Broadway(LP, Unofficial, Ora) First Record FL-1239 Taiwan 1977 Sell This Version
ⓈFL1242 Introducing Herman's Hermits  album cover Herman's Hermits Introducing Herman's Hermits (Album) ⓈFL1242 Taiwan 1968 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1244 The Dave Clark Five  album cover 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 Walt Disney's Mary Poppins:  Original Cast Soundtrack  album cover Various Walt Disney's Mary Poppins: Original Cast Soundtrack (Album) ⓈFL-1251 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1255 Rubber Soul  album cover The Beatles Rubber Soul(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1255 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL-1255-A Rubber Soul  album cover The Beatles Rubber Soul(LP, Album, Unofficial, Bla) First Record, First Record ⓈFL-1255-A Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1256 Skeeter Sings Standards  album cover Skeeter Davis Skeeter Sings Standards(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) First Record ⓈFL 1256 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL-1258 Andy Williams The Andy Williams Show(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL-1258 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
Ⓢ FL-1262 動物合唱團  album cover The Animals 動物合唱團 (Comp) Ⓢ FL-1262 Taiwan 1967 Sell This Version
FL 1266 Recorded Live On Stage  album cover Mary Wells Recorded Live On Stage(LP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL 1266 Taiwan 1964 Sell This Version
ⓈFL 1267 In The Wind  album cover 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 Beatles Song Book  album cover The Hollyridge Strings The Beatles Song Book(LP, Comp, Unofficial) First Record FL-1268 Taiwan 1969 Sell This Version

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Chapp33.3

March 1, 2018
What is a "straight disc dub" as noted above? Many pressing I have seen include US pressing plant run-outs. Were impressions made from a vinyl LP?