PolyGram

PolyGram

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PolyGram was established in 1972. The company oversaw Phonogram International B.V. and Polydor International GmbH. It was formed following a reorganization of the "Gramophon-Philips Group". GPG was a joint venture between Philips Phonografische Industrie (PPI) and the Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, existing since 1962.

The Polygram name was not new though. It had been used by Philips' Belgian affiliate Polygram SA since 1962. The New Zealand Philips company too was named PolyGram Records Ltd from June 1970 until November 1972 (when it was renamed Phonogram Ltd.

From 1978 onwards the Polygram name became more common as most of the Phonogram companies worldwide were renamed to Polygram.
The local Polygram companies handled all Polygram labels, most notably Philips, Verve Records Mercury and Deutsche Grammophon. Over the years some of the companies also started using the Polygram brand as a label.

In 1985 Siemens reduced it's stake in Polygram to 10%. Two years later it sold its remaining stake to Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken B.V. In 1989, Polygram completed a worldwide public stock offering, reducing Philips' ownership to 75%.

PolyGram acquired the recorded music and publishing arm of Island International Limited in July 1989 and the recorded music business of A&M Records, Inc. in January 1990. This was followed by Motown Records in 1993, part of Def Jam Recordings in 1994, and Rodven Discos in 1995.
In December 1998, Philips sold PolyGram to Seagram, which already owned the Universal Music Group. Seagram combined PolyGram with the Universal Music Group, forming the largest recorded music business in the world.

Starting in 1979 and continuing to the late 1980's, the center labels of US PolyGram sublabels began showing two-digit number ID codes signifying from which pressing plant the record originated. A partial list of confirmed plants and their corresponding numbers are as follows:
6 = All Disc Records, Inc.
16 = Sonic Recording Products, Inc. (pre-ca. 1975), Goldisc Recording Products, Inc. (1975 to ca. 1983), Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc. (post-ca. 1983)
18 = Presswell
19 = Bestway Products Inc.
22 = Allied Record Company
24 = Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
25 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
26 = PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
49 = Specialty Records Corporation
53 = Keel Mfg. Corp. (pre-1981), Hauppauge Record Manufacturing Ltd. (post-1981)
54 = Shelley Products
56 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
57 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA (post-1981)
60 = Sound Makers
70 = RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
72 = PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN (post-Dec. 1972)
73 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
76 = Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp. (post-1970)
There are some numeral codes which have so far been unconfirmed as to their corresponding pressing plants, including 30 (either Plastic Products or Peter Pan Industries) and 75 (presumably MCA Pressing Plant, Pinckneyville); plus other manufacturing codes (i.e. for cassettes) including 12 and 35.
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3T, Atlas (5), AVREP, BAM (3), Blank Records (2), Booster Records, Chappell & Co. Ltd., Clever Teddy, Compact Disc Special Price, Compact Jazz, Débutante, Disco Nights (2), Doolittle Records, Dua Dalam Satu, E. A. Records, Go! Discs, Hear The Light, Helladisc S.A., High N-R-G, I.L.S., Imp. Polygram, Insight (5), Lection Records, Loose Cannon, Master Serie, Master Series (3), MGM Records, Inc., Mighty, Phonodisc, Inc., Phonogram International B.V., PMDC, Podis, Polycosmic Records, Polydor GmbH, Polydor International GmbH, PolyGram Belgium, Polygram Dischi S.p.A., Polygram Discos, Polygram Discos Ltda., Polygram Discos S.A., Polygram Discos SARL, PolyGram Discos, S.A., Polygram Discos, S.A. (2), PolyGram Discos, S.A. De C.V., PolyGram Distribution, PolyGram Distribution, Inc., Polygram do Brasil Ltda., Polygram Finland Oy, PolyGram Group Canada Inc., PolyGram Ibérica, S.A., PolyGram Inc., PolyGram India Ltd., Polygram Industries Messageries, Polygram International, PolyGram International Music B.V., PolyGram International Music Publishing Ltd., PolyGram International Publishing, Inc., Polygram Island Music Publishing, PolyGram Jazz Vocal Classics, PolyGram K.K., PolyGram Kft., PolyGram Music, Polygram Music Publishing, PolyGram Music Video, PolyGram MusicVideo Ltd., PolyGram Pictures, Ltd., PolyGram Polska, Polygram Portugal S.A., PolyGram Projets Spéciaux, PolyGram Record Operations, Polygram Record Operations Ltd., Polygram Records, Polygram Records (NZ) Ltd., PolyGram Records A.S. (Denmark), PolyGram Records A/S, Polygram Records AB, Polygram Records Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia, PolyGram Records Ltd., PolyGram Records Ltd. (2), Polygram Records Ltd. Nigeria, PolyGram Records Ltd., Hong Kong, Polygram Records Malaysia/Singapore/Hong Kong, Polygram Records Philippines, Polygram Records Private Limited Hong Kong, Polygram Records Private Limited Malaysia, Polygram Records Private Limited Singapore, PolyGram Records Pty. Limited, PolyGram Records S.A. (Greece), PolyGram Records S.A. (Venezuela), PolyGram Records Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia, PolyGram Records, Taiwan, Polygram Russia, PolyGram S.A. France, PolyGram s.r.o., PolyGram Slovensko s.r.o., PolyGram South Africa, Polygram Special Markets, PolyGram Special Products, PolyGram Special Projects, Polygram Video, PolyGram Video Ltd., Polygram, Tribiano, Polymedia, Polymedia Special Marketing, PRS, Radost, Rodven Discos, RSO, RSO Records, Inc., Single-Hits im CD-Supersound, Smokin' Tunes Pre-Release, Special Price, Teal Trutone Music, Theta, TimePieces, Walkman Jazz, XX Records, Δίσκοι Πόλυγκραμ Α.Ε.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
- Vanessa Williams Save The Best For Last(CD, Maxi) Polydor - Europe 1991 Sell This Version
- Dick Morrissey After Dark(CD, Album) Coda Records (3) - Germany 1983 Sell This Version
- Lillebjørn Nilsen Lillebjørn Nilsens Utvalgte(3xLP, Comp, Box) NorDisc, PolyGram - Norway 1984 Sell This Version
1T1 8208 Wynton Kelly Trio - Wes Montgomery Wynton Kelly Trio - Wes Montgomery - Smokin' At The Half Note(Cass, Album, RE, Club) Verve Records 1T1 8208 US 1989 Sell This Version
2C-541 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars(Cass, Album) RSO, Polygram 2C-541 US 1982 Sell This Version
2C008-14868 Starshooter Toi, Moi, Nous / Partir À Zanzibar (Single) 2C008-14868 France 1980 Sell This Version
2CD 515347-2 Various My Generation(2xCD, Comp) Polystar (3), PolyGram 2CD 515347-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
2 CD 845 489-2 Various Cadillac 'n' Roll(2xCD, Comp) Polyphon, Polyphon 2 CD 845 489-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
003 Gordons* Vol 2(Cass) Gordons 003 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
4AD MC1 Various Clustered And Clipped(Cass, Comp, Ltd, Promo) 4AD 4AD MC1 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
4M8 22495 Kiss Animalize(Cass, Album, Club, Col) Mercury, PolyGram 4M8 22495 US Unknown Sell This Version
4MB 22701 Tom Jones Love Is On The Radio(Cass, Album) Mercury, PolyGram 4MB 22701 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R8 20165 Bananarama Bananarama(Cass, Album, Club, CRC) London Records, Polygram 4R8 20165 US 1984 Sell This Version
5E-507-2 The Cars Candy-O(CD, Album) Elektra 5E-507-2 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
5E-564-2 Queen Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) Elektra 5E-564-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
006 Faith No More The Real Thing(Cass, Album) PolyGram, London Records 006 Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
6E-182-2 Grover Washington Jr.* Paradise(CD, Album, RE) Elektra 6E-182-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7BTEK1 Stantonklub Hot Stuff(7") Btech 7BTEK1 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
7PRO-79284 The Kane Gang Don't Look Any Further(7", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Capitol Records 7PRO-79284 US 1987 Sell This Version
008 Various Difusion(CD, Comp, Promo) PolyGram 008 Argentina 1993 Sell This Version
8T-1-6134 Atlanta Rhythm Section Champagne Jam(8-Trk, Album, Bla) Polydor 8T-1-6134 US 1978 Sell This Version
8T-2-3901 Bee Gees Here At Last... Bee Gees ...Live(8-Trk, Album) RSO, RSO 8T-2-3901 US 1977 Sell This Version
12CT005 N.S.P.* & David Camacho Featuring Jon Junior N.S.P.* & David Camacho Featuring Jon Junior - We Can Make It If We Try(12") Casa Trax 12CT005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 IS 686 Morrissey Satan Rejected My Soul(12", Single) Island Records, Island Records 12 IS 686 UK 1998 Sell This Version
12 IS 714 Talvin Singh Traveller(12") Island Records, Island Records 12 IS 714 UK 1998 Sell This Version
12mum 105dj Tanita Tikaram I Don't Wanna Lose At Love(12", Promo) Mother Records 12mum 105dj UK 1998 Sell This Version
12ZTAS25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Of The Wasteland)(12", Maxi) Island Records 12ZTAS25 Portugal 1986 Sell This Version
ΑΦ 13 CP 926 Γιώργος Κόρος* Το Μαγικό Βιολί ΑΦ 13 CP 926 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
14C 064-9198743 The Alan Parsons Project Pyramid(LP, Album, Gat) Arista, Polygram 14C 064-9198743 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
14C 162 1704601/11/21 Γιώργος Ζαμπέτας Ο Πιο Καλός Ο Μαθήτης...(3xLP, Comp) EMI, PolyGram 14C 162 1704601/11/21 Greece 1992 Sell This Version
22 SM 1/2/3/4 Various L'Album Enchanté - Le Monde Merveilleux De La Musique Des Contes Et Des Comptines En 89 Morceaux Choisis(4xLP + Box) Sélection Du Reader's Digest, PolyGram 22 SM 1/2/3/4 France Unknown Sell This Version
25MM 0350 Frank Stallone Frank Stallone(LP, Album) Polygram 25MM 0350 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28MM 0350 Frank Stallone Frank Stallone (Album) 28MM 0350 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
32PD-99 Elton John Love Songs Vol.2(CD, Comp) The Rocket Record Company 32PD-99 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32PD-117 Berlin Count Three & Pray(CD, Album) Mercury, Mercury 32PD-117 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32PD-71 (826 213-2) Elton John Ice On Fire(CD, Album) The Rocket Record Company 32PD-71 (826 213-2) Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32PD-254 (825 486-2) Elton John Greatest Hits Volume II(CD, Comp) Dick James Music, Inc. 32PD-254 (825 486-2) Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32XP-107 Prince Dirty Mind(CD, Album, RE, Tar) Warner Bros. Records 32XP-107 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32XP-153 Foreigner Head Games(CD, Album, RE) Atlantic, Atlantic 32XP-153 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
32XP-157 INXS The Swing(CD, Album) WEA, WEA 32XP-157 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
38PD-15 Def Leppard Pyromania(CD, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 38PD-15 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
0077 Roger Waters Featuring Cyndi Lauper Roger Waters Featuring Cyndi Lauper - Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)(Cass, Single) Mercury, PolyGram 0077 US 1990 Sell This Version
0077 MC Rell & The Houserockers Life Of An Entertainer(Cass, Single) Mercury, PolyGram 0077 US 1989 Sell This Version
98 The Chicks The Best Of The Chicks(LP, Comp) Music For Leisure 98 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
ΨΗΛ 103 Γιάννης Πετσάκης, Μαν. Καρπουτζάκης* Γιάννης Πετσάκης, Μαν. Καρπουτζάκης* - Αγάπης Λάθη(LP, Album) Ψηλορείτης ΨΗΛ 103 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
103-2 Eagles Hotel California(CD, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 103-2 UK, Europe & US 1984 Sell This Version
105-2 Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975(CD, Album, Comp, RE, Tar) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 105-2 UK, Europe & US Unknown Sell This Version
112-2 Queen News Of The World(CD, Album) Elektra, Elektra 112-2 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
118 The Beatles And Tony Sheridan The Beatles And Tony Sheridan - The Beatles First(2xLP, Comp) Polydor 118 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
135-2 The Cars The Cars(CD, Album, RE) Elektra, Elektra 135-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
0146MOMENT Shania Twain From This Moment(CD, Maxi, Promo) Mercury 0146MOMENT US 1998 Sell This Version
162-SD-3/4 Various Super Dance '87(2xLP, Comp) Polygram, Virgin, EMI 162-SD-3/4 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
162-SMA Various Smash Hits (Comp) 162-SMA Greece 1991 Sell This Version
162-SMA 1/2 Various Smash Hits(2xCass, Comp) Polygram, EMI, Virgin 162-SMA 1/2 Greece 1991 Sell This Version
162/TOP/7-8 Various Top 87(2xLP, Comp) Polygram, EMI, Virgin 162/TOP/7-8 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
0185 GC 051 Bernard Meulien Et Gérard Pierron Bernard Meulien Et Gérard Pierron - La Chanson D'un Gâs Qu'a Mal Tourné(LP, Album) Disques JAM 0185 GC 051 France 1985 Sell This Version
198 La Ley Auto Ruta (Feel The Skin)(7", Promo) PolyGram 198 Mexico 1993 Sell This Version
200-1 Σαμπρίνα Ελεύθερη(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 200-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
201 Danny Street, Alan Caddy Orchestra & Singers Danny Street, Alan Caddy Orchestra & Singers - Million Copy Sellers Made Famous Engelbert Humperdinck(LP) Music For Leisure 201 New Zealand 1971 Sell This Version
204-1 Various Untitled(LP, Comp, Promo) PolyGram 204-1 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
210 Di Quinto Rocco pour la dernière Fois(LP, Album) Philips 210 France 1979 Sell This Version
210-1 Various Promo Greek Compilation(LP, Comp, Promo) PolyGram 210-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
211-1 Various Promotion Sampler(LP, Comp, Promo) PolyGram 211-1 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
212-1 Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης Με Τα Μάτια Να Το Λες(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 212-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
215-1 Σαμπρίνα Εγώ Θα Είμαι Εδώ(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 215-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
218-1 Various Untitled(LP, Comp, Promo) PolyGram 218-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
219-1 Νίκος Πορτοκάλογλου Να Με Προσέχεις / Ξέρω Αυτόν Που Φταίει(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 219-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
220-1 Ελίνα Κωνσταντοπούλου Όταν Το Τηλέφωνο Χτυπήσει (Power Dance Mix)(12", Smplr) PolyGram 220-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
222 BAR 750013 Black Slate Boom Boom / Sticks Man(12", TP, W/Lbl) PolyGram 222 BAR 750013 France 1980 Sell This Version
224-1 Various Polygram Greece Sampler 1994(12", Promo) Polygram 224-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
227-1 Γιάννης Ρίζος Κόκκινα Σημάδια / Εγώ Για Σένα(12", Single, Promo) Polygram 227-1 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
228-1 Σάκης Ρουβάς Αίμα, Δάκρυα & Ιδρώτας / Έλα Μου(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 228-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
233 Eric Thompson (3) Magic Roundabout(LP) BBC Records 233 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
233-1 Ελίνα Κωνσταντοπούλου, Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης Ελίνα Κωνσταντοπούλου, Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης - Αν Τελειώνει Εδώ / Μεθώ Μαζί Σου (12", Single, Smplr) PolyGram 233-1 Greece 1994 Sell This Version
236-2 Χάρις Αλεξίου Πανσέληνος(CD, Single, Promo) Philips 236-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
237-2 Various Τα Μεγαλύτερα Δισκογραφικά Ντουέτα(CD, Comp) Ελεύθερος Τύπος, PolyGram, PolyGram 237-2 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
240-2 Elina Constantopoulou* What Kind Of Prayer - Pia Prossefchi (Single) 240-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
248-1 Ελένη Καρουσάκη Τι Κοιτάζεις Το Ρολόι / Θα Ξημερώσουμε Μαζί(12", Smplr) PolyGram 248-1 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
254-1 Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης Φρόνιμα(12", Maxi, Pro) Polydor 254-1 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
259 The Rumour (2) Holy Morning(LP, Album) Karussell 259 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
259-2 Various Αξέχαστα Λαϊκά(CD, Comp) PolyGram 259-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
261-2 Various Τα Καλύτερα Ελληνικά(CD, Comp, Promo) Mars CD-Mania, Polygram 261-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
262-1 Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης Δεν Μπορώ(12", Promo, Maxi) Polygram 262-1 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
263-2 Various Cine. Τραγούδια από Τον Ελληνικό Κινηματογράφο(CD, Comp, Promo) Mars CD-Mania, Polygram 263-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
264-1 Σαμπρίνα Στις Γειτονιές Του Φεγγαριού(12", Maxi, Promo) PolyGram 264-1 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
265-2 Various Chart Hits(CD, Comp, Promo) Mars CD-Mania, Polygram 265-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
266-2 Βασίλης Τσιτσάνης Συνέβη Στα... Πέριξ (Κλασικές Και Απρόβλεπτες Ερμηνείες)(CD, Comp) Δίφωνο, PolyGram 266-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
267-2 Various Ποπ + Ροκ Classics(CD, Comp, Promo) Ποπ + Ροκ, PolyGram 267-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
268-1 Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης Μου Λείπεις(12", Single, Promo, Smplr) PolyGram 268-1 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
269-2 Various Dance Machine - Οι Μεγαλύτερες Χορευτικές Επιτυχίες(CD, Comp) Ελεύθερος Τύπος, PolyGram 269-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
271-2 Μελίνα Μερκούρη* "Στον Πειραιά ... Κι Αλλού"(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) Δίφωνο, Polygram 271-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
272-2 Various Fourth Quartet '95(2xCD, Album, Comp, Promo, Smplr) PolyGram 272-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
278-2 Various That's Entertainment(CD, Comp) Polygram, Ποπ + Ροκ 278-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
281 Various Jazz En Verve Vol. 3 - Chanteurs(LP, Comp) Verve Records, Polygram 281 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
283-2 Various Τα 15 Τσιφτετέλια(CD, Comp) PolyGram 283-2 Greece 1995 Sell This Version
285-2 Various Call It Love(CD, Comp) Polygram, Ποπ + Ροκ 285-2 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
285A2 Various Felicidades 82(2xLP, Comp, Pro) PolyGram 285A2 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
287-2 Various Dance(CD, Comp) Τα Νέα, Polygram 287-2 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
288-2 Various Latin Fever(CD, Comp, Promo) Mars CD-Mania, Polygram 288-2 Greece 1996 Sell This Version
289-2 Various Love Songs(CD, Comp, Promo) Mars CD-Mania, Polygram 289-2 Greece 1996 Sell This Version