Sonopress

Sonopress

Profile:
German vinyl, cassette, CD and DVD manufacturer, operating under this name from 1957 until 2004.
In 2004 the legal name was changed to Sonopress Arvato.

Labelcode: LC 4241 or LC 04241

Sonopress vinyl pressings can be identified by two ways:
1. The "bass clef" symbol, usually embossed on the B-side centre label.
2. Sonopress vinyl runout etchings, following certain patterns:

1957 - 1963: "xxxxx X-1 / Y-1" (e.g. 45450 X-1 // 45450 Y-1).

1963 - 1964: "1 B (/) xxxx A-1 // B-1" (e.g. 1 B 1016 A-1 // 1 B 1016 B-1). The four digits are sequential but their meaning remains unclear (and should not be added as Sonopress numbers).

1964 - 1973: N xxxxx A-1 // B-1. N is a letter (mostly B, C, G, K) - but could also be two or more letters (e.g. B C, G L/C, G C, G FU or PU), and xxxxx is the cat# of the release. Examples: B 19174 A-1 // B 19174 B-1 (7") or G C 75562/63 A-1 // G C 75562/63 A-1 (LP).

1973 - 1975: S xxxxx A-1 // B-1 (or M xxxxx A-1 // B-1). The S stands for Stereo, the M for Mono, regardless the format; xxxxx is the cat#.

1975 - 1978: S xxxxx A-1 / B-1 75 or xxxxx A-1 // B-1 / 76 S (the last 2 numbers stand for the cutting year). Often with additional roman numerals I, II, III etc., and xxxxx is the cat#.

1978 - 1983: The catalogue numbers are adjusted to 6 digits, e.g. xxxxxx A-1/79 S. In 1983, injection molding was introduced.

1983 - 1988: Use of leading DM, DMM or DS (e.g. DM xxxxxx A - 9/84 S). These letters indicate the mastering/processing method: DM stands for Direct mastering, DMM for Direct Metal Mastering, DS for Direktschnitt (German for Direct Mastering). DM became standard after 1984.

1988 - 1992: Use of 3-digit number preceding the DS, DM and the cat# (e.g. 005 DS xxxxxx A-2 or 105 DM xxxxxx A-1); the date appears irregulary but the S disappeared. Apparently, the 3 digits indicate the respective lathe.

Since around 1959 there also is "Made in Germany" found (irregularly placed) in the runouts, indicating a pressing in Gütersloh (as opposed to Made in Austria or Made in Switzerland). Example: G 19080 A-3 Made in Germany // G 19080 B-3 Made in Germany (7"). Note: A "Made in Germany" runout stamp is by itself not an indicator of a Sonopress vinyl pressing, because other plants (e.g. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Pressing Plant) used it as well. "Manufactured in Germany" indicates a contract pressing by Teldec-Press GmbH.
Please note: The numbers are not Sonopress specific work numbers. Generally, for all Ariola and BMG related pressings, xxxxxx stands for the cat#, provided by the record company, and is used throughout the labels they distributed (e.g. Jupiter, Pye, Ariola, Hansa, A&M, Virgin etc.). If the runout number is identical to the cat#, don't use it as LCCN number!

On releases manufactured between 1974 and 1982 there sometimes are additionally 2/3-digit numbers engraved. These were applied during galvanization for the mothers destined to be used at other pressing plants:
002: Teldec-Press GmbH
011: CBS, Haarlem
12/012: Phonodisc GesmbH
014: Ariola Benelux B.V.
020: Sonopress - indicates that lacquer or mother had been manufactured somewhere else.

810 was used in the late 1950s and early 1960s to indicate contract pressings.

The Sonopress specific pattern on contracted vinyl pressings for outside labels begins in 1970. The pattern is A-xxxx, B-xxxx, etc., followed or preceded by the typical side identifiers and mastering codes as described above, e.g. A-xxxx A-3/83 S I or DM B-xxxx A-1/9-86 or B-xxxx A-1/83S I or 209 DMG-3990 A-2 (please note that often the DM and the following letter are combined to DMB-1234 or DMG-5678, etc., but only B-1234 would be the LCCN number).
The pattern was eventually carried over to CD releases, where it continued until Z-9999 was reached in 1999. Then it changed to A-xxxxx.
Note: Only these specific Sonopress patterns like B-1234, G-3990 or A-12345 can be used as LCCN company numbers.

10" records were generally not pressed by Sonopress, even though stated on some covers.

Sonopress numbers on modern CDs occur in an 8-digit format of "5xxxxxxx". This number is usually followed by the release catalog number, often separated by a slash. The start of the numbering sequence is not exactly known, but it is unlikely to predate the year 2000. Similar numbering is also found on releases made by Arvato Digital Services. This sequential number can be added as LCCN number.

Bertelsmann rarely outsourced their production chain (cutting, pressing, printing, distribution). So, a "Printed by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH", "Printed by TOPAC", "Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH" München or Gütersloh (found on the outer centre label ring), all Bertelsmann companies, would surely appear on releases pressed by Sonopress. However, occasional exceptions exist (e.g. for Switzerland or Teldec repressings).

History:
1957: Reinhard Mohn decided to produce vinyl records for the Bertelsmann Schallplattenring and establishes Sonopress Schallplatten GmbH (April). Just a few years later, Sonopress was servicing customers outside the Bertelsmann group as well.
1962: Ariola-Sonopress GmbH is established in August and Sonopress Schallplatten GmbH is dissolved (November).
1966: Sonopress GmbH is established in June.
1969: Start with the production of compact cassettes.
1978: Acquisition of a production facility in Mexico City. Start of the internationalization. Sonopress Gesellschaft für Tonträgerherstellung mbH is established (October).
1981: Start with the production of video cassettes.
1982: Start with the production of LaserDiscs.
1985: Start with the production of Compact Discs.
1986: After the takeover of RCA by BMG, Sonopress takes over the RCA pressing plants in the US, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.
1991: A plant in Hong Kong is opened as joint-venture with Pan Asia Music Group. Sonopress Gesellschaft für Tonträgerherstellung mbH is renamed to Sonopress Produktionsgesellschaft für Ton- und Informationsträger mbH (February).
1992: Sonopress stops mass manufacturing vinyl records (December).
1993: Sonopress Ibermemory, S.A. is created after a joint venture with Iberofon, S.A..
1997: Start with the production of DVDs.
2002: Two plants are opened in France and Singapore.
2004: Acquisition of Audio Services Ltd. (ASL), the largest UK vinyl pressing plant (April).
2004: Renamed to Sonopress Arvato.
Sublabels
Contact Info:
Sonopress GmbH
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 161 F
D - 33332 Gütersloh
Germany
Phone: + 49 - 5241 - 80 40600
Fax: + 49 - 5241 - 80 6619
[obsolete]
Sites:
[l95728]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
01 Lampshade Because Trees Can Fly(CD, Album, Dig) Tyst 01 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
1 Jefferson Starship Vinoy Park(CD, Album) Sconfini 1 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
МР 0001 Маша Распутина Платье Из Роз(CD, Single, Enh) Sonopress, Gala Records (5) МР 0001 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
1 B / 2595 Leo Janz, Hildor Janz Leo Janz, Hildor Janz - Siehe, Ich Komme Wie Ein Dieb(7", EP, Promo) Lieder Des Lebens, Janz-Brüder, Christliche Radiomission Janz-Team EV. 1 B / 2595 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 BE/3381 Various Musica Nova Africana(7", Tri) Vereinigte Evangelische Mission 1 BE/3381 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1BE 4263 Dr. Med. S. H. Wolf Weg Zur Mitte, Folge 1(7") Sonopress 1BE 4263 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-94 697 Joe Walsh Rocky Mountain Way (7", Single) Probe 1C 006-94 697 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
1C 006-1 47514 7 Rodgau Monotones Gigantisch(7", Single) Electrola 1C 006-1 47514 7 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 065-99 614 Vivaldi*, Locatelli*, Albinoni*, Collegium Aureum Auf Originalinstrumenten* Vivaldi*, Locatelli*, Albinoni*, Collegium Aureum Auf Originalinstrumenten* - Venezianische Konzerte(LP) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 1C 065-99 614 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 060 1 47514 6 Rodgau Monotones Gigantisch(12", Maxi) Electrola 1C 060 1 47514 6 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 066 7 91420 1 Höhner Guck Mal...(LP, Album) EMI 1C 066 7 91420 1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
1C 560-3 23530 2 Cooltempo Unlimited Orchestra K-Jee(CD, Maxi) Cooltempo 1C 560-3 23530 2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 151-99 687/88 J. S. Bach*, Elly Ameling, Gerald English, Siegmund Nimsgern, Collegium Aureum J. S. Bach*, Elly Ameling, Gerald English, Siegmund Nimsgern, Collegium Aureum - Vier Weltliche Kantaten(2xLP, Gat) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMI Electrola GmbH 1C 151-99 687/88 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2 Jefferson Starship Vinoy Park(CD, Album) Sconfini 2 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
АБП 002 Алла Пугачева Избранное (Live Concert)(2xCD, Album) Арт-студия "АЛЛА" АБП 002 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
2C008 16840 Marie-Paule Belle Nosferatu(7") Sonopress 2C008 16840 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 068-85.349 Baleines Le Chant Des Baleines(LP, RE) Capitol Records 2C 068-85.349 France 1978 Sell This Version
2PMC-2714 Handel* / Elly Ameling, Halina Lukomska, Theo Altmeyer, Collegium Aureum Handel* / Elly Ameling, Halina Lukomska, Theo Altmeyer, Collegium Aureum - Cantatas(2xLP, Album, RM) Quintessence 2PMC-2714 US 1981 Sell This Version
2S 006-85384 Liza Minnelli Maybe This Time / Try To Remember(7", Single, RE) Capitol Records 2S 006-85384 France 1978 Sell This Version
2S 068-80042 The Band Music From Big Pink(LP, Album, RE, Jac) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 2S 068-80042 France 1978 Sell This Version
2S 150-85334/35 Wanda Jackson Only Rock N Roll(2xLP, Comp, Mono, Gat) Capitol Records 2S 150-85334/35 France 1978 Sell This Version
3 A/690 Herr Reinhard Mohn*, Herr Johannes Thordsen*, Herr Dr. Albert Tenbergen* Herr Reinhard Mohn*, Herr Johannes Thordsen*, Herr Dr. Albert Tenbergen* - Zur Erinnerung An Den Festakt Im Stadttheater Gütersloh 29. Juni 1962 Zu Ehren von Herrn Verlagsdirektor Fritz Wixforth(LP) Bertelsmann 3 A/690 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
3 CD 652Y-7 95673 2 Various The Finest Masterpieces In Pop & Rock(3xCD, Comp) EMI Germany 3 CD 652Y-7 95673 2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
5C PL-74953 U.D.O. (2) Timebomb(LP, Album) RCA, RCA 5C PL-74953 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
008 Böyen Beng Bombe(CD, Album) Bøyen Beng Produkt 008 Norway 2004 Sell This Version
008 An Arrow In Flight Filling The Night Sky(CD, Album) Coldbringer Recordings 008 US 2004 Sell This Version
12 BRW 47 Dhar Braxton Jump Back (Set Me Free)(12", Promo) Island Records 12 BRW 47 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
22.DEKT Various Seht, Welch Ein Mensch(LP, Album) Not On Label 22.DEKT Germany 1987 Sell This Version
25CDR-405 Various Historia Del Rock & Roll Vol. I(CD, Comp) Orfeon 25CDR-405 Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
25CDR-413 Various Historia Del Rock & Roll Vol. III(CD, Comp) Orfeon 25CDR-413 Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
25RS-106 Barry Manilow Barry(LP, Album) Arista 25RS-106 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
0036-2 Jaroslav Uhlíř, Zdeněk Svěrák Jaroslav Uhlíř, Zdeněk Svěrák - Hlavně Nesmí Býti Smutno...(CD, Album) B&M Music 0036-2 Czech Republic 1995 Sell This Version
40SPOON6/7 Can Tago Mago(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Spoon Records, Mute 40SPOON6/7 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
46 Various XBox Game Disc(DVD-D, Enh, Promo) XBox 46 US 2005 Sell This Version
66T023 Wander Wildner Baladas Sangrentas(CD, Album) Tinitus 66T023 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
0071-4 Lucie (2) Pohyby(Cass, Album) B&M Music 0071-4 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
0089-2 Janek Ledecký Největší Hity(CD, Comp) B&M Music 0089-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
00001 01 IRCD Свинцовый Туман Безумный мир(CD, Album) Indie Records (4) 00001 01 IRCD Germany 1994 Sell This Version
0102-2 Various Tenkrát O Vánocích(CD, Comp) B&M Music 0102-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
0107-2 Jaroslav Uhlíř, Zdeněk Svěrák Jaroslav Uhlíř, Zdeněk Svěrák - ... Natož Aby Se Brečelo(CD, Album) B&M Music 0107-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
108 DMF - 5353 F.O.M. C'mon Get Up(12", TP) 101 Records 108 DMF - 5353 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
116W01stGB Fleetwood Mac Rumours(DVD-V, PAL) Eagle Rock Entertainment PLC 116W01stGB Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
0129-2 Jakub Smolík Zachraňte Milenky(CD, Album) B&M Music 0129-2 Czech Republic 1998 Sell This Version
186 Los Reyes Locos 15 Grandes Exitos(CD, Comp, RE) Econodisa 186 Mexico 2003 Sell This Version
02-86N Marianne Stensland Szewczyk ...så Livskraften Fritt Får Strømme(CD, Album, Dig) Nordnorsk Pensjonistskole 02-86N Norway 2002 Sell This Version
048-2-P Sunride Through The Red(CD, Album, Promo, Car) "I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison" Records 048-2-P Germany 2003 Sell This Version
605 Heinz Teuchert Lautenmusik An Europäischen Fürstenhöfen(10", Mono) Quadriga-Ton 605 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
07-65N Bøbben & Yogi (43) Feat. Jørg-1* Bøbben & Yogi (43) Feat. Jørg-1* - Mot Strømmen(CD) Bootleg (5) 07-65N Norway Unknown Sell This Version
07-71N Stella (64) Live - The Gospels(CD, Album) Lydmuren 07-71N Norway Unknown Sell This Version
789 The Gathering Superheat(CD, Album, Enh) Century Media 789 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
1002-5 The Cult Pure Cult Anthology 1984 - 1995(DVD-V, Comp, NTSC) Sum Records (2) 1002-5 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
1007 Pater Leppich Revolution Der Bergpredigt(LP, Mono) Quadriga-Ton 1007 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1011 Pater Leppich Ist Das Liebe? - Pater Leppich Antwortet Den 14- Bis 17-Jährigen(LP) Quadriga-Ton 1011 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1036 Norbert Linke Diri Dana(LP) MDG 1036 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1060-2 Janek Ledecký Ryba Rybě(CD, Promo) B&M Music 1060-2 Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
1354 Capital Inicial Eu Nunca Disse Adeus(CD, Album, RP) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 1354 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
1584 Elvis Presley G. I. Blues(CD, Album, RE, RM) RCA, BMG 1584 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
1706 a-ha Headlines And Deadlines - The Hits Of A-ha(CD, Comp, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 1706 Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
2009 Joachim Schoenecker In The Moment(CD, Album) Nagel Heyer Records 2009 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
2038-2 Depeche Mode In Your Room(CD, Single, Car) Sum Records (2), Mute 2038-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2067-2 Bad Religion The Process Of Belief(CD, Album) Epitaph, Sum Records (2) 2067-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2117 The Rainbows Balla Balla(7", Single) CBS 2117 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
2134-2 Depeche Mode I Feel You(CD, Single, Dig) Sum Records (2), Mute 2134-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2220-2 Bolt Thrower Honour - Valour - Pride(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2220-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2237-2 The White Stripes White Blood Cells(CD, Album) XL Recordings 2237-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2316 2 Various Lovy Metal(CD, Comp) Som Livre 2316 2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2328 2 Various Lovy Metal 2(CD, Comp) Som Livre 2328 2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2345-2 Various Punk-O-Rama 7(CD, Comp) Sum Records (2), Epitaph 2345-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2361-2 Danzig Danzig 777: I Luciferi(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2361-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2380-2 Cathedral Caravan Beyond Redemption(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2380-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2381-2 Napalm Death Bootlegged In Japan(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2381-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
2387-2 Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(CD, Album, RE) Sum Records (2) 2387-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2393-2 Napalm Death Fear, Emptiness, Despair(CD, Album) Sum Records (2), Earache 2393-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
2397 Everything But The Girl Walking Wounded(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2397 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
2635-8 Six Feet Under Double Dead Redux(CD, Album + DVD-V + Ltd) Sum Records (2), Metal Blade Records, Venus New Media 2635-8 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2679 Various Chill Out Vol. 1 - Voyages Into Trance And Ambient(2xCD, Comp) Tua Records, Tua Records, Tua Records 2679 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
2728 Foo Fighters The Colour And The Shape(CD, Album) Capitol Records, Roswell Records, EMI 2728 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
2739-2 Coal Chamber Giving The Devil His Due(CD, Comp, RP) Sum Records (2) 2739-2 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
2849-2 Rabies Caste Let The Soul Out And Cut The Vein(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 2849-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
3435 Charlie Brown Jr. Transpiração Contínua Prolongada(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 3435 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
3603 Echo & The Bunnymen Ballyhoo : The Best Of Echo & The Bunnymen(CD, Comp, RE) Korova 3603 Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
4019 2 Camisa De Vênus Viva(CD, Album, RE) RGE 4019 2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
4107 10,000 Maniacs Love Among The Ruins(CD, Album) Geffen Records 4107 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
4321 The Gathering Souvenirs(CD, Album) Hellion Records 4321 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
4340 Alice Cooper (2) Brutal Planet(CD, Album, RP) Sum Records (2), ST2 Records 4340 Brazil 2006 Sell This Version
4472 Fear Factory Digimortal(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 4472 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
4493 Enslavement Of Beauty Megalomania(CD, Album) Hellion Records 4493 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
4620 Engenheiros Do Hawaii Clip Zoom(DVD-V, Comp, RE, Dol) BMG Brasil, RCA, RCA Victor 4620 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
4628 Alice Cooper (2) Trash(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 4628 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
4877 Garbage Version 2.0(CD, Album) Mushroom 4877 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
5153 Frente* Shape(CD, Album) Mushroom, BMG 5153 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
5379 Capital Inicial giGAntE!(CD, Album, Enh) BMG, Ariola 5379 Brazil 2004 Sell This Version
5419 Various Give 'Em The Boot III(CD, Comp, Enh, Dig) Hellcat Records, Sum Records (2) 5419 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
5420 Danyel Gerard* Butterfly(7", Single) CBS 5420 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
5897 AC/DC Black Ice(CD, Album, Dig) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 5897 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
6073 Orchester Nino De La Plata Feurige Rhythmen Aus Rio(LP) Delta (18), Delta (18) 6073 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
6101 Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy - Schaffende Hände(7", Single) Sonopress 6101 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6102 Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy Chor Der Münchener Gewerkschaften, Rudolf Lamy - Brüder, Zur Sonne, Zur Freiheit (7", Single) Sonopress 6102 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
6165-2 Depeche Mode Ultra(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Mute 6165-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
6172-2 Depeche Mode Violator(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records 6172-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version