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Minos (2)

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Pioneer Greek label founded on December 1968 by Μάκης Μάτσας (company name was "Μίνως Μάτσας & Υιός Α.Ε." - "Minos Matsas & Son") replacing Odeon. It was the first label in Greece that released records of rebetiko musicians.
The name "Minos" was given to the label as a tribute to Makis Matsas' father, Μίνως Μάτσας.
The first LP was Ο Σταθμός that bore the cat# MSM 101.

In October 1990, the Greek EMI branch purchased the majority share of Minos Matsas & Son Company, forming a new company, Minos-EMI S.A..
Many releases after that date bear only the Minos logo and belong under this profile.
Please enter Minos-EMI as label ONLY if the Minos-EMI logo is present (or both Minos and EMI logos are present).

Catalog number formatting
MSM ###(#): vinyl LP, original Greek music (1968-1992?), until 'MSM 154'(?) most (all?) with additional cat# 'ST.MSM ###', label colors: blue/white [exception: MSM 829/830, and possibly a few more]
DAL-MSM 3##: vinyl LP, original Greek music (1979?-1980?), label colors: blue/white
MILP 100## and/or MAL-MILP 100##: vinyl LP, non-Greek music (1972?-1983?), label colors: orange/white
MINOS 35##: 12" vinyl (1986?-1991?), label colors: blue/white
MINOS 5###: 7" vinyl, original Greek music (1968?-1986), various label colors/designs
MSI 1###: 7" vinyl, non-Greek music (1969? - ?), label colors: green/white
MTCS 3###: cassette (1971?-1976?)
MTCS ###(#) (last known: MTCS 1028): cassette (1978?-1992?)
CA-MTCS ###: cassette (1980?-1989?)
CA-MTCS 35##: cassette maxi-single (1 known, from 1986)
8XMS ###: 8-track cartridge (1970?-1975?)
MCD ###(#) (last known: MCD 1031): CD (1988?-1994?)

Vinyl LP releases label design

1968-1974 (MSM 101 - MSM 219?)
• 'LONG PLAYING MICROGROOVE' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English only.

1974-1975 ? (MSM 224? - MSM 244)
• 'LONG PLAYING MICROGROOVE' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• 'MANUFACTURED IN GREECE BY C.G.C.G. LTD' in small letters on the center-right.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English and Greek.

late 1970's?
• 'LONG PLAYING MICROGROOVE' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English and Greek.

1975- ? (MSM 245- ?)
• 'ΠΡΟΟΔΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙ' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MANUFACTURED IN GREECE BY C.G.C.G. LTD' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English and Greek.

1975- ? (MILP 10021- ?)
• 'ΠΡΟΟΔΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙ' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE BY EMI' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English and Greek.

1978?-1991?
• 'ΠΡΟΟΔΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙ' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE BY FABELSOUND' under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English and Greek.

1978?-1992?
• 'ΠΡΟΟΔΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙ' under big MINOS wording on the center.
• 'MADE IN GREECE BY FABELSOUND' [or 'MADE IN GREECE By Fabelsound'] under Minos logo on the center-left.
• Rights notice (above the big MINOS wording) in English only.

Sublabels:10 Χρόνια Τραγούδι, 1974 - 1984 Δέκα Χρόνια, 2 LP Σε 1 CD (3), Hits On DVD, Margophone, Standard (7), Επιτυχίες Της Minos, Κέρκυρα, Οι Μεγαλύτερες Επιτυχίες Του (2), Οι Συνθέτες Και Οι Επιτυχίες Τους

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