CBS 36XXX Series
updated 4 days ago
Inspired by both my "CBS Catalog Number Confusion" thread and a series of lists by "title54" on the albums falling into Atlantic/Stax/Volt sequencing, here's my attempt at gathering every album release in CBS' chronologically confusing sequencing. This list covers 36000-36999.
INFORMATION AFFECTING ALL SEQUENCES:
All release month information is taken from Wikipedia, period issues of Billboard, Global Dog Productions' CBS label discography (which stops at the 36XXX albums, unfortunately - although here; their release dates seem to be a month or two ahead of the actual month of release; i.e. an album that came out in August of 1980 is listed as "Oct-1980") and this site, though information may be sketchy for some of them.
A - Special Products (introduced sometime in the early CD era)
C - Columbia; also Canada-only releases
E - Epic
F - Fillmore (used solely on the label's first trio of LPs)
H - Harmony (used until 1973)
J - Columbia Jazz Masterpieces LPs
M - CBS Masterworks
R - Portrait
S - soundtracks
U - Priority (used from 1982-83)
W - labels merely distributed by CBS, not wholly owned; also sometimes used in Canada
Y - Odyssey (until 1979 or so)/Great Performances (1981 onward)
Z - All the other labels
A - 8-tracks (until 1981-ish)
K - CDs (starting in 1983/84)
T - Cassettes (until 2000s)
Prefixes (mostly retired sometime in the mid-1980s): AR, B, BF, F, H, I (this and "H" are solely used on audiophile releases), J, K, NF, NJ, O P, R, Q, T
The "N" prefix, introduced here, is perhaps best explained in the release notes to The Philadelphia Luv Ensemble - Classic "10".
For those curious, as far as my own music collection goes, I have 41 of the 656 released items (of 658 listed) in some form.
Known records that are still missing from the database:
Chuck Wagon Gang - Looking Away to Heaven (Columbia, C 36035, 1979)
Greatest Country Hits of the 70's, Vol. 3 (Columbia, JC 36969, 1980)