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Pressing Plant Numbers:
6 = All Disc Records, Inc.
56 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
60 = Sound Makers
73 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
25 = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
70 = RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
72 = PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
26 = PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
16 = Sonic Recording Products, Inc. / Goldisc Recording Products, Inc.
18 = Presswell
19 = Bestway Products Inc.
22 = Allied Record Company
24 = Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
30 = Plastic Products
49 = Specialty Records Corporation
53 = Keel Mfg. Corp. (prior to '79); Hauppauge Record Manufacturing Ltd. ('79 and later)
54 = Shelley Products
76 = Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp.
74 = Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
28 = Rainbo Records


Record company codes (the letters after "ST")

A = Atlantic Records
C = Atco
CAP = Capricorn
CTN = Cotillion Records LPs
CO = Cotillion Records 45s
FC = Famous Charisma
SS = Swan Song
AS = Asylum
MC = Manticore
RS = Rolling Stones Records
HT = Hilltak Records
IL = Island Records

Pressing Plant Codes for LPs:

PR = Presswell Records Mfg. Co., Ancora, NJ (they handled most of Atlantic's LP's during much of this period)
LY = Shelley Products, Huntington Station, NY
SP = Specialty Records Corp., Olyphant, PA
MO = Monarch Record Mfg. Co., Los Angeles, CA
PL = Plastic Products, Inc., Memphis, TN
RI = Philips Recording Co., Richmond, IN
AR = Allied Record Co., Inc., Los Angeles, CA
CT or CTH = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
CP = Columbia (Pitman, NJ)
CS or CSM = Columbia (Santa Maria, CA; very infrequently)
BW = Bestway Products Inc.
SO = Southern Plastics
MG or MGS = MGM Record Mfg. Division, Bloomfield, NJ
FT = Fidelatone Mfg.

LP label matrix example: (Led Zeppelin I)

ST = stereo
A = Atlantic Records label
68 = last two digits of the year Atlantic first received source (tape) and started working on mastering
1461 = tape master number (for side one in this example)
MO = Monarch Records pressing plant

London Records label matrix suffix:
AL - Allentown Record Co.
P - Columbia, Pitman, NJ
TH - Columbia, Terre Haute, IN
SM - Columbia, Santa Maria, CA
SH - Shelley Products, Ltd., Huntington Station, NY
BW - Bestway Products Inc.
GL - Decca/MCA, Gloversville, NY
K - Decca/MCA, Pinckneyville, IL
PH - PRC (formerly Philips) Recording Corp., Richmond, IN
W - H.V. Waddell, Burbank, CA

Columbia "360 Sound" Label Progression
1962 - 1963 Black "360 SOUND STEREO 360 SOUND" (no arrows)
1963 - 1965 Arrows were added on either side of "360 SOUND"
1965 - 1970 White "360 SOUND STEREO 360 SOUND"

Warner Bros. Label Progression
1958-62 - Grey label, black WB Shield, WB in gold print
1962-65 - Same, but in white print
1965-67 - Gold Label

1958-67 - Gold label
1968-70 - Green Label, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records. W7 logo under that.
1970-73 - Green Label, Warner Bros. Records. w/ WB Shield
1973-78 - "Burbank" Label
1978-83? - White or beige label w/ Narrow horizontal lines -OR- ghost WB shields in background
1983?+ - White or tan label, no lines, large WB shield

Capitol Records label progression (pdf file)● [download Adobe Reader here]

Decca Label Guide


22, 33, 44, 66 etched = pressed by All Disc Records, Inc.
AT = Mastered at Atlantic Studios
AT/GP (handwritten) = mastered by George Piros at Atlantic
AT/DK (handwritten) = mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic
ATLANTIC STUDIOS DK (stamped) = mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic
ABS = Alex Sadkin
ab or AB = Abbey Record Manufacturing Co., Inc.
⍺ʙ = Al Brown (5)
BB = Bob Berglund
BDI or B.D.I. = Brian Ingoldsby
EDP [in oval] = Europadisk Pressing & Mastering
Ⓕ = Fidelatone Mfg.
PR or PRC or (PR) = Philips Recording Company, Inc. (prior '73) PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN (10/72)
LW or LWP = Longwear Plating (maker of metal parts from lacquers) Enter as "Mastered At"
♡POGO = Keith Olsen's Pogologo, Inc. (Productions)
Porky or Porky Prime Cut = George Peckham
Pecko Duck = George Peckham
sƒ = Sam Feldman
RL = Bob Ludwig
LB = Larry Boden
LH = Lee Hulko
"ɑ" looks like Q = Allied Record Company (usually followed by B-#####)
MG = MGM Records Division in Bloomfield, NJ (Pressing)
AMP = ABC-Paramount
𝒜ℛP = American Record Pressing Co.
M = Mercury
MR = Mercury Record Manufacturing Company
RCA = RCA Victor
◈-P-◈ = MCA Pressing Plant, Pinckneyville
回-G-回 = MCA Pressing Plant, Gloversville ⧈-̶ɢ-̶⧈
◎—∈—◎ = MCA Records (Canada)
G or G1= Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Carrollton, GA
✲ or ☆ (prior to '64) = Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Lathe similar to ☖ (prior to '64), IAM in triangle = Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Scranton
—◁ = Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester
RG = Rob Grenell, mastering engineer for Atlantic in the late 60's
GK = Gilbert Kong
"cg" + "☮" = Chris Gehringer
GF = Greg Fulginiti, of Artisan Sound Recorders
◵ graphic of a disc and radius gauge for the A in Artisan Sound Recorders
R3 or R4 = Mastered at Rainbo Records (on Capitol Pressing)
︵︵〰༼ -(birds) or メ or ❀、= Brian Gardner
DT = Dave Travis
DC, whereas D is incorporated into the top of the C (usually associated with Masterdisk) = Dave Crawford (2)
RJ or √ᴀɴᴏs = Ray Janos
AZ CB = Chris Bellman at Allen Zentz Mastering
JG = John Golden
JJ = John Johnson (3)
SM = Stephen Marcussen
MF = Mike Fuller
BK = Bill Kipper
McM = Ron McMaster at EMI NY
SH = Steve Hall
H.W. = Howie Weinberg
TJ = Ted Jensen
RB = Ron Boustead (Precision)
SG = Steve Guy
Chet = Chet Bennett
RAYS = Ray Staff at Trident Studios, London
JG♡ = Joe Gastwirt
TLC = The Lacquer Channel
FW Ѽ or FWNY = Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs
GOL = Goldisc Recording Products, Inc.
SON or Son = Sonic Recording Products, Inc.
CSB ♪♪ = Carlton Batts (usually with F/W)
PP = Plastic Products
TD = Terry Dunavan
ESR = Elektra Sound Recorders
GC, ℊc, ☆ or ⚾ (Baseball looking symbol) next to Sterling = Greg Calbi
Ƨ = Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
ELA (followed by delta#) = Electrosound Los Angeles
ℰMW = Electrosound Group Midwest, Inc.
WM (W integrated atop M stamp) or (ᵛᵛ) = Wakefield Manufacturing
⋐riteriɑ = Criteria Recording Studios
ʙʟ⍂ɪʀ or ʙʟ△ɪʀ = Chris Blair (mastering)
dg = David Gold (3) (Gold Star Studios)
HERbiE :^) = Herb Powers Jr. (mastering)
⁄|⁄ǀ⁄|⁄ǀ⁄|⁄K = Randy Kling (mastering)
WMℰ = Mack Evans
ℐ⍺ = Jack Adelman
DWJ = Darrell Johnson
ACR = RCA Records Pressing Plant, Smiths Falls, Ontario
ℰcK = Ralph Eck
¢ = Tom Coyne
SMK (etched) = Sound Makers
THE WASP = Martin Birch
TS = Tommy Simmes
WSS = Woodland Studios
SJR = Stuart J. Romaine
TSM or TƧM (looks like TZM) = True Sound Manufacturing Corp.
US⦾ = United Sound (3)
m w/ T rising from atop, similar to ⭄ = Mastertone Studio
μs = Microsecond

Note of interest: I have previously advised users "SXT" scribed in runouts denotes metal process at Santa Maria and Terre Haute press. Unfortunately, they have taken the advise of another user whom claims by "Fonts" in the label print indicate the opposite...CSM press from CTH process. See this label with "y" indicating CTH press and SXT in runouts, and also this release the same. Where labels were printed cannot possibly determine definitively where a disc was pressed. It only determines where the labels were printed.

Note: No more database manager according to staff member, but manager has indeed been making 'drive-by' rulings as of late.

Note on pressing in FTF
* And Use of Press or Pressing in FTF. We don't know from where it was decreed a suffix must be used.

The Mastered By/At; Lacquer Cut By/At credit roles have been misconstrued 3 ways to Sunday concerning what is general and what is confirmed.
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