US Atlantic catalog numbers

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Post by fromphilly1247 » Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:05 pm

metrognome wrote:Yeah, now we know what a record geek fromphilly is!
Why, just because I memorize catalog numbers, label variations, etc?

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Post by metrognome » Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:07 pm

Mmm.... could be. That's ok though. You're in good company. Jackcapture said I was a music geek the other day. And if I hang out with you long enough, I'll be a record geek and maybe even a Linn geek eventually! I can only dream about it at this point!

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Post by fromphilly1247 » Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:54 pm

metrognome wrote:Mmm.... could be. That's ok though. You're in good company. Jackcapture said I was a music geek the other day. And if I hang out with you long enough, I'll be a record geek and maybe even a Linn geek
...and morally corrupted. I've been told I do that to people. So if you happen to run into my mother (who now lives in FL), just ignore her. :twisted:

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Post by annaloog » Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:28 pm

fromphilly1247 wrote:
metrognome wrote:See the number a the bottom, (691671) I just realized last night that this number appears to stay with the record regardless of reissue, and the first two digits indicate year of issue pretty closely. An exception would Fragile by Yes, which has a number that starts with 71, but the publication late 71, hence the 71 number.

Anybody know anything else significant about this number?
It's the matrix number.
The number also identifies Atlantic's tape (production) master. In addition, at some point in the mid/late 1960s a 2-letter suffix was added (like -SP), a code indicating the pressing plant. I've been able to identify some of the more common codes; others, like PL, remain a mystery to me. This code may be useful in charting label (price guide 'pressing') differences.

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Post by ks45 » Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:30 pm

I started doing a "Matrix numbering for idiots" for myself, of course and its done alphabetically.I looked under "PL" and got following

Plastic Products….Memphis Tenn pressing plant mostly 45’s…
Atlantic singles pressed by the plant used a "-PL" suffix after each matrix number on the record label to identify the origin thereof. In addition, they pressed for Sun Records during its 1950's heyday.

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Post by annaloog » Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:28 pm

Thanks, Keith! Somewhere, I have a Billboard supplement that lists manufacturing (and other) services. If I could only find it would save quite a bit of legwork.

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Post by KentT » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:47 pm

Some info on 2 letter suffixes identifying pressing plants for Atlantic labels:

PL- Plastic Products, Memphis, TN
LY- Shelley Products, Huntington Station, NY
MO- Monarch Records, California
PR- Presswell Records, Ancora, NJ
SP- Speciality Records, Olyphant, PA (Later became WEA Manufacturing after WCI purchased the plant)

Just for starters!

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Post by annaloog » Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:11 pm

KentT wrote:... Just for starters!
See: Factory codes on Atlantic / ATCO labels for more detailed info.

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