The Beatles on EMI / Parlophone
above: a yellow on black Parlophone label from 1965
I'm in the process of making a collection of original UK Beatles Lps. Below is the collection as it stands so far. Below the record listing is information which I hope may be of use to those interested in the more arcane aspects of record collecting.
PMC1230 A Hard Day's Night, Mono Mix 1st Pressing
PMC1267 Rubber Soul; Mono Mix 2nd Pressing
PCS 7027 Sgt. Peppers; Stereo Mix 1st Pressing
PMC 7027 Sgt. Peppers; Mono Mix 1st Pressing
PMC 7009 Revolver: Mono Mix 2nd Pressing
Decoding the UK EMI matrix:
At 6 o clock is the matrix number with a dash number. In this case it is XEX 638-1
At 9 o clock is the mother number. In this case it is Mother # 8
At 3 o clock is the stamper code. The code works like this:
The letter above is code for the corresponding number below. Example: the stamper code is "MDP" in the record below. This corresponds to the numbers M = 4. D = 0. P = 6. Stamper is #406
Example above: side 2 was made by the 1st lacquer, the 8th mother and pressed by the 406th stamper. Perhaps the record company could anticipate total sales volume and, up front, they might produce all the needed lacquers, mothers and stampers. Or perhaps at a later date, the record company would need to produce additional lacquers and mothers in order to meet customer demand for the product. In the case of The Beatles, millions of LPs were typically sold within the early weeks of production and, during the years after that, millions more were produced as 2nd, 3rd and later pressings.
How records are / were made, very briefly.