In response to 'bill mann's' query: The Washington plant lasted only a few more years after Elvis' death - finally closing in 1981 in the wake of the worldwide record industry slump.Comment by ppint.:
ttoad: yr hmbl srppint. can see no earthly° reason you should not link to a web site so directly concerned with matters that may provide help and assistance to the enem^W^W ah, those seeking a pressing (or mastering) attributional vinyl solution. . .
Is the Washington plant still open? I remember it being on the brink of closure back in the 70's. It was apparently saved by being inundated with orders for Elvis stuff after his deathComment by W.B.lbl:
RCA UK's pressing plant was in Washington, Co. Durham, UK. Besides the letter-number-letter mother (mold) designation, they'd usually have a 'W' in the deadwax.Comment by harvestman:
When E M I had new automated presses for the Uxbridge Road factory, R C A also bought some new presses, probably the same design etc. E M I didn't press a great deal of R C A's material! As stated some copies of Holy Holy does look as if it was pressed by E M I.Comment by Ade Macrow:
Congrats on a most informative and never-less-than-fascinating page on your long-invaluable site, Toad! The sort of thing surely most 45 Catters revel in (I know I do). Keep up the splendid work! Comment by The Toad:
It does, but you'd have to see the style of the matrix number to be sure. RCA singles were mainly pressed by BCS ("The Birmingham Co-operative Society?" - Editor) CBS I mean, prior to around March 1975; after that point they seem to have done their own pressings, and the label appearance - with that narrow, clean dinking perforation - is very similar to that of EMI products. That copy of Diamond Dogs might possibly have been a mid-late '70s RCA re-pressing of a single that was still on catalogue, rather than an EMI contract pressing while it was still in the charts.
RCA's own matrix numbers tend to have something like -IE or -2E at the end, and there's usually a block of digits like AlA or AlC elsewhere on the run-off. I probably shouldn't direct people to my own site but there's a page about it on Seventies Sevens - it's not to be relied upon 100%, God and I both know, but it's arguably better than nothing.
Thanks "The Toad". A huge help and makes a lot of sense.
Image# 334445 looks like an EMI pressing??Comment by The Toad:
They look like Orlake pressings to me - a rough inner surface, with a smooth outer ring which can be of various widths. Other plants produced surfaces like that in the early / mid '60s but Orlake is the only one I've come across in the '70s which frequently gave that result (I wonder if they bought the old presses). Orlake pressed a lot of stuff for Trojan, which would explain the similarity. It may not apply in this case, as the single is a contract pressing, but Orlakes often have plus signs separating the elements of the matrix number, which is at six o'clock on the run-off - as in 'TOAD+150+A' if you'll pardon me making one up. Sometimes there's an 'OR' in the run-off, which is another help.Comment by RecordDragon: