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  25th Apr 2012, 6:03 AM#1  QUOTE  REPORT  
mickey rat

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A question for those of you who are interested in the technical side of things. I have a photocopied document listing singles releases on Herald & Ember in the late '50s including master numbers, recording studio (Bell Sound or Beltone), and "Plating Plant". Herald/Ember used Mastercraft (still operating in Elizabeth NJ), Longwear, and Audio(?). I assume copies of these masters were then sent off to the various pressing plants. Anyway, is this information of any interest to 45cat members? Should I be adding plating plant (and recording studio come to that) info to Herald/Ember entries on 45cat?


  25th Apr 2012, 7:45 AM#2  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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I would have thought that for researchers and completists this information would be invaluable Mickey Rat. As an example, I have a Decca pressing with Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight on one side and an unknown artist/recording on the other. Paul Pelletier lists in his books all the master recording numbers that were pressed and issued but my one is missing in his listing. Consequently neither of us can say who the artist is nor what the song is called.

Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight

Edited by Oakley Boys on 25th Apr 2012, 7:46 AM

  28th Apr 2012, 10:39 AM#3  QUOTE  REPORT  
mickey rat

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I’ve found more pages of this document. What I have is 24 photocopied pages of a typed document that appears to have been an in-house file from Herald/Ember Records in New York. I got it from somebody in the U.K. probably in the early ‘70s. I used it initially to fill in gaps in label listings and then forgot I had it.

It includes basic information on all Herald singles releases from 403 (Little Walter, 1953) to 597 (The Snowmen, 1964) and Ember releases from 1001 (Smooth Tones, 1956) to 1097 (The Astronomers, 1964).

The pages are set out in five columns: Master Number; Record Number; Plating Plant (later pages have Studio/Plating or Studio/Plant); Titles; Artist.

There appear to be some unreleased items listed, including an early one by Bobby Parker, not mentioned in Blues Records.

The subject came up in comments on a Mint Juleps record on Herald (http://www.45cat.com/record/h481) and some of you have helped me get my head around the mastering/plating sequence. I thought at first that the frequent mentions of Bell Sound and Beltone meant that the tracks in question were recorded there but it now looks as if my document is specifically a record of mastering and plating. However some entries on pages headed just “Plating Plant” have Beltone listed so I’m still confused.

Entries (many abbreviated) include Longwear, Audio, Mastercraft, Beltone/Longwear, Beltone/Audio, Beltone, Bell Sound/Longwear, Allegro, Bell Sound/Audio, A&R, A&R/Longwear, Bell Sound/Shaw, Bell Sound/Mastercraft, Regent Sound/Longwear. Any further information or thoughts appreciated. [Thank you to W.B.lbl, KeithS, Boursin and recordman46 for comments on the other thread].


Edited by mickey rat on 28th Apr 2012, 10:53 AM

  28th Apr 2012, 1:28 PM#4  QUOTE  REPORT  
Oakley Boys

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There is an interesting article in the latest edition of Record Collector about the Beatles Please Please Me LP which runs through first presses, matrices and mothers. I would suggest reading it for people.

Edited by Oakley Boys on 28th Apr 2012, 1:28 PM

  6th Sep 2012, 2:09 AM#5  QUOTE  REPORT  
Kent T

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Longwear is a plating plant. As was Nashville Matrix.


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