Thursday, September 5, 2013

EMI Family Labelography and Pressings, Part 1

This post has several purposes.  The first is to catalog the various emi pressings for the various sub-labels including SAX, SCX, SBO, PSAX, ASD, PSAD, CFP, SXLP, SXDW, HQS, CSD, ESD, SLS and SAN.  The second goal is to come up with abbreviated names that are easy to type and read so the various pressings may be discussed in the reviews on this site.  Finally, we hope this will serve as a guide for collectors when purchasing LP's based on label descriptions.

First up will be the ASD labels which will form the backbone for our naming of the other smaller sub-labels.

ASD:



Gold and Cream
aka White Gold

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 575
SLS 758 -  SLS 767 (opera box sets of ASD)

Years:
1958 - 1964

Engineering:
All tube recording and mastering chain

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Gold"



Semi-Circle
aka Black and Red

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 575, SLS 758 - SLS 767 (reissues)
ASD 576 - ASD 2477
SLS 768 - SLS 780

Years:
1964 - 1969

Engineering:
Likely hybrid tube/transistor quickly transitioning to transistor mastering chain.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Semi"



Color Postage Stamp
aka Color Stamp, 1st dog in stamp label
(image with dog looks like a postage stamp)

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 2477, SLS 758 - SLS 780 (reissues)
ASD 2488 - ASD 2806
SLS 781 - SLS 817

Years:
1969 - 1972

Engineering:
Discrete transistor mastering chain.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Color"

Black and White Postage Stamp
aka Black and White, 2nd dog in stamp label
Note: the black and white name comes from the black and white image in the stamp and also note the white ring around the outside

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 2806 (reissues)
ASD 2807 - ASD 3814
no SLS XXX (see other labels, SAN, CSD)
SLS 5001-5189

Years:  1972 - 1980

Engineering:
Integrated circuits start appearing in mastering chain.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Ring"  (a unique name from our site, but the presence of the ring on many of the EMI labels has telling sonic consequences, referred to as Ring pressings as a group)

Color Postage Stamp With Ring
aka 3rd dog in stamp label
(color stamp has white ring around label)

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 3814 (reissues)
ASD 3815 - ASD 4097
SLS reissues
SLS 5195 - SLS 5231

Years:
1980 - 1981

Engineering:
Intergrated circuits prevail in mastering chain.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Color Ring"

Large Dog
aka Big Dog

Releases:
ASD 251 - ASD 4097 (reissues)
ASD 4098 - ASD 4344
SLS reissues
SLS 5195 - SLS 5231

Years:
1981 - 1983 (later for reissues)

Engineering:
Intergrated circuits prevail in mastering chain. Lowest noise floor.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Dog"

Comments Thus Far:
We eventually will get into the whole SLS and SAN label craziness at the end.  The Dog and Color Ring pressings are used on many labels and will show up again in discussion below.  I show SLS with the ASD pressings above because most of them have individual ASD numbers for each record label. It gets better when SAN stuff is rereleased under SLS with the SAN numbers on the individual records.

Concert Classics:

The only complex wrinkle with the Concert Classics are the early covers.  The label stays the same, but some of the early, early SXLP have different covers from the slightly later ones (no idea if this makes a sonic difference at this point).

Chevrons
aka blue label with chevrons

Releases:
SXLP 20003-20112
SXLP 30002-30156

Years:
1967 - 1972

Engineering:
Often date from golden age SAX and ASD recording range (most are reissues of this material, but some are unreleased material).  20000 series have a very tube like character.  30000 Chevrons are discrete transistor.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Chevron"


Blue with Ring
aka blue label with ring

Releases:
SXLP 20003 - 20112 (reissues)
SXLP 30002 - 30156 (reissues)
SXLP 30157 - 30428

Years:
1972 - 1980

Engineering:
Integrated circuits start appearing in mastering chain.  Similar to Black and White dog and other Ring pressings.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Ring"  (same as ASD)


Color Postage Stamp With Ring
aka 3rd dog in stamp label
(color stamp has white ring around label)

Releases:
SXLP 20003 - 20112 (reissues)
SXLP 30002 - 30428 (reissues)
SXLP 30436 - 30526

Years:
1980 - 1981

Engineering:
Intergrated circuits prevail in mastering chain.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Color Ring" (same label as ASD at this time)


Large Dog
aka Big Dog

Releases:
SXLP 20003 - 20112 (reissues)
SXLP 30002 - 30526 (reissues)
SXLP 30529 and up

Years:
1981 - 1983 (later for reissues)

Engineering:
Intergrated circuits prevail in mastering chain. Lowest noise floor.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Dog" (same label as ASD at this time)


Regal:
For a time Regal put out some classical.  These actually predate even the Concert Classic SXLP 20000 series.  Regal was mainly a pop label and the covers show it.

Regal:

Regal

Releases:
SREG 1000s (various)
SREG 2000s (various)

Years:
1965 - 1967

Engineering:
Often date from golden age SAX and ASD recording range (most are reissues of this material).  Have a very tube like character.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Regal"



Classics for Pleasure:

Classics for Pleasure are also fairly simple.  Note how many of the label changes occur at the same time on the various sub-labels.  With later pressings this becomes obvious as almost all labels use the color ring and big dog labels.

Classics for Pleasure:

Black and White Box

Releases:
CFP 101 - 176
CFP 40001 - 40019

Years:  1970 - 1972

Engineering:
Often date from golden age SAX and ASD recording range (most are reissues of this material, but some are unreleased material). Discrete transistor.

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Box"

CFP Scroll

Releases:
CFP 101 - 176 (reissues)
CFP 40001 - 40019 (reissues)
CFP 40020 - and up

Years:  1972 - 1980

Engineering:
Often date from golden age SAX and ASD recording range (most are reissues of this material, but some are unreleased material). Integrated circuits start appearing in mastering chain. 

Miles To Mozart Acronym:
"Scroll"


Summary So Far:

The Classic for Pleasure does not revert to the ASD style labels later on or perhaps was replaced by the ESD Greensleeves.

We've covered the major reissue labels to this point.  Unfortunately, there are many more labels and some of them cursedly complex.  Part 2 to come, later.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this excellent, well researched resource! The quality of the different EMI pressings has been a point of interest among collectors for some time, and understanding the chronology as well as the characteristics of each pressing can give us some insight into the sound qualities of each pressing. I for one would find it useful to determine which pressing sounds the best for a particular ASD record (e.g. are later issues of Beecham recordings sonically superior to his first pressing Golds?), though I suspect that different people may have different answers.

    Looking forward to reading Part 2!

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