The Fontana label was created in the UK in 1958 by the Dutch electrical group Philips. It lasted until 1970, when it was replaced by the Vertigo label to compete in the prog-rock market against Decca’s Deram and EMI’s Harvest Records.
Fontana were pressed by Philips plants, as indicated by the distinctive Philips matrix number format seen above. Most UK releases on Fontana were pressed either by Philips UK ( code 420 in the matrix) or Philips Dutch pressing plant (code 670 in the matrix). The calibre of engineering and pressing was consistently reliable and of a very high standard, with vibrant dynamics, though not quite to that achieved by Decca. Most but not all are mono pressings
Stereo pressings, which were relatively rare on Fontana.
Fontana special budget range, mid to late 60′s, with silver/blue livery and information “boxed”