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Guide to the labels of Atlantic
The Atlantic jazz catalogue was more limited than the specialist jazz labels – Mingus, Coltrane (briefly), and Ornette. Full wiki discography of Atlantic 1200 – 1700 jazz series.
Atlantic recordings were licensed for UK release through Decca’s London label, so US Atlantic originals are not something seen very often in UK.
US Pressing plants used by Atlantic
Unlike many of the major labels, Atlantic assets did not extend to ownership of their own pressing facilities, but used a large number of independent plants around the US, for metal parts manufacture and pressing Atlantic titles. Process control was achieved by adding a plant code to the matrix code.
AR: Allied Record Company; Los Angeles, California
PL: Plastic Products; Memphis, Tennessee
BW: Bestway Products; Mountainside, New Jersey
PR: Presswell Company; Ancora, New Jersey
RI: PRC .; Richmond Indiana
CP or no code: Columbia; Pitman, New Jersey
SP: Specialty Records Corp.; Olyphant: Pennsylvania
CT-CTH: Columbia; Terra Haute, Indiana
WM: Midwest Record Pressings; Chicago, Illinois
LY: Shelley Products; Huntington Station, New York
MO: Monarch Records; Los Angeles, California
Info from 45 sleeves
1.1 1955-59 Black Label, mono
The “anvil-like” symbol after the matrix indicated the pressing plant (not known to me) ; right, the stamper identifier code, AT on one side, AT1 on the other.
2. 1959-60 Orange/Plum wheel and fan, DG, Mono
2.1 Green/Blue wheel and fan US (stereo)
Photo courtesy of Tim
3. Atlantic White Fan (1960-62)
3.1 Orange / Plum, White Fan, Mono
Early titles – no registered trademark above fan
Later titles – with registered trademark above fan.
3.2 Blue / Green White Fan, Stereo US DG
Early example – no registered trademark symbol
4. Atlantic Black Fan 1962-66
4.1 Mono – Orange/ Plum, Black Fan
4.1 Stereo – Green/Blue Black Fan
This Stereo variation is so-called “logo-box” – the name “Atlantic” and symbol “A” together with the fan are contained all together in a box. This appears quite different from the mono, so its exact place in labelography is not known, but it is later design, possibly the 1966-8 predecessor to the eponymous Green/ Orange (1968+)
The following year, in October 1967, Atlantic was sold to Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, later Warner Communications (whose name appears on the label after 1975) who’s talents were in distribution and marketing and displayed little understanding of vinyl quality production, assisting its terminal decline as a source of recorded music.
5. 1968-73 Green/Orange, 1841 Broadway NY address, Stereo
6. Mid 70’s Green / Orange, 75 Rockerfeller Plaza address with Warner Communications logo.
The green/orange label, “A Warner Communications Company” and disappointing audio quality from here on. In some cases the only way to own it on vinyl, though CD will provide an equivalent audio experience. Below, the1981 release of previously unreleased Tristano/Konitz live Sing Song Room of The Confucius Restaurant NYC sessions. Despite best efforts to restore these iconic sessions the vinyl still lacks the presence you would normally find on late Fifties / early Sixties vinyl.
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