Impulse! Complete 1st Label Reference Set: Stereo (1961-78)

Last Updated: August 12, 2018

Pictured, label of  first pressing of every Impulse title released in stereo A-1-S through to AS-9333.

Synopsis (by Dottorjazz)


A-1-S to A-14-S: a product of AM PAR record corp

 AS-15 to AS-33: a product of AM PAR record corp

 (AS-27 and AS-29 first ABC?, not yet found on AM PAR)

 AS-34 to AS-76, AS-80 and AS-99: a product of ABC Paramount records INC


 AS-77-A to AS-9133-A, A-9135-A, A-9136-A, AS-9144-A and AS-9151-A: a product of ABC Paramount records INC (except AS-9120-A)

 AS-9120-A, AS-9134-A, A-9137-A to AS-9164-A: a product of ABC records INC New York, N.Y. 10019-made in USA

 9141, 9148, 9154, 9156, 9160, 9161, 9162 (BLACK/RED)


 SPINE: up to 9158, IMPULSE in capital letters, from 9159, impulse in lower case


AS-9141-A, AS-9148-A, AS-9154-A, AS.9156-A, AS-9160-A,

AS-9161-A, AS-9162-A, AS-9165-A to AS-9200-A: a product of ABC records INC New York, N.Y. 10019-made in USA

 AS-9187-A: no address, ® in logo box

 ® in logo box: AS-9187-A, AS-9193-A, AS-9198-A, AS-9199-A, AS-9200-A

Last Black/ Red Rim AS-9229-A



First black/ red rim AS-9230-A through to AS-9275 except AS-9265-A (released a year later than neighbouring titles, in 1975)


ASD-9276 first Green Bullseye (except AS-9265-A, as above) through to last true Impulse (pre-MCA ownership) AS-9333. Green Bullseye continues with “AI – ####” as catalogue number (Abc Impulse?) replacing AS – #### and adds stacked note abc logo to label. Green label continues up to IA-9361, where it is replaced by yellow bullseye.


1st pressing label of all Stereo titles from A-1-S to AS-9333 (1961-78)










Here ends the Impulse Years with the takeover by MCA in 1979



16 thoughts on “Impulse! Complete 1st Label Reference Set: Stereo (1961-78)

  1. I just saw in Discogs that there is a listing for AS-9134 — Archie Shepp “Mama Too Tight” with the ABC-Paramount label.

    Link for that release:

    So perhaps AS-9137 is the first ABC Records INC first press?

    Btw, thank you so much for such an amazing website. This has been quite the resource for me. Thank you for your great contribution.

    Have a good week.

    Jesus Rodriguez

    • Hi thanks for this, helpful to know it exists in the earlier form ABC Paramount, possibly a first batch of labels for the initial release of the record, which was topped up with further print runs using the next corporate identity. I don’t think we know much about the way these things worked.

  2. thanks for the great info! many of collectors aren’t aware of changes through the orange 4 logo label
    while browsing Internet I’ve found a copy of A-27 Freddie Hubbard – The Artistry Of with Am-Par address on label
    here’s a link

    I still haven’t seen a copy of A-29 with Am-Par address, both records I own have ABC-Paramount on them.

    • Hi and thanks, you have finally nailed the provenance of AS27 as AmPar. Brilliant. Wonderful service,

      Not instant, as WordPress has introduced a bug which messes up the parent-child relationship of pages if you make any changes. Seems the way of the internet world. Wunderkinds are given freedom to make cosmetic changes no one actually wants, which mess up the original code, and its all too complicated to fix the bugs they themselves have created. It’s a vanity project, management in denial. Is this familiar?


      I’ll update shortly

      • Sorry for the late reply – while I thought I’m kinda acknowledged with blog system I couldn’t add anything to your post. Maybe it’s the idea that comments shouldn’t interfere with the initial post, don’t know;)

        By the way, one more little addition – I got a Phil Woods – Greek Cooking album with ABC-Paramount address both sides, mono copy, here’s a link to a picture

        • Hi Thanks for this. Something not right here – the orange printed letters “mpulse” have misaligned in printing, leaving them part-white. From the groove impression the label has not centred with the disc. Now we know how the label was set up for printing – a black and white label over-printed in orange.

          Unless I am mistaken, the existing label for A-9143 says “A product of ABC Paramount Records Inc”?

          • “Now we know how the label was set up for printing – a black and white label over-printed in orange.”

            And now we know why there is no address on the bottom of WLP copies!

  3. Thanks for cleaning up the whole ‘Impulse!” label section. It is now clear and concise. I realize the amount of work it must take to keep this site going. I thank you for all the time and effort. I have never found a better jazz blog. It is much more than a place for collectors to pick up information. It is a fitting tribute to the art form we call jazz.

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