Philips

1959 Phillips Microgroove UK

Phillips 1967 UK

Phillips runout: Type-faced machine stamp matrix codes

Matrix codes on Philips deadwax indicate country of origin, codes as follows:

  • Austria – 720;
  • Australia – 150;
  • Belgium – 170;
  • Brazil – 200;
  • Canada – 230;
  • Denmark – 300;
  • Far East – 022;
  • France – 380;
  • Germany – 320;
  • Great Britain – 420;
  • Hungary – 450;
  • Italy – 520;
  • Luxembourg – 630;
  • Norway – 710;
  • Netherlands – 670;
  • Portugal – 790;
  • South Africa – 960;
  • Spain – 850;
  • Sweden – 970;
  • Switzerland – 980;
  • Rest of the World 000.

In the ’70s Philips records were pressed at the Philips (renamed ‘Phonodisc’) plant in Walthamstow.  The legend action – for want of a better description – on records in the Philips / Polydor groups and their successors all takes place at the top of the record, and the legend is typefaced.  

The basic matrix number is at twelve o’clock: for Philips / Phonogram singles it consists of the catalogue number followed closely by a ‘1F’ (for an ‘A’ side) or a ‘2F’ (for a ‘B’ side).  Then come two forward slashes, a single number (usually a ‘1’ or a ‘2’), an inverted triangle and (usually, for British singles) the number ‘420’.  For example you might find ‘6006160 1F//s420’ (Philips), ‘6059026 2F//1s420’ (Vertigo), or ‘6076002 1F//1s420’ (Nashville).  

‘Seb’ has written in to identfiy the various components: the first ‘1’ or ‘2’ after the catalogue number are side identifiers; the ‘F’ is the ‘media identifier’ and indicates that the record is a 7″ (‘Y’ would mean a 12″ or an LP)

(LJC: I ‘m not sure this is correct – in the above photo example with “F” is a 12″ LP);

the number before the inverted triangle is the ‘lacquer cut sequence number’; and the number after the triangle (not illustrated) is the ‘lacquer cut machine number’ – it indicates what country the lacquer was cut in.” 

Information  from 7t77.CO.UK/ MATRIX NUMBERS

In addition to their own record labels, such as Fontana, Philips also pressed for some other labels, including some Riverside, (whose UK releases show either the Philips legend at 12 o’clock, or the Decca legend at 6 o’clock)

Philips UK pressing plant was located in Chingford on the outer north east London periphery served by London Underground’s Central Line.

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(Best enjoyed with it’s spoof train stations)

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4 thoughts on “Philips

  1. Do you have a particular album in mind? I have Mingus Dynasty on Dutch Philips in stereo, the qualité is excellent, as good as the Columbia originals. Some albums were issued in mono only, in the U.K. and in the Netherlands, like Mingus Ah Hûm.

    • John Coltrane’s Impressions but its weird because its was pressed in 1963, the year of the Release yet it doesn’t have a Van Gelder stamp. Thanks

  2. anyone have any insight on quality of the black label Philips hifi Stereo dutch pressings? I;m guessing the UK is better?

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