Specialty Records Corporation/WEA Manufacturing matrix codes

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Attributes by Generation

Attribute     Gen1         Gen2         Gen3         Gen4         GenX1         Gen5         Gen6         Gen7         GenX2         GenX3         GenX4    
Surrounding blocks Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No
Unused space filled filled filled empty empty asterisks empty empty empty empty empty
Matrix text style[1] DOT-MATRIX DOT-MATRIX DOT-MATRIX DOT-MATRIX DOT-MATRIX DOT-MATRIX COURIER COURIER COURIER BOLD SANS BOLD SANS
Single-digit label ID[2] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mother/Stamper ID (M#S#) none none monospace monospace monospace monospace monospace proportional proportional proportional proportional
Barcode blocks[3] none none none thick none none thin thin thinner thinner thinner
Possible SRC/digit separators dash, blank ## or ** ## or ** ## or **
Logo none none none none none none SRC swirl SRC swirl wea wea none

Estimated Generation Dates

Gen Rel Type Date Date Source Artist Title Label Catalog Matrix Notes
- Plant Opened &19861001Q4 1986 Billboard n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2 Earliest Known &1987070707 Jul 1987 Amazon George Benson/Earl Klugh Collaboration Warner Bros. 9 25580-2 1 25580-2 SRC-01
4 Earliest Known &1990090404 Sep 1990 (unknown) Various Artists Just Day Da: Volume IV of Just Say Yes Warner Bros. 9 26420-2 1 26240-2 SRC+03 M1S2 +thick-block barcode
X1 Only Known &199206321992 Release Tom Tom Club "Sunshine and Ecstasy" Sire/Reprise 9 40444-2 1 40444-2 SRC*05
5 Earliest Known &19920699Summer 1992 (assumed) Various Artists Lollapalooza '92 Warner Bros. PRO-CD-5500 1 PRO CD 5500-2 SRC*01 M1S3 +wraparound asterisks; promo-only
5 Latest Known &1993061515 Jun 1993 Amazon Bob James/Earl Klugh One on One Warner Bros. 9 45141-2 1 45141-2 SRC**01 M1S1
6 Earliest Known &1993062222 Jun 1993 unknown George Benson Love Remembers Warner Bros. 9 26685-2 1 26685-2 SRC**01 M1S1
6 Latest Known &1996051414 May 1996 unknown

See Also

"CDs Pressed by Specialty: SRC code?" (Steve Hoffman Forums thread)

References

  1. ^ Dot-matrix text can be 5x5 or 7x5 in any generation. This is probably due to differences in the model of mastering equiment used.
  2. ^ 1: Warner Bros.; 2: Elektra; 3: Atlantic
  3. ^ For "thick" blocks, the smaller blocks are 1/2 the size of the larger ones; for "thin" blocks, the smaller blocks are 1/3 the size of the larger ones.
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