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  1. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    Thanks for clearing this up Pete.
  2. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    The original post was factually incorrect for some reason. It's 4914, same as the ARP pressing.
  3. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    I also agree that how this record sounds is as important as the fact that it's from a different plant to the so-far-known copies. ARP pressings were notorious as the cheapest, noisiest vinyl records you could get from a major facility. I'd imagine a Southern ...
  4. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    Southern Plastics did have their own label-copy/artwork department. Their typesetting on Motown releases is pretty distinctive and highly consistent if you know what to look for. Thinking about the Frank Wilson disc I went to my shelves to pick out a han...
  5. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    45cat.com now has the images from this listing as well as Tim Brown's copy plus the former Kenny Burrell copy autographed by Frank Wilson. It now looks obvious to me that Tim's copy says in red handwriting "American Pressing" while this one has "S/P" (So...
  6. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    That relates to their custom clients Chalky: small labels essentially.
  7. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    The DM code DM ZQL 163317 tells us it was produced by Davis & Gordon and the engineering supervised by Lawrence Horn. Perhaps it is his handwriting on the copies of this disc we have seen so far. He died in prison earlier this year while serving a life se...
  8. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    All the Motown mastering in 1965 was done by RCA's mastering studio in Chicago (pre 1965 they used Bell Sound as well). The lacquers would be sent back to Motown and then passed on to the various pressing plants. The fact that this has the Nashville Matrix an...
  9. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    So apparently the two known, labelled copies were pressed at ARP. This one at Southern Plastics. Might not be outside the bounds of possibility there are styrene test pressings done at Monarch as well. Get digging everyone.
  10. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    Just doing some reading about the mastering process used by Motown at the time. This from former Motown engineer Bob Ohlsson via the Steve Hoffman music forum: "I was one of the four mastering engineers at Motown in Detroit between 1965 and 1972. E...
  11. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    Good info mshoals. Which makes this a Motown recording mastered at RCA and intended to be pressed at Southern Plastics in Nashville. It would be good to know what's in the deadwax of the two labelled copies which are known to exist.
  12. Possibly THE Rarest Soul 45?

    A lot of the supposition on this topic shows an incomplete or fuzzy understanding of how the manufacturing process at Motown worked. By 1965 Motown manufacturing was a labyrinthine process involving many outside facilities for mastering and pressing. RCA...
  13. Jackie Lee - Darkest Days - Boot Or Genuine

    Glad this got resolved Ray and glad my hunch about it being completely legit has been confirmed. Nice record to have!
  14. Jackie Lee - Darkest Days - Boot Or Genuine

    I must say that the first scan above looks very much like a legitimate ABC press from their factory on Long Island NY, which was called True Sound. It may be the case that the only first pressing of 1968 was done on styrene at Monarch with delta number ...
  15. Montgomery 'beloved' Scepter "RARER" title Q?

    The west coast one must be pretty scarce. Never seen one in the flesh.