The Rush Vinyl Pressings Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by saundr00, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Hello Rush Fans,

    I thought it would be a good idea to have a comprehensive list/discussion of Rush's various vinyl pressings. It can serve as a one stop shop for Rush vinyl related questions.

    Why don't we go about this album by album in order of release at first. Then, after we are finished, any questions/additions can be taken out of order.

    In the next thread I'll dump all of my Rush deadwax information. This is just so I have a place to keep it. After that, I will start a new thread for each album.

    Let's have fun!
    :goodie:
     
  2. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Bobby's Rush Deadwax Info

    Fly By Night
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    Side 1 SRM-1-1023-A-PRC-R-1-1-1 Masterdisk BK P1
    Side 2 SRM-1-1023-B-PRC-R-1-1-111 Masterdisk BK 8

    Fly By Night
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    Side A SRM-1-1023-A-CT1 \T Masterdisk GK A9
    Side B SRM-1-1023-B-CT2 \T Masterdisk GK A2

    Caress Of Steel
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    Side A B-1 <-> SRM-1-1046-A-K2 Masterdisk AM
    Side B B-1 <-> SRM-1-1046-B-K2 Masterdisk AM

    Caress Of Steel
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    Side A T1 SRM-1-1046 A2 CT V?
    Side B T2 SRM-1-1046 B1 V?

    2112
    US
    Black Mercury Label
    Side A Masterdisk BK SRM-1-1079-A-PRC-3-1-1-11 W -81-
    Side B Masterdisk SRM-1-1079-B-PRC-C-1-1-1 -P(6?)-

    All The World's A Stage
    US
    Black Mercury Label
    R1 Side A Masterdisk HW SRM-2-7508-A-PRC-R-2-1
    R1 Side D Masterdisk GK SRM-2-7508 D-PRC-1-11-111
    R2 Side B Masterdisk GK SRM-2-7506 B-PRC-1-11-1111
    R2 Side C Masterdisk GK SRM-2-7508 C-PRC 1-1

    All The World's A Stage
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    R1 Side A T3 SRM-2-7508 A-2 CT JAMF A1
    R1 Side D SRM-2-7508 D-CT8 1 \T Masterdisk GK 2A
    R2 Side B T1 SRM-2-7508-B2 CT JAMF C8
    R2 Side C SRM-2-7508 C-CT7 \T Masterdisk GK L6

    A Farewell To Kings
    US
    Black Mercury Label
    Side A Masterdisk HW A-4 (triangle) SRM-1-1184-A-K
    Side B Masterdisk AM B-1 (symbol?) SRM-1-1184-BS-HRM1

    A Farewell To Kings
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    Side One SRM-1-1184 CP A6 JAMF A
    Side Two SRM-1-1184 CP B6 JAMF

    Hemispheres
    US
    Brain Mercury Label
    Side A SRM-1-3743-A-1-11-11-P1 PRC
    Side B SRM-1-3743-B-2-11-111-?? PRC

    Permanent Waves
    US
    Grey Mercury Label
    Side A B-1 (triangle) SRM-1-4001-A #822-5841 Trutone Disc Labs-Pa.6 85 HRM
    Side B B- (triangle) 822-548-1B-1 SRM-1-4001 HRM Mastered by Trutone-Pa.1-87

    Permanent Waves
    UK
    Blue Mercury Label
    Side 1 12 11 9100 071 1YH1(triangle)13
    Side 2 9100 071 2VH2(triangle)13 11 15

    Exit... Stage Left
    US
    Exit... Mercury Label
    R1 Side One C-3 <-> SRM-2-7001-AS-HRM-2 Masterdisk BK
    R1 Side Two A-3 <-> SRM-2-7001-BS-HRM Masterdisk
    R2 Side Three C-4 <-> SRM-2-7001-Cs-HRM-2 Masterdisk BK
    R2 Side Four B-4 <-> SRM-2-7001-DS-HRM-1 Masterdisk RL

    Signals
    US
    Hydrant Mercury Label
    Side I D1 <-> SRM-1-4063-A-HRM3 Masterdisk BK
    Side II B-2 <-> SRM-1-4063-BS-HRM1 Masterdisk BK

    Signals
    US
    RCA Music Service
    Hydrant Mercury Label
    Side I A2 R104831A 1 1
    Side II A2G R104831B 1

    Grace Under Pressure
    US
    P/G Mercury Label
    Side One A-5 <-> 422-818476-1-AS-HRM Masterdisk
    Side Two B-1 <-> 422-818476-1-BS-HRM1 Masterdisk

    Grace Under Pressure
    US
    P/G Mercury Label
    Side One 422.818476.1.AS.PRCR.1-1-3-?
    Side Two 422.818476.1.BS.PRCR 1-1-2-? Masterdisk BK

    Hold Your Fire
    US
    Red Balls Mercury Label
    Side A Masterdisk 422-832-464-1-AS SP1 1-2
    Side B Masterdisk 422-832-464-1-BS-DMM-SP1 SP2-1

    A Show Of Hands
    US
    Squigly People Mercury Label
    R1 1 422-836-3471-AS-C1 DMM Masterdisk G5 D
    R1 2 422-836-3471-BS C1 Masterdisk DMM G3 D
    R2 3 422-836-3481-CS C1 Masterdisk DMM G5 A
    R2 4 422-836-3481-DS-C2-DMM C G6 Masterdisk

    Presto
    US
    Orange/Black Atlantic Label
    Side One STA-897651 A DMM-1 Masterdisk DMM SP1-6
    Side Two STA-897652 A DMM-1 Masterdisk DMM SP1-1

    Snakes & Arrows
    US
    Anthem Tan Label
    A RH1 1-177084 A 15515 1(3) SS `1'
    B RH1 1-177084 B 15515 2(3)
    C RH1 1-177084 C 15515 3(3)
    D RH1 1-177084 D 15515 4(3) SS `1'

    Rush Through Time
    West Germany
    Blue Mercury Label
    Side 1 10 AA6337171 1 Y 320
    Side 2 10 AA6337171 2 Y 320

    Rush Through Time
    The Netherlands
    Blue Mercury Label
    Side 1 6337 171 1Y 1 670 ??13 06
    Side 2 6337 171 2Y 1 670 ?? 9 06

    Archives
    US
    Skyline Mercury Label
    R1 Side A SRM-3-9200-A-CP8 Masterdisk GK
    R1 Side B SRM-3-9200 CP8 Masterdisk GK
    R2 Side C SRM-3-9200-C-CP-3 Masterdisk GK
    R2 Side D SRM-3-9200-D-CP-4 Masterdisk GK
    R3 Side E SRM-3-9200-E-3
    R3 Side F SRM-3-9200-F-1
     
  3. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Rush - Self Titled

    OK. Let's get started. This is a little odd because I don't own a copy of the first album except for the one in Archives and we will discuss Archives separately.

    Please post your deadwax information for the first Rush album and let's open up the floor for any information/questions on Rush S/T.

    First questions comes from me. Does anyone know who mastered the Canadian Moon records version of the album?
     
  4. Jvalvano

    Jvalvano Forum Resident

    Location:
    NH
    My deadwax for Rush S/T - SRM-1-1011-A-CTI Masterdisk G.K also has a ' 7" ' in the deadwax on side 1.
    side 2 SRM-1-1011-B-CPA
     
  5. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Thanks for responding.

    Two questions:

    Is this a US pressing?
    Does it have the skyline or black label?

    Looks like you have a Gilbert Kong mastering on side one. I wonder where your side two came from...
     
  6. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    How to read Mercury deadwax

    While I'm waiting for the Rush s/t information and questions to come flooding in :laugh:, maybe we can talk about how to interpret the deadwax info on Mercury records pressings.

    Here's an example:

    SRM-1-1011-A-CTI

    1011 I'm pretty sure is the catalog number for the record.
    A is the side of the record.

    That leaves us with SRM, 1, and CTI (CP, C1, C2, PRC, PRCR, HRM). Does anyone out there know what these signify? It will help us later in discussions.

    JAMF stands for Just Another Mastering Facility.

    Thanks!
     
  7. Curiosity

    Curiosity Portable Audio Fan

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Good thread idea. I'll post the details of PW Anthem tomorrow together with UK 2112 and A Farewell To Kings.
    Let's start with the bad news, eh?
    My Anthem 1977 credit Wally cut Fly By Night and UK Mercury 2112 have gone AWL! :eek:

    Rush S/T UK Mercury PRICE 18 (1984 re-issue) Blue label
    Matrix PRICE A1/B1. Comment decent sounding with thick quiet vinyl.

    A Caress Of Steel UK Mercury 9100 018 Deluxe) G/fold sleeve 1st issue
    Matrix Side 1 9100018 1v//1 420 05 1 1 Side 2 9100018 2v//1 420 05 1 1
    Comment: plain paper sleeve.

    A Farewell To Kings UK Mercury 9100 042 G/Folded sleeve First issue
    Matrix Side1 9100018 1v//1 420 05 1 1 Side 2 9100018 2v//1 420 05 1 1
    comment: Picture inner sleeve. This copy bought in April 1982 over here.

    Permanent Waves Anthem ANR-1-1024 First issue. picture inner sleeve
    Yonge Street address present.
    Matrix Handwritten Side 1 ANR-1-1021-A (1) "Trident UK" side 2 ANR-1-1021-B(2) RAYS
    Comment: Trident was the UK mastering house credited on the sleeve and RayS is Ray Staff, the Mastering engineer responsible. This is gorgeous sounding and fairly quiet.
     
  8. ChrisM

    ChrisM Reclusive Enabler

    Location:
    SW Ontario, Canada
    Well, mine is a Canadian pressing on Anthem. The info in the deadwax is simply ANR-1-1001 followed by "Side 1" and "Side 2". There is other hand-etched info in the deadwax but it has been scratched out. Also in the deadwax is a circle within a circle (sort of like a target). Not sure if that means much.

    The back cover lists Anthem's mailing address on Yonge st in Oak Ridges, Ontario. Also states it's distributed by Capitol Records - EMI of Canada Ltd with their Mississauga address.

    Earliest Anthem Records may not have listed the Capitol info on the sleeve. Perhaps the catalogue number was also different and that it what has been scratched out in the deadwax.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  9. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Thanks Chris. Do you have any idea of the vintage of your record? Could you please describe the label? Is there a bar code?
     
  10. ChrisM

    ChrisM Reclusive Enabler

    Location:
    SW Ontario, Canada
    This pressing probably dates from 1977 - 1979 is my best guess. It's the standard Anthem blue label (darker blue at the top turning lighter towards the bottom. Pre-bar code era. In the late '70s Capitol started putting a sticker on Anthem label records shrink-wrap stating that they were distributed by them. Since the Capitol info is printed on the sleeve, that likely means it was manufactured shortly after that.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  11. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Forum Resident

    I have two copies of Rushs' self titled.

    First is Moon Records. Deadwax has mn-100-A. RUSH Printed in Red on Jacket
    Second is Mercury Skyline. Deadwax side 1 has SRM-1-1011-A-CAL-RE Q then it reads G KONG Rush printed in Pink on Jacket

    Both Canadian issues
     
  12. ChrisM

    ChrisM Reclusive Enabler

    Location:
    SW Ontario, Canada
    Mastered by Gilbert Kong. Nice!

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  13. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Forum Resident

    Could you elaborate abit more on my copies?
    anything special?
     
  14. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Forum Resident

    Moving Pictures Anthem ANR-1-1030-A2 then a 3 with a circle around it.
    Caress Of Steel Murcury skyline SRM-1-1046 A3
    Fly By Night mercury skyline SRM-1-1023-B-CAN-3 g.k.
    A Farwell To Kings Anthem(Blue) ANR-1-1010 A x

    I have others...i'll have to dig them out.
     
  15. Gorgon

    Gorgon Forum Resident

    there is yet another early Canadian pressing of the s/t album that is the Red Mercury label (not the skyline) i don't have the dead wax info handy but i do have both of the Mercury releases....
     
  16. christopher

    christopher Forum Neurotic

    Moving Pictures
    US
    Custom Mercury Label
    Side 1: SRM-1-4013-A5-PW1 MASTERDISK RL (PR) P
    Side 2: SRM-1-4013-B5-PW1 MASTERDISK RL (PR)

    later, chris
     
  17. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Gilbert Kong worked at Masterdisk along with Bob Ludwig and a few others.s His work on the Rush titles is preferred by many.
     
  18. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Would you mind describing the label of the Moon copy? I've never seen it.
     
  19. ChrisM

    ChrisM Reclusive Enabler

    Location:
    SW Ontario, Canada
    Exactly. Seeing his name in the deadwax is a good thing!

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  20. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Oops. When I said thread, I meant post. We'll keep this all in one thread.

    Thanks.
     
  21. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Forum Resident

    Baby blue label, Moon Records Logo is Blue, tracks printed in black
     
  22. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Taken from http://www.wellers.demon.co.uk/Rush and Anthem Records.htm

    "Initially Polydor manufactured and distributed Anthem releases in Canada, but they were replaced by Capitol-EMI in March 1978, by CBS in October 1989 (CBS were acquired by Sony in 1988), and by MCA Records (now called Universal Music) in October 1995."
     
  23. ChrisM

    ChrisM Reclusive Enabler

    Location:
    SW Ontario, Canada
    Ah, yes. I now recall the change from Polydor to Capitol. I was working at a record shop at the time. The Capitol sticker on the shrink-wrap was likely to denote the new distributor of some old stock.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  24. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    Looks like SRM means it was a Mercury pressing. The 1, I think, means that the album had one record. All The World's A Stage and Exit Stage Left have a 2 in this position. Archives has a 3 in this position.

    I'm guessing that CTI, CP, HRM, PRC, etc. indicate the pressing plant used? Is there anyone with any info on this?
     
  25. saundr00

    saundr00 Bobby Thread Starter

    US Pressing Plant Initials

    Here are some of the pressing plant codes I've found so far. They mostly came from the Hoffman site.

    HRM = Hauppauge Record Manufacturing, Long Island, NY
    CT = Columbia, Terre Haute, IN
    CP = Columbia, Pitman, NJ
    PRC = PRC Recording Corp, Richmond, IN
    PRC-R = PRC Recording Corp, Richmond, IN
    PRC-C = PRC Recording Corp, Compton, CA
     

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