Warner Brothers dead wax question

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by psulioninks, May 18, 2018.

  1. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Kansas City, USA
    A friend gave me a copy of Black Sabbath's Heaven And Hell with the following information in the dead wax:

    Side A: BSK-1-3372-WW2 #2 Winchester logo
    Side B: BSK-2-3372 JW3 #1

    Based on my prior knowledge, I understand that the JW and WW are pressing plants used by Capitol:

    JW = Jacksonville, IL
    WW = Winchester, VA

    I've got many records with a side A mastered by one person/facility and side B another - no big deal, I understand that. But if these are pressing plant codes...shouldn't they be the same? Or do these codes signify they were mastered/cut, not pressed there?

    Why is this confusing me???
     
  2. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    Location:
    The ATX
    Perhaps those codes indicate where the plate was intended to go, but not necessarily where it ended up. I’ve seen several records with mixed codes like that. I never really thought about it.
     
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  3. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    Wherever it was pressed, one Winchester and one Jacksonville sourced stamper were used. Thats all.
     
  4. psulioninks

    psulioninks Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Kansas City, USA
    So, this album was pressed by a Capitol facility, one just can't determine which one as there are stampers from two different locations?
     
  5. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    Location:
    The ATX
    Someone like @W.B. might be able to tell which plant from other clues.
     
  6. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    Yes as I understand it, plants procured paper labels that, while essentially the same label, have different fonts, text size, line arrangement, color tone etc. So a pressing facility might use metal stampers sourced from lacquers cut at sister plants, and the label might resolve where it was. Minutia for sure.
     

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