ABC-Paramount had a deal with Bell Sound in NYC in the 1950s and 60s. Bell took care of ABC's mastering and bookeeping needs, stored their tape library and did the messy paperwork involving pressing plants, inventory, etc. I've stored copies of this information for 30 years (not sure why). Today I'm trashing a lot of paper files. Before I do that, I'm recopying it here in case anyone cares. The Ray Charles ABC-Paramount LP of "Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music sold a lot of copies. It was a surprise hit. I have here all of the original cutting dates, including recuts for the stereo and mono versions of the LP. If you have one, check and see when YOUR LP or 45 release on ABC was actually mastered for vinyl at BELL SOUND. BELL SOUND cutting notes: Side one/STEREO VERSION: ABCS 410a (no dash number) 2/9/62 LONGWEAR and 2/23/62, same number, same EQ ABCS 410a-1 3/5/62 LONGWEAR ABCS 410a-3 3/23/65 LONGWEAR ABCS 410a-4 3/4/66 LONGWEAR ABCS 410a-5 10/25/67 MONARCH ABCS 410a-6 2/13/68 LONGWEAR Side two: ABCS 410b (no dash number) 2/9/62 LONGWEAR and 2/23/62, same number, same EQ ABCS 410b-1 3/5/62 LONGWEAR ABCS 410b-3 3/23/65 LONGWEAR ABCS 410b-4 3/4/66 LONGWEAR ABCS 410b-5 10/25/67 MONARCH ABCS 410b-6 2/13/68 LONGWEAR Note, LONGWEAR is a pressing plant, used by ABC almost always. Monarch was the exception.. I find it interesting (and good) that both sides were recut when a new part was needed. This keeps all of the issues even, sound-wise. The sad thing is that I'm sure BELL SOUND did this for extra billing, and nothing to do with sound quality between sides. Still, a win for the Hi-Fi team.. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- BELL SOUND MONO LP cutting notes: Note the different numbering: the "1" dash is the FIRST CUTTING. On the stereo, the first cutting had no dash number.. Side one/MONO VERSION: ABC 410A-1 2/19/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-2 2/28/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-3 4/17/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-4 4/24/62 to PLASTIC PROD. ABC 410A-5 6/6/62 to PLASTIC PROD. ABC 410A-6 6/22/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-7 8/23/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-8 3/24/65 to LONGWEAR ABC 410A-9 3/1/66 to LONGWEAR End of mono era. Side two/MONO VERSION: ABC 410B-1 2/19/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-2 2/28/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-3 4/17/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-4 4/24/62 to PLASTIC PROD. ABC 410B-5 6/6/62 to PLASTIC PROD. ABC 410B-6 6/22/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-7 8/23/62 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-8 3/24/65 to LONGWEAR ABC 410B-9 3/1/66 to LONGWEAR End of mono era. Note the amazing number of recuts of the mono LP in 1962, more copies sold than the stereo issue. This was a giant hit album. I have the pressing information for the two singles released from this album: BORN TO LOSE/I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU (EDITED) ABC-10330 1A, 1B, 1C 4/18/62 LONGWEAR 1D, PLASTIC PROD., 1E, 1F MONARCH All same date. 1G, 1H 4/19/62, PLASTIC PROD. Same EQ, protection lacquers for parts YOU DON'T KNOW ME/CARELESS LOVE (EDITED) ABC-10345 6/15/62: 1A LONGWEAR, 1B PLASTIC PROD., 1C MONARCH. 6/18/62: 2A LONGWEAR, 2B PLASTIC PROD., 2C MONARCH I have NO information on any "stereo 45" cuttings done for this album (if there were any).. There ya go, now I can clean house a bit..