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From: "D P Ingram" <[log in to unmask]>
> Hello all.
> (Sorry for the large number of posts today ... keeping things
> separate to help digest members).
> As part of a cataloguing idea I am trying to sketch out some
> schematics. Could somebody kindly explain/clarify something for me?
> One record release can have several matrix numbers dependent on when
> it was produced? Would it be acceptable for a catalogue to associate
> several matrixes to the main track information (i.e. artist, album)
> rather than create several annoying versions of the self same record?
> I appreciate one should keep the catalogue number unique as different
> "mixes" and versions could appear for different territories and
> markets but would it be acceptable to associate the different
> matrixes to the one catalogue number where known.
This is ONLY true for "multi-track" recordings, such as LP's or
45rpm EP's (or CD's usually anthologies or artist-specific
For LP's (etc.) it depends on the policies of the record company.
Some companies assigned separate matrix numbers to each song...
particularly when they were recorded (or final-mixed, in this
current era) on different dates and/or in different places.
Other companies/labels assigned a "matrix number" to the final
"matrix" used to manufature the LP/45 discs ...this is actually
technically correct. And...a lot used BOTH methods...assigning
an internal number to each track, and an actual "matrix number"
to the disc which would be issued. If a number appears on the
label, it is most likely to be the latter...
Steven C. Barr