Well, from what I remember, and for what it is worth, these were actual
phrases like, "Keep on Truckin" and "Still Spinning" in a very fluid,
almost perfect, penmanship.
Would have been pretty mainstream stuff in the late 70's and early
80's; Bad Co, Hendrix, Foghat, Eagles, The Fixx, etc... Sorry, don' t
remember the record labels off hand.
Tom Fine wrote:
> I think all sorts of strange stuff took place with cutting guys in the
> 60's, 70's and at th end of the LP era. Stan Ricker had some quite
> original stuff in his Mobile Fidelity cuts of the 70's. In earlier
> times, too much fanciful stuff was frowned on but every cutter had his
> "maker's mark" that he would inscribe. At Fine Sound in the 50's, most
> cuts would just have the catalog number stamped in the dead wax like
> early Mercury MG series. Same for Verve, Kapp and Grand Award cut
> there. This might have been a practice my father picked up at Reeves
> in the late 40's or Majestic before that. When Fine Recording opened
> up, George Piros was dealing with more lathes and more cutter heads
> -- certain combinations preferred by certain producers -- so he
> started a code of "PXX" with XX being a number representing a lathe
> and cutter head. He would hand-scribe his mark plus the catalog number
> and side a or b into the dead wax. John Johnson would scribe JJ. Once
> dedicated mastering houses sprung up, you'd see a stamp imprint of,
> for instance, "Mastered by MasterDisc". I'm not sure if guys at the
> pressing plant would further scribe the dead wax to indicate a
> replacement part or later replacement master. I would imagine a major
> label's mastering department, like Columbia, would some pretty complex
> codes to follow in the interest of uniformity.
> Bob, how many cutters were there at Motown and what was your system?
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Frank Wylie" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 6:53 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] LP pressing question
>> Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
>>> Dead wax is the term for the area in between the label.and the end
>>> of the runoff groove.Actually non-promo test pressings get out there
>>> quite a bit.I own several dozen.At least 100 or so,including one of
>>> "A Christmas Gift to You From Philles Records".The oldest one I have
>>> seen,is an early Columbia test pressing of an uncredited recording
>>> of "Casey Jones",that I was able to date to about 1906.I sold it on
>>> eBay last year.This had a blank white label,with the title written
>>> in pencil,and the label usually found on the backs of Columbia of
>>> this period.
>> Apropos of nothing; I remember as a teen discovering cryptic
>> messages inscribed in the "dead wax" (thanks for a new term!) area of
>> LPs I purchased. They must have been cut into the masters and most
>> messages were in the (for lack of a better term) retrace area that
>> parks the needle at the end of the record.
>> Can't even remember which albums had these strange tags on the
>> retrace; anyone else know of this practice and any history behind it?
>> S. Frank Wylie
>> Independent Motion Picture Specialist
>> Dayton, Ohio
S. Frank Wylie
Independent Motion Picture Specialist