While they were not digital, Franklin Mint pressed their 100 Greatest Recordings of All Time on red vinyl. I believe this series started in 1979.
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] RCA red vinyl for digital
RCA Red Seal (classical front-line label) pressed its first digital record -- Ormandy/Philly Bartok Concerto for Orchestra -- on red vinyl. Does anyone know for sure if they did any other first-issue digitals on red vinyl?
Pablo also did their first series of digital records on red vinyl. I suspect RCA was doing the pressing, although by that time Pablo was saying "Manufactured by Pablo Records" on their LPs. The early Pablo records said on the label that they were manufactured by RCA. I suspect that Norman Granz got that changed once the label got established, but probably kept RCA doing the pressing until Pablo was bought by Fantasy Group.
Anyway, was anyone else using red vinyl regularly in that time period -- 1978-1980?
-- Tom Fine