Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | July 20, 2019

Was that vinyl l.p. made in Cornwall?


Decca_1966-10-19 2 FX CR_web
Have you ever wondered how to identify vinyl music records that were made at the former East Front Decca / Compo record factory here in Cornwall? If so, you are not alone. Here are some pointers. For starters, from 1964 until the early 1970s the Cornwall plant used a 1″ pressing ring; note the 1″ circle around the spindle hole. It seems likely that the Compo Lachine plant was using a 1″ ring at an earlier date, but not overlapping with Cornwall. Additionally, Compo did press some l.p. s for Decca in the United States. Below are some examples of Compo records (a few may have been made at the Lachine factory rather than in Cornwall).

    • Decca label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

Brenda Lee_Bye Bye Blues_Labelled
Glenn Miller_Story_Labelled
Grady Martin_Roaring 20s_LabelledVarious_We WYaMC_Labelled

    • MCA Decca label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

MCA_Decca_Jack_Greene

    • United Artists label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

UA_George_Jones
Sunday and Me_Jay and the Americans_Labelled

    • Everest label, Compo Canada, 1″ pressing ring:

Everest_Patsy_Cline

  • Others:

Note that records pressed by Decca in London, England bear a slightly larger pressing ring mark:

Decca_London_Labelled


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