Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago. EMI master types were sent to Universal Recording Corporation for mastering, a process that involves the cutting of lacquer discs. The recording engineer who cut the lacquer hand etched his initials “RA” into the trail off area of the discs, along with each song’s master number. Subsequently another difference appearing in the trail off areas of the other variation is that the initials “URJ” appear instead of “RA”. Apparently, these discs were mastered by an individual whose initials “URJ”.
Audio Matrix Inc, Bronx, New York. The lacquers were sent to Audio Matrix Inc. to prepare the metal parts necessary to manufacture the records. These metal parts included masters, mothers and the actual stampers used to press the records. Metal parts produced by Audio Matrix have the company’s logo machine stamped into their trail off areas, which transfers to the finished record. The sharpness of the logo varies among individual records. This is due to the image on the stamper wearing down from excessive use. On some discs the words “Audio Matrix” are clearly visible while on others all that remains is what appears to be a series of dots. Job numbers of Monarch Records. The discs manufactured by Monarch Records contain a hand etched job number preceded by a triangle symbol.
Symbols of manufacturers:
The primary pressing plants used by Vee-Jay were:
1. ARP – The American Record Pressing Co, Owosso, Michigan.
2. MR – Monarch Record, Los Angeles, California.
3. ARC – Allentown Record Co. Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania.
4. “-1” – Southern Plastics, Nashville, Tennessee.
4. Matrix numbers 63-3402-2 / 63-3403-3 – Columbia Records, Terre Houte, Indiana or Bridgeport.
Master numbers of Universal Recording Corporation and job numbers of Monarch Records:
VJLP 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version One) – Side 1: master number 63-3402, job number 5702; Side 2: master number 63-3403, job number 5702X.
VJLPS 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version One) – Side 1: master number 63-3402S, job number 5689; Side 2: master number 63-3403S, job number 5689X.
VJLP 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version Two) – Side 1: master number 63-3402, job number 6307; Side 2: master number 63-3403, job number 6307X.
VJLPS 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version Two) – Side 1: master number 63-3402-S, job number 6313; Side 2: master number 63-3403-S, job number 6313X.
VJLP 1085 The Beatles & Frank Ifield – Side 1: master number 64-3852, job number 6295; Side 2: master number 64-3853, job number 6295X.
VJLPS 1085 The Beatles & Frank Ifield – Side 1: master number 64-3852S, job number 6298; Side 2: master number 64-3853S, job number 6298X.
PRO 202 Hear The Beatles Tell All – Side 1: master number 64-6608, job number 7109; Side 2: master number 64-6609, job number 7109X.