CBS Records, Artarmon

CBS Records, Artarmon

Profile:
Australian vinyl pressing and cassette duplication plant of CBS Records Australia Limited, located in Artarmon, NSW. Operating under this name between 1977 and 1991.

Artarmon lacquer cuts can be identified by MX followed by six digits, consecutively for sides A and B, etc., e.g MX 215727 / MX 215728. The numbers are sequential and can be added as cat# by using Lacquer Cut At, see example here. Lacquers were cut on Neumann lathes.
Artarmon pressings can be identified by the characteristic 70mm pressing ring, see example here.

Previous name of the plant: ARC, Artarmon (1953 - 1977).

Known lacquer cutting engineers:
Tony Taurins (1977 - 1991), identifiable by a Δ (delta) preceding the MX numbers (the left side of the triangle may protrude slightly beyond the apex in some cases).
Meredith Brooks (2) (1980 - 1991), identifiiable by a ♀ (female sign) preceding the MX numbers.
Steve Smart (1980 to 1991), identifiable by a Å (A with overring) preceding the MX numbers, often in combination with "A Smart Cut".

The matrix sequences:
CBS Artarmon used batches of matrix numbers for their cuts (all numbers and dates are indicative, and likely subject to precisions):
MX179401 - MX179999 - running from November 1977 to March 1978
(MX180001 - MX184599 - allocated to ARC Artarmon until October 1977)
MX184601 - MX204999 - running from November 1977 to November 1984
MX205001 - MX214399 - running from January 1982 to November 1987
MX214401 - MX214999 - not allocated
MX215001 - MX219999 - running from November 1984 to November 1987
MX220001 - MX220199 - sequence used from October 1985 to December 1985 only
MX220201 - MX249999 - not allocated
MX250001 - MX255399 - running from November 1987 to March 1991
MX255401 - MX299999 - not allocated
MX300001 - MX308399 - running from November 1987 to July 1991
Important note: the cut/ pressing and the factual release date often differ by weeks or even months.

History:
In February 1960, CBS Records, the recording division of the American CBS radio and TV conglomerate, took control over the Sydney-based A.R.C. (Australian Record Company Limited), but only formalised its control over A.R.C. when it changed the company's name to CBS Records Australia Limited, on 17 October 1977.

All the 12" and 7" pressing equipment was originally designed and manufactured by Columbia USA, although many components (where possible) were made locally in Australia.

In the 1980s, the cassette manufacturing was moved from Artarmon to a plant in Lidcombe, where manual compact disc assembly was also introduced.

In January 1991, CBS Records Australia changed its name to become Sony Music Australia Limited, and in June 1991, the Artarmon pressing plant was closed down.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
15 Waltham St.
Artarmon
Sydney, New South Wales
Australia
[obsolete]
Sites:
[l1070452]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1616 GF Standing On The Top  album cover The Temptations Featuring Rick James The Temptations Featuring Rick James - Standing On The Top(7", Single) Motown 1616 GF Australia 1982 Sell This Version
888 056-1 In The Army Now  album cover Status Quo In The Army Now(12") Vertigo 888 056-1 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
GAPE 103 Pandemonium  album cover Pel Mel Pandemonium(12", Promo) GAP Records GAPE 103 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
HAM090 Country Barn Dance  album cover Ivy's Old Time Dance Band Country Barn Dance(LP, Album) Hammard HAM090 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
INK-4289 Free  album cover Kahvas Jute Free(7", Single, CBS) Infinity INK-4289 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
MCA 5753-1 Breakout  album cover Spyro Gyra Breakout(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA 5753-1 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
MX159319 Roses In The Snow  album cover Emmylou Harris Roses In The Snow(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records MX159319 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
MX174365 James Onedin Songs Of The Sea  album cover Peter Gilmore James Onedin Songs Of The Sea(LP) Warner Bros. Records MX174365 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
MX177459 Basie Meets Ellington  album cover Count Basie, Duke Ellington Count Basie, Duke Ellington - Basie Meets Ellington(LP, Album) Music For Pleasure MX177459 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX178759 Down Two Then Left  album cover Boz Scaggs Down Two Then Left(LP, Album) CBS MX178759 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX178801 Bumps & Bruises  album cover Joe Tex Bumps & Bruises(LP, Album) Epic MX178801 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX178887 Streisand Superman  album cover Barbra Streisand Streisand Superman(LP, Album) CBS MX178887 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179049 Rock Hits  album cover Chuck Berry Rock Hits(LP, Album, RE) Summit (10) MX179049 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179301 Watermark  album cover Art Garfunkel Watermark(LP, Album) CBS MX179301 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179307 Tapestry  album cover Carole King Tapestry(LP, Album, Gat) Epic MX179307 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX179343 C The Stranger  album cover Billy Joel The Stranger(LP, Album) CBS MX179343 C Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX 179344 B The Stranger  album cover Billy Joel The Stranger(LP, Album) CBS MX 179344 B Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX 179361 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac  album cover Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac* Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac(LP, Album) CBS, CBS MX 179361 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX179367-B Star Wars / A Stereo Space Odyssey  album cover John Williams (4), The London Philharmonic Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Star Wars / A Stereo Space Odyssey(LP) Tee Vee Records MX179367-B Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX179387 Point Of Know Return  album cover Kansas (2) Point Of Know Return(LP, Album) Kirshner, Epic MX179387 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179435 Hard Times  album cover Boz Scaggs Hard Times(7", Single) CBS MX179435 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179453 Bat Out Of Hell  album cover Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell(LP, Album, RE) Epic, Epic MX179453 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179525 Natural Elements  album cover Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Natural Elements(LP, Album) CBS MX179525 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179547 Melodies  album cover Jan Hammer Group Melodies(LP, Album) CBS, Nemperor Records MX179547 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179557 Lake (2) Time Bomb / Chasing Colours(7") CBS MX179557 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX179563 Don't Look Back  album cover Boston Don't Look Back(LP, Album) Epic MX179563 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179633 Double Live Gonzo!  album cover Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo!(2xLP, Album, Gat) Epic MX179633 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179647 Aurora's Wedding Ballet Music  album cover Stokowski* Conducts Tchaikovsky*, National Philharmonic Orchestra Stokowski* Conducts Tchaikovsky*, National Philharmonic Orchestra - Aurora's Wedding Ballet Music(LP, Album) CBS Masterworks MX179647 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX 179665 Nothing To Hide  album cover Finch (6) Nothing To Hide(LP, Album) Portrait MX 179665 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179751 Shooting Stars  album cover Dragon (5) Shooting Stars(7", Single) Portrait MX179751 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179841 I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love   album cover Thelma Jones I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love (7", Single) CBS MX179841 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179849 Masterpieces  album cover Bob Dylan Masterpieces(3xLP, Comp) CBS MX179849 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179871 Fantasy  album cover Earth, Wind & Fire Fantasy (Single) MX179871 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179915 Baby Hold On  album cover Eddie Money Baby Hold On(7", Single) CBS MX179915 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179919 It's All Over Now  album cover Rod Stewart It's All Over Now(LP, Album, RE) Summit (10) MX179919 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179931 The Very Best Of Frankie Laine  album cover Frankie Laine The Very Best Of Frankie Laine(LP, Comp) J & B Records MX179931 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179933 Concerti No. 11, K. 413 / No. 20, K. 66  album cover Murray Perahia - Mozart* / English Chamber Orchestra Murray Perahia - Mozart* / English Chamber Orchestra - Concerti No. 11, K. 413 / No. 20, K. 66(LP, Album) CBS Masterworks MX179933 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179939 Twin Sons Of Different Mothers  album cover Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg - Twin Sons Of Different Mothers(LP, Album, Gat) Full Moon MX179939 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179941 Ghost Town Parade  album cover Les Dudek Ghost Town Parade(LP, Album) CBS MX179941 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179953 Heaven Tonight  album cover Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight(LP, Album) Epic MX179953 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179955 Darkness On The Edge Of Town  album cover Bruce Springsteen Darkness On The Edge Of Town (Album) MX179955 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179967 Voyager  album cover Dexter Wansel Voyager(LP, Album) Philadelphia International Records MX179967 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179971 Futuristic Journey  album cover Biddu Orchestra Futuristic Journey(LP, Album) Epic MX179971 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179973 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds  album cover Jeff Wayne Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds (Album) MX179973 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179983 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind  album cover Alan Tew Close Encounters Of The Third Kind(7", Single) CBS MX179983 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX179987 Baby It's You  album cover Janie Fricke Baby It's You(7", Single) CBS MX179987 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX180003 Time Honoured Ghosts  album cover Barclay James Harvest Time Honoured Ghosts(LP, Album) Polydor MX180003 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MX180021 Midnight Lightning  album cover Jimi Hendrix Midnight Lightning(LP, Album, RP) Polydor MX180021 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MX180074 Convoy  album cover C.W. McCall Convoy(7", Single) MGM Records MX180074 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX 180111 Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun  album cover Demis Roussos Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun(7", Single, RP) Philips MX 180111 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX 180143 The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips  album cover Gladys Knight & The Pips* The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips(LP, Comp) Buddah Records MX 180143 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MX180489 Another Passenger  album cover Carly Simon Another Passenger(LP, Album) Elektra, Elektra MX180489 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX180689 Jailbreak  album cover Thin Lizzy Jailbreak(LP, Album) Vertigo MX180689 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX183071 The Roaring Silence  album cover Manfred Mann's Earth Band The Roaring Silence(LP, Album) Bronze, Bronze MX183071 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX183119 Let The Rough Side Drag  album cover Jesse Winchester Let The Rough Side Drag(LP, Album) Bearsville MX183119 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MX183141 Zoot Allures  album cover Zappa* Zoot Allures(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records MX183141 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX183199 The Doobie Brothers Best Of The Doobies(LP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records MX183199 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX183331 Johnny The Fox  album cover Thin Lizzy Johnny The Fox (Album) MX183331 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MX183389 Decade  album cover Neil Young Decade (Comp) MX183389 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183457 Luxury Liner  album cover Emmylou Harris Luxury Liner(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records MX183457 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183505 Dancer With Bruised Knees  album cover Kate & Anna McGarrigle Dancer With Bruised Knees (Album) MX183505 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX183643 Tie Your Mother Down  album cover Queen Tie Your Mother Down(7", Single) Elektra MX183643 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183657 Firefly  album cover Uriah Heep Firefly(LP, Album) Bronze MX183657 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183743 Undercover Angel  album cover Alan O'Day Undercover Angel (Single) MX183743 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183819 Diamond Head  album cover Phil Manzanera Diamond Head(LP, Album, RE) Polydor MX183819 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183865 Malice In Wonderland  album cover Paice Ashton Lord* Malice In Wonderland(LP, Album) Oyster, Polydor MX183865 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX183985 (No More) Love At Your Convenience  album cover Alice Cooper (2) (No More) Love At Your Convenience(7") Warner Bros. Records MX183985 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184051 Nobody Does It Better  album cover Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better(7", Single) Elektra MX184051 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184083 Fun House  album cover The Stooges Fun House(LP, Album, RP) Elektra MX184083 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX184101 Queen's First E.P.  album cover Queen Queen's First E.P.(7", EP) Elektra MX184101 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184157 Non Stop Dancing 77  album cover James Last Non Stop Dancing 77 (Album) MX184157 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184261 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker  album cover Ramones Sheena Is A Punk Rocker(7", Single) Philips MX184261 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184303 Bad Reputation  album cover Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation (Album) MX184303 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX 184355 The London Chuck Berry Sessions  album cover Chuck Berry The London Chuck Berry Sessions(LP, Album, Club, RE) World Record Club, World Record Club, Chess MX 184355 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX184407 Leave Home  album cover Ramones Leave Home(LP, Album) Philips MX184407 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184421 The Best Of Nina Simone  album cover Nina Simone The Best Of Nina Simone(LP, Comp, Club, RP) Philips MX184421 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184427 Brothers And Sisters  album cover The Allman Brothers Band Brothers And Sisters(LP, Album, RE) Capricorn Records MX184427 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184529 Simple Dreams  album cover Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams MX184529 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184549 Love You Live  album cover The Rolling Stones Love You Live(2xLP, Album) Rolling Stones Records, Rolling Stones Records MX184549 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184553 Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love  album cover Alan O'Day Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love(7", Single) Pacific Records (6) MX184553 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184619 We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You  album cover Queen We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You (Single) MX184619 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184627 News Of The World  album cover Queen News Of The World (Album) MX184627 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184635 Raisin' Hell  album cover Elvin Bishop Raisin' Hell(2xLP, Album, Gat) Capricorn Records, Capricorn Records, Capricorn Records MX184635 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX184797 Short People  album cover Randy Newman Short People(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records MX184797 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
MX185049 Blank Generation  album cover Richard Hell & The Voidoids Blank Generation(LP, Album) Philips MX185049 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185113 Waiting For Columbus  album cover Little Feat Waiting For Columbus (Album) MX185113 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185135 Excitable Boy  album cover Warren Zevon Excitable Boy (Album) MX185135 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185153 You Really Got Me  album cover Van Halen You Really Got Me(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records MX185153 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185237 B Cold Chisel  album cover Cold Chisel Cold Chisel (Album) MX185237 B Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185243 Hermit Of Mink Hollow  album cover Todd Rundgren Hermit Of Mink Hollow(LP, Album) Bearsville MX185243 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185245 Southern Winds  album cover Maria Muldaur Southern Winds(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records MX185245 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185482 Symphonie Nr. 9  album cover Anton Bruckner / Berliner Philharmoniker · Herbert von Karajan Anton Bruckner / Berliner Philharmoniker · Herbert von Karajan - Symphonie Nr. 9(LP, Album, Club) World Record Club, Deutsche Grammophon MX185482 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
MX185601 Public Image (First Issue)  album cover Public Image* Public Image (First Issue)(LP, Album) Wizard Records (5) MX185601 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185713 Words Are Not Enough  album cover Jon English (3) Words Are Not Enough(7", Single, Ltd) Polydor MX185713 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185717 I Can See It In Your Eyes  album cover Jeff Brownrigg I Can See It In Your Eyes(7", Single) Jefferson Records (3) MX185717 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MX185801 Khe Sanh  album cover Cold Chisel Khe Sanh(7", Single) Atlantic MX185801 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185805 Werewolves Of London  album cover Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London(7", Single) Asylum Records MX185805 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185827 Can We Still Be Friends  album cover Todd Rundgren Can We Still Be Friends(7", Single) Bearsville MX185827 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX 185833 Rivers Of Babylon  album cover Boney M* Rivers Of Babylon(7", Single) Atlantic MX 185833 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
MX185851 Bruised Orange  album cover John Prine Bruised Orange(LP, Album) Asylum Records MX185851 Australia 1978 Sell This Version