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Japanese LPsGuide to Reference

The Toshiba EMI Recordings
Odeon Label
(Update: 23th. November 2018)
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Example:EP's List

TITLE
Japanese EP #2
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney)
I Should Have Known Better (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2
Please Mister Postman (Holland)
And I Love Her (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
December 1967? / Third Press
FRONT
BACK
VINYL
2 2 2 2 2
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type) FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK
2 2 1 1 Odeon logomark and "Toshiba Ongaku Kogyo kabushikigaisha" were printed at the bottom of the front cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
1 "Toshiba Ongaku Kogyo kabushikigaisha" was printed at the bottom of the front cover. 1 "G ¥500" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
6-1 Odeon logo mark and  the words "ODEON 33 COMPACT" were printed at the top of the label. 6-1 The ridge (single line) is approximately 15mm from the center hole.
The word "STEREO" was printed at the center of the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
6-1 6-1 The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Master Number was printed at the left side, and catalogue number was printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER OP-4036
Odeon type1a
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. Side1 S7EJ-107   37
Side2 S7EJ-108   40
PRESS MARK 7M
VINYL COLOR RED
DISK EDGE
Flat Edge
LYRIC SHEET Slip sheet type
SLEEVE TYPE Wrap-around cover Type-2 (Straight type)
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Sleeve Toshiba ongaku kogyo kabusikigaisha
Label MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE G-500YEN
COMMENTS
Japanese 2nd. E.P.
Odeon label has "Odeon 33 Compact" across the top and "STEREO" across the middle of the label, and  all Odeon Compact 33's were issued in stereo (or simulated stereo).

This E.P. was manufactured two ways: both Black and Red vinyl.














Odeon Label Variation...Back to the EP List

Company name
Company name credit
VariationMix
Mono
Stereo
TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD.
MFD.BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN Odeon Type-1-
Yes
MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN Odeon Type-2-
Yes

Label Variation ...Company name

All of the Odeon label issues, its company name "TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD." was printed at the perimeter of the label.

In middle 1968 to early 1969, Odeon label was changed from type-2 to type-3.
The words "MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
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1

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Odeon Type-1
6-1 6-1
On label, look for:
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Odeon Type-2
6-1 magical
On label, look for:
The words "MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.

Catalog Number
Odeon Type-1
Odeon Type-2
OP-4016 Yes -
OP-4036 Yes -
OP-4044 Yes -
OP-4055 Yes -
OP-4061 Yes -
OP-4110 Yes -
OP-4113 Yes -
OP-4118 Yes -
OP-4160 Yes -
OP-4198 Yes -
OP-4206 Yes -
OP-4251 Yes -
OP-4335-6 (Magical Mystery Tour) -
Yes




Mixing...Mono and Stereo...Back to the EP List

All series were always issued on Stereo.

Catalog Number
Mono
Stereo
OP-4016
-
Yes
OP-4036
-
Yes
OP-4044
-
Yes
OP-4055
-
Yes
OP-4061
-
Yes
OP-4110
-
Yes
OP-4113
-
Yes
OP-4118
-
Yes
OP-4160
-
Yes
OP-4198
-
Yes
OP-4206
-
Yes
OP-4251
-
Yes
OP-4335-6 (Magical Mystery Tour)
-
Yes

Odeon Type-1
Odeon Type-2
6-1 6-1
The word "STEREO" was printed  below the Odeon logo on the label.



Manufacturer's Catalog Number...Back to the EP List

Prefix Label Vinyl
OP Odeon Black
OP Odeon Red (Ever Clean)
AP Apple Black
AP Apple Red (Ever Clean)
EAS EMI/Odeon Black
EAS EMI/Odeon Red
BRP (Collection Box Bonus EP) EMI/Odeon Red
TOKP (Final Vinyl series) EMI/Odeon Black

From 1964-1968, the 12 unique Japanese EPs and Magical Mystery Tour were numbered in the form OP-4XXX.
The change from the Odeon to the Apple label starting in 1969 also resulted in the reissue of all EPs in the form AP-4XXX, with the exception of Magical Mystery Tour, which was not reissued (but, in the "final Vinyl" series, it was reissued as TOKP-7412-3). Only the prefixes of the reissues were changed; the numbers remained the same. For example, Japanese EP #2 (OP-4036) was reissued as AP-4036.
The 12 U.K. EPs were issued on the Apple label starting in 1970 and sequentially numbered in the form AP-45XX.
The 12 Japanese EPs were reissued on the EMI/Odeon label starting in 1980 and sequentially numbered in the form EAS-300XX.



Vinyl Color...Back to the EP List

Besides good sound and quality printing, Japanese records also offered some other things of interest to the collector.  One of the primary manufacturing companies in Japan, Toshiba, pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  While not pressed as collectors’ items, these red vinyl pressings are more sought out by collectors than their black vinyl counterparts.  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl.
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Toshiba Kawaguchi Factory, in Saitama
All of the Toshiba's red vinyl records were exclusively manufactured by its factory in Kawaguchi, Saitama.

Color
Vinyl
Comments
Red Vinyl
(Ever Clean Records)
2 Most if not all of the red vinyl OP Odeon EPs were manufactured with an ingredient intended to prevent the buildup of static electricity on the disks. TOSHIBA's trademark for records manufactured with this ingredient is "Ever Clean", and special efforts were made to promote this feature.
Black Vinyl
(Almost
Contract Pressings)
2 Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (Gramophone, Sony etc.) to press up some copies of a particular release, however, the majority of copies were pressed by Toshiba themselves.

Catalog Number
Red Vinyl
Black Vinyl
OP-4016 Yes
Yes
OP-4036 Yes
Yes
OP-4044 Yes
Yes
OP-4055 Yes
Yes
OP-4061 Yes
Yes
OP-4110 Yes
Yes
OP-4113 Yes
Yes
OP-4118 Yes
Yes
OP-4160 Yes
Yes
OP-4198 Yes
Yes
OP-4206 Yes
Yes
OP-4251 Yes
Yes
OP-4335-6 (Magical Mystery Tour) Yes
Yes


Ever Clean(TM) RECORD...Back to the EP List

Most if not all of the red vinyl OP Odeon EPs were manufactured with an ingredient intended to prevent the buildup of static electricity on the disks. TOSHIBA's trademark for records manufactured with this ingredient is "Ever Clean", and special efforts were made to promote this feature. The "Ever Clean" trademark appears as shown below on the back cover or (if applicable ) inside the gatefold of an LP.

"Ever Clean" seems to have been used on LPs only. EPs or Singles bearing the trademark cannot be found.
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Matrix Number ...Back to the EP List
Matrix numbers are alphanumeric codes (and on occasion, other symbols) stamped or hand written (or a combination of the two) into the run-out groove area of a gramophone record. This is the non-grooved area between the end of the final song on a record's side and the label, also known as the run-off groove area, end-groove area, matrix area, or "dead wax".
There are two parts of the matrix number to be considered: the "main number", which is usually printed on the label as well, and "extra information" which can include a cut or take number.
The most important part of the "extra information" is usually the cut number, which is a suffix to the main number. For example, matrix number 12345 is seen on a label, but examination of the run-out groove area reveals number 12345–3, which indicates this is the third cut of this side. It is not unusual to find records with a different cut number on each side. (From "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia")
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Matrix Number: YEX - 605 - 2


Press Mark ...Back to the EP List
According to "The Illustrated Guide To The '60s Japanese LP With Obi (Published by: Shinko Music Entertainment Co., Ltd.)", the inscription area may also contain cutting dates.
The press mark can be almost found stamped into the deadwax at the 9 o'clock position of side-1.

from October  1961 to  May 1973
Press Mark: Alphabet + Number
ex.)  "E4"=1964 May
ex.)  "M5"=December 1965
A B C D E F
January February March April May June

G H J K L M
July August September October November December
from June 1973 - 
Press Mark: Number + Number, or Number + Alphabet
ex.)  "3-7"=1973 July
ex.)  "4-X"=1974 October
1 2 3 4 5 6
January February March April May June

7 8 9 X Y Z
July August September October November December

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Press Mark:
7L=1967 November

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Press Mark:
9J=1969 September


Disk Edge ...Back to the EP List
The groove guard (edge of the record) was introduced in 1954 by RIAA (maybe).The groove guard is not only protected the record grooves when sliding the disc into the hard cardboard cover and when taking it out, but saved an important amount of vinyl.

Odeon Label Apple Label EMI/Odeon Label
- 1966? 1966? - 1968? 1968- All of the disks All of the disks
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Flat Edge Knife Edge Groove Guard Groove Guard Groove Guard











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