4.1 Columbia Two-Eye – Promo white label 4.2 Columbia Two-Eye “Guaranteed High Fidelity” US (mono) The first variety (1962-1963) featured the words “Guaranteed High Fidelity” at the bottom for mono LP’s 4.3 Columbia Two-Eye “360 SOUND” STEREO – black type (Photo courtesy of Joe L) 4.4 Columbia 2-eye black font / black arrows (Canada) 360 Sound stereo with arrows, this copy printed and one assumes pressed in Canada. Initially the “360 SOUND” logo used black type, up until 1963, when it was replaced with white type.The first two-eye design (on the later CL 1397 pressing, and also CS 8612), lasted from mid-1962 to about summer 1965.Pressing Columbia Columbia operated three principal vinyl pressing plants: Terre Haute, IN (1953 -1982), Pitman, NJ (1960 – 1986), and Santa Maria, CA (1963 – 1981).
Though initially I had misgivings about the Columbia-all-round label, revisiting them after a number of turntable upgrades, they are generally very good and astonishing value.The stereo titles are a particularly nice addition to any collection.However, there were two variants of both “Guaranteed High Fidelity” (set here in Venus Medium, later replaced by mid-’63 with a smaller variant set in Copperplate Gothic Bold Condensed) and the “360 Sound” Stereo (first variant had no arrows, after mid-’63 the “360 Sound’s” were reduced in size and the arrows added on).4.4 Columbia Two-Eye “360 SOUND” white type and arrows – MONO.(Photo courtesy of Joe L) The mono version from 1967 onwards is stripped of the white arrows and “360 SOUND” legend, with just the sole word “MONO” in its place.
WB Notes: The “360 Sound” Mono two-eye on the Brubeck “Time In” LP was almost wholly cribbed from the Columbia Masterworks two-eye LP design, except for the positioning of the 360 Sounds and the rim print at bottom.
The 360 degree sound was used for both mono and stereo editions up until 1967, when it was dropped from Mono, probably after someone asked the obvious question: how does Mono produce 360 degrees of sound? ” rim print at bottom is positioned slightly differently from on the stereo label. Columbia-all-round – the modern label found on many later reissues First editions and re-issues on the “Columbia all round” red label, date from the Seventies onward .
WB notes: (CS 9632) first appeared (with uncoated paper stock in warm red ink) in fall 1967, and switched to glossy paper (with Pantone 199 Red) at the very end of the year. This label had a life of probably twenty year or more, and there are some excellent pressings here, as well as some less than stellar transfers, depending on title and over the decades.
” ( just don’t tell the audiophile turntable manufacturers). The famed Columbia matrix number machine stamp and its legion of cuttings has disappeared, replaced by a handwritten matrix code, and the sleeve notes proudly declare this analogue vinyl record has been recorded, mixed and mastered “in the digital format”, an inglorious end to the Columbia legacy.
WB Notes: After the “Columbia Columbia” red/orange label was inaugurated c.
Europe was saddled with CBS local production after they acquired the UK Oriole label and its “clapped out” plants.