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Atlantic and Atco started releasing GSC-processed compatible singles in February-March, 1968. After a few months, this was halted for the better part of a year.
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Number - Release Date - Artist - Songs
Atlantic singles used the red and black Atlantic label current during the 1968-70 period. Compatible stereo singles from March and April, 1968, say "New CSG Process Mono-Stereo Compatible" on the label. This changed for the 1969 stereo singles; 45-2634 says "Stereo Master" on the label, and starting with 45-2650 in July, 1969, stereo singles just say "STEREO" on the label. Atlantic did not start routinely issuing stereo singles until 1973.
Commercial stereo singles:|
45-2492 - 3/68 - Atlantic Sounds - L. David Sloane/I Gotta Keep On Gwine [see note 1]
45-2493 - 3/68 - Rascals - A Beautiful Morning/Rainy Day
45-2497 - 3/68 - Shelly Manne - Daktari/Out On A Limb [see note 2]
45-2502 - 4/68 - Sergio Mendes - My Favorite Things/Tempo Feliz
45-2503 - 4/68 - John Hammond - Brown Eyed Handsome Man/Crosscut Saw
45-2504 - 4/68 - Wilson Pickett - She's Lookin' Good/We Got To Have Love
45-2505 - 4/68 - Harvey Averne Dozen - My Dream/The Micro Mini
45-2507 - 4/68 - Solomon Burke - I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free/It's Just A Matter of Time [see note 3]
45-2634 - 5/69 - Rascals - See/Away Away [see note 4]
45-2650 - 7/69 - Aretha Franklin - Share Your Love With Me/Pledging My Love-The Clock
45-2655 - 7/69 - Marion Williams - I Shall Be Released/People Got To Be Free
45-2664 - 8/69 - Rascals - Carry Me Back/Real Thing
45-2743 - 7/70 - Rascals - Glory Glory/You Don't Know
45-2760 - 9/70 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Our House/Deja Vu [see note 5]
45-2773 - 11/70 - Rascals - Almost Home/Right On
45-2777 - 11/70 - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song/Hey, Hey, What Can I Do
Additional stereo promotional singles [see note 6]:
45-2544 - 8/68 - Arif Mardin Chorus - Evil Companions/Bee Side [see note 7]
45-2556 - 8/68 - Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire/Rest Cure
45-2580 - 11/68 - Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man/Just A Little Lovin'
45-2609 - 3/69 - Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band - Sweet Pea (Don't Love Nobody But Herself)/C.C. Rider Blues
45-2652 - 6/69 - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh Express/(blank) [see note 8]
45-2676 - 9/69 - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (S/S)
45-2687 - 10/69 - Lottie Golden - Sock It To Me Baby-It's Your Thing/(blank)
45-2693 - 12/69 - Archie Bell & The Drells - A World Without Music/Here I Go Again
45-2704 - 1/70 - Arif Mardin - Proud Mary/Strange Brew (3:37 edit)
45-2708 - 1/70 - Banchee - Train Of Life/I Just Don't Know
45-2723 - 3/70 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Woodstock/Helpless
45-2729 - 3/70 - Dusty Springfield - I Wanna Be A Free Girl (M/S)
45-2737 - 6/70 - Assembled Multitude - Overture From Tommy (M/S)
45-2740 - 6/70 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio (M/S)
45-2743 - 7/70 - Rascals - Glory Glory (M/S) [see note 9]
45-2748 - 7/70 - Clarence Carter - Patches/(blank)
45-2749 - 7/70 - Mott The Hoople - Rock And Roll Queen (M/S)
45-2751 - 7/70 - Aretha Franklin with The Dixie Flyers - Don't Play That Song (You Lied) (M/S)
45-2752 - 11/70 - Original Cast Of "The Me Nobody Knows" - Sounds (M/S)
45-2755 - 8/70 - Duponts - Stay For The Summer (M/S)
PR 157 - 10/70 - Led Zeppelin - Gallows Pole (M/S) [see note 10]
45-2767 - 10/70 - Sam Samudio - Me And Bobby McGhee (M/S)
45-2773 - 11/70 - Rascals - Almost Home (M/S) [see note 9]
45-2773 - 11/70 - Rascals - Right On (M/S) [see note 9]
45-2775 - 11/70 - Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers - Crazy Love (M/S)
45-2777 - 11/70 - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song/(blank)
45-2777 - 11/70 - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (S/S)
1. Promo is mono; commercial single is stereo.
2. Promos are marked stereo, but commercial copies of this single have no indication of stereo other than a stereo master number.
3. 45-2507 was also issued on a mono single with master number A-14058.
4. 45-2634 just says "Stereo Master" on the label.
5. None of the labels for "Our House" by CSNY are marked stereo, although there are reports that some copies play stereo.
6. Mono promos exist also; commercial singles were mono.
7. Atlantic 45-2544 was issued in both mono and stereo promo copies. The stereo promo just says "STEREO" on the label rather than the CSG blurb. The commercial copy is mono. There is also a mono promo with the A side on both sides.
8. Stereo promos had the whispered gibberish at the beginning, mono promos and commercial copies did not.
9. Commercial single is stereo.
10. This is a 7-inch 33-1/3 rpm mono/stereo promo which runs 13 seconds longer than the LP track.
11. Starting with 45-2561 and 45-2562 (released 10/68), then jumping to 45-2599, 2606, and 2607 in early 1970, many mono singles state "CSG Processed Mono Master" on the label, and play mono. This was discontinued after 10/69.
12. Stereo master numbers begin with "CSG-A-" or "STA-" as opposed to mono masters' "A-".
Atco stereo singles used the normal yellow and white labels. Compatible stereo singles in 1968 say "Compatible Mono & Stereo" (6569, 6571) or "New CSG Process Mono-Stereo Compatible." By 1969, stereo singles just say "STEREO." Atco didn't go to routine stereo singles until early 1973, with 6913.
45-6569 - 4/68 - Fireballs - Goin' Away/Groovy Motions|
45-6571 - 4/68 - Ben E. King - Don't Take Your Love From Me/Forgive This Fool
45-6572 - 4/68 - Buffalo Springfield - Un-Mundo/Merry-Go-Round
45-6575 - 4/68 - Cream - Anyone For Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme)/Pressed Rat And Warthog
45-6576 - 4/68 - Dee Dee Sharp - A Woman Will Do Wrong/You're Just A Fool In Love
45-6700 - 7/69 - Otis Redding - Free Me/(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher
45-6703 - 7/69 - Vanilla Fudge - I Can't Make It Alone/Need Love
1. Stereo master numbers in 1968 begin with "CSG-" (e.g., "CSG-68C-13713" vs. "68C-13713" for mono). After 1968, stereo masters start with "ST-".
2. 6573, 6574, and 6577+ are mono singles.
3. Many singles from 2/69 to 10/69 say "CSG Processed Mono Master" and play mono.
4. In January, 1970, commercial mono singles began having mono/stereo promos.
Alston was a contraction of "Alaimo" and "Stone," for the founders Steve Alaimo and Henry Stone in Miami. They put out a couple of singles in 1963-4, then entered a distribution agreement with Atco Records in mid-1968. Although they put out about 20 singles between 1968 and the end of 1970, none of them were stereo (there were a couple marked "CSG Processed Mono Master", though).
Alston began issuing mono/stereo promo singles in 1972 and commercial stereo singles in 1973. The illustration at left is from 1972, when the labels for mono/stereo promos, like all Atlantic/Atco promos, were white on the mono side and blue on the stereo side.
Astro was a Texas-based independent label that operated from 1965 to 1979. From the summer of 1969 to the summer of 1970, they were distributed by Cotillion, a division of Atlantic. During this time, they released only a few singles, none of which was stereo.
Astro's best-selling artists were a band from Houston called Blackwell, who released an eponymous true stereo album on Astro in 1969.
The Clintone label was distributed by Atco. They were active in the early 1970s, but only released one single in 1970, and it was mono.
Cotillion was a subsidiary of Atlantic Records with mostly R&B material, and later branching out into heavy rock with groups like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and country rock with Danny O'Keefe. They started in July, 1968, with a label that for all the world looked like it came right out of 1961 (top left). By the end of the year, they switched to the more familiar label shown at bottom left as a white-label promo.
Their first venture into a stereo single was in April, 1970, with a mono/stereo promotional single by Brook Benton. Six more mono/stereo promos followed by the end of 1970, but they never did put out any commercial stereo singles during that time. It wasn't until June, 1976, with the start of the new 45-44200 series, that commercial stereo singles became the norm.
Promotional stereo singles:|
45-44070 - 5/70 - Hollywood Spectrum - I Gotta Get Back To Lovin' You (M/S)
45-44072 - 4/70 - Brook Benton - My Way (3:34 edit) (M/S)
45-44078 - 6/70 - Brook Benton with The Dixie Flyers - Don't It Make You Want To Go Home (M/S)
45-44092 - 9/70 - Young-Holt Unlimited - Mellow Dreaming (M/S)
45-44093 - 11/70 - Brook Benton with The Dixie Flyers - Shoes (M/S)
45-44095 - 10/70 - Emil Dean Zoghby - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (M/S)
45-44100 - 12/70 - Mylon [LeFevre] - Contemplation (M/S)
Dakar was a Chicago-based independent label that signed a distribution agreement with Atlantic in 1968. During the 1968-70 period, they issued no commercial stereo singles, but did release one promotional mono/stereo single. After 1970, they rel;eased several more mono/stereo promo singles, but it wasn't until 1972 that their commercial singles began to appear in stereo.
Promotional Mono/Stereo single:|
45-616 - 2/70 - Tyrone Davis - Turn Back The Hands Of Time (M/S)
Dial was distributed by Atlantic during the 1968-70 years. Dial had no commercial or promo stereo singles during that time.
Flaming Arrow was distributed by Atlantic and operated between 1968 and 1970. They released no stereo singles, either commercial or promotional, that we could find.
The Karen label was distributed by Atco. We found no commercial or promotional stereo singles during 1968-70.
The San Francisco label was distributed by Atlantic, and featured the early work of Tower of Power and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, among others. They released one mono/stereo promotional single by the end of 1970, with several others by the time they discontinued operations in mid-1971. We found no commercial stereo singles.
Promotional stereo single:|
SF-63 - 10/70 - Victoria - Tule's Blues (2:38 edit) (M/S)
SGC was a small label distributed by Atlantic. They were most known as the label for Todd Rundgren's early group Nazz, and for putting out colored vinyl albums. Of the nine known singles, only the last one was stereo. We found no stereo promotional singles.
Commercial stereo single:|
45-009 - 6/69 - Nazz - Some People/Magic Me
Shama was for a time distributed by Cotillion/Atlantic. We found no stereo singles released from 1968 to 1970.
Shove Love was a Florida-based label that operated from 1968 to1969. They released three singles, two of which were released in 1969 and distributed by Atlantic. We found no stereo singles for this label.
Stone Flower was Sly Stewart's label, distributed by Atlantic. It operated between February, 1970, and the end of the year. Stone Flower released four commercial singles, all mono. A promotional copy of the second single [Stone Flower S-9001] was mono/stereo. All Stone Flower's recordings were apparently done in stereo, although not released on an album until much later.
Promotional mono/stereo single:|
S-9001 - 11/70 - Little Sister - Stanga (M/S)
Track was initially distributed by Atlantic. They put out one stereo single, Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air," in August, 1968, then abandoned stereo. By 1972, Track was distributed by MCA, and the singles became stereo once again.
45-2656 - 8/69 - Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air/Wilhelmina [see note 1]|
1. The mix on the stereo single of "Something In The Air" is different from the mix on the LP.