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Monument was not particularly into stereo singles. In fact, there were no known commercial stereo singles issued between 1968 and the end of 1970 on either Monument or its subsidiaries. Starting in early 1971, they were sold to Columbia and became a subsidiary of Columbia.
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Number - Release Date - Artist - Songs
It is noted above that Monument issued no commercial stereo singles from 1968-70. That said, in March, 1969, they released Ray Stevens' "Gitarzan," which became a hit. The 45 version was slightly different from the version which followed on the later "fake live" album, particularly because the intro of the 45 did not have applause over it, while the LP version did. The 45 version was released in stereo on a mono/stereo promotional copy, which is fairly rare. Some commercial copies were also pressed using the stamper from the stereo side of the promo. These cannot be identified by the label, since they have the same mono label as the normal singles. The dead wax of the stereo 45 version has "H2W-2612-S," the stereo master number, rather than "H2W-2612," the mono master number.
Promotional stereo singles:|
Mn45-1125S - 1/69 - Boots Randolph - Games People Play (M/S)
Mn45-1130S - 3/69 - Don Cherry - Whippoorwill (M/S)
Mn45-1131S - 3/69 - Ray Stevens - Gitarzan (M/S)
Mn45-1137S - 4/69 - Rusty Draper - Don't Build No Fences For Me (M/S)
Mn45-1138S - 5/69 - Ed Bruce - Everybody Wants To Get To Heaven (M/S)
Mn45-1150S - 7/69 - Ray Stevens - Along Came Jones (M/S)
Mn45-1160S - 9/69 - James Roswell - The Moment Is You (M/S)
Mn45-1164S - 9/69 - Carl Vaughn - Sounds Like Trouble (S/S)
Commercial stereo single:
Mn45-1131 - 3/69 - Ray Stevens - Gitarzan/Bagpipes-That's My Bag [see note 1]
1. The vast majority of copies of Mn45-1131 are mono; only a few play stereo on side 1.
2. Side 2 of Mn45-1131 is mono in all cases.
Rising Sons was a Monument subsidiary that only issued about 20 singles over their two-year existence from 1967-1969. There were no known commercial stereo singles, but there were at least two mono/stereo promos.
Mono/Stereo promotional singles:|
RS-715S - 10/68 - Troy Seals - Mama Hold My Hand (M/S)
RS-718S - 2/69 - Briarwoods - Woman, Play Your Music (M/S)
SOUND STAGE 7|
Sound Stage 7 was a Monument subsidiary operating between 1963 and 1977. They released no commercial stereo singles from 1968-70, but did issue at least two mono/stereo promotional singles, listed below.
Promotional mono/stereo singles:|
SS7-2626S - 2/69 - Arthur Alexander - Bye Bye Love (M/S)
SS7-2629S - 4/69 - Paul Vann - Soul Children (M/S)