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The prefixes to the Scepter albums are very confusing. Some mono and stereo albums both just had the
number on the jacket, with the stereo album having a stereo banner at the top. Some had no prefix for
mono and an "S-" prefix for stereo. Some had an "S-" prefix for mono and an "SS-" prefix for stereo. At
some time during 1964, the jacket prefixes for the albums were changed to "SRM-" for monaural
releases and "SPS-" for stereo releases, which was the matrix prefix on most of the early labels. These
prefixes also appeared on reissues of the earlier albums, but some later issues used different prefixes
on the album jackets than on the records themselves. We have used the prefixes "SRM-" and "SPS-"
throughout this discography for mono and stereo issues, respectively, assuming that Scepter eventually
(at least in reissue) came to their senses.
The first Scepter label was red with black printing. "SCEPTER" in black above the center hole, with a silver scroll behind it. This label may have only been used on 501 and 502. During 1962 and 1963, a white label with black printing and "SCEPTER RECORDS" on two lines above the center line was also used. Copies of LP-502 and LP 510 are known with this label, and other early numbers probably also had it. The third label was red with silver printing. A black oval with a gray and white outline coming from the left and going around the center hole, "SCEPTER RECORDS" in white on this black oval to the left of the center hole. The title of the album was above the center hole and the artists' name below the center hole, with track names at the top and bottom of the label. Around the bottom edge in white letters it read, "Scepter Music, Inc., New York, ." or later, "Scepter Records, 254 West 54th Street, ." This label was used from 1962 to 1971, approximately to #593, although some copies as late as SPS-5100 are also known with this label, as the blanks were used until depleted. Some time about 1964, the printing became black so it could be better read, but labels with silver print were still in use as late as 1968. The fourth label was multicolor with black printing. Overall background ran from very yellow on some printings to almost red on others. "SCEPTER RECORDS" was in black in a white oval rimmed in black above and to the left of the center hole. Around the bottom of the label it read, "Scepter Records, 524 West 54th St.", sometimes with a production date added. This label was used from late 1971 to 1973, about SPS-595 to about SPS-5113. The fifth label was blue with a white "SCEPTER" logo to the right of the center hole. This label was used from 1973, starting about SPS-5114, to the end of the series in 1976. A sixth, custom, label was black with silver print. This label was used on some releases in 1975.
The Scepter label was sold to Springboard, International, in 1976, and was eventually acquired by Gusto Records of Nashville. Dionne Warwick apparently arranged to buy her own masters, and the Kingsmen won control of their masters via a highly publicized lawsuit.
We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail . Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Scepter Records, which is currently inactive. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1999 by Mike Callahan.