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While reading the following descriptions it helps to think of the record as a kind of clock-face.

They tend to consist of the matrix number of the record with a few add-ons at the end.

The matrix number is often accompanied by a 'cut number', which refers to the 'stamper' (the metal plate being used to press that side of the record).

CBS, Decca, EMI, Philips/ Polydor, Pye, and (in the second half of the decade) RCA appear to have had distinctive and easily recognisable styles, so a few notes about them may be useful.