Wakefield Manufacturing

Defunct US Pressing Plant / Mastering House owned by Sidney J. Wakefield. (Deceased in 1983.)
Also credited as:
· Wakefield Mfg.
· Wakefield Mfg., Inc.
Richard Wakefield, his son, was president and CEO according to according to a 1981 Billboard article.
Closed in 1989.
Engineers known to have worked here;
Plating supervisor was Gary Salstrom.
Mastering engineer Roger Seibel, initials 'RS'.
Past mastering engineer John Bittner (1960s / 1970s), initials 'JB'.

Wakefield Manufacturing was chronicled as a high quality pressing operation and weighed heavily with Jazz and Classical recordings. Their annual production at one point reached 4.5 Million.

Prior to establishing "Wakefield Manufacturing", Sidney Wakefield operated another Record Processing and Pressing facility also in Phoenix, AZ; "Sidney J. Wakefield:" is listed as the name in the Billboard article. It is currently unknown when the "Sidney J. Wakefield" facility became "Wakefield Manufacturing" although the timing appears to coincide with the "SJW" deadwax matrix prefix changes found on early 1960's pressings.

Known to have pressed for ECM Records, Angel Records and so many others, well known and obscure.

Identifying Wakefield Pressings; (This is not a complete list and under research)
Circa Pre-1968 SJW-xxxx See The Night Crawlers (2) - You Say / Night Crawlin'
Circa 1979. (ᵛᵛ) XXXXX See Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua
Circa 1979 WA XXXXX suffix to Cat# and ( ' ) See Pat Metheny Group - American Garage
Circa 1982 WM (W over M} XXXXX See Pat Metheny Group - Offramp
Circa 1986 WA3 WAKEFIELD CO. and WM [W Over M} See Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman - Song X
Note: (ᵛᵛ) This has most commonly described as a "Tulip", which matches the Wakefield logo image although "Diamond Ring" or "Leaf" description has been used. More Less
Contact Info:
(Now obsolete)
1745 West Linden St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 252-5644