Crown Records Japan - RM/QS-encoded LPs, Singles and Cassettes (the mostly complete list)

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If you've frequented Japanese auction sites looking for quad material, you've probably seen some of these Crown releases - the majority of them seem to be Japanese pop or easy listening, but after discovering that Shigeru Suzuki and Huckleback QS-encoded cassette recently (which is some pretty decent, and well mixed, funky jazz) I got curious about what else the label had released.

It doesn't seem like there's much else in the same vein (aside from the Nozomi Aoki 1999AD album, which is like a more avant garde version of the Huckleback LP) but I happened to notice while going through some auction photos that while Crown's quad LPs catalog numbers aren't sequential, there's another matrix number on each side of the LP label that is in sequential order. This means that we have the possibility of figuring out if all of Crown's quad releases have been identified by checking to see if any of these sequential label matrix numbers are missing.

So over the last couple of months, using Mark Anderson's disographies as a starting point, I started a spreadsheet of all of Crown's quad releases that included catalog numbers and these label matrix numbers. I also verified all the artist and title info (as some are entirely in Japanese) and as with my RCA/JVC/Nivico post, I kept the Japanese kanji artist/title info because I thought it might be helpful to people wanting to plug it in to google as search terms. Crown's LP labels also make note of the month and year of release of the LP, which helps give a fuller picture of the label's release schedule, which I found interesting so I saved that info too.

What follows below is all the information I've collected - it's not 100% complete, but I'm hoping that by posting it we can fill in the blanks for the titles where I don't have full info. Where I have further information about a title, either a discogs link or some other site, I've hyperlinked it to the catalog number of the release.

Updated August 18th, 2022

45 RPM Singles


CATALOG #ARTIST (English / Japanese)TITLE (English / Japanese)LABEL MATRIXRELEASE DATE
CW-1253QAkira Kobayashi
小林旭
North-bound / Song of Parting Regret
北帰行 / 惜別の唄
CQS-1/CQS-2​
07/1972​
CW-1346Q*Akira Kobayashi
小林旭
An Oarsmen's Song
CW-1347Q*Kiyoko Suizenji
水前寺清子
A Mother's Song
__
CW-4053QCremona Strings Grand Orchestra / Strings '69
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ /ストリングス'69
The Getaway / Super Fly
ゲッタウェイ / スーパーフライ
CQS-3/CQS-4​
03/1973​
CW-4054QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Last Tango in Paris / If I Could Go Back
ラスト・タンゴ・イン・パリ/イフ・アイ・クッド・ゴー・バック
CQS-5/CQS-6​
05/1973​
__
CW-5026QAkira Kobayashi
小林旭
North-bound / Song of Parting Regret
北帰行 / 惜別の唄
CQS-1/CQS-2​
06/1973​
__
LW-1361Q*Sam TaylorA Shower In Kyoto
LW-1362Q*Sam TaylorCome To The Snow Country
* The existence of these four singles is unconfirmed, the only source for this information is a listing of QS-encoded titles in an advertisement on page 35 of t the March 30th, 1974 issue of Billboard. I'm also unsure if the prefixes are correct - the advertisement lists them all as 'LW' (including 1253Q) but having seen a picture of CW-1253Q I can definitely confirm that the CW prefix is correct. I suspect 1346Q and 1347Q are CW, but I'm not sure about the two Sam Taylor singles, if they do indeed exist.



Full-length LPs

CATALOG #ARTIST (English / Japanese)TITLE (English / Japanese)LABEL MATRIXRELEASE DATE
AD-1999Nozomi Aoki & His Magnitude 8
青木望 & ヒズ・マグニチュード8
1999AD (1994 CD Release: CRCI-20146)
西暦1999年
CQL-57/CQL-58​
07/1974​
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EW-6010QPriscilla Armstrong & Nishimachi International School ChoirLet's Sing Songs In English !
ABCの歌 十人のインディアン /みんなで歌おう英語の歌
CQL-77/CQL-78​
xx/1976​
__
GW-7022QAkira Kobayashi
小林旭
Kobayashi Akira Melancholy
夜の港で、、、
CQL-1/CQL-2​
03/1972​
GW-7023QKiyoko Suizenji
水前寺清子
With You Cheetah and Folk Songs
あなたとチータとフォークソングと
CQL-3/CQL-4​
03/1972​
GW-7024QKenichi Mikawa
美川 憲一
Good-Bye To My Love
別れの詩 うた / 美川憲一女ごころを唄う
CQL-5/CQL-6​
03/1972​
GW-7025QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Drum Drum Drum
フレンズ ドラム・ドラム・ドラム
CQL-7/CQL-8​
03/1972​
GW-7026QMidori Sasa
笹みどり
Sasa-Midori Sings Wartime Songs
九段の母 - 戦時歌謡をたう
CQL-9/CQL-10​
05/1972​
GW-7029QTeruhiko Saigo & Milva
西郷輝彦 &ミルバ
Teruhiko Saigo Recital Special Big Guest Milva
西郷輝彦リサイタル ミルバ
CQL-11/CQL-12​
06/1972​
__
GW-7030QStrings '69
ストリングス'69
The Godfather / Cinema Theme Musics
ゴッドファーザー
CQL-15/CQL-16​
06/1972​
GW-7031QStrings '69
ストリングス'69
Movie Themes For Ladies
(Unconfirmed/Unreleased - Billboard 3/30/74 p.35)
CQL-13/CQL-14
??
GW-7032QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Drum Drum Drum
虹を渡って 哀愁のページ
CQL-17/CQL-18​
09/1972​
GW-7035QTokyo Philharmonic Pops OrchestraScreen Music Ever-greens
全女性に捧ぐ / 永遠の映画主題曲集
CQL-19/CQL-20​
10/1972​
GW-7036QSam TaylorSam (The Man) Taylor
虹をわたって
CQL-23/CQL-24​
11/1972​
GW-7038QFloral Pops '72
フローラル•ポップス’72
This Is Your Strings World
愛するふたりへの弦の世界
CQL-21/CQL-22​
11/1972​
GW-7039QStrings '69
ストリングス'69
The Valachi Papers / Cinema Theme Musics
バラキ / 全女性に捧ぐ最新映画主題曲集
CQL-27/CQL-28​
11/1972​
__
GW-7040QBulgarian Radio and Television Children's Choir
ブルガリア国立ソフィア少年少女合唱団
Live in Tokyo
天使の声,東京で歌う
CQL-25/CQL-26​
11/1972​
GW-7042QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Drum Drum Drum
ドラム・ドラム・ドラム / じんじんさせて・漁火恋唄
CQL-29/CQL-30​
12/1972​
GW-7044Q'68 All Stars - Yujiro Mabuchi / Toshiro Ito / Shintaro Arita
’68オール・スターズ - まぶち・ゆうじじろう / いとう敏郎 / ありた・しんたろう
The Latest Hit Melodies Best 14
おきざりにした悲しみは
早春の港―・テナー・ギター・ドラム夢の共演~
CQL-33/CQL-34​
02/1973​
GW-7045QToshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd
宮間利之とニューハード
Immortal Blues By New Herd
ビッグバンドによる不滅のブルース
CQL-35/CQL-36​
02/1973​
GW-7047QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Drum Drum Drum
学生街の喫茶店 ドラム ドラム ドラム
CQL-39/CQL-40​
03/1973​
GW-7049QCremona Strings Grand Orchestra / Strings '69 / Combo '69
クレモナ・サウンド・グランド・オーケストラ/ ストリングス’69 / コンボ’69
The Getaway / The Latest Cinema Theme Musics
ゲッタウェイ 全女性に捧ぐ最新映画主題曲集
CQL-37/CQL-38​
03/1973​
__
GW-7050QCremona Strings Grand Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Everlasting Love Sound Music
(Unconfirmed/Unreleased - Billboard 3/30/74 p.35)
CQL-41/CQL-42
??
GW-7051QXavier Cugat
ザビア・クガート
Latin Best 14
ラテン・ベスト14
CQL-31/CQL-32​
03/1973​
GW-7052QCremona Strings Orchestra / Strings '69
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ / ストリングス'69
Last Tango In Paris / Invitation To New Films
ラストタンゴインパリ / ロードショウ特別招待席
CQL-43/CQL-44​
05/1973​
GW-7059QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Love Dial 6700 / Drum Drum Drum
恋のダイヤル6700-ドラム・ドラム・ドラム
CQL-45/CQL-46​
01/1974​
__
GW-7060QNozomi AokiThe Sound Of Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel
CQL-47/CQL-48​
03/1974​
GW-7061QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Cinema Theme Musics
暗黒街のふたり / ロードショー特別招待席
CQL-49/CQL-50​
04/1974​
GW-7062QYoji YamashitaHAWAII - Fresh! Hawaiian Best 12 -
CQL-51/CQL-52​
04/1974​
GW-7065QArita Shintaro & New Beat
ありた・しんたろうとニュービート
Drum Drum Drum
君は特別 ドラム ドラム ドラム
CQL-53/CQL-54​
06/1974​
GW-7066QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Vous Interesses, Vous A La Chose? / Cinema Theme Musics
新・個人教授 /ロードショー特別招待席
CQL-55/CQL-56​
07/1974​
GW-7067QFloral Pops '74
フローラル・ポップス'74
Is It True You Got Married? / Magnificent Strings Hits
結婚するって本当ですか / 華麗なるストリングス・ヒット
CQL-59/CQL-60
??/1974
GW-7069QKazuyoshi Okayama & Seven Beat
岡山かずよし&セブンビート
Drum Drum Drum
愛の週末、夕立 ドラム・ドラム・ドラム
CQL-61/CQL-62​
10/1974​
__
GW-7072QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Glory of the Screen Theme / Cinema Theme Musics
栄光のスクリーンテーマ
CQL-63/CQL-64​
02/1975​
GW-7073QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
The Godfather PartⅡ/La Femme Aux Bottes Rouges
Action And Romance In Cinema
ゴッド・ファーザーPARTⅡ
CQL-65/CQL-66​
03/1975​
GW-7078QJinzo Kosugi / Yoji Yamashita / Singers Three
小杉仁三 / 山下洋治 / シンガーズスリー
Blue Hawaii (Reissue of GW-7062Q)
ブルー・ハワイ / フレツシユ! ハワイアン・ベスト12!
CQL-51/CQL-52​
xx/1976​
__
GW-5330QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
The Night Porter / Fashionable Screen Themes Best 16
愛の嵐
CQL-67/CQL-68​
08/1975​
GW-5338QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Emmanuelle - L'Anti Vierge / The Latest Screen Melodies
エマニエル夫人
CQL-69/CQL-70​
xx/1976​
GW-5339QJapanese Lyrical Masterpieces Collection 'Summer Memories / Snow-Clad Town'
日本の抒情名曲集 '夏の思い出 / 雪の降る街を'
CQL-71/CQL-72​
xx/1976​
GW-5347QCremona Strings Orchestra
クレモナ・ストリングス・オーケストラ
Eric / Latest Screen Themes Best 16
エリックの青春 / 最新映画主題曲集
CQL-75/CQL-76
xx/1976
GW-5354QJapan Air Self Defence Force Band
長野浩二、斎藤高順/航空自衛隊航空音楽隊
March World
世界名行進曲集
CQL-73/CQL-74​
xx/1976​
GW-5368QJapanese Lyrical Masterpieces Collection Vol. 2 'Departure / Karatachi no Hana'
日本の抒情名曲集 Vol. 2 出船 / からたちの花
CQL-83/CQL-84​
xx/1977​
__
GWS-1041QAkira Kobayashi
小林旭
A Wandering Traveller / On Stage (Disc 1)
さすらいの旅人 / 小林旭 オン・ステージ
CQL-79/CQL-80​
xx/1976​
GWS-1042QAkira Kobayashi
小林旭
A Wandering Traveller / On Stage (Disc 2)
さすらいの旅人 / 小林旭 オン・ステージ
CQL-81/CQL-82​
xx/1976​

Cassette Tapes

CATALOG #ARTIST (English / Japanese)TITLE (English / Japanese)LABEL MATRIXRELEASE DATE
DCT-2141Shigeru Suzuki & Huckleback
鈴木茂とハックルバック
Visionary Huckleback (1996 CD Release: CRCP-28104)
幻のハックルバック
xx/1976​
 
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I need more information about/photos of the following releases - photos of the front and back of the sleeve and label A/B sides would be preferable.

@Mark Anderson, @bigbillquad do you have any of these that you can share?

CW-1346Q - Akira Kobayashi An Oarsmen's Song
CW-1347Q - Kiyoko Suizenji A Mother's Song

LW-1361Q - Sam Taylor A Shower in Kyoto
LW-1362Q - Sam Taylor Come to the Snow Country

GW-7022Q - Akira Kobayashi Melancholy
GW-7024Q - Kenichi Mikawa Good-bye to My Love [JUST LABELS]

GW-7040Q - Bulgarian Radio and Television Children's Choir Live in Tokyo [JUST LABELS]
GW-7049Q - Cremona Strings/Strings '69/Combo '69 The Getaway / The Latest Cinema Theme Musics

GW-7061Q - <Unknown Artist> Cinema Theme Musics [INSIDE GATEFOLD/BACK COVER]
GW-7065Q - Arita Shintaro & New Beat Drum Drum Drum
GW-7066Q - Cremona Strings Vous Interesses, Vous A La Chose? / Cinema Theme Musics [JUST LABELS]
GW-7069Q - Kazuyoshi Okayama & Seven Beat Drum Drum Drum [JUST LABELS]

GW-7072Q - Cremona Strings Glory of the Screen Theme / Cinema Theme Musics [JUST LABELS]

GW-5330Q - Cremona Strings The Night Porter / Fashionable Screen Themes Best 16
GW-5354Q - Japan Air Self Defence Force Band March World [FRONT/BACK COVERS & LABELS]
 
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I need more information about/photos of the following releases - photos of the front and back of the sleeve and label A/B sides would be preferable.
@Mark Anderson, @bigbillquad do you have any of these that you can share?

steelydave, I have sent PM's with what I have. Thanks for doing this, you are are great check for the discography's
 

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steelydave, I have sent PM's with what I have. Thanks for doing this, you are are great check for the discography's

Thanks a lot Mark, I got your messages. Once I've transcribed the Japanese kanji I'll update my initial post with all the info from the pictures you've provided to me.
 

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Thanks to the images Mark sent me I was able to knock a few titles off the missing list in post #2. I've updated the list in my initial post with this new information.
 

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So is the Nozomi Aoki 1999AD available as a CD? Where does one find it, country of release I assume is Japan, label name etc?
 

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So is the Nozomi Aoki 1999AD available as a CD? Where does one find it, country of release I assume is Japan, label name etc?

It was reissued in Japan by Crown in 1994, so it's presumably long out of print now and tough to find, but I figured by including the CD catalog number that maybe people could find it via google search, etc.

It's weird, Japan is (or was) such a big market for SACD, and they have all these homegrown treasures right under their noses but I don't think a single one has been reissued. Of all the Japanese domestic quad releases, I think only 2 or 3 have been re-released on SACD, and they're all CBS/Sony ones - Kimiko Kasai/Gil Evans Satin Doll, Momoe Yamaguchi Best Hits, and Candies Best Hits, although the latter was part of a $400 box set of all their other stereo-only studio albums. You'd think a small label like Crown would want to exploit the assets that they have, but what do I know!
 

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@bigbillquad do you have any of the releases below that you could share photos of?

CW-1346Q - Akira Kobayashi An Oarsmen's Song
CW-1347Q - Kiyoko Suizenji A Mother's Song

LW-1361Q - Sam Taylor A Shower in Kyoto
LW-1362Q - Sam Taylor Come to the Snow Country

GW-7022Q - Akira Kobayashi Melancholy [JUST LABELS]
GW-7024Q - Kenichi Mikawa Good-bye to My Love [JUST LABELS]

GW-7040Q - Bulgarian Radio and Television Children's Choir Live in Tokyo [JUST LABELS]
GW-7049Q - Cremona Strings/Strings '69/Combo '69 The Getaway / The Latest Cinema Theme Musics

GW-7061Q - <Unknown Artist> Cinema Theme Musics [INSIDE GATEFOLD/BACK COVER]
GW-7065Q - Arita Shintaro & New Beat Drum Drum Drum
GW-7066Q - Cremona Strings Vous Interesses, Vous A La Chose? / Cinema Theme Musics [JUST LABELS]
GW-7069Q - Kazuyoshi Okayama & Seven Beat Drum Drum Drum [JUST LABELS]

GW-7072Q - Cremona Strings Glory of the Screen Theme / Cinema Theme Musics [JUST LABELS]

GW-5330Q - Cremona Strings The Night Porter / Fashionable Screen Themes Best 16
GW-5354Q - Japan Air Self Defence Force Band March World [FRONT/BACK COVERS & LABELS]
 

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@bigbillquad do you have any of the releases below that you could share photos of?

Hi. steelydave

Sorry not answering to your request I will take your list and see what I`ve got it`s just at the moment I have a lot of my LP`s in boxes so I`ll go through them as soon as...
Bill....
 

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@bigbillquad do you have any of the releases below that you could share photos of?

Hi. steelydave

These are all I have which are not on your list which you may have all ready?

GW-5338Q
GW-7025Q
GW-7032Q
GW-7035Q
GW-7036Q
GW-7038Q
GW-7039Q
GW-7047Q
GW-7052Q

This is the only one from your list I have
GW-5354Q
I have photos of this LP if you want, I can supply you with...
Bill...
 
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Hi. steelydave

These are all I have which are not on your list which you may have all ready?

GW-5338Q
GW-7025Q
GW-7032Q
GW-7035Q
GW-7036Q
GW-7038Q
GW-7039Q
GW-7047Q
GW-7052Q

This is the only one from your list I have
GW-5354Q
I have photos of this LP if you want, I can supply you with...
Bill...

Hi Bill,

I'd love to have photos of GW-7035Q Tokyo Philharmonic Pops Screen Music Evergreens (which I somehow missed out of my want list) and GW-5354Q Japan Air Self Defence Force Band March World when you have the time. You can either post them here or send them to me in PM like you did with the RCA Japanese Q8's, whatever's easier for you.
 

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I am pretty sure I have those. I am traveling right now but will dig thru what resources I have available when I reach a destination
 

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Hi Bill,

I'd love to have photos of GW-7035Q Tokyo Philharmonic Pops Screen Music Evergreens (which I somehow missed out of my want list) and GW-5354Q Japan Air Self Defence Force Band March World when you have the time. You can either post them here or send them to me in PM like you did with the RCA Japanese Q8's, whatever's easier for you.

Hi. steelydave

I`ll post them here if you don't mind here they are …..

GW-5354Q

40958
40953
40954


Here is GW-7035Q

40955
40957


Found 2 more I got...

GW-7051Q
GW-7042Q
 
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@Mark Anderson I came across another previously unknown title in this Crown series - I can't find any pictures of it, but it shows up on a couple of Japanese sites (here and here) so it most definitely exists.

GW-7067Q - Floral Pops '74 ("フローラル・ポップス'74") 'Is It True You Got Married? / Magnificent Strings Hits' ("結婚するって本当ですか / 華麗なるストリングス・ヒット")
 
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