how were copies of vinyl made in "third-party" countries

I have some LPs from the former Yugoslavia, Holland, Hungary, Russia (bought them way back when in bulk) and now I wonder what the process was and how close they are to the original? 

I assume they weren't digitized, they were released in the 70s and early 80s. Anyone knows what they would receive from the recording studio/company/warehouse? Tapes, the "negatives"? Are there copies considered better than others?



From my experience I can tell you that every LP I’ve listened to from the former eastern bloc (USSR, Czech, etc.) is awful.

The only reason I bought them was to listen to a performance by historically important musicians, who were among the best in the world; unfortunately, their recording process was among the worst in the world.

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To add:

If one wants a good analog 70s LP copy of let say, any 70's Pink Floyd... and is perusing eBay, look for EMI/Harvest in mint shape from Canada, instead of the  USA.

That kind of thing. Do yer research, if so inclined.

Ah, the joys of the Analog era! I won’t be shedding any tears!

It’s a mirror, son. Stop stabbing at people and you won’t get stabbed back.

Fixing it involves dealing with yourself, first.

Come back when you find your humanity. Thanks.

OTOH, we would not understand who and what nice people are, if you did not provide perspective. So there is that value. For whatever it is worth.


That's a lot of awesome info! I wonder if there is any processing data anywhere on the sleeve or the LP, like abbreviations for the manufacturing steps.

I will definitely look for Canadian prints.

@lewm @drbond 

I have a lot of Russian records, they are awful. Yugoslavian records: flawless. In the 70s and 80s, there was no competition in Eastern Europe. Every company (other than hairdressers and mechanics) was a monopoly in their region. They could make horrible or flawless quality products, it did not make a difference to them. The biggest factor was the culture and the heritage: e.g. Hungary was a science and math oriented country, full of nerds, which showed, musicians cared about quality in every sense, and they couldn't (I assume) cut good copies just for themselves - if they wanted a good LP, they had to have a good all around process.