I buried Paul.
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These are from the cutting engineer (generally speaking). I remember reading about this back in the 70s, in an article about George Peckham. Here's what wikipedia has to say about him:
George "Porky" Peckham is a British record cutting engineer, widely recognised as among the most accomplished in the business. He has been responsible for producing the master discs from which countless vinyl records have been pressed over the last 40 years.
His master discs, and the records produced from them, are known as "Porky Prime Cuts" and often bear either the motto "A Porky Prime Cut" or a cryptic or humorous comment (signed "Porky"), etched into the run-out groove. Other inscriptions attributed to him include "Pecko" and "Pecko Duck"
My favorite is on my British first pressing of Led Zeppelin III.
The runoff contains 'So mote be it' on one side and 'Do what thou wilt' on the other. This is a reference to Aleister Crowley. Jimmy Page was a student and collector of the occult wanted to include this reference.
First pressings of LZIII are available fairly cheaply on UK eBay. Not only are they collectible they also sound fantastic.
Thanks very much for the other thread reference. I have to believe that on a bulletin board frequented by so many obsessive LP freaks (no insult intended... I count myself among them) somebody else must have started a thread on this same topic at sometime or other. Now that my turntable is up and running again, I will look for these little messages on my other LPs and post them as I see them.
By the way, I checked that Emerson Lake and Palmer LP, it's right there, on side six of the three LP set: "Love from Andy & Arun," except that "&" sign is actually a treble clef! :-)