Wednesday, August 27, 2008


MCA entered the recorded music business in 1962 with the purchase of the New York-based US Decca Records branch (established in 1934), including Coral Records and Brunswick Records. As American Decca owned Universal Pictures, MCA assumed full ownership of Universal and made it into the top film studio in town, producing hit after hit. In 1966, MCA formed Uni Records and in 1967 purchased Kapp Records.

The Mercury Label

This is a really early one from the 50's

early 70s

late 70s

early 80s

This version was used from around 1984-

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rare Ones

Havoc Records..

Blue Parrot records (?)

Quite a rare one this from 1981, I can't remember seeing another issue on this label..

this one's from 1963

followed by a newer version of the 20th Century Fox label.

and Hickory from the US

Capitol Records

Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California and New York City as part of Capitol Music Group. Capitol's parent EMI is one of the "big four" music companies, the others being Universal Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music. Its former headquarters building, the Capitol Tower, is a major landmark near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Among the more famous artists who have recorded for Capitol Records are Richard Marx, Tina Turner, Nat King Cole, Megadeth, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, the Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Oasis and Radiohead.

Classic Australian Labels

The Albert Label-Artists included The Angels, AC/DC, Flash and The Pan and the whole Vanda/Young stable

and a slightly different version from the 80's..

The Sunshine label


the Spin Label

the 'Big Time' Label from the late 70's and 80's supporting artists such as The Huxton Creepers and Hoodoo Gurus.


and of course Wheatley.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A few different variations on the theme..
His Masters Voice (now 'HMV')




..and even Tamla Motown used this black label with the 45 - a copyrighted logo for EMI records.


The label from the 60's and 70's

and the more modern variation from the 80's.

The Atlantic Label

Firstly, the basic label from 1965..

This was the version in the 60's
and another 60s version.

This is the white label version from 1970, a release in Italy only.

This is the Atlantic red and black label that hasn't changed much except for the odd nip and tuck here and there over the last 20 years or so..

This one's got the slight variation of the black strip down the left hand side.

and here's the most recent variation.

The Evolution of the Elektra Label

Some variations of the Elektra label, firstly from the early 70's

the mid 80s..

and the early 90s..

De-Lite records was big in the 70s and early 80s

The Manhattan Label from EMI

The Apple label was set up by The Beatles after they split with Parlophone.

Decca - It's design didn't really change.

the classic Image label from the 70s.

here's the Australian fable label from the 60s and 70s..

lots of top Aussie songs came out on this one.

RCA has never really had much variation in their labels over the years..
RCA Records was founded in 1901 as the Victor Talking Machine Company, and the RCA initials stand for Radio Corporation Of America, which was the parent corporation in the pre-BMG days.

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