Vinyl LP Guide

A photographic guide to British LP Record Label variations


 

Colour photographs the most popular LP labels, with a chronological guide to their changes and information about where these changes occurred in record label number series. Click images to enlarge.

Decca SXL LP Series

Decca wide band 1st label, grooved with “Original Recording By” at 10 O’ clock.
sxl2lgDecca wide band 2nd label, grooved with “Made in England” at 10 O’ clock.
sxl3lgDecca wide band 3rd label, without groove, and “Made in England” at 10 O’ clock. Appears front SXL 6369 – SXL 6448.

sxl4lgDecca narrow band label from SXL 6448 onwards.

Decca LXT LP Series

lxt1lgDecca LXT 1st label, gold letters on an orange background.
lxt2lg
Decca 2nd label, silver letters on an orange background.

Argo ZRG LP Series

Argo 1st label, with Argo motif in an oval with a groove inside the perimeter of the label.
zrg2lgArgo 2nd label, with Argo motif in an oval but without groove inside the perimeter of the label.
zrg3lgArgo 3rd label, with Argo motif in a rectangle.
zrg4lgArgo 80’s label.

Decca l’Oiseau~Lyre LP Series

loi1lgDecca l’Oiseau~Lyre SOL series 1st label, with a groove inside the perimeter of the label.
loi2lgDecca l’Oiseau~Lyre SOL series 2nd label, without groove inside the perimeter of the label.
loi3lgDecca l’Oiseau~Lyre DSLO series 1st label.
loi4lgDecca l’Oiseau~Lyre DSLO series 2nd label.
loi5lgDecca l’Oiseau~Lyre DSLO series 3rd label, made in Holland.

EMI ASD LP Series

asd1lgEMI ASD series 1st label, “white & gold”. Runs from ASD 251 – ASD 575.
asd2lgEMI ASD series 2nd label, “semi-circle”. Runs from ASD 576 – somewhere around ASD 2480.
asd3lgEMI ASD series 3rd label, “1st dog in stamp label”. Used up to around ASD 2800.
asd4lgEMI ASD series 4th label, “2nd dog in stamp label” or “black & white dog in stamp”. Used up to around ASD3800.
asd5lgEMI ASD series 5th label, “3rd dog in stamp label”. Used up to around ASD 4000.
asd6lgEMI ASD series 6th label, introduced in the 1980’s with a design similar to the 2nd label usually known as “large dog”.

EMI ALP LP Series

alplgEMI ALP series 1st label, red label with gold lettering. All later labels follow the characteristics of labels 2 – 6 of the ASD series.

EMI Angel LP Series

san1lgEMI Angel series 1st label, known as the “white angel”, used up to SAN 201-3
san2lgEMI Angel series 2nd label, known as the “black angel”, used up to SAN 291
san3lgEMI Angel series 3rd label, known as the “yellow angel”, used from SAN 292-7 onwards.

Columbia LP SAX Series

sax1lgColumbia Sax series 1st label, “blue & silver”, used up to SAX 2500 with some anomalies after this number.
sax2lgColumbia Sax series 2nd label, “early red”, used from SAX 2539 onwards with some anomalies before this number.
sax3lgColumbia Sax series 3rd label, “late red”.

Columbia 33 LP CX Series

33cxlgColumbia 33 CX mono series 1st label, “blue & gold”. Subsequent labels are the same as labels 2 & 3 of the SAX series.

Phillips Stereo LP Series

phil1lgPhillips Hi-Fi stereo series 1st label, with catalogue numbers with letters SABL or AY.
phil2lgPhillips stereo 2nd label, plum.
phil3lgPhillips stereo series 3rd label. Various colours were used, eg. red/silver, red/white etc.

RCA Stereo LP Series

rca1lgRCA SB Living Stereo series 1st label, red/silver. Used from SB 2001 – SB 6580.
rca2lgRCA SB series 2nd label, orange/silver with RCA in a black circle & groove inside the perimeter of the label. 3rd label = no groove.
RCA SB Series 4th labelRCA SB series 4th label.
rca4lgRCA VICS series 1st label, plum, with groove inside the perimeter of the label. The 2nd label is the same but has no groove.
rca5lgRCA VICS series 3rd label.