Vinyl Record Labels, Part 1 (S6 E4)

Welcome to the Sounds On Vinyl show, brought to you by BoozeHound Entertainment.

This week we dive into all the information you can get from the label on the vinyl record, including which pressing, (first, second…) where it was pressed, and even what type of recording it is.


00:00 – Intro
01:54 – The Alt Om Vinyl Book
04:00 – Introduction to Vinyl Record Labels
06:34 – Vanity Labels
07:43 – Atlantic Green vs. Plum label
11:43 – Decca Boxed/unboxed Labels and the difference between the red and green labels
16:00 – Color Design – Yellowish-Green design of Doors – Strange Days on Elektra vs. the new red design post-1970 vs. the butterfly design. (AKA the “butterfly label”)
18:30 – Frequency of label changes
19:11 – Motley Crue- Too Fast For Love, Elektra 80’s black and red label.
20:02 – Van Halen I – Warner Bros. Palm Tree Label, AKA “Burbank Label”) vs. The Warner label with buildings on it like some of the Rush records.
21:35 – Island Records and their many label changes throughout their history and which ones are the rarest and hardest to find
26:15 – The Vertigo Swirl Label and who created the label design and its inspiration.
30:00 – The tiny difference between the first pressing version of the Vertigo label and how to tell if you have the first pressing.
31:12 – U2 Vanity label on Island
32:01 – Harvest Records Yellow & Green vs. Black Label and how to tell if you have a rare copy.
34:42 – How labels can be used to find new music and artists
35:34 – Is the music different depending on the label and how to tell if it is
37:42 – Vertigo’s “Spaceship Logo”
38:24 – Artist Roger Dean (Mike is still not a fan)
39:20 – The first Virgin label, AKA the “Two Virgin Label”
40:30 – Reprise records “Steamboat Label” vs. the original which had Frank Sinatra’s picture on it.
42:24 – Gratuitous Kiss reference that we have to have in every show
43:05 – Close



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– Phil Bowyer – Instagram / Twitter
– Søren Genefke – Instagram / FB Group

Intro & Outro:

– Voice Over: Kate Bowyer – Instagram / Twitter
– Music: Grand Rezerva – Website / Bandcamp

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