CLASSICAL Vinyl Labels – EMI


The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith, London, in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. EMI Group is one of the Big Four record labels.

The Electrical and Music Industries Ltd formed in March 1931 from a merger of the UK Columbia Graphophone Company and the Gramophone Company/HMV. In 1955, to replace the loss of its long-established licensing arrangements with RCA Victor and Columbia Records, EMI entered the American market by acquiring 96% of the stock of Capitol Records.
The company established subsidiary operations in a number of other countries in the British Commonwealth, including India, Australia and New Zealand. EMI’s Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries dominated the popular music industry in those countries from the 1920s until the 1960s, when other locally-owned labels (such as Festival Records) began to challenge EMI’s market near monopoly in those regions.

Under the management of Sir Joseph Lockwood, during the late 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s the company enjoyed huge success in the popular music field. The groups and solo artists signed to EMI and its subsidary labels — including Parlophone, HMV and Columbia Records (Australia) and Capitol Records — made EMI the best-known and most successful recording company in the world at that time, with a roster that included scores major pop acts of the period including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Hollies, Cilla Black and Pink Floyd.

In the early 1970s EMI established a new subsidiary label, Harvest Records, which signed groups in the emerging progressive rock genre, including Pink Floyd.
Electric & Musical Industries changed its name to EMI Ltd in 1971 and the subsidiary Gramophone Company became EMI Records Ltd in 1973. In February 1979, EMI Ltd. acquired United Artists Records.

In October 1979 THORN Electrical Industries Ltd. merged with EMI Ltd. to form Thorn EMI.

In 1989 Thorn EMI bought a 50% interest in Chrysalis Records, buying the outstanding 50% in 1991. In one of its highest-profile and most expensive acquisitions, Thorn EMI took over Richard Branson’s Virgin Records in 1992.

On August 16, 1996, Thorn EMI shareholders voted in favour of demerger proposals. The resulting media company has since been known by the name EMI Group PLC.

HMV (EMI) ASD Labels

EMI 1st Label: White/Gold
EMI 2nd Label: Semi-circle , Black/Red Dog, and the dog is in the window at the upper side with bolded white fonts “HIS MASTER’S VOICE”
EMI 3rd Label: Dog in Stamp 1st version, dog in colour, without the white circle surrounded

EMI 4th Label: Dog in Stamp 2nd version, black and white dog surrounded with a white circle
EMI 2nd Stamp, but compatible with both stereo and quad; at the right hand side printed “STEREOPHONIC / QUADRAPHONIC”
Zoom in the label of “STEREOPHONIC / QUADRAPHONIC”

EMI 5th Label: Dog in Stamp 3rd version, coloured dog surrounded with a white circle (quite similar to the 3rd Label)
EMI 6th Label: Large Dog, (similar design to the 2nd label), but the dog is much bigger
HMV-MELODIYA Label, reproduced from the Melodiya recordings with its licenses

HMV (UK) ALP series 12″ label
HMV (UK) BLP series 10″ label
HMV (UK) CLP series label

HMV (UK) ALP series – 2nd label
HMV (French) FALP series label
HMV (Germany) WALP series label
HMV (EMI) Other Label

SXLP series, blue stamp dog, are re-issue of 1st, 2nd label (around 1970s)
CSD series, sliver / green stamp dog. CSD series are in the same time with ASD series, with single and box-set LPs. For those 1st pressing, they have similar design to White-Gold Label, but as in the form of Green-Gold!

HLM Series, Brown Stamp Dog, most of them are re-issue of the mono disc in 1980s, but there are some re-issue from the RLS series
HLM Series, Red Coloured stamp dog

HQS series purple stamp dog, some of them are re-issue from early recordings, some of them are reproduced from other companies’ recordings.
HQS series – 2nd Label, sliver fonts on black, the stamp dog is in colours
HQS Melodiya series purple Label

HQM series purple stamp dog, which are the re-issue of the early MONO
HMV– GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY series Label; for this series, they are the mainly the mono recordings from 1930~1950s
HMV Greensleeve Label

EMI German Label, at the direction of 6 o’clock printed “MADE IN GERMANY”
EMI German digital recording label, at the position of 12o’clock, there is a digital logo on top of the dog

EMI-ELECTROLA – 1st Label, White Background, surrounded by a golden circle, at the direction of 6 o’clock with “MADE IN GERMANY” written
EMI-ELECTROLA Mono Label, at the bottom with a triangle logo printed “33”
EMI-ELECTROLA (German) Stereo Label
EMI French Label

EMI (French) Label, red background, surround with orange letters, at the 6 o’clock direction written “MADE IN FRANCE”