Virgin

Virgin

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Please note, many Virgin issues also carry an EMI logo. This is not a label and EMI should not be added as a label, it instead indicates that Virgin was part of the EMI Group.

Started by Richard Branson in the early 1970s as an independent label based in London, UK. Sold to EMI Group in 1991, Virgin is now a part of Universal Music Group (since September 2012).

Label Code: LC 3098/LC 03098

The Virgin disc label designs/logos:

Roger Dean (4) was the designer of the original famous Virgin label with snakes and dragons.

For LP's following designs were used:
1973-1974 white Roger Dean label
1974-1976 coloured Roger Dean label
1975 fawn & mauve Roger Dean label (V2037 to V2044 and some older title reissues)
1975-1976 Red twin label with Outer White Ring
1975-1976 Green twin label with Outer White Ring
1976-1978 Green twin label (without outer white ring)
1976-1977 Red twin label (without outer white ring)
1977-1978 blue label with double Virgin writing logo (V2086 to ??)
1978-1987 green/red alternative label (Side 1 / Side 2)
1987-xxxx grey-white label

Probably the fawn & mauve Dean label should replace the coloured Dean label in summer 1975, but has been used only a very short time. The fawn & mauve Dean label hasn't been used outside UK.
Red and Green labels with white outer ring replaced the fawn & mauve Dean label. These can be found on several Virgin albums outside UK, It has been used in UK a very short time only.

The green twin label (without outer white ring) is easy to find. It has been used originally in 1976 but it is also available on reissues of older releases. In UK it has been used till 1978, but in other countries (Japan, Spain) there are records up to 1982 with this label. During this period a few titles were pressed with Red twin label (without outer white ring)

The blue label with double Virgin writing logo is well-known on single releases but it has also been used on a few albums.
The area of the green/red label ended in 1987 (UK), but in different countries it has been used longer (Spain 1990, Germany 1988).

The grey-white label is still in use since 1987 (UK). The grey-white label has been published some months later in foreign countries (1988).

For 7" releases following designs were used:
1974-1975 black-white Dean label / white Dean label
1976 blue twin label
1976-1978 blue label with double Virgin writing logo
1978-1987 green/red alternative label
1987-xxx silver label

In some countries the white or the black-white Dean label was longer in use (Germany, 1977). Spain was the only country that used the coloured Dean label on singles
(instead of the white or black-white Dean label).

The blue twin label (which has never been used for albums) was issued in UK only.

The blue label with double Virgin writing logo was used from 1976 until 1979 in the UK. In some countries it was longer in use (Spain, 1979).

On 12" only following designs exist:
1978 - 1987 green/red alternative label
1988 - xxxx grey-white label

CD label designs:
Old CD's normally had a blue label (a kind of light blue layer on the silver disc) because the producers had problems with the printing on the blank silver surface.
Some of the middle-old editions have silver labels with red printing. Newer editions have black printings.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Jermaine Dupri Presents... Young, Fly & Flashy Vol. 1(CD, Album, Comp) So So Def, Virgin US 2005 Sell This Version
- Sacred Spirit Chants And Dances Of The Native Americans(Box, Album, Maxi, Ltd + VHS + Cass, Album) Virgin - UK 1995 Sell This Version
- Sacred Spirit Volume 2: Culture Clash(Box, Promo, Album, Single + VHS) Virgin - UK 1997 Sell This Version
00 Benjamin Biolay À L'Origine(CD, Album, Promo) Virgin 00 France 2005 Sell This Version
001 DJ Tiësto Featuring BT DJ Tiësto Featuring BT - Love Comes Again(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin, Magik Muzik 001 Colombia 2004 Sell This Version
01 Thomas Dybdahl What's Left Is Forver(CD, Promo, Alb) Virgin 01 UK 2013 Sell This Version
01 Sandra Everlasting Love(CD, Promo, Unofficial) Virgin 01 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
1 PA Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Charisma 1 PA Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1PROMO2889 Madness Johnny The Horse(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin 1PROMO2889 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Various Dance Max 25(2xCD, Comp) EMI Electrola, Virgin, Electrola Media, Warner Special Marketing 2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
2EB 209 Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xLP, Album) Virgin 2EB 209 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2 EBCD 209 Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBCD 209 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2 EBK 7209-1 Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCass, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBK 7209-1 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2GHS 4036 XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1986 Sell This Version
2J 062-97052 Kevin Coyne Matching Head And Feet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97052 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97240 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-97240 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97623 Tangerine Dream Ricochet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97623 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98570 Steve Hillage L(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-98570 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 064-98572 Tangerine Dream Stratosfear(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2J 064-98572 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2POINCDJ 001 Rishi Rich Project* Featuring Jay Sean & Juggy D Rishi Rich Project* Featuring Jay Sean & Juggy D - Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal)(CD, Single, Promo) TwoPoint Nine Records, Virgin 2POINCDJ 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
2 VD 2515/1 Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 VD 2515/1 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
003 Japan Instant Pictures(VHS, PAL) Virgin, Virgin Video 003 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
03V08 本多RuRu Sweet Talk 跟我説(CD, Album + VCD) Virgin 03V08 Taiwan 2003 Sell This Version
4KM-12587 Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis - Rain Falls(Cass, Single, Tra) Virgin 4KM-12587 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12593 Mark Curry (2) Sorry About The Weather(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12593 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12602 Neneh Cherry Money Love(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12602 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12605 Inner City Follow Your Heart(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12605 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12614 The College Boyz* Humpin'(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12614 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12623 After 7 Baby I'm For Real • Natural High(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12623 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-KM12643 After 7 Can He Love U Like This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4-KM12643 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM 12650 Janet Jackson That's The Way Love Goes(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM 12650 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12653 UB40 Can't Help Falling In Love(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12653 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12662 Lenny Kravitz Believe(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12662 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12672 Shaggy Oh Carolina(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12672 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12676 Janet Jackson If(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12676 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12681 UB40 Higher Ground(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12681 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM 38400 Private Investigators Mash Up The Mic(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38400 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38402 Belinda Carlisle It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38402 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38404 Janet Jackson Again(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38404 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38406 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38406 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38412 Lenny Kravitz Heaven Help(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38412 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38417 Shaggy Featuring Rayvon Shaggy Featuring Rayvon - Nice And Lovely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38417 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38422 Janet Jackson Because Of Love(Cass, Single, Sli) Virgin 4KM-38422 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38426 The Backbeat Band Money(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38426 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM 38430 Lalah Hathaway Let Me Love You(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38430 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38434 Tina* Proud Mary(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38434 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38435 Janet Jackson Any Time, Any Place(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38435 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM 38446 Rolling Stones* Love Is Strong(Cass, Single) Rolling Stones Records, Virgin 4KM 38446 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38449 Cracker Euro-Trash Girl(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38449 US 1994 Sell This Version
4km-38459 The Rolling Stones Out Of Tears(Cass, Single) Virgin 4km-38459 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38467 Simple Minds She's A River(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38467 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38508 Soul II Soul Love Enuff(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38508 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38510 Paula Abdul Crazy Cool/The Choice Is Yours(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38510 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38512 David Bowie The Hearts Filthy Lesson(Cass, Single, Cas) Virgin 4KM-38512 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38524 Tina Turner GoldenEye(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38524 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38542 Quindon It's You That's On My Mind(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38542 US 1996 Sell This Version
4KM-38553 Tina Turner Missing You(Cass, Single) Virgin, Parlophone 4KM-38553 US 1996 Sell This Version
4KM-38578 Tina Turner Featuring Barry White Tina Turner Featuring Barry White - In Your Wildest Dreams(Cass, Single) Virgin, Parlophone 4KM-38578 US 1996 Sell This Version
4KM-38604 Spice Girls 2 Become 1(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38604 US 1996 Sell This Version
4KM-38623 Janet* Together Again(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38623 US 1998 Sell This Version
4KM-38626 The Rolling Stones Saint Of Me(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38626 US 1998 Sell This Version
4KM38631 Janet Jackson I Get Lonely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM38631 US 1998 Sell This Version
4KM 38791 Mariah Carey Loverboy(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38791 US 2001 Sell This Version
4KM-97522 Janet Jackson All For You(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-97522 US 2001 Sell This Version
4KM-388572 Enigma Beyond The Invisible(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-388572 US 1996 Sell This Version
4LM-38545 The Smashing Pumpkins Zero(Cass, EP) Virgin, Virgin 4LM-38545 US 1996 Sell This Version
4lm-38547 The Smashing Pumpkins Tonight, Tonight(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4lm-38547 US 1996 Sell This Version
4LM-38574 Smashing Pumpkins* Thirty-Three(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4LM-38574 US 1996 Sell This Version
4PRO-12701 Massive Attack Protection(Cass, Album, Promo) Virgin, Virgin Records America, Inc. 4PRO-12701 US 1994 Sell This Version
4PRO 12762 Various Virgin Sacrificial Sampler Vol. II(Cass, Comp, Promo) Virgin 4PRO 12762 US 1993 Sell This Version
4PRO-12806 Various Virgin's Shameless Promotional Tool(Cass, Comp, Promo) Virgin 4PRO-12806 US 1993 Sell This Version
4PRO-13613 Whale Whale(Cass, Promo, Single, Car) Virgin 4PRO-13613 US 1998 Sell This Version
4PRO-14121 Various Virgin's Shameless Promotional Tool Vol. 2(Cass, Smplr) Virgin 4PRO-14121 US 1994 Sell This Version
4PRO-14181 Various Noo Trybe Bootleg Summer Sampler(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Dol) Noo Trybe Records, Virgin 4PRO-14181 US 1994 Sell This Version
4SPOKECD1 Oasis (2) Brothers: From Childhood to Oasis the Real Story (CD, Unofficial) Virgin 4SPOKECD1 US 2000 Sell This Version
4V9 42708 Toni Basil Street Beat 4V9 42708 US 1983 Sell This Version
4V9 42824 Toni Basil Suspense (Extended Re-Mix)(12") Chrysalis, Radialchoice, Virgin 4V9 42824 US 1984 Sell This Version
4XM 0777 7 44877 4 0 Immature Tear It Up(Cass, Single) Virgin 4XM 0777 7 44877 4 0 US 1992 Sell This Version
5PROMO2889 Madness Five Cuts(CD, Promo, Smplr) Virgin 5PROMO2889 UK 1999 Sell This Version
006 VG 8001 PIL* This Is Not A Love Song(7", Single) Virgin 006 VG 8001 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
7DEP 7 UB40 Red Red Wine(7", Single) Virgin 7DEP 7 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
7DEP 9 UB40 Many Rivers To Cross(7", Single, Promo) DEP International 7DEP 9 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
7PRO-16475 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Whatever Happened To My Rock'n'Roll(2x7", Promo, Ltd) Virgin 7PRO-16475 US 2001 Sell This Version
7 V1-90943 Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl(LP, Album, Club) Virgin 7 V1-90943 US 1988 Sell This Version
7 V1-91058 Roy Orbison Mystery Girl(LP, Album, Club) Virgin 7 V1-91058 US 1989 Sell This Version
07VA-1001 Culture Club The War Song (Single) 07VA-1001 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1002 Julian Lennon Valotte(7", Single) Charisma, Virgin 07VA-1002 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1004 Heaven 17 Sunset Now(7", Promo) Virgin 07VA-1004 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1006 XTC All You Pretty Girls(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1006 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1007 Eurythmics Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four)(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1007 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1009 Culture Club = カルチャー・クラブ* Culture Club = カルチャー・クラブ* - The Medal Song = メダル・ソング (Single) 07VA-1009 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1012 Culture Club Don't Go Down That Street (Single) 07VA-1012 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1017 Simple Minds Don't You (Forget About Me) (ドント・ユー?)(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1017 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1018 China Crisis Black Man Ray(7", Promo) Virgin 07VA-1018 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1020 Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* So In Love(7") Virgin 07VA-1020 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1022 Gary Moore & Phil Lynott Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Out In The Fields(7", Single) Virgin, 10 Records 07VA-1022 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1026 Simple Minds Alive & Kicking (アライヴ・アンド・キッキング)(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1026 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1027 Feargal Sharkey A Good Heart(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1027 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1029 Sandra In The Heat Of The Night(7", Single) Virgin 07VA-1029 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1030 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Secret 07VA-1030 Japan 1986 Sell This Version

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John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

February 27, 2015
Virgin 114 826 = 7 " Simple Minds Real Life / See the lights ( live ), D, 1991, Picture cover, VS 1382, 5012980138272, was planed as a single - but was a promo only for Germany on vinyl, official released as MCD only
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

January 9, 2015
Virgin 114 204 = 7" Gary Moore, Midnight Blues ( 2 x same length ), promo ONLY in PROMO.cover, germany, 1990
ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

June 21, 2013
edited 6 months ago
Identifying UK Virgin LP pressings

Label version 1 used in 1973...
black & white original Roger Dean design (twin virgins and lizard)
originals: V 2001 - V 2007 and V 2011
also: VC 501 - VC 503 (later pressings had copyright message)
double: VD 2501
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1740939

Label version 2 used in (late 1973? to) 1974...
colour version of original Roger Dean design (twin virgins and lizard)
originals: V 2008 - V 2010 and V 2012 - V 2023
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3501730

Label version 3 used in (late 1974? to) early 1975...
colour version of original Roger Dean design (twin virgins and lizard)
with copyright message
originals: V 2024 - V 2043 + V 2045 & V 2046 1st press
pre-release copies of V 2043 only, as release day copies had label version 4
double: VD 2502
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3535082

Label version 4 used mid to December 1975...
faun/tan label with mauve print twin Virgins logo
originals: V 2044 - V 20??
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3139730

Label version 5 used December 1975 to early 1976...
green label with twin Virgins logo, white border
originals: V 20?? - V 20??
An example 1976 repress of Tubular Bells
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=4706250

Label version 6 used early-mid 1976...
red label with twin Virgins logo, white border
originals: V 20?? - V 20??
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=471077

Label version 7 used ? 1976...
red label with twin Virgins logo, no border
originals: V 2058 - V 2065
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=3848529

Label version 8 used late 1976 to early 1978...
green label with twin Virgins logo, no border
originals: V 2066 - V 2099
double: VD 2503 - VD 2508
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=768104

Label version 9 used mid 1978...
blue labels with double Virgin flash
originals: V 2100 - V 2109?
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=756741

Label version 10 used late 1978 to 198?...
green A label / red B label
originals: V 2117? - V 2???
double: VD 2509
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=219634

Label version 11 used 198?...
same design as version 9, but black with white text

Label version 12 used 1988+...
grey label
also used for Italian OVED and MPIT LP issues
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=5036037

From 1978 many Virgin releases had special labels for the first pressing, often reverting to Label version 10 on further pressings and reissues.

Other useful references...

25 May 1973, 1st 4 releases: Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells", Gong "Flying Teapot", "Manor Live" and Faust "The Faust Tapes" (no printed by or manufacturing info on first pressings, 130 Notting Hill Gate, W. 11 address)

1973+ Printed in England by the E. J. Day Group, London and Bedford
1975+ Printed & made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd
1976+ Printed in England by Robor Limited

1973: 130 Notting Hill Gate, W. 11
1974: Vernon Yard, 119 Portobello Road, London W11

1973+ Distributed by Island and E.M.I.
1976+ Manufactured and distributed by EMI (Distribution was by Anchor for a short period)
September 1976+ Manufactured and distributed by CBS.
198?+ Manufactured and distributed by EMI

original UK CD pressings
1984 issues: pressed by MPO in France, no barcode
1986 issues: pressed by Nimbus, with barcode (some are prone to bronzing/oxidising)
1987 issues: pressed by Nimbus, with barcode
1988+ ? (further info welcome)

Discussion about this can be found at: http://www.discogs.com/help/forums/topic/371161 - and further clarification would be appreciated. The exact order of label versions 5/6/7 is not known. I would like to add definite ranges of original V numbers. Please do not post queries/answers here but contact me ultimathulerecords Thanks.

July 2015 updates checked with "The Virgin Discography Of The 1970s" by Mark Jones.
Note that his label versions don't exactly correlate with mine, as he doesn't differentiate between the two colour versions of original Roger Dean design, but he does agree with the order of the labels and points out a few discrepancies I hadn't noticed.