Virgin

Virgin

Profil:
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. The record company Virgin Records Ltd. and subsidiaries which used the Virgin brand was sold to Thorn Emi Plc in 1991, the various Virgin trademarks however remained the property of Virgin Enterprises Ltd., since 2012 the imprint has been licensed from Virgin Enterprises Ltd. and is used by various companies that form part of the Universal Music Group.

Label Code: LC 3098/LC 03098 (may appear as "LCO3098")

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.
Sublabels
Mutterlabel:
Seiten:
Kat.-Nr.  Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr.  Land Jahr
Tubular Bells Plattencover Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin Spain Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
. Into the light - Promocopy 5-spår sampler Plattencover Weeping Willows Into the light - Promocopy 5-spår sampler(CDr, Advance, MiniAlbum, Promo, Smplr) Virgin . Sweden 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
0000 0 00000 0 0 Lovesong (This Is Not A) Plattencover GT* Lovesong (This Is Not A)(12", Promo) Virgin 0000 0 00000 0 0 Australia 2002 Diese Version verkaufen
000000 I Want You (Ride Remix) Plattencover Thalía I Want You (Ride Remix)(12", Single) Virgin 000000 Europe 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
00-00x NRDC "Don't Stop" Promotional Disc Plattencover The Rolling Stones NRDC "Don't Stop" Promotional Disc(CD-ROM, Promo) ABKCO 00-00x US 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
001 Love Comes Again Plattencover DJ Tiësto Featuring BT DJ Tiësto Featuring BT - Love Comes Again(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin, Magik Muzik 001 Colombia 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
01 What's Left Is Forever Plattencover Thomas Dybdahl What's Left Is Forever(CD, Promo, Smplr, Alb) Virgin 01 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
01 Everlasting Love Plattencover Sandra Everlasting Love(CDr, Promo, Unofficial) Virgin 01 UK & Europe 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
1 Compacté Goût Cerise Plattencover Olaf Hund Goût Cerise(CD, Maxi) Musiques Hybrides, Delabel 1 Compacté France 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
1P-8128 Spellbound Plattencover Paula Abdul Spellbound (Album) 1P-8128 US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
1 PA Solsbury Hill Plattencover Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Charisma 1 PA Europe 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
1PROMO2889 Johnny The Horse Plattencover Madness Johnny The Horse(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin 1PROMO2889 Europe 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
0000 0 00000 2 0 Real Gone Lover Plattencover Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis - Real Gone Lover(CD, Single, Promo) Pointblank, Exile, Virgin 0000 0 00000 2 0 US 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
2 CD 9548-31909-2 Dance Max 10 Plattencover Various Dance Max 10(2xCD, Comp) EastWest, EMI Germany, Electrola, Virgin, WEA, EastWest, EMI Germany, Electrola, Virgin, WEA 2 CD 9548-31909-2 Germany 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Dance Max 25 Plattencover Various Dance Max 25(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Warner Special Marketing, Electrola Media, EMI Electrola 2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Germany 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
2 CD 7243 8 23144 2 4 Dance Max 23 Plattencover Various Dance Max 23(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Warner Strategic Marketing, Electrola Media, EMI Electrola, Virgin, Warner Strategic Marketing, Electrola Media, EMI Electrola 2 CD 7243 8 23144 2 4 Germany 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
2EB 209 Edoardo Live Plattencover Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xLP, Album) Virgin 2EB 209 Italy 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
2 EBCD 209 Edoardo Live Plattencover Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBCD 209 Italy 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
2 EBK 7209-1 Edoardo Live Plattencover Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCass, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBK 7209-1 Italy 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
2GHS 4036 English Settlement Plattencover XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 006 97550 In Dulci Jubilo Plattencover Mike Oldfield In Dulci Jubilo(7", Single) Virgin 2J 006 97550 Greece 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 062-97052 Matching Head And Feet Plattencover Kevin Coyne Matching Head And Feet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97052 Greece 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 062-97240 Ommadawn Plattencover Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-97240 Greece 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 062-97623 Ricochet Plattencover Tangerine Dream Ricochet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97623 Greece 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 062-98508 The Odyssey Plattencover David Bedford The Odyssey(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-98508 Greece 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 062-98570 L Plattencover Steve Hillage L(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-98570 Greece 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2J 064-98572 Stratosfear Plattencover Tangerine Dream Stratosfear(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2J 064-98572 Greece 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2POINCDJ 001 Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal) Plattencover 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 Diese Version verkaufen
2RB 7 24389 37412 4 The Spinning The Wheel E.P. Plattencover George Michael The Spinning The Wheel E.P.(CD, Maxi) Virgin, Aegean 2RB 7 24389 37412 4 Mexico 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
2 VD 2515/1 Quando Si Vuole Bene Plattencover Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 VD 2515/1 Italy 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
2 VDK 72515/1 Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(Cass, Album) Virgin 2 VDK 72515/1 Italy 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
2 VDK 72515/2 Quando Si Vuole Bene Plattencover Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(Cass, Album) Virgin 2 VDK 72515/2 Italy 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
003 Instant Pictures Plattencover Japan Instant Pictures(VHS, PAL) Virgin, Virgin Video 003 Canada 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
03CVCD021234 02 Lenny Kravitz Plattencover Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz(VCD, Advance, EP, Promo, Pic) Virgin 03CVCD021234 02 Mexico 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
03V05 朋友的朋友 Plattencover 江美琪* 朋友的朋友(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot.) Virgin, EMI 03V05 Taiwan 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
03V08 Sweet Talk 跟我説 Plattencover 本多RuRu* Sweet Talk 跟我説(CD, Comp, Copy Prot. + VCD) Virgin, EMI 03V08 Taiwan 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
4 - HL - GH - 01 Greatest Hits Plattencover The Human League Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Virgin 4 - HL - GH - 01 Russia 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12585 Move Me No Mountain Plattencover Soul II Soul Move Me No Mountain(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12585 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12587 Rain Falls Plattencover Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis - Rain Falls(Cass, Single, Tra) Virgin 4KM-12587 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12593 Sorry About The Weather Plattencover Mark Curry (2) Sorry About The Weather(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12593 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12594 Kickin' It Plattencover After 7 Kickin' It(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12594 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12602 Money Love Plattencover Neneh Cherry Money Love(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12602 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12605 Follow Your Heart Plattencover Inner City Follow Your Heart(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12605 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12614 Humpin' Plattencover The College Boyz* Humpin'(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12614 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12623 Baby I'm For Real • Natural High Plattencover After 7 Baby I'm For Real • Natural High(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12623 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4-KM12643 Can He Love U Like This Plattencover After 7 Can He Love U Like This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4-KM12643 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12648 Buddy X Plattencover Neneh Cherry Buddy X(Cass, Single) Virgin, Circa 4KM-12648 US 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 12650 That's The Way Love Goes Plattencover Janet Jackson That's The Way Love Goes(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM 12650 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4km-12651 Slave To The Vibe Plattencover Aftershock Slave To The Vibe(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4km-12651 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12652 I Don't Wanna Fight Plattencover Tina Turner I Don't Wanna Fight(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12652 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12653 Can't Help Falling In Love Plattencover UB40 Can't Help Falling In Love (Single) 4KM-12653 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12662 Believe Plattencover Lenny Kravitz Believe(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12662 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12664 Strawberry Boy Plattencover EFUA Strawberry Boy(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12664 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12672 Oh Carolina Plattencover Shaggy Oh Carolina(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12672 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12676 If Plattencover Janet Jackson If(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12676 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-12681 Higher Ground Plattencover UB40 Higher Ground(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12681 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 38400 Mash Up The Mic Plattencover Private Investigators Mash Up The Mic(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38400 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38402 It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal) Plattencover Belinda Carlisle It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38402 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38404 Again Plattencover Janet Jackson Again(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38404 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38406 Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme) Plattencover Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38406 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38412 Heaven Help Plattencover Lenny Kravitz Heaven Help(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38412 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38417 Nice And Lovely Plattencover Shaggy Featuring Rayvon Shaggy Featuring Rayvon - Nice And Lovely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38417 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38422 Because Of Love Plattencover Janet Jackson Because Of Love(Cass, Single, Sli) Virgin 4KM-38422 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4km-38424 UB40 C'est La Vie(Cass, Single) Virgin 4km-38424 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38427 Low Plattencover Cracker Low(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38427 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 38430 Let Me Love You Plattencover Lalah Hathaway Let Me Love You(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38430 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38432 Here Comes A Man Plattencover Traffic Here Comes A Man(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38432 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38434 Proud Mary Plattencover Tina* Proud Mary(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38434 US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38435 Any Time, Any Place Plattencover Janet Jackson Any Time, Any Place(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38435 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 38438 Boz Scaggs I'll Be The One(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38438 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38443 Cracker Get Off This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38443 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 38446 Love Is Strong Plattencover Rolling Stones* Love Is Strong(Cass, Single) Rolling Stones Records, Virgin 4KM 38446 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38449 Euro-Trash Girl Plattencover Cracker Euro-Trash Girl(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38449 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38450 When A Man Cries Plattencover Tony Terry When A Man Cries(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38450 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38454 Traffic Some Kinda Woman(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38454 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38455 You Want This Plattencover Janet Jackson You Want This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38455 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4km-38459 Out Of Tears Plattencover Rolling Stones* Out Of Tears(Cass, Single) Virgin 4km-38459 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38460 Mama Said Plattencover Carleen Anderson Mama Said(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38460 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM 38462 Separate Ways Plattencover Lalah Hathaway Separate Ways(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38462 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38467 She's A River Plattencover Simple Minds She's A River(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38467 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38473 Heart Of A Man Plattencover Tony Terry Heart Of A Man(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38473 US 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38478 I Go Wild Plattencover Rolling Stones* I Go Wild(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38478 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38482 Boombastic / Summer Time Plattencover Shaggy Boombastic / Summer Time(Cass, Single, Cle) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38482 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38487 Si Supieras Tu / If You Had A Clue Plattencover Cleto Escobedo* Si Supieras Tu / If You Had A Clue(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38487 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38508 Love Enuff Plattencover Soul II Soul Love Enuff(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38508 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38510 Crazy Cool / The Choice Is Yours Plattencover Paula Abdul Crazy Cool / The Choice Is Yours(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38510 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38518 The Hearts Filthy Lesson Plattencover David Bowie The Hearts Filthy Lesson(Cass, Single, Cas) Virgin 4KM-38518 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38524 GoldenEye Plattencover Tina Turner GoldenEye(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38524 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38526 UB40 Kingston Town(Cass, Single) Virgin, DEP International, Virgin 4KM-38526 US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38542 It's You That's On My Mind Plattencover Quindon It's You That's On My Mind(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38542 US 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38553 Missing You Plattencover Tina Turner Missing You(Cass, Single) Virgin, Parlophone 4KM-38553 US 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38572 Beyond The Invisible Plattencover Enigma Beyond The Invisible(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38572 US 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38578 In Your Wildest Dreams Plattencover Tina Turner Featuring Barry White Tina Turner Featuring Barry White - In Your Wildest Dreams(Cass, Single) Virgin, Parlophone 4KM-38578 US 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38589 Fire Plattencover Brigette McWilliams Fire(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38589 US 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38604 2 Become 1 Plattencover Spice Girls 2 Become 1(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38604 US 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38623 Together Again Plattencover Janet* Together Again(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin, JDJ Entertainment 4KM-38623 US 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38626 Saint Of Me Plattencover The Rolling Stones Saint Of Me(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38626 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM38631 I Get Lonely Plattencover Janet Jackson I Get Lonely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM38631 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38641 Stop Plattencover Spice Girls Stop(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38641 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
4KM-38666 Get Gone  Plattencover Ideal (6) Get Gone (Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38666 US 1999 Diese Version verkaufen

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JHGCPBMLP

JHGCPBMLP

13. Juli 2019
I'm looking for this album of The Gladiators - Hottest Hits (VIRGIN V 1034) is this really the right reference?
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

27. Februar 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

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

ultimathulerecords

21. Juni 2013
geändert 5 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 2039 + V 2041, V 2042, 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 2040, V 2044, V 2047 - 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 2050
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 2051 - V 2060
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=471077

Label version 7 used ? 1976...
red label with twin Virgins logo, no border
originals: V 2061 - 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 late 1977 to mid 1978...
blue labels with double Virgin flash (mostly punk releases and singles)
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.


An illustrated version of this can now be found at http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/referencevirgin.html