4AD

4AD

Perfil:
The influential 4AD label was started in 1980 by music enthusiasts Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent with financial help from Beggars Banquet, whose record store chain the pair worked for.

Originally calling their label Axis, they released an initial series of four 7" singles before finding out that the name Axis was already being used by another label. Having to quickly come up with a new name, the partners noticed the following bit of typography that their graphic designer had put on a flyer announcing the Axis releases:

1980 FORWARD
1980 FWD
1984 AD
4AD

Kent left 4AD after a year and started another Beggars-affilated label, Situation Two.

Under Ivo Watts-Russell's guidance, drawing influence from other UK indie labels such as Beggars Banquet, Postcard Records and Factory, 4AD quickly established a unique identity thanks to both the cover designs of Vaughan Oliver/v23 and the label's unique numbering system.

In 1992, 4AD entered a highly publicized Stateside distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records, opening offices in New York headed up by Robin Hurley. Watts-Russell moved to Los Angeles in the mid 90s resulting in the label being largely been run from California for the rest of that decade. Ivo sold 4AD in the late 90s, although his influence remained apparent for years after. In November 1999 it was announced that, following the departure of Hurley as label chief, Beggars Group's chairman Martin Mills had taken the opportunity to relocate its HQ to London and install a new label head, former Beggars head of press Chris Sharp. Sharp was joined by former Mantra Recordings A&R man Ed Horrox.

Sharp was ousted from his role as MD by the Beggars Group management in April 2008. Simon Halliday, ex-Warp Records US, took over as MD. His first move was to "retire" fellow Beggars Group labels Too Pure and Beggars Banquet - key artists on the defunct imprints were transferred onto the new expanded 4AD.

Decoding the unique numbering system…
The alphabetic part indicates the format:

4AD - Mail-order only releases
AXIS - The Axis 7" singles
AD - 7" single
BAD - 12"/CD single and EP (generally up to four songs, although some have more)
CAD - LP
DAD - Double LP
EAD - MP3 download
FAD - Poster edition
GAD - Originally used for a series of re-issues that came out in 1998 under the promotional title "The Perfect Antidote", it has since been used for subsequent reissues, mid-priced reissues & remastered editions
HAD - Used only once, for the UK reissue of Matt Johnson/The The's "Burning Blue Soul"
JAD - Used for three mini-album releases
MAD - Mini-album (generally more than four songs)
PAD - Postcard Set
TAD - Temporary releases (i.e. those that have only one pressing)
VAD - Video
WAD - Postcard Set
XAD - Poster Set or Calendar

The letters CD appended indicate a compact disc, and the letter C appears in between the prefix and the catalog number on a cassette (ie: CAD C 809 for the cassette version of CAD 809). An appended D indicates a double or special limited release, and an R indicates a remix single/EP.

For promo releases and a few other oddities, the alphabetic part is quite often an abbreviation of the band's name, and the numbers are sequential across promos by that band.

As for the numeric portion:
* In 1980, releases were simply numbered sequentially. The AXIS numbers took up 1 through 4 (with AXIS3 being reissued as AD3), and the 4AD numbering took over with 5.
* From 1981 through 1989, the numbers became three digits, with the first digit representing the year and the other two being a sequential number for the year. For example, the first release in 1981 is numbered "101", the twelfth release in 1984 is "412", etc.
* From 1990 to 1999, the numbers became four digits, with the first digit again representing the year. So the first release in 1990 was "0001", the sixth in 1997 was "7006", etc.
* In 2000, the first two digits of the number became "2K", with the other two digits being the usual sequential number.
* From 2001 on, the first digit has been "2", the second has represented the year, and the last two have been sequential. So the first release in 2002 was "2201", the 11th in 2003 was "2311", etc.
* From 2010 on, the first digit has been "3", the second has represented the year, and the least two have been sequential. So it's "3101" for the first release of 2011, and so on.

Labelcode: LC 5807 / LC 05807

Also referred to as:
- 4•A•D

See 4AD Ltd. for legal entity.
Subsellos
Sello Matriz:
Información de contacto:
UK office:
4AD
17-19 Alma Road
London, SW18 1AA
United Kingdom

4ad@4ad.com

US office:
4AD
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10012
USA
Sítios:
Cat. nº Artista Título (Formato ) Sello Cat. nº País Año
BADD 4007 Headache Portada Frank Black Headache(10") 4AD BADD 4007 UK 1994 Vender esta versión
TAD2K09 Sound File 001 Portada Thievery Corporation Sound File 001(10") 4AD TAD2K09 UK 2000 Vender esta versión
MAD 2601 Lights From The Wheelhouse Portada The Late Cord Lights From The Wheelhouse(10", EP) 4AD MAD 2601 UK 2006 Vender esta versión
BAD D 4012 Head To Toe Portada The Breeders Head To Toe(10", EP, Single) 4AD BAD D 4012 UK 1994 Vender esta versión
BAD 608 Come Here My Love / Drugs Portada This Mortal Coil Come Here My Love / Drugs(10", Ltd) 4AD BAD 608 UK 1986 Vender esta versión
bad d 903 Dizzy Portada Throwing Muses Dizzy(10", Ltd) 4AD bad d 903 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BADD 3017 Divine Hammer Portada The Breeders Divine Hammer(10", Ltd) 4AD BADD 3017 UK 1993 Vender esta versión
TAD2K24 Sound File 002 Portada Thievery Corporation Sound File 002(10", Ltd) 4AD TAD2K24 UK 2000 Vender esta versión
TAD 2203 Off You Portada The Breeders Off You(10", Ltd) 4AD TAD 2203 UK 2002 Vender esta versión
PIX 4 Trompe Le Monde Portada Pixies Trompe Le Monde(10", Promo, Smplr) 4AD PIX 4 UK 1991 Vender esta versión
BAD3114 Natalia's Song Portada Zomby Natalia's Song BAD3114 UK 2011 Vender esta versión
BREED 1 Cannonball Portada The Breeders Cannonball BREED 1 UK 1993 Vender esta versión
BAD D 2001 For Love Portada Lush For Love(10", Single, Ltd, Num) 4AD BAD D 2001 UK 1991 Vender esta versión
none Singles Portada Future Islands Singles(10xFile, AAC, Album, 256) 4AD none US 2014
XLDA674 Culture Of Volume Portada East India Youth Culture Of Volume(10xFile, FLAC, Album) XL Recordings XLDA674 UK 2015
EAD0012A Heaven Or Las Vegas Portada Cocteau Twins Heaven Or Las Vegas(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) 4AD EAD0012A 2014
none Blue Bell Knoll Portada Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) 4AD none 2014
none The Pink Opaque Portada Cocteau Twins The Pink Opaque(10xFile, FLAC, Comp, RM, 24b) 4AD none 2015
none Piramida Portada Efterklang Piramida(10xFile, MP3, Album) 4AD none Europe 2012
EAD3X01A Magic Chairs Portada Efterklang Magic Chairs(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD EAD3X01A Europe 2010
EAD 3503A Platform Portada Holly Herndon Platform(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD EAD 3503A 2015
EAD3708A Rennen Portada SOHN Rennen(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD EAD3708A UK 2017
none Three Futures Portada Torres (2) Three Futures(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD none 2017
none Kiss Each Other Clean Portada Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD none UK 2011
none After The End Portada Merchandise (2) After The End(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD none 2014
none Bon Iver, Bon Iver Portada Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Album) none 2011
none 4AD Sessions 2008-2011 Portada Various 4AD Sessions 2008-2011(10xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) 4AD none 2011
none Mutiny / The Bad Seed E.P. Portada The Birthday Party Mutiny / The Bad Seed E.P.(10xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, 320) 4AD none US Unknown
none Dust & Guitars Portada This Mortal Coil Dust & Guitars (Comp) none UK & Europe 2012
none No Home Of The Mind Portada Bing And Ruth No Home Of The Mind(10xFile, WAV, 24-) 4AD none US 2017
none In A Poem Unlimited Portada U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited(11xFile, AAC, Album, 256) 4AD none US 2018
none Future This Portada The Big Pink Future This (Album) none US 2012 Vender esta versión
none Tremors Portada S O H N* Tremors(11xFile, FLAC, Album, HRA) 4AD none Europe 2014
EAD3X01AITM Magic Chairs Portada Efterklang Magic Chairs(11xFile, MP3, Album) 4AD EAD3X01AITM Europe 2010
4AD0035DA All Nerve Portada The Breeders All Nerve(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD 4AD0035DA 2018
4AD0046DA In A Poem Unlimited Portada U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD 4AD0046DA Europe 2018
EAD 2916A A Brief History Of Love Portada The Big Pink A Brief History Of Love(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD EAD 2916A UK 2009
EAD3530A Return To The Moon Portada EL VY Return To The Moon(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD EAD3530A USA, Canada & Europe 2015
EAD3614A Love Streams Portada Tim Hecker Love Streams (Album) EAD3614A UK 2016
0-66694 Here Comes Your Man Portada Pixies Here Comes Your Man(12") 4AD, Elektra 0-66694 US 1989 Vender esta versión
0-66707 Monkey Gone To Heaven Portada Pixies Monkey Gone To Heaven(12") Elektra 0-66707 US 1989 Vender esta versión
80114 The Spangle Maker Portada Cocteau Twins The Spangle Maker(12") 4AD 80114 France 1984 Vender esta versión
80232 Echoes In A Shallow Bay Portada Cocteau Twins Echoes In A Shallow Bay(12") Virgin 80232 France 1985 Vender esta versión
80271 Love's Easy Tears Portada Cocteau Twins Love's Easy Tears(12") 4AD 80271 France 1986 Vender esta versión
80322 Lollita Portada A.R. Kane Lollita(12") 4AD 80322 France 1987 Vender esta versión
80327 Pump Up The Volume Portada M|A|R|R|S Pump Up The Volume(12") 4AD 80327 France 1987 Vender esta versión
80340 Sloppy Heart Portada Frazier Chorus Sloppy Heart(12") 4AD 80340 France 1987 Vender esta versión
80348 Blind Hearts Portada Xymox Blind Hearts(12") 4AD 80348 France 1987 Vender esta versión
80535 Velouria Portada Pixies Velouria(12") 4AD 80535 France 1990 Vender esta versión
80560 Dig For Fire Portada Pixies Dig For Fire(12") 4AD, Virgin 80560 France 1990 Vender esta versión
85019 Planet Of Sound Portada Pixies Planet Of Sound(12") 4AD 85019 France 1991 Vender esta versión
151.109 Peppermint Pig Portada Cocteau Twins Peppermint Pig(12") 4AD 151.109 Netherlands 1983 Vender esta versión
519405 Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust Portada This Mortal Coil Sixteen Days - Gathering Dust(12") 4AD, Edisom 519405 Portugal 1983 Vender esta versión
608 247 The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme Portada Colourbox The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme(12") Virgin, Virgin, 4AD 608 247 Europe 1986 Vender esta versión
44-73534 Special One Portada Ultra Vivid Scene Special One(12") Columbia, 4AD 44-73534 US 1990 Vender esta versión
8949306 Polyesterday Portada Gusgus Polyesterday(12") 4AD, Virgin 8949306 UK & Europe 1998 Vender esta versión
602 009-213 The Moon Is Blue Portada Colourbox The Moon Is Blue(12") Virgin, Virgin, 4AD, 4AD 602 009-213 Europe 1985 Vender esta versión
BAD 2K07 Come On The 'Phone Portada Magnétophone Come On The 'Phone(12") 4AD BAD 2K07 UK 2000 Vender esta versión
BAD3X09 Velvet Portada The Big Pink Velvet(12") 4AD BAD3X09 UK 2010 Vender esta versión
BAD3X36 Here Sometimes Portada Blonde Redhead Here Sometimes(12") 4AD, 4AD BAD3X36 US 2010 Vender esta versión
BAD 9 Like This For Ages Portada Cupol Like This For Ages(12") 4AD BAD 9 UK 1980 Vender esta versión
BAD 0014 Dig For Fire Portada Pixies Dig For Fire (Single) BAD 0014 UK 1990 Vender esta versión
BAD 109 Huremics Portada Dif Juz Huremics(12") 4AD BAD 109 UK 1981 Vender esta versión
BAD 115 Chapter II Portada Dance Chapter Chapter II(12") 4AD BAD 115 UK 1981 Vender esta versión
BAD 116 Vibrating Air Portada Dif Juz Vibrating Air(12") 4AD BAD 116 UK 1981 Vender esta versión
BAD 208 Life In The Gladhouse Portada Modern English Life In The Gladhouse(12") 4AD BAD 208 UK 1982 Vender esta versión
BAD 210 Some Velvet Morning Portada Rowland S. Howard / Lydia Lunch Rowland S. Howard / Lydia Lunch - Some Velvet Morning BAD 210 UK 1982 Vender esta versión
BAD 215 Breakdown Portada Colour Box* Breakdown(12") 4AD BAD 215 UK 1982 Vender esta versión
BAD403 Say You Portada Colourbox Say You(12") 4AD BAD403 UK 1984 Vender esta versión
BAD 406 Punch Portada Colourbox Punch BAD 406 UK 1984 Vender esta versión
BAD 504 A Day Portada Clan Of Xymox A Day BAD 504 UK 1985 Vender esta versión
BAD 507 The Moon Is Blue Portada Colourbox The Moon Is Blue BAD 507 UK 1985 Vender esta versión
BAD 604 Baby I Love You So Portada Colourbox Featuring Lorita Grahame Colourbox Featuring Lorita Grahame - Baby I Love You So (Single) BAD 604 UK 1986 Vender esta versión
BAD 610 Love's Easy Tears Portada Cocteau Twins Love's Easy Tears (EP) BAD 610 UK 1986 Vender esta versión
BAD 701 Chains Changed Portada Throwing Muses Chains Changed BAD 701 UK 1987 Vender esta versión
bad 708 Sloppy Heart Portada Frazier Chorus Sloppy Heart(12") 4AD bad 708 UK 1987 Vender esta versión
BAD 711 Blind Hearts Portada Xymox Blind Hearts BAD 711 UK 1987 Vender esta versión
BAD 902 Kansas Portada The Wolfgang Press Kansas(12") 4AD BAD 902 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BAD 903 Dizzy Portada Throwing Muses Dizzy BAD 903 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BAD 904 Monkey Gone To Heaven Portada Pixies Monkey Gone To Heaven BAD 904 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BAD 907 Raintime / Bottom Drawer Portada The Wolfgang Press Raintime / Bottom Drawer(12") 4AD BAD 907 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BAD 909 Here Comes Your Man Portada Pixies Here Comes Your Man BAD 909 UK 1989 Vender esta versión
BAD 1001 Counting Backwards Portada Throwing Muses Counting Backwards (Single) BAD 1001 UK 1990 Vender esta versión
BAD 1003 Time Portada The Wolfgang Press Time BAD 1003 UK 1991 Vender esta versión
BAD 1004 Chlorine Dream Portada Spirea X Chlorine Dream(12") 4AD BAD 1004 UK 1991 Vender esta versión
BAD 1007 Mama Told Me Not To Come (Bad Boy Mix) Portada The Wolfgang Press Mama Told Me Not To Come (Bad Boy Mix)(12") 4AD BAD 1007 UK 1991 Vender esta versión
BAD 2509 Vigo Bay Portada Minotaur Shock Vigo Bay(12") 4AD BAD 2509 UK 2005 Vender esta versión
BAD 2515 Muesli Portada Minotaur Shock Muesli BAD 2515 UK 2005 Vender esta versión
BAD 3005 Hang On To Your Ego Portada Frank Black Hang On To Your Ego(12") 4AD BAD 3005 UK 1993 Vender esta versión
BAD 3010 The Moon And The Sun Portada Heidi Berry The Moon And The Sun BAD 3010 UK 1993 Vender esta versión
BAD3127 3 Portada Inc. (2) 3(12") 4AD BAD3127 UK 2011 Vender esta versión
BAD 3144 Stay Gold Portada The Big Pink Stay Gold(12") 4AD BAD 3144 UK, Europe & US 2011 Vender esta versión
BAD 3203 Hit The Ground (Superman) Portada The Big Pink Hit The Ground (Superman)(12") 4AD BAD 3203 UK, Europe & US 2012 Vender esta versión
BAD 4001 Your Ghost Portada Kristin Hersh Your Ghost(12") 4AD BAD 4001 UK 1994 Vender esta versión
BAD 4013 Fine Friend Portada Pale Saints Fine Friend BAD 4013 UK 1994 Vender esta versión
BAD 4018 Bright Yellow Gun Portada Throwing Muses Bright Yellow Gun BAD 4018 UK 1994 Vender esta versión
BAD 5001 Going South Portada The Wolfgang Press Going South(12") 4AD BAD 5001 UK 1995 Vender esta versión
BAD 5012 Schism Portada Scheer Schism(12") 4AD BAD 5012 UK 1995 Vender esta versión
BAD 6013 Polyesterday Portada GusGus Polyesterday BAD 6013 UK 1996 Vender esta versión
BAD 7002 Believe Portada GusGus Believe BAD 7002 UK 1997 Vender esta versión

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alexlad

alexlad

16 de noviembre de 2013
4AD had a strong impact upon me. Suffice it to say, that significal part (well, best part) of my CD collection are the label's releases. Indeed, 4AD is "the perfect antidote", as one of its fan-sites is called.

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