4AD

4AD

Profilo:
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.
Sottoetichette
Etichetta principale:
Informazioni di contatto:
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
Siti:
N. cat  Artista Titolo (Formato) Etichetta N. cat  Paese Anno
- Love Streams Copertina Album Tim Hecker Love Streams(CD, Album, Promo) 4AD - USA & Canada 2016 Vendi questa versione
--- Future Of The Left The Hope That House Built(DVDr, Single, Promo) 4AD --- 2009 Vendi questa versione
--- Broken Records Until The Earth(DVDr, Single, Promo) 4AD --- 2009 Vendi questa versione
00Promo Elephant Gun ( Unit Blue Remix ) Copertina Album Beirut Elephant Gun ( Unit Blue Remix )(File, WAV) Ba Da Bing!, PI Media, 4AD 00Promo US 2010
1AMP Bragging Party Copertina Album The Amps Bragging Party(7", Promo) 4AD 1AMP UK 1995 Vendi questa versione
2A-62766 Title TK Copertina Album The Breeders Title TK(CD, Album, Promo) 4AD, Elektra 2A-62766 US 2002 Vendi questa versione
2GA-0380/1 R Iceblink Luck Copertina Album Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck(12", Maxi, RE) 4AD 2GA-0380/1 R Spain 2016 Vendi questa versione
4AD0001CD The Far Field  Copertina Album Future Islands The Far Field (Album) 4AD0001CD Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0001CDJ The Far Field  Copertina Album Future Islands The Far Field (CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0001CDJ Japan 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0001LP The Far Field  Copertina Album Future Islands The Far Field (Album) 4AD0001LP USA & Canada 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0001LPX The Far Field  Copertina Album Future Islands The Far Field (LP, Ltd, Whi) 4AD, 4AD 4AD0001LPX Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0001MC The Far Field Copertina Album Future Islands The Far Field(Cass, Album, Cle) 4AD 4AD0001MC US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0002CD The Age Of Anxiety Copertina Album Pixx (2) The Age Of Anxiety (Album) 4AD0002CD UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0002LP The Age Of Anxiety Copertina Album Pixx (2) The Age Of Anxiety (Album) 4AD0002LP UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0002LPE The Age Of Anxiety Copertina Album Pixx (2) The Age Of Anxiety (Album) 4AD0002LPE UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0006DS Ran Copertina Album Future Islands Ran(File, AAC, Single, 256) 4AD 4AD0006DS UK 2017
4AD0007CD Big Bad Luv Copertina Album John Moreland Big Bad Luv(CD, Album) 4AD 4AD0007CD UK & US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0007LP Big Bad Luv Copertina Album John Moreland Big Bad Luv(LP, Album, Gat) 4AD 4AD0007LP US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0008CD Party Copertina Album Aldous Harding Party (Album) 4AD0008CD Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0008LP Party Copertina Album Aldous Harding Party (Album) 4AD0008LP North America (inc Mexico) 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0008LPRT Party Copertina Album Aldous Harding Party(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) 4AD 4AD0008LPRT UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0008LPX Party Copertina Album Aldous Harding Party(LP, Album, Ltd + 7", S/Sided, Single) 4AD 4AD0008LPX Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0009CD Planetarium Copertina Album Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister - Planetarium (Album) 4AD0009CD Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0009LP Planetarium Copertina Album Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister - Planetarium(2xLP, Album) 4AD 4AD0009LP USA, Canada & Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0009LP Planetarium Copertina Album Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister Sufjan StevensNico MuhlyBryce DessnerJames McAlister - Planetarium(2xLP, Album) 4AD 4AD0009LP US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0019S The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness / Guilty Party Copertina Album The National The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness / Guilty Party(7", Single, Ltd, Blu) 4AD 4AD0019S USA & Canada 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0020CD The National Sleep Well Beast (Album) 4AD0020CD Australia 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0020CDJP Sleep Well Beast Copertina Album The National Sleep Well Beast(2xCD, Album) Beat Records, 4AD 4AD0020CDJP Japan 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0020CDT Sleep Well Beast Copertina Album The National Sleep Well Beast(CD, Album, Tar) 4AD 4AD0020CDT US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0020LP Sleep Well Beast Copertina Album The National Sleep Well Beast(2xLP, Album, Ltd, S/Edition, Whi) 4AD 4AD0020LP USA & Canada 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0020LPE Sleep Well Beast Copertina Album The National Sleep Well Beast (Album) 4AD0020LPE USA & Canada 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0022CD Three Futures Copertina Album Torres (2) Three Futures (Album) 4AD0022CD UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0022LP Three Futures Copertina Album Torres (2) Three Futures (Album) 4AD0022LP UK & Europe 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0022LPE2 Three Futures Copertina Album Torres (2) Three Futures(LP, Album, Club, Ltd, Num, Blu) 4AD 4AD0022LPE2 US 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0033T Brothers Of Destruction Copertina Album The Lemon Twigs Brothers Of Destruction(12", EP) 4AD 4AD0033T UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0035CD All Nerve Copertina Album The Breeders All Nerve (Album) 4AD0035CD US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0035CDJP All Nerve Copertina Album The Breeders All Nerve(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0035CDJP Japan 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0035DA All Nerve Copertina Album The Breeders All Nerve(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD 4AD0035DA 2018
4AD0035LP All Nerve Copertina Album The Breeders All Nerve (Album) 4AD0035LP US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0035LPE All Nerve Copertina Album The Breeders All Nerve (Album, Single) 4AD0035LPE 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0036S1 Wait In The Car Copertina Album The Breeders Wait In The Car(7", Single, Ltd, Ora) 4AD 4AD0036S1 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0036S2 Wait In The Car Copertina Album The Breeders Wait In The Car(7", Single, Ltd, Red) 4AD 4AD0036S2 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0036S3 Wait In The Car Copertina Album The Breeders Wait In The Car(7", Single, Ltd, Yel) 4AD 4AD0036S3 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0038 Music From Before The Storm Copertina Album Daughter (2) Music From Before The Storm(13xFile, ALAC, Album) 4AD 4AD0038 Europe 2017
4AD0038DA Music From Before The Storm Copertina Album Daughter (2) Music From Before The Storm(13xFile, WAV, Album, 24b) 4AD 4AD0038DA Europe 2017
4AD 0038LP Music From Before The Storm Copertina Album Daughter (2) Music From Before The Storm(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle) 4AD 4AD 0038LP Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0044SP Day I Die (Live from Paris Centquatre - 22 june 2017) Copertina Album The National Day I Die (Live from Paris Centquatre - 22 june 2017)(7", S/Sided, Ltd, P/Unofficial, Fle) 4AD 4AD0044SP Belgium 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0046 In A Poem Unlimited Copertina Album U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited (Album) 4AD0046 US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD00046CD In A Poem Unlimited Copertina Album U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited (Album) 4AD00046CD US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0046DA In A Poem Unlimited Copertina Album U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) 4AD 4AD0046DA Europe 2018
4AD 0052CD I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life Copertina Album Tune-Yards I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life(CD, Album) 4AD 4AD 0052CD UK 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0052LP I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life Copertina Album Tune-Yards I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life(LP, Album) 4AD 4AD 0052LP US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0052LPE I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life Copertina Album Tune-Yards I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (Album) 4AD 0052LPE UK 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0055CDP Live At KEXP Copertina Album Aldous Harding Live At KEXP(CD, EP) 4AD 4AD0055CDP UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD0055TE Live At KEXP Copertina Album Aldous Harding Live At KEXP(12", EP, Ltd) 4AD 4AD0055TE UK 2017 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0069 CD Fond Reflections Copertina Album Rema-Rema Fond Reflections(2xCD, Album, Comp) 4AD, 4AD 4AD 0069 CD UK, Europe & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0069 LP Fond Reflections Copertina Album Rema-Rema Fond Reflections(2xLP, Album, Comp) 4AD 4AD 0069 LP Europe 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0070 CD No Other Copertina Album Gene Clark No Other(CD, Album, RE) 4AD 4AD 0070 CD US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0070 CDX No Other || No Other Sessions {I} Copertina Album Gene Clark No Other || No Other Sessions {I}(Dlx, Har + CD, Album, RM + CD, Comp) 4AD 4AD 0070 CDX UK, Europe & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0070 LP No Other Copertina Album Gene Clark No Other(LP, Album, RE, RM) 4AD 4AD 0070 LP US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0077CD Boxer (Live In Brussels) Copertina Album The National Boxer (Live In Brussels)(CD, Album) 4AD 4AD0077CD Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0077CDJP Boxer (Live In Brussels) Copertina Album The National Boxer (Live In Brussels)(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0077CDJP Japan 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0077DA Boxer Live In Brussels Copertina Album The National Boxer Live In Brussels(12xFile, FLAC, Album) 4AD 4AD0077DA 2018
4AD0077LPE Boxer (Live In Brussels) Copertina Album The National Boxer (Live In Brussels)(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) 4AD 4AD0077LPE USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0079CD Kazuashita Copertina Album Gang Gang Dance Kazuashita (Album) 4AD0079CD Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0079CDJP Kazuashita Copertina Album Gang Gang Dance Kazuashita(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0079CDJP Japan 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0079LP Kazuashita Copertina Album Gang Gang Dance Kazuashita(LP, Album, Red) 4AD 4AD0079LP US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD 0082T Hue / Nil Copertina Album SOHN Hue / Nil(12", Single) 4AD 4AD 0082T 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0084CD Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa Copertina Album Pixies Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa(3xCD, Comp, RE) 4AD 4AD0084CD USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0084LP Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa Copertina Album Pixies Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa(LP, EP, RE, Gol + LP, Album, RE, Gol + LP, Gol + C) 4AD 4AD0084LP USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0084LPX Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa Copertina Album Pixies Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa(LP, EP, RE, Cle + LP, Album, RE, Cle + LP, Cle + B) 4AD 4AD0084LPX USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0089CD Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Copertina Album Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (Album) 4AD0089CD US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0089CDJP Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Copertina Album Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?(CD, Album) Beat Records, 4AD 4AD0089CDJP Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0089DA Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Copertina Album Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?(File, FLAC, Album, 16b) 4AD 4AD0089DA 2019
4AD0089LP Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Copertina Album Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (Album) 4AD0089LP UK & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0090MC Double Dream Of Spring Copertina Album Deerhunter Double Dream Of Spring(Cass, Ltd, Num) 4AD 4AD0090MC USA & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0092DS Fake Empire (Live In Brussels) Copertina Album The National Fake Empire (Live In Brussels)(File, MP3, Single, 320) 4AD 4AD0092DS 2018
4AD0094CD Go To School Copertina Album The Lemon Twigs Go To School(CD, Album) 4AD 4AD0094CD France 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0094CDJP Go To School Copertina Album The Lemon Twigs Go To School(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0094CDJP Japan 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0094LP Go To School Copertina Album The Lemon Twigs Go To School (Album) 4AD0094LP Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0094LPX Go To School Copertina Album The Lemon Twigs Go To School(2xLP, Album + 7", Ltd + Dlx) 4AD, 4AD, 4AD 4AD0094LPX USA & Europe 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0102CD Designer Copertina Album Aldous Harding Designer (Album) 4AD0102CD UK, Europe & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0102CDJP Aldous Harding Designer(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0102CDJP Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0102LP Designer Copertina Album Aldous Harding Designer (Album) 4AD0102LP UK, Europe & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0102LPX Designer Copertina Album Aldous Harding Designer(LP, Album, Ltd, Gol) 4AD, 4AD 4AD0102LPX USA & Canada 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0110T Safari Copertina Album The Breeders Safari(12", EP, Ltd, RE) 4AD 4AD0110T USA & Canada 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0113S Coast To Coast (U.S. Girls Remix) / Velvet For Sale (Tune-Yards Remix) Copertina Album Tune-Yards / U.S. Girls Tune-Yards / U.S. Girls - Coast To Coast (U.S. Girls Remix) / Velvet For Sale (Tune-Yards Remix)(7", Ltd) 4AD 4AD0113S US 2018 Vendi questa versione
4AD0114CD Triage Copertina Album Methyl Ethel Triage(CD, Album, Gat) 4AD 4AD0114CD UK 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0114CDJP Triage Copertina Album Methyl Ethel Triage(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0114CDJP Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0114LP Triage Copertina Album Methyl Ethel Triage(LP, Album, Bla) 4AD 4AD0114LP UK 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0121CD Gallipoli Copertina Album Beirut Gallipoli (Album) 4AD0121CD US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0121CDJP Beirut Gallipoli(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0121CDJP Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0121LP Gallipoli Copertina Album Beirut Gallipoli (Album) 4AD0121LP Europe 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0121LPE Gallipoli Copertina Album Beirut Gallipoli (Album) 4AD0121LPE UK 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0121LPX Gallipoli Copertina Album Beirut Gallipoli(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) 4AD 4AD0121LPX US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0122DS You Had Your Soul With You Copertina Album The National You Had Your Soul With You(File, FLAC, Single) 4AD 4AD0122DS UK, Europe & US 2019
4AD0122S You Had Your Soul With You Copertina Album The National You Had Your Soul With You(7", Single, Ltd) 4AD 4AD0122S UK & US 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0129 U​.​F​.​O​.​F. Copertina Album Big Thief U​.​F​.​O​.​F.(12xFile, FLAC, Album) 4AD 4AD0129 US 2019
4AD0129CD U.F.O.F. Copertina Album Big Thief U.F.O.F. (Album) 4AD0129CD Europe 2019 Vendi questa versione
4AD0129CDJP U.F.O.F. Copertina Album Big Thief U.F.O.F.(CD, Album) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0129CDJP Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione

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alexlad

alexlad

16 novembre 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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