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:
[l634]

Etichetta

N. cat Artista Titolo  (Formato) Etichetta N. cat Paese Anno
MK-4128  Hot Hits: Adventurous New Music Sampler / Rock Paintings CD+G Sampler Copertina album Various Hot Hits: Adventurous New Music Sampler / Rock Paintings CD+G Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr + CD+G, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Warner Special Products, Sega, Warner New Media, Sega MK-4128 US 1992 Vendi questa versione
DJV 206 -Advance Selections From The Forthcoming Album / Cassette- "Filigree And Shadow" Copertina album This Mortal Coil -Advance Selections From The Forthcoming Album / Cassette- "Filigree And Shadow"(LP, Comp, Promo, Smplr) PolyGram, 4AD, PolyGram Inc. DJV 206 Canada 1986 Vendi questa versione
none ...And Dog Bones, Too Copertina album Various ...And Dog Bones, Too(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) 4AD none US 1992 Vendi questa versione
AD 2505 …And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better Copertina album Magnétophone …And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better(7") 4AD, Static Caravan AD 2505 UK 2005 Vendi questa versione
none …And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better Copertina album Magnétophone …And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better(CDr, Single, Promo) 4AD none UK 2005 Vendi questa versione
BAUSAM 1 ...And Remains Copertina album Bauhaus ...And Remains(CD) Beggars Banquet, 4AD BAUSAM 1 UK & US 2009 Vendi questa versione
CDP 490 ...Selections From Blood Copertina album This Mortal Coil ...Selections From Blood(CD, Promo, Smplr) Vertigo, 4AD CDP 490 Canada 1991 Vendi questa versione
8 45925 2 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album) 4AD 8 45925 2 Italy 1998 Vendi questa versione
354 980 197-2 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album) 4AD 354 980 197-2 US 1998 Vendi questa versione
724384592523 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album) 4AD, Labels 724384592523 France 1998 Vendi questa versione
CAD 8008 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 8008 UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
CAD 8008 CD ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Single, Promo) 4AD CAD 8008 CD UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
CAD 8008 CD ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK (Album) CAD 8008 CD UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
CAD 8008 CD The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Promo, Smplr) 4AD CAD 8008 CD UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
MRPR 1027-2 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Maxi, Promo) Mammoth Records MRPR 1027-2 US 1998 Vendi questa versione
none ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album, Promo) 4AD none UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
RTD 120.2147.2 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album) 4AD, Rough Trade RTD 120.2147.2 Germany 1998 Vendi questa versione
SON 142 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(CD, Album) Sonic Records (2) SON 142 Poland 1998 Vendi questa versione
SONC 142 ...Smile's OK Copertina album The Hope Blister ...Smile's OK(Cass, Album) Sonic Records (2) SONC 142 Poland 1998 Vendi questa versione
BAD 8007 .38.45 (A Thievery Number) Copertina album Thievery Corporation .38.45 (A Thievery Number)(12") 4AD BAD 8007 UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
BAD 8007 CD .38.45 (A Thievery Number) Copertina album Thievery Corporation .38.45 (A Thievery Number)(CD, Single) 4AD BAD 8007 CD UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
STEELE 4 CD .38.45 (A Thievery Number) Copertina album Thievery Corporation .38.45 (A Thievery Number)(CD, Single, Promo) 4AD STEELE 4 CD UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
STEELE 5 .38.45 (A Thievery Number) Copertina album Thievery Corporation .38.45 (A Thievery Number)(7", Promo) 4AD STEELE 5 UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
SA2113 (Live) Copertina album Pixies (Live)(CD, Promo) 4AD, FNAC, Les Inrockuptibles SA2113 France 1990 Vendi questa versione
BUTTERFLY 1 (Misery Is A Butterfly) Album Sampler Copertina album Blonde Redhead (Misery Is A Butterfly) Album Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) 4AD BUTTERFLY 1 UK 2004 Vendi questa versione
CAD D 9006 (This Is Normal Copertina album GusGus (This Is Normal(2xLP, Album) 4AD CAD D 9006 UK 1999 Vendi questa versione
60011684922 #2: Abyss In B Minor Copertina album Serena-Maneesh #2: Abyss In B Minor(CD, Album) Smalltown Supersound, 4AD 60011684922 Norway 2010 Vendi questa versione
CAD3X07 #2: Abyss In B Minor Copertina album Serena-Maneesh #2: Abyss In B Minor(LP, Album) 4AD CAD3X07 UK 2010 Vendi questa versione
none #88 Copertina album Lo-Fang #88(CDr, Single, Promo) 4AD none Netherlands 2013 Vendi questa versione
BAD3330 #88/Boris Copertina album Lo-Fang #88/Boris (Single) BAD3330 US 2013 Vendi questa versione
33CY-2085 12 Inch 87 Anthology Copertina album Various 12 Inch 87 Anthology(CD, Comp) 4AD 33CY-2085 Japan 1988 Vendi questa versione
CY-4415 12 Inch 87 Anthology Copertina album Various 12 Inch 87 Anthology(CD, Comp) 4AD CY-4415 Japan 1989 Vendi questa versione
BAD 205 CD 13 (Lucky For Some) Copertina album In Camera 13 (Lucky For Some) (Comp) BAD 205 CD UK 1992 Vendi questa versione
COCY-75254 13 (Lucky For Some) Copertina album In Camera 13 (Lucky For Some)(CD, Album, Comp) 4AD COCY-75254 Japan 1992 Vendi questa versione
TEENBEAT 106 13 (Lucky For Some) Copertina album In Camera 13 (Lucky For Some)(CD, Comp) Teenbeat TEENBEAT 106 US 1993 Vendi questa versione
BEGA 64 1979-1983 Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 (Comp) BEGA 64 UK 1985 Vendi questa versione
BEGA 58 024 1979-1983 Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983(2xLP, Comp) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 58 024 Greece 1987 Vendi questa versione
LP-3040 1979-1983 Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983(2xLP, Comp, RE) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet LP-3040 Brazil Unknown Vendi questa versione
TKCB-70474 1979-1983 Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 (Comp) TKCB-70474 Japan 1994 Vendi questa versione
92378-2 1979-1983 Volume One Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume One (Comp) 92378-2 US Unknown Vendi questa versione
512 374-2 1979-1983 Volume One Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume One(CD, Comp, Club, RE) Beggars Banquet, Vertigo 512 374-2 Canada Unknown Vendi questa versione
1309064-1 1979-1983 Volume One Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume One(CD, Comp, RE) Sum Records (2), Beggars Banquet, Paradoxx Music 1309064-1 Brazil Unknown Vendi questa versione
BBL 64 CD 1 1979-1983 Volume One Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume One (Comp) BBL 64 CD 1 UK Unknown Vendi questa versione
BEGA 64 CD 1 1979-1983 Volume One Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume One (Comp) BEGA 64 CD 1 UK 1986 Vendi questa versione
1309065-1 1979-1983 Volume Two Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume Two(CD, Comp, RE) Sum Records (2), Beggars Banquet, Paradoxx Music 1309065-1 Brazil Unknown Vendi questa versione
BBL 64 CD 2 1979-1983 Volume Two Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume Two (Comp) BBL 64 CD 2 UK 1997 Vendi questa versione
BEGA 64 CD 2 1979-1983 Volume Two Copertina album Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume Two (Comp) BEGA 64 CD 2 UK 1986 Vendi questa versione
none Various 1980 Forward(CDr, Album, Comp, Promo) 4AD none UK 2005 Vendi questa versione
TAD 2525 CD 1980 Forward (4AD Celebrating 25 Years) Copertina album Various 1980 Forward (4AD Celebrating 25 Years) (Comp) TAD 2525 CD UK 2005 Vendi questa versione
DCDBOX1 1981-1998 Copertina album Dead Can Dance 1981-1998 (Comp) DCDBOX1 UK 2001 Vendi questa versione
none 1982 To 1990 Copertina album Cocteau Twins 1982 To 1990(CDr, Comp, Promo, RM) 4AD none UK 2000 Vendi questa versione
9 45135-2 1983~1991 Copertina album This Mortal Coil 1983~1991(3xCD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Box, Comp) 4AD 9 45135-2 US 1993 Vendi questa versione
027010 2 Videos-Tied Copertina album Lush 2 Videos-Tied(VHS, Promo, NTSC) 4AD, Reprise Records 027010 US 1992 Vendi questa versione
none 2008 Sampler Copertina album Dead Can Dance 2008 Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) 4AD none US 2008 Vendi questa versione
none 2018 Australian Tour Sampler Copertina album The National 2018 Australian Tour Sampler(CD, Album, Promo, Unofficial) 4AD none Australia 2017 Vendi questa versione
AD 2714 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23(7", S/Sided, Blu) 4AD AD 2714 UK 2007 Vendi questa versione
CAD 2717 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23 (Album) CAD 2717 UK & US 2007 Vendi questa versione
CAD 2717CD 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23 (Album) CAD 2717CD UK 2007 Vendi questa versione
CAD2717CDJ 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23(CD, Album) 4AD, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited CAD2717CDJ Japan 2010 Vendi questa versione
CAD 2717 CDP 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23(CD, Album, Promo, Car) 4AD CAD 2717 CDP UK 2007 Vendi questa versione
CAD2717P 23 Copertina album Blonde Redhead 23(CD, Album, Promo, Jew) 4AD, 4AD CAD2717P US 2007 Vendi questa versione
ead2714s Blonde Redhead 23(CDr, Single) 4ad ead2714s UK 2007 Vendi questa versione
none Blonde Redhead 23 (Album) none UK 2007 Vendi questa versione
BAD3127 3 Copertina album Inc. (2) 3(12") 4AD BAD3127 UK 2011 Vendi questa versione
none 3 Copertina album Inc. (2) 3(CDr, Promo) 4AD none UK 2011 Vendi questa versione
none 3 Videos Copertina album Cocteau Twins 3 Videos(VHS, Promo, NTSC) 4AD, Capitol Records none US 1990 Vendi questa versione
CAD 16 3R4 Copertina album B.C.Gilbert* · G.Lewis* B.C.Gilbert* · G.Lewis* - 3R4(LP) 4AD CAD 16 UK 1980 Vendi questa versione
58.005 3rd From The Sun Copertina album Chrome (8) 3rd From The Sun(LP, Album) 4AD 58.005 Greece 1983 Vendi questa versione
CAD 9006 CD GUSCD 4 Track Sampler Copertina album GusGus 4 Track Sampler(CD, Mixed, Smplr) 4AD, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] CAD 9006 CD GUSCD Benelux 1999 Vendi questa versione
BAD 312 4AD Copertina album Bauhaus 4AD (EP, Comp) BAD 312 UK 1983 Vendi questa versione
UNCUT 4AD 6 4AD Copertina album Various 4AD(CD, Comp, Promo) 4AD, Uncut (2) UNCUT 4AD 6 UK 1998 Vendi questa versione
VINX 29 4AD Copertina album Bauhaus 4AD(12", Comp) Virgin VINX 29 Italy 1983 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD 2008 Sampler Copertina album Various 4AD 2008 Sampler(12xFile, MP3, 96) 4AD none UK 2008
none 4AD 2009 Sampler Copertina album Various 4AD 2009 Sampler none 2009 Vendi questa versione
4AD0139CDJ 4AD 40th Anniversary Sampler Copertina album Various 4AD 40th Anniversary Sampler(CD, Album, Comp, Promo) 4AD, Beat Records 4AD0139CDJ Japan 2019 Vendi questa versione
4XPRO-79901 4AD Catalog Sampler Copertina album Cocteau Twins 4AD Catalog Sampler(Cass, S/Sided, Promo) Capitol Records 4XPRO-79901 US 1991 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD Presents At SXSW Copertina album Various 4AD Presents At SXSW(CD, Album, Promo) 4AD none US 2009 Vendi questa versione
(shuffle) 4AD Presents The 13 Year Itch Video Compilation Copertina album Various 4AD Presents The 13 Year Itch Video Compilation (Comp) (shuffle) UK 1993 Vendi questa versione
CDP 434 4AD Promo Pack Copertina album Pixies, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance Pixies, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance - 4AD Promo Pack(4xCD + Box, Comp, Ltd, Promo) 4AD, Vertigo CDP 434 Canada 1990 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD Sampler Copertina album Various 4AD Sampler(7xFile, MP3, Smplr, 256) 4AD none US 2010
BAD 3418 4AD Session Copertina album Daughter (2) 4AD Session(12", EP, Ltd) 4AD BAD 3418 UK & Europe 2014 Vendi questa versione
BAD 3418CD 4AD Session Copertina album Daughter (2) 4AD Session(CD, EP, Ltd) 4AD BAD 3418CD UK & Europe 2014 Vendi questa versione
EAD3418SITM 4AD Session Copertina album Daughter (2) 4AD Session(5xFile, MP3, EP + File, MPEG-4 Video, EP) 4AD EAD3418SITM Europe 2014
none 4Ad Session Copertina album Daughter (2) 4Ad Session(CDr, EP, Promo) 4AD none UK 2014 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD Session Copertina album Indians (5) 4AD Session(CDr) 4AD none UK 2013 Vendi questa versione
BAD 3417 4AD Session EP Copertina album Camera Obscura 4AD Session EP(12", EP) 4AD BAD 3417 UK 2014 Vendi questa versione
EAD3124S 4AD Session EP Copertina album Stornoway 4AD Session EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) 4AD EAD3124S US 2011
none 4AD Session EP Copertina album Camera Obscura 4AD Session EP (EP) none UK 2014 Vendi questa versione
VSAD 013 4AD Session New York 6.2.12 Copertina album Mark Lanegan Band 4AD Session New York 6.2.12(DVDr, DVD-V, Promo) 4AD VSAD 013 UK 2012 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD Sessions Copertina album Stornoway 4AD Sessions(CD, EP, Ltd) 4AD none UK 2011 Vendi questa versione
CAD 3137P 4AD Sessions 2008-2011 Copertina album Various 4AD Sessions 2008-2011(LP, Comp, Ltd, Cle) 4AD CAD 3137P US 2011 Vendi questa versione
none 4AD Sessions 2008-2011 Copertina album Various 4AD Sessions 2008-2011(10xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) 4AD none 2011
none 4AD Summer 2012: A Label Sampler Copertina album Various 4AD Summer 2012: A Label Sampler(6xFile, MP3, Smplr, 320) 4AD none UK 2012
BBQCD 2110 5 Albums Copertina album Bauhaus 5 Albums(Box, Comp + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM ) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 2110 UK, Europe & US 2013 Vendi questa versione
CAD3302 Inc. (2) 5 Days(CDr, Single, Promo) 4AD CAD3302 UK Unknown Vendi questa versione
PRO-CD-6333 5 Selected Originals Copertina album Various / This Mortal Coil Various / This Mortal Coil - 5 Selected Originals(CD, Promo, Smplr) Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-6333 US 1993 Vendi questa versione
MAD 2411CD 50 Foot Wave Copertina album 50 Foot Wave 50 Foot Wave (MiniAlbum) MAD 2411CD UK 2004 Vendi questa versione
AD 6009 500 (Shake Baby Shake) Copertina album Lush 500 (Shake Baby Shake)(7", Single, Ltd, Red) 4AD AD 6009 UK 1996 Vendi questa versione
BAD 6009 CD 500 (Shake Baby Shake) Copertina album Lush 500 (Shake Baby Shake)(CD, Single, CD1) 4AD BAD 6009 CD UK 1996 Vendi questa versione
BAD D 6009 CD 500 (Shake Baby Shake) Copertina album Lush 500 (Shake Baby Shake)(CD, Single, CD2) 4AD BAD D 6009 CD UK 1996 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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