Label Code: LC 0253 / LC 00253 (LC 7654 / LC 07654 for London/FFRR releases).
Please note: INT is not part of the catalogue number, it merely indicates that number is the international number.
For all unofficial / bootleg copies of this label please use London Records (3)
London American Recordings is regarded a sub label of London Records. All entries on London American Recordings should be marked as two labels, firstly London Records, secondly London American Recordings.
London Records arose in the 1940s from the split in ownership between the British branch of Decca and that same company's USA branch. Since British Decca could not use the Decca name in North America, it used the "London" label and logo to release records mastered by Decca (UK) recordings for USA only. Note: Most (if not all) USA pressings from 1950 to the mid 1970's say "Made in England" on bottom edge of label notating origin of original recording (see also: Decca Studios) while being pressed in the USA . These USA issues have an inverted matrix (master) release # above the USA release # that corresponds to the original "Decca" tapes.
This branding may incorporate additional logos for ffrr, Full Frequency Range Recording (not Recordings), American Recordings or British Recordings, none of which are currently acknowledged as distinct labels in the database (except for an early incarnation of London American Recordings). There is an FFRR label in Discogs, but it's only for the Full Frequency Range Recordings (not Recording) dance music imprint established in the mid-1980s; see its label profile for details.
In the UK, the London label focused on pop music under the aegis of Roger Ames, while the Decca Record Company Limited operated as a separate company, with its US releases rebranded with the London name. Decca was eventually acquired by PolyGram.
In 1999, the MCA and PolyGram families merged to form Universal Music Group, and in 2000, Roger Ames was hired to run Warner Music. The Decca name could be used worldwide by Universal after the merger. Ames was awarded London as part of a severance package and took it to WEA worldwide. In the US, the imprint was merged with Sire Records Group to form London-Sire Records, which existed until 2003. In the UK, The company was renamed London Records 90 Ltd. to distinguish it from the Decca Label Group. Ames later sold the London Records 90 Ltd to Warner Music.
In 2010, Universal Music reclaimed ownership of the London Records trade mark. On July 1, 2011 Universal Music reclaimed the London Records name and relaunched it under the executive team of Nick Raphael (President) and later Jo Charrington (Senior Vice President of A&R) who together previously ran Epic Records for Sony Music Entertainment since 2001. Both had started their careers at London Records in the Ames era in the 1990s. The team would later rebrand itself as Capitol Records Ltd. following UMG's buyout of EMI.
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Beware of spiel on a large number of releases which states "Marketed in France by Barclay & in Germany by Metronome Musik GmbH/Motor Music Gmbh" as this is very often applied arbitrarily with no consideration for the genuine country of release.
For example, releases earmarked for exclusive release in specific countries such as UK, Germany or Croatia often include this text. Where this text is displayed it should be used as a guide only when attributing a release to a given country.
In the mid 1980's London's parent at the time Polygram signed a central licensing agreement (CLA) in Europe with the Dutch rights society Stemra. In the summer of 1996 an new CLA was signed this time with MCPS. As such, the appearance of these rights societies on European releases should not be used to determine the country of release.