Virgin

Virgin

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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.

Multinational label.
Label Code: LC 3098 / LC 03098
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.

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.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0000 0 00000 0 0 GT* - Lovesong (This Is Not A) GT* Lovesong (This Is Not A)(12", Promo) Virgin 0000 0 00000 0 0 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
0000000000 Various - Virgin Sampler 2005 Various Virgin Sampler 2005(CD, Comp, Promo) Virgin 0000000000 UK 2005 Sell This Version
00-00x The Rolling Stones - NRDC The Rolling Stones NRDC "Don't Stop" Promotional Disc(CD-ROM, Promo) ABKCO 00-00x US 2003 Sell This Version
001 DJ Tiësto Featuring BT - Love Comes Again DJ Tiësto Featuring BT DJ Tiësto Featuring BT - Love Comes Again(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin, Magik Muzik 001 Colombia 2004 Sell This Version
0001 Bankstatement - Bankstatement Bankstatement Bankstatement(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Virgin 0001 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
01 Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever Thomas Dybdahl What's Left Is Forever(CD, Promo, Smplr, Alb) Virgin 01 UK 2013 Sell This Version
01 Sandra - Everlasting Love Sandra Everlasting Love(CDr, Promo, Unofficial) Virgin 01 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
1 Compacté Olaf Hund - Goût Cerise Olaf Hund Goût Cerise(CD, Maxi) Musiques Hybrides, Delabel 1 Compacté France 2001 Sell This Version
1P-8128 Paula Abdul - Spellbound Paula Abdul Spellbound (Album) 1P-8128 US 1991 Sell This Version
1 PA Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill(7", Single, Promo) Virgin, Charisma 1 PA Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1PROMO2889 Madness - Johnny The Horse Madness Johnny The Horse(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin 1PROMO2889 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
0000 0 00000 2 0 Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis - Real Gone Lover 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 Sell This Version
0000 0 00000 2 0 Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis - No Way Pedro Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis - No Way Pedro(CD, Promo) Exile, Pointblank, Virgin 0000 0 00000 2 0 US 2000 Sell This Version
2 CD 9548-31909-2 Various - Dance Max 10 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 Sell This Version
2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Various - Dance Max 25 Various Dance Max 25(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Warner Special Marketing, Electrola Media, EMI Electrola 2CD 7243 4 96113 2 0 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
2 CD 7243 8 23144 2 4 Various - Dance Max 23 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 Sell This Version
2EB 209 Edoardo Bennato - Edoardo Live Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xLP, Album) Virgin 2EB 209 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2 EBCD 209 Edoardo Bennato - Edoardo Live Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBCD 209 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2 EBK 7209-1 Edoardo Bennato - Edoardo Live Edoardo Bennato Edoardo Live(2xCass, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 EBK 7209-1 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
2GHS 4036 XTC - English Settlement XTC English Settlement (Album) 2GHS 4036 US 1984 Sell This Version
2J 006 97550 Mike Oldfield - In Dulci Jubilo Mike Oldfield In Dulci Jubilo(7", Single) Virgin 2J 006 97550 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-97052 Kevin Coyne - Matching Head And Feet Kevin Coyne Matching Head And Feet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97052 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97240 Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-97240 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
2J 062-97623 Tangerine Dream - Ricochet Tangerine Dream Ricochet(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-97623 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98109 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Tangerine Dream Rubycon(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-98109 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98508 David Bedford - The Odyssey David Bedford The Odyssey(LP, Album) Virgin 2J 062-98508 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 062-98570 Steve Hillage - L Steve Hillage L(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2J 062-98570 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2J 064-98572 Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear Tangerine Dream Stratosfear(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 2J 064-98572 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
2POINCDJ 001 Rishi Rich Project* Featuring Jay Sean & Juggy D - Dance With You (Nachna Tere Naal) 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 Sell This Version
2RB 7 24389 37412 4 George Michael - The Spinning The Wheel E.P. George Michael The Spinning The Wheel E.P.(CD, Maxi) Virgin, Aegean 2RB 7 24389 37412 4 Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
2 VD 2515/1 Riccardo Cocciante - Quando Si Vuole Bene Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 2 VD 2515/1 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
2 VDK 72515 Riccardo Cocciante - Quando Si Vuole Bene Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(2xCass, Album + Box) Virgin 2 VDK 72515 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
2 VDK 72515/2 Riccardo Cocciante - Quando Si Vuole Bene Riccardo Cocciante Quando Si Vuole Bene(Cass, Album) Virgin 2 VDK 72515/2 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
003 Japan - Instant Pictures Japan Instant Pictures(VHS, PAL) Virgin, Virgin Video 003 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
03CVCD021234 02 Lenny Kravitz - Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz(VCD, Advance, EP, Promo, Pic) Virgin 03CVCD021234 02 Mexico 2004 Sell This Version
03V05 江美琪* - 朋友的朋友 江美琪* 朋友的朋友(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot.) Virgin, EMI 03V05 Taiwan 2003 Sell This Version
03V08 本多RuRu* - Sweet Talk 跟我説 本多RuRu* Sweet Talk 跟我説(CD, Comp, Copy Prot. + VCD) Virgin, EMI 03V08 Taiwan 2003 Sell This Version
4H1310996666D08 D'Angelo - Voodoo D'Angelo Voodoo(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin 4H1310996666D08 UK 2000 Sell This Version
4 - HL - GH - 01 The Human League - Greatest Hits The Human League Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Virgin 4 - HL - GH - 01 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
4KM-12585 Soul II Soul - Move Me No Mountain Soul II Soul Move Me No Mountain(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12585 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12586 The College Boyz* - Hollywood Paradox The College Boyz* Hollywood Paradox(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12586 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12587 Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis - Rain Falls Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis Frankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis - Rain Falls(Cass, Single, Tra) Virgin 4KM-12587 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12593 Mark Curry (2) - Sorry About The Weather Mark Curry (2) Sorry About The Weather(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12593 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12594 After 7 - Kickin' It After 7 Kickin' It(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12594 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12602 Neneh Cherry - Money Love Neneh Cherry Money Love (Single) 4KM-12602 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12605 Inner City - Follow Your Heart Inner City Follow Your Heart(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12605 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12614 The College Boyz* - Humpin' The College Boyz* Humpin'(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12614 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12623 After 7 - Baby I'm For Real • Natural High After 7 Baby I'm For Real • Natural High(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12623 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-KM12643 After 7 - Can He Love U Like This After 7 Can He Love U Like This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4-KM12643 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12645 Keith Richards - Eileen Keith Richards Eileen(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12645 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12648 Neneh Cherry - Buddy X Neneh Cherry Buddy X(Cass, Single) Virgin, Circa 4KM-12648 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM 12650 Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes Janet Jackson That's The Way Love Goes(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM 12650 US 1993 Sell This Version
4km-12651 Aftershock - Slave To The Vibe Aftershock Slave To The Vibe(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4km-12651 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12652 Tina Turner - I Don't Wanna Fight Tina Turner I Don't Wanna Fight(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12652 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12653 UB40 - Can't Help Falling In Love UB40 Can't Help Falling In Love (Single) 4KM-12653 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12662 Lenny Kravitz - Believe Lenny Kravitz Believe(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12662 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12664 EFUA - Strawberry Boy EFUA Strawberry Boy(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12664 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12666 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Stand Above Me Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Stand Above Me(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12666 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12670 After 7 Truly Something Special / G.S.T.(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12670 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12672 Shaggy - Oh Carolina Shaggy Oh Carolina(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12672 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12676 Janet Jackson - If Janet Jackson If(Cass, Single, Dol) Virgin 4KM-12676 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12681 UB40 - Higher Ground UB40 Higher Ground(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12681 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12683 Tina Turner - Why Must We Wait Until Tonight? Tina Turner Why Must We Wait Until Tonight?(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12683 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12732 Kid Frost - Another Firme Rola (Bad Because I'm Brown) Kid Frost Another Firme Rola (Bad Because I'm Brown)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-12732 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM 38400 Private Investigators - Mash Up The Mic Private Investigators Mash Up The Mic(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38400 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38402 Belinda Carlisle - It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal) Belinda Carlisle It's Too Real (Big Scary Animal)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38402 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38404 Janet Jackson - Again Janet Jackson Again (Single) 4KM-38404 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38406 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme)(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38406 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38412 Lenny Kravitz - Heaven Help Lenny Kravitz Heaven Help(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38412 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38415 Shyheim AKA The Rugged Child - On And On Shyheim AKA The Rugged Child Shyheim AKA The Rugged Child - On And On(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38415 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38417 Shaggy Featuring Rayvon - Nice And Lovely Shaggy Featuring Rayvon Shaggy Featuring Rayvon - Nice And Lovely(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38417 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38422 Janet Jackson - Because Of Love Janet Jackson Because Of Love (Single) 4KM-38422 US 1994 Sell This Version
4km-38424 UB40 C'est La Vie(Cass, Single) Virgin 4km-38424 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38427 Cracker - Low Cracker Low(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38427 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM 38430 Lalah Hathaway - Let Me Love You Lalah Hathaway Let Me Love You(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38430 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38432 Traffic - Here Comes A Man Traffic Here Comes A Man(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38432 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38434 Tina* - Proud Mary Tina* Proud Mary(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38434 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38435 Janet Jackson - Any Time, Any Place Janet Jackson Any Time, Any Place(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38435 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38436 Shyheim - Pass It Off Shyheim Pass It Off(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38436 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM 38438 Boz Scaggs I'll Be The One(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38438 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38443 Cracker - Get Off This Cracker Get Off This(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38443 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM 38446 Rolling Stones* - Love Is Strong Rolling Stones* Love Is Strong(Cass, Single) Rolling Stones Records, Virgin 4KM 38446 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38448 College Boyz - Rollin' College Boyz Rollin'(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38448 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38449 Cracker - Euro-Trash Girl Cracker Euro-Trash Girl(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38449 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38450 Tony Terry - When A Man Cries Tony Terry When A Man Cries(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38450 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38453 Shyheim - 1's 4 Da Money Shyheim 1's 4 Da Money(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38453 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38454 Traffic Some Kinda Woman(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38454 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38455 Janet Jackson - You Want This Janet Jackson You Want This (Single) 4KM-38455 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38458 Bryan Ferry - Mamouna Bryan Ferry Mamouna(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38458 US 1994 Sell This Version
4km-38459 Rolling Stones* - Out Of Tears Rolling Stones* Out Of Tears(Cass, Single) Virgin 4km-38459 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38460 Carleen Anderson - Mama Said Carleen Anderson Mama Said(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38460 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM 38462 Lalah Hathaway - Separate Ways Lalah Hathaway Separate Ways(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM 38462 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38467 Simple Minds - She's A River Simple Minds She's A River(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38467 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38468 The Rolling Stones - You Got Me Rocking The Rolling Stones You Got Me Rocking(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38468 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38473 Tony Terry - Heart Of A Man Tony Terry Heart Of A Man(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38473 US 1994 Sell This Version
4KM-38478 Rolling Stones* - I Go Wild Rolling Stones* I Go Wild(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38478 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38482 Shaggy - Boombastic / Summer Time Shaggy Boombastic / Summer Time(Cass, Single, Cle) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38482 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38487 Cleto Escobedo* - Si Supieras Tu / If You Had A Clue Cleto Escobedo* Si Supieras Tu / If You Had A Clue(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38487 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38508 Soul II Soul - Love Enuff Soul II Soul Love Enuff(Cass, Single) Virgin, Virgin 4KM-38508 US 1995 Sell This Version
4KM-38510 Paula Abdul - Crazy Cool / The Choice Is Yours Paula Abdul Crazy Cool / The Choice Is Yours(Cass, Single) Virgin 4KM-38510 US 1995 Sell This Version

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JHGCPBMLP

JHGCPBMLP

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

John_Dunbar

February 27, 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

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

ultimathulerecords

June 21, 2013
edited over 3 years 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
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