The 'Recording Angel' logo has been used by Angel Records, predecessors & affiliates since 1898.
The Angel trademark was first used in 1897 by The Gramophone Co. Ltd.. First registered by the company in 1898, the imprint was used up until 1909 when it was replaced by the His Master's Voice trademark.
The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (TGCL) trademark was later used in the US by parent company Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. newly formed subsidiary Electric & Musical Industries (U.S.) Ltd. from 1953, specifically to allow the company to sell its European "Columbia" catalogue of classical recordings in that market. Subsequently Electric & Musical Industries (U.S.) Ltd. became an immediate subsidiary of Capitol Records, Inc post 1955, with that company taking over the handling of the "Angel" (Angel Records) label in North America.
In 1973 the rights to the various separately registered "Angel" trademarks were reassigned to TGCL successor, EMI Records Ltd. and mainly used since then for releasing classical repertoire. Furthermore, on the 27th April 2004 EMI Records Ltd.'s ownership and rights to the brand (trademark) were later reassigned to EMI Group plc subsidiary and sister company EMI (IP) Ltd. as intellectual property holding company with EMI Records Ltd. as a licensee.
Angel has classical, crossover, Broadway, world and folk artists and is also responsible for U.S. marketing for sister labels EMI Classics (UK) and Virgin Classics (France).
A 2005 reorganization put Angel Records, along with sister labels Blue Note, Manhattan & Metro Blue, in The Blue Note Label Group. Angel Records is in the Capitol Jazz & Classics Div., EMI Recorded Music (UK), with U.S. distribution by EMI Music Distribution.
As of 2017 the various "Angel trademarks remain registered under EMI (IP) Ltd., which is subsequently still controlled by, and an immediate subsidiary of EMI Group Ltd. (formerly known as EMI Group plc).
nb: In 2005, the EMI Group Plc launched a UK/European brand named the Angel Music Group.
UK/EU issues post 2005 should be submitted there.
According to Vinyl Beat, the label evolution goes in this order:
Red label with large "angel on LP" logo (also in blue version) = mid 1950s
Black label = mid 1950s
Light Blue "Great Recordings Of The Century" label early 1960s
Light Blue label with large Angel script = mid to late 1960s
Two tone yellow and black label with the logo on the bottom = 1970s
Yellow and brown label = late 1970
Yellow label with winged angel = 1980s