Note Records

Another one of EMI's labels managed to garner a colour variation for its range.

EMI's "Note" label used this purple/lilac top, with (unusually for EMI) a full-colour rendition of the label's logo (not even the mighty HMV received this accolade). The circular EMI logo was relegated to the backflip.

Max Boyce

Maybe Max had a welsh compatriot working in EMI's art department in 1975, because he managed to break away from the corporate norm aswell, flying the flag for Wales with this unique little green number. Note also the full height cover.

Max's subsequent albums came out in the usual style though.

This item courtesy of Gary Jones

EMI began to get more involved in contract pressings and distribution for other labels.

MCA Records (Music Corporation of America) were, of course, not a division of EMI Records, but they gave over administrative control in the UK in terms of dealing with the logistics of getting their product to market.

This was a similar type of agreement to the one that EMI had with Tamla Motown in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Note that for MCA, EMI continued to allocate '0C' numbers to the releases in order to track them in the same way as any other EMI release.

Curiously, later in the 70s, MCA tapes began to use the blue top formerly associated with the Executive Series.

Sometime in the early 80s, MCA's distribution was taken over by CBS.

Interestingly, EMI's artwork was retained (for existing titles) with the gold stripe changed to yellow and the addition of the MCA RECORDS logo to the spine and inside flip.

The inside even retained the "DP" printer code!

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