DECCA logos covered up
Around 1967 a large quantity of English pressed singles and albums started making their way into the US record stores (whatever the exact reason is, to this day remains unclear, I’ve never gotten a definite answer). This affected many labels, many Beatles records appeared but the labels were not covered (there was no Parlophone label in the US), but all the Stones records had these colored papers on them.
There is a Decca label in the USA, but it has no connection with the British label. As we all know, the Stones weren’t signed to Decca, they were signed to London in US. I guess the importers covered up whatever Logo or copyright they could possibly infringe upon.
Also since all American singles come with the large center hole, every one of these imported singles had their centers “popped-out”. It’s still not uncommon these days to find a late 60’s British single in a garage sale with the center missing, label logo covered, or with tear marks from somebody removing the label covering….
Thanks John for sharing this with us. I’d say we have another mystery solved.
Rolling Stones No2 LK4661
No 2 album with red stickers on the label and a black sticker on the back side of the cover. Front of the cover still has the Decca logo.
Out Of Our Heads LK4733
This is an UK domestic mono Out Of Our Heads that has been exported to USA. All Decca logos has been covered on this copy. The cover has black stickers on both the front as well as the back side and the record has red stickers.