Stones on DECCA

DECCA logos covered up

Some Decca LP’s pressed in UK can be found with a sticker covering the Decca name on the label of the LP. Some of the sleeves has also Decca logos covered on them. These LP’s and singles were sold in USA as new LP’s in the end of the 60’s

John Villanova who lives in Yonkers, New York, USA, just outside of New York City, gave me this piece of nice information in the end of March 2009:

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 with a sticker on the label. This LP is in the “Dartford colleciton”

Side 2 on a Out Of Our Heads LK4733.

Here are pictures of a Out Of Our Heads LK4733 with stickers both on the label and on the sleeve. This LP is in the “Stonesrelics collection”.