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Aftermath

Page created on May 2, 2010
Updated on Jul 17, 2022
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Released in UK on April 15th 1966

Aftermath, the fourth album released in UK, went into first place on the UK charts during its second week of sale and it spent eight straight weeks at number one, April 30th until June 24th. The next four weeks it spent at number two. Musically this was a special LP as it was the first release that had only original Jagger – Richards songs on it, no covers at all.
The record was released both in mono and stereo version. Aftermath sold in large quantities as well and lots of versions are existing, both on the cover and on the labels. One version being the legendary so called “Shadow Cover”. This is the UK version of the album and is not to be mixed with the US Aftermath as that one had a different cover and the song list was partly different. The UK version was also sold in the rest of Europe.

Vinyl versions

Grooved and non-grooved labels

Both Mono and Stereo LP’s can be found with grooved and non-grooved labels. This indicates that mono records were pressed up to the end on the 60’s. No other differences are existing.

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Cover version

The "Shadow cover"

The sleeves first printed had a shadow under the album title, usually called the “shadow cover”. The cover can be found with several different labels on the records. Decca had no process of “first in – first out” so the cover was mixed with the non-shadow version and used randomly during 1966 For some reason, the shadow under the album title was quickly removed. The title was printed without the shadow for the rest of the lifespan of the LP.

The shadow can be found only on mono sleeve.

Please note that fake “shadow covers” were on the market in 2019. They are easy to detect if you do your homework and study this page carefully before purchasing a shadow sleeve.

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Corrected cover with color over spill

Some of the early sleeves made after the correction of the shadow has a spill over of red colour on the letter T. The red colour can also be visible on the lower part of a few other letters.

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Catalog numbers of front side

Mono and stereo catalogue numbers on the front of the cover.

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Corrected catalogue numbers

One reprint / correction is existing. This is originally a Mono cover but changed into a Stereo cover just by covering the Mono number and adding the Stereo number. This is probably done in the late 60’s when the sales of Stereo albums had taken over. They probably had a lot of extra Mono covers in stock and they did not want to throw them away.
At least two copies of the same correction have surfaced in Holland with Dutch stereo Aftermath LP’s inside. This may indicate that this reprint was done in Holland and not in UK. The catalogue number on the back side is bigger on UK sold albums then what it appears to be on this corrected one. This may indicate that sleeves sold with Dutch albums and printed in the UK may have had a smaller size of that catalogue number on the back side.

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Mono and Stereo catalogue numbers on the back cover

The “shadow cover” had also a minor design difference on the back cover. Only the Shadow covers seems to have the MONO LK4786 text split into two lines whereas the non-shadow covers have the information on one line. All Stereo albums have the same design on the back cover.

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Printed By

All covers have the same Printed in england By Robert Stace text on the back cover. No variations are known to exist.

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Label versions

Lots of label version are existing. Again because of the big number of records pressed. Here are a few of them. Mono LP’s have so far been found only with the non-boxed label and Stereo LP’s can be found with both non-boxed and boxed labels.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4786/S1/D4/V1)

Font: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM and M.C.P.S. with dots
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the band member names in small size letters.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 2 (LK4786/S1/D4/V2)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box on the same line and MCPS has no dots in between the letters.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music above the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names with large size letters.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 3 (LK4786/S1/D4/V3)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style with Band members in Arial.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB and MCPS, all boxed.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names in small size letters and the label makers code S is included. Speed 33 is also included. This label has all song titles on separate lines.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 4 (LK4786/S1/D4/V4)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the band member names in small size letters and the label makers code S is included.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 5 (LK4786/S1/D4/V5)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the band member names in small size letters and the label makers code S is included. An almost identical label is existing. That one has the M.C.P.S. code, K/T and S a few millimetres to the right. The difference is so small, so I have not given that label a number of its own.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 6 (LK4786/S1/D4/V6)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This label is almost identical to the previous label S1/D4/V5. The only difference is that K/T S is slightly more to the right on this version. The P1966 is also a bit more to the left. This label is existing on both grooved and non-grooved pressing.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 7 (LK4786/S1/D4/V7)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This is the first label used that is missing the Tax code. The missing Tax code indicates a possible manufacturing time around late 1967 or early 1968. It can be found both on grooved as well as non-grooved pressings. This label has the band member names in small size letters.

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Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 8 (LK4786/S1/D4/V8)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label is very similar to Version 5 and 6. The S code is in capital letter and many of the text items are slightly different located than on V5.

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Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK4786/S1/D5/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: J/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

Non-grooved pressing from 1968 or 1969. Side 1 is on the left side of the spindle hole. All other versions have the side number on the right side.

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Mono non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4786/S2/D4/V1)

Font: Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the band member names in small size letters.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 2 (LK4786/S2/D4/V2)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and MCPS less dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names with large size letters.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 3 (LK4786/S2/D4/V3)

Font: A combination of Ariel and Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB and MCPS, all boxed.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names in bolded small size letters. and the label makers code S is included. Speed 33 is also included. This one has all song titles on separate lines.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 4 (LK4786/S2/D4/V4)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line. M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the band member names in small size letters and the label makers code S is included.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 5 (LK4786/S2/D4/V5)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This label has the Mirage Music under the BIEM box but otherwise it is pretty much the same as the previous label S2/D4/V4.
An almost identical label is existing. That one has the M.C.P.S. code, K/T and S a few millimetres to the left. The difference is so small, so I have not given that label a number of its own.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 6 (LK4786/S2/D4/V6)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: MCPS and Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This label is very much looking like the previous S2/D4/V5. The only difference is that MCPS and P1966 are in a bit different position. This label is existing on both grooved and non-grooved pressing.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 7 (LK4786/S2/D4/V7)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This is the first label used that is missing the Tax code. The missing Tax code indicates a possible manufacturing time around late 1967 or early 1968. Can be found both on grooved as well as non-grooved pressings.

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Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 8 (LK4786/S2/D4/V8)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on one line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: Above the publisher on the left side.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1967

This version is almost identical to Version 4. The only difference is that K/T and S is a bit more to the right.

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Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK4786/S2/D5/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: J/T
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

Non-grooved pressing from 1968 or 1969. Side 2 is on the left side of the spindle hole. All other versions have the side number on the right side.

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Stereo non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S1/D8/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T on the left side of the label.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line. MCPS without dots.
Publishing year: On the right side of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names with large size letters. Side number is on the right side of the label.

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Side 1 / Design No 8 / Version 2 (SKL4786/S1/D8/V2)

Font: Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T on the right side of the label.
Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: On the left side of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This label has the band member names with small size letters. Side number is on the right side of the label. This label can be found on both grooved and non-grooved pressings
This may be the first stereo label as it has been found in inner bags with 5/66 date code.

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Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S1/D9/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: J/T on the bottom of the label.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

This label has the band member names with large size letters. Speed 33 added on top of the BIEM box. Side number is on the left side of the label. This label can be found on both grooved and non-grooved pressings.

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Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL4786/S1/D9/V2)

Font: An Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on one line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1969

Band member names are under the song titles. Side number is on the left side of the label. Speed 33 on top of the BIEM box. This label is on a non-grooved pressing from 1969 as the tax code is missing.

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Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 3 (SKL4786/S1/D9/V3)

Font: An Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1969

Band member names are under the song titles. Difference compared to the previous S1/D9/V2 label is that Speed 33 is missing on this one. Side number is on the left side of the label. This label is on a non-grooved pressing from 1969 as the tax code is missing.

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Stereo non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S2/D8/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T on the left side of the label.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on one line and MCPS dots missing.
Publishing year: On the right side of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music on top of the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1966

This label has the band member names with large size letters. Side number is on the right side of the label.

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Side 2 / Design No 8 / Version 2 (SKL4786/S2/D8/V2)

Font: Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: K/T on the right side of the label.
Copyright box: NCB on top of BIEM and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Publishing year: On the left side of the label.
Estimated use: 1966 - 1969

This label has the band member names with small size letters. Side number is on the right side of the label. This label can be found on both grooved and non-grooved pressings.

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Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S2/D9/V1)

Font: Times New Roman looking font style.
Tax Code: J/T on the bottom of the label.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and MCPS without dots.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

This label has the band member names with large size letters. Speed 33 is added on top of the BIEM box. Side number is on the left side of the label. This label can be found on both grooved and non-grooved pressings.

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Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL4786/S2/D9/V2)

Font: An Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

Name of the band members is under the song titles. Speed 33 on top of the BIEM box. Side number is on the left side of the label. This label is on a non-grooved pressing from 1969 as the tax code is missing.

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Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 3 (SKL4786/S2/D9/V3)

Font: An Ariel looking font style.
Tax Code: No tax code.
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the same line and M.C.P.S. with dots.
Publishers: Mirage Music under the BIEM box.
Publishing year: On the bottom of the label.
Estimated use: 1968 - 1969

Name of the band members are under the song titles. Side number is on the left side of the label. Difference compared to the previous label S2/D9/V2 is that Speed 33 is missing on this one. This label is on a non-grooved pressing from 1969 as the tax code is missing.

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Stereo boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S1/D10/V1)

Font style: Ariel looking font.
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label.
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

MCPS text is under the BIEM box.

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Side 1 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S1/D11/V1)

Font style: Ariel looking font.
Publishing year: Above the catalogue number on the right side of the label.
Estimated use: 1972 and later

MCPS text is above the BIEM box.

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Stereo boxed labels - side 2

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S2/D10/V1)

Font style: Ariel looking font.
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label.
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

MCPS text is under the BIEM box.

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Side 2 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S2/D11/V1)

Font style: Ariel looking font.
Publishing year: Above the catalogue number on the right side of the label.
Estimated use: 1972 and later

MCPS text is above the BIEM box.

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Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL4786/S1/D12/V1) & (SKL4786/S2/D12/V1)

Font style: Arial looking font.
Publishing year: On the right side of the label.
Estimated use: 1982

This is a 1982 pressing on thin vinyl with the rim around the edge of the label. Two vinyl pressings existing, one flat centre and another one with a ring pressed around the centre.

Pictures missing

Stereo boxed white label

Design No 10

White label version. Probably pressed in 1973 to promote the current European tour.

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