Stones on DECCA

Between The Buttons

LK 4852 / SKL4852

Issued in UK on January 29th 1967

This one exists in both Mono and Stereo versions. The fifth DECCA UK album did not sell as much as previous albums. Buttons is from a collectors point of view not a very exciting LP as there are not many differences existing. The only variations to look for would be on the labels.

Vinyl versions

Grooved Label

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

Cover versions

No variations are existing apart from the catalogue number being different for Mono and Stereo LP’s.

Mono and Stereo on the front cover

Naturally the LP numbers are different for Mono and Stereo on the front cover.

Mono and Stereo on the back cover

Naturally the LP numbers are different for Mono and Stereo on the back cover as well.

Printed By

All covers have the same Printed By text on the back cover. No variations are known to exist. “Printed in England by James Upton Ltd”.

Flip back cover

Some Mono sleeves has been found with the “flip back” option on the back side of the sleeves.

Label versions

Lots of label version can be found. Here are some of them. Mono LP’s has so far been found only with the non-boxed logo 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 (LK4852/S1/D4/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Mirage Music above the BIEM box

This label has the first four song titles on two lines and the font is in Times New Romans. Label maker S is present on the label. Side number is on the right side of the label. This would be the first label from 1967.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK4852/S1/D5/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font style
Tax Code: K/T on the right side
Publishers: Mirage Music above the BIEM box

Text style has been changed to Arial and the publishing year is now on the bottom of the label. Side number is on the right side of the label. Label maker S in included.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 2 (LK4852/S1/D5/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the right side of the label

This label has the publisher Mirage Music on the right side of the label and the Tax code is missing. The text style is again in a Times New Roman looking font style. The side number is on the left side of the spindle hole. This label is probably used in 1968 and can be found on grooved as well as non-grooved pressings.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 3 (LK4852/S1/D5/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label

Tax code is missing and the font has been changed to Arial. Side number is again on the right side of the label.  This label is probably used in 1968.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4852/S2/D4/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Mirage Music above the BIEM box

This label has the first four song titles on two lines and the font is in Times New Romans. Side number is on the right side of the spindle hole and label maker S i included. This would be the first label from 1967.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK4852/S2/D5/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font style
Tax Code: K/T on the right side
Publishers: Mirage Music in capital letters above the BIEM box

Text style has been changed to Arial and the publishing year is now on the bottom of the label. The side number is on the right side of the spindle hole and label makes S is indicated.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 2 (LK4852/S2/D5/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the right side of the label

This label has the publisher Mirage Music on the right side of the label and the Tax codes are missing. The text style is again in a Times New Roman looking font style. The side number is on the left side of the spindle hole. This label is probably used in 1968 and can be found on grooved as well as non-grooved pressings

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 3 (LK4852/S2/D5/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM box on the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label

Tax codes are missing and the font has been changed to Arial. Side number is on the right side of the spindle hole. This label is probably used in 1968.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design 9 / Version 1 (SLK4852/S1/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the right side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

This label has the Mirage Music on the right side of the label.

Side 1 / Design 9 / Version 2 (SLK4852/S1/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

This label is very similar to the previous version, the only difference is that the Mirage Music is on the left side of the label.

Side 1 / Design 9 / Version 3 (SLK4852/S1/D9/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: JT at the bottom of the label
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

The catalogue number is in smaller font compared to the previous label. The dot in between SKL and 4852 is also missing. This label has been used on both grooved and non-grooved pressings. This has to be an very early J/T label as the tax code officially changed from K/T to J/T on March 20th 1968 and the new pressing tools for making non-grooved LP’s were taken into use in the end of the summer or early autumn 1968. We have not yet been able to confirm exact time of change.

Side 1 / Design 9 / Version 4 (SLK4852/S1/D9/V4)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

Basically the same label as S1/D9/V3 but the tax code is missing.

Stereo nonboxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design 9 / Version 1 (SLK4852/S2/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the right side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

This label has the Mirage Music on the right side of the label.

Side 2 / Design 9 / Version 2 (SLK4852/S2/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

This label is very similar to the previous version, the only difference is that the Mirage Music is on the left side of the label.

Side 2 / Design 9 / Version 3 (SLK4852/S2/D9/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: JT at the bottom of the label
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

The catalogue number is in smaller font compared to the previous label. The dot in between SKL and 4852 is also missing. This label is used on both grooved and non-grooved pressings. Please see the text on side 1 label.

Side 2 / Design 9 / Version 4 (SLK4852/S2/D9/V4)

Copyright box: BIEM and NCB on the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: Mirage Music on the left side of the label
Publishing year: At the bottom of the label

Basically the same label as S2/D9/V3 but the tax code is missing.

Stereo boxed label

Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL4852/S1/D10/V1) + (SKL4852/S2/D10/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Times New Roman looking font
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL4852/S1/D12/V1) + (SKL4852/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
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 center and another one with a ring pressed around the center.

80's silver labels

Design No 14 / Version 1 (LKD5339/S1/D14/V1) & (LKD5339/S2/D14/V1)

The 1985 final reprint series had this silver label and the catalogue number was changed to LKD 5339.

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here.

Page History

Updated:

2021 April 3rd. Wrong data in the text for Design 9 version 3 corrected. 
2020 September 8th. Mono flip back version of the sleeve added
2020 February, several pictures exchanged for better quality
2019 May 9th Non-grooved label for mono D5 V2 added
2019 May converted to new platform and cut out pictures created
2013 November 8th New pressing of label 12 added
2013 November 8th Label design D14 added
2013 November 3rd Grooved Stereo non-boxed label picture of Design 9 Version 3
2010 September 29th Label design 12 added
2010 March 12th Mono label design no 5 version 4 added

Created January 31st 2010