Stones on DECCA

Out Of Our Heads UK

Mono LK4733 / Stereo SKL4733

Issued in England in September of 1965

Out Of Our Heads was the third LP for the domestic market in UK. This LP was not sold in other European countries. Decca opted for issuing the US version of OOOH for exported to the rest of Europe and still pressing it in UK. The catalogue number was LK4725 for the export version.

Both the cover and the songs are different on the two LP’s. The main reason for pressing two different OOOH LP’s in England was that the megahit from summer of -65, “Satisfaction” should be available in Europe on a LP. Decca’s policy in UK was not to issue any tracks on a LP that already could be found on a single. Satisfaction had been issued in UK on a single so therefore they redesigned OOOH for the UK domestic market.

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 on the vinyl.

Cover versions

There are a few cover differences existing on this LP.

Mono & Stereo

No variations on the Mono & Stereo texts. Pictured here are Mono and Stereo covers.

Misspelling

One small detail to take notice of is that the Copyright year is misspelled as “965” instead of “1965”: This is sometimes marketed as “extremely rare misprint” on items sold on e-bay. In fact all covers from the very first one in 1965 and up to the last one in 1980 had the same spelling error. So if you find one that has 1965, THAT copy would be a rare one.

Printed By

Most of the existing covers has “Printed in England by Robert Stace.” Some early Mono covers do have “Clout & Baker”.

All covers made in the 70’s with boxed label vinyls are “Printed in England by Robert Stace”.

The light and dark cover

The color of the cover was very dark at some point of production. The dark cover has so far been found only with nongrooved stereo LP’s, indicating that they vere pressed in late 1968 or 1969. Light coloder to the left and the dark version to the right. Picture and info supplied by Robert Coyne.

The Green Cover

The first versions of the cover were almost black and white in colour, only a slight greenish tune was there. The so called “green cover” is only existing on boxed label LP’s and this cover is made in the mid 70’s.

"Clarifoli"

All sleeves with non boxed vinyl labels and most of the sleeves with boxed vinyl labels has the “Clarifoil” text in the left corner. There are some mid 70’s stereo sleeves that have the text missing.

Label versions

OOOH sold in great quantities and therefore it can be found with several label versions. To be noted is that OOOH was the first LP that had only the “MADE IN ENGLAND. THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.” on the upper part of the label. Mono LP’s are only existing with non boxed labels where as the Stereo is existing with both non boxed and boxed labels.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4733/S1/D4/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: All publishers on the left side

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 2 (LK4733/S1/D4/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label and M.C.P.S has dots in between the letter
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T and S after the tax code
Publishers: All publishers on the left side


This label has a line in between the track number and the title.

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 3 (LK4733/S1/D4/V3)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label and M.C.P.S has dots in between the letter
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T and S after the tax code
Publishers: All publishers on the left side

This label is almost identical to S1/D4/V2. The only difference is that the Tax code and S is a bit more to the right.

Side 1 / Design No 4 / Version 4 (LK4733/S1/D4/V4)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Divided on both sides of the label

Changes to the previous label is the text font which is now in an Ariel looking font. The BIEM box is now on the left side on the label. This label is found on both grooved and nongrooved pressings.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4733/S2/D4/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: All publishers on the left side

This is the first label used on the domestik UK OOOH.

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 1 (LK4733/S2/D4/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label and M.C.P.S has dots in between the letters
Font style: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: K/T and S after the tax code
Publishers: All publishers on the left side

There is a line added in between the number and the title of the song. The S code is also added after the tax code. This label is found on both grooved and nongrooved pressings.

Side 2 / Design No 4 / Version 4 (LK4733/S2/D4/V4)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Divided on both sides of the label

Changes to the previous label is the text font which is now in an Ariel looking font. The BIEM box is now on the left side on the label and the publishers are on on both sides of the label.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S1/D8/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Divided on both sides of the label. 

This label has been found on both grooved and nongrooved pressings

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S1/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code on the label
Publishers: Located after each song title

Major change from the previous label is that the publishers are nov given after each song title. BIES and NCB are next to each others. The publishing year is now at the bottom of the label. The label is on a nongrooved pressing from 1968 or 1969.

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL4733/S1/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code on the label
Publishers: Located after each song title

This label is very much looking like the previous S1/D9/V2. The speed 33 rpm has been added above the BIEM box. Nongrooved pressing from 1968 – 1969.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 8 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D8/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: K/T
Publishers: Divided on both sides of the label

This label has been found on both grooved and nongrooved pressings

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D9/V1)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code on the label
Publishers: Located after each song title

Major change from the previous label is that the publishers are nov given after each song title. BIES and NCB are next to each others. The publishing year is now at the bottom of the label. The label is on a nongrooved pressing from 1968 or 1969.

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL4733/S2/D9/V2)

Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code on the label
Publishers: Located after each song title

This label is very much looking like the previous S2/D9/V2. The speed 33 rpm has been added above the BIEM box. Nongrooved pressing from 1968 – 1969.

Stereo boxed label - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S1/D10/V1)

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

An early version of the boxed label.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (SKL4733/S1/D10/V2)

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

Basically the same label as S1/D10/V1. The label text is a bit further down on the label compared to the previous one and the catalogue number is slightly smaller.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 3 (SKL4733/S1/D10/V3)

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

Minor difference on this label. Slightly more space in between the lines of song titles compared to previous version.

Side 1 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S1/D11/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number at he left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: June 1972 and on

This the 11th label design has the publishing year moved to a location just above the catalogue number.

Side 1 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S1/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the right side of the label
Font style: Arial 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

⇒ Picture missing ⇐

Stereo boxed label - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D10/V1)

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

An early version of the boxed label.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (SKL4733/S2/D10/V2)

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

Basically the same label as S1/D10/V1. The label text is a bit further down on the label compared to the previous one and the catalogue number is slightly smaller.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 3 (SKL4733/S2/D10/V3)

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

Minor difference on this label. Slightly more space in between the lines of song titles compared to previous version.

Side 2 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D11/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number at he left side of the label
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: June 1972 and on

This the 11th label design has the publishing year moved to a location just above the catalogue number.

Side 2 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the right side of the label
Font style: Arial 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

⇒ Pictures missing ⇐

Side 2 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL4733/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: On the right side of the label
Font style: Arial 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

⇒ Pictures missing ⇐

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here.

Promotional LP's

OOOH UK is also existing as Promo copies. There are two different ways of indicating that the LP is for Promotional use only.

This copy has the text “SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE” stamped around the spindle hole and an additional sticker on side 1. The triangle formed stamp was also applied on the back side of the album sleeve. Label design D4/V1.

This one only has the sticker and no “Sample” stamp. Label design no D4/V1.

DECCA logos cover up

Some LP’s sold in USA in the end of the 60’s were regular UK stock copies printed in England. They had all DECCA related text covered, both on the sleeve and on the LP label.

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) But 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.

Here are pictures from a complete LP. DECCA logo on the front of the sleeve is covered up. Same thing with the DECCA logo on the back of the sleeve. This LP is in the Stone-relics collection.

Side 1 and 2 of the LP inside the sleeve pictured here.

Photos

This is the original picture used for the cover on the UK domestic Out Of Our Heads as well as on the American December’s Children. The picture is taken in London’s Ormond Yard in 1965 by Mr Gered Mancowitz www.mankowitz.com.

Page History

Created on January 26th 2010

Updated:
2014 Jan 26th – Text for boxed label version 12 added
2012 November 10th – Dark and light cover versions. Thanks to Robert Coyne
2010 October 16th, Major change of label numbers and presentation
2010 September 29th, label design 10 version 3 added, label design 11 version 1 added
2010 July 1st – Label Design 9 version 2 added, Thanks Stone-Relics
2010 March 12th – Label design 10 version 2 added

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