Stones on DECCA

ROLLING STONES

LK 4605

Issued in UK on April 17th 1964. This one exists only in Mono version.

This their first LP is an interesting item to collect in many respects. You can find lots of variations on the cover, on the label and on the vinyl itself. Many combinations of label and cover versions can be found as well. Here is a presentation on some of the differences existing. These pages do not include all known versions.

Vinyl versions

There are two different recordings of Tell Me on the first LP.

Tell Me short version

This one plays only 2,52 minutes and is a totally different take than the long one. Jaggers singing and Bills bass are clearly different. The rumour is that the producer by mistake used the wrong demo tape for the acetate. Tell Me is on B side of the LP and the matrix number is XARL6272-1A. For some reason they did not get it right on the second matrix either as number XARL6272-2A is with the short demo version as well.

The two matrix numbers used for short Tell Me and the very first labels for side one and two usually found on short Tell Me LP’s

Tell Me long version

The mistake of the demo version was discovered pretty fast and it was replaced with the correct recording of the song. This one is a different take and plays 4,06 minutes. The Matrix number was again changed and has XARL6272-3A. All higher numbers are with the long version as well.

Matrix combinations for short Tell Me

There are in total four combinations of Matrix numbers with short Tell Me version. Pressing plates were mixed as usual at the plant and the following combinations can be found, side one / side two:
-A1 / -A1 and -A2 / -A1
-A1 / -A2 and -A2 / -A2

Grooved label

The grooved label is in use until the summer of 1968. LK4605 is existing with the non grooved pressing as well. This proves that LK4605 was pressed later than summer of 1968 and up to the end of 1969 when the non boxed DECCA was changed into boxed DECCA logo.

Cover versions

There are three main versions existing of the print layout of the back cover on the first Stones LP. In addition to that, you may find covers with the same print with the front cover folded on top of the back, a flip cover, or with the front cover folded under the back, a non flip cover.

It has been difficult to establish the correct order of manufacturing of these covers as you can find almost all different label versions made in 1964 inside any of these covers. A gentleman that worked at the Decca pressing plant in the 60’s has kindly shared his knowledge with stonesondecca staff and has confirmed the sequence of the covers.

First cover

The first cover can be identified by the forth song that has the title “Mona”. The credit for Honest I Do is for Hurran and Calvert and one of the names for crediting Can I Get A Witness was wrongly spelled as well. They even left out the IF in You Can Make It If You Try. This is the full title text with the mistakes bolded.

Side One

ROUTE 66 (Troup)
I JUST WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU (Dixon)
HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
MONA (McDaniels)
NOW I GOT A WITNESS (Like Uncle Gene and Uncle Phil) (Phelge)
LITTLE BY LITTLE (Phelge, Spector)

Side, Two

I’M A KING BEE (Moore)
CAROL (Berry)
TELL ME (You’re Coming Back) (Jagger, Richards)
CAN I GET A WITNESS (E. & B. Holland, Bozier)
YOU CAN MAKE IT YOU TRY (Jarret)
WALKING THE DOG (Thomas)

Second cover

The mistakes on the first batch of covers was discovered pretty quickly. Mona being the wrong title for the song and all other spelling and credit mistakes, a new cover had to be made fast. This is the full text of the corrected title text with the corrections bolded.

Side One

ROUTE 66 (Troup)
I JUST WANNA MAKE LOVE TO YOU (Dixon)
HONEST I DO (Reed)
I NEED YOU BABY (McDaniels)
NOW I GOT A WITNESS (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene) (Phelge)
LITTLE BY LITTLE (Phelge, Spector)

Side Two

I’M A KING BEE (Moore)
CAROL (Berry)
TELL ME (You’re Coming Back) (Jagger, Richards)
CAN I GET A WITNESS (E. & B. Holland, Dozier)
YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY (Jarret)
WALKING THE DOG (Thomas)

Quoting the gentleman from the pressing plant:

”The cover with the ‘stamped’ logo is simple. It came after the ‘Mona’ covers – and a few got sent out like this, as pretty quickly the track ‘Mona’ (even though it had the wrong title!) was known by DJs as ‘Mona’. Thus when the covers were changed – a few got stamped with Mona so they knew exactly which track was which!”

Third cover

The third and final cover has the same set of song titles as the second version and the MONO logo and catalog number in place. This version remained in production into the boxed days of the 70’s and 80’s.

Another quote from the gentleman that used to work at the pressing plant:

“You might already know – that Deccas order wasnt exactly strict in the 1960s. And covers were basically placed in piles in the warehouse. Thus – while some got used straight away, being the biggest company in the UK (at the time) stock rotation just wasnt an issue. So the corrected covers were just stacked on top! Same with the labels too…. Which is again why you see ‘2.52’s with Mona labels & ‘I Need You Baby’ labels (pretty random actually) and the covers were used again pretty randomly throughout the ‘2.52’s’ and mainly because they were on the bottom of the pile – they mainly got used on the first 4.06’s…..”

“Flip covers” and “non flip covers”

A “flip cover” has the front cover fold partly glued on top of the back cover
A “non flip cover” has the front cover fold glued under the back cover.

Both covers were in production during 1964 and 1965. From 1966 all covers are non flip versions.

“Mona” is always on flip covers where as “I Need You Baby” can be found on both version.

Printed by

Flip cover with Printed in England by MacNeill Press.

Flip cover with only “Printed in England”.

Non flip cover with only “Printed in England”.

The same texts appeared on the boxed 70’s prints. Only non flip back covers were made in the 70’s. 

Non flip cover with MacNeill Press.

Non flip cover with only “Printed in England”.

"The Blue Box" cover

Existing both as “Flipback cover” and “non flipback cover”.

Some sleeves can be found with the Decca box on the front cover in blueish green colour were as normal covers have a black colour in the box.

The “blue box” is existing on both flipback and nonflipback sleeves. One copy has been found with label version S1/D1/V1 which is a label that has the recording First Published text, indication that the first “blue box” cover was made in 1964. A second LP in my collection has label S1/D5/V3 and S2/D5/V3 and the sleeve is a nonflipback. The label is made in 1967 indicating that a second batch was made around that time.

"For Display Not For Sale"

A few copies are known to have been stamped with a “For Display Not For Sale” mark. These LP’s were probably sent to radio stations as promo copies in April of 1964. This cover has a short Tell Me vinyl.

Label details on LK4605

LK4605 has lots of small details to take notice of. The design of the label was being changed several times during the 60’s, with at least four major changes in 1964 only. I have divided the label presentation on LK4605 into three sections:

Listing the main labels and their possible time of manufacturing.
Some of the main differences to look for, with picture.
Known label versions with pictures.

Labels were used randomly throughout the whole pressing era. Whenever new labels were received from the printers, they were just put into stock and used basically on last in – first out basis. There was no reason to “use up old stock” before a new label was taken into use. This is the reason why you may find the same label on a grooved LP possibly made in 1965 and on a nongrooved pressings possibly made in 1968. You cannot determinate the year of pressing for the LP only by identifying the label. You may be able to find out the year of manufacturing by looking at label, cover, pressing and matrix numbers all together.

Another quote from the gentleman at the pressing plant in the 60’s the very nicely sums up the situation:

“Some labels we used for years, which is why you see quite old style labels on boxed logos! Oh yes – and there were at least 10 people doing typesetting on the labels – which is why so many of them look so different! And many ran at the same time….you can only really rely on matrix numbers, stampers, and label tax codes(as some labels – like with the date at the bottom are obviously later).”

Possible sequence of manufacturing

It is possible to determine which of all these label version was made before another on. This can be done by investigating the following details on the labels:

Top text, long or short version
Recording first published in 1964 or P1964
Publisher Cromwell or Burlington
Titles and song credits on side 1
Tax Codes

The order in which the labels may have been printed is the following. Please note that manufactured and used is two different things as there was no “use up old stock before…” process at the pressing plant. Change from the previous label is in bold text:

First issue, estimated time of manufacturing is spring 1964

Made In England By Decca Record Co / Publisher is Cromwell / Recording First Published 1964 / Honest I Do has Hurran Calvert / Title 4 is Mona / Tax Code KT

Second issue, estimated time of manufacturing is spring 1964

Made In England By Decca Record Co / Publisher is Cromwell / Recording First Published 1964 / Honest I Do has Hurran Calvert / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code KT

Third issue, estimated time of manufacturing is summer 1964

Made In England By Decca Record Co / Publisher is Burlington / Recording First Published 1964 / Honest I Do has Hurran Calvert / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code KT. Some of them has the N missing

Fourth issue, estimated time of manufacturing is late 1964 early 1965

Made In England / Publisher is Burlington / Recording First Published 1964 / Honest I Do has Reed / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code KT

Fifth issue, estimated time of manufacturing is 1965

Made In England / Publisher is Burlington / P1964 / Honest I Do has Reed / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code KT

Sixth issue, estimated time of manufacturing is late 1965 to 1968

Made In England By Decca Record Co / Publisher is Burlington / P1964 to the left / Honest I Do has Reed / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code KT

Seventh issue, estimated time of manufacturing is 1968 and 1969

Made In England By Decca Record Co / Publisher is Burlington / P1964 at the bottom / Honest I Do has Reed / Title 4 is I Need You Baby / Tax Code J/T or missing

Main differences on label desing no LK4605

These are the main differences to look for on LK4605 labels. Credits, song titles, publishing year and other features may help to date your LP.

Credits on “Honest I Do”

This song is credited in two ways:

Honest I do (Hurran, Calvert)
Honest I Do (Reed)

“Hurran Calvert” is an earlier version mostly used during 1964 and “Reed” is found on late 1964 version. All LP’s pressed during 1965 and later have only “Reed” as song credit

Song title “Mona” or “I Need You Baby”

The forth song on side one is known under two names, “Mona” and “I Need You Baby”. The very first labels had Mona even though most of the short Tell Me pressings has I Need You Baby. Mona was the first manufactured but usage was a mixture of both labels.

“Honest I Do” credits and “Mona” / “I Need You Baby” title combinations existing.

“Honest I Do” credited to Hurran and Calvert in combination with “I Need You Baby”.

“Honest I Do” credited to Reed in combination with “I Need You Baby”. Route 66 also got the “Kicks” addition.

"MADE IN ENGLAND" / "MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD."

LP’s pressed during 1964 and 1965 has two header text on the label:
MADE IN ENGLAND or MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.

"Recording First Published 1964"

All LP’s manufactured in 1964, the same year it was issued, has a small marking on the label: “Recording First Published 1964”. If this text is missing, then there is a circulated P and 1964 on the label. That means that it is manufactured 1965 or later.

Publisher on Honest I Do, track C on side 1

Two different publishers have been used for Honest I Do: “Cromwell Music” and “Burlington Music”. Cromwell is found on Mona labels and only with “Recording First Published 1964”. This indicates that Cromwell can be found on the first set of labels made in early and mid 1964. Burlington can be found on some “Recording First Published 1964” and on all labels with P1964. Cromwell is then an earlier publisher for Honest I Do.

Nonboxed label versions - Side 1

Lots of label versions are existing on the first Rolling Stones LP. Not only versions but combination of different versions on the both LP sides are found as well.

The labels on side 1 are listed first, followed by side 2 and then all combinations of the both sides under a separate link.

Side 1 / Design No 1 / Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D1/V1) (old version 2)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Credits for track 3 on side 1: HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
Song title for track 4 on side 1: MONA
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Cromwell Music
Copyright box: NCB box on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This is the very first label used on Stones first LP. It has the fourt song named “Mona” Both the first covers and the first labels had Mona on them. This was changed pretty quickly to I Need You Baby. Honest I Do is credited to Hurran and Calvert and the publisher is Cromwell Music.

This label version can be found with the short Tell Me version with matrix number XARL6272-1A & -2A. It is also used on LP’s with the long Tell Me with matrix number XARL6272-3A or higher. “Mona” lable can be found in covers with “Mona” as well as covers with “I Need You Baby”.

Side 1 / Design No 1 /Version 2 (LK4605/S1/D1/V2) (old version 1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song credits for track 3 on side 1: HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
Song title for track 4 on side 1: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Cromwell Music
Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This is the second label made for LK4605, estimated use is spring of 1964. The title for the forth song was changed to I Need You Baby. Hones I Do is still with the Hurran and Calvert credits and publishing company Cromwell Music.

This label version can be found on short Tell Me vinyls with matrix number XARL6272-1A & -2A. It was also used on LP’s with the long Tell Me with matrix number XARL6272-3A or higher. This label version with “I Need You Baby” can be found in covers with “Mona” as well as in covers with “I Need You Baby”.

Side 1 / Design No 1 /Version 3 (LK4605/S1/D1/V3)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Credits for track 3 on side 1: HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
Song title for track 4 on side 1: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This is the third label edition on LK4605, estimated use is summer of 1964.

Major difference to the previous label is the change of publisher on song C, Honest I Do. Burlington Music is now given as the publisher. The two previous versions had Cromwell. Otherwise this one is more or less identical to the second label.

Side 1 / Design No 1 / Version 4 (LK4605/S1/D1/V4)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Credits for track 3 on side 1: HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
Song title for track 4 on side 1: I NEED YOY BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM – NCB box is on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This label is almost identical to Version 3 but the N after the mastertape number is missing. This is the only label found so far that has the N missing. It is not known if this label was made before or after version 3.

Side 1 / Design No 2 /Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D2/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964
Song Credits for track 3 on side 1: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title for track 4 on side 1: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the forth label edition on LK4605, estimated use is late 1964 and early 1965.

Major difference on this label compared to earlier versions is the short Made In England top text. This is the first label with short top text. Made only in late 1964 as it still has the “Recording first published 1964”.

Side 1 / Design No 3 /Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D3/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND”
Publishing year: P 1964
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the fifth label edition on LK4605, estimated use is 1965.

Major difference on this label compared to earlier versions is that P1964 is now replacing the Recording First Published 1964. This one was probably made only in 1965 as it has a combination of the short top text and P1964. The long top text version returned to all Decca LP’s in late 1965.

Side 1 / Design No 4 /Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D4/V1)

Publishing year: P 1964
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the sixth label edition on LK4605, estimated use is late 1965 to 1968.

The long top text has replaced the short version. It is easy to date as it is the first long top text version that has P1964. All other Decca LP’s at that time did have the long version as well. To be noted is that P1964 is still on the left side of the label.

This label can be found on grooved as well as on nongrooved pressings.

Side 1 / Design No 5 /Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D5/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: P 1964 at the bottom
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box on the left side of the label
Tax Code: J/T
Font: Arial looking font style

Seventh label edition, estimated use is 1968 to end of 1969.

Publishers are now mentioned after each song title. This one is on a non grooved pressing confirming the manufacturing time to be in between summer of 1968 and end of 1969. It still has the Tax Code printed on the label.

Side 1 / Design No 5 /Version 2 (LK4605/S1/D5/V2)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: P 1964 at the bottom
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box on the left side of the label
Tax code: Missing
Font: Arial looking font style

Almost identical to the previous one, Design 5 Version 1,. The only difference is that the tax code is now missing from the label.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 3 (LK4605/S1/D5/V3)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: P 1964 at the bottom
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Reed)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box on the left side of the label
Tax code: Missing
Font: Arial looking font style

This label is almost identical to the D5/V2 label The only minor difference is that the BIEM box is located in a slightly different position. The label can be found on both grooved and nongrooved pressings. Decca stopped pressing vinyls with the groove in the summer of 1968, so this label was used in production during 1968 and 1969. The grooved label is in a sleeve that has the bluish gray DECCA box on the front sleeve.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 4 (LK4605/S1/D5/V4)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: P 1964 at the bottom
Song credit: HONEST I DO (Hurran, Calvert)
Song title: I NEED YOU BABY
Publisher for track C Honest I Do on side 1: Burlington Music
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box on the left side of the label
Tax code: Missing
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

An old version of the label stamper was used when they put together this version for printing. Honest I Doo has the Hurran Calvert credit again, just as on all eraly 1964 labels. Text font is back to the Times New Roman style. This is the only label made later than 1964 that has this font. It is found on a nongrooved pressing so this label is from late 1968 or 1969. Side 2 on the LP has label D5/V5.

Nonboxed label versions - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 1 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D1/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Publishers: All on the left side of the label
Copyright box: NCB box is on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This is the first label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is spring of 1964.

This label version can be found with the short Tell Me version with matrix number XARL6272-1A & -2A. It is also used on LP’s with the long Tell Me with matrix number XARL6272-3A or higher. This label version with “I Need You Baby” can be found in covers with “Mona” as well as in covers with “I Need You Baby”.

Side 2 / Design No 1 / Version 2 (LK4605/S2/D1/V2)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Publishers: All on the left side of the labe
Copyright box: NCB box is on the right side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

This label is almost identical to Version 1. The only difference is that the N after the mastertape number is issing. Probably made after version 1 as all short Tell Me LP’s has the N in place.

Side 2 / Design No 2 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D2/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND”
Publishing year: “Recording First Published 1964”
Song Publishers: Split in between the sides of the label
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the second label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is end of 1964.

The major changes on this version is the short top text and the addition of the BIEM box.

Side 2 / Design No 3 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D3/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND”
Publishing year: “P 1964”
Song Publishers: Split in between the sides of the label
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the third label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is early 1965.

The major changes on this version is that the “Recording First Published 1964” has been replaced with P1964.

Side 2 / Design No 3 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D3/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND”
Publishing year: “P 1964”
Song Publishers: Split in between the sides of the label
Copyright box: NCB and BIEM box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: K/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the third label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is early 1965.

The major changes on this version is that the “Recording First Published 1964” has been replaced with P1964.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D5/V1)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “P 1964” is on the bottom of the label
Song Publishers: mentioned after each song title
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: J/T
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the fifth label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is1968 to end of 1969.

Publishers are now mentioned after each song title. It has the non grooved label confirming the manufacturing time to be in between summer of 1968 and end of 1969. It still has the Tax Code printed on the label.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 2 (LK4605/S2/D5/V2)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “P 1964” is on the bottom of the label
Song Publishers: mentioned after each song title
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: Missing
Font: Arial looking font style

This is the sixth label edition of side 2 on LK4605, estimated use is end of 1969.

This is the last non boxed label made on LK4605. The tax Code is now missing on the label, otherwise it is identical to the previous version.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 3 (LK4605/S2/D5/V3)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “P 1964” is on the bottom of the label
Song Publishers: mentioned after each song title
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: Missing
Font: Arial looking font style

This label is almost identical to the D5/V2 label The only minor difference is that the BIEM box is located in a slightly different position. The special thing with this version is that it is on a grooved vinyl. Decca stopped pressing vinyls with the groove in the summer of 1968, so this label was used in production during the first half of 1968. It is rather interesting as it is missing the tax codes.

This LP is in a sleeve that has the bluish gray DECCA box on the front sleeve.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 4 (LK4605/S2/D5/V4)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “P 1964” is on the bottom of the label
Song Publishers: mentioned after each song title
Copyright box: BIEM and NCB box is on the left side of the label
Tax Code: Missing
Font: Arial looking font style

This label is almost identical to the D5/V3 label. Song number 4 has the wrong title, I Can Get A Witness when it sould be Can I Get.. The label is combined with S1/D5/V3 and that version was used during the second half of 1968 which would indicate that this misspelling is from 1968.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 5 (LK4605/S2/D5/V5)

Top text: “MADE IN ENGLAND . THE DECCA RECORD CO.LTD.”
Publishing year: “P 1964” at the bottom of the label
Copyright box: Only NCB box on the left side of the label
Tax code: Missing
Font: Times New Roman looking font style

Text font is back to the Times New Roman style. This is the only label made later than 1964 that has this font. It is found on a nongrooved pressing so this label is from late 1968 or 1969. This is also the only Design 5 label that has only a NBC box with the BIEM missing. Side one on this LP is D5/V4.

Boxed label versions - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 6 / Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D6/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Speed: Not on the label
Font style: Ariel looking
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

Side 1 / Design No 6 / Version 2 (LK4605/S1/D6/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Speed: Not on the label
Font style: Ariel looking
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

Basically the same label as the previous but MONO logo is missing.

Side 1 / Design No 7 / Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D7/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Small fonts at the left of the label
Font style: Times New Roman looking
Estimated use: 1972 and later

Side 1 / Design No 7 / Version 2 (LK4605/S1/D7/V2)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Two times at the left of the label
Font style: Times New Roman looking
Estimated use: End of 70’s

Side 1 / Design No 7 / Version 3 (LK4605/S1/D7/V3)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Missing
Font style: Times New Roman looking
Estimated use: End of 70’s

This label has the speed missing from the label.

Side 1 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (LK4605/S1/D12/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Small fonts at the left of the label
Font style: Ariel looking
Estimated use: 1982 – 1983

This is the last boxed red Decca label used on this LP. The vinyl is very thin and the label has a rim around it.

Boxed label versions - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 6 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D6/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Speed: Not on the label
Font style: Ariel looking
BIEM / NCB: Boxed
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

Side 2 / Design No 6 / Version 2 (LK4605/S2/D6/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Speed: Not on the label
Font style: Ariel looking
Estimated use: 1970 to 1972

Basically the same label as the previous but MONO logo is missing.

Side 2 / Design No 7 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D7/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Small fonts at the left of the label
Font style: Times New Roman looking
BIEM / NCB: Boxed
Estimated use: 1972 and later

Side 2 / Design No 7 / Version 2 (LK4605/S2/D7/V2)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Two times at the left of the label
Font style: Times New Roman looking
BIEM / NCB: Boxed
Estimated use: End of 70’s

Side 2 / Design No 7 / Version 3 (LK4605/S2/D7/V3)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Missing
Font style: Times New Roman looking
BIEM / NCB: Boxed
Estimated use: End of 70’s

This label has the speed missing from the label.

Side 2 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (LK4605/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number to the right of the label
Speed: Small fonts at the left of the label
BIEM / NCB: Not boxed
Font style: Ariel looking
Estimated use: 1982 – 1983

This is the last boxed red Decca label used on this LP. The vinyl is very thin and the label has a rim around it.

Design No 13 / Version 1.

Mid 80’s pressing.

Design No 14 / Version 1.

Mid 80’s pressing.

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here.

Page history

Page created Jan 27th 2010

Updates:
2013 December 14th, nonboxed label added, S1/D5/V4 and S1/D5/V5
2013 December 14th boxed label added D7/V3
2013 February 18th – 22nd, Major update on covers and text
2013 January 25th – Label version D1/V4 for side 1 and D1/V2 for side two added. Thanks to Emilio
2012 September 3rd – Label version 14 added
2012 March 12th – Short Tell Me 2A2A pics added
2012 April 14th – Side 2 D5/V4 I Can Get A Witness added
2011 March 18th – Nongrooved label versions of S1 and S2/D4/V1 added
2011 March 5th – Label pair D5/V3 and new info on the blue Decca logo on the cover has been added