Stones on DECCA

Through The Past Darkly

Mono LK5019 / Stereo SKL5019

Issued in UK on September 12th 1969

This one exists in both Mono and Stereo versions. The second compilation album on DECCA in UK was again a high sale volume LP. All the songs on Darkly was not hits, like Sitting on A Fence for example, but together with Big Hits from 1966 it made the perfect set of hits Greatest Hits of the Stones up to 1969. Darkly was also issued on London Records in USA but the songs featured were different. This LP is mostly known for its octagonal shaped sleeve.

Vinyl versions

Non grooved label

All LP’s are non grooved versions as the groove was not in production any more in 1969 when Darkly was issued. No variations in the vinyl are existing.

Cover versions

Front cover

The famous octagonal cover is the original for this LP. It was in use for only about one year and replaced in late 1970 or -71 with a standard square sleeve. The picture was still the octagonal one and the corners were just covered with black to fill them out.

All four LP label versions can be found with octagonal covers:
Non boxed Mono and Stereo, Boxed Mono and Stereo

The later sleeve is only existing with boxed Stereo LP’s. I do have one copy with an unboxed Stereo LP in it but this may be a LP swap, the LP is in bad condition and the inner bag is missing.

Back cover

Not much to look for on the back cover. The location of the Mono / Stereo hole is different on the octagonal sleeve compared to the square sleeve.

Back cover flip / non flip

There are two versions of the octagonal cover existing. Some sleeves have the flip glued on top of the cover inside and some have it glued under the cover inside. This seems to be connected to the label design as well, all non boxed have the flip version and all boxed have the non flip cover version.

Printed By

All octagonal covers are made by Garrod & Lofthouse. All square covers are made by Robert Stace & Co.

Inner bags

Special inner bags were made to fit the octagonal cover, red inner for Mono LP’s and blue inner for Stereo LP’s. The inner bag was then replaced with the standard square DECCA bag as soon as the cover design was changed.

Label versions

Even though Darkly is sold in large quantities, there are not that many variations on the labels. An interesting detail that should be mentioned is that this LP can be found with all four major labels:
Red Mono with non boxed and boxed labels
Blue Stereo with non boxed and boxed labels

This LP was probably made with all for versions on the same time. You could possibly have found any of them in the same shops in UK during end of 1969 and beginning of 1970.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK5019/S1/D5/V1)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song

This label has GEMA under the BIEM box and the side number on the left side of the spindle hole.

Side 1 / Design No 5 / Version 2 (LK5019/S1/D5/V2)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song

This label has GEMA above the BIEM box and the side number on the right side of the spindle hole. The text font is also different.

Mono non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 1 (LK5019/S2/D5/V1)

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

This label has GEMA under the BIEM box and the side number on the left side of the spindle hole. Mirage Music is above the BIEM box.

Side 2 / Design No 5 / Version 2 (LK5019/S2/D5/V2)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Times New Roman looking font style
Tax Code: No tax code
Publishers: After each song

This label has GEMA above the BIEM box and the side number on the right side of the spindle hole. The text font is also different. Mirage Music is after each song title.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S1/D9/V1)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font style
Tax Code: Tax code is missing
Publishers: After each song title

Speed is missing on this label and Side 1 is to the left of the spindle hole.

Side 1 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL5019/S1/D9/V2)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Time New Romans looking font style
Tax Code: Tax code missing
Publishers: Located after each song title

The side number on the right side of the spindle hole. The text font is also different.

Stereo non boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S2/D9/V1)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Arial looking font style
Tax Code: Tax code is missing
Publishers: Mirage Music is above the BIEM box

Speed is missing on this label and Side 2 is to the left of the spindle hole.

Side 2 / Design No 9 / Version 2 (SKL5019/S2/D9/V2)

Copyright box: On the left side of the label
Font: Time New Romans looking font style
Tax Code: Tax code missing
Publishers: Located after each song title

The side number on the right side of the spindle hole. The text font is also different.

Mono boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 6 / Version 1 (LK5019/S1/D6/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Arial looking font
Estimated use: Late 1969 and early 1970

This label has the Mirage Music above the BIEM box. Matrix number above the catalogue number LK5019 is upside down. I do not have a picture of side 1 at this moment.

⇒ Picture missing ⇐

 

Side 1 / Design No 6 / Version 2 (LK5019/S1/D6/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Arial looking font
Estimated use: Late 1969 and early 1970

This label has the publishers after each song title.

Mono boxed labels - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 6 / Version 1 (LK5019/S2/D6/V1)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Arial looking font
Estimated use: Late 1969 and early 1970

This label has the Mirage Music above the BIEM box. 1. Matrix number above the catalogue number LK5019 is upside down.

Side 2 / Design No 6 / Version 2 (LK5019/S2/D6/V2)

Publishing year: At the bottom of the label
Font style: Arial looking font
Estimated use: Late 1969 and early 1970

This label has the Mirage Music under the song titles. Matrix number above the catalogue number LK5019 in the right way.

Stereo boxed labels - Side 1

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S1/D10/V1)

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

This label has the LP title and Big Hits Vol 2 on the same line.

Side 1 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (SKL5019/S1/D10/V2)

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

The LP title and Big Hits Vol.2 are on different lines. The catalogue number is bigger than on D10/V1 and there is a dot in between the SKL and the number. This is probably a later pressing than D10/V1 as the matrix number is not upside down as on the previous label.

Side 1 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S1/D11/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number
Font style: Arial looking font
Estimated use: Mid 70’s

Publishing years are again located above the catalogue number on the left side of the label.

Side 1 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S1/D12/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number
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 this one with a ring pressed around the center.

Stereo boxed label - Side 2

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S2/D10/V1)

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

This label has Mirage Music after each title.

Side 2 / Design No 10 / Version 2 (SKL5019/S2/D10/V2)

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

This label has Mirage music only once mentioned under Jagger Richards. The catalogue number is also bigger than on D10/V1 and there is a dot in between SKL and the number. This is probably a later pressing than D10/V1 as the matrix number is not upside down as on the previous label.

Side 2 / Design No 11 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S2/D11/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number
Font style: Ariel looking font
Estimated use: Mid 70’s

Publishing years are again located above the cataloge number on the left side of the label.

Side 2 / Design No 12 / Version 1 (SKL5019/S2/D12/V1)

Publishing year: Above the catalogue number
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 this one with a ring pressed around the center.

Explanation on label design numbering can be found here.

"STEREO SKLI 5019"

In the end of the 60’s and early 70’s Decca UK pressed vinyls and covers for export to Italy. This Italian export cover was made without the black corners.

The catalogue number was a bit different than the UK sold LP’s, “I” for Italy was added to the number: SKLI 5019
Thanks to John Villanova, Yonkers, NY, USA fo these pictures. He bought this LP as new back in 1979.

Page history

Updated:
2013 July 14th Factory Sample sticker removed as not original Decca sticker
2013 March 8th Factory Sample labels added, Thanks to Paulm1975
2012 September 3rd Boxed label D12 V1 added
2011 March 9th Label D10/V2 added
2010 September 12th Nonboxed stereo label Design 9 no2 added
2010 June 20th Label design 6 verison 1 changed to version 2 and a new mono boxed label picture added

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