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THE CAPITOL APPLE LABEL DISCOGRAPHY 

In early 1964, Capitol Records became the primary U.S. manufacturer of The Beatles major releases.  When Apple Records was formed by the Beatles in 1968, Capitol still maintained production and distribution control over the Beatles records.  When Apple was dissolved in 1975, the entire Beatles catalog, including solo releases, reverted back to Capitol. In the early 1990s, all The Beatles/solo Capitol product was reissued on the Apple label. 

The Beatles, collectively and individually, have also appeared on several other labels over the years.  However, most of these releases failed to stay in production long enough to experience significant label design changes.  The relatively few that did, are thoroughly identified in their respective sections.   

The number of label changes for a particular release depends entirely on its original issue date.    

 

 

 

Click Label Label Style Record Company Dates Manufactured
To Decca Labels

 

Decca Labels Decca Records April 11, 1962

 

ATCO Labels

Atlantic Records June 1964 to July 1964

 

MGM Labels MGM Records January 1964 to March 1964

 

Swan Labels Swan Records September 1963 to May 1964

 

Vee Jay Labels Vee Jay Records May 1963 to March 1964

 

Oldies 45 Label Vee Jay Records August 1964

 

Tollie Labels Tollie Records March to April 1964

 

Orange / Yellow Swirl Labels

Capitol Records December 1963 to April  1969

 

Green Swirl Labels Capitol-Star Line Records October 1965 to April 1969

 

Target Labels Capitol Records April 1969 to March 1971

 

Apple Labels Apple Records August 1968 to December 1975

 

Orange Labels Capitol Records December 1975 to March 1978

 

Blue Starline Labels Capitol Records November 1981 to Spring 1986

 

Purple Labels ("MFG. by ..." in perimeter print)  Capitol Records March 1978 to July 1983

 

Black Labels (Rainbow) Capitol Records July 1983 to Summer 1988

 

Purple Labels ("Manufactured by ..." in perimeter print) Capitol Records Summer 1988 to May 1994

 

CEMA ("For Jukebox Only") Capitol Records May 1994 to January 1996

 

Apple Labels - Current or "New" Capitol Records February 1995 to March 1996

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