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Revised 12/2/12

MCA
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1967-1987

Labels

MCA
MCA
MCA-UK
The Decca Record Co.
MU 1000 - 1967
MK 5000 - 1968
to
MU 1100 - 1969
MK 5020 - 1969
BAG 1 - 1969
to
BAG 7 - 1969
Soul Bag series
MK 5021 - 1969
to
MK 5078 - 1969
MU 1101 - 1969
to
MU 1140 - 1971
MK 5058 - 1970
The Music Corporation of America was founded in 1924 by Jules Stern, as a booking agency. 
MCA entered the recorded music business in 1962 with the purchase of US Decca Records, including US Coral Records and US Brunswick Records. As American Decca owned Universal Pictures, MCA assumed full ownership of Universal and made it into the top film studio in town. In 1966, MCA formed Uni Records, and in 1967 they purchased US Kapp Records. In 1971, MCA consolidated its labels into MCA Records.
In Britain, the MCA label came on the scene in 1967.  After an initial eighteen months of independence, Decca started handling its manufacturing and distribution.  This arrangement lasted until the start of 1974, when EMI took over. In the last year of the decade the company moved to CBS.
Several different numbering systems existed: MU-1000 and MUS-1000 in the independent and Decca years, with MK-5000 and MKS-5000 added from 1969-72. MK denoted material of British origin, as opposed to American recordings, while S in both cases indicated that the record was stereophonic.
MU 1121 - 1969
to
MU 1123 - 1969
MK 5058 - 1970
to
MK 5072 - 1971
MK 5058 - 1970
MU 1142 - 1971
The Decca Record Co.
The Decca Record Co.
EMI Records
CBS distribution
MU 1142 . 1971
MK 5074 - 1971
to
MUS 1195 - 1973
MKS  5093 - 1972
MUS 1199 - may 1973
to
MUS 1225 - oct 1973
MCA 101 - 1974
to
MCA 423 - 1979
MCA 502 - 1979
to
MCA 590 - 1980
MCA 601 - 1980
to
MCA 949 - 1985
MCA 700 - 1981
to
MCA 711 - 1981
Golden Hits - reissues
MCA 877 - 1983
Occasionally
MCA 1000 - 1985
to
MCA 1200 - 1987
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
MU 1000 - 1967
to 
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 Independent distribution
 Curved top  Inside glued  
No 2
.
to
MU 1100 - 1969
Independent/Decca
 distribution
   Wavy top  Inside glued  
No 3
MK 5021 - 1969
to
MK 5078 - 1969
MCA - U.K.
Decca distribution
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 4
Soul Bag series 1969
Decca distribution
   Wavy top  Inside glued  
No 5
MU 1101 - 1969
to
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Decca distribution
. Ref 37  Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 6
.
to
MUS 1242 - 1973

Decca distribution
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 7
MCA 101 - 1974
to 
MCA 423 - 1979
EMI distribution
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 8
MCA 502 - 1979
to
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CBS distribution
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 9
.
to
1983
 
CBS distribution
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 10
1983
to
1985
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11
1985
to
1987
MCA distribution
72/74 Brewer Street,
London W1R 3PH
   Cut straight/notch   Glued top/bottom  Side opening
Reissues
R 1
MCA 700 - 1981
to
MCA 711 - 1981
1 Great Pulteney Street,
London W1R 3FW
   Cut straight/notch   Inside glued - side opening  
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