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Revised 27/5/14

CAPITOL
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1949-1999
Reissues: See Starline
Paul McCartney on Capitol 1975-1979

Labels

64 40201 - 1949
to
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54 40204 - 1949
to
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.
to
F 40280 - 1950
54 746 - 1949
to
54 785 - 1949
The Capitol Records Company was founded by songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of fellow songwriter and movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs (19101971), owner of Music City, at the time the biggest record store in Los Angeles, California.
On July 1, 1942, Capitol Records released its first nine records (101-109). 
By 1946, Capitol had sold 42 million records and was established as one of the "Big Six" record labels.
The Capitol Records Tower is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Hollywood, California.
The construction of the building was ordered by British company EMI soon after its 1955 acquisition of Capitol Records. The building was completed in April 1956, and was nicknamed "The House That Nat Built" to recognize the enormous financial contributions of Capitol star Nat "King" Cole. 
As the British music scene was heating up in 1963, Capitol, being an EMI label had first rights of refusal on all EMI artists. After initial resistance to issuing records by The Beatles who were signed to sister EMI label Parlophone, Capitol exercised its option in November, 1963, and helped usher in Beatlemania in 1964. (The Beatles' earliest US issues had been on the independent Vee-Jay label and the key "She Loves You" single on the small Swan label.) Capitol's producers significantly altered the content of the Beatles albums and, believing the Beatles' recordings were sonically unsuited to the US market, not only added equalization to brighten the sound, but also piped the recordings through the famous Capitol echo chamber, located underneath the parking lots outside the Capitol Tower.
Large logo
Large logo - O.C.
Large logo
Large logo
F 639 - 1949
to
F 3544 - 1956
 F 1540 - 1951
to
F 2482 - 1953
F 3255 - 1955
Printing not centred between lines 
40000 series
"Americana"
1949-1950

Small logo
Logo left - "Records"

Logo left - no "Records"
F 3549 - 1956
to
F 4284 - 1959
4286 - 1959
to
4679 - 1962
4304 - 1959
to
4675 - 1962
Small logo
Logo left
Large logo
4271 - 1959
First press
4271 - 1959
Later press
4271 - 1959
Old label used
Mfd. by Capitol Records
in white
Mfd. by Capitol Records
in white
A subsidiary of Capitol...
in black
 Double
perimeter print
4678 - 1962
to
2056 - 1967
West coast press
2056 - 1967
to
2239 - 1968
West coast press
2239 - 1968
to
2355 - 1968
West coast press
2269

From the period September 3, 1962 thru August 31, 1964, Capitol used a scheduled release-date code on most of their 45 releases - from #4831 thru #5260. This was displayed on the right hand side center at the bottom. 9-32 would translate to September 3, 1962, and 8-314 would translate to August 31, 1964. The number before the hyphen represented the month. The last number represented the year. The leftover number before the year code and after the hyphen represented the day of the month. Releases were scheduled in batches in as few as two records a week to as many as five (at least), and were always seven days apart. Keep in mind that these were scheduled release dates, and that some issues were made weeks in advance of that date. 
Mfd. by Capitol Records
in white
A subsidiary of Capitol...
in black
Mfd. by Capitol Records
in yellow
A subsidiary of Capitol...
in white
4680 - 1962
to
2239 - 1968
East coast press
2239 - 1968
to
2355 - 1968
East coast press
Aug 1966
to
 Nov 1966
East coast press
2355 - 1968
to
2448 - 1969
5395
5579
5407
5756
5442
5869
5573
2056
Irregular fonts
Flat paper
Contract pressings (N.J.)
Early 1965 to late 1967
 
Capitol TM
No dot
Capitol TM
White dot
Capitol ®
White dot
2454 - 1969
to
2586 - 1969
2590 - 1969
to
2905 - 1970
2905 - 1970
to
3103 - 1971
3105 - 1971
to
3350 - sep 1972
at 1 o'clock
at 2 o'clock
All Rights Reserved
All Rights Reserved
3348 - sep 1972
to
3771 - 1973
3779 - 1974
to
4095 - 1975
4109 - 1975
to
March 1978
Black Logo
used to signify
Soul / Disco / R&B
March 1978
to
June 1983
1980
June 1983
to
1988
1988
to
1999
Capitol Nashville
Capitol Nashville/SBK
1991
to
1998
NR 44773 - 1991
to
NR 44803 - 1991

Sleeves

Ra nge
Front
Back
Details
No 1
64 40201 - 1949
to
54-746 - 1950
No border left/right
Tuck-In Flap and square Cellophane Linings in the round openings.
The cellophane
 windows are square and extend about 3/8" on all four sides of the hole.
   -  Glued left/right   
No 2
1950
to
.
Thin paper
No border left/right
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right   
No 3 a
.
to 
.
Thin paper
Border left/right
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right   
No 3 b
.
to 
Around F 1540 - 1951
Thiker paper
Border left/right
.  Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right   
No 4
F 1540 - 1951
to
.
Border left/right
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 5
.
to
.
Large logo on the back
Printed in U.S.A. on the front only - under "THIS"
Red line does not extend to the sleeve edges
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right
No 6
.
to
.
Large logo on the back
Printed in U.S.A. on the front only - further left
Red line does not extend to the sleeve edges
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 7
.
to
.
Large logo on the back
Printed in U.S.A. on the back only
Red line does not extend to the sleeve edges
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 8
.
to
.
Large logo on the back
Printed in U.S.A. both sides
Red line extend to the sleeve edges
   Cut straight  Inside glued   
No 9
.
to
.
 
Small logo on the back
Bold lettering
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 10
.
to
F 2482 - 1953
 
Small logo on the back
Thin lettering
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11 a
.
to
.
Small logo on the back
Thin lettering
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 11 b
.
to
.
Small logo on the back
Thin lettering
Red line (front)
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 12
.
to
.
Oval logo
Singles up to F 1942 - 1952
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 13
.
to
1954
Oval logo
...
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right  
No 14
Around F 2464 - 1953
to
.
CAN-CAN musical
   Cut straight  Glued left/right  
No 15
.
to
.
CAN-CAN musical
Printed in U.S.A.
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/right   
No 16
65000 - 1954
to
65006 - 1954
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 17
1954
to
.
Logo (Classical side)
EP's up to 1954
Click to see sleeve details
   Cut straight/notch (large)  Glued left/right   
No 18
.
to
.
Logo (Classical side)
EP's up to 1954
Click to see sleeve details
   Cut straight/notch (small)  Glued bottom/right  "Printed in U.S.A." may appear
 upside down on the back (as this)
 depending on the folding
No 19
.
to
.
Logo (Classical side)
EP's up to 1954
Click to see sleeve details
   Cut straight/notch (small)  Glued bottom/right  "Printed in U.S.A." may appear
 upside down on the back (as this)
 depending on the folding
No 20
.
to
.
Logo (Classical side)
EP's up to 1954
Click to see sleeve details
   Cut straight/notch (small)  Glued bottom/right   
No 21
.
to
.
Logo (Classical side)
A variation of No 20 above
Hole diameter: 79 mm
(No 20 = 83 mm)
Witdh of "Single Record.." line: 103 mm
(No 20 = 104)
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 22
.
to
mid 1955
Logo (Classical side)
A variation of No 20 above
Hole diameter: 79 mm
(No 20 = 83 mm)
Witdh of "Single Record.." line: 101 mm
(No 20 = 104 mm)
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 23
Spring 1954
to
.
Singles from 1954
Musical opened Apr. 8 1954, closed Nov. 27 1954
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right   
No 24
.
to
Late 1954
Singles from 1954
Musical opened Apr. 8 1954, closed Nov. 27 1954
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 25
Around 3250 - 1955
to 
.
Logo extends outside the circle of muscians
Thick lines
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 26
.
to 
.
Logo extends outside the circle of muscians
Back re-designed - line on the left
Redrawn - thin lines
   Cut notch  Glued bottom/right   
No 27
.
to 
.
Logo inside the circle of muscians
"Printed in U.S.A."
on third line from bottom
   Cut straight/notch   Glued bottom/right   
No 28
.
to 
.
Logo inside the circle of muscians
"Printed in U.S.A."
on second line from bottom
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued   
No 29
.
to
.
Design follows notch
.  Cut straight/notch  Inside glued   
No 30
.
to
.
Back re-designed
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 31
.
to
F 4221 - 1959
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued   
No 32
4261 - 1959
to
.
Hollywood Calif.
"Printed in U.S.A."
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 33
.
to
,
Hollywood California, U.S.A.
"Printed in U.S.A."
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 34
.
to
.
Hollywood California, U.S.A.
No "Printed in U.S.A."
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 35
.
to
.
Waxy/glossy paper
No "Printed in U.S.A."
Front: Wide white line
Back: Thin white line
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 36
.
to
4674 - 1961
Waxy/glossy paper
No "Printed in U.S.A."
Front: Slight white line
Back: Thin white line
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 37
4680 - 1962
to
.
White circle in centre
No "Printed in U.S.A."
Logo centered
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 38
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines - oval shape
Logo centered
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 39
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines - oval shape
Logo centered
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 40
.
to
.

"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines
12 mm from left border
Logo centered
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 41
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines
7 mm from left border
Logo centered
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 42
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines
7 mm from left border
Logo centered
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 43
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
3 lines
7 mm from left border
Logo centered
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 44
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." BACK
3 lines
7 mm from left border
Logo centered
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 45
.
to
.
Grey print
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
One line - low
Uppercase only
Logo low
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 46
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
One line - low
Near left border
Uppercase/lowercase
Logo low - bold
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 47
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
One line - low
7 mm from left border
Uppercase/lowercase
Logo high
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 48
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." FRONT
One line - 9 mm from bottom border
Uppercase only
Logo high
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 49
.
to
.
Printed in U.S.A." BACK
One line - 12 mm from bottom border
Uppercase only
Logo high
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 50
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A." BACK
One line - 5 mm from bottom border
Uppercase only
Logo high (back) - bold
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 51
Used occasionally
from 1962 to 1967
Flat finish
Front:
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 52
Used occasionally
from 1962 to 1967
Flat finish
Back:
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 53
Used occasionally
from 1962 to 1967
Glossy finish
Back:
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 54
Used occasionally
from 1962 to 1967
Glossy finish
Back:
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 55
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 88 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between IT
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 56
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 88 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between TO - high
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 57
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 88 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between TO - low
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 58
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 88 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 59
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 88 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 60
.
to
.
Very heavy, thick print 
Hole diameter = 84 mm
Front logo = 33 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 5.5 mm
Front - between TO
 Curved top  Inside glued
No 61
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 62
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 33 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.5 mm
Front - between OL
.  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 63
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 33 mm
No address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Back - between PI
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 64
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 33 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.5 mm
Front - under A E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 65
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 77 mm
Front logo = 33 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.5 mm
Front - under A E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 66
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between TO
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 67
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 77 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 68
.
to
.
Hole diameter = 83 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 69
.
to
2448 - 1969
Hole diameter = 82 mm
Front logo = 27 mm
Address
Printed in U.S.A. = 4.0 mm
Front - between OL E7B-1BS
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 70
2448 - 1969
to
.
Printed in U.S.A.
Address and Factories
One line on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 71
.
to
.
E781CS Printed in U.S.A.
Address and Factories
One line on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 72
.
to
Aug 1969
Printed in U.S.A.
Address and Factories
Two lines on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 73
Aug 1969
to
.
Circles centered
   Slightly curved top  Glued left/right   
No 74
.
to
.
Circles off centre
   Slightly curved top  Glued left/right  
No 75
.
to
.
Low curve BACK
Printed in U.S.A. far right
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 76
.
to
3348 - sep 1972
Low curve FRONT
Printed in U.S.A. far right
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 77
3348 - sep 1972
to
Late 1972
............................................
No "Printed in U.S.A."
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 78
Late 1972
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A."
on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 79
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A."
in white on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 80
.
to
.
No "Printed in U.S.A."
   Curved top  Inside glued   
No 81
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A."
on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 82
.
to
.
"Printed in U.S.A."
on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 83
.
to
.
No "Printed in U.S.A."
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 84
.
to
.
Used for disco/soul/R&B
"Made in U.S.A."
on the back
Smaller circles on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 85
.
to
.
Used for disco/soul/R&B
"Made in U.S.A."
on the back
Smaller circles on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 86 a
.
to
.
Used for disco/soul/R&B
No "Made in U.S.A."
Smaller circles on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 86 b
.
to
.
Used for disco/soul/R&B
No "Made in U.S.A."
Smaller circles on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 87
.
to
March 1978
Used for disco/soul/R&B
No "Made in U.S.A."
Same circles both side
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 88
March 1978
to
.
Glossy silver/ Purple
MIC 41519
There were several printings of this sleeve where "MIC 41519" moves from left to right.
See the details here.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 89
.
to
.
Glossy silver/ Purple
MIC 41520
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 90
.
to
.
Used for disco/soul/R&B
Glossy silver/Green
MIC 41520
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 91
.
to
May 1978
Used for disco/soul/R&B
Flat grey/turquoise
MIC 41520 moved right
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 92
May 1978
to
.
Purple - flat finish
MIC 41519
There were several printings of this sleeve where "MIC 41519" moves from left to right.
See the details here.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 93
.
to
1981
Bright purple - flat finish
MIC 41519
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 94
1981
to
,
© 1981
MIC41552 (front)
No space
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 95
.
to
.
© 1981
MIC 41552 (front)
Space
No 96
.
to
1983
© 1981
MIC41552 (back)
No space
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 97
1983
to
.
© 1983
MIC 41553
The colour is sensitive to light and will fade.
See example.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 98 a
.
to
.
MIC 41502
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 98 b
.
to
Early 1985
MIC 41502
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 99
Early 1985
to
1987
MIC 41566
The colour is sensitive to light and will fade.
See example.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 100
1987
to
1988
MIC 41502
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 101
1987
to
.
(MIC) 41526
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 102
.
to
.
Used for C/W issues
(MIC) 41527
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 103
.
to
.
(MIC) 41528
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 104
1991
to
.
MIC 41533 © 1990
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
Christmas sleeve
C 1
1960s
 
1020
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
Sleeves for DJ records
D 1
1950s
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 2
1950s
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 3
1957
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 4
Around 1957
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/middle  
D 5
Around 1958
   Cut straight/notch  Glued bottom/middle  
D 6
1959
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 7
Around 1960
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 8
Around 1960
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
D 9
Around 1970
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
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