STARLINE - The Beach Boys on 45
Capitol Orange Gold label
|Orange Gold label - Continuation of first issues on Capitol|
At first sight the orange label with Capitol mentioned in gold looks like a relatively easy re-issue-series to collect:
- a series of 4 issues that are in fact a continuation of the original issue (use of the original catalogue number) and;
- 4 new re-issues (with a new catalogue number).
But when one takes a closer look many variations can be discovered. And as within these variations many combinations have surfaced, theoretically literally hundreds of variations might exist. As most of these can’t be confirmed - for the simple reason that we don’t have all of them - we’ll try to give a good overview of the basic differences that we have been able to distinguish. And of course all 45’s that we do have in possession, are shown here or will be confirmed.
The orange-gold series were pressed between 1972 and 1978.
When these series were printed, three plants were pressing 45’s for Capitol:
- Los Angeles (California): *
- Winchester (Virginia): >--
- Jacksonville (Illinois): 0
The pressing plant in Scranton had stopped pressing new records in 1972.
Fine print on top edge
On the outer ridge (upper side) gives general information on the Capitol company. Three different series can be found:
1972-1975: "MFD. BY CAPITOL RECORDS, INC., A SUBSIDIARY OF CAPITOL INDUSTRIES, INC., U.S.A. (CAPITOL logo) MARCA REG."
1975-1978: "MFD. BY CAPITOL RECORDS, INC., A SUBSIDIARY OF CAPITOL INDUSTRIES, EMI, INC., U.S.A. , CAPITOL MARCA REG. , ALL RIGHT RESERVED. UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION IS A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE LAWS"
1974-1975 * : "MFD. BY CAPITOL RECORDS, INC., A SUBSIDIARY OF CAPITOL INDUSTRIES, INC., U.S.A. (CAPITOL logo) MARCA REG. , U.S. PAT. NO. 2, 631, 859"
* The 3rd series mentioned here is essentially the same as the 1st one, but with the patent number added on the end. The exact time frame is unclear, but these labels may have been printed between the 1st and 2nd series. This 3rd series is pretty rare to find.
Mono / Stereo notation
The labels either mention MONO, STEREO, or there’s no notation at all. Another interesting variation is the position of the MONO-notation
- "9 o’clock"; MONO notation is positioned close to the catalogue-number
- "10 or 11 o’clock"; MONO notation is positioned far from the catalogue-number
LP- and producer/arranger-notation
The first four releases shown here either:
- mention the LP-notation on the lower left side of the label;
- mention the LP-notation on the lower right side of the label;
- mention the LP-notation on the top center of the label (just below the song title);
- don’t mention the an LP-notation at all
All labels of the first series and at least one label of the second series mention that the song is produced by Brian Wilson.
But there's one exception: 5096 - Little Saint Nick. For this particular single Brian is mentioned as both the producer and arranger of the song on the A-side. And even for that last particular single, 2 variations are known:
- "Produced and arranged by Brian Wilson" mentioned on the lower right side of the label.
- "Produced by Brian Wilson" mentioned on the lower right side of the label" AND "Arranged by Brian Wilson" mentioned on the lower left side of the label.
As we’ve also noticed on the Starline singles, it took pressing plants some time to change the publisher notation. Earlier pressings will still mention "Sea Of Tunes" for Brian Wilson originals, but later reissues mention the correct Irving-notation.
For this particular series it seems that the first and earlier series of reissues - the re-releases of the first regular issues - only mention the former publisher "Sea Of Tunes". For the second series of "new" reissues this was corrected into "Irving".
But "unfortunately" we've already found a first exception to that rule. In our collection, of the first series one of the (5096)Little Saint Nick labels does mention Irving as the (correct) publisher. So far for consistancy...
We hope this "short"list provides you enough information in order to not get lost in this jungle of variations. Feel free to provide us of other variations you might have in your collection.
Of the second series, you can also check out the promo-releases at White/beige label (promo)