Chanced upon a small local garage sale (or yard sale) this morning and found this book:
Great Record Labels, written by Al Cimino and published by Chartwell Books in 1992, is quite an interesting overview of some of the most famous record companies, admittedly with a strong US bias. It has some really good images liberally scattered throughout, not only of the various record company labels themselves, but also many of the artists signed to the labels too.
Cimino has split his book into five broad categories covering music from the 1950’s through to the 1990’s. He starts with Sun Records in the Fifties, and ends with Def Jam in the Nineties, and works his way through most of the big labels in between – like Atlantic, Stax, Motown, Decca, A&M, CBS, Warner Brothers, Island, and Virgin – to name but a few.
There are two main segments of the book where The Beatles pop up. First is the chapter on the British EMI/Parlophone label:
In the section on EMI’s US subsidiary Capitol Records there is only fleeting reference to The Beatles, despite the huge amounts of money they made for the company:
But to make up for that there’s no less than four pages dedicated to The Beatles’ own Apple Records:
Here’s the rear cover of Great Record Labels (the dust cover has seen better days…):Despite being a little beat up, this is a nice little find and a good book to have in the collection.