Decca SXL Logo Blacked Out? Promo?

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Decca SXL Logo Blacked Out? Promo?

Post by vinylhound » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:42 am

Found an early SXL UK Title this evening that has the DECCA LOGO blacked out on the labels, and on the sleeves. Looks like it was backed out with some sort of black pencil. It can be erased, but not completely.
Is it a promo? Even the small Decca around the label is blacked out.
I did erase it on one of the records as it is a box set. I am wondering if erasing it lightly makes sense.
I will not give out the title because I plan on selling it and don't need competion from the peanut gallery.

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RE: Decca SXL Logo Blacked Out? Promo?

Post by jimboo » Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:57 pm

Or an export to a country like the US where the Decca name was copyrighted to another company. Sure I have read about Stones Decca exports having something similar done. So if sent to the US a small run would probably not be worth spending the cash on printing up London Labels for example. Simple answer block out the Decca trade mark. Real Classical buffs would probably only use the SXL or ZAL identifier anyway. I would take the blocked out Decca name as the offical "export" release and should not be counted as damage to label. (Shh, cover it up again, I wont tell.) A similar thing is the blocking out of the HMV dog on US exports to the UK. RCA used Nipper in America, EMI in Europe.
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Post by jimboo » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:49 am

Blacking out definitely done by Decca UK.
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/d ... -287305821

http://www.popsike.com/RARE-Decca-SXL-2 ... 77947.html
this guy got it wrong, he states previous owner did the blacking out.

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Post by vinylhound » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:15 pm

Thanks Jimboo. I did neatly erase it only on the labels. It looks much better.
I forgot about that covering up of labels. I have had/have a few pressings like that but they are covered with another label.
For $3, and what it should sell for it was a nice find.

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Post by KentT » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:26 am

This was done for export purposes. Decca in the UK didn't own the Decca trademark rights in the USA post 1940, so UK Decca records were sold here as London Records which is why they blacked out the Decca logo.

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