Independent American label: United Artists Records was a division of the United Artists film company.  United Artists Records was founded in 1958 as an outlet for UA's film soundtracks.  In the '60s the scope of the label broadened to include Folk, Jazz, Pop and Rock, and the hits started to come. Three of the definitive records of that decade appeared on United Artists in Britain: Gene Pitney's, 'Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa' (UP-1035; 1963); Shirley Bassey's, 'Big Spender' (UP-1192; 1967), and the company's first No.1, 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely', by Peter Sarstedt (UP-2262, 1969). In 1969 UA acquired the Liberty and Blue Note labels, strengthening its roster considerably. Things got even better in the '70s: there were more No.1s, by Don McLean and Kenny Rogers, and a number of Top 5s by artists as varied as Hawkind, Billie Jo Spears and Laurel & Hardy. Punk credibility was provided by The Stranglers and The Buzzcocks; the likes of Maxine Nightingale and Brass Construction added Disco successes; even Krautrock was catered for, with Can, Amon Duul 2 and Neu. When UA started issuing reggae records, on the Ballistic label, in the late 70s, it appeared that every kind of music was represented on its catalogue. Sadly, however, the good times were not to last. In 1979 United Artists Records was bought by EMI; the deal put a time limit on EMI's right to use the United Artists name, however, and when that time limit expired, in September 1980, the UA label was replaced by Liberty - both of the catalogue number series remained unchanged.  The final year saw a few more hits, including another No.1 for Kenny Rogers - United Artists' most successful artist in the USA - but that was the lot.
The company used several different label designs during the course of its lifetime.  Early issues shared label credits and POP-000 catalogue numbers with HMV. The label colours seem to have been the same as those of HMV singles; they were blue for the most part with an occasional black one presumably as the result of a late re-pressing.   In August 1962 UA got its own black-and-silver label and a dedicated UP-1000 numerical series; the UP-1000s reached UP-1208 in February 1968, at which point the numbers jumped to UP-2209 and a silver-on-light-blue label was adopted. The series continued until April 1969, when a UP-35000 series came in. Numbers appear to have jumped from 35899 to 36000, except for a couple of entries at 35951 and 35952. In the summer of 1970 this UP-36000 series was replaced by two separate ones, UP-600 and BP-300; the UPs seem to have been material sourced from America, the BPs from Britain, though for some reason Slim Whitman singles tended to be BPs. To get back to the labels: the light-blue-and-silver design was superseded by an orange-and-pink one in August 1969, with UP-35027.  The plain orange variant, would appear to be a one-off, presumably caused by a shortage of the standard labels. In April 1971 the familiar brown-on-fawn label appeared; UP-35204 seems to have been the first single to bear that kind of label. It remained essentially unchanged for the rest of the decade, except that the part of the perimeter legend which read 'A product of Liberty-United Artists Records' lost the reference to 'Liberty' after November 1976.  For Rhythm 'n' Blues singles, such as those by Dr. Feelgood and the Flaming Groovies, the colours were changed to silver-on-black. The black-on-yellow variant was unusual, while the 'American Townscape' one seems to have been limited to a couple of licensed singles by Country Gazette (UP 35659) and The Dillards (UP-35660). Very occasionally, presumably because of contract pressings being done for EMI by other firms, UA singles came with injection-moulded labels. A series of EPs of past hits appeared from 1973-1976, with numbers in the REM-400s, for 'Remember'.  Some of these EPs had a special label design, featuring a stylised American car. This label, which later had the words 'The 'Silver Spotlight Series' included on it, was used for some reissues into the 1980s, with standard UP-36000 catalogue numbers - the Fats Domino single shown dates from 1979.  There was a special sleeve for these later reissues. Some artists, such as the Stranglers, the Buzzcocks and 999, were given their own individual label designs. Manufacture was by EMI throughout the '70s, though the RCA-like appearance of the promos from 1971 and 1973 needs explaining.  EMI was also responsible for the distribution of United Artists records.  By 1974 the promos had adopted the generic EMI form, with the small black 'A' and the 'DEMO RECORD NOT FOR SALE' wording. Two years later United Artists had its own distinctive promo style, with a faint red 'A'; again the wording - 'Demonstration Record Not For Sale' - is the usual RCA one. Promos from the '60s had mainly followed the standard EMI family designs: white with a big red 'A' until October 1966, then green with a big white 'A' until February 1968 and the end of the black labelled issues. Labels associated with United Artists in the '70s included Avalanche, Cow Pie, Grateful Dead, Midnight Hour, Pepper, and Rockfield. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

79 Spears Billie Joe I Will Survive UNITED ARTIST UP 601
79 Bassey Shirley Moonraker UNITED ARTIST UP 602
79 Eddie Cochran CīMon Everybody LIBERTY UP 603
79 Gayle Crystal We Should Be Together UNITED ARTIST UP 604
79 Essex David World UNITED ARTIST UP 605
79 Rogers Kenny You Decorated My Life UNITED ARTIST UP 606
79 Gayle Crystal Too Deep For Tears UNITED ARTIST UP 607
79 Rich Charlie Life Goes On UNITED ARTIST UP 608
79 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band An American Dream UNITED ARTIST UP 609
79 Spears Billie Jo 57 Chevrolet UNITED ARTIST UP 610
79 Lane Cristy Slipin' Up Slipin' Around UNITED ARTIST UP 611
79 Sang Samantha In The Midnight Hour UNITED ARTIST UP 612
79 Mcgriff Jimmy I'Ve Got A Woman UNITED ARTIST UP 613
80 Rogers Kenny Coward Of The County UNITED ARTIST UP 614
80 Brass Construction Music Makes You Feel Like Dancin UNITED ARTIST UP 615
80 Laws Ronnie Love Victory UNITED ARTIST UP 616
80 Brass Construction Movin' UNITED ARTIST UP 617
80 Cochran Eddie Twenty Flight Rock UNITED ARTIST UP 618
80 Laws Ronnie Young Child UNITED ARTIST UP 619
80 Steele Saundra  I'M Hung Up On You UNITED ARTIST UP 620
80 West Dottie Lession In Leavin' UNITED ARTIST UP 621
80 Byrd Donald Dominoes UNITED ARTIST UP 622
80 Southroad Connection Take Ma Back For More UNITED ARTIST UP 623
80 Jordan Earl I Believe UNITED ARTIST UP 624
80 Rogers Kenny Don'T Fall In Love With A Dreamer UNITED ARTIST UP 625
80 Laws Ronnie Every Generation UNITED ARTIST UP 626
80 Spears Billie Jo Any Ole Wind That Blows UNITED ARTIST UP 627
80 Don McLean American Pie - Part One LIBERTY UP 628
80 Rogers Kenny Goodbye Marie UNITED ARTIST UP 629
80 Leigh Richard I'Ve Come Along Way UNITED ARTIST UP 630
80 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Make A Little Magic UNITED ARTIST UP 631
80 Kenny Rogers Love The World Away  UNITED ARTIST UP 632
80 Ricky Nelson Just A Little To Much UNITED ARTIST UP 633
80 Barry John Orchestra Midnight Cowboy UNITED ARTIST UP 634
80 Rogers Kenny Lady UNITED ARTIST UP 635
80 Spears Billie Jo You'Re Good Girl'S Gonna Go Bad UNITED ARTIST UP 636
80 Briggs Billy Chew Tobaco Rag No 2 UNITED ARTIST UP 637
81 Leigh Richard Right From The Start UNITED ARTIST UP 638
81 West Dottie What Are We Doing In Love UNITED ARTIST UP 639
81 Rogers Kenny I Don'T Need You UNITED ARTIST UP 640
81 Heaven'S Gate Slow Water UNITED ARTIST UP 641
81 Klugh Earl Dance With Me UNITED ARTIST UP 642
81 Patton Robbie Don'T Give It Up UNITED ARTIST UP 643
81 Ronnie Laws Heavy On Easy UNITED ARTIST UP 644
81 Pointer Noel Classy Lady UNITED ARTIST UP 645
81 Rogers Kenny So In Love With You UNITED ARTIST UP 646
81 Klugh Earl Twinkle UNITED ARTIST UP 647
82 Laws Ronnie There'S A Way UNITED ARTIST UP 648
82 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST UP 649
82 Rogers Kenny Long Arm Of The Law UNITED ARTIST UP 650
82 Xavier Work That Sucker UNITED ARTIST UP 651
82 Brass Construction Can You See The Light UNITED ARTIST UP 652
82 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST UP 653
82 Rogers Kenny Love Will Turn You On UNITED ARTIST UP 654
82 Dayton Hot Fun In The Sun UNITED ARTIST UP 655
82 Murphy Michael Martin What'S Forever For UNITED ARTIST UP 656
82 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST UP 657
83 Rogers Kenny We'Ve Got Tonight UNITED ARTIST UP 658
83 Rogers Kenny All My Life UNITED ARTIST UP 658
79 Rafferty Jerry Bring At All Home UNITED ARTIST BP 301
79 Welch Ed Rank Concert Orch Moon Rock UNITED ARTIST BP 302
79 Sean Hoff & The Shotguns  Way Down Yonder In New Orleans PEPPER BP 303
79 Hylton Sheila Breakfast In Bed BALLISTIC BP 304
79 Fischer-Z First Impressions UNITED ARTIST BP 305
79 Dr. Feelgood Put Him Out Of Your Mind UNITED ARTIST BP 306
79 Fantasy Band Won'T You Take Me Back PEPPER BP 307
79 Stranglers Duchess UNITED ARTIST BP 308
79 Marvels Sh-Boom BALLISTIC BP 309
79 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 310
79 Ossa Listen To The Buddah UNITED ARTIST BP 311
79 Hoyte Janice When I Fall In Love UNITED ARTIST BP 312
79 One Hundren Ton & A Feather Do You Want To Know A Secret PEPPER BP 313
79 Blood Sisters Ring My Bell BALLISTIC BP 314
79 Rasses  You Gotta Have Love (Jah Love) BALLISTIC BP 315
79 Buzzcocks You Say You Dont Love Me UNITED ARTIST BP 316
79 Punishment Of Luxury Laughing Academy UNITED ARTIST BP 317
79 Stranglers Nuclear Device UNITED ARTIST BP 318
79 Pix Pickford Are You Rockin' UNITED ARTIST BP 319
79 Cornwell Hugh White Room UNITED ARTIST BP 320
79 Vapors Prisoners UNITED ARTIST BP 321
79 Turner Tina Backstabbers UNITED ARTIST BP 322
79 Estelle Don Pretend UNITED ARTIST BP 323
79 Whitesnake Long Way From Home UNITED ARTIST BP 324
79 Revival Dixie Chicken UNITED ARTIST BP 325
79 Company We Wish You Well LIBERTY BP 326
79 Royal Rasses Ain'T Nobody Here But Me BALLISTIC BP 327
79 The Jolly Brothers You'Ve Got To Leave Him (Part I) BALLISTIC BP 328
79 Ellis Hortense Love Comes From Unexpected Places BALLISTIC BP 329
79 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 330
79 Edwards  Jackie My Name Is Fred BALLISTIC BP 331
79 Zkiffz I Wanna Boogie With You UNITED ARTIST BP 332
79 Vandike Greg Clone UNITED ARTIST BP 333
80 Vapors Turning Japanese UNITED ARTIST BP 334
80 Sellers Peter Night & Day UNITED ARTIST BP 335
80 Kay Janet I Do Love You BALLISTIC BP 336
80 Nightingale Maxine Lead On Me UNITED ARTIST BP 337
80 Dr Feelgood  Hong Kong Money UNITED ARTIST BP 338
80 King Geraldine Growing Up BALLISTIC BP 339
80 Rafferty Jerry Get It Right Next Time UNITED ARTIST BP 340
80 T-Charm Rhythm In Rhapsody BALLISTIC BP 341
80 Fischer-Z So Long UNITED ARTIST BP 342
80 Wilson Delroy Sharing The Night Together BALLISTIC BP 343
80 Stranglers Bear Cage UNITED ARTIST BP 344
80 Vapors News At Ten UNITED ARTIST BP 345
80 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 346
80 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 347
80 Washington Delroy Band Magic BALLISTIC BP 348
80 Street Life Making My Day UNITED ARTIST BP 349
80 Hudson People Boy Scout UNITED ARTIST BP 350
80 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 351
80 Whitesnake Fool For Your Loving UNITED ARTIST BP 352
80 Peppers Nancy Jesus Will Outshine Them All UNITED ARTIST BP 353
80 Rafferty Jerry Royal Mile UNITED ARTIST BP 354
80 Stranglers Who Wants The World UNITED ARTIST BP 355
80 Nightingale Maxine Take You Heart UNITED ARTIST BP 356
80 Edwards Rupie That Wonderful Sound BALLISTIC BP 357
80 Jah Thomas  Cricket Lovely Cricket  BALLISTIC BP 358
80 Thomas Lincoln Natural Wild BALLISTIC BP 359
80 Fischer-Z Pick Up UNITED ARTIST BP 360
80 Burnel J J  Girl From Snow Country UNITED ARTIST BP 361
80 Tour De France Night Beat UNITED ARTIST BP 362
80 Whitesnake  Ready & Willing UNITED ARTIST BP 363
80 Proton We're Funkin! / Proton - Make You Move BALLISTIC BP 364
80 Buzzcocks Are Everything UNITED ARTIST BP 365
80 Dr Feelgood No Mo Do Yakamo UNITED ARTIST BP 366
80 Vapors Waiting For The Weekend UNITED ARTIST BP 367
80 Mugshots Shy UNITED ARTIST BP 368
80 Thopmson Lincoln Spaceship BALLISTIC BP 369
80 Polystyrene Talk In Toyland UNITED ARTIST BP 370
80 Buzzcocks Strange Thing UNITED ARTIST BP 371
80 Not Traced UNITED ARTIST BP 372
80 Marvels You Make Me Happy BALLISTIC BP 373
80 Dr Feelgood Jumping From Love To Love UNITED ARTIST BP 374
80 Nightingale Maxime Work On It UNITED ARTIST BP 375
80 Motion Walk On By UNITED ARTIST BP 376
80 Whitman Slim That Silver Headed Daddy Of Mine UNITED ARTIST BP 377
80 Classix Nouveaux Nasty Little Green Men UNITED ARTIST BP 378
80 Toys Easy Does It UNITED ARTIST BP 379
80 Jones Gloria Listin To Me UNITED ARTIST BP 380
80 Whitesnake Ain'T No Love In The Hart Of The City UNITED ARTIST BP 381
80 Buzzcocks Running Free UNITED ARTIST BP 382
81 Stranglers Thrown Away LIBERTY BP 383
81 Nightgale Maxine Take Your Heart LIBERTY BP 384
81 Vapors Spiders LIBERTY BP 385
81 Dr. Feelgood Violent Love UNITED ARTIST BP 386
81 Fischer-Z Marliese LIBERTY BP 387
81 Classix Nouveaux Guilty LIBERTY BP 388
81 Diggle Steve Shut Out The Light LIBERTY BP 389
81 Bite Pete Bite Me I Taste Nice LIBERTY BP 390
81 Buzzcocks Running Free LIBERTY BP 391
81 Newell Martin Young Jobless LIBERTY BP 392
81 Stranglers Just Like Nothing On Earth LIBERTY BP 393
81 Whitman Slim When  LIBERTY BP 394
81 Whitesnake DonīT Break My Heart LIBERTY BP 395
81 Sarstedt Peter English Girls LIBERTY BP 396
81 Classix Nouveaux Tokyo LIBERTY BP 397
81 Fischer-Z Cutters Lullaby LIBERTY BP 398
81 Whitesnake Would I Lie To You LIBERTY BP 399
81 Leonard Deke Big Hunk Of Love LIBERTY BP 400
81 Vapors Jimmy Jones LIBERTY BP 401
81 Not Traced LIBERTY BP 402
81 Classix Nouveaux Inside Outside LIBERTY BP 403
81 Dr Feelgood Waiting For Saturday Night  LIBERTY BP 404
81 Stranglers Let Me Introduce You To The Family LIBERTY BP 405
81 Classix Nouveaux Never Again LIBERTY BP 406
82 Stranglers Golden Brown LIBERTY BP 407
82 Slim Whitman  Can't Help Falling In Love With You  LIBERTY BP 408
82 Classix Nouveaux Is It A Dream LIBERTY BP 409
82 Stranglers La Folie LIBERTY BP 410
82 Classix Nouveaux Because You'Re Young LIBERTY BP 411
82 Stranglers Strange Little Girl LIBERTY BP 412
82 Gerry Rafferty Sleepwalking LIBERTY BP 413
82 Classix Nouveaux The End...Or The Beginning LIBERTY BP 414
82 Rafferty Jerry Change Of Heart LIBERTY BP 415
82 Whitesnake  Here I Go Again LIBERTY BP 416
82 Not Traced LIBERTY BP 417
82 Not Traced LIBERTY BP 418
83 Classix Nouveaux For Ever And A Day LIBERTY BP 419
83 Whitesnake  Guilty Of Love LIBERTY BP 420
83 Classix Nouveaux  Never Never Comes  LIBERTY BP 421
83 Whitesnake  Long Way From Home LIBERTY BP 422
83 Whitesnake  Standing In The Shadow LIBERTY BP 423
83 Whitesnake  Love Ain't No Stranger (American Mix) LIBERTY BP 424
83 Kenny Rogers  The Gambler LIBERTY BP 425
83 Kenny Rogers  Long Arm Of The Law LIBERTY BP 426
83 Not Traced LIBERTY BP 427
83 Billie Jo Spears  What I Got In Mind LIBERTY BP 428
76 Johnny And The Hurricanes  Remember Johnny And The Hurricanes  UNITED ARTISTS REM 401
76 Jan & Dean  Remember Jan And Dean  UNITED ARTISTS REM 402
76 Garnet Mimms  Remember Garnet Mimms  UNITED ARTISTS REM 403
76 P.J. Proby  Remember P. J. Proby EP  UNITED ARTISTS REM 404
76 Little Anthony And The Imperials Goin' Out Of My Head UNITED ARTISTS REM 405
76 Flamin' Groovies Slow Death UNITED ARTISTS REM 406
76 Canned Heat On The Road Again UNITED ARTISTS REM 407
76 Man Bananas UNITED ARTISTS REM 408
75 Help Yourself Heaven Road UNITED ARTISTS UPS 2
75 Muff (a) Introduction By Muff (b) Do The Hand Jive UNITED ARTISTS UPS 3
75 Various  Bobby Womack Plus UNITED ARTISTS UPS 5
75 The London Symphony Orchestra Directed By Andre Previn*  Toccata In D Minor (Rollerball Theme) UNITED ARTISTS UPS 6
75 London Concert Orchestra  With The Stargazers And Alvar Lidell  Those Were The Days (Sampler) UNITED ARTISTS UPS 7
75 Ike And Tina Turner Delila's Power UNITED ARTISTS UPS 8
76 Alan Carvell Georgia On My Mind (Disco Version) UNITED ARTISTS UPS 9
76 Marlena Shaw It's Better Than Walkin' Out BLUE NOTE UPS 10
76 Brass Construction  Changin' (12" Promo) UNITED ARTISTS UPS 11
76 Various Artists For Deadheads (Album)  UNITED ARTISTS FREE 2
76 The Stranglers  Peasant In The Big Shitty / Choosey Susie UNITED ARTISTS FREE 3
76 The Stranglers  Peaches / Go Buddy Go UNITED ARTISTS FREE 4
77 999 Nasty, Nasty UNITED ARTISTS FREE 7
77 The Stranglers  No More Heroes  UNITED ARTISTS FREE 8
78 The Stranglers Walk On By UNITED ARTISTS FREE 9
78 The Rank Concert Orchestra  Hannay's Theme UNITED ARTISTS FREE 11
78 Eddie Cochran  Think Of Me UNITED ARTISTS FREE 12
79 Various Artists Alpha Omega UNITED ARTISTS FREE 15
80 Eddie Cochran  20th Anniversary Album Sampler  UNITED ARTISTS FREE 16
76 Dr. Feelgood Riot In Cell Block No 9 (Live) UNITED ARTISTS FEEL 1
79 Dr. Feelgood The Feelgoods Encore EP UNITED ARTISTS FEEL 2
79 Stranglers Don'T Bring Harry [ Ep ] UNITED ARTISTS STR 1
73 Hawkwind Sonic Attack UNITED ARTISTS WD 3637
72 Various Artists Rock Samples UNITED ARTISTS ROCK 601
72 Ricky Nelson Maxi Rock Single UNITED ARTISTS ROCK 605
73 Hawkwind Double Pack UNITED ARTISTS US45 01 / 02
76 O Excerpts From The Album "Within Reach" UAG 29942 UNITED ARTISTS UA-PROMO 1



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