RCA Label Guide

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Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Label Guide


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Enhanced RCA Labelography Codes

The most-frequently used labelography codes for RCA releases (e.g. UR1, UR2, UE1, UE2, etc.) are confusing, incomplete, and do not provide for sub-variations. Recognizing that many collectors are accustomed to these codes, we have preserved these in this guide—while providing a newer and more-robust parallel set of labelography codes.

These new labelography codes follow a more descriptive and consistent pattern (e.g. US-SD-LS-4R) followed by the older, more basic, codes (UR2) so that the two can be used simultaneously.

Labelography Key

Abbreviation Description Exampes
US, CA, etc. Country (ISO 3166 Alpha-2 code) United States, Canada
SD, SS, WD, RS, etc. Label Type “Shaded Dog”, Soria Series, “White Dog”, Red Seal
LS, S, M, etc. Sub-Series Living Stereo”, Stereo, Mono
1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Iteration Sequence Fourth Iteration
I, R, H Pressing Plant ID Indianapolis, Rockaway, Hollywood

This pattern provides for several advantages:

  • These new codes follow the release dates sequentially (unlike the original codes)
  • Release country follows an established standardized abbreviation
  • Label variations (e.g. “White Dog” are explicitly identified)
  • Sub-series variations such as monophonic, stereophonic, “Living Stereo”, Electronically Processed, Quadradisc, Red Seal .5 Series are clearly communicated
  • Pressing plant label variations are supported

Resources

Pressing Plant Identifier Codes

General information about RCA pressing plant locations

Additional Labelography Resources

External labelography resources

Recording Industry Publications

External resources for establishing release dates