Please note, many Harvest issues also carry an EMI logo. This is not a label and EMI should not be added as a label, it instead indicates that Harvest was part of the EMI Group.
Label Code: LC 1305 / LC 01305.
"Progressive" label launched by Electric & Musical Industries Ltd. (EMI) subsidiary The Gramophone Co. Ltd. in a function at London's Roundhouse on 1 June 1969. The first releases (not counting a "sneak preview" promo sampler that was distributed in May) were issued on 6 June. Other labels which were also directly owned by TGCL assigned their acts to this new label, amongst these being Pink Floyd who became its biggest seller.
The label was used throughout the 1970s (including punk and post-punk acts like Wire) and into the 1980s around the world. For years, it was no longer a standalone label but used from time to time by members of the EMI group for appropriate acts.
Up until 1973 the trademark was directly registered and owned by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., later reassigned to EMI Records Ltd. On the 27th April 2004 the trademark rights were reassigned from EMI Records Ltd. to sister company EMI (IP) Ltd. (an intellectual property holding company and principal subsidiary of EMI Group Plc).
In 2013, Capitol Records reactivated Harvest as a semi-independent American label. For the rest of the world the label is now jointly used by Universal Music and the Warner Music Group, the latter using the label for catalogue and the former for new releases.
As of 2017 EMI (IP) Ltd. is still the registered owner of the Harvest trademark under the direct control of EMI Group Ltd, which subsequently forms part of the Universal Music Group.
Series: Harvest Heritage
Harvest Records is a British-American record label belonging to Capitol Music Group, originally created by EMI in 1969.