Harvest Records

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Harvest Records logo.png
The current Harvest Records logo
Parent company Capitol Music Group
Universal Music Group
Founded 1969
Founder Malcolm Jones, Norman Smith
Status Active
Distributor(s) Caroline Distribution
Genre Progressive rock,Indie music
Country of origin  United Kingdom,  United States
Official website http://www.harvestrecords.com/

Harvest Records is a major record label belonging to Capitol Music Group, originally created by EMI, active from 1969 to present.


The original Harvest logo

Harvest Records was created by EMI in 1969 to market progressive rock music and to compete with Philips' Vertigo and Decca's Deram labels, and the independent Island label, initially under the direction of Malcolm Jones and Norman Smith.[1] Harvest was distributed in North America by EMI's US arm, Capitol Records. They were the European licensee for the American label Blue Thumb Records from 1969 to 1971.

Focus changed slightly as the 1970s drew to a close, beginning with the signing of post-punk groups Wire, the Saints and the Banned. new wave artists Thomas Dolby and Duran Duran released their debut albums on the label in North America. Iron Maiden's first three albums were also released in the US by the label. Pink Floyd switched to Capitol after the release of The Final Cut in 1983.

In the United States, Capitol initially treated Harvest as a separate label that they expected big sales from. After only a few issues, they had few sales to show for their effort and consequently only issued a few releases and numbered them within their standard Capitol LP series (mostly using Harvest for Pink Floyd releases). After this initial short-lived series, Capitol passed on most of the UK Harvest artists.

In 1975, a reissue sub-label was launched called Harvest Heritage. This new label largely compiled material that had been previously released on Harvest from 1969 onward. However, Harvest Heritage also reissued music from late 1960s EMI bands that had never recorded for the label, such as the Gods, Love Sculpture and Tomorrow. Heritage also occasionally released new music, such as Four Rock 'n' Roll Legends, a recording of a 1977 concert by rockabilly veterans Charlie Feathers, Buddy Knox, Jack Scott and Warren Smith.

Much of Harvest's European back catalogue (including Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, and Iron Maiden) was divested by Universal after its takeover of EMI, as part of the Parlophone Label Group. Warner Music Group would buy the catalogue in February 2013.[2]

Capitol Music Group announced its relaunch of the label on 25 February 2013, with former Warner Bros. Records and Dangerbird Records executive Piero Giramonti at the helm.[3] Giramonti is tasked with running the label as an independent label, with the support of Capitol Music Group and Caroline Distribution for distribution, radio promotion and licensing. As of 2013, the Harvest roster consists of TV on the Radio, Arthur Beatrice, Babes, Banks, Death Grips, the Olms, together PANGEA, White Lies and Young & Sick.[4]

On January 15, 2014 it was announced that Morrissey[5] and Charlotte OC[6] had signed to Harvest Records.

















  1. ^ Southall, Brian (2000). The A-Z of record Labels. London: Sanctuary Publishing. ISBN 1-86074-281-5. 
  2. ^ "Warner Music Group | News". Wmg.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Piero Giramonti Named GM of Harvest Records". Billboard. 
  4. ^ "Harvest Records homepage". Harvestrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  5. ^ "MORRISSEY SIGNS WORLDWIDE RECORDING AGREEMENT WITH HARVEST RECORDS - HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  6. ^ http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/charlotte-oc-to-release-new-strange-ep-september-2-on-harvest-records-confi
  7. ^ Janus: Gravedigger at Discogs
  8. ^ With Waters' move to Sony Music subsequent releases of this album were on CBS (originally outside Europe) and Columbia Records
  9. ^ featuring tracks by Idle Race, The Move and Electric Light Orchestra
  10. ^ Remastered and expanded edition of the 1971 album

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