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Label Codes (LC) guide 

Label Code (LC)

According to Wikipedia Label Codes were introduced in 1977 by the IFPI (International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Industries) in order to unmistakably identify the different record labels for rights purposes. The Label Code consists historically of 4 figures (old digit system), presently being extended to 5 figures, preceded by LC. A sample Atlantic label code looks like this LC 0121.

The first Label Codes appear on the Phil Collins CDs in 1985. Prior to that, the label codes were not displayed on Phil Collins nor Genesis CD release. There is unknown why the record companies decide to display label codes in the middle 1980s, but I presume that It has something to do with forthcoming more CD titles on the market and it cause avoiding confusions.

PLEASE NOTE that a label code should not be confused with the release catalogue number. The label code identifies the entire label and not the entire release, which is identified by the catalogue numbers.

Useful and extensive, but no official list of the label codes is presented on the German Wikipedia website.