McCartney on Capitol in Belgium

On 26 January 1976 the Beatles' long-time worldwide contract with EMI expired and consequently all four Beatles ran away from Apple in different directions.

John didn't renew his contract at all; George went over to A&M - the company that already distributed his own Dark Horse Records - and Ringo signed with Polydor.

At the beginning of 1975 Paul had already signed an independent deal with Capitol Records.

The first concrete result of this contract was the single "Letting Go" / "You Gave Me The Answer" from the Venus And Mars LP. As in other countries, it was issued in Belgium with a standard black Capitol label with silver lettering. The Capitol logo is prominently featured at the top of the label but we also notice the much smaller MPL (McCartney Productions Ltd) logo on the left. Song title, performer and author are mentioned at the bottom of the label, SABAM on the right and the release number on the left under the MPL logo.

This standard black Capitol label was used on three singles only: "Letting Go", "Venus And Mars" and"Mull Of Kintyre".

The singles from the Wings At The Speed Of Sound LP ("Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In") were manufactured with a custom label especially designed for that album. "Maybe I'm Amazed" came with the custom label from the Wings Over America LP.

The last batch of singles under the Capitol contract was lifted from the album London Town. The custom label for this album and for its singles consisted of a sunny all-colour London skyline on the A-side and the same skyline in rainy black and white on the B-side. Although all these singles with custom labels were issued while McCartney was under contract to Capitol, not one of them makes any reference to this. On the contrary, MPL is prominently featured on labels and sleeves.

"Goodnight Tonight" still had a proper Belgian Parlophone label, while "Getting Closer" was distributed on a Dutch Parlophone label to which some Belgian data were added. After that, all McCartney singles were manufactured with a Dutch label with the reference "Made in EEC".