EMI was originally known as Electric and Musical Industries Ltd and was one of the world's major record companies. Currently, EMI is owned by Universal Music.
In 1957 EMI became the major share holder in Capitol Records after losing long-term licensing deals with RCA Victor and Columbia/CBS.
EMI has been involved with various releases:
- UK distributor for Verve Records LP's
- Capitol Records commissions Lumpy Gravy but is thwarted by MGM
1980's - Present
Worldwide distributor for FZ's post-Warner catalogue, issuing new releases as well as reissuing older titles (i.e. Joe's Garage, Tinseltown Rebellion, etc.). EMI is also the first company to issue FZ CD's, although only in Europe.
- 1984-1993: Capitol distributes Barking Pumpkin in the US, originally limited to vinyl and cassette releases, but began issuing CD's in 1991.
- 2003: Issues Does Humor Belong In Music? on DVD.