For a record label to qualify for inclusion here the label name must clearly refer to caves or bats (the mammal) and the label itself must carry the name of the record company.
These label listings have been compiled from a great many sources ranging from record sales and auction platforms to record Websites. Many of these are obscure labels presented here in discographical form for the first time. Individual label discographies are in no way complete and probably never will be.
Some of these labels are quite decorative showing stylized cave entrances or bats. The "Cave" and "Cavern" labels from the Cavern Sound Corp. and Cavern Studios both located at the same address in Independence, Missouri, are especially handsome.
The American label,"Cavern," based in Independence, Missouri had a varied history stretching from the 1960s well into the 1970s. In the 1960s the label design for the 2200 and 4500 series changed somewhat over the years, but the label name stayed the same. However, in the 1970s the company changed their name and the label name to "Cavern Custom" for their LP releases and things got a bit complicated because in 1973 a few of their LP releases in the 41000 series got the old "Cavern" label name.
Several labels only include the words, "cave," "cavern," or "caveman" along with the rest of the label name. A small number of labels bear foreign language names for "cave." All these will be listed either under the keyword or separately in alphabetical order.
In the case of Release the Bats Records, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the labels do not show the name of the company. Their first release, RTB#1, was on 7” violet vinyl in 2003, then around 2005 they switched to CD-EPs and singles. (Anon., n.d.) The name of this record company was obviously inspired by The Birthday Party single (1981) “Release the Bats,” which helped launch the career of Nick Cave (see under Rock Music - Gothic - Release the Bats>).
Another misleading case under Bat labels is Bat Discos S.A. (based in Madrid), which is a baseball related label, releasing records between 1989 and 1992.
Each section has been listed according to the official record label name, but some sections included more than one cave or bat label. And each entry within all the different sections was given a code number – starting with “CRL” meaning cave record label followed by the code.
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.