ILLEGAL
OZ Labels and Company Sleeves 1981-1986

Labels

ES 680 - dec 1981
to
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ES 716 - april 1982
to
ES 855 - 1982
ES 1098 - 1985
to
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ES 1139 - 1986
One of four independent labels formed by UK producer, photographer Miles Copeland along with Step Forward, Deptford Fun City Records & Total Noise at the start of the Punk Movement. It was this small label, and the other three under the Faulty Products Group, that was a precursor to US I.R.S. Records. Illegal's first issue was Fall Out / Nothing Achieving by The Police. Copeland knew his brother's band needed a world-wide distributor - and help inked with A&M Records. It was through the connections Copeland made with A&M's Jerry Moss that lead to the US distrbution deal for his I.R.S. Records venture.  Unlike Copeland's other punk era labels that were closed or folded into I.R.S., the Illegal Records moniker was left open to distribute I.R.S. releases.
ES 1098 and ES 1139 alo issued on the I.R.S. label.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
ES 680 - 1981
to
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For sleeve details
(different types)
see Epic Records
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No 2
ES 716 - 1982
to
ES 855 - 1982
CBS distribution
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
ES 1098 - 1985
to
ES 1139 - 1986

 
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For sleeve details
(different types)
see Epic Records
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   Cut straight  Inside glued