WARNER BROS.
OZ Labels and Company Sleeves 1959-1990

Labels

MAIN SERIES
Double perimeter print
Narrow
Double perimeter print
Narrow
Double perimeter print
Wide
Double perimeter print
Wide
WS 001 - 1959
to
WS 003 - 1959
OZ numbering
5068 - 1960
to
5151 - 1960
US numbering
5151 was issued before 5068
(Charted Apr 1960)
5050 - 1960
5105 - 1960
5123 - 1960
5158 - 1960
to
5311 - 1962
5501 - 1961
5506 - 1961
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Tracks from two 4 track US EPs.
See US Warner Bros.
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USA: In 1956 Harry Warner and Albert Warner sold their interest in the studio and the board was joined by new members who favoured a renewed expansion into the music business: Charles Allen, Serge Semenenko and David Baird. With the record business booming (sales had topped US$500 million by 1958) Semenenko argued that it was foolish for Warners to make deals with other companies to release its soundtracks when, for less than the cost of one motion picture, they could establish their own label, creating a new income stream that could continue promoting its contract actors. 
Warner Bros Records opened for business on 19 March 1958. Its original office was located above the film studio's machine shop at 3701 Warner Boulevard in Burbank, California.
The Australian set up closely followed the US progression in regard to label designs.
The records were pressed and distributed by Australian Record Company (ARC/CBS) until around 1968, when WB branched off on their own under different company names. (Kinney and 7 Arts) before forming the WEA (Warner, Electra, Atlantic) conglomerate in 1970.
Top/bottom perimeter print
© 19-- Warner Bros.
Full
perimeter print
Full
perimeter print
Full
perimeter print
5341 - 1963
to
5442 - 1964
5317 - 1964
5418 - 1964
5443 - 1964
to
5659 - 1965
Jump from 5496 to 5608
WB 5611 - 1965
to
WB 5649 - 1965
WB prefix
5713 - 1965
5728 - 1965
Issued in OZ only
The Australian Record
Company
Published and
© 19-- Warner Bros.
5672 - 1965
to
5890 - 1967
Jump from 5698 to 5808
7020 - 1967
to
7291 - 1969
WB 7322 - 1969
to
WB 7376 - 1970
7378 - 1970
to
.
7401 - 1970
to
.
WB 7520 - 1971
to
1974
100,005 - 1974
WEA nunbering
WB 7747 - mar 1974
to
WBS 8168 - apr 1976
WBS 8181 - aug 1976
to
WBS 8484 - 1977
WBS 8640 - 1978
to
WBS 8825 - 1979
WBS 49077 - 1979
to
WBS 49608 - 1980
7 29974 - 1982
to
7 29507 - 1983
7 29214 - 1984
to
7 27644 - 1988
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6000 SERIES
6001 - 1960
to
6022 - 1962
US Valiant numbering
6026 - 1963
to
6040 - 1964
US Valiant numbering
6212 - 1972
to
6221 - 1972
WB 6273 - 1973
to
WB 6643 - jul 1976
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4000 SERIES
WBA 4004 - 1971
to
WBA 4072 - 1974
Australian recordings
WBA 4061 - 1974
Australian issue
WBA 4092 - 1978
Australian issue
WBA 4102 - 1978
to
WBA 4111 - 1982
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LABEL VARIATIONS
WS 001 - 1959
Push out centre
5171 - 1960
Artist at the bottom
5192 - 1960
Special artist design
5389 - 1963
Narrow print
WBA 4072 - 1974
Australian issue
Wave Length logo
WB 16777 - 1976
UK numbering with
WB prefix
WB 8455 - 1977
Curb logo
WBS 8670 - 1978
Curb logo
WBS 49505 - 1980
Qwest logo
WBS 49597 - 1980
Curb logo
WBS 49608 - 1980
Viva logo
7 29286 - 1984
7 29216 - 1984
7 29121 - 1984
7 29214 - 1984
Full Moon logo
7 29184 - 1984
Curb logo
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
WS 001 - 1959
to
.
 Cut straight  Plastic sleeve  
No 2
.
to
WS 5151 - 1960
 
 
   Cut straight  Plastic sleeve  
No 3
WS 5171 - 1960
to
.
© 1959 Warner Bros.
   Cut straight  Plastic sleeve  
No 4
.
to
1966
© 1959 Warner Bros.
   Cut straight  Plastic sleeve  
No 5
1966
to
.
Oval
© 1966 Warner Bros.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 6
.
to
WB 7376 - 1970
Circle
© 1966 Warner Bros.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 7 a
WB 7401 - 1970
to
.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 7 b
-
to
.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 7 c
.
to
7660 - 1972
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 8
7661 - 1972
to
1974
Reprise logo
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 9
1974
to
WBS 8168 - 1976
Reprise logo removed
Small logos
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 10
WBS 8181 - 1976
to
1978
Reprise logo removed
Large logos
New WB logo
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 11 a
1978
to
1980
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For sleeve details
(different colours)
see WEA Records
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   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 11 b
1980
to
1984
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For sleeve details
(different colours)
see WEA Records
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   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 12
1983
to
1984
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For sleeve details
(different colours)
see WEA Records
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   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 13
1985
to
1990
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For sleeve details
(different colours)
see WEA Records
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   Cut straight  Inside glued