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CASABLANCA
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1974-1984

Labels

Distributed by Warner
Distributed by Casablanca
8255 Sunset Boulevard
8255 Sunset Boulevard
NEB 0001 - 1974
to
NEB 0019 - 1974
NB 801 - 1974
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NB 843 - 1975
NB 844 - 1975
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NB 856 - 1976
NB 857 - 1976
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NB 889 - 1977
Casablanca Records was started in september 1973 by Neil Bogart, who partnered with Cecil Holmes, Larry Harris and Buck Reingold, after all of them left Buddah Records. Bogart initially financed the label partly through borrowing some cash from Warner Brothers Records, who in return set up a deal to distribute the new label's product.
In 1974, Bogart was sure he and his crew could do better on their own. He approached Warner Brothers and requested that he be released from the promotion deal, and agreed to pay back the financial loan.
Bogart moved the corporate office to 8255 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he built new buildings and styled the offices after the movie set of the Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca. Everybody got a leased Mercedes. "If you were cruising along Sunset Boulevard in the late seventies and saw what appeared to be an enormous Mercedes dealership, chances were good that you'd just stumbled upon the parking lot of Casablanca Records." 
In 1977, PolyGram acquired a 50 percent stake of Casablanca for $15 million.
 In 1980 Polygram pushed Bogart out due to accounting irregularities and poor label performance.
Afterwards, the label had hits with Lipps Inc and Irene Cara. The label was shut down in 1985 with the artist roster and catalogue absorbed into Mercury.
After he left Casablanca in 1980, Bogart started Boardwalk Records.
Records and Filmworks
Casablanca distribution
Records and Filmworks
Casablanca distribution
Records and Filmworks
Polygram distribution
NB 889 - 1977
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NB 993 - 1979
NB 2001 - 1979
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NB 2350 - 1982
NB 2352 - 1982
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NB 2372 - 1984
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1 a
NB 852 - 1976
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Casablanca
8255 Sunset Boulevard
 Curved top  Inside glued  
No 1 b
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NB 889 - 1977
Darker colours
Casablanca
8255 Sunset Boulevard
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 2 a
NB 889 - 1977
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Casablanca
Records and Filmworks
8255 Sunset Boulevard
One line
 
 Curved top  Inside glued  
No 2 b
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to
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Pinkish print
Casablanca
Records and Filmworks
8255 Sunset Boulevard
One line
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3
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to
NB 2350 - 1982
Casablanca
Records and Filmworks
8255 Sunset Boulevard
Two lines
Later issues in picture sleeves
 Curved top  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections
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Thanks to John Villanova, New York for scans and info in this section
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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