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Revised 11/8/13

EPIC
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1953-2005

Labels

One line
Three lines - short
Three lines - long
Three lines - long
5 9001 - 1953
to
5 9084 - 1954
5 9085 - dec 1954
to
5 9091 - 1955
5 9093 - 1955
to
5 9783 - 1965
EG 7133 - 1955
EP
Epic Records was launched in 1953 by CBS for the purpose of marketing jazz and classical music that did not fit the theme of the more mainstream Columbia Records.
Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. By 1960, the label's musical base had been expanded to include all genres. This was done in part to prevent the roster of Columbia Records from being overstuffed with newer artists. Subsequently, Epic became better known for its signing of newer, fledgling acts. By the end of the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and had evolved into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music.
A product of CBS
Long perimeter print
A product of CBS
Mfd. by Eros
A product of CBS
Short perimeter print
5 9593 - 1963
to
5 9783 - 1965
5 9704
5 9739
5 9722
5 9763
All Dave Clark Five 1964
5 9786 - 1965
to
5 9900 - 1966
Short perimeter print
® added
5 10000 - 1966
to
5 10581 - 1972
5 10581 - 1972
to
5 10967 - 1972
Numbers jump from 9990 to 10000. The 9900 series was used for foreign innsues.
Label colour changes to light orange.
Colour change
Manufactured by IFC
5 10187 - 1967
to
5 10367 - 1968
Lulu issues
5 10969- 1973
to
1979
1979
to
1984
14 02499 - 1981
14-prefix
15 03846 - 1981
15-prefix
1984
to
1996
1995
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1995
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2004
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2005
to
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Memory Lane
Reissues
15-series
Instant Classics
Reissues
One Sided Single
At the end of 1982 CBS decided that they might sell more singles if they dropped the B-side and sold them at a lesser price! A novel idea, but the stores really didn't like the fact that different singles would have different prices. Also the Music Publishing firms were up in arms about this, which meant less royalties for their songwriters (B-sides same royalties as the A-side). One Side Singles were quietly dropped by Spring 1983.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1953
to 
1953
EP albums from 1951-1952
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 2
1953
to 
1954
EP albums from 1951-1953
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
1954
to 
1955
 EP albums from 1952-1954
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 4
1955
to
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DeJohn sisters charted on
 Epic December 1954
Large notch cut
    Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 5
1955
to
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DeJohn sisters charted on
 Epic December 1954
Large notch cut
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 6
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to
1956
DeJohn sisters charted on
 Epic December 1954
Small notch cut
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 7
1956
to
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Detachable corner - text
  .Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 8
.
to
1957
 Original sleeve not available
 for scan
Detachable corner - no text
   Cut straight    
No 9
1957
to 
.
No detachable corner
 (Both triangles on left side)
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 9 x
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to 
.
As above, but
printed "notch" on the front
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 10
.
to 
1961
No detachable corner
 (Both triangles on left side)
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 11
1961
to
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Text
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 12
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to
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Black print
No text
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 13
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to
1963
Purple print
No text
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 14
1961
to
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Text to the right
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 15
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to
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Back:
Text  to the right
   Slightly curved top  Inside glued  
No 16
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to
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Print not to top
Text - to the right
   Curved top - high top  Inside glued  
No 17
.
to
Late 1965
Print to top
Text - moved left
   Curved top - high top  Inside glued  
No 18
Late 1965
to
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One line
 White paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 19
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to
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One line
 White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 20
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to
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One line
 White paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 21
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to
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One line
 Toned paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 22 a
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to
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Two lines
 Toned paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 22 b
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to
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Two lines
 Toned paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 23
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to
1968
Two lines
 Toned paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 24 a
1968
to 
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Toned paper
 Text 102 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 24 b
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to 
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White paper
 Text 102 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 25
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to 
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Toned paper
 Text 104 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 26
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to 
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Toned paper
 Text 106 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 27
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to 
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White paper
 Text 108 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 28
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to 
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Toned paper
 Text 108 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 29
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to
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Toned paper - waxy inside
 Text 114 mm wide
  .Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 30
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to
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White paper
 Text 114 mm wide
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 31 a
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to 
.
Toned paper
 Text 114 mm wide
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 31 b
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to 
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Toned paper
 Text 114 mm wide
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 32
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to 
.
Text right side
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 33
.
to 
.
Text right side
Toned paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right   
No 34
.
to 
1972
Text right side
White paper
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 35 a
1973
to
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Black
Text on the front
 Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 35 b
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to
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Greyish black
Text on the front
 Curved top  Glued left/right
No 35 b
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to
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Purple
Text on the front
 Curved top  Glued left/right
No 36
.
to
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Greyish black
Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 37
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to
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Text on the front
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 38
.
to
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Text on the front
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 39 a
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to
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Text on the front
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 39 b
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to
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Text on the front
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 40
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to
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Text on the front
Toned paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 41
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to
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Text on the front
Toned paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 42
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to
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Text on the front
White paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 43 a
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 43 b
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 44
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to
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Text on the back
Light shiny paper
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 44 x
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to
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Text on the back
Periods and commas missing
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 45
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 46
.
to
1979
 
Text on the back
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 47 a
1979
to
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No text
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 47 b
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to
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No text
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 48 a
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 48 b
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 48 c
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to
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Text on the back
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 49
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 50 a
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 50 b
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 51
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 52 a
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to
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Waxy paper
Text on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 52 b
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to
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Waxy paper
Text on the front
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 53 a
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 53 b
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to
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Text on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 54
1995
to
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© 1995 Sony Music
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 55
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to
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© 1995 Sony Music
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 56
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to
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© 1995 Sony Music
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 57
2001
to
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© 2001 Sony Music
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 58
.
to
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The bar codes on these sleeves are labels put on by the retail stores. They peel off. 
"Epic" Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 59
2001
to
.
Plain white with barcode label attached.
   Curved top  Glued left/right  
One sided single
OS 1
One Side Singles
1982-1983

   Curved top   Inside glued  
Reissues
R 1
Reissues
15-series
Blue/yellow
   Curved top  Inside glued  
R 2
Reissues
15-series
Blue/yellow
Text - moved right
   Curved top  Inside glued  
R 3
Reissues
15-series
Blue/gold
Text - moved right
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
Special sleeves
S 1
1974
to
.
Used for several Charlie Rich issues
(P) 1974 CBS Inc.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
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Thanks to Jim Barnes - Top 40 Research - Australia  for scans in this section
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Thanks to Gary L. Anderson, Albany, NY  for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bill Mangahas, Farmingdale, NY for scans in this section
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Thanks to Sam Mathis, Jacksonville, Florida for scans in this section
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Thanks to Franz Zeleny, Austria for scans in this section
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Thanks to Johan Alberda, Berlin, Germany for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bo Berglind,  Varberg, Sweden for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bill Eaton, Tulsa, Oklahoma  for scans in this section
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45 Discography for Epic Records from Global Dog Productions
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