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Revised 20/9/10

VIRGIN
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1973-1995

Labels

Atlantic distribution
CBS distribution
Atlantic distribution
RSO distribution
1973
to
1977
1978
to
1979
1979
to
1980
1980
to
1981
 Virgin Records was started by Richard Branson in 1970, as a mail-order record business. It soon opened its first shop, in Oxford Street, London and in 1972 Virgin expanded to include a recording studio and a Roger-Dean-designed record label.
Virgin Records was sold to Thorn EMI in June 1992 for a reported US $1 billion (around £ 560 million), with a special non-competition clause that would prevent Branson from founding another recording company during the five years following the agreement.
Epic distribution
Epic distribution
Epic distribution
Epic distribution
1982
1982
to
1983
1983
to
1984
1984
to
1986
A&M distribution
Geffen distribution
Geffen distribution
Atlantic distribution
1983
to
.
1983
to
1985
1985
to
1988
1987
 NOTE: Geffen issues run while other artists are placed with Epic and Atlantic.
Atlantic distribution
Atlantic distribution
Atlantic distribution
Geffen distribution
1987
to
1989
1987
to
1988
1989
1989
Atlantic distribution
BMG distribution
 1991
1995
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1973
to
1977

 
75 Rockefeller Plaza
 Curved top  Inside glued  
No 2
1978
to
1979
 
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 3
1979
to
1980
75 Rockefeller Plaza
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4
1980
to
1981
Reddish brown
Smaller lettering
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 5
1982
to
.
Text on the back
 .................................  Curved top  Inside glued  
No 6
1983
to
.
Text on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 7
.
to
1986
Text on the front
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 8
1983
to
1988
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 9
1983
to
.
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 10
1987
to
1987
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 11
1987
to
1987
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 12
1987
to
1988
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 13
1989
to
.
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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Thanks to John Villanova, New York for scans and info in this section
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Thanks to Gerard Gowen , New York for scans in this section
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