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CHESS
OZ Labels and Company Sleeves 1962-1975

Labels

Columbia 3867 - 1957
"Chess Series"
CH 001 - 1962
to
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CH 030 - 1964
to
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CH 090 - 1968
to
CH 106 - 1972
In Australia, the two first Chess issues were on London Records (HL 1128 and 1138 - both 1957), next on Columbia Records (see above) and then Philips Records. The Chess label emerged in Australia in 1962. 
The label design is unique to Australia and was an erratic label when it came to releasing US Chess material. The label went dormant around 1966 only to re-emerge briefly in the late 1960. The label disappeared soon after following the demise of the Chess label in the US.
Chess in Oz was considered hard core R&B and only appealed to a certain kind of record buyer at the time.
CH 095 - 1969
"Side 1" shown
CH 109 - 1975
to
CH 111
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
CH 001  - 1962
to
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   Cut straight  Plastic sleeve  
No 2
CH 090 - 1968
to
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White border (front)
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
.
to
CH 106 - 1972
No white border (front)
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Graham Wells, Australia for scans and info in this section
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45 Discography for Chess Records from Global Dog Productions
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