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Revised 15/1/12

I.R.S.
(International Record Syndicate Inc.)
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1985-1990

Labels

ES 1098 - 1985
to
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ES 1139 - 1986
to
ES 1181 - 1986
650308 - 1986
to
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651108 - 1987
to
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After late 1970s success with UK labels Faulty Products, Step Forward, Illegal Records and Deptford Fun City Records, founder Miles Copeland III brought his indie label concept to the American shores. After inking the The Police's deal with Jerry Moss of A&M Records in 1978, Copeland found for himself a world-wide distributor for his newest and most successful venture: I.R.S. Records - which he founded the following year. 
Originally, the concept was to establish I.R.S. as an independent label conglomeration with distribution and marketing performed by a major label. The ball really began to roll for I.R.S. in 1980. After signing the Buzzcocks the year prior, deals were inked with Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and the Dead Kennedys.  With the need for more autonomy and friction with A&M, I.R.S. and its conglomerate operations sought out a new distribution deal, one it found with MCA Records in 1985.
Some earlier I.R.S. recordings were issued on lllegal Records in Australia.
K 10045 - 1990
to
K 10275 - 1990
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
ES 1098 - 1985
to
650308 - 1986
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For sleeve details
(different types)
see Epic Records
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   Cut straight  -  
No 2
651108 - 1987
to
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CBS distribution
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
K 10045 - 1990
to
K 10275 - 1990
Mushroom distribution
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Jim Barnes - Top 40 Research - Australia  for scans in this section
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