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CASABLANCA
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1974-1983

Labels

EMI distribution
PYE distribution
PRT distribution
Phonogram distribution
CBX 501 - 1974
to
CBX 522 - 1976
CAN 101 - 1977
to
CAN 211 - 1979
CAN 210 - 1979
to
CAN 219 - 1980
Different PRT overprints excist
CAN 1001 - 1981
to
CAN 1017 - 1983
American 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. 
Phonogram distribution
CAN 1008 - 1981
Occasionally
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No 1
CAN 101 - 1977
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No 2
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No 3
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CAN 219 - 1980
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No 4
CAN 1001 - 1981
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CAN 1017 - 1983
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Marketed by Phonogram
   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
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