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Revised 30/6/13

CHESS
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1965-1977

Labels

PYE distribution
PYE distribution
Polydor distribution
Phonogram distribution
CRS 8000 - 1965
to
CRS 8041 - 1966
CRS 8042 - 1966
to
CRS 8107 - 1970
6145 001 - 1971
to
6145 021 - 1973
6145 022 - 1973
to
6145 038 - 1975
Chess Records was founded in 1950 by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess, Polish born immigrants. In October 1969, Leonard Chess died, stilling the heart and soul of Chess Records.  Earlier that year, he and Phil had sold the label to General Recorded Tape (GRT) for $6.5 million. Chess quickly began to erode and In 1975, GRT closed down the label, selling it to All Platinum Records of Englewood, New Jersey. 
Up to 1965, Chess recordings were issued on the London label in the UK.
6145 024 - 1973
6078 700 - 1976
6198 080 - 1976
6078 707 - 1977
Reissues
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
CRS 8000 - 1965
to
CRS 8107 - 1970
PYE distribution
. Ref 14  Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 2
6145 001 - 1971
to
6145 021 - 1973
Philips distribution
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 3
6145 022 - 1973
to
6145 038 - 1975
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For sleeve details
(different types)
see Phonogram
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    Wavy top  Glued left/right  
Reissues
R 1
Reissues
 Curved top  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Tony Dowsett, England for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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45 Discography for Chess Records from Global Dog Productions
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