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Revised 7/7/13

LIBERTY
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1962-1985

Labels

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 Philips distribution
United Artists distribution
LIB 51 - 1962
to 
LIB 83 - 1963
LIB 10045 - '62
to
LIB 10139 - '63
LIB 55359 - feb 1962
to 
LIB 55634 - 1963
LIB 91 - 1964
to
LIB 322 - 1966
LIB 55641 - '64
to
LIB 55974 - '67
LIB 10137 - '64
to
LIB 12062 - '67
LIB 66004 - '64
to
LIB 66244 - '67
LBF 15001 - 1967
to
LBF 15382 - 1970
LBF 15384 - 1970
to
LBF 15460 - 1971
Label discontinued
LIB 58 to 322 are US Dolton
LIB 10046 to 12062 are UK Liberty,  US Minit and US Soul City
plus a few US Liberty and Imperial
LIB 55634 to 55974 are US Liberty
LIB 66004 to 66244 are US Imperial
US Liberty Records was started by chairman Simon Waronker in 1955 with Al Bennett as president and Theodore Keep as chief engineer. In 1963, the label was sold to Avnet for $ 12 million. Avnet also bought Blue Note Records, Imperial Records, Dolton Records, Aladdin Records and Minit Records
After two years of losses, Avnet sold the labels back to Al Bennett for $ 8 million.
In 1968, Liberty was bought for $38 million by Transamerica Corporation (an insurance company) and combined with their other label United Artists Records. Transamerica did not have a clue about running a record company. 
Al Bennett was fired after six months, and the company rapidly declined.
Transamerica shut down Dolton and transferred Dolton's artists to Liberty. Later they shut down Imperial and Minit and transferred their artists to Liberty. Finally, in 1971, all releases were shifted to United Artists Records and Liberty Records was no more.
....
1980 - Label revived by EMI records Ltd. (Capitol in the US).
UP 35580 - 1980
UP 628 - '80
to
UP 658 - '83
BP 397 - '81
to
BP 425 - '85
UP 635 - '80
and
UP 636 - '80
BP 378 - '80
and
BP 412 - '82
BP 385 - 1981
to
BP 424 - 1985
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Sleeves
Sleeve no
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1962
to
1963
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 2
1963
to
.
Use EMITEX
6'- to 50'- tokens
Printing error
"Instruments"
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 3
.
to
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Use EMITEX
6'- to 50'- tokens
Printing error corrected
"Industries"
.  Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 4
.
to
1964
Use EMITEX
6'- to 50'- tokens
Printing error corrected
"Industries"
   Wavy top  Inside glued  
No 5
1964
to
.
Use the new EMITEX
6'- to 50'- tokens
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 6
.
to
1966
Use the new EMITEX
6'- to 50'- tokens
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 7
1966
to
1967
Use the new EMITEX
7'3 to 50'- tokens
   Wavy top  Glued bottom/right  
No 8
LBF 15001 - 1967
to
.
Philips distribution
Thick "11"
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 9
.
to
LBF 15365 - 1970
Philips distribution
Thin "11"
.  Wavy top  Glued left/right  
No 10
LBF 15384 - 1970
to
LBF 15460 - 1971
A product of Liberty/UA Ltd
37-41 Mortimer Street
   Wavy top  Glued left/right  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Pete Nash, Essex, England and Tony Dowsett, England for scans in this section
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Thanks to Bill Williams, England for scans in this section
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