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Revised 25/2/12

PORTRAIT
UK Labels and Company Sleeve 1976-1986

Labels

PRT 4690 - 1976
to
PRT 6655 - 1979
PRT A 1477 - 1982
to
PRT A 2272 - 1982
A 3943- 1984
to
A 4849 - 1984
A 4997 - 1984
to
A 7276 - 1986
Portrait was launched in 1976 U.S.A. as an Epic subsidiary with an artist roster that initially included Joan Baez, Burton Cummings and (after a legnthy contract dispute with Mushroom records), Heart. Ringo Starr signed up in 1978. The following year the floundering label was ended with it's only moneymaker Heart moving over to the parent label Epic. 
Portrait was re-launched again in 1982, this time by CBS/Columbia (Epic in the UK), with a more current artist roster consisting of Cyndi Lauper, Altered Images and Sade. The label was stopped again in 1986 with some artists moving over to CBS. 
CBS re-re launched Portrait again in 1988 as a Jazz label (ending by 1990). 
Epic took another stab at it in 1992 - gone by 1994 
  AGAIN with CBS in 1998. This time as a Heavy Metal label and mercifully put to rest by 2002.
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PRT 4690 - 1976
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PRT 6655 - 19789
CBS distribution
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