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BESERKLEY
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1974-1983

Labels

Playboy distribution (CBS)
Playboy distribution (CBS)
Janus distibution
Elektra/Asylum distribution
B 5701 - 1974
to
B 5746 - 1976
B 5742 - 1976
and
B 5747 - 1976
BJ 5749 - 1978
to
BJ 5751 - 1979
B 46518 - 1979
to
7 69847 - 1983
Beserkley was founded in late 1973 by producer Matthew King Kaufman with the band Earthquake in Berkeley California, By 1977 it's main roster included Earthquake, Greg Kihn, The Rubinoos and Johnathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. After a few changes in distribution the label had it's biggest hit in 1983 with Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy" (by which point he was the labels only artist!). Beserkley folded in 1985 with it's catalogue being licensed by Rhino Records.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
B 5701 - 1974
to
B 5746 - 1976
 
 Plain Curved top    
No 2
B 5742 - 1976
and
B 5747 - 1976
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 3
BJ 5749 - 1978
to
BJ 5752 - 1979
Janus distribution
Fan Club address:
P.O.Box 589, Berkley
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 4
B 46518 - 1979
to
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Elektra/Asylum
Distribution
Fan Club address:
P.O.Box 243-A, Berkley
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 5
.
to
1982
Elektra/Asylum
Distribution
Fan Club address:
P.O.Box 243-A, Berkley
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 6
1982
to
7 69847 - 1983
Elektra/Asylum
Distribution
Fan Club address:
1442 Walnut St. #343 Berkley
   Curved top  Inside glued  
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