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GEFFEN
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1980-1991

Labels

WB label
High logo - no ridges
High logo - ridges
1980
1980
to
1982
1980
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1982
Geffen Records was started in 1980 by record business entrepreneur David Geffen (who’s first major dealings were to get Laura Nyro signed to Columbia Records and start the Asylum Label in 1971). After getting fired as vice-president of Warner Brothers Pictures (1975-78), he was given the option to start a new label. Geffen signed three big names right out of the box, Donna Summer, Elton John, and incredibly John & Yoko (after their 5 year hiatus). 
Geffen’s artist roster was impressive with many established acts and newer finds:
Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Wang Chung, Madness, Asia , Peter Gabriel, Cher, Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses.
The label was distributed by Warner Brothers in the USA , (CBS in UK ), until distribution was picked up by MCA/Universal in 1990, Geffen merged with DGC/Interscope (another Geffen label) in 1997 and totally absorbed into Interscope in 2007.
Low logo - TM - ridges
Perimeter print
Low logo - TM - no ridges
Perimeter print
Low logo - TM
No perimeter print
Low logo - ®
No perimeter print
1982
1982
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1984
1982
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1984
1984
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1985
1985
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1988
1989
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1990
1991
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1980
to
1982
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   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 2
1982
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   Curved top  Glued left/right  
No 3
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1990
 Glossy finish
 
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 4
1991
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
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Thanks to John Villanova, New York for scans and info in this section
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Thanks to Dave Turk, Denver, Colorado for scans in this section
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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