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Revised 27/1/12

SOUL
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1964-1978

Labels

Short font logo
Tall font logo
35001  - mar 1964
to 
35006 - sep 1965
35006 - sep 1964
to 
35020 - mar 1966
35008 - jan 1965
Printers mistake:
Distributed by Bell Records, Inc., N.Y.C.
35008 - jan 1965
35010 - mar 1965
to
35012 - may 1965
Printers mistake overprinted
 The Soul label was started in March 1964, primarily as an R&B/Jazz outlet for the growing Motown empire. But this didnít last long, given Motownís hitmaking tendancies and an artist roster of Junior Walker and the All Stars, The Originals, Jimmy Ruffin (brother of The Temptations, David), Shorty Long, and Gladys Knight and The Pips - how could the chart-toppers not happen? They did and well into the early 70ís.
Soul continued along with Motownís move to Los Angeles in 1973, but itís staying power was now jeopardized with Gladys Knight moving to Buddah. Motown sadly closed down itís fourth-largest subsidiary in April 1978. 
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No ®
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TM circled
35015
35016
35020
to 
35026
Mar 1966 to aug 1966
35020 - mar 1966
to 
35026 - aug 1966
35021 - mar 1966
and
35022 - jun 1966
35069 - jan 1970
No perimeter print
Sporadic
TM circled
No TM
TM not circled
A Product of Motown..
35069 - jan 1970
No perimeter print
Sporadic
35032 - mar 1967
to 
35107 - jul 1973
Sporadic
35034 - jun 1967
to 
35090 - nov 1971
35094 - mar 1972
to 
35123 - apr 1978
Label discontinued
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The actual record sold for
$ 37.000 in 2009
A cleverly made pirate copy of the "store copy"
that never exsisted
The worlds most expensive record.
The Soul label is also home to the worlds most expensive record - Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You" (35019). The record was cancelled by Berry Gordy and he had ordered the pressing plant to destroy all copies. Currently, only two actual singles are known to exsist, both are DJ copies. One of the copies was apparently Motown's file copy, the other was the pressing plants file copy. One of these records surfaced in England in 1977, and quickly became a Northern-Soul club favorite, prompting UK's Tamla-Motown to officially release the record in 1979 (TMG 1170). 
One of the copies sold for 37.000 U.S. dollars in 2009.
Hear the song.
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Sleeves
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No 1
1964
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Sep 1967
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. Ref 124  Curved top  Inside glued  
In the period September 1967 to 1972 all Motown distributed labels were delivered
in the same sleeves - "The Sound of Young America"
Continue to Motown
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Research by John Villanova, New York
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Scans and info by Steve Kolanjian, New York
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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Thanks to Middle-Earth Records for scans in this section
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  Repro sleeves available from Big Boppa Records
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45 Discography for Soul Records from Global Dog Productions
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