Portrait

Portrait

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Portrait Records was a sister label of Epic Records and later of Columbia Records. Cyndi Lauper and Sade signed with Portrait, but their contracts were absorbed by Epic after that incarnation of the label was shuttered.

Portrait began in 1976 as a sister label of Epic; its initial signings were Joan Baez, Burton Cummings, and the McCrarys. Cummings' "Stand Tall" was the lead-off single. Baez's Blowin' Away album and the McCrarys' self-titled debut bowed in early 1977. The label design was similar to that of Columbia's single design on it was in grey tones, while the logo was handwritten orange with a red outline. This was also the launch of Epic/Portrait/Associated (EPA) under the CBS moniker.

One of the signings the label had was the band Heart. The band had been signed with Mushroom Records but left after a dispute in advertising its Dreamboat Annie album. The print ads led some fans to think that the sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were lesbians. Portrait snatched the group up quickly, releasing the "Barracuda" single before Little Queen was to hit the shelves. The McCrarys also scored big with "You."

By 1979, however, Epic was looking to consolidate some of its low-end producing labels and, for a short time, Portrait and Epic had both names on the same label. In 1980, only Heart was picked up from Portrait, which then took a three-year hiatus.

Baez left the label after the release of her 1979 Honest Lullaby album; she later admitted in her 1987 memoir, And a Voice to Sing With, that she regretted signing with the label, describing her having left her previous label (A&M) for Portrait as "the stupidest career move I ever made".

In 1982, the label was relaunched again tapping into the New Wave scene and other music not gaining any airplay. It signed artists such as Altered Images, Aldo Nova, Accept, Arc Angel, Hawaiian pups, The Elvis Brothers, Eddy Grant, Orion the Hunter, the Producers, Saga, and Peter Baumann (formerly of Tangerine Dream). The label was completely black but the red logo stayed intact. Portrait struck gold again with the signings of Cyndi Lauper and Sade, both in 1983. Americans wouldn't get Sade until a year later. Aldo Nova did make some headway with the songs "Fantasy" and "Monkey On Your Back" from his "Subject: Aldo Nova" album. Saga also found success with songs "On the Loose" and "Wind him up" which would propel Saga to amass gold and platinum albums worldwide.

By the end of 1986, the only act making money on this label was Lauper. Her album "True Colors" went platinum, but it wasn't enough to sustain keeping the label afloat. At the end of 1986, Portrait was shuttered again.

In 1988, the label re-emerged once more but as a contemporary jazz outfit, with signings as diverse as Stanley Clarke, Ornette Coleman, and Prime Time and Japanese import T-Square. The logo changed dramatically. This time the label had two: the primary one was a painted P with the word "portrait" in a red block, while the secondary one was an outline drawing of a woman. This one was gone by 1990.

Epic did try to make the label work two more times: in 1992, it was trying to do jazz collections, and in 1999, it was relaunched through Columbia Records as a hard-rock/metal label, signing Ratt, Cinderella, Great White, the Union Underground, and Mars Electric. In 2000, Iron Maiden signed with Portrait in conjunction with Columbia Records in the US. Finally, after trying so hard to keep it afloat, Portrait dissolved in 2002 after the US release of Iron Maiden's Rock In Rio album.

Most of the Portrait releases were remastered and re-released on Epic

Labelcode: LC 4734
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A1 7380 Aldo Nova Aldo Nova(8-Trk, Album) Portrait 1A1 7380 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9 02491 Goombay Dance Band Rain 4R9 02491 US 1980 Sell This Version
4R9-02753 Angela Clemmons Give Me Just A Little More Time 4R9-02753 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-02802 Aldo Nova Fantasy 4R9-02802 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-02840 Altered Images I Could Be Happy (EP) 4R9-02840 US 1981 Sell This Version
4R9 02970 Peter Baumann Repeat Repeat(12") Portrait 4R9 02970 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9 03218 Berlin Express The Russians Are Coming 4R9 03218 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
4R9 03305 Miro Miroe Nights Of Arabia 4R9 03305 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-03574 Eddy Grant Electric Avenue / Time Warp (Single) 4R9-03574 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-03923 Altered Images Don't Talk To Me About Love (Single) 4R9-03923 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04029 Baumann* Strangers In The Night 4R9-04029 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04040 Eddy Grant I Don't Wanna Dance(12") Portrait 4R9-04040 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04086 The Russell Brothers The Party Scene 4R9-04086 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04121 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun(12", Promo) Portrait 4R9-04121 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04971 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun 4R9-04971 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9-04993 Eddy Grant Romancing The Stone(12", Single) Portrait, Portrait 4R9-04993 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9 05011 Cyndi Lauper She Bop 4R9 05011 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05020 Bad Manners That'll Do Nicely (Maxi) 4R9-05020 US 1983 Sell This Version
4R9 05058 Bill Nelson Acceleration(12") Portrait 4R9 05058 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05099 Bad Manners My Girl Lollipop (My Boy Lollipop) 4R9-05099 US 1982 Sell This Version
4R9-05101 Eddy Grant Boys In The Street(12", Maxi) Portrait 4R9-05101 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9 05106 The Limit (2) Say Yeah (Single) 4R9 05106 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05122 Sade Hang On To Your Love (12" Version) 4R9-05122 US 1984 Sell This Version
4R9-05172 The Elvis Brothers Don't Take My Guns Away(12", Single) Portrait 4R9-05172 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05186 Oattes Van Schaik Miracles(12") Portrait 4R9-05186 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05213 Haywoode Roses(12") Portrait 4R9-05213 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05246 Cyndi Lauper The Goonies™ 'R' Good Enough (Maxi) 4R9-05246 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05274 Bad Manners What The Papers Say(12") Portrait 4R9-05274 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05287 OVS* Crimes Of Passion(12") Portrait 4R9-05287 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9 05331 Nicole* Don't You Want My Love(12") Portrait, Portrait 4R9 05331 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9-05343 Bad Manners Bang The Drum All Day(12") Portrait 4R9-05343 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05347 Haywoode Getting Closer (Extended Version)(12") Portrait 4R9-05347 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9 05375 Sade Never As Good As The First Time(12") Portrait 4R9 05375 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9-05938 Eddy Grant Dance Party 4R9-05938 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9-05949 Nicole* Housecalls(12") Portrait 4R9-05949 US 1985 Sell This Version
4R9 05974 Cyndi Lauper Change Of Heart(12") Portrait 4R9 05974 US 1986 Sell This Version
4R9 06740 Cyndi Lauper What's Going On(12") Portrait 4R9 06740 US 1986 Sell This Version
5R 38551 The Hawaiian Pups Split Second Precision(12", MiniAlbum) Portrait 5R 38551 US 1983 Sell This Version
5R 38644 Major Thinkers* Major Thinkers(LP, MiniAlbum) Portrait 5R 38644 US 1983 Sell This Version
5R-40261 Accept Kaizoku-Ban(LP, MiniAlbum, EP) Portrait, CBS 5R-40261 US 1985 Sell This Version
5R 44124 Various First Palette : The Portrait Sampler(LP, Comp) Portrait 5R 44124 US 1988 Sell This Version
5RT 38551 The Hawaiian Pups Split Second Precision(Cass, MiniAlbum) Portrait 5RT 38551 US 1983 Sell This Version
5RT-40261 Accept Kaizoku-Ban(Cass, EP) Portrait, CBS 5RT-40261 US 1985 Sell This Version
5RT 44124 Various First Palette : The Portrait Sampler(Cass, Comp) Portrait 5RT 44124 US 1988 Sell This Version
06SP 168(PR) Heart Barracuda(7", Single) Portrait 06SP 168(PR) Japan 1977 Sell This Version
9R9-39610-S1 Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Portrait 9R9-39610-S1 US 1983 Sell This Version
12-CDN-199 Orphan (2) Lyin' To Me(12", Promo) Portrait 12-CDN-199 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12-CDN-210 Orphan (2) Open Up The Skies(12", Promo) Portrait 12-CDN-210 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CDN-233 Sade The Sweetest Taboo(12", Promo) Portrait 12CDN-233 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CDN-285 De Film* I Saw Your Dream(12", Single, Promo) Portrait 12CDN-285 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CDN-295 Cyndi Lauper True Colors(12", Promo) Portrait, Portrait 12CDN-295 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12E4-8478 Altered Images I Could Be Happy(12", Single) Portrait, Epic 12E4-8478 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12E4-8495 Altered Images See Those Eyes (Extended Version)(12", Single) Portrait 12E4-8495 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12EXP-03574 Eddy Grant Electric Avenue / Time Warp(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-03574 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12EXP-04029 Peter Baumann Strangers In The Night(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-04029 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
12EXP 04040 Eddy Grant I Don't Wanna Dance(12") Portrait 12EXP 04040 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12EXP 04971 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun(12") Portrait 12EXP 04971 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
12EXP 04987 Orion The Hunter So You Ran / Dreamin'(12") Portrait 12EXP 04987 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP 05011 Cyndi Lauper She Bop (Single) 12EXP 05011 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05101 Eddy Grant Boys In The Street(12", Maxi) Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05101 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP 05106 The Limit (2) Say Yeah(12", Single) Portrait 12EXP 05106 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP 05122 Sade Hang On To Your Love(12") Portrait 12EXP 05122 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05186 Oattes Van Schaik Miracles(12", Maxi) Portrait 12EXP-05186 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05213 Haywoode Roses(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05213 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05246 Cyndi Lauper The Goonies 'R' Good Enough(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05246 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05331 Nicole* Don't You Want My Love(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05331 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05347 Haywoode Getting Closer(12") Portrait 12EXP-05347 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP 05375 Sade Never As Good As The First Time(12") Portrait 12EXP 05375 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05938 Eddy Grant Dance Party(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05938 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 05949 Nicole* Housecalls(12") Portrait 12EXP 05949 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP-05974 Cyndi Lauper Change Of Heart(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-05974 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-06740 Cyndi Lauper What's Going On(12") Portrait, Portrait 12EXP-06740 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-7008 Eddy Grant Romancing The Stone(12", Single) Portrait 12EXP-7008 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-8531 Altered Images Don't Talk To Me About Love(12") Portrait 12EXP-8531 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
#16 Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual (A 30Th Anniversary Celebration)(CD, Album, Promo) Portrait, Legacy, Epic #16 UK 2014 Sell This Version
25AP 585 Heart Little Queen(LP, Album) Portrait 25AP 585 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
34K-05480 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun / Time After Time(CD, Mini, Single) Portrait 34K-05480 US 1988 Sell This Version
40 PRT 25792 Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual(Cass, Album) Portrait 40 PRT 25792 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
06-5P-4 Heart Straight On(7", Single) Portrait 06-5P-4 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
06•5P-27 Heart Barracuda / Little Queen(7", Single) Portrait 06•5P-27 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
06・5P-68 Heart Cook With Fire(7", Single) Portrait 06・5P-68 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
066 EL 27 0572 I Itzhak Perlman - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Dov Seltzer Itzhak Perlman - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Dov Seltzer - Tradition - Itzhak Perlman Plays Familiar Jewish Melodies/Spielt Bekannte Jüdische Melodien/Joue Les Chants Populaires Juifs(LP, Album) Portrait 066 EL 27 0572 I Israel 1987 Sell This Version
07-5P-118 Barry Goudreau Nothin' To Lose(7", Single) Portrait 07-5P-118 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
07-5P-179 Aldo Nova Fantasy(7", Single, Promo) Portrait 07-5P-179 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
07・5P-224 エディ・グラント* = Eddy Grant エディ・グラント* = Eddy Grant - エレクトリック・アベニュー = Electric Avenue(7") Portrait 07・5P-224 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07-5P-253 Aldo Nova Monkey On Your Back(7") Portrait 07-5P-253 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07 5P 256 Saga (3) The Flyer (Single) 07 5P 256 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07-5P-259 Eddy Grant Till I Can't Take Love No More (7", Single) portrait 07-5P-259 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07・5P-267 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - Girls Just Want To Have Fun = ハイ・スクールはダンステリア(7", Single) Portrait, Epic/Sony 07・5P-267 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07・5P-286 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - タイム・アフター・タイム(過ぎ去りし想い) = Time After Time(7", Single) Portrait, Epic/Sony 07・5P-286 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07・5P-290 エディ・グラント* = Eddy Grant エディ・グラント* = Eddy Grant - Romancing The Stone(7", Single) Portrait 07・5P-290 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07•5P-297 Orion The Hunter So You Ran(7", Single) Portrait 07•5P-297 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07・5P-303 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - She Bop = シーバップ(7", Single) Portrait, Epic/Sony 07・5P-303 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07・5P-312 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - All Through The Night = オール・スルー・ザ・ナイト (Single) 07・5P-312 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07・5P-324 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - Money Changes Everything (Live!!) = マネー・チェンジズ・エブリシング(ライヴ) (Single) 07・5P-324 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07・5P-341 Accept = アクセプト* Accept = アクセプト* - メタル・ハート = Metal Heart (7", Single) Portrait 07・5P-341 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07・5P-345 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - When You Were Mine = ホエン・ユー・ワー・マイン (Single) 07・5P-345 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07・5P-356 Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* Cyndi Lauper = シンディ・ローパー* - The Goonies 'R' Good Enough = グーニーズはグッド・イナフ(7", Single) Portrait 07・5P-356 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07.5P 362 Oattes Van Schaik Love Attaxx(7", Single) Portrait 07.5P 362 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07・5P-426 Accept = アクセプト* Accept = アクセプト* - T.V.ウォー = T.V. War(7") Portrait 07・5P-426 Japan 1986 Sell This Version