Def American Recordings

Def American Recordings

Profile:
Def American Recordings was founded by Rick Rubin in 1988 after splitting with then-partner Russell Simmons and Def Jam Recordings because of the former’s increasingly eclectic tastes. The first-ever Def American release was Slayer’s Reign in Blood, which, ironically, had a Def Jam logo on its first pressing. However, because Simmons felt that it was not in line with Def Jam, and because Def Jam’s then-distributor, Columbia/CBS Records, refused to release it, it was released through Geffen and Warner Bros., and Rubin took the rights of the release to the new label with him after the split. Initially, it was distributed by Geffen Records through Warner Bros. Records, but when Geffen refused to distribute the self-titled album by the Geto Boys and the controversy it caused, Rubin switched distribution to Warner Bros. proper, which released all subsequent Def American titles.

In 1993, Rubin found the word “def” in a dictionary, and renamed the label American Recordings after a large mock-funeral that was presided over by the Reverend Al Sharpton. Rubin felt that the mainstreaming of the word “def” was against the anti-establishment image that he was trying to project for the company.

Important note: All Def American product that was in-print at the time of the name switch was repressed with the new American Recordings logo.

Labelcode: LC 07181
Contact Info:
3500 W. Olive, Suite 1550
Burbank, CA 91505-4628
USA

[1989]
Def American Recordings
9157 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
[l19048]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1604 Waiting For The Sun  album cover The Jayhawks Waiting For The Sun(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Def American Recordings 1604 France 1992 Sell This Version
19245-4 Hard To Handle  album cover The Black Crowes Hard To Handle(Cass, Single) Def American Recordings 19245-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
30908-2 Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes)  album cover The Jesus And Mary Chain Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes)(12", Promo) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 30908-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
33082-2 Supreme Love Gods All Over(12") Def American Recordings 33082-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
33083-2 All Over  album cover Supreme Love Gods All Over(12", Promo) Def American Recordings 33083-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
38159-3 Danzig (Home Video)  album cover Danzig Danzig (Home Video)(VHS, NTSC) Def American Recordings 38159-3 US 1990 Sell This Version
38244-3 Lucifuge The Video  album cover Danzig Lucifuge The Video(VHS, NTSC) Def American Recordings 38244-3 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-40221 One Time's Got No Case  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot One Time's Got No Case (Maxi) 0-40221 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-40559 Swap Meet Louie  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot Swap Meet Louie(12") Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 0-40559 US 1992 Sell This Version
0-40934 Running Out Of Time  album cover DO* Running Out Of Time(12") Def American Recordings, WHTE LBLS 0-40934 US 1993 Sell This Version
9 2426 7 Trouble  album cover Trouble (5) Trouble(CD, Album, RP) Def American Recordings 9 2426 7 US 1994 Sell This Version
9 2467-4 Trouble  album cover Trouble (5) Trouble(Cass, Album, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 9 2467-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
2-26829 Jayhawks  album cover Jayhawks* Jayhawks(CD, Album, Promo) Def American Recordings 2-26829 US 1991 Sell This Version
2-26915 Album Generic Flipper  album cover Flipper Album Generic Flipper(CD, Album, Promo) Def American Recordings 2-26915 US 1991 Sell This Version
4-18877 Remedy  album cover The Black Crowes Remedy(Cass, Single) DEF American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-18877 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-18947 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back / Cake Boy(Cass) Def American Recordings 4-18947 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-19694 Do It Like A G.O.   album cover Geto Boys Do It Like A G.O. (Cass, Single) Def American Recordings, Rap-A-Lot Records 4-19694 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24210 Masters Of Reality  album cover Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 4-24210 US 1988 Sell This Version
4-26837 Manic Frustration  album cover Trouble (5) Manic Frustration(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26837 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26893 Vegas Throat  album cover Barkmarket Vegas Throat(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Triple X Records, Triple X Records 4-26893 US 1991 Sell This Version
4 26914 4 Danzig III: How The Gods Kill  album cover Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 4 26914 4 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26915 Cassette Generic Flipper  album cover Flipper Cassette Generic Flipper(Cass, Album, RE) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26915 US 1993 Sell This Version
491799 4 Seasons In The Abyss  album cover Slayer Seasons In The Abyss(Cass, Album) Sony Music Russia, Def American Recordings 491799 4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
510047-1 Nobody Said It Was Easy  album cover The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy(LP, Album) Def American Recordings 510047-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510047-2 Nobody Said It Was Easy  album cover The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy (Album) 510047-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510047-4 Nobody Said It Was Easy  album cover The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 510047-4 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-1 Down Fall The Good Guys  album cover Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) Def American Recordings 510 413-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-2 Down Fall The Good Guys  album cover Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys (Album) 510 413-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-4 Down Fall The Good Guys  album cover Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys (Album) 510 413-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-1 Decade Of Aggression Live  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-2 Decade Of Aggression Live  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-4 Decade Of Aggression Live  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-4 Philippines 1991 Sell This Version
510 606-4 Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 510 606-4 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
510 607-1 Decade Of Aggression Live  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live(2xLP, Album) Def American Recordings, Polygram 510 607-1 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
510 607 4 Decade Of Aggression Live Cassette One  album cover Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live Cassette One (Album) 510 607 4 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
512 068-1 Mack Daddy  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy(LP, Album) Def American Recordings 512 068-1 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
512 068-2 Mack Daddy  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 512 068-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 068-4 Mack Daddy  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy (Album) 512 068-4 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-1 The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion  album cover The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-1 South Korea 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-2 The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion  album cover The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-2 Australasia 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-4 The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion  album cover The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-4 Indonesia 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-5 The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion  album cover The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion(DCC, Album) Def American Recordings 512 263-5 US 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-1 Danzig III: How The Gods Kill  album cover Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-2 Danzig III: How The Gods Kill  album cover Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-4 Danzig III: How The Gods Kill  album cover Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-1 Manic Frustration  album cover Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-2 Manic Frustration  album cover Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-4 Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-4 Indonesia 1992 Sell This Version
512661-2 Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired  album cover Dan Baird Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired (Album) 512661-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-1 Hollywood Town Hall  album cover The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall(LP, Album) Def American Recordings 512 986-1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-2 Hollywood Town Hall  album cover The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 512 986-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-4 The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 512 986-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
514 492-2 King King  album cover The Red Devils King King (Album) 514 492-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
514 498-2 Til Def Us Do Part II  album cover Various Til Def Us Do Part II(CD, Album, Smplr) Def American Recordings, Phonogram 514 498-2 Australasia 1993 Sell This Version
514 498-4 Til Def Us Do Part II  album cover Various Til Def Us Do Part II(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 514 498-4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514 550 2 Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert  album cover Raging Slab Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 514 550 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514700-2 Hollywood Town Hall  album cover The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall(CD, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 514700-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514 700-4 Hollywood Town Hall  album cover The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 514 700-4 Thailand 1992 Sell This Version
514 876-1 Thrall-Demonsweatlive  album cover Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive (Album, EP) 514 876-1 1993 Sell This Version
514 876-2 Thrall-Demonsweatlive  album cover Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive (EP) 514 876-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
514 876-4 Thrall-Demonsweatlive  album cover Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive (EP, Album) 514 876-4 Indonesia 1993 Sell This Version
514 947-2 Sunrise On The Sufferbus  album cover Masters Of Reality Sunrise On The Sufferbus(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 514 947-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
514 947-4 Sunrise On The Sufferbus  album cover Masters Of Reality Sunrise On The Sufferbus (Album) 514 947-4 Indonesia 1992 Sell This Version
514 964-2 The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion / High As The Moon  album cover The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion / High As The Moon(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Def American Recordings 514 964-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
515 521-4 The Next Generation  album cover Various The Next Generation(Cass, Comp) Brunswick News 515 521-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
518 058-2 Thrall-Demonsweatlive  album cover Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive (EP, Single) 518 058-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
7-18724 I Love You Period  album cover Dan Baird I Love You Period(7") Def American Recordings 7-18724 US 1992 Sell This Version
7-18803 Thorn In My Pride / Sting Me  album cover The Black Crowes Thorn In My Pride / Sting Me(7", Single) Def American Recordings 7-18803 US 1992 Sell This Version
7-18877 Remedy  album cover The Black Crowes Remedy (Single) 7-18877 US 1992 Sell This Version
7-18887 She Talks To Angels / Hard To Handle  album cover The Black Crowes She Talks To Angels / Hard To Handle(7") Def American Recordings 7-18887 US Unknown Sell This Version
7-18947 Baby Got Back / Cake Boy  album cover Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back / Cake Boy(7") Def American Recordings 7-18947 US 1992 Sell This Version
7-19245 Hard To Handle  album cover The Black Crowes Hard To Handle(7", Single) Def American Recordings 7-19245 US 1990 Sell This Version
7-19403 She Talks To Angels  album cover The Black Crowes She Talks To Angels(7", Single) Def American Recordings 7-19403 US 1991 Sell This Version
828 124-1 Danzig  album cover Danzig Danzig (Album) 828 124-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
828 124-2 Danzig  album cover Danzig Danzig (Album) 828 124-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
828 162-1 Dice  album cover Andrew Dice Clay* Dice(LP) Def American Recordings, Phonogram 828 162-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
838 474-1 Blue Garden  album cover Masters Of Reality Blue Garden (Album) 838 474-1 Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
838 474-2 Masters Of Reality  album cover Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality (Album) 838 474-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
838 474-4 Blue Garden  album cover Masters Of Reality Blue Garden(Cass, Album, Cle) Def American Recordings 838 474-4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
838 486-1 Live Fast, Die Fast  album cover Wolfsbane Live Fast, Die Fast (Album) 838 486-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
838 486-2 Live Fast, Die Fast  album cover Wolfsbane Live Fast, Die Fast(CD) Def American Recordings 838 486-2 1989 Sell This Version
838 486-4 Live Fast, Die Fast  album cover Wolfsbane Live Fast, Die Fast (Album) 838 486-4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
838 487-1 Danzig  album cover Danzig Danzig (Album) 838 487-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
838 487-4 Danzig  album cover Danzig Danzig (Album) 838 487-4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
842 421-1 Trouble  album cover Trouble (5) Trouble (Album) 842 421-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
842 421-2 Trouble  album cover Trouble (5) Trouble(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 842 421-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
842 421-4 Trouble  album cover Trouble (5) Trouble (Album) 842 421-4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
842 515-1 Shake Your Money Maker  album cover The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker (Album) 842 515-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
842 515-2 Shake Your Money Maker  album cover The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker (Album) 842 515-2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
842 515-4 $hake Your Money Maker  album cover The Black Crowes $hake Your Money Maker (Album) 842 515-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
842 515-5 Shake Your Money Maker  album cover The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker(DCC, Album) Def American Recordings 842 515-5 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
846 375-1 Danzig II - Lucifuge  album cover Danzig Danzig II - Lucifuge (Album) 846 375-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
846 375-2 Danzig II - Lucifuge  album cover Danzig Danzig II - Lucifuge (Album) 846 375-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
846 375-4 Danzig II - Lucifuge  album cover Danzig Danzig II - Lucifuge (Album) 846 375-4 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
846 871-1 Seasons In The Abyss  album cover Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) 846 871-1 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
846 871-2 Seasons In The Abyss  album cover Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) 846 871-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
846 871-4 Seasons In The Abyss  album cover Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) 846 871-4 Ukraine 1990 Sell This Version
846 967-1 All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!  album cover Wolfsbane All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!(LP, Album) Def American Recordings 846 967-1 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
846 967-2 All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!  album cover Wolfsbane All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 846 967-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
846 967-4 All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!  album cover Wolfsbane All Hell's Breaking Loose Down At Little Kathy Wilson's Place!(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 846 967-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version

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djjb1972

djjb1972

June 3, 2018
Def is 80's New York slang for "cool". But in this case it's short for DEFinitive American Recordings aka DEFinitive JAM. Word.
RobertSteed

RobertSteed

June 20, 2016
But what does - or did - "def" actually mean?