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This article is about the record label. For the Johnny Cash album released by that same label, see American Recordings (album)

American Recordings is a Los Angeles-based record label headed by record producer Rick Rubin. Formerly known as Def American Recordings, the label has been home to Slayer, the Black Crowes, ZZ Top, Danzig, Trouble, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash,The Mother Hips and System of a Down, among others.

== Company history American Recordings was founded after Rick Rubin left Def Jam Recordings in 1988. Among the first acts to be signed were Slayer (which followed Rubin from Def Jam), Danzig, The Four Horsemen, Masters of Reality, and Wolfsbane, as well as indie rockers the Jesus and Mary Chain and controversial stand-up comedian Andrew Dice Clay. Rubin continued his association with hip-hop music by signing artists such as the Geto Boys and Sir Mix-a-Lot. American had its first major success with The Black Crowes' 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, which was eventually certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA. The group’s 1992 follow-up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, gave American Recordings its first No.1 album. Emcee Sir Mix-a-Lot managed a number-one hit with the song "Baby Got Back" as well as a platinum-selling album titled Mack Daddy. Heavy metal acts Slayer and Danzig also enjoyed notable commercial success, with Slayer in particular, managing several Gold-certified albums. Rubin produces many of the recordings on the label, as well as directing other related ventures.

Rubin changed the name of the company to American Recordings in 1993 after seeing the word “def” in a dictionary. The company was renamed because he believed that finding the word in a notable source was against the anti-establishment image that he was trying to project for the company. A mock funeral presided over by the Reverend Al Sharpton was done for the label name change.

American had several sub-labels over the years, including Onion Records, Ill Labels, Wild West, Whte Lbls {{[sic]}}, and Infinite Zero. The latter was a partnership with Henry Rollins that specialized in reissues of obscure albums. None of these labels made the distribution transition after American Recordings left Warner Bros. Records in 1997, and its recordings were deleted.

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Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Dice Andrew "Dice" Clay CD 18 CK 65651 074646565124
Seminar Sir Mix‐A‐Lot CD 10
Seasons in the Abyss Slayer CD 10 CK 69407 77749757708602
Shake Your Money Maker The Black Crowes CD 10 50-51011-6093-2-9 5051011609329
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion The Black Crowes CD 10 9 26916-2 075992691628
Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks CD 10 491794 2 5099749179424
Peng! Stereolab CD 11 9 43018-2 093624301820
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion The Black Crowes CD 10 CK 61082 074646108222
Remedy The Black Crowes (unknown) 3
The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" Stereolab CD 8 9 43013-2 093624301325
Gimmick Barkmarket CD 12 9 45343-2
XL Recordings: The American Chapter Various Artists CD 12 9 45494-2 093624549420
Audio Excerpts From the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow as Seen on Lollapalooza '92 The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow CD 8 PRO-CD-6611-R
Never Click Medicine CD 1 PRO-CD-6684 [none]
Mother Danzig CD 4 858 591-2
41 Swell CD 13 9 45530-2 093624553021
American Recordings Johnny Cash CD 13 9 45520-2 [none]
American Recordings Johnny Cash CD 13 9 45520-2 093624552024
Necktie Second Pete Droge CD 11 9 45620-2 093624562023
One Step Ahead of the Spider MC 900 Ft Jesus CD 10 9 45560-2 093624556022
Chief Boot Knocka Sir Mix‐A‐Lot 12" Vinyl 14 9 45540-1 093624554011
Chief Boot Knocka Sir Mix‐A‐Lot CD 14 9 45540-2 093624554028
Stoned & Dethroned The Jesus and Mary Chain CD 17 9 45573-2 093624557326
Divine Intervention Slayer CD 10 74321 23677 2 743212367720
Divine Intervention Slayer CD 10 9 45522-2 093624552222
Hot Trip to Heaven Love and Rockets CD 10 9 45744-2 093624574422
Danzig 4P Danzig CD 66 74321 23681 2 743212368123
Amorica The Black Crowes CD 11 9 43000-2 093624300021
Amorica The Black Crowes CD 12 74321 23682 2 743212368222
Amorica (Clean cover version) The Black Crowes CD 11 9 43001-2 093624300120
Amorica The Black Crowes CD 12 BVCP-775 4988017052037
Reign in Blood Slayer CD 10 74321 24848-2 0743212484823
Cantspeak Danzig CD 4 74321-25799-2
Mix Tapes / Keep It On The Nonce 12" Vinyl 9 0-41865 093624186502
American Recordings Johnny Cash CD 13 0602537351145 0602537351145
Reign in Blood Slayer CD 12 0731458679622 0731458679622
Seasons in the Abyss Slayer CD 10 0731458679820 0731458679820
Chief Boot Knocka Sir Mix‐A‐Lot Cassette 14 24 55404 093624554042
Amorica The Black Crowes CD 11 314 586 943-2 731458694328
Danzig 4P Danzig CD 66 314 586 956-2
If I Only Had a Brain MC 900 Ft Jesus CD 4 41554-2 093624155423
Divine Intervention Slayer CD 10 491802 2 5099749180222
Divine Intervention Slayer CD 10 5051011603525 5051011603525
American Recordings Johnny Cash CD 13 5101127922 9325583036040
American Recordings Johnny Cash CD 13 51011 2792-2 5051011279225
American Recordings Johnny Cash 12" Vinyl 13 74321 23685 1 743212368512
A Conspiracy The Black Crowes CD 3 74321 24236 2 743212423624
Swass Sir Mix‐A‐Lot CD 13 74321 24845 2
South of Heaven Slayer CD 10 74321 24849 2 743212484922
Danzig 4P Danzig CD 66 88697146482 886971464825