4th & Broadway

4th & Broadway

Profile:
Fourth & Broadway Records was the UK Club-Dance sub label of Island Records UK based at their HQ 22 St. Peter's Sq. Hammersmith West London.
The label was launched in 1981 and followed in the same vain as Phonogram's Club label, Polydor's Steppin' Out/Boiling Point sub labels. Polygram's FFRR and Ffrreedom labels, Chrysalis' Cooltempo sub label.

(Owner Chris Blackwell would eventually sell out to Polygram, EMI and Chrysalis although manufacturing and distribution did not make a good enough offer. Polygram was taken over by Universal/Vivendi and became UMG Universal Music Group).

The label's team sourced titles from a variety of USA and UK labels: The first release The Jamaica Girls came from Sleeping Bag USA,

4th & Bd.Way's first big hit was Jocelyn Brown's" Somebody Else's Guy" (BRW 5) it was sourced from USA Prelude's sub licensed label Vinyl Dreams. (In the UK the promotions dept had a 7" white label "special radio edit" of the track sent out to DJ's, that had the drawn-out slow intro removed!)

4th & Bd.Way highlights included:
UK licensing of Priority USA and it's artists the notorious N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude) with their legendary track F.T.P. (F**k The Police) and Ice-T.
UK licensing of Gee Street with artists Stereo MC's and P.M. Dawn.
UK licensing of Delicious Vinyl with artists Tone Loc and The Brand New Heavies.
UK licensing of legendary Washington Go-Go labels
Other artists signed directly to the label included Will Downing, Mica Paris, Eugene Wilde.

There were three commercial label designs;
1. A tarmac sidewalk close up.
2. Orange A & Yellow B labels with text and huge prominent Bar Codes
3. A street drain cover and leaf
The original Promotional labels were quite unique and stylized "Pre-Fab"
with Pre on the A and Fab on the B. there were no custom sleeves,just cheap rear glued black die-cuts with large oblong gloss finish stickers. (The Promotions team had to stick the peel-off stickers on their stocks of titles, 250-300 per release).
Later promotional releases resembled the commercial labels (Orange/Yellow)
some actually had the bar-codes printed, the tie-in sleeves in Orange and White had full printed text. (No more stickering for Ashley Beedle :) )

4th & Bd.Way had a USA launch but released very few titles ,notables were
Eddide Stockley "I Will Always Love You" (with no UK equivalent)
and the USA release of UK's M.A.R.R.S "Pump Up The Volume".
The USA label design was just artwork text on a yellow background (the die-cut sleeves made up for it and were bright and colourful).

A great little label with over 400 releases and very much a hit and miss operation on the UK's Club's dance floors.

Island's HQ was a great place to drop-in and visit, The reception was in a created Orangary/lean-to on the side. with big leather sofa's, plants and indoor pool, artists and staff in and out, stage P.A. equipment in black flight cases everywhere, with a Bar, pool table, video screen towards the rear. Bob Marley often dropped in and in a blue haze cloud would shoot a few games of pool :) Blackwell's office was on the top floor.
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No longer operational, However 22 St. Peter's Sq (large white Georgian semi with studios in the garden and backing on to The Grove) is still UMG's UK base for The Island Records Group including Interscope/A&M, Island, Tuff Gong.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 112059 Womack & Womack Celebrate The World(7", Single) 4th & Broadway 1A 112059 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
1A 113 853 Dream Warriors My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style(7", Single) 4th & Broadway 1A 113 853 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
3A 612059 Womack & Womack Celebrate The World(12") 4th & Broadway 3A 612059 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612237 Womack & Womack Celebrate The World (The People Unite Remix)(12") 4th & Broadway 3A 612237 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
3A 612688 N.W.A* Express Yourself(12", Maxi) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 3A 612688 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
5C 209285 Mica Paris So Good(LP, Album) 4th & Broadway 5C 209285 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
5C 210286 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton(LP, Album) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 5C 210286 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
5F 211087 Mica Paris Contribution(LP, Album) 4th & Broadway 5F 211087 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
10 BRW 134 Stereo MC's On 33(10") 4th & Broadway 10 BRW 134 UK 1989 Sell This Version
10BRW300DJ Bomb The Bass Bug Powder Dust (DJ Muggs Mixes)(10", Ltd, Num, Promo, W/Lbl, Sta) 4th & Broadway, Stoned Heights 10BRW300DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
10 BRWDJ 231 Dodge City Productions The Clarity EP(10", EP, Promo) 4th & Broadway 10 BRWDJ 231 UK 1992 Sell This Version
12 BRC 75 DJ Spanish Prince Maria(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRC 75 DJ UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRC 76 Noel Silent Morning(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRC 76 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRC 78 Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full - The Coldcut Remix(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRC 78 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRC 81 Miles Jaye Let's Start Love Over(12", S/Sided, Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRC 81 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRC 82 Rammell Zee* & Shock Dell* Rammell Zee* & Shock Dell* - Death Command(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway, Island Records 12 BRC 82 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRCA 134 Stereo MC's On 33(Cass, Single) 4th & Broadway 12 BRCA 134 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 BRD 264 DJ Drizabone Pressure(2x12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRD 264 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 BRD 268 DJ Stereo MC's Ground Level (Single) 12 BRD 268 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 BRD 300 DJ Bomb The Bass Bug Powder Dust(2x12", Promo) 4th & Broadway, Stoned Heights 12 BRD 300 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 BRD 311 DJ Drizabone Real Love / Gonna Happen (Single) 12 BRD 311 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 BRD 324 DJ Bomb The Bass Bug Powder Dust(2x12", Promo) 4th & Broadway, Stoned Heights 12 BRD 324 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 BRD 345 DJ Pigforce Doin' Jobz 4tha Mob(2x12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRD 345 DJ UK 1997 Sell This Version
12 BRD 355 DJ Dave Angel Tokyo Stealth Fighter(2x12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRD 355 DJ UK 1997 Sell This Version
12 BRD 355 DJ-D Dave Angel Tokyo Stealth Fighter 12 BRD 355 DJ-D UK 1997 Sell This Version
12 BRO 1 Brother D with Collective Effort Brother D with Collective Effort - How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRO 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRP 108 Mica Paris Like Dreamers Do / My One Temptation (Remix)(12", Ltd, Pic) 4th & Broadway 12 BRP 108 UK 1988 Sell This Version
12 BRW 1 Jamaica Girls Need Somebody New(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 BRW 2 George Kranz Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) 12 BRW 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 BRW 3 Alisha All Night Passion(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 3 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 4 Nuance Featuring Vikki Love Nuance Featuring Vikki Love - Take A Chance(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 5 Jocelyn Brown Somebody Else's Guy (Remix) 12 BRW 5 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 6 Warp 9 No Man Is An Island(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 6 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 BRW 7 Konk Your Life(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 8 Run D.M.C.* Rock Box(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 8 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 9 Screamin' Tony Baxter* Get Up Offa That Thing (Godfather II) 12 BRW 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 9 DJ Screamin' Tony Baxter* Get Up Offa That Thing (Godfather II)(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 9 DJ UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 10 T.H.S. The Horne Section* Lady Shine (Shine On)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 10 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 11 Warp 9 Master Of The Mix(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 11 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12BRW 12 Chevi Ge Me More (Single) 12BRW 12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 BRW 13 Simplicious Let Her Feel It(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 13 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 14 Jocelyn Brown I Wish You Would(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 14 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 15 Eugene Wilde Gotta Get You Home Tonight (Single) 12 BRW 15 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 16 Gayle Adams I'm Warning You(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 16 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 17 Gwen Guthrie Love In Moderation(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 17 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 18 Eugene Wilde Personality(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 18 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 19 Cashmere (2) Can I(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 19 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 20 Nuance Loveride(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 20 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 21 Run-DMC King Of Rock 12 BRW 21 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 22 Cashmere (2) We Need Love(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 22 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 23 Skipworth & Turner Thinking About Your Love 12 BRW 23 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 24 Brother D with Collective Effort Brother D with Collective Effort - How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 24 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 25 Run-DMC You Talk Too Much(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 25 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 27 Shirley Brown Love Fever(12") 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 27 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 28 No Way José* Tequila(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 28 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 30 Eugene Wilde Chey Chey Kulé / Gotta Get You Home Tonight (UK Remixes)(12") 4th & Broadway, Philly World Records 12 BRW 30 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 31 Shirley Brown Boyfriend(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 31 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 33 Skipworth & Turner Hot Pursuit!(12", Single) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 33 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 33-DJ Skipworth & Turner Hot Pursuit!(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 33-DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 34 Colors (3) L.O.S. (Love On Sight)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 34 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 34-DJ Colors (3) L.O.S. (Love On Sight)(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 34-DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 35 Eugene Wilde Don't Say No(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 35 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 36 Donald Banks Status Quo(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 36 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 36-DJ Donald Banks Status Quo / Just One More Chance(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 36-DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 37 Wally Badarou Chief Inspector 12 BRW 37 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 37-DJ Wally Badarou Chief Inspector(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 37-DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 39 Earl Turner Love Caught You By Surprise(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 39 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 39 DJ Earl Turner Love Caught You By Surprise 12 BRW 39 DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 40 The Concept Mr. D.J.(12") 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 40 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 42 Durell Coleman Do You Love Me (Remix) 12 BRW 42 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 44 Wally Badarou Novela Das Nove (Spider Woman)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 44 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 45 Millie Scott Prisoner Of Love 12 BRW 45 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 45 DJ Millie Scott Prisoner Of Love(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 45 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 46 Durell Coleman Somebody Took My Love(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 46 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 47 Dhar Braxton Jump Back (Set Me Free)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 47 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 48 Chris Paul Expansions '86 (Expand Your Mind) 12 BRW 48 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 49 Janice Bye-Bye(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 49 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 49 DJ Janice Bye-Bye(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 49 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 51 Millie Scott Automatic(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 51 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 51 DJ Millie Scott Automatic(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 51 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 52 Gwen Guthrie Seventh Heaven (US Remix)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 52 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 52 DJ Gwen Guthrie Seventh Heaven (US Remix) 12 BRW 52 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 53 Wally Badarou Hi-Life(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 53 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 53 DJ Wally Badarou Hi-Life(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 53 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 54 Nocera Summertime Summertime 12 BRW 54 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 55 Private Possession Featuring Hunter Hayes Private Possession Featuring Hunter Hayes - This Time 12 BRW 55 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 55 A Private Possession This Time(12", Single) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 55 A UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 55 DJ Private Possession Featuring Hunter Hayes Private Possession Featuring Hunter Hayes - This Time(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 55 DJ US 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 56 Run-DMC King Of Rock(12", RE) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 56 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 57 DJ Indian Ocean School Bell / Treehouse(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 57 DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BRW 58 Millie Scott Ev'ry Little Bit(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 58 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRW 58 DJ Millie Scott Ev'ry Little Bit(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 58 DJ UK 1987 Sell This Version
12BRW59 Steinski & Mass Media We'll Be Right Back 12BRW59 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 59 D.J. Steinski & Mass Media We'll Be Right Back(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 59 D.J. UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 BRW 60 D.J. Sly & Robbie Don't Stop The Music(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 60 D.J. UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 BRW 61 Sly & Robbie Boops (Here To Go) 12 BRW 61 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRW 61 DJ Sly & Robbie Boops (Here To Go)(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 61 DJ UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRW 62 Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith - Jazz It Up(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 62 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRW 62 DJ Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith - Jazz It Up(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 62 DJ UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 BRW 63 Junior Gee & The A Team Junior Gee & The A Team - The Terminator(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 63 UK 1987 Sell This Version