Emergency Records

Emergency Records

Profile:
Founded in early 1979 by Italian pioneer club & radio DJ Sergio Cossa (who was also an author and producer), Emergency Records was an independent US label which helped to commercialize the late 70s and early 80s Italian disco sound of artists like La Bionda, Pino Presti, I.C. Bell and Easy Going amongst others. These releases were introducing more electronic instruments such as computers and synthesizers into their compositions, and with the inclusion of a big bass groove and a disco tempo these late disco tunes were very popular on the gay scene. Between 1980 and 1982 the label became more widely known with productions that mixed late disco emotions and heavy funky rhythms. These sounds became the "Emergency Sound". However, a lot of fans discovered the label via Kano's self titled LP, and in particular via the track "It's A War" which was at the time was very different from the majority of releases in the same genre. In Europe, it was perhaps the group Firefly (2) with their track "Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)" that attracted most people to the label. The release was also a huge underground hit in the clubs. The label also offered Tee Scott the opportunity to present the label with some examples of his best remixes for artists like North End and for labels like Elektra.

As with many other independent labels of the day, 1983 saw the label expanding its talent pool to discover potential hits. Early electro tracks from groups such as C.O.D and - of course - Shannon were signed or licensed to the label. The international success of "Let The Music Play" allowed Emergency to continue their story until 1988. By this time the majority of the productions were of a more European dance music sound. Apart from early garage titles by the likes of Carolyn Harding and the commercial success of P4F and Taffy, the label's sales began to steadily decline. By 1987 the label was forced to strike a distribution deal with Profile Records and from there until the label shut its doors the following year for many fans the label's ''magic'' had disappeared. Despite this sad ending the label offers many classics in its back catalog and has become popular with collectors.

Label Code: LC 6655
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Contact Info:
1979-1981: 29 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018, U.S.A.
1981-1984: 1220 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.
1984-1987: 915 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, U.S.A.
(all contact info now obsolete)
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
7MM-702 Shannon Let The Music Play 7MM-702 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
12MM-006 Shannon Let The Music Play(12") Unidisc 12MM-006 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
7504 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Emergency Records 7504 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
0030.331 Kano I'm Ready / Holly Dolly(7", Single) Metronome 0030.331 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
104 944 Chemise She Can't Love You(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola 104 944 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
105.943 Shannon Let The Music Play(7", Single) Ariola, Dance Records 105.943 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
107.555 Shannon Stronger Together(7") Ariola, Dance Records 107.555 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
234.766 Raww Don't You Try It(12") Injection Disco Dance Label 234.766 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
601.040 Shannon Let The Music Play(12") Dance Records, Ariola 601.040 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
601.910 Shannon Stronger Together(12") Dance Records, Ariola 601.910 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
761731 D.D. Sound Café (CD, Album) Emergency Records 761731 US Unknown Sell This Version
7 90134-1 Shannon Let The Music Play (Album) 7 90134-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99775 Shannon Give Me Tonight (Single) 7-99775 US 1984 Sell This Version
814 686-7 Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(7") Casablanca Records 814 686-7 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
880 425-7 Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(7", Single) Casablanca Records 880 425-7 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
881 198-7 Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Jonathan 881 198-7 France 1984 Sell This Version
881 555-1 Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(12", Maxi) Polydor 881 555-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
883 213-7 Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(7") Polydor 883 213-7 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
6025 287 Northend Happy Days(7") Mercury 6025 287 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
100-07-223 C.O.D. In The Bottle(7", Single) Bellaphon 100-07-223 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100•07•238 Shannon Let The Music Play(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100•07•238 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·19·001 Xena On The Upside(7") Emergency Records 100·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100-19-002 Filipponio All'Arrembaggio(7", Single) Emergency Records 100-19-002 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100-19-003 International Music System (I.M.S.)* Dancing Therapy (Single) 100-19-003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100-19-004 C.O.D. Up Hill (Peace Of Mind)(7", Single) Emergency Records 100-19-004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·005 Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Emergency Records Inc., Bellaphon 100·19·005 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100-19-007 Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(7", Single) Emergency Records 100-19-007 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100-19-010 Shannon Give Me Tonight(7", Single) Emergency Records 100-19-010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100-19-011 Shannon Stronger Together(7") Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100-19-011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100-19-015 Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100-19-015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100-19-016 Shannon Dancin'(7", Single) Emergency Records 100-19-016 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
120·07·067 Shannon Let The Music Play (Special-Remix)(12", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120·07·067 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120·19·001 Xena On The Upside(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120-19-003 International Music System I.M.S.* Dancing Therapy(12") Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120-19-003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·004 C.O.D. Uphill (Peace Of Mind)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120-19-007 Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120-19-007 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120•19•008 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(12", Maxi) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120•19•008 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120-19-009 Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120-19-009 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·010 Shannon Give Me Tonight(12") Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120·19·010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·011 Shannon Stronger Together(12") Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120·19·011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120-19-014 Patris Love Oasis(12", Maxi) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120-19-014 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120-19-015 Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(12") Emergency Records, Bellaphon 120-19-015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120.19.018 Stolen Kyss S.O.S. (I'm Falling)(12") Emergency Records 120.19.018 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120•19•020 Shannon My Heart's Divided (Special Remix)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120•19•020 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120.19.021 Mystery Assignment Cloud Nine(12", Single) Emergency Records 120.19.021 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120-19-023 Sonia Somner* Love Impersonator(12", Maxi) Bellaphon, Emergency Records 120-19-023 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120•19•026 Carolyn Harding Memories(12", Maxi) Bellaphon 120•19•026 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120-19-030 Chemise She Can't Love You(12") Bellaphon, Emergency Records 120-19-030 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
130·19·001 Shannon Let The Music Play(CD, Maxi) Bellaphon, Emergency Records 130·19·001 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
254-19-001 Various Let The Music Dance & Funk(LP, Comp, Mixed) Emergency Records 254-19-001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
260-19-001 Shannon Let The Music Play(LP, Album) Bellaphon, Emergency Records 260-19-001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
260-19-003 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 260-19-003 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
290•19•001 Shannon Let The Music Play (Album) 290•19•001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
290•19•003 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(CD, Album) Bellaphon 290•19•003 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
460-19-001 Shannon Let The Music Play(Cass, Album) Bellaphon, Emergency Records 460-19-001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ART 1052 Marla Adler Hard To Love(12") Il Discotto Productions ART 1052 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
AS 5000 603 Northend* Feat. Michelle Wallace / Bee Gees Northend* Feat. Michelle Wallace / Bee Gees - Happy Days (Vocal) / I Still Love You(7", Promo) Mercury, RSO AS 5000 603 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ATO 27020 Touché (4) Just Like A Doorknob (Single) ATO 27020 France 1983 Sell This Version
BEST 12004 Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler - Feels Good (Carrots And Beets) BEST 12004 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BEST 12021 Otis Ligget* Every Breath You Take(12") Best Record BEST 12021 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
CNLP 14-1 Francesco Zampaglione, Andrea Moscianese Francesco Zampaglione, Andrea Moscianese - Tulpa - Perdizioni Mortali(LP, Ltd, 333 + CD, Album) Cinedelic Records CNLP 14-1 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
DMD 707 Shannon Give Me Tonight(12", Promo) Mirage (2), Emergency Records DMD 707 US 1984 Sell This Version
DMD 826 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(12", Promo) Mirage (2) DMD 826 US 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 859 Shannon Stronger Together(12", Promo) Mirage (2) DMD 859 US 1985 Sell This Version
ELCST 1000 Various Street Sounds Crucial Electro 2(LP, Comp, Mixed) Street Sounds ELCST 1000 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EMCD 6505 Snuky Tate He's The Groove(12") Emergency Records EMCD 6505 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 4530 Michelle Wallace Jazzy Rhythm / Rhythm(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMDS 4530 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6501 La Bionda Never Gonna Let You Go(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6501 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMDS 6502 Pino Presti You Know The Way(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6502 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMDS 6503 Billy Moore Go Dance EMDS 6503 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMDS 6504 Kano I'm Ready EMDS 6504 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6506 Walter Martino Garbage Can(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6506 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6507 Easy Going A Gay Time Latin Lover(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6507 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6508 Vivien Vee Let Him Go(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6508 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6509 Capricorn (3) Capricorn(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6509 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6510 I.C. Bell Explosion / Night In Musicland(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6510 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6511 Capricorn (3) Capricorn EMDS 6511 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6512 Kano It's A War / Ahjia EMDS 6512 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6515 Firefly (2) / Kano Firefly (2) / Kano - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / I'm Ready(12", RE) Emergency Records EMDS 6515 US 2006 Sell This Version
EMDS 6515 Firefly (2) Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) EMDS 6515 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6516 Kano Now Baby Now / Super Extra Sexy Sign EMDS 6516 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6517 Vin Zee Funky Bebop EMDS 6517 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6518 Capricorn (3) Maybe No(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6518 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6519 Capricorn (3) Pow Pow Pow / Maybe No EMDS 6519 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6519 Vivien Vee Pick-Up / Trapped In Your Hands(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6519 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6520 Northend* Featuring Michelle Wallace Northend* Featuring Michelle Wallace - Happy Days EMDS 6520 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6521 Somethin' Special Come Make It Feel Good EMDS 6521 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6522 Style (5) Movin' On EMDS 6522 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS-6524 Michelle Wallace It's Right EMDS-6524 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6525 Funk Machine Dance On The Groove (And Do The Funk) EMDS 6525 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6526 Firefly (2) Show Me Tonight EMDS 6526 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS-6527 Electra (2) Feels Good (Carrots & Beets) EMDS-6527 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6528 Chemise She Can't Love You EMDS 6528 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6529 Touché (4) Wrap It Up (Single) EMDS 6529 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6530 Michelle Wallace Jazzy Rhythm / Rhythm EMDS 6530 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6531 Brenda Watts Who Needs A Love Like That EMDS 6531 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6532 B.J. Stone Love Is The Groove(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Emergency Records EMDS 6532 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6533 Bo Boss Tequila EMDS 6533 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6534 Valery Allington Stop EMDS 6534 US 1983 Sell This Version
EMDS 6535 C.O.D. In The Bottle (Maxi) EMDS 6535 US 1983 Sell This Version