The first vinyl album released by Buddah (before it began a catalog reorganization with series 5000) was "Safe As Milk" by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band (red label) BDM 1001 (1967). It was also the first (re-issued) on the new 5000 Buddah label (psychedelic/black) as BDS 5001 (1970).
Viewlex purchased a controlling interest in Buddah Records and Kuma Sutra Records in November 1968.
Both Kama Sutra and Buddah flourished with a wide variety of artists. Kama Sutra was free of its MGM deal by 1969 and its distribution, including its Eleuthera label, continued through Buddah, along with subsidiaries such as Sussex, Curtom, T-Neck, Charisma, Pavilion, Super-K, Southwind, National General and Brut.
In 1977, the label was beginning to experience some financial difficulties so it struck a distribution deal with Clive Davis' Arista Records.
By 1982, the hits had dried up and Sutra Records was formed about this time. In 1986 Buddah was finished and the label and back-catalog was sold to Essex Entertainment Group, which in turn was sold to BMG Special Products.
BMG began re-issuing Buddah/Kama Sutra material in 1996, revising the logo to replace the Shiva statue image used in the early years of the label with that of Buddha and correct the spelling from Buddah to Buddha. Interestingly, the relaunch employed a remaster of "Safe As Milk" as its first issue. BMG has since been absorbed into Sony Music, with the Buddah/Buddha Records catalog now being managed by Legacy Recordings.
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