BYG Records

BYG Records

Profile:
French label formed in Paris, France, in 1967. BYG is an acronym of the founders of the label; Fernand Boruso, who worked previously for Pierre Barouh's "Saravah" label; Jean-Luc Young, who was at "Barclay Records"; and Jean Georgakarakos (also known as 'Karakos'), a French record dealer and distributor. The company's 'Actuel' tag encompassed promotional & marketing activity, such as a regional music magazine, and was a BYG series produced by drummer Claude Delcloo.

The label's primary aim was to record and capture a growing market of 'free-style' jazz-oriented artists and exponents of avant-garde music that were beginning to emerge at the close of the 1960's. Such artists as Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Dave Burrell and Gong featured on the BYG Records label. Recordings were usually achieved whilst such bands were on tour in Europe and the label's existence was an attraction for groups not on the radar of mainstream popularity.

To gain focus for their label BYG/Actuel initiated a five-day, 24-hour concert in Europe in the fall of 1969. Supported by the Ricard Foundation the concert was to be held at the ''Parc Saint Cloud'' in Paris. Billed, up to the eleventh-hour, as the "First Paris Music Festival" with over 55 acts, the event was banned for 'environmental reasons' by concerned lobbyists of the French capital. Undeterred, BYG/Actuel moved the event over the Belgium border, into a cold, damp, open field location in Amougies, reminiscent of early Glastonbury events.

The acts appeared on a hastily erected stage covered by a large makeshift tent, performing to an audience of over 18,000, mainly French, Belgian or German fans, sleeping and eating rough. To complicate matters, the groups were introduced in English by master of ceremonies Frank Zappa who was accompanying and promoting a Captain Beefheart tour of Europe. His co-host was Pierre Lattès, producer, DJ & music editor for Actuel Magazine, who was issuing live portions of the show out on LW French radio. Bootlegs, such as Zappa jamming with Pink Floyd (Inter-Zappa Overdrive), and a Jean-Nöel Roy and Jérôme Laperrousaz documentary film Music Power/European Music Revolution reflect the nature of this event, which was in its way successful but a financial disaster for BYG/Actuel.

In hindsight, the Parisian authorities were perhaps foolish in snubbing BYG/Actuel's vision. Many of the bands booked for this event were, or became, the cream of the rock and jazz scene at the time. If the event had occurred in the comfort of the Paris stadium it is likely that it would have become a regular European event similar to that of Glastonbury or other UK festivals. BYG/Actuel staged "60 hours of music for 60 Francs" between 24-28th Oct 1969 as follows: [See poster in 'images']

Introduced by Frank Zappa & Pierre Lattès
Friday Night: 24th Oct
"Pop Music" Ten Years After, Colosseum, Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation, Alan Jack Civilization. "Free Jazz" Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Sunny Murray, Burton Greene, 360 Degree Music Experience [Beaver Harris/Dave Burrell]. "New Music" Free Music Group [aka Udo Bergner Free Music Communion].
Saturday Night: 25th Oct "Pop Music'" Pink Floyd, Freedom, Keith Relf's Rennaisance, Alexis Korner & The New Church, Blues Convention [Alexis Korner]. '''Free Jazz''' Grachan Moncur III, Arthur Jones, Joachim Kühn, Don Cherry.
Sunday Afternoon: 26th Oct "French Pop Groups" Martin Circus, Alan Jack Civilization, Triangle, We Free, Cruciferius, Indescriptible Chaos Rampant.
(Interim Spectacle: Max Auer & Claudia Saumade) Amplification by Standel. Environmental Direction: Jacques Cherix. Coordination: Brigette Guichard.
Sunday Night: 26th Oct '"Pop Music" The Nice, Caravan, Blossom Toes, Ame Son. "Free Jazz" Archie Shepp, Kenneth Terroade, Anthony Braxton. "New Music" Germ (Pierre Mariétan).
Monday Night: 27th Oct "Pop Music" Yes, Pretty Things, Chicken Shack, Sam Apple Pie, Frogeaters, Daevid Allen Group, Keith Tippett Group. "Free Jazz" Pharoah Sanders, Dave Burrell, John Surman, Clifford Thornton, Sonny Sharrock. "New Music" Acting Trio.
Tuesday Night: 28th Oct "Pop Music'" Soft Machine, Captain Beefheart, East Of Eden, Fat Mattress, Zoo. "Free Jazz" Alan Silva, Robin Kenyatta, Chris McGregor, Steve Lacy, Dave Burrell Big Band. "New Music" Musica Elettronica Viva.

A number of the above artists were recorded on the BYG Records label. Beefheart's session can be found on Revenant's Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982). By 1972 BYG Actuel had all but disappeared as a label. Karakos set up his own label "Celluloid" and Young formed the "Charly Records" label. The latter has released a CD set of past BYG Actuel recordings, as has Italy's "Get Back Records".

Note: Jacques Bisceglia, the French producer, is often incorrectly quoted as being the "B" in BYG.

The BYG Records 'Actuel' series is denoted by the suffix catalog# 300. Thus the Don Cherry recording "Mu" First Part would be catalog suffix# .301 and, in most cases, the Actuel recordings were 180 gram vinyl.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
6623 952 The Paris Session  album cover Wes Montgomery The Paris Session(2xLP, Album) BYG Records 6623 952 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
6641 247 The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. I (1920-1937)  album cover Duke Ellington The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. I (1920-1937)(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 6641 247 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6641 248 The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)  album cover Duke Ellington The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 6641 248 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6641 249 Sonny Boy Williamson & The English Pop Giants  album cover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) Sonny Boy Williamson & The English Pop Giants(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 6641 249 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
7581 926 The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)  album cover Duke Ellington The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)(2xCass, Comp) BYG Records 7581 926 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9294 903 Attention! Eric Burdon & The Animals!  album cover Eric Burdon & The Animals Eric Burdon & The Animals - Attention! Eric Burdon & The Animals!(LP) Fontana 9294 903 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9294 904 Reflection - Early Yardbirds  album cover The Yardbirds Reflection - Early Yardbirds(LP, Comp) Fontana 9294 904 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
302 061 175 2 Tarik  album cover Dewey Redman Tarik(CD, Album, RE) Fuel 2000, Varèse Sarabande 302 061 175 2 US 2001 Sell This Version
529.342-43-44 Seasons  album cover Alan Silva and The Celestrial Communication Orchestra Alan Silva and The Celestrial Communication Orchestra - Seasons(3xLP, Album) BYG Records 529.342-43-44 France 1971 Sell This Version
58001/02/03/04/05 Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1  album cover Various Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1(5xLP, Comp + Box) BYG Records 58001/02/03/04/05 France Unknown Sell This Version
58011/12/13/14/15 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker(5xLP, Comp + Box) BYG Records 58011/12/13/14/15 France Unknown Sell This Version
AFF 73 Quiet Now  album cover Bill Evans Trio* Quiet Now(LP, Album) Affinity AFF 73 UK 1981 Sell This Version
B 25 John Renbourn-Bert Jansch-Pentangle  album cover John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Pentangle John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Pentangle - John Renbourn-Bert Jansch-Pentangle(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records B 25 France Unknown Sell This Version
BDLP-52.015 Jimi Hendrix  album cover Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix(LP) Diresa BDLP-52.015 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
BDLP52.017 Homenaje A Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Homenaje A Africa(LP, Album) BYG Records, Diresa BDLP52.017 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
BELLE 182852 Magick Brother  album cover Gong Magick Brother(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique, BYG Records BELLE 182852 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
BELLE 182853 Camembert Electrique  album cover Gong Camembert Electrique(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique, BYG Records BELLE 182853 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
BELLE 182854 Flying Teapot   album cover Gong Flying Teapot (CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique, BYG Records BELLE 182854 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
BYG-1 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part (Album) BYG-1 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-2 A.A.C.M., Great Black Music - A Jackson In Your House  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* A.A.C.M., Great Black Music - A Jackson In Your House(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-2 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-3 Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Hommage To Africa(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-3 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-4 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-4 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-5 Magick Brother  album cover Gong Magick Brother (Album) BYG-5 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-7 Stigmates  album cover Michel Puig - René Leïbowitz* Michel Puig - René Leïbowitz* - Stigmates (Album) BYG-7 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-8 Aquariana  album cover Burton Greene Ensemble Aquariana (Album) BYG-8 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-10 Freedom At Last  album cover Freedom (9) Freedom At Last (Album) BYG-10 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
BYG-11 Luna Surface  album cover Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* - Luna Surface (Album) BYG-11 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 11 Louis Armstrong 1924  album cover Louis Armstrong With The Red Onion Jazz Babies Featuring Sidney Bechet And Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra* Louis Armstrong With The Red Onion Jazz Babies Featuring Sidney Bechet And Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra* - Louis Armstrong 1924(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 11 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-12 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin' (Album) BYG-12 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 13 Blues In The Alley  album cover Johnny Dodds Blues In The Alley(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records BYG 13 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-14 B-X0 NO-47A  album cover Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) BYG Records BYG-14 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-15 The Sound Pool  album cover Musica Elettronica Viva The Sound Pool(LP, Promo) BYG Records BYG-15 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-16 Poem For Malcolm  album cover Archie Shepp Poem For Malcolm(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records BYG-16 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 16 Duke Ellington And The Washingtonians  album cover Duke Ellington And His Washingtonians Duke Ellington And The Washingtonians(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records BYG 16 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 17 Bix Beiderbecke And The Wolverines  album cover Bix Beiderbecke And The Wolverines Bix Beiderbecke And The Wolverines(LP, Comp, Mono) Byg Records BYG 17 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-18 Sounds Of Feelings  album cover Joachim Kühn Sounds Of Feelings (Album) BYG-18 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 18 Young Fats Waller  album cover Fats Waller Young Fats Waller(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records BYG 18 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-19 Way Head  album cover Jacques Coursil Unit Way Head (Album) BYG-19 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 19 That's A Plenty  album cover New Orleans Rhythm Kings That's A Plenty(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 19 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-20 Echo  album cover Dave Burrell Echo (Album) BYG-20 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-21 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé (Album) BYG-21 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 21 Louis & The Blue Ladies  album cover Louis Armstrong Louis & The Blue Ladies(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 21 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 21 Byg's Melting Pop  album cover Various Byg's Melting Pop(2xLP, Comp) Byg Records BYG 21 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-22 New Africa  album cover Grachan Moncur III New Africa (Album) BYG-22 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 22 Jazz Masters  album cover Various Jazz Masters(2xLP, Comp, Gat) BYG Records BYG 22 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 22 Muggsy Spanier Chicago Blues(LP) BYG Records BYG 22 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-23 Ketchaoua  album cover Clifford Thornton Ketchaoua(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-23 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 23 Stockyard Strut  album cover Freddie Keppard Stockyard Strut(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 23 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 23 New Thing  album cover Various New Thing(2xLP, Comp, Gat) BYG Records BYG 23 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-24 Kenneth Terroade Love Rejoice(LP, Album, Promo) BYG Records BYG-24 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 24 Jelly Roll Blues  album cover Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Blues(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 24 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG25 Keyboard Study 2 / Initiative 1 (+ Systèmes)  album cover Germ (6), Terry Riley, Pierre Mariétan Germ (6), Terry Riley, Pierre Mariétan - Keyboard Study 2 / Initiative 1 (+ Systèmes)(LP) BYG Records BYG25 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 25 Riverside Blues  album cover Various Riverside Blues(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 25 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 25 Riverside Blues  album cover King Oliver Riverside Blues(LP) BYG Records BYG 25 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 25 John Renbourn - Bert Jansch - Pentangle  album cover John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Pentangle John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Pentangle - John Renbourn - Bert Jansch - Pentangle(2xLP, Comp, Gat) BYG Records BYG 25 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-26 Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Message To Our Folks (Album) BYG-26 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-28 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part (Album) BYG-28 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 28 Midnight Stomp  album cover Clarence Williams & His Orchestra* Featuring King Oliver Clarence Williams & His Orchestra* Featuring King Oliver - Midnight Stomp(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 28 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-29 La Vie De Bohême  album cover Dave Burrell La Vie De Bohême(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-29 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 29 The rarest Johnny dodds  album cover Johnny Dodds The rarest Johnny dodds(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 29 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 30 Wild Women Don't Worry  album cover Ida Cox Wild Women Don't Worry(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 30 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-31 Leave The City  album cover Musica Elettronica Viva Leave The City(LP) BYG Records BYG-31 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 31 Chicago South Side Jazz  album cover Preston Jackson Chicago South Side Jazz(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 31 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
BYG-32 Live In Antibes (Vol. 1)  album cover Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble - Live In Antibes (Vol. 1) (Album) BYG-32 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 32 Bix Muggsy Wingy  album cover Biederbecke*, Spanier*, Manone* Biederbecke*, Spanier*, Manone* - Bix Muggsy Wingy(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 32 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
BYG-33 Monkey-Pockie-Boo  album cover Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG-33 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-41 Scorpio  album cover Arthur Jones Scorpio(LP, Album, Promo) BYG Records BYG-41 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 101 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 101 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-103 Magick Brother  album cover Gong Magick Brother(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records BYG-103 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-105 Coeur Magique Wakan Tanka(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-105 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 129 008 She's All Right  album cover Otis Redding She's All Right(7", Single) BYG Records BYG 129 008 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 129012 The Hunter  album cover Pacific Gas And Electric* The Hunter(7") BYG Records BYG 129012 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 129.017 Gamma Lama / I'm Gettin Hip  album cover Otis Redding Gamma Lama / I'm Gettin Hip(7", Single) BYG Records BYG 129.017 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 129 018 Can't Turn You Loose / Good For Real  album cover Sly & The Family Stone Can't Turn You Loose / Good For Real(7", Single) BYG Records BYG 129 018 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 129.023 Je Veux Juste Dire / Unity  album cover L'Ame Son* Je Veux Juste Dire / Unity(7", Single) Byg Records BYG 129.023 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 129.024 Le Nouveau Monde  album cover Alice (22) Le Nouveau Monde(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 129.024 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 129026 Fire And Rain  album cover Chris Barber Band Fire And Rain(7") Byg Records BYG 129026 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 129033 Wakan Tanka  album cover Cœur Magique* Wakan Tanka(7", Single) BYG Records BYG 129033 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529001 The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529001 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 006 The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529 006 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529008 Folk Blues  album cover John Lee Hooker Folk Blues(LP, RE) BYG Records BYG 529008 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 009 Bloody Rockers  album cover Joachim Kühn & Rolf Kühn Joachim Kühn & Rolf Kühn - Bloody Rockers(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 009 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529.012 Cold Shot!  album cover The Johnny Otis Show Featuring Mighty Mouth Evans* & Shuggie Otis The Johnny Otis Show Featuring Mighty Mouth Evans* & Shuggie Otis - Cold Shot!(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records BYG 529.012 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG. 529 013 Retaliation  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Retaliation(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG. 529 013 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG. 529.014 Meine Kleine Herzensmelodie  album cover Wilma Meine Kleine Herzensmelodie(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG. 529.014 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 015 Blue Wale  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Wale* Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Wale* - Blue Wale(LP, Album) Byg Records BYG 529 015 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529 016 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice (Album) BYG 529 016 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 529.018 Wakan Tanka  album cover Coeur Magique Wakan Tanka(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529.018 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529019 The Heart Of The Blues Is Sound  album cover Champion Jack Dupree The Heart Of The Blues Is Sound(LP) BYG Records, BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529019 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 023 Birds Of A Feather  album cover Spontaneous Music Ensemble Birds Of A Feather (Album) BYG 529 023 France 1972 Sell This Version
BYG 529 027 Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1)  album cover Gong Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1)(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 027 France 1973 Sell This Version
BYG 529 055 Archive Of Jazz Volume 5 - China Boy - Everybody Loves My Baby - Chicago Blues  album cover Muggsy Spanier Archive Of Jazz Volume 5 - China Boy - Everybody Loves My Baby - Chicago Blues (Comp, Album) BYG 529 055 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.056 New Orleans Joys - Tom Cat Blues  album cover Jelly Roll Morton New Orleans Joys - Tom Cat Blues(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529.056 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 056 Jelly Roll Morton  album cover ARCHIVE OF JAZZ VOLUME 6, Jelly Roll Morton ARCHIVE OF JAZZ VOLUME 6, Jelly Roll Morton - Jelly Roll Morton(LP) BYG Records BYG 529 056 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 059 Archive Of Jazz Volume 9 - Giants Of Boogie Woogie  album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 9 - Giants Of Boogie Woogie (Comp) BYG 529 059 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 060 The Golden Age Of Ragtime  album cover Various The Golden Age Of Ragtime(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529 060 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.062 Archive Of Jazz Volume 12 - New Orleans Legends  album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 12 - New Orleans Legends(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529.062 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 529 063 Archive of Jazz Volume 13 Ragtime Piano Roll Classics(LP) BYG Records BYG 529 063 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.065 Low Down Piano  album cover Montana Taylor, Cripple Clarence Lofton Montana Taylor, Cripple Clarence Lofton - Low Down Piano (Comp) BYG 529.065 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 066 Archive Of Jazz 16 - St. James Infirmary, Dinah, Shine  album cover Jack Teagarden / Pee Wee Russell Jack Teagarden / Pee Wee Russell - Archive Of Jazz 16 - St. James Infirmary, Dinah, Shine (Comp) BYG 529 066 France Unknown Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

November 7, 2015
BYG Records LP pressings

Early BYG LPs were 30cm, not 12"

Basically, there are 4 different variations on the black label

1: with white relief logo and copyright with silver track details etc.,
two variations: square BIEM, rectangular BIEM
and a few that also switched the layout with BIEM on the left

2: with white relief logo and copyright with silver track details etc., SACEM
3: all white relief (no silver)
4: as 1-3 but 12" (not 30cm)

orange BYG picture label versions (SACEM)
Gong - Magick Brother ca 1972
Gong - Magick Brother ca 1973/74

SACEM orange BYG label (small logo)
reissues without Actuel ca 1975

Do you know of any other variations or finer details? - then message me.
viima

viima

January 22, 2004
edited over 9 years ago
BYG Records was founded by Fernand Boruso, Jean-Luc Young and Jean Georgakarakos in the late 60's. The now legendary status of BYG is mainly based on some fifty excellent free jazz and experimental records by mostly American artists released under the Actuel-series.

As the 60's progressed towards the seventies the interest of major labels in free jazz started to fade away, creating a need for a new output for many American artists and their music. As a result many leading musicians visited or moved entirely to Europe, where it seemed that free jazz and jazz in general, were more appreciated than in the USA. Paris was often the place of action for the ex-patriate free jazzers, where there was always demand for live performances and people running labels willing to record your music for a release. BYG was one of these.

Most of BYG's Actuel-records are excellent free jazz discs, but they did release something else too: a couple of MEV's improvised electronic albums, some progressive rock albums and a record by Pierre Marietan and Terry Riley.

There are other BYG records around, apart from the Actuel-series, but they are mostly reissues of pretty straight forward jazz discs.