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
529 314 Acting Trio  album cover Acting Trio Acting Trio(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 314 France 1969 Sell This Version
129 013 Shame On You / Baby Don't You Come Back Home  album cover Alan Jack Civilization Shame On You / Baby Don't You Come Back Home(7", Single) BYG Records 129 013 France 1969 Sell This Version
129.022 N'y Change Rien / J'ai Besoin De La Terre  album cover Alan Jack Civilization N'y Change Rien / J'ai Besoin De La Terre(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records 129.022 France 1970 Sell This Version
529011 Bluesy Mind  album cover Alan Jack Civilization Bluesy Mind(LP, Album) BYG Records 529011 France 1970 Sell This Version
MLP 15 369 Bluesy Mind  album cover Alan Jack Civilization Bluesy Mind(LP, Album) Metronome, BYG Records MLP 15 369 Germany 1970 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
SPOT 505 Alan Silva And The Celestrial Communication Orchestra  album cover Alan Silva And The Celestrial Communication Orchestra Alan Silva And The Celestrial Communication Orchestra - Alan Silva And The Celestrial Communication Orchestra(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 505 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
529.312 Luna Surface  album cover Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* - Luna Surface (Album) 529.312 France 1969 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
SPOT 539 Luna Surface  album cover Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* Alan Silva And His Celestrial Communication Orchestra* - Luna Surface(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 539 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
129 002 Mary Open The Door / I'm Tore Down  album cover Alexis Korner Mary Open The Door / I'm Tore Down(7", Single) BYG Records 129 002 France 1968 Sell This Version
529 002 A New Generation Of Blues  album cover Alexis Korner A New Generation Of Blues(LP, Album) BYG Records 529 002 France 1968 Sell This Version
529 502 A New Generation Of Blues  album cover Alexis Korner A New Generation Of Blues(LP, Album) BYG Records 529 502 France 1968 Sell This Version
129 019 De L'autre Côté Du Miroir / Viens  album cover Alice (22) De L'autre Côté Du Miroir / Viens(7", Single) BYG Records 129 019 France 1970 Sell This Version
129 029 Je Voudrais Habiter Le Soleil  album cover Alice (22) Je Voudrais Habiter Le Soleil (Single) 129 029 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 101 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 101 Japan 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 529 016 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice (Album) BYG 529 016 France 1970 Sell This Version
129 032 Astral Abuse  album cover Alpha Beta (4) Astral Abuse(7") BYG Records 129 032 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.324 Catalyse  album cover Ame Son Catalyse (Album) 529.324 France 1970 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
MLP 15 373 Catalyse  album cover Ame Son Catalyse(LP, Album) Metronome, BYG Records MLP 15 373 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
529.316 What About?  album cover Andrew Cyrille What About?(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.316 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.702 Rock Generation Volume 2 - The Animals 1963 + The Yardbirds 1964  album cover The Animals + The Yardbirds The Animals + The Yardbirds - Rock Generation Volume 2 - The Animals 1963 + The Yardbirds 1964 (Comp) 529.702 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.701 Rock Generation Volume 1 - The Animals 1963 + The Yardbirds 1964  album cover The Animals + The Yardbirds The Animals + The Yardbirds - Rock Generation Volume 1 - The Animals 1963 + The Yardbirds 1964 (Comp) 529.701 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.315 B-X0 NO-47A  album cover Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A (Album) 529.315 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.347 This Time...  album cover Anthony Braxton This Time...(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.347 France 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
SPOT 524 B-X° / NO-I-47ᴬ  album cover Anthony Braxton B-X° / NO-I-47ᴬ(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 524 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 533 This Time...  album cover Anthony Braxton This Time... (Album) SPOT 533 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
YX-6036 This Time...  album cover Anthony Braxton This Time...(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-6036 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-8005 B-X0 NO-47A  album cover Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A(LP, Album, RE, Gat) BYG Records YX-8005 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
529.203 Yasmina, A Black Woman / Live At The Panafrican Festival  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman / Live At The Panafrican Festival(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.203 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.208 Poem For Malcolm / Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Poem For Malcolm / Blasé(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.208 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.304 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman (Album) 529.304 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.311 Poem For Malcom  album cover Archie Shepp Poem For Malcom (Album) 529.311 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.318 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé (Album) 529.318 France 1969 Sell This Version
529351 Live At The Panafrican Festival  album cover Archie Shepp Live At The Panafrican Festival (Album) 529351 France 1971 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-16 Poem For Malcolm  album cover Archie Shepp Poem For Malcolm(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records BYG-16 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-21 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé (Album) BYG-21 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
K23P-6239 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman(LP, Album) Seven Seas K23P-6239 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
LBG 29003 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé(LP, Album) BYG Records LBG 29003 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
LBG 29005 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman(LP, Album) BYG Records LBG 29005 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
SPOT 519 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 519 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 542 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 542 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
SPOT 547 Live At The Panafrican Festival  album cover Archie Shepp Live At The Panafrican Festival(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 547 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
YX-2031 Yasmina, A Black Woman  album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records YX-2031 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-2032 Blasé  album cover Archie Shepp Blasé(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records YX-2032 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-2033 Poem For Malcom  album cover Archie Shepp Poem For Malcom (Album) YX-2033 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-9003~4 Yasmina, A Black Woman / Live At The Panafrican Festival   album cover Archie Shepp Yasmina, A Black Woman / Live At The Panafrican Festival (2xLP, Comp) BYG Records YX-9003~4 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
529.100 Consequences  album cover Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon - Consequences(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records 529.100 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 100 Consequences  album cover Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon - Consequences (Album) BYG 529 100 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 101 Peace  album cover Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon - Peace(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 101 France 1970 Sell This Version
529 338 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) 529 338 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.339 Live In Antibes (Vol. 2)  album cover Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble - Live In Antibes (Vol. 2) (Album) 529.339 France 1971 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
CHARLY 651 X Live In Antibes  album cover Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble - Live In Antibes(2xCD, Comp, RE) Charly Records, BYG Records CHARLY 651 X UK 2013 Sell This Version
SPOT 534 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)(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 534 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 538 Live In Antibes (Vol. 2)  album cover Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble - Live In Antibes (Vol. 2)(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 538 Italy 2010 Sell This Version
YX-6032 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)(LP, Album, RE, Gat) BYG Records YX-6032 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
YX-6033 Live In Antibes (Vol. 2)  album cover Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble Archie Shepp And The Full Moon Ensemble - Live In Antibes (Vol. 2) (Album) YX-6033 Japan 1973 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 529 056 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
129.050 L'Incendie  album cover Areski - Brigitte Fontaine L'Incendie(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records 129.050 France 1973 Sell This Version
129.052 Ça Va Faire Un Hit / Quand Les Ghettos Brûleront  album cover Brigitte Fontaine Et Areski* Ça Va Faire Un Hit / Quand Les Ghettos Brûleront(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records 129.052 France 1974 Sell This Version
529 026 L'Incendie  album cover Areski - Brigitte Fontaine L'Incendie (Album) 529 026 France 1973 Sell This Version
N: 529026 L'Incendie  album cover Areski - Brigitte Fontaine L'Incendie(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) BYG Records, BYG Records N: 529026 US 2005 Sell This Version
YX-8010 L'Incendie  album cover Areski - Brigitte Fontaine L'Incendie(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records YX-8010 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529149 Reflections Of Buhainia  album cover Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers* Reflections Of Buhainia (Album) BYG 529149 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.204 "Great Black Music" - A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* "Great Black Music" - A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.204 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.302 A.A.C.M., Great Black Music - A Jackson In Your House  album cover The Art Ensemble Of Chicago A.A.C.M., Great Black Music - A Jackson In Your House (Album) 529.302 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.328 Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Message To Our Folks (Album) 529.328 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.329 Reese And The Smooth Ones  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Reese And The Smooth Ones (Album) 529.329 France 1969 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-26 Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Message To Our Folks (Album) BYG-26 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
CHARLY 649 X A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks / Reese And The Smooth Ones  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks / Reese And The Smooth Ones(2xCD, Comp, RM) Charly Records, BYG Records CHARLY 649 X UK 2013 Sell This Version
MLP 15 370 A Jackson In Your House  album cover The Art Ensemble Of Chicago A Jackson In Your House(LP, Album, Gat) Metronome, BYG Records MLP 15 370 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
SPOT 510 Reese And The Smooth Ones  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Reese And The Smooth Ones(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 510 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 543 A Jackson In Your House  album cover The Art Ensemble Of Chicago A Jackson In Your House(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 543 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
SPOT 549 Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Message To Our Folks(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 549 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
YX-2040 Live Part 1  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Live Part 1(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2040 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-2041 Live Part 2  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Live Part 2(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2041 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-8027 A Jackson In Your House  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* A Jackson In Your House(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-8027 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-8028 Reese And The Smooth Ones  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Reese And The Smooth Ones(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-8028 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-8029 Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Message To Our Folks(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-8029 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-9005 6 A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks  album cover Art Ensemble Of Chicago* A Jackson In Your House / Message To Our Folks(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records YX-9005 6 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
529.350 Scorpio  album cover Arthur Jones Scorpio(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.350 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-41 Scorpio  album cover Arthur Jones Scorpio(LP, Album, Promo) BYG Records BYG-41 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
129 027 Days / Willing To Fight  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale - Days / Willing To Fight(7", Single) Byg Records 129 027 France 1971 Sell This Version
529 015 Blue Wale  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Wale* Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Wale* - Blue Wale(LP, Album) Byg Records 529 015 Germany 1971 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
MLP 15395 Blue Whale  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale - Blue Whale(LP, Album) Metronome, Byg Records MLP 15395 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
SBYG 529015 Blue Whale  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale - Blue Whale(LP, Album) Byg Records SBYG 529015 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
WS 3010 Blue Whale  album cover Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar / Blue Whale - Blue Whale(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Byg Records WS 3010 UK 1971 Sell This Version
129 001 Double Lovin'  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Double Lovin'(7", Single) BYG Records 129 001 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.001 The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records 529.001 France 1968 Sell This Version
529 005 Doctor Dunbar's Prescription  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Doctor Dunbar's Prescription(LP, Album) BYG Records 529 005 France 1969 Sell This Version
529 501 Watchin' Chain  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Watchin' Chain(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 501 France 1971 Sell This Version
529504 Doctor Dunbar's Prescription  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Doctor Dunbar's Prescription (Album) 529504 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.