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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Label


Cat# Artist  Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
529.506 Retaliation  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Retaliation(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.506 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. 529 013 Retaliation  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Retaliation(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG. 529 013 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-102 Aynsley Dunbar, Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar, Blue Whale - Blue Whale(LP, Album, Promo, Whi) BYG Records BYG-102 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
MAX-1004-BY Aynsley Dunbar, Blue Whale Aynsley Dunbar, Blue Whale - Aynsley Dunbar Blue Whale(7", Maxi, Promo) BYG Records MAX-1004-BY Japan 1971 Sell This Version
129 025 Fight For My Country  album cover Balls (3) Fight For My Country(7", Single) Byg Records 129 025 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529 120 Arabia  album cover Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller Featuring Lee Morgan Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller Featuring Lee Morgan - Arabia (Album) BYG 529 120 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529085 Archive Of Jazz Volume 35 - Benny Goodman . 1935  album cover Benny Goodman Archive Of Jazz Volume 35 - Benny Goodman . 1935(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529085 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
BYG 529154 Deep People  album cover Bill Russo / Shelley Manne* Bill Russo / Shelley Manne* - Deep People(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529154 France 1968 Sell This Version
529.054 Archive Of Jazz Volume 4 - Bix Beiderbecke  album cover Bix Beiderbecke Archive Of Jazz Volume 4 - Bix Beiderbecke (Comp) 529.054 France Unknown 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 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 529 077 Blues In Chicago  album cover Blind Blake Blues In Chicago(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 077 France 1970 Sell This Version
200.149 This Is Brian Auger  album cover Brian Auger This Is Brian Auger(LP, Comp) Metronome 2001, Metronome 2001, BYG Records, BYG Records 200.149 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BYG 529 910 Faces And Places Vol. 10  album cover Brian Auger Faces And Places Vol. 10(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 910 France 1972 Sell This Version
YX-6030 Faces And Places Vol. 10  album cover Brian Auger Faces And Places Vol. 10(LP, Comp) BYG Records YX-6030 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
129 011 Medicine Man  album cover Buchanan Brothers (2) Medicine Man(7", Single) BYG Records 129 011 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.308 Aquariana  album cover Burton Greene Ensemble Aquariana (Album) 529.308 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-8 Aquariana  album cover Burton Greene Ensemble Aquariana (Album) BYG-8 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
529089 Archive Of Jazz Volume 39  album cover The California Ramblers* Archive Of Jazz Volume 39 (Comp) 529089 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 107 The Beginning  album cover Julian Cannonball Adderley* The Beginning(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 107 France Unknown Sell This Version
YX-4003~4 Student Studies  album cover Cecil Taylor Student Studies(2xLP, Album) BYG Records YX-4003~4 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
529.019 The Heart Of The Blues Is Sound   album cover Champion Jack Dupree The Heart Of The Blues Is Sound (LP) BYG RECORDS 529.019 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 529 105 Jazz Composers Workshop  album cover Charles Mingus Jazz Composers Workshop(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 105 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529142 Charlie Mingus With Red Norvo & Tal Farlow  album cover Charles Mingus And Red Norvo And Tal Farlow Charles Mingus And Red Norvo And Tal Farlow - Charlie Mingus With Red Norvo & Tal Farlow(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529142 France 1969 Sell This Version
YX-7009 Charles Mingus Live With Eric Dolphy  album cover Charles Mingus With Eric Dolphy Charles Mingus With Eric Dolphy - Charles Mingus Live With Eric Dolphy(LP, Album, Mono) BYG Records YX-7009 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 139 Little Girl Blue  album cover Charlie Byrd Little Girl Blue(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 139 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
BYG 529 121 The Bird On Savoy Part 1  album cover Charlie Parker The Bird On Savoy Part 1(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 121 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 129 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 1 "Now's The Time"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 1 "Now's The Time"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 129 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 130 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 2 "Chasing The Bird"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 2 "Chasing The Bird"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 130 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 131 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 3 "Cheryl"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 3 "Cheryl"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 131 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 132 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 4 "Blue Bird"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 4 "Blue Bird"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 132 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 133 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 5 "Parker's Mood"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 5 "Parker's Mood"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 133 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 134 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 6 "Barbados"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 6 "Barbados"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 134 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 135 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 7 "Hot House"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 7 "Hot House"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 135 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 157 The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 8 "A Night In Tunisia"  album cover Charlie Parker The Complete Charlie Parker Vol. 8 "A Night In Tunisia"(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 157 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.163 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles  album cover Charlie Ventura I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records BYG 529.163 US Unknown 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
529-088 Archive Of Jazz Volume 38  album cover Clarence Williams Archive Of Jazz Volume 38(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529-088 France Unknown 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
6 Africanasia  album cover Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones - Africanasia(LP, Album) Diresa 6 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
529.306 Africanasia  album cover Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones - Africanasia (Album) 529.306 France 1969 Sell This Version
S-21.205 Africanasia  album cover Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones Claude Delcloo, Arthur Jones - Africanasia(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records S-21.205 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
529.323 Ketchaoua  album cover Clifford Thornton Ketchaoua (Album) 529.323 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-23 Ketchaoua  album cover Clifford Thornton Ketchaoua(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-23 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
129026 Le Cocotier  album cover Coeur Magique Le Cocotier(7", Single) BYG Records 129026 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG-105 Coeur Magique Wakan Tanka(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-105 Japan 1971 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 529.018 Wakan Tanka  album cover Coeur Magique Wakan Tanka(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529.018 France 1971 Sell This Version
MAX-1012-BY Wakan Tanka  album cover Coeur Magique Wakan Tanka(7", EP) BYG Records MAX-1012-BY Japan 1971 Sell This Version
529147 An Evening At Papa Joe's  album cover Coleman Hawkins An Evening At Papa Joe's(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records 529147 Unknown Sell This Version
529 345 Banana Moon  album cover Daevid Allen Banana Moon (Album) 529 345 France 1971 Sell This Version
OX 73178 Banana Moon  album cover Daevid Allen Banana Moon(Cass, Album, RE) Oxford OX 73178 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
YX-6044 Banana Moon  album cover Daevid Allen Banana Moon(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records YX-6044 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
129.021 Garçon Ou Fille  album cover Daevid Allen, Gong Daevid Allen, Gong - Garçon Ou Fille(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records 129.021 France 1970 Sell This Version
529.320 Echo  album cover Dave Burrell Echo (Album) 529.320 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.330 La Vie De Bohême  album cover Dave Burrell La Vie De Bohême(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.330 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-20 Echo  album cover Dave Burrell Echo (Album) BYG-20 Japan 1970 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
SPOT 525 Echo  album cover Dave Burrell Echo(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 525 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
BYG 529137 Down Of The Century Orchestra  album cover Dawn Of The Century Orchestra Directed By The Professeur David E. Bourne* Dawn Of The Century Orchestra Directed By The Professeur David E. Bourne* - Down Of The Century Orchestra(LP, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529137 France Unknown Sell This Version
129 006 What Kind Of Lady / You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone)  album cover Dee Dee Sharp What Kind Of Lady / You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone)(7") BYG Records 129 006 France 1969 Sell This Version
529 334 Tarik  album cover Dewey Redman Tarik(LP, Album) BYG Records 529 334 France 1970 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
529 116 Dexter Rides Again  album cover Dexter Gordon Dexter Rides Again(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records 529 116 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 116 Dexter Rides Again  album cover Dexter Gordon Dexter Rides Again (Album) BYG 529 116 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529145 Dizzy Atmosphere  album cover Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Atmosphere(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529145 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.146 Dizzy Gillespie The Champ(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529.146 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.206 "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.206 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.301 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part (Album) 529.301 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.331 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part (Album) 529.331 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-1 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part (Album) BYG-1 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG-28 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part (Album) BYG-28 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
CHARLY 650 X "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part / Orient  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part / Orient(2xCD, Comp, RM) Charly Records, BYG Records CHARLY 650 X UK 2013 Sell This Version
lbg 29002 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part(LP, Album) BYG Records lbg 29002 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
Reissue Series "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part(LP, Album, RE) Affinity Reissue Series UK Unknown Sell This Version
S-26.057 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part(LP, Album) BYG Records S-26.057 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
SPOT 515 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 515 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 544 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 544 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
XT-1052 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part(LP, Album, Promo) BYG Records XT-1052 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-2028 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records YX-2028 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-4022~3 Blue Lake  album cover Don Cherry Blue Lake(2xLP, Album) BYG Records YX-4022~3 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
YX-9007~8 "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part / "Mu" Second Part (Album, Comp) YX-9007~8 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
YX-4012~13 Orient  album cover Don Cherry Orient (Album) YX-4012~13 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
LBG 29001 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry With Ed Blackwell Don Cherry With Ed Blackwell - "Mu" First Part(LP, Album) BYG Records LBG 29001 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
529.053 Archive Of Jazz Volume 3 - Duke Ellington - Animal Crackers In My Soup  album cover Duke Ellington Archive Of Jazz Volume 3 - Duke Ellington - Animal Crackers In My Soup(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.053 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.071 Archive Of Jazz Volume 21 - Choo Choo - Jig Walk - Trombone Blues  album cover Duke Ellington Archive Of Jazz Volume 21 - Choo Choo - Jig Walk - Trombone Blues (Comp) 529.071 France Unknown Sell This Version
529081 Archive Of Jazz Volume 31  album cover Duke Ellington Archive Of Jazz Volume 31(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529081 France Unknown 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
7581 926 The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)  album cover Duke Ellington The Duke Ellington Memorial Album, Vol. II (1937-1951)(Cass, Comp) BYG Records 7581 926 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
M-18141 Archive of Jazz vol.3  album cover Duke Ellington Archive of Jazz vol.3(LP, Comp) BYG Records M-18141 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
YX-2035 Live Part 1  album cover Duke Ellington Live Part 1(LP, Album, Mono) BYG Records YX-2035 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
YX-2036 Live Part 2  album cover Duke Ellington Live Part 2(LP, Mono) BYG Records YX-2036 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
YX-6031 Duke Ellington  album cover Duke Ellington Duke Ellington(LP, Comp) BYG Records YX-6031 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 529090 Archive Of Jazz Volume 40  album cover Earl Hines Archive Of Jazz Volume 40(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529090 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.