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
529.007 Get It On  album cover Pacific Gas And Electric* Get It On(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.007 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.507 Get It On  album cover Pacific Gas And Electric* Get It On (Album) 529.507 France 1971 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
M 25.270 The Hunter  album cover Pacific Gas And Electric* The Hunter(7", Single) Metronome, BYG Records, Metronome M 25.270 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
S-26.080 Motor City's Burning  album cover Pacific Gas & Electric Motor City's Burning(LP) BYG Records S-26.080 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
379 294-5 Garde Le Pour Toi  album cover Paradis (2) Garde Le Pour Toi(12", S/Sided, Single) Riviera (3), Maison Barclay, Universal Music France 379 294-5 France 2014 Sell This Version
529114 Footloose  album cover Paul Bley Footloose(LP) BYG Records 529114 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.313 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin' (Album) 529.313 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-12 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin' (Album) BYG-12 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 529 114 Footloose  album cover Paul Bley Footloose (Album) BYG 529 114 France 1969 Sell This Version
SPOT528 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin'(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat) Sunspots, Sunspots SPOT528 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
YX-2038 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin'(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records YX-2038 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
YX-6058 Ramblin'  album cover Paul Bley Ramblin'(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records YX-6058 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
129 035 Mon Petit Garçon / Le Train Du Méridien  album cover Paul Semama* Mon Petit Garçon / Le Train Du Méridien(7", Single) BYG Records 129 035 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529159 Funk Dumpling  album cover Perry Robinson 4 Funk Dumpling(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529159 France Unknown 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 529156 Jazz New Orleans   album cover Punch Miller / Mutt Carey Punch Miller / Mutt Carey - Jazz New Orleans (LP, Album, Mono, RE) BYG Records BYG 529156 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG 529 124 Rose Room  album cover Red Norvo Rose Room(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529 124 France Unknown Sell This Version
YX-2013 Rose Room  album cover Red Norvo Rose Room(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2013 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
YX-6084 Rose Room  album cover Red Norvo Rose Room(LP, Album, Promo, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records YX-6084 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
129 009 Peace Be Still/ The Lord Brought Us Out  album cover James Cleveland* And The Angelic Choir James Cleveland* And The Angelic Choir - Peace Be Still/ The Lord Brought Us Out(7", Single) Byg Records 129 009 France 1969 Sell This Version
YX-6026 Rod Stewart + The Steampacket Rod Stewart + The Steampacket - Rod Stewart + Steampacket VOL.6(LP, Comp) BYG Records YX-6026 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
LE JAZZ CD 6 Three For The Festival  album cover Roland Kirk Three For The Festival (Comp) LE JAZZ CD 6 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BYG 529 123 Ruby Braff Plays Louis Armstrong  album cover Ruby Braff Ruby Braff Plays Louis Armstrong(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529 123 France 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 529 158 Sammy Price   album cover Sammy Price Sammy Price (LP, Album) Jazz Masters Serie, BYG Records BYG 529 158 Unknown Sell This Version
6003 800 The Entertainer / Maple Leaf Rag  album cover Scott Joplin The Entertainer / Maple Leaf Rag(7", Single) Philips 6003 800 Sweden 1974 Sell This Version
6003 800 The Entertainer / Maple Leaf Rag  album cover Scott Joplin The Entertainer / Maple Leaf Rag(7", Single) Philips 6003 800 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6434 903 Original Rags  album cover Scott Joplin Original Rags(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records 6434 903 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
529.052 Archive Of Jazz Volume 2 - Sidney Bechet  album cover Sidney Bechet Archive Of Jazz Volume 2 - Sidney Bechet(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.052 France 1971 Sell This Version
529 064 September Song - I Got Rhythm - Blues Improvisation  album cover Sydney Bechet* September Song - I Got Rhythm - Blues Improvisation(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529 064 France Unknown Sell This Version
M. 18.159 September Song - I Got Rhythm - Blues Improvisation  album cover Sydney Bechet* September Song - I Got Rhythm - Blues Improvisation(LP, Comp) BYG Records M. 18.159 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
BYG 529161 Bowin' Singin' Slam  album cover Slam Stewart Featuring Erroll Garner And Johnny Guarnieri Slam Stewart Featuring Erroll Garner And Johnny Guarnieri - Bowin' Singin' Slam(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529161 France Unknown 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
M 25 241 Can't Turn You Loose / Good For Real  album cover Sly & The Family Stone Can't Turn You Loose / Good For Real(7", Single) Metronome, BYG Records M 25 241 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
200 137 Soft Machine  album cover Soft Machine Soft Machine(LP) Metronome 2001, Metronome 2001, BYG Records 200 137 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
529.907 Faces And Places Vol. 7  album cover Soft Machine Faces And Places Vol. 7 529.907 France 1972 Sell This Version
YX-6027 Faces And Places Vol. 7  album cover Soft Machine Faces And Places Vol. 7(LP) BYG Records YX-6027 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
529.708 Rock Generation Vol. 8 - Soft Machine + Mark Leeman 52, Deep Feeling, T-Bones  album cover Soft Machine + Mark Leeman 5*, Davy Graham Soft Machine + Mark Leeman 5*, Davy Graham - Rock Generation Vol. 8 - Soft Machine + Mark Leeman 52, Deep Feeling, T-Bones 529.708 France 1972 Sell This Version
529.201 Soft Machine - Gong  album cover Soft Machine, Gong, Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt, Gary Wright, Kevin Ayers Soft Machine, Gong, Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt, Gary Wright, Kevin Ayers - Soft Machine - Gong(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.201 France 1971 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
529.703 Rock Generation Volume 3 - Sonny Boy Williamson's Visit To England 1963 + Graham Bond - Or The Beginning Of Jazz-Rock  album cover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) & The Animals / Graham Bond Organisation* Sonny Boy Williamson (2) & The Animals / Graham Bond Organisation* - Rock Generation Volume 3 - Sonny Boy Williamson's Visit To England 1963 + Graham Bond - Or The Beginning Of Jazz-Rock (Comp) 529.703 France 1972 Sell This Version
529.902 Sonny Boy Williamson + Animals (Faces & Places Vol. 2)  album cover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) + Animals* Sonny Boy Williamson (2) + Animals* - Sonny Boy Williamson + Animals (Faces & Places Vol. 2)(LP) BYG Records 529.902 France 1972 Sell This Version
529.709 Rock Generation Volume 9 - Sonny Boy Williamson + Jimmy Page / The Brian Auger Trinity  album cover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) + Jimmy Page / The Brian Auger Trinity* Sonny Boy Williamson (2) + Jimmy Page / The Brian Auger Trinity* - Rock Generation Volume 9 - Sonny Boy Williamson + Jimmy Page / The Brian Auger Trinity (Comp) 529.709 France 1972 Sell This Version
529.337 Monkey-Pockie-Boo  album cover Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo (Album) 529.337 France 1970 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
S-26.062 Monkey-Pockie-Boo  album cover Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo(LP, Album, Gat) BYG Records, Movieplay S-26.062 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
SPOT 504 Monkey-Pockie-Boo  album cover Sonny Sharrock Monkey-Pockie-Boo(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 504 Italy 2002 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 529 115 The Starting Gate  album cover Stan Getz The Starting Gate(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529 115 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.706 Rock Generation Volume 6 - The Steampacket (Or The First "Supergroup")  album cover The Steampacket Rock Generation Volume 6 - The Steampacket (Or The First "Supergroup") 529.706 France 1970 Sell This Version
529.906 Faces And Places Vol. 6  album cover Rod Stewart + Steampacket* Faces And Places Vol. 6(LP) BYG Records, BYG Records 529.906 France 1972 Sell This Version
BYG 529122 Venupelli Blues  album cover Stéphane Grappelli - Joe Venuti Stéphane Grappelli - Joe Venuti - Venupelli Blues(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 529122 France 1970 Sell This Version
YX-2012 Venupelli Blues  album cover Stéphane Grappelli - Joe Venuti Stéphane Grappelli - Joe Venuti - Venupelli Blues(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2012 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
BYG 529136 Childhood Is Forever  album cover Steve Kuhn Childhood Is Forever (Album) BYG 529136 France 1971 Sell This Version
YX-2014 Childhood Is Forever  album cover Steve Kuhn Childhood Is Forever(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records YX-2014 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
YX-6038 Childhood Is Forever  album cover Steve Kuhn Childhood Is Forever (Album) YX-6038 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
CDNEW 129 Childhood Is Forever  album cover Steve Kuhn / Aldo Romano / Steve Swallow Steve Kuhn / Aldo Romano / Steve Swallow - Childhood Is Forever(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Charly Records CDNEW 129 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
529.352 Moon  album cover Steve Lacy Moon(LP, Album) BYG Records 529.352 France 1971 Sell This Version
BYG 529126 Epistrophy  album cover Steve Lacy Epistrophy(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529126 France 1969 Sell This Version
SPOT 529 Moon  album cover Steve Lacy Moon(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 529 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
YX-2015 Epistrophy  album cover Steve Lacy Epistrophy(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records YX-2015 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
BYG 529 111 The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra  album cover Sun Ra The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra (Album) BYG 529 111 France 1969 Sell This Version
S-26.063 The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra  album cover Sun Ra The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records S-26.063 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
529.202 The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1 & 2  album cover Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra* The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1 & 2(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.202 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.340 The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1  album cover Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra* The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1 (Album) 529.340 France 1972 Sell This Version
529341 The Solar-myth Approach, Vol. 2  album cover Sun Ra And His Solar-myth Arkestra* The Solar-myth Approach, Vol. 2 (Album) 529341 France 1972 Sell This Version
BYG 529162 Sound Of Joy  album cover Sun Ra And The Arkestra* Sound Of Joy (Album) BYG 529162 France 1971 Sell This Version
SPOT 509 The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol. 1)  album cover Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra* The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol. 1)(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 509 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 520 The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol 2)  album cover Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra* The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol 2)(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 520 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
YX-9001-2 The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1 & 2  album cover Sun Ra & His Solar-Myth Arkestra* The Solar-Myth Approach Vol. 1 & 2(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records YX-9001-2 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
529.207 Sunshine / Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Sunshine / Hommage To Africa(LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + Comp) BYG Records 529.207 France 1971 Sell This Version
529.303 Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Hommage To Africa (Album) 529.303 France 1970 Sell This Version
529.332 An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)  album cover Sunny Murray An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker) (Album) 529.332 France 1970 Sell This Version
529.348 Sunshine  album cover Sunny Murray Sunshine (Album) 529.348 France 1969 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
BYG-3 Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Hommage To Africa(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG-3 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
S-26.051 Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Hommage To Africa (Album) S-26.051 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
SPOT 530 Sunshine  album cover Sunny Murray Sunshine(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 530 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 540 An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)  album cover Sunny Murray An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 540 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
SPOT 550 Homage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Homage To Africa(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Sunspots SPOT 550 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
YX 2034 An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)  album cover Sunny Murray An Even Break (Never Give A Sucker)(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records YX 2034 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
YX-9009-10 Sunshine / Hommage To Africa  album cover Sunny Murray Sunshine / Hommage To Africa(LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + Comp) BYG Records YX-9009-10 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
YX-2029 Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 1  album cover Thelonious Monk Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 1(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2029 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-2030 Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 2  album cover Thelonious Monk Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 2(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2030 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-2044 Live In Paris Part 1  album cover Thelonious Monk Live In Paris Part 1(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2044 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-2045 Live In Paris Part 2  album cover Thelonious Monk Live In Paris Part 2(LP, Album) BYG Records YX-2045 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
YX-4005~6 Thelonious Monk  album cover Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk(2xLP, Album) BYG Records YX-4005~6 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
529 153 Nica's Tempo  album cover Thelonious Monk, Gigi Gryce Thelonious Monk, Gigi Gryce - Nica's Tempo(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records 529 153 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529153 Nica's Tempo  album cover Thelonious Monk, Gigi Gryce Thelonious Monk, Gigi Gryce - Nica's Tempo(LP, Album, RE) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529153 France 1969 Sell This Version
CDDB - 3008-S1 Lo Mejor De Tina Turner  album cover Tina Turner Lo Mejor De Tina Turner(2xCD, Unofficial) BYG Records CDDB - 3008-S1 Spain 2000 Sell This Version
BYG 529.072 Archive Of Jazz Volume 22 - Jackass Blues - Chicago Mess Around  album cover Tommy Ladnier Archive Of Jazz Volume 22 - Jackass Blues - Chicago Mess Around(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529.072 France Unknown Sell This Version
129 028 I'll Take The Next Train  album cover Tribu I'll Take The Next Train(7", Single) BYG Records 129 028 France 1971 Sell This Version
129 038 Love Is All  album cover Tribu Love Is All(7", Single) BYG Records 129 038 France 1971 Sell This Version
129 034 I Love You So / Si Ma Chanson Pouvait  album cover Valérie Lagrange I Love You So / Si Ma Chanson Pouvait(7", Single) BYG Records, BYG Records 129 034 France 1971 Sell This Version
20 Real Bluesmen & Folksingers  album cover Various Real Bluesmen & Folksingers(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records, BYG Records 20 France Unknown Sell This Version
58 006 Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 2  album cover Various Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 2(5xBox, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records, BYG Records, BYG Records, BYG Records 58 006 France Unknown Sell This Version
529 061 Archive Of Jazz Volume 11 - Riverside History Of Classic Jazz  album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 11 - Riverside History Of Classic Jazz(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records 529 061 France Unknown Sell This Version
529 063 Ragtime Piano Roll Classics  album cover Various Ragtime Piano Roll Classics (Comp) 529 063 France 1974 Sell This Version
529 068 Archive Of Jazz Volume 18 - The Blues New Orleans Style  album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 18 - The Blues New Orleans Style(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529 068 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.601 History Of Jazz Volume 1  album cover Various History Of Jazz Volume 1(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.601 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.