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
BYG 529138 ...Sweet N' Swing  album cover Milt Buckner, Billy Taylor Milt Buckner, Billy Taylor - ...Sweet N' Swing(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529138 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
529.301 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part (Album) 529.301 France 1969 Sell This Version
BYG-1 "Mu" First Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" First Part (Album) BYG-1 Japan 1970 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
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
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
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
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
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
529.331 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part (Album) 529.331 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG-28 "Mu" Second Part  album cover Don Cherry "Mu" Second Part (Album) BYG-28 Japan 1971 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
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
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 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
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-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
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
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
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
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
529.333 Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)  album cover Grachan Moncur III Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early) (Album) 529.333 France 1970 Sell This Version
S-26.059 Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)  album cover Grachan Moncur III Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)(LP, Album) Movieplay, BYG Records S-26.059 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
529.205 Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early) / New Africa  album cover Grachan Moncur III Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early) / New Africa(2xLP, Comp) BYG Records 529.205 France 1971 Sell This Version
529 314 Acting Trio  album cover Acting Trio Acting Trio(LP, Album) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 314 France 1969 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
YX-4018~19 Again  album cover Max Roach Again(2xLP) BYG Records YX-4018~19 Japan Unknown 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
BYG 101 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice(LP, Album) BYG Records BYG 101 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
BYG 529 016 Alice  album cover Alice (22) Alice (Album) BYG 529 016 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
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
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
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
CD LIK 75 Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2)  album cover Gong Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2) (Album) CD LIK 75 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
GET613 Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2)  album cover Gong Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2)(LP, Album, RE, RP) Get Back GET613 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
SNAP015CD Angels Egg  album cover Gong Angels Egg (Album) SNAP015CD Europe 1996 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
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
non Archive Of Jazz   album cover Various Archive Of Jazz (2xLP, Comp) BYG Records non France Unknown Sell This Version
529 069 Archive Of Jazz - Volume 19  album cover New Orleans Rhythm Kings Archive Of Jazz - Volume 19(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 069 France Unknown Sell This Version
529 057 Archive Of Jazz - Volume 7  album cover New Orleans Rhythm Kings Archive Of Jazz - Volume 7(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 057 France Unknown Sell This Version
M-18.152 Archive Of Jazz - Volume 7  album cover New Orleans Rhythm Kings Archive Of Jazz - Volume 7(LP, Comp) BYG Records M-18.152 Spain 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
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
529.051 Archive Of Jazz Volume 1 - Louis Armstrong  album cover Louis Armstrong Archive Of Jazz Volume 1 - Louis Armstrong(LP, Comp, Mono) BYG Records 529.051 France 1969 Sell This Version
M-18155 Archive Of Jazz Volume 10 - The Golden Age Of Ragtime   album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 10 - The Golden Age Of Ragtime (LP) BYG Records M-18155 Spain 1970 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
BYG M-18.156 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 BYG M-18.156 Spain 1970 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
529 067 Archive Of Jazz Volume 17 - Kings Of Classics Jazz: Georges Lewis - Kid Ory  album cover George Lewis (2), Kid Ory George Lewis (2), Kid Ory - Archive Of Jazz Volume 17 - Kings Of Classics Jazz: Georges Lewis - Kid Ory(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records 529 067 France 1969 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
529.052 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
529.071 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
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
529.073 Archive Of Jazz Volume 23 - Misery Blues - Coffin Blues  album cover Ida Cox Archive Of Jazz Volume 23 - Misery Blues - Coffin Blues(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.073 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.074 Archive Of Jazz Volume 24  album cover Johnny Dodds Archive Of Jazz Volume 24(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529.074 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.075 Archive Of Jazz Volume 25  album cover Freddy Keppard* Archive Of Jazz Volume 25(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.075 France Unknown Sell This Version
529.076 Archive Of Jazz Volume 26 - Louis Armstrong In New York  album cover Louis Armstrong Archive Of Jazz Volume 26 - Louis Armstrong In New York(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.076 France Unknown Sell This Version
529 078 Archive Of Jazz Volume 28  album cover Gertrude "Ma" Rainey* Archive Of Jazz Volume 28(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529 078 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529 079 Archive Of Jazz Volume 29 - New York And Chicago Jazz 1923-24  album cover Various Archive Of Jazz Volume 29 - New York And Chicago Jazz 1923-24(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529 079 France Unknown 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
529.080 Archive Of Jazz Volume 30  album cover Jelly Roll Morton Archive Of Jazz Volume 30(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.080 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
BYG 529082 Archive Of Jazz Volume 32  album cover Jimmy O'Bryant Archive Of Jazz Volume 32(LP, Comp) BYG Records, BYG Records BYG 529082 France Unknown Sell This Version
529 083 Archive Of Jazz Volume 33 - Fletcher Henderson 1923  album cover Fletcher Henderson Archive Of Jazz Volume 33 - Fletcher Henderson 1923(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529 083 US Unknown Sell This Version
529.084 Archive Of Jazz Volume 34 - George Lewis  album cover George Lewis (2) Archive Of Jazz Volume 34 - George Lewis(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.084 France Unknown 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
529.086 Archive Of Jazz Volume 36 - Louis Armstrong 1924-1925 With Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra  album cover Louis Armstrong With Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra Louis Armstrong With Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra - Archive Of Jazz Volume 36 - Louis Armstrong 1924-1925 With Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra(LP, Comp) BYG Records 529.086 France Unknown Sell This Version
BYG 529.087 Archive Of Jazz Volume 37 - Early Dixieland Bands  album cover Original Dixieland Jazz Band / Ladd's Black Aces Original Dixieland Jazz Band / Ladd's Black Aces - Archive Of Jazz Volume 37 - Early Dixieland Bands(LP, Comp) BYG Records BYG 529.087 France Unknown 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
529089 Archive Of Jazz Volume 39  album cover The California Ramblers* Archive Of Jazz Volume 39 (Comp) 529089 France Unknown 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 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
M-18.139 Muggsy Spanier Archive Of Jazz Volume 5(LP, Comp) BYG Records M-18.139 Spain 1970 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
529.058 Archive Of Jazz Volume 8 - Young Fats Waller  album cover Fats Waller Archive Of Jazz Volume 8 - Young Fats Waller(LP, Comp, RE) BYG Records 529.058 France Unknown Sell This Version
129 032 Astral Abuse  album cover Alpha Beta (4) Astral Abuse(7") BYG Records 129 032 France 1971 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
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
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
529.315 B-X0 NO-47A  album cover Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A (Album) 529.315 France 1969 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
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
129 004 Baby Hold On  album cover The Mohawks Baby Hold On(7") BYG Records 129 004 France 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
129 053 Barjo City  album cover François Wertheimer Barjo City (Single) 129 053 France 1971 Sell This Version
YX-6082 Beck, Page & Clapton  album cover Beck*, Page*, Clapton* Beck*, Page*, Clapton* - Beck, Page & Clapton(LP, Comp, Gat) BYG Records YX-6082 Japan 1973 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

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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.