Arcade

Arcade

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Label Code: LC 5896

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Name of a Dutch multimedia concern, which started off as a record label specialized in compilations. The label itself was founded in the 1970's by Herman Heinsbroek, who followed the example of the original Arcade Records (3). Seeing the huge success of their releases the company grew enormously and gradually spread out over Western Europe. The first step was the opening of a Belgian office in Brussels during the 1980's, which also made the company change name to "Arcade Benelux" (where Benelux stands for (BE)lgium, The (NE)therlands and (LUX)emburg), and a move of the head office to Nieuwegein instead of Naarden. Other divisions got started in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Even the original U.K. company had been bought in 1984. There was also a division going by the name "Arcade International", which releases were distributed by more than one division (often in all available countries) at once.

By the mid 1990's the company had become a true multinational, spreading into the market of broadcasting (both radio and T.V.), of audio and of video. In 1996 Arcade's parent company (Arcade Beheer BV) was acquired by Wegener, a dutch publishing giant.

After a reorganization and acquisition of more companies (like CNR Music and Indisc - although these 2 labels/distributors kept using their own names too) the audio section of the Arcade Group was renamed into "Arcade Music Company" and also the company "Arcade Benelux" got split up into a Belgian and Dutch division. They both became fully independent of each-other, having their own specific releases.

In 2000, after only four years with Wegener, the Arcade Music Group was sold to WBG Beheer BV. WBG Beheer BV merged the Arcade Music Group with their own label operations, Roadrunner Records, to for the Roadrunner Arcade Music Group.
However, they could no longer keep the big market share from the past and all divisions were either sold, merged or got closed down and the name "Arcade" completely disappeared from the picture.

Nowadays, the "Arcade Music Company Belgium" is known as Mostiko, daughter of CNR Music.

The french division was renamed to "Arcade Music Company France SA" after a reorganization in the second half of the 1990's. It was closed down shortly after the Arcade Group had been taken over by Roadrunner Records.

In 2008, CNR Records B.V. revived the Arcade label.
Nowadays it is one of the labels owned by CNR Entertainment B.V.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Various Italo Dance Classics Volume 1(Cass, Comp, Chr) Arcade Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
Various Softly Whispering I Love You, Volume 5(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Arcade Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
12TIV-26 Kadoc The Nighttrain(12") Positiva, Positiva 12TIV-26 UK 1996 Sell This Version
40-ADE H 9 Various Rocket(Cass, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 40-ADE H 9 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
309 La Marabunta (2) Canto Alto(CD, Single) Arcade 309 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
1149-4 DJ BoBo Level 6(Cass, Album) RMG Records 1149-4 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
1453-7 Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle (7") Arcade 1453-7 Benelux 1991 Sell This Version
1454-7 Gérard Lenorman Moi Vivant(7", Single) Arcade 1454-7 France 1992 Sell This Version
1704-5 Circle Of Pain Paradox Of Destitution(CD, Album, Dig) MTM MUSIC 1704-5 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
5001 Various 2001 Trance Odyssey The 2nd Chapter(CD, Comp) Arcade 5001 Norway 2001 Sell This Version
5005 Various Trance 2002 - The 1st Edition(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 5005 Denmark 2002 Sell This Version
5010 Various Trance 2002 The 1st Edition(2xCD, Comp) EMG Records Sweden AB, Arcade 5010 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
5044 Various Best Of 2001(CD, Comp) Arcade, EMG 5044 Denmark 2001 Sell This Version
5070 Nelleke, Marc Dex Nelleke, Marc Dex - Vergeef Het Mij! - Slaap Wel!(7", Single) Arcade 5070 Unknown Sell This Version
5162 Danny Fabry Mama Mia(7", Single) Arcade 5162 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
10435 CD Various Real Hardcore 4(CD, Comp) Arcade 10435 CD Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
10436 MC Various Real Hardcore 4(Cass, Comp) Arcade 10436 MC Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
01 1010 9 Various Greatest Hits Of The 80's & 90's(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 1010 9 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
14554-1 Various Super 60's(2xLP, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 14554-1 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
14557-4 Ray Charles Collection(Cass, Comp) Arcade 14557-4 France 1989 Sell This Version
14580-1 Various Dance Dance Dance(2xLP, Comp) Arcade 14580-1 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
14580-2 Various Dance Dance Dance(CD, Comp) Arcade 14580-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
14587-1 Various Generation Woodstock(2xLP, Comp) Arcade, Arcade, Arcade 14587-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
14587-2 Various Generation Woodstock(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 14587-2 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
14588-1 Various Dance Dance Dance - 100% Funk(2xLP, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 14588-1 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
14592-2 The Resurrection Singers Oh Happy Day(CD, Album) Arcade 14592-2 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
14597-2 The Steve Miller Band* Circle Of Love(CD, Album) Arcade, Arcade 14597-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
14599-2 Steve Miller Band Italian X Rays(CD, Album) Arcade 14599-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
14606-2 Ed Starink Synthétiseur 7 - Les Plus Grands Thèmes(CD, Album) Arcade, Arcade 14606-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
14606-4 Ed Starink Synthétiseur 7 - Les Plus Grands Thèmes(Cass, Album) Arcade, Arcade 14606-4 France 1991 Sell This Version
14613-2 Various Dance Dance Dance: 100% Funk Vol. 3(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 14613-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
14616-2 Ed Starink Synthétiseur 8 - Les Plus Grands Thèmes(CD, Album) Arcade 14616-2 France & Benelux 1992 Sell This Version
14619-2 Various Still Got The Blues(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 14619-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
01 7430 6 Various Liedjes Van Oranje(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 7430 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 7530 6 Various Thunderdome III - The Nightmare Is Back! (Comp) 01 7530 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 7670 4 Various House Party 7 - The Mellow Clubmix(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 01 7670 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 7670 6 Various House Party 7 - The Mellow Clubmix(CD, Mixed) Arcade 01 7670 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 7680 4 Various House Party 8 - The Hardcore Ravemix(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 01 7680 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 7680 6 Various House Party 8 - The Hardcore Ravemix(CD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade 01 7680 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 7800 6 Various Love Radio(CD) Arcade 01 7800 6 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
017860 6 Various Blinded By The Light(CD, Comp) Arcade 017860 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8190 6 Various Turn Up The Bass Presents: The Ultimate Dream Mix(CD, Mixed) Arcade, Arcade 01 8190 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8310 4 Various Route 66(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 8310 4 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8310 6 Various Route 66(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8310 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8330 6 Various Reggae Dance(CD) Arcade 01 8330 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8350 6 Various The Originals(CD, Comp, RM) Arcade 01 8350 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8380 4 Various Hollands Hakkûh(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 8380 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8380 6 Various Hollands Hakkûh (Comp) 01 8380 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8390 6 Various Mega Jukebox Top 100(4xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 8390 6 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
01 8400 6 Paul Severs Het Allerbeste Van Paul Severs(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8400 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8460 4 Various House Party VI(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 01 8460 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8470 6 Various Soul Desire(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8470 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01.8490 6 Various Hollands Goud(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01.8490 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8491 4 Various Hollands Goud Volume 1(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 8491 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8500 6 Various Route 66 Vol. II(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8500 6 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
01 8540 6 Various Top Hits 93 Part 3(CD, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 01 8540 6 Benelux 1993 Sell This Version
01 8560 4 Various Techno Trance 5(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 8560 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8560 6 Various Techno Trance 5(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8560 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8670 6 Henk Wijngaard Het Allerbeste Van Henk Wijngaard(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8670 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8680 6 Various Mega Jukebox Top 100(4xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 8680 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8690 4 Various House Party 9 The Clubmix(Cass, Mixed) Arcade 01 8690 4 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8690 6 Various House Party 9 - The Clubmix(CD, Mixed) Arcade, Arcade 01 8690 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8710 4 Various Mega Dance '94(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 8710 4 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8710 6 Various Mega Dance '94(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8710 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 8720 6 Various Hollands Goud Volume 2(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 8720 6 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
01 8810 6 Various Top Hits 93(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8810 6 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8820 4 Various Techno Trance 6(Cass, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 01 8820 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
01 8830 6 Various Top Hits 94 Part 1(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 8830 6 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
01 8980 6 Various The Sound Of TV(CD) Arcade 01 8980 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
019030 4 DJ Jean House Party 11 - The '94 Summer Of Love Edition(Cass, Mixed) Arcade, Arcade 019030 4 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9030 6 DJ Jean House Party 11 - The '94 Summer Of Love Edition (The Mellow Clubmix By DJ Jean)(CD, Mixed) Arcade, Arcade 01 9030 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9140 6 Various Mega Jukebox Top 100 Volume 2(4xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 9140 6 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
01 9150 6 Various Top Hits Megamix 1994 Vol. 1(CD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade 01 9150 6 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
01 9180 6 Various Serious Clubhits 3(2xCD, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 01 9180 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9181 4 Various Serious Clubhits 3 - MC1(Cass, Comp) Arcade 01 9181 4 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9440 6 Various Work That Body! II The Official Workout Album!(CD, Mixed) Arcade 01 9440 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9660 6 Various Top Hits 1994 - Greatest Hits Of The Year(CD, Comp) Arcade 01 9660 6 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
01 9740 6 Various Het Beste Uit Pop In Je Moerstaal(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 9740 6 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
01 9790 6 Various Top Hits Megamix 1994 Vol. 2(CD, Comp, Mixed) Arcade 01 9790 6 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
01 9820 6 Various Dance Classics(3xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 9820 6 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
01 9830 6 Various Eurodance(2xCD, Comp) Arcade 01 9830 6 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
01 9940 6 Various Yabba-Dabba-Dance! 4(CD, Comp) Arcade, Arcade 01 9940 6 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
215 21 Various Golden Love Songs Volume 1 - Lady Love (Comp) 215 21 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
215.41 Various Golden Love Songs Volume 1 - Lady Love (16 Midnight Love Songs) (Cass, Comp) Arcade 215.41 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
0240 22 Various The Rock Album(2xLP, Comp) Arcade 0240 22 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
29 799 4 Luis Trenker Luis Trenker Erzählt: Mein Leben Für Die Berge(LP) Arcade, Marcato 29 799 4 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
30003 Bubbles (5) Inbetween(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd + CD-ROM) Arcade 30003 Denmark 2002 Sell This Version
32.557-4 Ray Charles 16 HITS(Cass, Comp) Arcade 32.557-4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
44809 Gheorghe Zamfir Die Schönsten Filmmelodien(CD, Album) Impogram 44809 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
503 14 Various One More Night - 26 Love Ballads(2xCD) ARCADE 503 14 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
051584-2 Various Sonic Dancepower VII(CD, Comp) Jive 051584-2 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
77168-2 The Gathering Nighttime Birds (Album) 77168-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
77180-2 Tiamat A Deeper Kind Of Slumber(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Century Media 77180-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
080464 Various A Touch Of R&B(CD, Comp) Arcade 080464 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
815.61 Various Golden Love Songs Volume 1 - Lady Love (16 Midnight Love Songs)(CD, Comp) Arcade 815.61 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
816.61 Various Golden Love Songs Volume 2 - Move Closer (16 Beautiful Love Songs)(CD, Comp) Arcade 816.61 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
817.61 Various Golden Love Songs Volume 3 - I Need You (16 Classic Love Songs)(CD, Comp) Arcade 817.61 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
086003 Various Die Blödel- Und Stimmungshitparade '80(Cass, Comp) Arcade 086003 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
8704/7 Evans & Fisher You Set My Heart On Fire(7", Single) S.T.D. Records 8704/7 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
0088060 Golden Earring Greatest Hits (CD, Comp, RM) Arcade, Arcade 0088060 Germany 1993 Sell This Version

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CrashMedia

CrashMedia

August 26, 2015
I got my hands on a few of the Turn Up The Bass releases, 9,10 and 11 on cassette. As a young, aspiring DJ loving dance music, most of the music was very relevant. Being in Canada it also exposed me to some lesser known releases and artists. Overall, these releases were a treat, The sound quality/mastering was outstanding. Even looking at the whole series today, impressive selection. Thinking about making a compilation mix of that era. This series is helping me remember a lot of important releases of that time.
GoodNF

GoodNF

March 29, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
For many of you, and also for me, Arcade's "Dance Classics" were the first purchase of funk/soul/disco music on CD. And their "Turn Up The Bass" compilations were my introduction to house, acid and techno. But this company also had a history before that.

In the early 70s, "various artists" compilations (samplers) usually consisted of tracks from only a single label or record company. In some other cases, tracks were simply re-recorded cover versions by session musicians.

This changed when Arcade went into business. Arcade licensed tracks from different record companies and brought them together onto a single album, marketing with "original artists - original hits". The result was a string of "all killer, no filler" compilation LPs, usually 10 tracks each side, with names like "20 Power Hits", "20 Rock 'n Roll Hits", "20 Solid Gold Hits" and so on. These compilations reached the #1 spot in the Netherlands and opened the eyes of people from other record companies to do the same.

Next step was to release compilation series in the 80s, most notably "Top Hits [yy]", "Remember the 60s" and "Woman In Love" and when the CD hit the music scene, "Diamond Star Collection" and "Golden Love Songs" (a stunning 20 volumes).

But worldwide attention received Arcade with the aforementioned milestone named "Dance Classics". The concept resulted in 16 volumes, plus a lot of spin-offs: 4 ballad volumes, 4 remix volumes, 4 Italo volumes, 3 12" megamixes (two of them by Ben Liebrand), 2 Summer volumes and an album-length megamix by the people now known as the Klubbheads DJ Team. Never before was disco music made available on CD on such a huge scale. People from all over the world were travelling to the Netherlands just to visit record and CD fairs in order to buy the CDs.

As soon as the original series got out of stock, Dance Classics was revived with the 4-volume "Gold" series, allowing consumers to purchase the best of the original series plus a couple of new tracks on affordably priced double CDs.
From time to time, the concept retuned in some form, such as "Club Classics", "Dance Classics Into The 80s", "Dance Classics, The Next Generation". However, the far more sophisticated Canadian label Unidisc became the primary resource for dance classics re-issues, even branding their releases as "Dance Classics" and exceeding the original series with their over-40-volume "Star Funk" series.

In 2001, Arcade and Universal joined forces and re-issued the original 16-volume compilation series. A couple of tracks were not available for licensing and were replaced by others. Other tracks became available in longer versions than featured on the original series. Although there was heavy demand for even more volumes, the series was not expanded.

Arcade's second and probably most important milestone is of course "Turn Up The Bass". Combining the biggest club tracks with local favourites and some hidden secrets, TUTB provides a great overview of the development of dance music in general between 1988 and 1993. The series reached 25 volumes, plus 4 rap volumes, and sold in total more than 2 million copies. Not bad at all for a music genre that was strictly underground in 1988.
With the associated "House Party" releases, Arcade turned continuously beatmixed compilations into mass media. The mixes were even accompanied by a club tour.

In 1993, dance music had become so diverse and specialised that continuation of the series was no longer possible. There was Eurobeat, hip hop, R&B, House, Techno, Breakbeat, Jazzdance and so on. Dance music lovers were simply no longer into each other's music. And all genres had enough potential to boast No. 1 hits.
Arcade answered with the release of specialised dance compilations like "Megadance" (mainstream), "Techno Trance" (techno and hard dance), "The Ultimate Dream Mix" (ambient) and "Serious Club Hits" (club/mellow).

The TUTB sales figures were, however, literally blasted when the "Thunderdome" series hit the music scene. The compilations of hardcore gabber sold on the average 150.000 - 200.000 copies per volume in the Benelux countries alone! The reason is that (apart from 12" vinyl and party events) CD compilations were the only way to experience hardcore gabber: no single releases, hardly any airplay or club play and no music videos.

Despite the enormous Thunderdome sales, the pioneering role of Arcade was over. The role of the DJ became more important: DJs started to run their own labels, organise parties, produce other artists, make tracks, remixes and mixed compilations as a way to express themselves. The results: "Fresh Fruit Cocktail", "Static/Spiritual Tracks", "[nth] Works", "In Search For Sunrise" and so on. A dance music recording meant nothing until it was played by a well known DJ. At a certain point, beatmixed compilations outsold unmixed dance compilations.

But we should remember Arcade as the company that played an important role in the development of dance music in general from strictly underground (1988) to mainstream (1993).
Without TUTB, lots of people would not have been introduced to (acid) house, techno and rap.
As a result, "big name" artists like Madonna or Michael Jackson would probably not have hired Masters at Work, C & C, David Morales etc. for a club-style remix of their songs.
A lot of people would not have rebuilt their sleeping rooms into studios.
And the breakthrough of the now worldwide known Klubbheads DJ Team was actually a megamix of TUTB-tracks.
wanrecords

wanrecords

November 15, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
I have to disagree that the Turn Up The Bass series was 3 killers and the rest fillers. Those "fillers" were usually underground hits which never made it into the big spotlights. For me, most Turn Up The Bass compilations contained the best of the music of the moment of release.

Even more fun it is to look back at those compilations right now. When you look at the compilations, you can see the progression of music over the time. The TUTB as well as the House Party series show clearly how hip hop and electronic music progressed. Getting harder, and then even combining two House Party versions in a double release, one for the more mellow styles and the other for the harder styles.

It's a shame that the TUTB series stopped. I think they could still be very very popular.
spacedust

spacedust

April 24, 2006
edited over 5 years ago
For me Arcade is a major reference in the early nineties, with collections like Turn Up The Bass, Thunderdome, and especially the House Party series. It is true that some releases were very commercially driven, but some credit has to be given. The funniest thing is that back in 93 and 94 I instantly rejected euro dance series like Mega Dance because I had the conviction that they were not serious music. And it was only several years later, when i recollected those cds, that I came to the conclusion that these so called "fairground music" compilations weren't so bad after all. It's really good memories, and maybe we were all just being too demanding at that time.
dj-maus

dj-maus

January 4, 2004
ARCADE is famous for bringing out piles of compilation albums that contain 3 killers and 17 fillers.

The best example is the TURN UP THE BASS-series. Funny how every new part of the series became more and more commercial. The nice thing about it was that inbetween all the fake house tracks there were always 2 or 3 genuine classics some of which still stand today. Nevertheless: for a lot of dutch guys and girls from my age (born ca. 1975) this was the first encounter with house music.

SYNTHESIZER GREATEST is another trap you could easily fall into. A great tracklist, but all very slick cover versions by Ed Starink. Again, after all, they helped me, as a kid, to find great synthesizer music by tracking the originals at the local music rent.

An example that ARCADE compilations do not always suck for 80%, is the DANCE CLASSICS-series. I think that is because they didn't use some local dutch productions to fill the sides up, like they did with T.U.T.B. It's a pity that their vinyl pressings are so bad, with 25 minutes of music on each side. Otherwise DANCE CLASSICS could have been the definite dance classics collection for any DJ.