Castle Communications PLC

Castle Communications PLC

Profile:
British independent record / home video distribution company operating from 1985. Founded as Castle Communications Ltd. in 1983 by Terry Shand (3), Cliff Dane and Jon Beecher.

Principal activities: Acquiring & exploiting music & video rights, including the release of its own branded products.

Starting out as a mid-price catalog reissue specialist, with labels including - The Collector Series, Dojo, Raw Power, Showcase, Kasino & Kastle Killers, Unforgettable, Blatant (2), Cirrus (2), Castle Music, the company grew into the largest European owner of repertoire outside the major record companies. Its video imprint was called Castle Vision.

In the 1980s they were notable for releasing many heavy metal compilations albums under the series name Metal Killers. Interest in these licensed releases led them to form their own heavy metal imprint Raw Power, to sign and promote new rock acts, rather than to just license older product from other more established labels. The first signing to the Raw Power label was the NWOBHM act Hell's Belles, releasing their debut album and single in 1985. After several years, the Raw Power imprint was retired with the waning of heavy metal's popularity in the UK.

During 1988 aquired Hendring Ltd., a music video company, and Independent Video Services Ltd., video sales and distribution company (renamed Castle Home Video Ltd.). Launched Knight Records Ltd. In July 1988 aquired Masterpiece Music Productions Ltd and Target International Pictures Ltd., a film distributor and sales agent.

On the 8th sept 1994 the whole share capital of Castle Communications PLC is acquired by AEC Holdings (UK) Ltd., a subsidiary of American music distributor Alliance Entertainment Corporation. On 20th Nov 1998 Castle Communications PLC is de-registered as a public company and renamed Castle Music Ltd., by 1999 / 2000 the Castle Communications label imprint ceased to be used, being replaced by Castle Music.

Castle Music Ltd. is acquired by The Sanctuary Group Plc in May 2000 and is subsequently renamed Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. on the 27th June 2000.

Name variants:
- Castle Communications PLC
- Castle Communications Plc.
- Castle Communications plc

Castle Communications Plc had many imprints and sub-labels that were part of the Castle Communications family, including Castle Communications, Castle Classics, Castle Records and Transatlantic Records (2). Subsidiary companies included - Castle Communications (Australasia) Limited, Castle Communications AG, Castle Communications Deutschland GmbH,
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Contact Info:
Registered address:
Castle Communications PLC
Units 15/16 Northfields Prospect,
Putney Bridge Road,
London,
SW18 1PE

(obsolete)
Unit 7, Merton Road Industrial Estate,
271 Merton Road,
London,
SW18 5JS
Sites:
[l165737]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1C 2 LP 186-7 96405 1 Love Letters  album cover Various Love Letters(2xLP, Comp) Electrola 1C 2 LP 186-7 96405 1 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
100-2 Shrinkwrapped  album cover Gang Of Four Shrinkwrapped(CD, Album) Castle Records, Castle Records 100-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
100-4 Shrinkwrapped  album cover Gang Of Four Shrinkwrapped(Cass, Album) Castle Records 100-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
0000302ESM Paranoid  album cover Black Sabbath Paranoid (Album) 0000302ESM UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
1043 Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes "Having A Party"(VHS, PAL) Castle Communications PLC, CMV (2) 1043 UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1972 Whatever's For Us  album cover Joan Armatrading Whatever's For Us(LP, Album, RE) Castle Classics, Castle Communications 1972 UK 1988 Sell This Version
1987 Louis Armstrong The Best Of Louis Armstrong(Cass, Comp) Marble Arch Records 1987 UK 1991 Sell This Version
1989 David Bowie 1966  album cover David Bowie David Bowie 1966(LP, MiniAlbum, Comp) Castle Classics 1989 UK 1989 Sell This Version
2365 Fighting Back  album cover Paul Di'Anno's Battlezone Fighting Back(LP, Album) N.E.W Musidisc 2365 France 1986 Sell This Version
3120 The Humble Pie Collection  album cover Humble Pie The Humble Pie Collection(LP, Comp) Estúdio Eldorado, Estúdio Eldorado 3120 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
9618 Traditional Christmas - Volume 2  album cover Various Traditional Christmas - Volume 2(CD, Comp) Regal Greetings & Gifts 9618 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
10013 Joint Forces  album cover Paul Samson Joint Forces(LP, Album) Just'In Distribution 10013 France 1986 Sell This Version
13110 Marlene Dietrich In London  album cover Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich In London(CD, Album, RE) DRG Records 13110 US 1992 Sell This Version
15 193 The Hits  album cover 10cc The Hits(CD, Comp) LaserLight Digital 15 193 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
20037 No Turning Back - Reach Out To Love  album cover Paul Samson No Turning Back - Reach Out To Love(7", Single, Blu) Rondor Music (London) Ltd. 20037 France 1986 Sell This Version
38316-3 The Black Sabbath Story Volume 1 • 1970 - 1978  album cover Black Sabbath The Black Sabbath Story Volume 1 • 1970 - 1978 (Comp) 38316-3 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
38333-3 The Black Sabbath Story Volume 2 • 1978 - 1992  album cover Black Sabbath The Black Sabbath Story Volume 2 • 1978 - 1992(VHS, Comp) Warner Reprise Video, Reprise Records, Castle Music Pictures, Warner Reprise Video, Reprise Records, Castle Music Pictures 38333-3 US 1992 Sell This Version
41004 Black Sabbath  album cover Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (Album) 41004 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
41004P Black Sabbath  album cover Black Sabbath Black Sabbath(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Earmark, Sanctuary Records, Get Back 41004P Italy 2003 Sell This Version
41005 Paranoid  album cover Black Sabbath Paranoid (Album) 41005 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
41010 P Overkill  album cover Motörhead Overkill(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Earmark 41010 P Italy 2003 Sell This Version
41012 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath  album cover Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Earmark, Sanctuary, Get Back 41012 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41012 P Sabbath Bloody Sabbath  album cover Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Earmark, Sanctuary, Get Back 41012 P Italy 2003 Sell This Version
41016 Bomber  album cover Motörhead Bomber(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Earmark 41016 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41027 P Technical Ecstasy  album cover Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy (Album) 41027 P Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41028 Sabotage  album cover Black Sabbath Sabotage(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Earmark, Sanctuary, Get Back 41028 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41033 P Never Say Die!  album cover Black Sabbath Never Say Die!(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Earmark, Get Back, Sanctuary 41033 P Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41037 Live At Last  album cover Black Sabbath Live At Last(LP, Album, RE) Earmark, Get Back, Sanctuary 41037 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
41048 P Born Again  album cover Black Sabbath Born Again(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE) Earmark 41048 P Italy 2003 Sell This Version
42004 Face To Face  album cover The Kinks Face To Face(LP, Album, RE, 180) Earmark 42004 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
42010 P Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One  album cover Kinks* Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Earmark 42010 P Italy 1998 Sell This Version
42012 Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire  album cover The Kinks Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Earmark 42012 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
42013 Percy  album cover The Kinks Percy(LP, RE) Earmark 42013 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
42055 Tarkus  album cover Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Earmark 42055 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
0071522CSC Pain Killer  album cover Energy Orchard Pain Killer(CD, Album) Castle Music 0071522CSC UK 1995 Sell This Version
0071542CSC Alive In Studio A  album cover Bruce Dickinson Alive In Studio A(2xCD) Castle Communications 0071542CSC Germany 1995 Sell This Version
79 067 The Hits  album cover 10 CC* The Hits(Cass, Comp) LaserLight, LaserLight Digital 79 067 US 1990 Sell This Version
086 310-3 The Black Sabbath Story Volume 2 • 1978 - 1992  album cover Black Sabbath The Black Sabbath Story Volume 2 • 1978 - 1992 (Comp) 086 310-3 1992 Sell This Version
087 968-3 Fresh Live Cream  album cover Cream (2) Fresh Live Cream(VHS, Comp, PAL) Polygram Video, Castle Music Pictures 087 968-3 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
088 338 3 The Black Sabbath Story Volume I • 1970 - 1978  album cover Black Sabbath The Black Sabbath Story Volume I • 1970 - 1978(VHS, Comp, PAL) Castle Music Pictures, 4Front Video, Karussell 088 338 3 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
088 354 3 Greatest Hits Live!  album cover Saxon Greatest Hits Live!(VHS, Album, PAL) Castle Music Pictures, Castle Music Pictures 088 354 3 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
088 362 3 Never Say Die  album cover Black Sabbath Never Say Die(VHS, Mono, PAL, Hi-) Karussell, 4Front Video, Polygram Video 088 362 3 UK Unknown Sell This Version
088 372-3 Bark At The Moon  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Bark At The Moon 088 372-3 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
088 466-3 Live  album cover Ian Gillan Live(VHS, PAL) Castle Music Pictures, Polygram Video 088 466-3 UK 1990 Sell This Version
91428 Nina Simone Live At Ronnie Scott's(Cass, Album, RE) DRG Records Incorporated 91428 US 1987 Sell This Version
96573 Chance  album cover Manfred Mann's Earth Band Chance(CD, Album) Carrere 96573 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
96 789 The Ultimate Collection  album cover The Zombies The Ultimate Collection(CD, Comp, Mono) Carrere 96 789 France 1988 Sell This Version
111192 Ace Of Spades (The CCN Remix)  album cover Motörhead Ace Of Spades (The CCN Remix)(CD, Single) WGAF Records 111192 France 1993 Sell This Version
112 522 The Sun Has Got His Hat On  album cover Jonathan King The Sun Has Got His Hat On(7") Ariola 112 522 UK 1989 Sell This Version
290 120 Summer In The City  album cover Lovin' Spoonful* Summer In The City(CD, Comp) Castle Communications, Ariola Express 290 120 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
290 122 Love Letters  album cover Sandie Shaw Love Letters(CD, Comp) Ariola Express, Castle Communications 290 122 UK 1990 Sell This Version
290 123 Donna  album cover 10CC Donna(CD, Comp) Ariola Express, Castle Communications 290 123 UK 1990 Sell This Version
290 124 Catch The Wind  album cover Donovan Catch The Wind(CD, Comp) Ariola Express, Castle Communications 290 124 UK 1990 Sell This Version
290 128 Memories Are Made Of This  album cover Max Bygraves Memories Are Made Of This(CD, Comp) Ariola Express, Castle Communications 290 128 UK Unknown Sell This Version
295 969 Broken Down Angel  album cover Nazareth (2) Broken Down Angel(CD, Comp) Castle Communications, Ariola Express 295 969 UK 1990 Sell This Version
295 974 Sunny Afternoon  album cover The Kinks Sunny Afternoon (Comp) 295 974 UK 1990 Sell This Version
295 975 Spinning Wheel Blues  album cover Status Quo Spinning Wheel Blues(CD, Comp) Castle Communications 295 975 UK 1990 Sell This Version
300072 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You  album cover Jim Reeves Have I Told You Lately That I Love You(CD, Comp) Hallmark Records 300072 UK 1995 Sell This Version
495 969 Broken Down Angel  album cover Nazareth (2) Broken Down Angel(Cass, Comp) Castle Communications, Ariola Express 495 969 UK 1990 Sell This Version
512 619-2 Sugar & Spice  album cover The Searchers Sugar & Spice(CD, Album, RE) Elite (5) 512 619-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
512 836-2 Pet Songs  album cover Petula Clark Pet Songs(CD, Comp) Elite (5) 512 836-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
512 838-2 The Kinks Collection, Volume 1  album cover The Kinks The Kinks Collection, Volume 1(CD, Comp) PolyTel Elite 512 838-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
512 839-2 The Kinks Collection, Volume 2  album cover The Kinks The Kinks Collection, Volume 2(CD, Comp) PolyTel Elite 512 839-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
512 840-2 The Kinks Collection, Volume 3  album cover The Kinks The Kinks Collection, Volume 3(CD, Comp) PolyTel Elite 512 840-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
513 144-2 Meet The Searchers  album cover The Searchers Meet The Searchers(CD, Album, RE) PolyTel Elite 513 144-2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
513 145-2 The Kink Kontroversy  album cover The Kinks The Kink Kontroversy(CD, Album, RE) Elite (5) 513 145-2 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
513 146-4 Fairytale (The Originally PYE Album)  album cover Donovan Fairytale (The Originally PYE Album)(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Elite (5) 513 146-4 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
513 147-2 The Best Of Petula Clark Vol. 1  album cover Petula Clark The Best Of Petula Clark Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Elite (5), PolyTel 513 147-2 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
513 148-2 Kenny Ball Midnight In Moscow(CD, Comp) Elite (5) 513 148-2 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
513 148-4 Midnight In Moscow  album cover Kenny Ball Midnight In Moscow(Cass, Comp) Elite (5) 513 148-4 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
513 153-4 Sounds Orchestral  album cover Sounds Orchestral Featuring Johnny Pearson Sounds Orchestral Featuring Johnny Pearson - Sounds Orchestral(Cass, Album, Comp) Elite (5) 513 153-4 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
513 159-2 Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo  album cover The Status Quo* Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo(CD, Album) Elite (5), Pye 513 159-2 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
516 228-2 The Blues Experience  album cover Various The Blues Experience(CD, Comp) PolyGram TV 516 228-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
516 228-4 The Blues Experience  album cover Various The Blues Experience(Cass, Comp) PolyGram TV 516 228-4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
550 720-2 Iron Man  album cover Black Sabbath Iron Man(CD, Comp) Spectrum Music (2) 550 720-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
550 720-4 Iron Man  album cover Black Sabbath Iron Man(Cass, Comp) Spectrum Music (2) 550 720-4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
550 974-2 Roger Whittaker  album cover Roger Whittaker Roger Whittaker(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 550 974-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 217-2 Kevin Johnson (5) Kevin Johnson(CD, Comp) Spectrum, Castle Music 551 217-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 220-2 Ralph McTell  album cover Ralph McTell Ralph McTell(CD, Comp, RM) Castle/Spectrum 551 220-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 258-2 Live In Concert  album cover Curtis Mayfield Live In Concert(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 551 258-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 482-2 Lovemachine  album cover Supermax Lovemachine(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 551 482-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 673-2 Broken Down Angel  album cover Nazareth (2) Broken Down Angel(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 551 673-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
551 674-2 My White Bicycle  album cover Nazareth (2) My White Bicycle(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 551 674-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
551 680-2 Here Am I  album cover Bonnie Tyler Here Am I(CD, Comp) Castle/Spectrum 551 680-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
565 045 2 Awesome Summer 2  album cover Various Awesome Summer 2(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Polymedia 565 045 2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
637 482-3 Voodoo Lounge  album cover Rolling Stones* Voodoo Lounge(VHS, PAL) PolyGram Video, Castle Music Pictures 637 482-3 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
641004 Black Sabbath  album cover Black Sabbath Black Sabbath(LP, Album, RE, Cle) Earmark 641004 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
641005 Paranoid  album cover Black Sabbath Paranoid(LP, Album, RE, Cle) Earmark 641005 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
641027 Technical Ecstasy  album cover Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy(LP, Album, RE, Cle) Earmark, Sanctuary, Get Back 641027 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
641028 Sabotage  album cover Black Sabbath Sabotage(LP, Album, RE, Cle) Earmark, Sanctuary, Get Back 641028 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
664218 2 Sandwich  album cover Ugly Kid Joe Sandwich(CD, Single, Car) Columbia 664218 2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
771394 72 Golden Superhits  album cover Various 72 Golden Superhits(3xCD, Comp) SR International 771394 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
832 704-2 Live At Last  album cover Black Sabbath Live At Last (Album) 832 704-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
840 968-4 The Northern Beat  album cover Various The Northern Beat(Cass, Comp) London Records, PolyGram TV 840 968-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
842 003-2 The Singles Album  album cover Gladys Knight And The Pips The Singles Album (Comp) 842 003-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
2411039 Live At Pompeii  album cover Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii(DVD-V, PAL) PolyGram Music Video, CMV (2) 2411039 Israel 2008 Sell This Version
2610732 Friday On My Mind  album cover Various Friday On My Mind(CD, Comp) Zillion Records 2610732 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
2610752 Spirit In The Sky  album cover Various Spirit In The Sky(CD, Comp) Zillion Records 2610752 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
2610762 If Paradise Is Half As Nice  album cover Various If Paradise Is Half As Nice(CD, Comp) Zillion Records 2610762 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
2610772 Silver Machine  album cover Various Silver Machine(CD, Comp) Zillion Records 2610772 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version