Germanofon

Germanofon

Profile:
Unofficial CD label of unknown origin existing 1994 to 1997, with well-over 100 Krautrock related releases, mostly manufactured in Czech Republic (there is none in Luxembourg).

All Germanofon releases should be marked "Unofficial"
Only those with "Un produit Luxembourgeois" should be noted so (else leave Country blank).
Others without a label name with numbering 941??? can be listed as Germanofon.

Identifying Germanofon releases:
Only the first 24 releases bore the name Germanofon. They often had the text "Un produit Luxembourgois" on the disc label and also GEMA as rights society.
Releases 941025 to 941119 only had a catalogue number, or additional fake identifiers like OSA, ACD, TSP, etc.
A typical early Germanofon matrix looks like this: 40714 ✳ 941.009 ✳1 (glass master date* ✳ catalogue number ✳ pressing version). In this case * is 14 July 1994.
From 941047 to 941119, matrix rings just had the Germanofon catalogue number, nothing else.
A few identifying logo and text pictures are added to this label page.

Another label/series of releases from the same people was HF HF 9511 to HF 9556 (list those as HF not Germanofon).

Identifying fake Germanofon releases:
Any releases after 1997, or catalogue numbers 941120+ are fake Germanofon.
Any with barcodes, IFPI codes or identifiable pressing plants are fake Germanofon.
Fake Germanofon releases should be added as Germanofon (2)
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
940000 Tone Float  album cover Kraftwerk ~ Organisation Kraftwerk ~ Organisation - Tone Float(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 940000 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941000 Tone Float  album cover Organisation Tone Float (Album) 941000 1994 Sell This Version
941001 Kraftwerk  album cover Kraftwerk Kraftwerk (Album) 941001 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
941002 Kraftwerk 2  album cover Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2 (Album) 941002 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941003 Child Of Never Ending Love  album cover Tanned Leather Child Of Never Ending Love(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941003 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941004 Live!  album cover Sixty Nine Live!(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941004 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941005 Trip Away  album cover Sitting Bull Trip Away(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941005 1994 Sell This Version
941006 Get Out To The Country  album cover Emergency (6) Get Out To The Country(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941006 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941008 Outside The Law  album cover Epitaph (2) Outside The Law(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941008 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941009 Blue Apple  album cover Gift (5) Blue Apple(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941009 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941010 Desert Places  album cover Satin Whale Desert Places(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941010 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941011 Drosselbart  album cover Drosselbart Drosselbart(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941011 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941012 Smile A While  album cover Brainstorm (9) Smile A While(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941012 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941013 A Young Man's Gash  album cover Gash (3) A Young Man's Gash(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941013 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941014 No Compromise  album cover Emergency (6) No Compromise(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941014 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941015 Musik Von Harmonia  album cover Harmonia Musik Von Harmonia(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941015 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941016 Phallobst  album cover Rufus Zuphall Phallobst(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941016 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941017 Ausschuss  album cover Eulenspygel Ausschuss(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941017 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941018 Circle Of The Crayfish  album cover Sixty Nine Circle Of The Crayfish(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941018 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941019 Midway  album cover Abacus (3) Midway(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941019 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941020 First Key  album cover Amos Key First Key(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941020 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941021 Deluxe  album cover Harmonia Deluxe(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941021 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941022 An Invisible World Revealed  album cover Krokodil An Invisible World Revealed(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941022 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941023 Ralf & Florian  album cover Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian (Album) 941023 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941024 Curly Curve  album cover Curly Curve Curly Curve(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941024 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
941025 Neu!  album cover Neu! Neu! (Album) 941025 1994 Sell This Version
941026 Neu! 2  album cover Neu! Neu! 2(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941026 Luxembourg 1994 Sell This Version
941027 Cluster  album cover Cluster* Cluster(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941027 1995 Sell This Version
941028 Cluster II  album cover Cluster Cluster II(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941028 1995 Sell This Version
941029 Zuckerzeit  album cover Cluster Zuckerzeit(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon, Germanofon 941029 1995 Sell This Version
941030 Neu! '75  album cover Neu! Neu! '75(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941030 1994 Sell This Version
941031 Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee  album cover Gila (2) Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941031 1995 Sell This Version
941032 Sperrmüll  album cover Sperrmüll Sperrmüll(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941032 1995 Sell This Version
941033 Electric Sandwich  album cover Electric Sandwich Electric Sandwich(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941033 1995 Sell This Version
941034 Epsilon Off  album cover Epsilon (4) Epsilon Off(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941034 1995 Sell This Version
941035 Highdelberg  album cover Highdelberg Highdelberg(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941035 1995 Sell This Version
941036 Lost Mankind  album cover Satin Whale Lost Mankind(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941036 1995 Sell This Version
941037 All-Bumm  album cover 18 Karat Gold All-Bumm(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941037 1995 Sell This Version
941038 Missus Beastly  album cover Missus Beastly Missus Beastly(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon, Germanofon 941038 1995 Sell This Version
941039 S.U.B.  album cover Niagara S.U.B.(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941039 1995 Sell This Version
941040 Right On Brother  album cover Sinto Right On Brother(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941040 1995 Sell This Version
941041 Darkness To Light  album cover Sweet Smoke Darkness To Light(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941041 1995 Sell This Version
941042 New-Atlantis  album cover Limbus 3 New-Atlantis(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941042 1995 Sell This Version
941043 Life  album cover Release Music Orchestra Life(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941043 1995 Sell This Version
941044 Lady Pig  album cover Creative Rock Lady Pig(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941044 1995 Sell This Version
941045 Second Life  album cover Second Life (4) Second Life(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941045 1995 Sell This Version
941046 Krokodil Solo  album cover Düde Dürst Krokodil Solo(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941046 1995 Sell This Version
941047 Gorilla  album cover Creative Rock Gorilla(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941047 1995 Sell This Version
941048 Motherfuckers GmbH & Co KG  album cover Xhol Motherfuckers GmbH & Co KG(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941048 1995 Sell This Version
941049 Thirsty Moon  album cover Thirsty Moon Thirsty Moon(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941049 1995 Sell This Version
941050 Asterix  album cover Asterix (6) Asterix(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941050 Luxembourg Unknown Sell This Version
941051 To Be  album cover To Be To Be(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941051 1995 Sell This Version
941052 Our Sunrise  album cover Cherubin Our Sunrise(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941052 1995 Sell This Version
941053 Orange Peel  album cover Orange Peel Orange Peel(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941053 1995 Sell This Version
941054 You'll Never Come Back  album cover Thirsty Moon You'll Never Come Back(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941054 1995 Sell This Version
941055 Tea  album cover Tea Tea(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon, Germanofon 941055 1995 Sell This Version
941056 Latin Mass  album cover Os Mundi Latin Mass(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941056 1995 Sell This Version
941057 Emtidi  album cover Emtidi Emtidi(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon, Germanofon 941057 1995 Sell This Version
941058 Für Mich  album cover Thomas Dinger Für Mich(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon, Germanofon 941058 1995 Sell This Version
941059 Forget Your Dream!  album cover Pacific Sound Forget Your Dream!(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941059 Luxembourg Unknown Sell This Version
941060 The First Album  album cover Excalibur The First Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941060 1995 Sell This Version
941061 Full Horn  album cover Cornucopia (6) Full Horn(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941061 1995 Sell This Version
941062 Hallelujah Babe!  album cover Hallelujah (3) Hallelujah Babe!(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941062 1995 Sell This Version
941063 4 Times Sound Razing  album cover Silberbart 4 Times Sound Razing(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941063 1995 Sell This Version
941064 And The Waters Opened  album cover Between And The Waters Opened(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941064 1995 Sell This Version
941065 Hau-RUK  album cover Xhol Hau-RUK(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941065 1995 Sell This Version
941066 Electrip  album cover Xhol Caravan Electrip(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941066 1995 Sell This Version
941067 Jane III  album cover Jane Jane III(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941067 1996 Sell This Version
941068 Lady  album cover Jane Lady(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941068 1996 Sell This Version
941069 I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was  album cover Gomorrha (2) I Turned To See Whose Voice It Was(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941069 1996 Sell This Version
941070 Guru Guru  album cover Guru Guru Guru Guru(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941070 1996 Sell This Version
941071 Mani Und Seine Freunde  album cover Guru Guru Mani Und Seine Freunde(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941071 Luxembourg 1996 Sell This Version
941072 Here We Are  album cover Jane Here We Are(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941072 1996 Sell This Version
941073 Dance Of The Flames  album cover Guru Guru Dance Of The Flames(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941073 1996 Sell This Version
941074 Jumbo  album cover Grobschnitt Jumbo(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Germanofon 941074 Luxembourg 1996 Sell This Version
941075 Grobschnitt  album cover Grobschnitt Grobschnitt(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941075 1996 Sell This Version
941076 Metropolis  album cover Metropolis (25) Metropolis(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941076 1996 Sell This Version
941077 ...Ihre Kinder  album cover Ihre Kinder ...Ihre Kinder(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941077 1996 Sell This Version
941078 Eyes  album cover Hairy Chapter Eyes(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941078 1996 Sell This Version
941079 Autovision  album cover Achim Reichel Autovision(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941079 1996 Sell This Version
941080 Tritonus  album cover Tritonus Tritonus(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941080 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
941081 From The New World  album cover Pell Mell (2) From The New World(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941081 1996 Sell This Version
941082 8 Days In April  album cover The Hamburg Scene 8 Days In April(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941082 1996 Sell This Version
941083 I.D. Company  album cover I.D. Company I.D. Company(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941083 1996 Sell This Version
941084 Don't Call Us - We Call You  album cover Guru Guru Don't Call Us - We Call You(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941084 1996 Sell This Version
941085 Triumvirat Illusions On A Double Dimple(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941085 Luxembourg Unknown Sell This Version
941086 Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters)  album cover Triumvirat Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters)(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941086 Luxembourg 1996 Sell This Version
941087 Second Step  album cover Karthago Second Step(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941087 Luxembourg Unknown Sell This Version
941088 Between Heaven And Hell  album cover Jane Between Heaven And Hell(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941088 1996 Sell This Version
941089 Pet Arts  album cover The Petards Pet Arts(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941089 Luxembourg Unknown Sell This Version
941090 Second Smile  album cover Brainstorm (9) Second Smile(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941090 1996 Sell This Version
941091 Eroc  album cover Eroc Eroc(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941091 1996 Sell This Version
941092 Epitaph  album cover Epitaph (2) Epitaph(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941092 Luxembourg 1996 Sell This Version
941093 Garuda  album cover Release Music Orchestra Garuda(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941093 1996 Sell This Version
941094 Karthago  album cover Karthago Karthago(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941094 1996 Sell This Version
941095 Nara Asst Incense  album cover Missus Beastly Nara Asst Incense(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941095 1996 Sell This Version
941096 Stop Look And Listen  album cover Epitaph (2) Stop Look And Listen(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941096 Luxembourg 1996 Sell This Version
941097 Grüß Gott Mit Hellem Klang  album cover Checkpoint Charlie (5) Grüß Gott Mit Hellem Klang(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941097 1997 Sell This Version
941098 AR3  album cover AR* AR3(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Germanofon 941098 1996 Sell This Version
941100 Kollektiv  album cover Kollektiv Kollektiv(CD, Album, Unofficial) Germanofon 941100 Unknown Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

February 25, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Back in the early 1990s when independent CD releases and reissues were still in their infancy, a mysterious "import" label appeared on the lists of UK distributors called Germanofon. From the get go it was obviously an unofficial "bootleg" label, and quite patently nearly all sourced from second hand, sometimes well-worn vinyl. But as these were largely rarities and never reissued on CD before they were welcomed by punters as a stop-gap, a way to hear some classic old Krautrock only otherwise available as hard to locate or pricey vinyl.

Here I'll hand over to an earlier Discogs profile for the label...
"In 1994-1995 Germanofon, who claimed to be based in Luxembourg, managed to get their CDs into many normally respectable music retailers, both brick and mortar and online, who normally would never deal with bootlegs. In reality the Germanofon pressings were bootleg and were invariably mastered from vinyl. Sound quality was highly variable, with some releases sounding fairly good while others were transcriptions of old, severely worn LPs replete with surface noise and distortion."

All quite true, which concurs with my own writing in "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" (Krautrock Encyclopedia, CD-Rom version)...
A CD reissue label that appeared in the 1990's of dubious legality, reputedly from Luxembourg, and operating via distributors in Southern Germany and England. The majority of their releases bear no label name. Most Germanofon CD's are mastered from LP records or cassettes. At Ultima Thule we were always reluctant to stock these, as many were rather dodgy, yet they did fill a big hole in the market at the time, and they unearthed some unknown classic rarities.
To which was added...
According to Second Battle's site, in December 1997 "GERMANOFON announces by letter, that the company is going to retreat from the CD market in 1998, but not without expressing words of thanks for the good cooperation with its worldwide customers. No further comment."

In 2015 a few Germanofon discs have still not seen official reissue as yet, like the early Kraftwerk releases and few Brain label titles.

A few interesting points about Germanofon...
Early releases had GEMA as rights society, although Germanofon was never registered with GEMA (not on their database at all).
Other identifiers like OSA, ACD, TSP were on some discs looking like rights societies. We can be sure that OSA here has nothing to do with the Czech rights society, and neither ACD nor TSP correspond with any other label on Discogs. After many lengthy discussions in the Discogs forums it was agreed that all these releases (excepting the related HF label) should be identified as Germanofon. Still, people keep listing things wrongly and duplicate entries because of the scant info on some of these releases.

I'd still love to know who Germanofon were and where they really came from. In fact, were all these titles released by the same people? It would seem that 941001 to 941024 were. 941031 plus were much more "ad hoc" (sometimes featuring cheaply done computer graphics not on the originals). A few releases were of reasonably good quality, like the Kraftwerk titles which sounded tons better than those from other unofficial labels like Crown. A couple even had special custom made packaging, like the debut by Birth Control in a circular pill box and 18 Karat Gold in a golden silk-screened jewel case (curiously Lothar Meid told me that he quite liked it and thought it sounded better than the LP), yet many were well-shoddy like the badly distorted Satin Whale "Desert Places" and Release Music Orchestra's "Life" both still awaiting official reissue as I write this. Anyway, whoever they were, they certainly had a wide-ranging taste with releases ranging from Krautrock classics through to the pretty dire, plus a few not German items like Ruphus albums (Norwegian band), and Swiss artists, including the still mega-rare Düde Dürst "Krokodil Solo".

We maybe have an answer here: https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/714919

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original matrix data of the first 50 Germanofon on Discogs:
941000 Kraftwerk ~ Organisation ‎– Tone Float: 940.000 ✳1
941001 Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk: 40602 ✳ KRAFTWERK CD1 ✳1
941002 Kraftwerk ‎– Kraftwerk 2: 40602 ✳ KRAFTWERK CD-2 ✳1
941003 Tanned Leather ‎– Child Of Never Ending Love: 40701 ✳ 941.003 ✳1
941004 Sixty Nine ‎– Live!: 40701 ✳ 941.004 ✳1
941005 Sitting Bull ‎– Trip Away: 407?? ✳ 941.005 ✳1
941006 Emergency (6) ‎– Get Out To The Country: 40712 ✳ 941.006 ✳1
941007 Birth Control - Birth Control: not correctly entered yet
941008 Epitaph (2) ‎– Outside The Law: 407?? ✳ 941.008 ✳1
941009 Gift (5) ‎– Blue Apple: 40714 ✳ 941.009 ✳1
941010 Satin Whale ‎– Desert Places: 40718 ✳ 941.010 ✳1
941011 Drosselbart ‎– Drosselbart: 407?? ✳ 941.011 ✳?
941012 Brainstorm (9) ‎– Smile A While: 407?? ✳ 941.012 ✳1
941013 Gash (3) ‎– A Young Man's Gash: 40728 ✳ 941.013 ✳1
941014 Emergency (6) ‎– No Compromise: 40728 ✳ 941.014 ✳1
941015 Harmonia ‎– Musik Von Harmonia: 40728 ✳ 941.015 ✳1
941016 Rufus Zuphall ‎– Phallobst: 40729 ✳ 941.016 ✳2
941017 Eulenspygel ‎– Ausschuß: 40729 ✳ 941.017 ✳2
941018 Sixty Nine ‎– Circle Of The Crayfish: 40802 ✳ 941.018 ✳1
941019 Abacus (3) ‎– Midway: 40802 ✳ 941.019 ✳1
941020 Amos Key ‎– First Key: 40803 ✳ 941.020 ✳1
941021 Harmonia ‎– Deluxe: 41020 ✳ 941.021 ✳2
941022 Krokodil ‎– An Invisible World Revealed: 40803 ✳ 941.022 ✳2
941023 Kraftwerk ‎– Ralf & Florian: 40718 ✳ 941.023 ✳1
941024 Curly Curve ‎– Curly Curve: 110784 ✳ 941.024 ✳1 - prefix seems wrong
941025 Neu! ‎– Neu!: 41020 ✳ 941.025 ✳1
941026 Neu! ‎– Neu! 2: 41020 * 941.026 *1
941027 Cluster* ‎– Cluster: 4???? ✳ 941.027 ✳?
941028 Cluster ‎– Cluster II: 4???? ✳ 941.028 ✳?
941029 Cluster ‎– Zuckerzeit: 4???? ✳ 941.028 ✳?
941030 Neu! ‎– Neu! '75: 41020 ✳ 941.030 ✳1
941031 Gila (2) ‎– Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: 4???? ✳ 941.031 ✳?
941032 Sperrmüll ‎– Sperrmüll: 41??? ✳ 941.032 ✳?
941033 Electric Sandwich ‎– Electric Sandwich: 41??? ✳ 941.033 ✳?
941034 Epsilon (4) ‎– Epsilon Off: 41107 ✳ 941.034 ✳1
941035 Highdelberg ‎– Highdelberg: ????? ✳ 941?035 ✳?
941036 Satin Whale ‎– Lost Mankind: ????? ✳ 941?036 ✳?
941037 18 Karat Gold - All-Bumm: ????? ✳ 941?037 ✳?
941038 Missus Beastly - Missus Beastly: ????? ✳ 941?038 ✳?
941039 Niagara - S.U.B.: ????? ✳ 941?039 ✳?
941040 Sinto - Right On Brother: 50209 ✳ 941040 ✳1
941041 Sweet Smoke ‎– Darkness To Light: 50??? ✳ 941?041 ✳?
941042 Limbus 3 ‎– New-Atlantis: 50??? ✳ 941?042 ✳?
941043 Release Music Orchestra ‎– Life: 50216 ✳ 941043 ✳1
941044 Creative Rock ‎– Lady Pig: 50221 ✳ 941.044 ✳1
941045 Second Life ‎- Second Life:‎ 50??? ✳ 941?045 ✳?
941046 Düde Dürst ‎– Krokodil Solo: ??????
941047 Creative Rock - Gorilla: 941047
941048 Xhol ‎– Motherfuckers GmbH & Co KG: 941048
941049 Thirsty Moon ‎– Thirsty Moon: 941049 ?
941050 Asterix (6) ‎– Asterix: 941050

If you can fill-in the missing ? data, please do and message me too.