Contempo

Contempo

Profile:
British soul, funk and disco label owned by John Abbey, founder of Blues and Soul magazine. In 1970, Abbey opened a record shop called Contempo Records, located upstairs at 42 Hanway Street, London, W.1. that specialized in U.S. imports. In January 1973, he began licensing and releasing records via the label also based at the same premises. One of his first projects was recording Oscar Toney Jr. in a cover of Bread's "Everything I Own," which was released in the US on ATCO Records in 1974.

In late 1975, John Abbey signed a US distribution agreement with Scepter Records. This lasted until Scepter's sale in 1976 after which Contempo was distributed in the US by T.K. Productions. The label continued releasing product until mid-1978, with the record shop lasting around a year longer.
Sublabel
Contact Info:
Contempo International Limited
42 Hanway Street
London
W1T 1UP
01-636-2283
(Defunct)
Sites:
[l28774]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
6601 Living For The City / Funky Al  album cover Ultrafunk Living For The City / Funky Al(7") Contempo 6601 US 1974 Sell This Version
6602 Oscar Toney Jr. Make It Easy On Yourself(7", Single) Contempo 6602 US 1974 Sell This Version
6603 Let The Good Times Roll  album cover Marvin Smith Let The Good Times Roll(7") Contempo 6603 US 1974 Sell This Version
7001 Let It Flow  album cover Tamiko Jones Let It Flow(7", Single) Contempo 7001 US 1976 Sell This Version
7002 Gotham City Boogie / Indigo Country  album cover Ultrafunk Gotham City Boogie / Indigo Country(7") Contempo 7002 US 1976 Sell This Version
7003 How Long / The Erroll Flynn  album cover J. J. Barnes How Long / The Erroll Flynn(7", Single) Contempo 7003 US 1977 Sell This Version
7004 We Can Work It Out / Why Did You Do It    album cover Sam & Dave We Can Work It Out / Why Did You Do It 7004 US 1977 Sell This Version
7004 , CON-7004 We Can Work It Out / Why Did You Do It    album cover Sam & Dave We Can Work It Out / Why Did You Do It (7") Contempo 7004 , CON-7004 US 1977 Sell This Version
7005 Philly Armada  album cover The Armada Orchestra Philly Armada(7", Single) Contempo 7005 US 1977 Sell This Version
7005 Philly Armada / The Love I Lost  album cover The Armada Orchestra Philly Armada / The Love I Lost(7") Contempo 7005 US 1977 Sell This Version
7006 If He Hadn't Slipped Up And Got Caught  album cover Bobby Patterson If He Hadn't Slipped Up And Got Caught(7") Contempo 7006 US 1977 Sell This Version
7701 Kung Fu Man  album cover Ultrafunk Kung Fu Man(7") Contempo 7701 US 1974 Sell This Version
7702 Is It Because I'm Black  album cover Oscar Toney, Jr.* Is It Because I'm Black(7") Contempo 7702 US 1974 Sell This Version
7703 Grasshopper / Please Come Back  album cover Doris Duke Grasshopper / Please Come Back(7", Single) Contempo 7703 US 1974 Sell This Version
7704 Mighty Love Man  album cover Black Stash Mighty Love Man(7") Contempo 7704 US 1974 Sell This Version
23-135 Woman  album cover Doris Duke Woman(LP, Album) Contempo, Contempo 23-135 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
05-1010 It's Because I Am Black  album cover Oscar Toney Jr. It's Because I Am Black(7", Pic) Contempo 05-1010 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
05-1011 Do Me Right / Won't You Consider  album cover The Armada Orchestra Do Me Right / Won't You Consider(7", Single) Contempo 05-1011 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
05-1018 The Dance Master Part One / The Dance Master Part Two  album cover Willy Henderson* The Dance Master Part One / The Dance Master Part Two(7") Contempo 05-1018 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
05-1031 Leader Of The Pack  album cover Shangri-Las* Leader Of The Pack(7", Single, RE) Contempo 05-1031 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
68006 Reachin' Out For Your Love  album cover Tamiko Jones Reachin' Out For Your Love(7", W/Lbl) Contempo 68006 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
113.024 The World Of Major Lance - Hey Hey - My Girl  album cover Major Lance The World Of Major Lance - Hey Hey - My Girl(LP, Album) Contempo 113.024 Belgium 1973 Sell This Version
12-5011 Soft Soul Volume 1  album cover Various Soft Soul Volume 1(LP, Comp) Contempo 12-5011 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
4.22098 CP 20 Fantastic Soul Hits  album cover Various 20 Fantastic Soul Hits(Cass, Comp) Contempo 4.22098 CP Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.11301 Red River Rock / Reveille Rock  album cover Johnny & The Hurricanes* Red River Rock / Reveille Rock(7", Single, RE) Contempo, London Records 6.11301 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
6.11310 John Fred & His Playboy Band Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) (Single) 6.11310 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6.11517 The Dance Master / (Don't Get Fooled By The) Pander Man  album cover Willie Henderson / Brinkley & Parker Willie Henderson / Brinkley & Parker - The Dance Master / (Don't Get Fooled By The) Pander Man (Single) 6.11517 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6.11 562 You Are My Sunshine  album cover Johnny & The Hurricanes* You Are My Sunshine (Single) 6.11 562 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6.11 563 Swiss Maid / Little Town Flirt  album cover Del Shannon Swiss Maid / Little Town Flirt(7", Single, RE) Contempo, Contempo 6.11 563 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6.11563 (AC) Swiss Maid / Little Town Flirt  album cover Del Shannon Swiss Maid / Little Town Flirt(7", Promo) Contempo 6.11563 (AC) Germany 1974 Sell This Version
6.11584 AC Kung Fu Man  album cover Freddie Mack & Ultrafunk Freddie Mack & Ultrafunk - Kung Fu Man (Single) 6.11584 AC Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.11780 AC Party Bump  album cover Gentlemen & Their Ladies* Party Bump(7") Contempo 6.11780 AC Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.11 908 Leader Of The Pack  album cover The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack (Single) 6.11 908 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
6.12061 Let It Flow  album cover Tamiko Jones Let It Flow(7") Contempo 6.12061 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
6.12084 AC Ali Shuffle  album cover Alvin Cash Ali Shuffle(7", Single) Contempo, Contempo 6.12084 AC Germany 1977 Sell This Version
6.12 109 Jump The Gun  album cover The Mike Conteh Band Jump The Gun(7", Single) Contempo, Contempo 6.12 109 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
6.22093 AF Runaway  album cover Del Shannon Runaway(LP, Comp) Contempo 6.22093 AF Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22098 18 Fantastic Soul Hits  album cover Various 18 Fantastic Soul Hits(LP, Comp) Contempo 6.22098 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22098 AP 20 Fantastic Soul Hits  album cover Various 20 Fantastic Soul Hits(LP, Comp) Contempo 6.22098 AP Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22103 You Are My Sunshine  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes You Are My Sunshine(LP, Comp) Contempo, Contempo 6.22103 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22103 AF You Are My Sunshine  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes You Are My Sunshine(LP, Comp) Contempo 6.22103 AF Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22145 Red River Rock  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes Red River Rock (Comp) 6.22145 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
6.22 202 20 Golden Hits Of Johnny & The Hurricanes  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes 20 Golden Hits Of Johnny & The Hurricanes(LP, Comp) Contempo 6.22 202 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.22372 AP 20 Super Oldies  album cover Various 20 Super Oldies(LP, Comp) Contempo, Contempo 6.22372 AP Germany 1976 Sell This Version
6.23055 Soul Express  album cover Various Soul Express(LP, Comp) Contempo, TELDEC »Telefunken-Decca« Schallplatten GmbH 6.23055 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
6.28318 DP The Legends Of Rock Vol. 2  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes The Legends Of Rock Vol. 2 (Comp) 6.28318 DP Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6.28329 DP The Legends of Rock, Vol. 1  album cover Johnny And The Hurricanes The Legends of Rock, Vol. 1 (Comp) 6.28329 DP Germany 1973 Sell This Version
120-330 023 The Soul Major  album cover Major Lance The Soul Major(LP, Album, Comp) Contempo 120-330 023 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
120-330024 The Best Disco Sounds  album cover The Armada Orchestra The Best Disco Sounds(LP) Contempo 120-330024 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
120.330.025 Disco Dancers Vol I  album cover Various Disco Dancers Vol I(LP, Comp) Contempo 120.330.025 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
120-330026 Disco Dancers Vol II  album cover Various Disco Dancers Vol II(LP, Comp) Contempo 120-330026 France Unknown Sell This Version
120-330.033 Various Disco Dancers Vol 3(LP, Comp) Contempo 120-330.033 France Unknown Sell This Version
120-330.034 Cloudy  album cover Tamiko Jones Cloudy(LP, Album) Contempo 120-330.034 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
39100662 42 Germ  album cover Omala Germ(CD, Album, RE) Hyperium Records 39100662 42 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
ADEG 147 Sweet Sixties  album cover Various Sweet Sixties (Comp) ADEG 147 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BE 120-3126 Ali Shuffle  album cover Alvin Cash Ali Shuffle(7") Sinus Music, Contempo BE 120-3126 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
BE 120-3130 Harlem Shuffle Part 1 & 2  album cover Bob And Earl* Harlem Shuffle Part 1 & 2(7", Single) Contempo BE 120-3130 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
BE 120-3131 Dance Master (Part 1 + 2)  album cover Willie Henderson Dance Master (Part 1 + 2)(7", Single) Contempo BE 120-3131 Belgium 1973 Sell This Version
BE 120-3139 Why Did You Do It / We Can Work It Out  album cover Sam And Dave* Why Did You Do It / We Can Work It Out(7", Single) Contempo BE 120-3139 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
BE 120-3.155 Gimme Little Sign  / How Can You Say Goodbye  album cover Major Lance Gimme Little Sign / How Can You Say Goodbye (Single) BE 120-3.155 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
C 1 The Right Track / Um Um Um Um Um Um  album cover Major Lance The Right Track / Um Um Um Um Um Um C 1 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 2 Don't You Know I Love You / If You Move It, You Lose It   album cover The Fabulous Echoes Don't You Know I Love You / If You Move It, You Lose It (Single) C 2 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 3 Every Couple's Not A Pair  album cover Richie Pitts Every Couple's Not A Pair (Single) C 3 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 6 Oscar Toney Jr. Everything I Own / Kentucky Bluebird (A Message To Martha) (Single) C 6 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 8 All God's Children  album cover Jimmy Thomas All God's Children (Single) C 8 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 9 Ain't No Soul (Left In These Ole Shoes) / Investigate  album cover Major Lance Ain't No Soul (Left In These Ole Shoes) / Investigate (Single) C 9 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 17 Let's Jam   album cover Bobby Williams Let's Jam C 17 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 18 The Dance Master  album cover Willie Henderson The Dance Master (Single) C 18 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 20 Just A Little Misunderstanding / Your Love Controls My Mind  album cover Johnny Williams (4) Just A Little Misunderstanding / Your Love Controls My Mind (Single) C 20 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 21 People  album cover Freddie Mack's Extravanganza In Sounds* People (Single) C 21 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 22 Time / Young, Willing And Able   album cover Jimmy Thomas Time / Young, Willing And Able (7") Contempo C 22 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 24 Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down  album cover Oscar Toney Jr. Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (Single) C 24 UK 1973 Sell This Version
C 26 My Girl / Dark And Lonely  album cover Major Lance My Girl / Dark And Lonely (Single) C 26 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CF 101 Kung Fu Man  album cover Ultrafunk Kung Fu Man (Single) CF 101 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
CF 102 Do Me Right  album cover The Armada Orchestra Do Me Right(7") Contempo CF 102 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
CF 103 Sweet F. A. (Funky Al)  album cover Ultrafunk Sweet F. A. (Funky Al)(7", Single) Contempo CF 103 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CF 104 Conchise  album cover The Armada Orchestra Conchise(7") Contempo CF 104 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CF 105 Too-Lay  album cover The Funkees Too-Lay(7") Contempo CF 105 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CF 106 Ernie Bush Breakaway(7") Contempo CF 106 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CF 107 The Armada Orchestra Tell Me What You Want(7") Contempo CF 107 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CF 108 Dance On / Hey Sun  album cover Tony Gregory Dance On / Hey Sun(7") Contempo CF 108 US 1977 Sell This Version
CFLP 8001 The Armada Orchestra  album cover The Armada Orchestra The Armada Orchestra(LP, Album) Contempo CFLP 8001 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 505 Party Time  album cover Gentlemen And Their Ladies* Party Time(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 505 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CLP 507 Barbara Jean English  album cover Barbara Jean English Barbara Jean English(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 507 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CLP 508 Promised Heights  album cover Cymande Promised Heights(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 508 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CLP 509 Ultrafunk  album cover Ultrafunk Ultrafunk (Album) CLP 509 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 510 Sixteen Tracks Of Non-Stop Superfunk - Funk Paarrrty!  album cover Various Sixteen Tracks Of Non-Stop Superfunk - Funk Paarrrty!(LP, Comp) Contempo CLP 510 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CLP 511 I've Been Loving You Too Long To Stop Now...  album cover Oscar Toney Jnr* I've Been Loving You Too Long To Stop Now...(LP) Contempo CLP 511 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 513 Transatlantic 770  album cover Jimmy Dawkins Transatlantic 770 (Album) CLP 513 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CLP 514 Lightning Slim 'London Gumbo'(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 514 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 515 The Brand New Z.Z. Hill  album cover Z.Z. Hill The Brand New Z.Z. Hill(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 515 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 516 Thank You  album cover Bobby Powell Thank You(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 516 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CLP 517 Right Here Is Where You Belong  album cover Jerry Washington Right Here Is Where You Belong(LP) Contempo CLP 517 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CLP 518 Bus Stop  album cover Oliver Sain Bus Stop(LP) Contempo CLP 518 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CLP 519 Woman  album cover Doris Duke Woman(LP, Album) Contempo CLP 519 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 520 The Groovesville Masters  album cover J. J. Barnes The Groovesville Masters(LP, Comp) Contempo CLP 520 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP523 Major Lance Live At The Torch  album cover Major Lance Major Lance Live At The Torch(LP, Album) Contempo CLP523 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CLP 524 Dance Dance Dance  album cover Various Dance Dance Dance(LP, Comp) Contempo CLP 524 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 525 Gold 'N' Decayed  album cover Various Gold 'N' Decayed(LP, Comp) Contempo CLP 525 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CLP 526 Soul Deep Volume One  album cover Various Soul Deep Volume One(LP, Comp) Contempo CLP 526 UK 1975 Sell This Version