Charisma

Charisma

Profile:
British label Charisma ("The Famous Charisma Label") was established in 1969 by former journalist Tony Stratton-Smith and made its name with acts like Van Der Graaf Generator, Peter Hammill, The Nice and Genesis. In most of Europe releases were manufactured and distributed via Phonogram companies from the early 1970s until January 1985, when Charisma Records Ltd. and the Charisma brand were acquired by Virgin Records Ltd.
Continental European manufacturing and distribution from 1985 were carried out by Sonopress / The Ariola Group Of Companies and their trade name successors respectively.

In the US Charisma was distributed by Buddah Records until 1973, Atlantic from 1973 to 1974, PolyGram from 1978-1979, and EMI from 1990 until the label was shut down in 1992.

On April 27th 2004 Charisma Records Ltd. reassigned the rights to the trademark (imprint) to EMI (IP) Ltd., an intellectual property holding company for ultimate parent EMI Group Plc. In 2007 EMI Group Plc reactivated the Charisma brand as part of its restructuring, relaunching it as part of the Angel Music Group. When Universal acquired EMI in 2013, the label was absorbed into Capitol Music Group, the successor of 3/4 of EMI, as Parlophone was sold to Warner Music.

Label Code: LC 1409 / 01409

Illustration of "The Famous Charisma Label" label were designed by Paul Whitehead with sketched taken from John Tenniel.

Clues on how to work out the approximate year of release based on center labels (valid for UK editions only):

1969-1970 : Scroll label + rim without any manufacturing/distribution credit
1970-1972 : Scroll label + rim with B&C Records Ltd.
1972-1974 : Large Mad Hatter label + B&C Records Ltd.
1974-1975 : Small Mad Hatter label + B&C Records Ltd.
1975-1979 : Small Mad Hatter label + Phonogram Ltd.
1979-1983 : Blue label + Phonogram Ltd.
1983-1986 : Blue label + Virgin Records Ltd.

Clues on how to work out the approximate year of release based on center labels for German LP editions:
1972 - 1976: Label rim text = "Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte..." starting at 10 o'clock from left to right. ℗ dates earlier than 1975 indicate reissues.
1977 - 1979: Label rim text = "Alle Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte...." starting at 2 o'clock from right to left - earlier ℗ dates indicate reissues.
1980 - 1983: Label Code next to rights society, label rim text = "Alle Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechte...." starting at 2 o'clock from right to left.
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Contact Info:
(Defunct UK addresses)
1969 - 1970:
7, Townsend House
22 Dean Lane,
London W. 1

1970 - 1972:
87 Brewer Street
London W. 1

1972 - 1977:
70 Old Compton Street
London W. 1

1977 - ?
90 Wardour Street
London W. 1

(defunct US address)
1790 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
USA
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1C 064-07 715 Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear Marillion Script For A Jester's Tear(LP, Album, Gat) EMI 1C 064-07 715 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1C 038-26 0303 1 Marillion - Real To Reel Marillion Real To Reel(LP, Album) EMI Electrola, EMI, EMI 1C 038-26 0303 1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064-24 0340 1 Marillion - Misplaced Childhood Marillion Misplaced Childhood(LP, Album, Gat) EMI, EMI, EMI 1C 064-24 0340 1 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1C 064 2400851 Marillion - Fugazi Marillion Fugazi (Album) 1C 064 2400851 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064 24 07851 Marillion - Clutching At Straws Marillion Clutching At Straws(LP, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI 1C 064 24 07851 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
4KM-12596 Nia Peeples - Faces Of Love Nia Peeples Faces Of Love(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-12596 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12609 Countess Vaughn - It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World Countess Vaughn It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-12609 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-12617 Maxi Priest - Groovin' In The Midnight Maxi Priest Groovin' In The Midnight(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-12617 US 1992 Sell This Version
4km-12637 Countess Vaughn - Wait For Me Countess Vaughn Wait For Me(Cass, Single) Charisma 4km-12637 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM 12671 Enigma - Carly's Song Enigma Carly's Song(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM 12671 USA & Canada 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-12680 Jellyfish (2) - New Mistake Jellyfish (2) New Mistake(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-12680 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38423 Enigma - Return To Innocence Enigma Return To Innocence(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-38423 US 1993 Sell This Version
4KM-38440 Enigma - Age Of Loneliness Enigma Age Of Loneliness(Cass, Single) Charisma 4KM-38440 US 1994 Sell This Version
4N-66174 Marillion - Real To Reel Marillion Real To Reel(Cass, Album, Dol) Capitol Records 4N-66174 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
4PRO-12726 Various - Election Year Blues Sampler Various Election Year Blues Sampler(Cass, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Pointblank, Charisma 4PRO-12726 US 1992 Sell This Version
7S-51 スティーヴ・ハケット* = Steve Hackett - モーニング・ドリーマー = Hope I Don't Wake スティーヴ・ハケット* = Steve Hackett スティーヴ・ハケット* = Steve Hackett - モーニング・ドリマー = Hope I Don't Wake 7S-51 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
7S-89 Malcolm Mc Laren* With The Mc Larenettes* - Soweto Malcolm Mc Laren* With The Mc Larenettes* Malcolm Mc Laren* With The Mc Larenettes* - Soweto (Single) 7S-89 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07VA-1002 Julian Lennon - Valotte Julian Lennon Valotte (Single) 07VA-1002 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1010 Julian Lennon - Say You're Wrong / Let Me Be Julian Lennon Say You're Wrong / Let Me Be(7") Charisma 07VA-1010 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07VA-1011 Malcolm McLaren - Carmen Malcolm McLaren Carmen 07VA-1011 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1014 Julian Lennon - Too Late For Goodbyes Julian Lennon Too Late For Goodbyes(7", Single) Virgin, Charisma 07VA-1014 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07VA-1033 Julian Lennon - Stick Around Julian Lennon Stick Around(7") Charisma 07VA-1033 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1039 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer (Single) 07VA-1039 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1041 Genesis - Invisible Touch Genesis Invisible Touch (Single) 07VA-1041 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1044 Julian Lennon - Want Your Body Julian Lennon Want Your Body (Single) 07VA-1044 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1051 Genesis - Throwing It All Away Genesis Throwing It All Away (Single) 07VA-1051 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07VA-1054 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes (Single) 07VA-1054 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
8T-1-2203 Hawklords - 25 Years On Hawklords 25 Years On(8-Trk, Album) Charisma 8T-1-2203 US 1978 Sell This Version
10 WIP 6828 Gregory Isaacs - Cool Down The Pace Gregory Isaacs Cool Down The Pace(10", Single) Island Records 10 WIP 6828 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12MARIL 4 Marillion - Lavender Marillion Lavender(12", Single, Bla) EMI, EMI 12MARIL 4 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12MARIL 5 Marillion - Heart Of Lothian Marillion Heart Of Lothian(12") EMI, EMI 12MARIL 5 UK 1985 Sell This Version
14VA-9007 Julian Lennon - Stick Around Julian Lennon Stick Around(12", Maxi) Charisma 14VA-9007 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9012 Genesis - Invisible Touch Genesis Invisible Touch (Maxi) 14VA-9012 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
14VA-9014 Genesis - Throwing It All Away Genesis Throwing It All Away 14VA-9014 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
15 PP-31~32 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway(2xLP, Album, RE) Charisma, Charisma 15 PP-31~32 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
15PP-33/34 Genesis - Seconds Out Genesis Seconds Out(2xLP, Album, RE) Charisma 15PP-33/34 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
18S-168~9 Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Peter Gabriel Plays Live (Album) 18S-168~9 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-65 Genesis - Trespass Genesis Trespass(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-65 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-66 Genesis - Nursery Cryme Genesis Nursery Cryme(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-66 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-67 Genesis - Foxtrot Genesis Foxtrot(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-67 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-68 Genesis - Live Genesis Live(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-68 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-69 Genesis - Selling England By The Pound Genesis Selling England By The Pound(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-69 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-70 Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-70 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-71 Genesis - Wind & Wuthering Genesis Wind & Wuthering(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-71 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-72 Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three... Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-72 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20PP-73 Genesis - Duke Genesis Duke(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20PP-73 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20S-100 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Album) 20S-100 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20S-101 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Album) 20S-101 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20S-102 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel(LP, Album, RE) Charisma 20S-102 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20VB 1103~4 Genesis - Seconds Out Genesis Seconds Out (Album) 20VB 1103~4 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
20VB-1123・24 Peter Gabriel - Plays Live Peter Gabriel Plays Live(2xLP, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 20VB-1123・24 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20VB-1099~100 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) 20VB-1099~100 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25PT-30 Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three... Genesis ...And Then There Were Three...(Cass, Album) Charisma 25PT-30 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
25S-38 Steve Hackett - Cured Steve Hackett Cured (Album) 25S-38 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25S-41 Rick Wakeman - 1984 Rick Wakeman 1984 (Album) 25S-41 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25S-55 Delta 5 - See The Whirl Delta 5 See The Whirl (Album) 25S-55 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S 103 Peter Gabriel - Ein Deutsches Album Peter Gabriel Ein Deutsches Album (Album) 25S 103 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-104 Peter Gabriel - Deutsches Album Peter Gabriel Deutsches Album (Album) 25S-104 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-137 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel IV Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel IV (Album) 25S-137 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-161 Steve Hackett - Highly Strung Steve Hackett Highly Strung(LP, Album) Charisma, Polystar 25S-161 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-162 Rick Wakeman - G'olé! - The Official Film Of The 1982 World Cup - The Original Film Soundtrack Rick Wakeman G'olé! - The Official Film Of The 1982 World Cup - The Original Film Soundtrack (Album) 25S-162 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25VB-1012 Malcolm McLaren - Fans Malcolm McLaren Fans (Album) 25VB-1012 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25VB-1032 Peter Gabriel - Birdy Peter Gabriel Birdy (Album) 25VB-1032 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1072 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel IV Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel IV (Album) 25VB-1072 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25VB-1073 Genesis - ...And Then There Were Three... Genesis ...And Then There Were Three... (Album) 25VB-1073 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1075 Malcolm McLaren - Swamp Thing Malcolm McLaren Swamp Thing (Album) 25VB-1075 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1095 Tony Banks - Soundtracks Tony Banks Soundtracks (Album) 25VB-1095 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1098 Genesis - Selling England By The Pound Genesis Selling England By The Pound (Album) 25VB-1098 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1101 Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail Genesis A Trick Of The Tail (Album) 25VB-1101 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1102 Genesis - Wind & Wuthering Genesis Wind & Wuthering (Album) 25VB-1102 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1105 Genesis - Trespass Genesis Trespass (Album) 25VB-1105 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB 1106 Genesis - Nursery Cryme Genesis Nursery Cryme (Album) 25VB 1106 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
25VB-1107 Genesis - Foxtrot Genesis Foxtrot (Album) 25VB-1107 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1108 Genesis - Live Genesis Live (Album) 25VB-1108 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1109 Genesis - Duke Genesis Duke (Album) 25VB-1109 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1120 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 25VB-1120 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1122 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (Album) 25VB-1122 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VC-1012 Malcolm McLaren - Fans Malcolm McLaren Fans(Cass, Album) Charisma, Virgin 25VC-1012 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28S-155 Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock (Album) 28S-155 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28VB-1002 Julian Lennon - Valotte Julian Lennon Valotte(LP, Album) Virgin, Charisma 28VB-1002 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28VB-1082 Julian Lennon - The Secret Value Of Daydreaming Julian Lennon The Secret Value Of Daydreaming (Album) 28VB-1082 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28VB-1088 Peter Gabriel - So Peter Gabriel So (Album) 28VB-1088 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28VC-1088 Peter Gabriel - So Peter Gabriel So(Cass, Album) Virgin, Charisma 28VC-1088 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28VC-1090 Genesis - Invisible Touch Genesis Invisible Touch(Cass, Album) Charisma 28VC-1090 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28VD-1030-1 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) 28VD-1030-1 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28VD-1034-35 Genesis - Seconds Out Genesis Seconds Out(2xCD, Album) Charisma 28VD-1034-35 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
31C 064 240085 Marillion - Fugazi Marillion Fugazi(LP, Album) EMI 31C 064 240085 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
31C 064 240340 Marillion - Misplaced Childhood Marillion Misplaced Childhood (Album) 31C 064 240340 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
32VD-1004 Julian Lennon - Valotte Julian Lennon Valotte(CD, Album) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1004 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32VD-1014 Peter Gabriel - IV / Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel IV / Peter Gabriel(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1014 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1015 Genesis - ... And Then There Were Three ... Genesis ... And Then There Were Three ...(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin 32VD-1015 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1021 Peter Gabriel - So Peter Gabriel So(CD, Album) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1021 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1022 Julian Lennon - The Secret Value Of Daydreaming Julian Lennon The Secret Value Of Daydreaming(CD, Album, Jap) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1022 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1023 Genesis - Invisible Touch Genesis Invisible Touch(CD, Album) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1023 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1025 Genesis - Trespass Genesis Trespass(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin 32VD-1025 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1026 Genesis - Nursery Cryme Genesis Nursery Cryme(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Charisma 32VD-1026 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1027 Genesis - Foxtrot Genesis Foxtrot (Album) 32VD-1027 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1028 Genesis - Live Genesis Live(CD, Album, RE) Charisma, Virgin 32VD-1028 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1029 Genesis - Selling England By The Pound Genesis Selling England By The Pound (Album) 32VD-1029 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32VD-1032 Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail Genesis A Trick Of The Tail (Album) 32VD-1032 Japan 1986 Sell This Version

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Chapp33.3

Chapp33.3

May 31, 2018
"In the US Charisma was distributed by Buddah Records until 1973, then by Atlantic from 1986 to 1992 and finally by EMI until the label was shut down in 1995."
Is this a typo, or do we really not know who distributed in the US for 13 years? Or are those the years with labels that note: Manufactured and Marketed by [Polydor] 810 Seventh Ave. NY, NY 10019.
Old_Boy

Old_Boy

January 16, 2011
I have a gatefold Genesis LP 'Trick of the tail'. It's yellow and has the MadHatter logo on the back of the cover, unlike the ones pictered in discogs.
Its cat is 6369 974 but it is not made in Germany. the label does not match with any pictered in discogs. It's made in 1975 but Charisma don't have any listed like this one. the others from this year are Scandanavian, Italian or German and this is claerly not. Any suggestions which pressing this is?? Many thanks for any help