Pôle Records

Pôle Records

Profile:
Pôle started in 1975 as an album by Pôle (2), Kotrill, and a Pôle Records label run by Paul Putti and his wife Evelyne Henri. Pôle (2) released two albums produced by Putti that year, who then focused on the Pôle Records label after that. Putti sold the label and masters to Tapioca in 1977 and started a porn magazine as his next business venture.

Supposedly the records were marketed door to door by college students. This probably oversimplifies things to sound structured and organized when it was more likely a loose network where batches of the releases were distributed through a social network similar to how underground newspapers and drugs circulated back then.

While label only existed from 1975-1977 it released some influential experimental electronic music by many French musicians and it documents a scene as varied and interesting as the Berlin krautrock era. The NWW List of influences cites a number of the releases on this label, and another famous electronic band taking the name as an homage has helped build a cult following around the label and name Pôle.

Pôle (2) and/or the label sometimes gets described as a loose collective of French experimental/electronic artists. The name was also used prominently on covers of other releases on the label, making it appear that releases by Henri Roger and Philippe Besombes/Jean-Louis Rizet are Pôle (2) 'band' projects when it's better to look at Pôle as a label branding in that context. Besombes has stated that the name was used on the cover without consent from him or Rizet on the double LP titled Pôle, which seems to contradict web pages suggesting Besombes ran the label. He ran a recording studio with Rizet around then, and sold Mellotrons, and the two releases under his name were some of the best selling records on this label.

The Besombes/Rizet record sold around 20,000 copies as a 'best seller', suggesting that most releases on the label saw less than 20K copies pressed.
Contact Info:
[Obsolete]
2, Place de Barcelone
75016 Paris
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Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
none Pôle (2) - Kotrill Pôle (2) Kotrill(LP, Album) Pôle Records none France 1975 Sell This Version
P-0002 Pôle (2) - Inside The Dream Pôle (2) Inside The Dream(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records, Pôle Records P-0002 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0001 Pôle (2) - Kotrill Pôle (2) Kotrill(LP, Album) Pôle Records Pôle 0001 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0002 Pôle (2) - Inside The Dream Pôle (2) Inside The Dream(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0002 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0004 Philippe Besombes - Libra Philippe Besombes Libra(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0004 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0005 Henri Roger - Images... Henri Roger Images...(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0005 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0006 Besombes - Rizet - Pôle Besombes - Rizet Pôle(2xLP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0006 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0007 Besombes - Rizet - Pôle Besombes - Rizet Pôle(2xLP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0007 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0008 Fluence - Fluence Fluence Fluence(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0008 France 1975 Sell This Version
Pôle 0009 Verto - Krig / Volubilis Verto Krig / Volubilis(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0009 France 1976 Sell This Version
Pôle 0010 Potemkine - Foetus Potemkine Foetus(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0010 France 1976 Sell This Version
Pôle 0011 Melody (17) - Come Fly With Me Melody (17) Come Fly With Me(LP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0011 France 1976 Sell This Version
Pôle 0012 Trans-Europe Express* - Living For The Rock And Roll Trans-Europe Express* Living For The Rock And Roll(LP, Album) Pôle Records Pôle 0012 France 1977 Sell This Version
Pôle 0013 Mahogany Brain - Smooth Sick Lights Mahogany Brain Smooth Sick Lights(LP) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0013 France 1976 Sell This Version
Pôle 0014 Philippe Grancher - 3000 Miles Away Philippe Grancher 3000 Miles Away(LP) Pôle Records, Pôle Records Pôle 0014 France 1975 Sell This Version
PÔLE 0015 Emergency Exit - Sortie De Secours Emergency Exit Sortie De Secours(LP, Album) Pôle Records PÔLE 0015 France 1976 Sell This Version
PÔLE 0006/0007 Besombes - Rizet - Pôle Besombes - Rizet Pôle(2xLP, Album) Pôle Records, Pôle Records, Pôle Records PÔLE 0006/0007 France 1975 Sell This Version
POLE 0003 Pataphonie - Pataphonie Pataphonie Pataphonie(LP) Pôle Records, Pôle Records POLE 0003 France 1975 Sell This Version
SVB020 Subversion (14) - Subversion Subversion (14) Subversion(LP, Album) Pôle Records SVB020 France 1976 Sell This Version