Rough Trade

Rough Trade

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Rough Trade was started by Geoff Travis in 1976 as a London record-shop and began releasing as an independent label in 1978. They quickly grew as a label and an independent distributor during the 1980s, collaborating with labels such as 4AD, Factory Records and One Little Indian to name a few.

Catalog numbering used by the first incarnation of the label:

Singles/EPs were numbered sequentially (001 to 247) with following prefixes:

RT###: 7" singles, early 12" singles and some 10" singles
RTT###: later 12" singles and some 10" singles
RTT###CD: CD singles
RTM###: 12" EPs/mini-albums

There were also five early 7" singles numbered RTSO1 through RTSO5. These are all by the group Spizz Oil and related projects.

Albums:

ROUGH###: numbered sequentially (1-159), with extensions such as CD, MC, etc. for different formats
RUFCD####: used only for four CD releases in 1989, numbered sequentially (6001-6004)
COPY###: used for some early cassette releases issued under the label name Rough Tapes, numbered sequentially (001-???)

After overstretching on the US market the label/distribution group ran into financial difficulty around 1990. The US branch was shut down and the German branch ended up in the Zomba Music Group where the name was eventually abandoned. In the UK One Little Indian provided financing and took over the label with original owner Geoff Travis initially in charge, but he soon left to start the Trade 2 label with Island Records. A result of this arrangement One Little Indian has retained ownership of some key catalogue releases, such as the early A.R. Kane albums.

Catalog numbering used by the second incarnation of the label:

R###x: numbered sequentially (starting around 250) with x indicating format (0 = 12", 1 = LP, 2 = CD, 3 = CD Single, 4 = Cassette, 5 = mini-album, 6 = CD mini-album, 7 = 7" single, 8 = double LP)
45REV##: singles club 7" series, numbered sequentially (01-??)

Finally, Geoff Travis regained control of the Rough Trade label name around 1999-2000 and re-launched the label alongside Tugboat Records.

Catalog numbering being used by the third incarnation of the label:

RTRADES###: 7" singles, 12" singles & vinyl EPs
RTRADESCD###[X]: CD singles & CDEPs - 'X' is appended when two versions of the single are released
RTRADESDVD###: DVD singles
RTRADELP###: vinyl LP albums
RTRADECD###: CD albums

On some releases, the E in RTRADE is missing, leaving RTRAD as the prefix.

In July 2001, Sanctuary Records joined forces with Rough Trade, including its imprint Tugboat. The relationship with Sanctuary was intended to support Rough Trade's growth plans by enabling the label to utilise the well-established Sanctuary infrastructure with a particular emphasis on the international sector.

In July 2007, a struggling Sanctuary announced, as part of its preamble to being bought by Universal, the sale of its 49% interest in the loss-making Rough Trade for a cash sum of £800,000 to the Beggars Group. Rough Trade continues to operate from its Golborne Road offices in London, with Beggars assuming central office functions. The Rough Trade specialist retail chain did not figure in the deal.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Blumfeld Old Nobody(CD, Album) Big Cat, Zickzack, Rough Trade Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Einstellung D Glaub Wie Haus(CDr, Single) Powerkraut Records, Rough Trade UK 2011 Sell This Version
- Nape (3) Synthetic Unity(CD, Album) Setalight Records - Germany 2011 Sell This Version
001 Vanity (22) Occult You(CD, Album) Church Independent 001 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
1MFRec0012-90 Assorted Heap The Experience Of Horror (Album) 1MFRec0012-90 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
002 Jay Phlitman & Kim Kang* Candy Queen Speedway(10", Ltd, Ora) Bananafishin' Records 002 Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
2DIY4-16 Interpol Everything Is Wrong (Solomun Remix) (12", Maxi) 2Diy4 2DIY4-16 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
2DIY4_17 Moby Moby Remixes(12") 2Diy4 2DIY4_17 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
2DIY4_18 Lunar Plane Feat. October's Child Lunar Plane Feat. October's Child - No Age(12") 2DIY4 2DIY4_18 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
004-2 Hans Süper (2) Kölsche Jung(CD, Album) GMO - The Label 004-2 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
4AD0008LPRT Aldous Harding Party(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) 4AD 4AD0008LPRT UK 2017 Sell This Version
7 BONG 1 Depeche Mode Leave In Silence(7", Single) Mute 7 BONG 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 014 Depeche Mode New Life (Single) 7 MUTE 014 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 016 Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough (Single) 7 MUTE 016 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 018 Depeche Mode See You (Single) 7 MUTE 018 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 020 Yazoo Only You (Single) 7 MUTE 020 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 021 Fad Gadget King Of The Flies(7", Single) Mute 7 MUTE 021 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 022 Depeche Mode The Meaning Of Love (Single) 7 MUTE 022 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 023 Liaisons Dangereuses Los Niños Del Parque(7", Single) Mute, Mute 7 MUTE 023 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7S-LP0023 Bonsai Kitten (2) Mindcraft(LP, Album) 7star Music 7S-LP0023 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
7S-PR0001 Schiller Sun(CD, Album, Mixed, Promo, Car) 7star Music, Sleepingroom 7S-PR0001 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
7 YAZ 001 Yazoo Don't Go (Single) 7 YAZ 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 BONG 1 Depeche Mode Leave In Silence (Single) 12 BONG 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 CHAP 52 Ned's Atomic Dustbin Until You Find Out(12") Chapter 22 12 CHAP 52 UK 1990 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 014 Depeche Mode New Life (Re Mix) / Shout! (Rio Mix) (Single) 12 MUTE 014 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 016 Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough (Schizomix) (Single) 12 MUTE 016 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 018 Depeche Mode See You (Single) 12 MUTE 018 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 020 Yazoo Only You (Single) 12 MUTE 020 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 022 Depeche Mode The Meaning Of Love (Single) 12 MUTE 022 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 024 Fad Gadget Life On The Line (Version II)(12") Mute 12 MUTE 024 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 026 Fad Gadget For Whom The Bells Toll(12") Mute 12 MUTE 026 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 NMA 10 New Model Army Vengeance 1994(12", Single) Abstract Sounds 12 NMA 10 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 POS 003 Pressure Of Speech Mothmath(12") North South 12 POS 003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12RAD1 Mute Drivers Boomtown(12", Ltd) Irradiated Records, Irradiated Records 12RAD1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
12RAD2 Mute Drivers Impossibilities(12", Single) Irradiated Records 12RAD2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 RE 7 Two 2 X 2(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 RE 8 And Also The Trees A Room Lives In Lucy(12", Single) Reflex Records (9), Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 8 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 RE 9 The Very Things Mummy You're A Wreck(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 9 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 RE 10 The Cravats DCL* The Land Of The Giants(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 10 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 RT 106 Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Single) 12 RT 106 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12-RTRADES-190 The Fiery Furnaces I Wish I Was Single Again(12", W/Lbl) Rough Trade 12-RTRADES-190 UK 2004 Sell This Version
12STUMM398 Lift To Experience Xfm X-Posure Session 17/07/2001(12", Ltd) Mute 12STUMM398 UK 2017 Sell This Version
12" Y 15 Maximum Joy White And Green Place (Single) 12" Y 15 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 Y 24 Pigbag The Big Bean (Single) 12 Y 24 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 YAZ 001 Yazoo Don't Go (Re-Mixes) (Single) 12 YAZ 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
15 RTL-1 Weekend With Keith Tippett Weekend With Keith Tippett - Live At Ronnie Scott's (MiniAlbum) 15 RTL-1 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
15RTL-2 Aztec Camera Oblivious(12", Single) Rough Trade 15RTL-2 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
15RTL-3 The Smiths This Charming Man(12", MiniAlbum) Rough Trade 15RTL-3 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15-RTL-4 The Smiths What Difference Does It Make? (MiniAlbum) 15-RTL-4 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-5 Sandie Shaw Hand In Glove (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-5 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-6 The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 15RTL-6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-3009 The Smiths The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-3009 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25J-5 Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 25J-5 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25J-103 The Smiths The Smiths(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 25J-103 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-1 Virgin Prunes ... If I Die, I Die (Album) 25RTL-1 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL-3 Various Radio Twelve (Comp) 25RTL-3 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL-6 The Smiths The Smiths (Album) 25RTL-6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-8 Various Viva! Zimbabwe = ビバ! ジンバブエ(LP, Comp) Rough Trade 25RTL-8 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-9 The Fall Perverted By Language(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-9 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-13 Dislocation Dance Midnight Shift(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-13 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-15 The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses (Album) 25RTL-15 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-16 Amaswazi Emvelo Ezintabeni(LP, Promo) Earthworks, Rough Trade 25RTL-16 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-17 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (Album) 25RTL-17 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-18 James "Blood" Ulmer* Part Time(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-18 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-20 Robert Wyatt 1982-1984 (Comp) 25RTL-20 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-21 The Smiths Hatful Of Hollow(LP, Comp, Gat) Rough Trade 25RTL-21 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-22 Microdisney Everybody Is Fantastic(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-22 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3001 The Smiths Meat Is Murder = ミート・イズ・マーダー (Album) 25RTL-3001 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3002 Red Guitars Slow To Fade (Album) 25RTL-3002 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3003 Rainy Day Rainy Day(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3003 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3004 Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited - Mabasa(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade, Earthworks 25RTL-3004 Zimbabwe 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3005 Vic Godard & The Subway Sect* Vic Godard & The Subway Sect* - A Retrospective (1977-81)(LP, Comp) Rough Trade 25RTL-3005 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3007 Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3007 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3010 Linton Kwesi Johnson In Concert With The Dub Band(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3010 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3011 Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3011 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3012 The Woodentops Straight Eight Bushwaker (LP) Rough Trade 25RTL-3012 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3013 Microdisney The Clock Comes Down The Stairs(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3013 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3014 Float Up CP Kill Me In The Morning(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3014 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3015 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3015 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3016 The Woodentops Giant(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3016 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3017 Easterhouse Contenders (Album) 25RTL-3017 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
27JC-190 The Smiths Meat is Murder / The Smiths(CD, Album + CD, Album + Comp) Rough Trade 27JC-190 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
27JC-193 The Woodentops Giant / Straight Eight Bushwaker(2xCD, Comp) Rough Trade, Rough Trade 27JC-193 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
30RGH20508 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(Cass, Album) CGD, Rough Trade 30RGH20508 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20697 The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20697 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20859 The Smiths Rank(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20859 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20898 The Smiths The Smiths(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20898 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20933 Easterhouse Waiting For The Redbird(Cass) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20933 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
32JC-108 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(CD, Album) Rough Trade, Japan Record 32JC-108 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32JC-162 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(CD, Album) Rough Trade 32JC-162 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32JC-165 The Woodentops Giant(CD, Album) Rough Trade 32JC-165 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32JC-170 The Woodentops Straight Eight Bushwaker(CD, MiniAlbum) Rough Trade 32JC-170 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
35JC-102 The Smiths The Smiths(CD, Album) Japan Record, Rough Trade 35JC-102 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
039-CD Various Nataraja 3 (Comp) 039-CD France 1998 Sell This Version
040-CD Moksha Thee Psychochemickal Experience (Live At Goa Gajah)(CD, Mixed) POF Music 040-CD France 1998 Sell This Version
45rev1 Levitation (2) Squirrel(7", Single) Rough Trade 45rev1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
45REV2 Sweet Jesus Honey Loving Honey(7", Single) Rough Trade 45REV2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
45rev3 Inrain Grow(7", Single) Rough Trade 45rev3 UK 1991 Sell This Version
45rev4 Liberty Horses This Town(7", Single) Rough Trade 45rev4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
45REV5 The Nails 88 Lines About 44 Women(7", Single) Rough Trade 45REV5 UK 1992 Sell This Version

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