Celluloid

Celluloid

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Celluloid Records was a French label & distributor founded in Paris in 1979 by Jean Karakos, Gilbert Castro and Jean-François Bizot. Initially specialized in importing European hits records for the French market. Soon after the creation of Celluloid, Karakos, with more international ambitious for the label, proposed to move to New York. Castro and Bizot refused, so Celluloid split in two, with Karakos starting a new life for Celluloid in New York in 1981, while the French Celluloid continued in Paris for a while.
The label then began to focus on experimental music and cross-cultural fusion sounds. Shortly after, Celluloid began a long and fruitful relationship with Bill Laswell who produced many of its recordings in the first half of the 80's.

In the 80's, Celluloid produced a large amount of records which to this day are regularly quoted as having a significant cultural influence. The default position of "way ahead of the time" was great for the label´s reputation but not always great for its financial situation. In 1988 Celluloid went bankrupt and Jean Karakos returned to Paris.

After years of breadline-indie-label-toil Jean's ship finally came in when he found, signed and released the only pop release of his career; "The Lambada", with the help of his A&R man of that time, Robert Soares, becoming one of the biggest global hits of 1989.

In 1990, the rights to all the Celluloid master recordings were transfered to American record distributor, John Matarazzo, who was also the executive producer behind Bill Laswell's and Robert Soares´ Subharmonic and Strata labels between 1993 and 1995. On August 1994, Adageo BV purchased all rights to the Celluloid catalog and name. Adageo remain the owners to the present day.

In 2010, Jean returned to A&R duties of Celluloid Records. With the renewed interest in the early 80's New York culture, the label plans to release some compilations featuring previously unheard Celluloid recordings from the period, while new projects are in the works.

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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
07SP 789 Grand Mixer D.ST.* Crazy Cuts (Single) 07SP 789 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2759 Shango Shango Message(12", Promo) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 12AP 2759 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2909 Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix - Doriella Du Fontaine 12AP 2909 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
12AP 3018 Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(12") Celluloid, CBS/Sony 12AP 3018 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
12IS 135 Time Zone Wildstyle (Special New Mix) (Single) 12IS 135 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12IS146 DST* Crazy Cuts(12") Celluloid, Island Records, Celluloid, Island Records 12IS146 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12WIP 6743 Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough (Long Version)(12") Celluloid 12WIP 6743 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12WIP 6744 Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(12") Celluloid 12WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2751 Material Memory Serves(LP, Album) Celluloid, CBS/Sony 25AP 2751 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25AP 2752 Bill Laswell Baselines(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 25AP 2752 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2754 Material One Down (Album) 25AP 2754 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2755 The Golden Palominos The Golden Palominos (Album) 25AP 2755 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
0156 Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* - Change The Beat(12") Celluloid 0156 US 1982 Sell This Version
0158 Infinity* And Grandmixer D.ST.* Infinity* And Grandmixer D.ST.* - Grandmixer Cuts It Up! (Maxi) 0158 US 1982 Sell This Version
1925 Xalam Kanu / Sidi Yella(7", Single) Celluloid 1925 France Unknown Sell This Version
1926 Arto* + Brockington Arto* + Brockington - Foxy Eyes / Cruising Fleet(7") Celluloid 1926 France 1981 Sell This Version
1930 Winston Tong Theoretical China / Comme Les Autres(7") Celluloid 1930 France 1984 Sell This Version
1933 Bruno Carone Comme Un Soleil(7") Celluloid 1933 France Unknown Sell This Version
1939 Winston Tong Reports From The Heart(7", Single) Celluloid 1939 France 1985 Sell This Version
4606 Soft Cell Tainted Love(Cass, Maxi) Celluloid 4606 France 1981 Sell This Version
4609 Fẹla* Fẹla(Cass, Album, Mono) Celluloid 4609 France Unknown Sell This Version
4619 Various Tropic Tonic No 2(Cass, Album, Comp) Celluloid 4619 France 1987 Sell This Version
5601 Blaspheme Désir De Vampyr(LP, Album) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid 5601 France 1985 Sell This Version
5602 Andrew More La Vie Sauvage(LP, Album) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid, Mélodie Distribution 5602 France 1983 Sell This Version
5603 Blaspheme Vivre Libre(7", Promo) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid 5603 France 1985 Sell This Version
5604 Andrew More La Vie Sauvage(7", Promo) Lizard Records (5) 5604 France Unknown Sell This Version
006001 Jacno Jacno(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006001 France 2011 Sell This Version
6106 Toure Kounda Live Paris-Ziguinchor(LP, Album) Celluloid 6106 1984 Sell This Version
6116 Fẹla* And Afrika 70* Fẹla* And Afrika 70* - Zombie(LP, Comp) Celluloid 6116 US 1977 Sell This Version
6138 The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(Cass, Album) Celluloid 6138 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
6227 Gichy Dan Cowboys And Gangsters / Action Man(7", Single) Celluloid 6227 France Unknown Sell This Version
6231 Touré Kunda Martyrs / Salaly Muhamed(7", sin) Celluloid 6231 France 1982 Sell This Version
6537 Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material (Album) 6537 France 1979 Sell This Version
006603 Djeli Moussa Diawara Sini(CD, Album) African Science, Rue Stendhal 006603 France 2006 Sell This Version
006612 Kora Jazz Trio Part III(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 006612 France 2008 Sell This Version
006613 Kora Jazz Trio Part III(LP, Album) Celluloid 006613 France 2008 Sell This Version
006614 Various Jamaica Soul 3 (A Serious Selection Of 'Groovy Hits' From Lee Perry's Productions 1969-1977)(CD, Comp) Santalina Records 006614 France 2009 Sell This Version
006615 Various Jamaica Soul 3 (A Serious Selection Of 'Groovy Hits' From Lee Perry's Productions 1969-1977)(2xLP, Comp) Santalina Records 006615 France 2009 Sell This Version
006616 Boris Vian By Diane Tell Boris Vian By Diane Tell - Docteur Boris & Mister Vian(CD, Album) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006616 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
006619 Bévinda Lusitania(CD, Album) Celluloid 006619 France 2011 Sell This Version
006621 Kora Jazz Band Kora Jazz Band And Guests(CD, Album) Celluloid 006621 France 2014 Sell This Version
006622 Kora Jazz Band Kora Jazz Band And Guests(LP, Album) Celluloid 006622 France 2011 Sell This Version
006623 Francis Bebey La Belle Epoque(4xCD, Comp, Box) Rue Stendhal, Celluloid 006623 France 2011 Sell This Version
6625 Diane Tell Rideaux Ouverte(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 6625 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
006629 Electro Bamako Electro Bamako(CD, Album) Celluloid 006629 France 2013 Sell This Version
006630 Jacno Jacno(LP, RE) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006630 France 2011 Sell This Version
006636 Dee Nasty Classique(CD) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal, Disques Pirates 006636 France 2015 Sell This Version
006638 Dee Nasty Classique(2xLP, Album) Celluloid 006638 France 2016 Sell This Version
006641 Various Haiti Goes Latin(2xLP, Comp) Celluloid, Salsathérapie 006641 France 2014 Sell This Version
006642 Le Sahel La Légende de Dakar(CD, Album) Celluloid 006642 France 2015 Sell This Version
006646 Le Sahel La Légende de Dakar(2xLP, Album) Celluloid 006646 France 2015 Sell This Version
6714 Les Standards Jack & Jerry(LP) Celluloid 6714 France 1984 Sell This Version
6744 Bruno Carone Des baisers et des coups de pied(LP) Celluloid 6744 France 1983 Sell This Version
6775 Winston Tong Theoretically Chinese(LP, Album) Celluloid 6775 France 1985 Sell This Version
08002-6 Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae (12") Celluloid 08002-6 France 1993 Sell This Version
08085-2 Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae(CD) Celluloid 08085-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
8327 Material For A Few Dollars More(12") Carrere 8327 France 1984 Sell This Version
8428 Manu Dibango Abele Dance(12", Maxi) Carrere, Carrere 8428 France 1984 Sell This Version
08530-1 Super Diamono* Cheikh Anta Diop(LP, Album) Celluloid 08530-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
9500 Come-Back* Viking(LP) Celluloid 9500 France Unknown Sell This Version
9501 Ipomen* Ipomen(LP, Album) Celluloid 9501 France Unknown Sell This Version
9502 Baltimore (2) Baltimore(LP) Celluloid 9502 France Unknown Sell This Version
9503 Gustavie Cham Gustavie Cham(LP) Celluloid 9503 France 1988 Sell This Version
9508 Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* - Ekaba-Kaba (Yo Moko Okabeli Ngai Ye Oh)(LP, Album) Celluloid 9508 France 1987 Sell This Version
13.442 Time Zone The Wildstyle(7") Carrere, Celluloid 13.442 France 1984 Sell This Version
13 448 Grandmixer D. ST.* Crazy Cuts(7") Celluloid, Carrere 13 448 France 1983 Sell This Version
28703 Winston Edwards, Blackbeard (2) Winston Edwards, Blackbeard (2) - Winston Edwards & Blackbeard at 10 Downing Street(LP, Album) Celluloid 28703 Jamaica 2014 Sell This Version
4107-2Q Lightnin' Rod Hustler's Convention(CD, Album) Oceana Records 4107-2Q US 1991 Sell This Version
46002-2 Zao (5) Zao (5)(CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 46002-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
60206 Material One Down(LP, Album, Promo) Elektra, Celluloid 60206 US 1982 Sell This Version
60206-1 Material One Down (Album) 60206-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
61198-1 Cheb Khaled* Hada Raykoum(LP, Album) Celluloid, MCPE 61198-1 France 1985 Sell This Version
61212 1 Cheb Sahraoui & Chaba Fadela Cheb Sahraoui & Chaba Fadela - Cheb Sahraoui Et Chaba Fadela(LP, Album) Celluloid 61212 1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61216-1 Khaled Moule El Kouchi(LP) Celluloid 61216-1 France 1985 Sell This Version
61216-2 Cheb Khaled* Cheb Khaled(CD) Celluloid 61216-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
61360-1 Cheb Khaled* Fuir, Mais Où?(LP) Celluloid 61360-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
61362-1 Amarna (2) El Ghaba(LP) Celluloid 61362-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
61362-2 Amarna (2) El Ghaba(CD, Album) Celluloid 61362-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
61382-1 Cheb Fazil E'châabi(LP, Album) Celluloid 61382-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61382-2 Cheb Fazil E'châabi(CD, Album) Celluloid 61382-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
61398-1 Cheb Khaled* Ya Taleb(LP) Celluloid 61398-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61398-2 Khaled Ya Taleb(CD) Celluloid 61398-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
61947-7 Princess Erika Trop De Bla Bla(7") Celluloid 61947-7 France 1988 Sell This Version
61949-7 Zia (2) Waiting For The Winds (Woza Moya)(7", Single) Celluloid 61949-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61952-7 Trust (2) Paris By Night(7", Single) Celluloid 61952-7 France 1988 Sell This Version
61954-7 Lucky Dube Together As One(7") Celluloid 61954-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61957 7 Zia (2) Kant'Unjani?(7") Celluloid 61957 7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61958-7 Trust (2) Petit Papa Noël(7", Single) Celluloid 61958-7 France 1990 Sell This Version
61959-7 Bernie Bonvoisin Du Noir Du Blanc Du Blues (Single) 61959-7 France 1990 Sell This Version
63001-1 Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night(2xLP, Album + 7", Single) Celluloid 63001-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001-2 Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night(CD) Celluloid 63001-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001-4 Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night(Cass, Album) Celluloid 63001-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001-7 Trust (2) Paris By Night(7") Celluloid 63001-7 France 1988 Sell This Version
64617-2 Ti Fock Aniel(CD, Album) Celluloid 64617-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
66287 Gabriel Yacoub Elementary Level Of Faith(LP, Album) Celluloid 66287 France 1987 Sell This Version
66401-2 Juan Carlos Caceres Caceres Live(CD, Album) Celluloid, SoReal 66401-2 France 1999 Sell This Version
66542-5 Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(CD, Single) Celluloid 66542-5 France Unknown Sell This Version
66547-2 Jacno Jacno(CD) Celluloid 66547-2 France 2003 Sell This Version
66654-2 La Souris Déglinguée Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66654-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66654-4 La Souris Déglinguée Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66654-4 France 1983 Sell This Version

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VasiliKochura

VasiliKochura

February 5, 2015
It says that the label was founded in 1979 but there are several releases which date as far back as 1976 on Celluloid, most notably Magma's Inedits... Is there another Celluloid label?
jwesteren

jwesteren

April 4, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
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