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 ambitions 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 Crazy Cuts  album cover Grand Mixer D.ST.* Crazy Cuts (Single) 07SP 789 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2757 Material For A Few Dollars More(12", Promo) CBS/Sony 12AP 2757 Hong Kong 1984 Sell This Version
12AP 2759 Shango Message  album cover Shango Shango Message(12", Promo) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 12AP 2759 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2762 The Wildstyle (Remix)  album cover Time Zone The Wildstyle (Remix)(12", EP) Celluloid 12AP 2762 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2909 Doriella Du Fontaine  album cover Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix - Doriella Du Fontaine 12AP 2909 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
12AP 3018 World Destruction  album cover 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 Wildstyle (Special New Mix)  album cover Time Zone Wildstyle (Special New Mix) (Single) 12IS 135 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12IS146 Crazy Cuts  album cover DST* Crazy Cuts 12IS146 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12WIP 6743 Disco Rough (Long Version)  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough (Long Version)(12") Metropolis (7), Celluloid 12WIP 6743 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12WIP 6744 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(12") Celluloid 12WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2751 Memory Serves  album cover Material Memory Serves (Album) 25AP 2751 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25AP 2752 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 25AP 2752 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2753 New York Now!  album cover Daniel Ponce New York Now!(LP, Album) Celluloid 25AP 2753 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2754 One Down  album cover Material One Down (Album) 25AP 2754 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2755 The Golden Palominos  album cover The Golden Palominos The Golden Palominos (Album) 25AP 2755 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2756 Outline No. 12  album cover Billy Bang Outline No. 12(LP, Album) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 25AP 2756 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28AP 2882 Shango Funk Theology  album cover Shango Shango Funk Theology(LP, Album, Promo) Celluloid, CBS/Sony 28AP 2882 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 3084 Casamance Au Clair De Lune = カザマンス  album cover Touré Kunda = トゥレ・クンダ* Touré Kunda = トゥレ・クンダ* - Casamance Au Clair De Lune = カザマンス (Album) 28AP 3084 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3157 Bill Laswell presents New Africa  album cover Various Bill Laswell presents New Africa(LP, Comp, Promo) Celluloid 28AP 3157 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32DP 471 Visions Of Excess  album cover The Golden Palominos Visions Of Excess(CD, Album) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 32DP 471 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
0156 Change The Beat  album cover Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* Fab 5 Freddy / Beeside* - Change The Beat (Maxi) 0156 US 1982 Sell This Version
0158 Grandmixer Cuts It Up!  album cover Infinity* And Grandmixer D.ST.* Infinity* And Grandmixer D.ST.* - Grandmixer Cuts It Up! (Maxi) 0158 US 1982 Sell This Version
000695 Billes De Gum.  album cover Bévinda Billes De Gum.(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 000695 France 2011 Sell This Version
1925 Kanu / Sidi Yella  album cover Xalam Kanu / Sidi Yella(7", Single) Celluloid 1925 France Unknown Sell This Version
1926 Foxy Eyes / Cruising Fleet  album cover Arto* + Brockington Arto* + Brockington - Foxy Eyes / Cruising Fleet(7") Celluloid 1926 France 1981 Sell This Version
1930 Theoretical China / Comme Les Autres  album cover Winston Tong Theoretical China / Comme Les Autres(7") Celluloid 1930 France 1984 Sell This Version
1933 Comme Un Soleil  album cover Bruno Carone Comme Un Soleil(7", Single, Promo) Celluloid 1933 France Unknown Sell This Version
1939 Reports From The Heart  album cover Winston Tong Reports From The Heart(7", Single) Celluloid 1939 France 1985 Sell This Version
2171 If You Came To Go  album cover Nayanka Bell If You Came To Go(Cass, Album, Dol) Celluloid 2171 France 1984 Sell This Version
4478 É'mma Africa  album cover Touré Kunda É'mma Africa(Cass) Celluloid 4478 Unknown Sell This Version
4601 DK B Celebration  album cover Osibisa Celebration(Cass, Album) Celluloid 4601 DK B France Unknown Sell This Version
4604 DK B Immigrés / Bitim Rew  album cover Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Immigrés / Bitim Rew(Cass) Celluloid 4604 DK B France 1988 Sell This Version
4606 Tainted Love  album cover Soft Cell Tainted Love(Cass, Single) Celluloid 4606 France 1981 Sell This Version
4609 Fẹla* Fẹla(Cass, Album, Mono) Celluloid 4609 France Unknown Sell This Version
4619 Tropic Tonic No 2  album cover Various Tropic Tonic No 2(Cass, Album, Comp) Celluloid 4619 France 1987 Sell This Version
5601 Désir De Vampyr  album cover Blaspheme Désir De Vampyr(LP, Album) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid 5601 France 1985 Sell This Version
5602 La Vie Sauvage  album cover Andrew More La Vie Sauvage(LP, Album) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid, Mélodie Distribution 5602 France 1983 Sell This Version
5603 Vivre Libre  album cover Blaspheme Vivre Libre(7", Promo) Lizard Records (5), Celluloid 5603 France 1985 Sell This Version
5604 La Vie Sauvage  album cover Andrew More La Vie Sauvage(7", Promo) Lizard Records (5) 5604 France Unknown Sell This Version
006001 Jacno  album cover Jacno Jacno(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006001 France 2011 Sell This Version
6116 Zombie  album cover Fẹla* And Afrika 70* Fẹla* And Afrika 70* - Zombie(LP, Comp) Celluloid 6116 US Unknown Sell This Version
6138 A Dead Horse  album cover The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(Cass, Album) Celluloid 6138 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
6203 Steve Kekana Makhombo(Cass, Album) Celluloid 6203 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
6227 Cowboys And Gangsters / Action Man  album cover Gichy Dan Cowboys And Gangsters / Action Man(7", Single) Celluloid 6227 France Unknown Sell This Version
6537 Inflammable Material  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material (Album) 6537 France 1979 Sell This Version
6601 Serge Gainsbourg Tel Qu'Elle 1958-1968  album cover Bévinda Serge Gainsbourg Tel Qu'Elle 1958-1968(CD, Album) Celluloid 6601 France 2006 Sell This Version
006603 Sini  album cover Djeli Moussa Diawara Sini(CD, Album) African Science, Rue Stendhal 006603 France 2006 Sell This Version
006607 Chante Barbara  album cover Annick Cisaruk Chante Barbara(CD, Album) Celluloid 006607 France 2007 Sell This Version
006610 Live À Montreux  album cover Xalam Live À Montreux(CD, Album) Celluloid 006610 France 2008 Sell This Version
006611 Mikea Forest Blues  album cover Vinson* And Masoandro Band Vinson* And Masoandro Band - Mikea Forest Blues(CD, Album) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006611 France Unknown Sell This Version
006612 Part III  album cover Kora Jazz Trio Part III(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 006612 France 2008 Sell This Version
006613 Part III  album cover Kora Jazz Trio Part III(LP, Album) Celluloid 006613 France 2008 Sell This Version
006614 Jamaica Soul 3 (A Serious Selection Of 'Groovy Hits' From Lee Perry's Productions 1969-1977)  album cover Lee Perry Jamaica Soul 3 (A Serious Selection Of 'Groovy Hits' From Lee Perry's Productions 1969-1977)(CD, Comp) Santalina Records, Celluloid 006614 France 2009 Sell This Version
006615 Jamaica Soul 3 (A Serious Selection Of 'Groovy Hits' From Lee Perry's Productions 1969-1977)  album cover 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 Docteur Boris & Mister Vian  album cover Diane Tell Docteur Boris & Mister Vian(CD, Album) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006616 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
006617 Tinkiso  album cover Mory Djely Kouyate, Jean-Philippe Rykiel Mory Djely Kouyate, Jean-Philippe Rykiel - Tinkiso(CD, Album) Celluloid 006617 France 2010 Sell This Version
006619 Lusitania  album cover Bévinda Lusitania(CD, Album) Celluloid 006619 France 2011 Sell This Version
006621 Kora Jazz Band And Guests  album cover Kora Jazz Band Kora Jazz Band And Guests(CD, Album) Celluloid 006621 France 2014 Sell This Version
006622 Kora Jazz Band And Guests  album cover Kora Jazz Band Kora Jazz Band And Guests(LP, Album) Celluloid 006622 France 2011 Sell This Version
006623 La Belle Epoque  album cover Francis Bebey La Belle Epoque(4xCD, Comp + Box) Rue Stendhal, Celluloid 006623 France 2011 Sell This Version
6625 Rideaux Ouverts  album cover Diane Tell Rideaux Ouverts(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 6625 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
006629 Electro Bamako  album cover Electro Bamako Electro Bamako(CD, Album) Celluloid 006629 France 2013 Sell This Version
006630 Jacno  album cover Jacno Jacno(LP, Album, RE) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal 006630 France 2011 Sell This Version
006636 Classique  album cover Dee Nasty Classique(CD, Album) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal, Disques Pirates 006636 France 2015 Sell This Version
006636 Classique  album cover Dee Nasty Classique(CDr, Promo, Smplr, Car) Celluloid, Rue Stendhal, Disques Pirates 006636 France 2015 Sell This Version
006638 Classique  album cover Dee Nasty Classique(2xLP, Album) Celluloid 006638 France 2016 Sell This Version
006640 Haiti Goes Latin  album cover Various Haiti Goes Latin(CD, Comp, Dig) Celluloid, Salsathérapie 006640 France 2014 Sell This Version
006641 Haiti Goes Latin  album cover Various Haiti Goes Latin(2xLP, Comp) Celluloid, Salsathérapie 006641 France 2014 Sell This Version
006642 La Légende de Dakar  album cover Le Sahel La Légende de Dakar(CD, Album) Celluloid 006642 France 2015 Sell This Version
006643 Nouveau Combattant  album cover Zao (5) Nouveau Combattant(CD, Album) Celluloid 006643 2014 Sell This Version
006644 Back To Africa  album cover Kora Jazz Band Back To Africa(CD, Album) Celluloid 006644 France 2015 Sell This Version
006646 La Légende de Dakar  album cover Le Sahel La Légende de Dakar(2xLP, Album) Celluloid 006646 France 2015 Sell This Version
006647 The Next Decline   album cover Wild Child (2) The Next Decline (CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 006647 France 2015 Sell This Version
6714 Jack & Jerry  album cover Les Standards Jack & Jerry(LP) Celluloid 6714 France 1984 Sell This Version
6775 Theoretically Chinese  album cover Winston Tong Theoretically Chinese(LP, Album) Celluloid 6775 France 1985 Sell This Version
6808 Une Cause A Rallier  album cover La Souris Déglinguée Une Cause A Rallier(12", MiniAlbum, TP) Celluloid 6808 France 1987 Sell This Version
08002-6 Samba Reggae  album cover Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae(12") Celluloid 08002-6 France 1993 Sell This Version
08085-2 Samba Reggae  album cover Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae(CD) Celluloid 08085-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
8311 Les Femmes D'Abord  album cover Gnonnas Pedro & Ses Dadjes* Les Femmes D'Abord(LP, Album) Syllart Records, Syllart Records, Syllart Production, Celluloid 8311 France Unknown Sell This Version
8319 Crazy Cuts  album cover DST* Crazy Cuts(12", Maxi) Carrere, Carrere, Celluloid, Celluloid 8319 France 1983 Sell This Version
8327 For A Few Dollars More  album cover Material For A Few Dollars More(12") Carrere 8327 France 1984 Sell This Version
8428 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(12", Maxi) Carrere, Carrere 8428 France 1984 Sell This Version
08530-1 Cheikh Anta Diop  album cover Super Diamono* Cheikh Anta Diop(LP, Album) Celluloid 08530-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
08530-2 Cheikh Anta Diop  album cover Super Diamono* Cheikh Anta Diop(CD, Album) Celluloid 08530-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
8810 Ettika  album cover Ettika Ettika(7") Johnnie Coco Musik, Celluloid 8810 France 1985 Sell This Version
9500 Viking  album cover Come-Back* Viking(LP) Celluloid 9500 France Unknown Sell This Version
9501 Ipomen  album cover Ipomen* Ipomen(LP, Album) Celluloid 9501 France Unknown Sell This Version
9502 Baltimore  album cover Baltimore* Baltimore(LP) Celluloid 9502 France 1986 Sell This Version
9503 Gustavie Cham  album cover Gustavie Cham Gustavie Cham(LP) Celluloid 9503 France 1988 Sell This Version
9508 Ekaba-Kaba (Yo Moko Okabeli Ngai Ye Oh)  album cover Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* - Ekaba-Kaba (Yo Moko Okabeli Ngai Ye Oh) (Album) 9508 France 1987 Sell This Version
9509 Ekaba-Kaba (Yo Moko Okabeli Ngai Ye Oh)  album cover Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* Franco & Son T.P. O.K. Jazz* - Ekaba-Kaba (Yo Moko Okabeli Ngai Ye Oh)(Cass, Album, Dol) Celluloid 9509 France 1987 Sell This Version
13.398 Odeon  album cover Beside* Featuring Bernard Fowler Beside* Featuring Bernard Fowler - Odeon(7", Single) Carrere, Celluloid, Carrere, Celluloid 13.398 France 1984 Sell This Version
13.442 The Wildstyle  album cover Time Zone The Wildstyle(7") Carrere, Celluloid 13.442 France 1984 Sell This Version
13 448 Crazy Cuts  album cover Grandmixer D. ST.* Crazy Cuts(7") Celluloid, Carrere 13 448 France 1983 Sell This Version
13585 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(7") Carrere, Celluloid 13585 France 1984 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 Hustler's Convention  album cover Lightnin' Rod Hustler's Convention(CD, Album) Oceana Records 4107-2Q US 1991 Sell This Version
041586-2 Lio Nous Fait Une Scène  album cover Lio Lio Nous Fait Une Scène(VHS, SECAM) PolyGram Music Video 041586-2 France 1987 Sell This Version
46002-2 Zao (5) Zao(CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 46002-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
60206 One Down  album cover Material One Down(LP, Album, Promo, All) Elektra, Celluloid 60206 US 1982 Sell This Version

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Hot-Buttered-Dub

Hot-Buttered-Dub

April 2, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Wikipedia says it was founded in 1976: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celluloid_Records, French Wiki, too.
The official Celluloid-site starts with 1970: http://www.celluloidrecords.net/discography-celluloid.php (scroll down to the bottom).
For Jean Karakos Wiki explicitly states he founded Cellulloid in 1976 in N.Y.C: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Karakos
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 9 years ago
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