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
60206-1 One Down  album cover Material One Down (Album) 60206-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
61212 1 Cheb Sahraoui Et Chaba Fadela  album cover Cheb Sahraoui Et Chaba Fadela Cheb Sahraoui Et Chaba Fadela - Cheb Sahraoui Et Chaba Fadela(LP, Album) Celluloid 61212 1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61216-1 Moule El Kouchi  album cover Cheb Khaled* Moule El Kouchi(LP, Album) Celluloid 61216-1 France 1985 Sell This Version
61216-2 Cheb Khaled  album cover Cheb Khaled* Cheb Khaled(CD, Comp) Celluloid 61216-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
61360-1 Fuir, Mais Où?  album cover Cheb Khaled* Fuir, Mais Où?(LP) Celluloid 61360-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
61360-2 Fuir, Mais Où?  album cover Cheb Khaled* Fuir, Mais Où?(CD, Album) Celluloid 61360-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
61362-1 El Ghaba  album cover Amarna (2) El Ghaba(LP) Celluloid 61362-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
61362-2 Amarna (2) El Ghaba(CD) Celluloid 61362-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
61374-1 L'Heureux  album cover Cheb Zahouani L'Heureux(LP, Album) Celluloid 61374-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
61382-1 E'châabi  album cover Cheb Fazil E'châabi(LP, Album) Celluloid 61382-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61382-2 E'châabi  album cover Cheb Fazil E'châabi(CD, Album) Celluloid 61382-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
61398-1 Ya Taleb  album cover Cheb Khaled* Ya Taleb(LP) Celluloid 61398-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
61398-2 Ya Taleb  album cover Khaled Ya Taleb(CD) Celluloid 61398-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
61947-7 Trop De Bla Bla  album cover Princess Erika Trop De Bla Bla(7") Celluloid 61947-7 France 1988 Sell This Version
61948-7 Sai (Kwassa-Kwassa)  album cover Kanda Bongo Man Sai (Kwassa-Kwassa)(7") Celluloid 61948-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61949-7 Waiting For The Winds (Woza Moya)  album cover Zia (2) Waiting For The Winds (Woza Moya)(7", Single) Celluloid 61949-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61952-7 Paris By Night  album cover Trust (2) Paris By Night(7", Single) Celluloid 61952-7 France 1988 Sell This Version
61954-7 Together As One  album cover Lucky Dube Together As One(7") Celluloid 61954-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61955-7 Kunga Kungake / Dardja  album cover Kaba Mane Kunga Kungake / Dardja(7", Single) Celluloid 61955-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61956-2 International Dub  album cover La Souris Déglinguée International Dub(CD, EP) Celluloid 61956-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
61957 7 Kant'Unjani?  album cover Zia (2) Kant'Unjani?(7") Celluloid 61957 7 France Unknown Sell This Version
61958-7 Petit Papa Noël  album cover Trust (2) Petit Papa Noël(7", Single) Celluloid 61958-7 France 1990 Sell This Version
61959-7 Du Noir Du Blanc Du Blues  album cover Bernie Bonvoisin Du Noir Du Blanc Du Blues (Single) 61959-7 France 1990 Sell This Version
63001-1 Live - Paris By Night  album cover Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night (Album) 63001-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001-2 Live - Paris By Night  album cover Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night(CD) Celluloid 63001-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001-4 Live - Paris By Night  album cover Trust (2) Live - Paris By Night(Cass, Album) Celluloid 63001-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
63001 7 Paris By Night  album cover Trust (2) Paris By Night(7") Celluloid 63001 7 France 1988 Sell This Version
63002-2 À Zéro  album cover Decorum (6) À Zéro(CD, Album) Celluloid 63002-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
64478-4 É'mma Africa  album cover Touré Kunda É'mma Africa(Cass, Album, RE) Celluloid, Celluloid 64478-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
64617-2 Aniel  album cover Ti Fock Aniel(CD, Album) Celluloid 64617-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
64621-4 Best Of Toure Kunda  album cover Toure Kunda* Best Of Toure Kunda(Cass, Comp) Celluloid, Celluloid 64621-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
64918-4 Amadou Tilo  album cover Touré Kunda Amadou Tilo(Cass, Album) Celluloid 64918-4 France 1983 Sell This Version
65001-2 En Avoir Ou Pas  album cover Bernie Bonvoisin En Avoir Ou Pas(CD, Album) Celluloid, Secret Records (2) 65001-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
66287-1 Elementary Level Of Faith  album cover Gabriel Yacoub Elementary Level Of Faith(LP, Album) Celluloid 66287-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66401-2 Caceres Live  album cover Juan Carlos Caceres Caceres Live(CD, Album) Celluloid, SoReal 66401-2 France 1999 Sell This Version
66405-2 SaphoLive  album cover Sapho SaphoLive(CD, Album) Celluloid 66405-2 France 2000 Sell This Version
66542-5 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(CD, Single) Celluloid 66542-5 France Unknown Sell This Version
66543-2 Profile  album cover Errol Dunkley Profile(CD, Album) Celluloid 66543-2 France 1997 Sell This Version
66547-2 Jacno  album cover Jacno Jacno(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66547-2 France 2003 Sell This Version
66654-2 Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix  album cover La Souris Déglinguée Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66654-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66654-4 Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix  album cover La Souris Déglinguée Aujourd'hui Et Demain... + 2 Remix(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66654-4 France 1983 Sell This Version
666 56-2 Gorée  album cover Xalam Gorée(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid, Celluloid 666 56-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66658-2 Kinshasa,  Washington D.C. Paris  album cover Ray Lema Kinshasa, Washington D.C. Paris(CD, Album) Celluloid 66658-2 France 1984 Sell This Version
66709-1 Immigrés / Bitim Rew  album cover Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Immigrés / Bitim Rew(LP) Celluloid 66709-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66709-2 Immigrés / Bitim Rew  album cover Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar Youssou Ndour* & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Immigrés / Bitim Rew(CD, Album) Celluloid 66709-2 France 1985 Sell This Version
66723-2 2 Albums + 1 Remix (La Cité Des Anges / Une Cause A Rallier)  album cover La Souris Déglinguée 2 Albums + 1 Remix (La Cité Des Anges / Une Cause A Rallier)(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66723-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66723-4 La Cité Des Anges / Une Cause A Rallier  album cover La Souris Déglinguée La Cité Des Anges / Une Cause A Rallier(Cass, Comp) Celluloid 66723-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
66747-2 Sina De Ciganos  album cover Les Etoiles Sina De Ciganos(CD, Album) Celluloid 66747-2 France 1984 Sell This Version
66766-1 Passions, Passons  album cover Sapho Passions, Passons(LP, Album, RE) Celluloid 66766-1 France 1997 Sell This Version
66770 Passions, Passons  album cover Sapho Passions, Passons(CD, Album) Celluloid 66770 France Unknown Sell This Version
66770-2 Passions, Passons  album cover Sapho Passions, Passons(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66770-2 France 1997 Sell This Version
66772-2 Darn That Dream  album cover Petrucciani Trio Darn That Dream(CD) Celluloid 66772-2 France 1999 Sell This Version
66818-2 Thokozile  album cover Mahlathini And The Mahotella Queens Thokozile(CD) Celluloid 66818-2 France 1987 Sell This Version
66819-2 Inala  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Inala(CD, Album) Celluloid 66819-2 France 2006 Sell This Version
66822-1 La Dernière Marée  album cover Jérôme Braque La Dernière Marée(LP) Celluloid 66822-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66822-2 La Dernière Marée  album cover Various La Dernière Marée(CD) Celluloid 66822-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66826-1 Induku Zethu  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Induku Zethu(LP, Album) Celluloid 66826-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
66828-2 African Connection Vol. 2 - West Africa  album cover Various African Connection Vol. 2 - West Africa(CD, Comp) Celluloid, Celluloid 66828-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66829-1 Paris - Soweto  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Paris - Soweto(LP, Album) Celluloid 66829-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66829-2 Paris - Soweto  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Paris - Soweto(CD, Album) Celluloid 66829-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66829-6 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Kazet(12") Celluloid 66829-6 France Unknown Sell This Version
66829-7 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens* Kazet(7", Single) Celluloid 66829-7 France Unknown Sell This Version
66830-2 Celluloid Instrumental Music  album cover Various Celluloid Instrumental Music(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66830-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66831-1 Zibuyinhlazane  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Zibuyinhlazane 66831-1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
66831-2 Zibuyinhlazane  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Zibuyinhlazane(CD, Album) Celluloid 66831-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66831-4 Zibuyinhlazane  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Zibuyinhlazane(Cass) Celluloid 66831-4 France 1992 Sell This Version
66833-1 Sarafina! - Original Cast Recording  album cover Mbongeni Ngema Sarafina! - Original Cast Recording(LP) Celluloid 66833-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66834-1 Slave  album cover Lucky Dube Slave(LP, Album) Celluloid 66834-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66835-1 Mots D'Amour = Love Words  album cover Ahmed Fakroun Mots D'Amour = Love Words(LP, Album) Celluloid 66835-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66835-4 Ahmed Fakroun Mots D'Amour(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66835-4 France 1987 Sell This Version
66837-2 Look, Listen And Decide  album cover Stimela Look, Listen And Decide(CD, Album) Celluloid 66837-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
66838-1 Amathambo Enkomo Yami  album cover Ngane* & Khamba* Ngane* & Khamba* - Amathambo Enkomo Yami(LP, Album) Celluloid 66838-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66839-4 D'Ifrax-I-N'Ella (Nous Sommes Des Oiseaux)  album cover Brahim Izri D'Ifrax-I-N'Ella (Nous Sommes Des Oiseaux)(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66839-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
66840-1 Univers Caraibes  album cover Mylene Duclos Univers Caraibes(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid 66840-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66841-1 Woza Moya - Kant Unjani?   album cover Zia (2) Woza Moya - Kant Unjani? (LP, Album) Celluloid 66841-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66841-2 Woza Moya  album cover Zia (2) Woza Moya(CD, Album) Celluloid 66841-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66844-1 Ejerusalem Siyakhona  album cover Mahlathini Namatshezulu* Ejerusalem Siyakhona(LP, Album) Celluloid 66844-1 France 1986 Sell This Version
66845-1 Umadakeni  album cover Lucky Dube Umadakeni(LP, Album) Celluloid 66845-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66847 Zulu Hits  album cover Various Zulu Hits(LP, Comp) Celluloid 66847 France 1989 Sell This Version
66847-2 Zulu Hits  album cover Various Zulu Hits(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66847-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66850-1 The Unfinished Story   album cover Stimela The Unfinished Story (LP) Celluloid 66850-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66850-2 The Unfinished Story  album cover Stimela The Unfinished Story(CD, Album) Celluloid 66850-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66851-4 Various He Raï!(Cass, Comp) Celluloid 66851-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
66852-6 Hey Do You Know  album cover Ipso Facto (3) Hey Do You Know(12", Maxi) Celluloid, Celluloid 66852-6 France Unknown Sell This Version
66853-2 Jukebox Babe / Collision Drive  album cover Vega* Jukebox Babe / Collision Drive (Comp) 66853-2 France 1998 Sell This Version
66854-2 Female Music  album cover Incroyable Jungle Beat Female Music(CD, Album) Celluloid 66854-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66855-1 Numéro 1  album cover Gilbert Sigrist Trio Numéro 1(LP, Album) Celluloid 66855-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66855-2 Gilbert Sigrist Trio Numéro 1(CD, Album) Celluloid 66855-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66856-1 Madagascar  album cover Rossy Madagascar(2xLP) Celluloid 66856-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66856-2 Madagascar  album cover Rossy Madagascar(CD, Album) Celluloid 66856-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66857-1 Together As One  album cover Lucky Dube Together As One(LP) Celluloid 66857-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66857-2 Together As One  album cover Lucky Dube Together As One(CD, Album) Celluloid 66857-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66858-1 Stimela Live!  album cover Stimela Stimela Live!(2xLP) Celluloid 66858-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66858-2 Stimela Live!  album cover Stimela Stimela Live!(CD, Album) Celluloid 66858-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66859-1 Amashoba  album cover Ngane* & Khamba* Ngane* & Khamba* - Amashoba (Album) 66859-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66860-2 Tradition  album cover Kante Manfila Tradition(CD, Album) Celluloid 66860-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66861-1 International Raya Fan Club Selection 80 84  album cover La Souris Déglinguée International Raya Fan Club Selection 80 84(LP, Comp) Celluloid 66861-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66861-2 International Raya Fan Club  album cover La Souris Déglinguée International Raya Fan Club(CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 66861-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66861-4 International Raya Fan Club Sélection  album cover La Souris Déglinguée International Raya Fan Club Sélection(Cass, Comp) Celluloid 66861-4 France 1989 Sell This Version
66862-1 Tananas  album cover Tananas Tananas(LP) Celluloid 66862-1 France 1988 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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