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
66862-2 Tananas  album cover Tananas Tananas(CD, Album) Celluloid 66862-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66863-1 Sève Qui Peut  album cover Ange (4) Sève Qui Peut(LP, Album) Celluloid 66863-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66863-2 Sève Qui Peut  album cover Ange (4) Sève Qui Peut(CD, Album) Celluloid 66863-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66863-4 Sève Qui Peut  album cover Ange (4) Sève Qui Peut(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66863-4 France 1989 Sell This Version
66864-4 Songhai  album cover Ketama (2) . Toumani Diabate* . Danny Thompson Ketama (2) . Toumani Diabate* . Danny Thompson - Songhai(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66864-4 France 1988 Sell This Version
66865-1 Let's Try It Again - Live 89  album cover Luther Allison Let's Try It Again - Live 89(LP, Album, Gap) Celluloid 66865-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66865-2 Let's Try It Again - Live 89  album cover Luther Allison Let's Try It Again - Live 89(CD) Celluloid 66865-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66866-1 En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)  album cover Trust (2) En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)(12", MiniAlbum) Celluloid 66866-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66866-2 En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)  album cover Trust (2) En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)(CD, MiniAlbum) Celluloid, Celluloid 66866-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66866-4 En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)  album cover Trust (2) En Attendant (Brouillard En Novembre, Noël En Décembre)(Cass, MiniAlbum) Celluloid 66866-4 France 1989 Sell This Version
66867-1 Soweto Megamix  album cover Various Soweto Megamix(LP, Comp) Celluloid 66867-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
66867-2 Soweto Megamix  album cover Various Soweto Megamix(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66867-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66868-2 Isomiso  album cover Mahlathini And The Mahotella Queens, Makgona Tsohle Band Mahlathini And The Mahotella Queens, Makgona Tsohle Band - Isomiso(CD, Album, RE, + 2) Celluloid 66868-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66869-1 Trouble In The Land Of Plenty  album cover Stimela Trouble In The Land Of Plenty(LP) Celluloid 66869-1 France 1989 Sell This Version
66869-2 Trouble In The Land Of Plenty  album cover Stimela Trouble In The Land Of Plenty(CD, Album) Celluloid 66869-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66870-2 The African Jazz Pioneers  album cover The African Jazz Pioneers* The African Jazz Pioneers(CD) Celluloid 66870-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66871-2 Thandani  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Thandani(CD, Album, RE) Mélodie Distribution, Celluloid 66871-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66872-1 Prisoner  album cover Lucky Dube Prisoner(LP, Album) Celluloid 66872-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
66873-2 Biduaya  album cover Tshala Muana Biduaya(CD, Album) Celluloid 66873-2 France 1988 Sell This Version
66875-1 M'Fono Yami  album cover Papa Wemba M'Fono Yami(LP, Album) Celluloid 66875-1 France 1988 Sell This Version
66875-2 Papa Wemba  album cover Papa Wemba Papa Wemba(CD, Album) Celluloid 66875-2 France 2008 Sell This Version
66877-3 Jingles Danses - Et Musiques Instrumentales  album cover Boncana Maïga Jingles Danses - Et Musiques Instrumentales(CD, Album) Celluloid 66877-3 France Unknown Sell This Version
66879-2 The Next Generation  album cover Bernard Allison The Next Generation(CD, Album) Celluloid 66879-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
66881-1 Pierre Moutouari  album cover Pierre Moutouari Pierre Moutouari(LP) Celluloid 66881-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66882-1 Silence  album cover Akendengue* Silence(LP) Celluloid 66882-1 France 1991 Sell This Version
66882-2 Silence  album cover Akendengue* Silence(CD, Album) Celluloid 66882-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
66883-2 Soro  album cover Salif Keïta* Soro(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66883-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66884-2 African People, Vol. 1  album cover Various African People, Vol. 1(2xCD, Comp) Celluloid 66884-2 France 1997 Sell This Version
66886-2 More From Berlin  album cover Luther Allison More From Berlin(CD) Celluloid 66886-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
66887-1 Désolé !!!  album cover Mbilia Bel Désolé !!!(LP) Celluloid, KS Production 66887-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66887-2 Mbilia Bel Désolé !!! (Album) 66887-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66888-2 Mosseka  album cover Zao (5) Présente Antoine Moundanda Zao (5) Présente Antoine Moundanda - Mosseka(CD, Album) Celluloid 66888-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
66889-2 Captured Live  album cover Lucky Dube Captured Live(CD, Album) Celluloid 66889-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
66890-2 King Kong - All African Jazz Opera  album cover King Kong Original Cast Featuring H. Masekela*, K. Moeketsi*, M. Makeba* King Kong Original Cast Featuring H. Masekela*, K. Moeketsi*, M. Makeba* - King Kong - All African Jazz Opera(CD, Album) Celluloid 66890-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66891-2 King Kwela  album cover Spokes Mashiyane King Kwela(CD, Album) Celluloid 66891-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66892-2 Jazz Epistle Verse 1  album cover The Jazz Epistles Jazz Epistle Verse 1(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66892-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
66893-2 Township Swing Jazz! Vol. 1  album cover Various Township Swing Jazz! Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66893-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66894-2 Township Swing Jazz! Vol. 2  album cover Various Township Swing Jazz! Vol. 2(CD, Comp, RE) Celluloid 66894-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66895-1 Souffrance  album cover Les 4 Étoiles* Souffrance(LP) Celluloid 66895-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66897-1 Mbaqanga  album cover Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens* Mbaqanga(LP, Album) Celluloid 66897-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66897-2 Mbaqanga  album cover Mahlathini And The Mahotella Queens Mbaqanga(CD, Album) Celluloid 66897-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66898-2 Sirella  album cover Francis Lai Sirella(CD) Celluloid 66898-2 France 1990 Sell This Version
66899-1 House Of Exile  album cover Lucky Dube House Of Exile(LP, Album) Celluloid 66899-1 France 1992 Sell This Version
66899-2 House Of Exile  album cover Lucky Dube House Of Exile(CD, Album) Celluloid 66899-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66899-4 House Of Exile  album cover Lucky Dube House Of Exile(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66899-4 France 1992 Sell This Version
66900-2 What About Tomorrow  album cover Sipho Hotstix Mabuse* What About Tomorrow(CD, Album) Celluloid 66900-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66901-1 A Tout'  album cover Zaza (4) A Tout'(LP) Celluloid 66901-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
66901-2 A Tout'  album cover Zaza (4) A Tout'(CD, Album) Celluloid 66901-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66902-6 Menage  album cover Jean-piere Sylvanise Menage(LP) Celluloid 66902-6 France Unknown Sell This Version
66904-2 Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival  album cover African Jazz Pioneers Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival(CD) Celluloid 66904-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66904-4 Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival  album cover African Jazz Pioneers Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66904-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
66905-1 Les Meilleurs Succès de Franky Vincent  album cover Francky Vincent Les Meilleurs Succès de Franky Vincent(LP, Comp) Celluloid 66905-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66905-2 Le Meilleurs Succes De  album cover Francky Vincent Le Meilleurs Succes De(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66905-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66906-1 S.J.  album cover Super John* S.J.(LP) Celluloid 66906-1 France 1992 Sell This Version
66906-2 S. J.  album cover Supa John S. J.(CD) Celluloid 66906-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
66908-1 Ragga Love  album cover Regis Tareau* Ragga Love(LP, Album) Celluloid 66908-1 France 1987 Sell This Version
66908-2 Ragga Love  album cover Regis Tareau* Ragga Love(CD, Album) Celluloid 66908-2 France 1987 Sell This Version
66909-2 Nila  album cover Omar Pene* Nila(CD) Celluloid 66909-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
66910-2 Cimadan  album cover Djeli Moussa Diawara Cimadan(CD, Album) Celluloid 66910-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
66910-4 Cimadan  album cover Djeli Moussa Diawara Cimadan(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66910-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
66911-2 Inkanyezi Nezazi - The Star And The Wiseman  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Inkanyezi Nezazi - The Star And The Wiseman(CD, Album) Celluloid 66911-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66911-4 Inkanyezi Nezazi  album cover Ladysmith Black Mambazo Inkanyezi Nezazi(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66911-4 France 1992 Sell This Version
66913-2 Caught Up  album cover O'Yaba Caught Up(CD, Album) Celluloid 66913-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
66914-2 Shapeshifter  album cover Gong Shapeshifter(CD, Album) Celluloid 66914-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
66915-2 Gong Est Mort  album cover Gong Gong Est Mort(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 66915-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
66916-2 It's Not Easy  album cover Lucky Dube It's Not Easy(CD, Mini) Celluloid 66916-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66917-1 Ironie  album cover Mbilia-Bel* & Rigo Star Mbilia-Bel* & Rigo Star - Ironie(LP) Celluloid 66917-1 France 1993 Sell This Version
66917-2 Ironie  album cover Mbilia-Bel* & Rigo Star Mbilia-Bel* & Rigo Star - Ironie(CD) Celluloid 66917-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66917-4 Ironíe  album cover Mbilia Bel & Rigo Star Mbilia Bel & Rigo Star - Ironíe(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66917-4 Unknown Sell This Version
66918-2 Code Penal  album cover Larry Check Code Penal(CD, Album) Celluloid 66918-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66919-2 Ambiances Creoles  album cover Various Ambiances Creoles(CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 66919-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66920-2 Décamps La Joie - Épicier Marchand D'rock  album cover Francis Decamps Décamps La Joie - Épicier Marchand D'rock(CD, Album) Celluloid 66920-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66920-4 Décamps La Joie - Épicier Marchand D'rock  album cover Francis Decamps Décamps La Joie - Épicier Marchand D'rock(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66920-4 France 1993 Sell This Version
66922-2 Ayo  album cover Djeli Moussa Diawara Ayo(CD, Single) Celluloid 66922-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
66924-2 Kneel Down  album cover Slaves Kneel Down(CD, Album) Celluloid, Mélodie Distribution 66924-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66925-1 The New Boss In Town  album cover Freres Dejean* The New Boss In Town(LP, Album) Celluloid 66925-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66925-2 The New Boss In Town  album cover Les Frères Déjean The New Boss In Town(CD, Album) Celluloid 66925-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66926-2 Do Brasil  album cover Tupi Nagô Do Brasil(CD, Album) Celluloid 66926-2 1993 Sell This Version
66928-1 Rumba Music  album cover Sam Mangwana Rumba Music(LP) Celluloid 66928-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66928-2 Rumba Music  album cover Sam Mangwana Rumba Music(CD) Celluloid 66928-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66929-1 Victims  album cover Lucky Dube Victims(LP, Album) celluloid 66929-1 France 1993 Sell This Version
66929-2 Victims  album cover Lucky Dube Victims(CD, Album) celluloid 66929-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66929-4 Victims  album cover Lucky Dube Victims(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66929-4 France 1993 Sell This Version
66931-2 N'Diarabi  album cover Mory Kante* N'Diarabi(CD, Album) Celluloid 66931-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66932-1 Kimbe Dom  album cover Malouk Shoogar Combo* Kimbe Dom(LP) Celluloid 66932-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66932-2 Kimbe Dom  album cover Malouk Shoogar Combo* Kimbe Dom(CD) Celluloid 66932-2 France 1999 Sell This Version
66933-2 Victims  album cover Lucky Dube Victims(CD, Single) Celluloid 66933-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66935-2 Remix 2536  album cover La Souris Déglinguée Remix 2536(CD, Album) Celluloid 66935-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66936-2 Marakudja  album cover Pierre-Edouard Decimus Marakudja(CD, Album) Celluloid 66936-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66936-6 Man'no  album cover Pierre-Edouard Decimus Man'no(12", Maxi, Ltd) Celluloid 66936-6 France Unknown Sell This Version
66937-2 Caceres / Solo  album cover Juan Carlos Caceres Caceres / Solo(CD, Album) Celluloid 66937-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66938-2 Jean-Sébastien Bach Et L'Afrique ...  album cover Lambarena Jean-Sébastien Bach Et L'Afrique ...(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 66938-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
66938-4 Jean-Sébastien Bach Et L'Afrique ...  album cover Lambarena Jean-Sébastien Bach Et L'Afrique ...(Cass, Album) Celluloid 66938-4 France 1993 Sell This Version
66941-2 Charlemagne  album cover Hughes De Courson Charlemagne(CD, Album) Celluloid 66941-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
66943-2 Fatum  album cover Bévinda Fatum(CD, Album) Celluloid 66943-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
66951-2 Missa Primi Toni De Pier Luigi Da Palestrina   album cover Les Voix Bulgares* Missa Primi Toni De Pier Luigi Da Palestrina (CD, Album) Celluloid 66951-2 France 1995 Sell This Version
66952-2 Memorias Atlanticas  album cover Vasco Martins Memorias Atlanticas(CD, Album) Celluloid 66952-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66958-2 The Best Of  album cover Sipho Mabuse The Best Of(CD, Comp) Celluloid 66958-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66 963-2 Musiques Métisses - 20 Ans D'angoulême  album cover Various Musiques Métisses - 20 Ans D'angoulême(2xCD, Comp) Celluloid 66 963-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66965-1 African Swinger  album cover Maïka Munan* African Swinger(LP) Celluloid 66965-1 France 1995 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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