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
66950-2, DK 018, MC 66950-4 Téléphone  album cover Aboubacar Camara Téléphone(CD) Celluloid 66950-2, DK 018, MC 66950-4 France 1997 Sell This Version
CEL 6653 Waterloo Sunset  album cover Affairs Of The Heart Waterloo Sunset(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6653 France 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 177 Tiembelema  album cover African Connection (4) Tiembelema(12") Celluloid CEL 177 US 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 6732 African Connexion  album cover African Connexion African Connexion(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6732 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
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
66988-2 Shufflin' Joe  album cover African Jazz Pioneers Shufflin' Joe(CD, Album) Celluloid 66988-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
CELD6174 Afrika Gumbe  album cover Afrika Gumbe Afrika Gumbe(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid CELD6174 US 1992 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
none Excalibur III (The Origins)  album cover Alan Simon Excalibur III (The Origins)(CD, Album) Babaïka Productions none France 2012 Sell This Version
12WIP 6744 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(12") Celluloid 12WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version
66853-2 Jukebox Babe / Collision Drive  album cover Vega* Jukebox Babe / Collision Drive (Comp) 66853-2 France 1998 Sell This Version
106 218 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(7", Single) Celluloid 106 218 France 1981 Sell This Version
106409 Be Bop A Lula / Outlaw  album cover Alan Vega Be Bop A Lula / Outlaw(7", Single) Celluloid, Vogue 106409 France 1981 Sell This Version
204 294 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive (Album) 204 294 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
335004 Outlaw / Magdalena 84  album cover Alan Vega Outlaw / Magdalena 84(12", Single, Ltd) Celluloid, Vogue 335004 France 1982 Sell This Version
529813 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive(LP, Album) Celluloid, Vogue 529813 France 1981 Sell This Version
600 559 Outlaw / Magdalena 84  album cover Alan Vega Outlaw / Magdalena 84(12", Single) Celluloid 600 559 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
729813 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive(Cass, Album) Celluloid, Vogue 729813 France 1981 Sell This Version
203 741-320 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(LP, Album) Celluloid 203 741-320 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
CEL-5001 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL-5001 US 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6615 Outlaw / Magdalena 84 (Dance Versions Re-mixed By August Darnell)  album cover Alan Vega Outlaw / Magdalena 84 (Dance Versions Re-mixed By August Darnell)(12") Celluloid CEL 6615 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 529 568 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega (Album) CEL 529 568 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 729 568 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(Cass, Album) Celluloid CEL 729 568 France Unknown Sell This Version
CELL 5001 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive(9xFile, WAV, Album) Celluloid CELL 5001 US Unknown
CELL 529568 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(8xFile, WAV, Album) Celluloid CELL 529568 US Unknown
CLD 10339 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(7") Celluloid CLD 10339 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
CLD 20262 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(LP, Album) Celluloid, CGD CLD 20262 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ILPS 9692 Collision Drive  album cover Alan Vega Collision Drive(LP, Album) Celluloid ILPS 9692 UK 1981 Sell This Version
WIP 6744 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(7", Single) Celluloid WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Syllart 8312 Rasta Poué  album cover Alpha Blondy Rasta Poué (Maxi) Syllart 8312 France 1983 Sell This Version
CEL6146 Sings Portugal  album cover Amalia Rodrigues* Sings Portugal(Cass, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL6146 US 1990 Sell This Version
CELC6148 American Songs  album cover Amália Rodrigues American Songs(Cass, Album) Celluloid CELC6148 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
CELC6149 Cantigas Numa Língua Antiga  album cover Amália Rodrigues Cantigas Numa Língua Antiga(Cass, Album, RE) Celluloid CELC6149 Netherlands 1992 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
CEL 6816 Indodemnyama  album cover Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahlathini* Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahlathini* - Indodemnyama(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6816 France 1987 Sell This Version
CBGB 1004 Live Off The Board  album cover Amjam Live Off The Board(LP, Album) CBGB / Off The Board Records, Celluloid CBGB 1004 US 1987 Sell This Version
CEL 6573 Nous D'eux  album cover Anches Doo Too Cool, Philippe Herpin / Daniel Pabœuf Anches Doo Too Cool, Philippe Herpin / Daniel Pabœuf - Nous D'eux(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6573 France 1980 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
5604 La Vie Sauvage  album cover Andrew More La Vie Sauvage(7", Promo) Lizard Records (5) 5604 France Unknown Sell This Version
LTM 1020 Club Of Rome / All Those Lives  album cover Andy Goldner Club Of Rome / All Those Lives(12", Maxi) Well Known Records, Celluloid LTM 1020 France 1979 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
DM 1015 Sève Qui Peut / Les Amours-Lumière  album cover Ange (4) Sève Qui Peut / Les Amours-Lumière(7", Promo) Celluloid DM 1015 France Unknown Sell This Version
006607 Chante Barbara  album cover Annick Cisaruk Chante Barbara(CD, Album) Celluloid 006607 France 2007 Sell This Version
67059-2 Chante Barbara Parce Que...  album cover Annick Cisaruk Chante Barbara Parce Que...(CD, Album) Celluloid 67059-2 France 2005 Sell This Version
67033.2 Annick Cisaruk  album cover Annick Cisaruk Annick Cisaruk(CD, Album) Celluloid 67033.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
9502 Baltimore  album cover Baltimore* Baltimore(LP) Celluloid 9502 France 1986 Sell This Version
529803 Agit' Pop  album cover Artefact (2) Agit' Pop(LP, Album) Celluloid, Vogue 529803 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6586 Agit' Pop  album cover Artefact (2) Agit' Pop(LP) Celluloid CEL 6586 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6203 M.A.E. / Be. Bop. Logic  album cover Artefact (2) M.A.E. / Be. Bop. Logic(7", Single) Dorian, Celluloid CEL 1-6203 France 1981 Sell This Version
none First Investigation  album cover AsOne (12) First Investigation(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid none France 2013 Sell This Version
MER 2107 The Second Coming  album cover Attacker The Second Coming(LP, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MER 2107 US 1988 Sell This Version
105722 Walk Out To Winter  album cover Aztec Camera Walk Out To Winter(7") Celluloid 105722 France 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 6643 High Land, Hard Rain  album cover Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6643 France 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 178 So Hot / Cairo  album cover B-Side So Hot / Cairo CEL 178 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CELL 5511 So Hot / Cairo  album cover B-Side So Hot / Cairo(12") Celluloid CELL 5511 France 1985 Sell This Version
CELL 6112 Cairo Nights  album cover B-Side Cairo Nights (Album) CELL 6112 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CELLC 6112 Cairo Nights  album cover B-Side Cairo Nights(Cass, Album) Celluloid CELLC 6112 US 1985 Sell This Version
SCEL-52 Change The Beat  album cover Beside* Change The Beat(7", Promo) Celluloid SCEL-52 US 1983 Sell This Version
SCEL 178 So Hot / Cairo  album cover B-Side So Hot / Cairo(7") Celluloid SCEL 178 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 156 Change The Beat  album cover Beside* / Fab 5 Freddy Beside* / Fab 5 Freddy - Change The Beat CEL 156 US 1982 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
CEL 169 Odeon  album cover Beside* w/ Bernard Fowler Beside* w/ Bernard Fowler - Odeon CEL 169 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
67024.2 India Morena  album cover Barbara Luna (2) India Morena(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 67024.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
67024.5 India Morena  album cover Barbara Luna (2) India Morena(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Celluloid 67024.5 France 2001 Sell This Version
67058.2 Somos  album cover Barbara Luna (2) Somos(CD, Album, Dig) Mélodie Distribution, Celluloid 67058.2 France 2006 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
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
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
650011 En Avoir Ou Pas  album cover Bernie Bonvoisin En Avoir Ou Pas(LP, Album) Celluloid, Secret Records (2) 650011 France 1990 Sell This Version
65001.4 En Avoir Ou Pas  album cover Bernie Bonvoisin En Avoir Ou Pas(Cass, Album) Celluloid, Secret Records (2) 65001.4 France 1990 Sell This Version
000695 Billes De Gum.  album cover Bévinda Billes De Gum.(CD, Album, Dig) Celluloid 000695 France 2011 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
006619 Lusitania  album cover Bévinda Lusitania(CD, Album) Celluloid 006619 France 2011 Sell This Version
66943-2 Fatum  album cover Bévinda Fatum(CD, Album) Celluloid 66943-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
66977-5 Agua  album cover Bévinda Agua(CD, Single, Car) Celluloid 66977-5 France 1996 Sell This Version
66997-2 Pessoa Em Pessoas  album cover Bévinda Pessoa Em Pessoas(CD, Album) Celluloid 66997-2 France 1997 Sell This Version
67010-2 Chuva De Anjos  album cover Bévinda Chuva De Anjos (Album) 67010-2 France 1999 Sell This Version
67010-5 Meditaçaõ  album cover Bévinda Meditaçaõ(CD, Single) Celluloid 67010-5 France 1999 Sell This Version
67029-5 Annapurna  album cover Bévinda Annapurna(CD, Single, Car) Mélodie 67029-5 France 2001 Sell This Version
67043-2 Em Caminho  album cover Bévinda Em Caminho(CD, Comp) Celluloid, Mélodie Distribution 67043-2 France 2002 Sell This Version
CDLCD-1843 Bévinda Fatum(CD, Album) Celluloid CDLCD-1843 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
CDLCD-1931 Pessoa Em Pessoas  album cover Bévinda Pessoa Em Pessoas(CD, Album) Celluloid CDLCD-1931 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
66984-5 Hasta Siempre  album cover Bévinda y El Cuarteto Patria Bévinda y El Cuarteto Patria - Hasta Siempre(CD, Single) Celluloid 66984-5 France 1996 Sell This Version
CEL 6636 The Best Ambiance  album cover Bibi Den's Tshibayi The Best Ambiance(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6636 France 1982 Sell This Version
TAN 7001 Sensible  album cover Bibi Den's Tshibayi Sensible(LP, Album) Tangent TAN 7001 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 66874-1 Bibi Dens & Les Marymbas  album cover Bibi Dens* & Les Marymbas Bibi Dens* & Les Marymbas - Bibi Dens & Les Marymbas(LP) Celluloid CEL 66874-1 France 1990 Sell This Version
LTM 1033 Keep Rocking And Swinging  album cover Big Joe Keep Rocking And Swinging(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1033 France Unknown Sell This Version
25AP 2752 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony, Celluloid 25AP 2752 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 6715 Bill Laswell Material And Friends  album cover Bill Laswell Bill Laswell Material And Friends(LP, Comp) Celluloid CEL 6715 France 1984 Sell This Version
CELCD 5505 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines(CD, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid CELCD 5505 US Unknown Sell This Version
CELD 5100 Deconstruction - The Celluloid Recordings  album cover Bill Laswell Deconstruction - The Celluloid Recordings(2xCD, Comp) Celluloid CELD 5100 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
CELD 5505 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines(CD, Album) Celluloid CELD 5505 US 1984 Sell This Version
HYCA-2072 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Celluloid, Hayabusa Landings, Birdsong HYCA-2072 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
OAO 005 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines (Album) OAO 005 France 1983 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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