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
ZCELL 6114 Electric Africa  album cover Manu Dibango Electric Africa(Cass, Album) Streetwave, Celluloid ZCELL 6114 UK 1985 Sell This Version
YD 586 CLD 10315-1N Disco Rough / Autostrada  album cover Mathématiques Modernes / Dario Baldan Bembo Mathématiques Modernes / Dario Baldan Bembo - Disco Rough / Autostrada(7", Jukebox) Celluloid YD 586 CLD 10315-1N Italy 1981 Sell This Version
yac001 :Yacoub: (Sampler)  album cover Gabriel Yacoub :Yacoub: (Sampler)(CD, Promo, Smplr, Car) Celluloid yac001 France 2001 Sell This Version
XDAP-93092 Various Celluloid Label Special Version(12", Promo) Celluloid, CBS/Sony, Celluloid, CBS/Sony XDAP-93092 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
WIP 67645 Jacno Rectangle(7", Single) Celluloid WIP 67645 UK 1979 Sell This Version
WIP 6744 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(7", Single) Celluloid WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version
WIP 6743 Disco Rough  album cover Mathematiques Modernes* Disco Rough(7") Celluloid WIP 6743 UK 1981 Sell This Version
VS-74313 World Destruction  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(12", S/Edition) Virgin, Virgin VS-74313 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VJD-32087 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 VJD-32087 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VIN 45135 World Destruction  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(7", Single) Virgin VIN 45135 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
VIC8039-2 Shapeshifter +  album cover Gong Shapeshifter +(CD, Album) Viceroy Music, Celluloid VIC8039-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
URBX 45 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Kazet(12") Urban (2), Urban (2) URBX 45 UK 1989 Sell This Version
URB 45 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Kazet (Single) URB 45 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
TWM10 Electric Africa  album cover Manu Dibango Electric Africa (Album) TWM10 US 2017 Sell This Version
TVS 743-12 World Destruction  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(Cass, Single) Virgin, Celluloid TVS 743-12 UK 1984 Sell This Version
TANLP 7007 0+0=   album cover Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou* 0+0= (LP, Album, RP) Tangent, Tangent TANLP 7007 France 1980 Sell This Version
TAN LP 7005 Moro Maurice Et The Best Du Zaire  album cover Diane Solo / Moro Maurice* Diane Solo / Moro Maurice* - Moro Maurice Et The Best Du Zaire(LP) Tangent TAN LP 7005 France Unknown Sell This Version
TAN LP 7003 Les Jaloux Saboteurs  album cover Maître Gazonga*, L'International Challal Maître Gazonga*, L'International Challal - Les Jaloux Saboteurs(LP, Album) Tangent TAN LP 7003 France Unknown Sell This Version
TAN LP 7002 Djeli Moussa Diawara  album cover Djeli Moussa Diawara Djeli Moussa Diawara(LP, Album) Tangent TAN LP 7002 France 1983 Sell This Version
TAN 7006 Egungun Riots 1976  album cover Femi Akinyemi's Juju Lucky Stars Egungun Riots 1976(LP, Album) Tangent TAN 7006 France Unknown Sell This Version
TAN 7001 Sensible  album cover Bibi Den's Tshibayi Sensible(LP, Album) Tangent TAN 7001 France Unknown Sell This Version
T-1210 (M) 4 Songs  album cover Passion Fodder 4 Songs(12", Maxi) Producciones Twins, Celluloid, Producciones Twins, Celluloid T-1210 (M) Spain 1984 Sell This Version
Syllart 8312 Rasta Poué  album cover Alpha Blondy Rasta Poué (Maxi) Syllart 8312 France 1983 Sell This Version
SYL 8321 Xiif  album cover Ismael Lô* Xiif (Album) SYL 8321 Senegal Unknown Sell This Version
SXK 64542 Bach To Africa  album cover Lambarena Bach To Africa(CD, Album) Sony Classical, Sony Classical SXK 64542 France 1995 Sell This Version
STRUT102CD Change The Beat (The Celluloid Records Story 1979 - 1987)  album cover Various Change The Beat (The Celluloid Records Story 1979 - 1987) (Comp) STRUT102CD UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
SOUNDS LP8 Best Of Electro Volume 1  album cover Various Best Of Electro Volume 1(2xLP, Comp) Beechwood Music, Street Sounds SOUNDS LP8 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SK 64542 Bach To Africa  album cover Lambarena Bach To Africa(CD, Album) Sony Classical, Celluloid, Sony Classical, Celluloid SK 64542 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
SGX 1210 Sarajevo Crime  album cover Reggae Root's Sarajevo Crime(LP) Celluloid SGX 1210 France Unknown Sell This Version
SCEL 705 Pata Piya / Abele Dance ('85 Remix)  album cover Manu Dibango Pata Piya / Abele Dance ('85 Remix)(7") Celluloid, Streetwave SCEL 705 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SCEL 178 So Hot / Cairo  album cover B-Side So Hot / Cairo(7") Celluloid SCEL 178 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SCEL 59 (Kind Of) True  album cover The Golden Palominos (Kind Of) True(7", Single) Celluloid SCEL 59 US 1986 Sell This Version
SCEL 58 Boy (Go)  album cover The Golden Palominos Boy (Go) (Single) SCEL 58 US 1986 Sell This Version
SCEL 57 World Destruction  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(7", Single) Celluloid SCEL 57 US 1984 Sell This Version
SCEL 56 Omaha  album cover Golden Palominos* Omaha(7", Single) Celluloid SCEL 56 US 1985 Sell This Version
SCEL-54 Thank You  album cover Shango Thank You(7", Promo) Celluloid, Celluloid SCEL-54 US 1984 Sell This Version
SCEL-53 The Wildstyle  album cover Time Zone The Wildstyle(7", Promo) Celluloid SCEL-53 US 1983 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-51 Shango Shango Message(7", Promo) Celluloid SCEL-51 US 1983 Sell This Version
S 103 206 - 100 Rectangle  album cover Jacno Rectangle(7") Celluloid S 103 206 - 100 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
ROUGH 35 Nothing Can Stop Us  album cover Robert Wyatt Nothing Can Stop Us(LP, Comp) Celluloid ROUGH 35 France 1982 Sell This Version
ROUGH 27 Red Mecca  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid ROUGH 27 France 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH11 The Voice Of America  album cover Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid ROUGH11 France 1980 Sell This Version
OLD GOLD-013-CDMX World Destruction  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction(CD, Single, RE) Contraseña Records, Tommy Boy, Celluloid, Old Gold (3) OLD GOLD-013-CDMX Spain 1997 Sell This Version
OAO 005 Baselines  album cover Bill Laswell Baselines (Album) OAO 005 France 1983 Sell This Version
none Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune  album cover Elli & Jacno Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune(9xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Celluloid none France Unknown
none Abele Dance (Scratch Mix)  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance (Scratch Mix)(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Celluloid none UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Samba Reggae  album cover Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae(CD, Album) Culture Press, Celluloid none France 1993 Sell This Version
none Recorded Live Off The Board At CBGB  album cover Damage (13) Recorded Live Off The Board At CBGB(CD, Album) CBGB, Celluloid none US 1987 Sell This Version
none Colossal Youth  album cover Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid none France 1980 Sell This Version
none Köhntarkösz  album cover Magma (6) Köhntarkösz(4xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Celluloid none US Unknown
none World Destruction  album cover Time Zone World Destruction(12", Single) Virgin, Celluloid none New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
none CBGB  album cover Various CBGB(Cass, Comp) Mercenary Records (2), Celluloid none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Do Sal  album cover Herminia (2) Do Sal(CD, Album) Celluloid none 2006 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
MTD 029 Attention Shoppers  album cover Gloo Girls Attention Shoppers(CD, Album) Celluloid MTD 029 US 1993 Sell This Version
MTD 027 Width Of An Octopus  album cover Thundering Lizards Width Of An Octopus(CD, Album) Moving Target (2) MTD 027 US 1993 Sell This Version
MTD 026 Volkana  album cover Volkana Volkana(CD, Album) Moving Target (2), Celluloid MTD 026 US 1990 Sell This Version
MTD 021 Lost Boys  album cover The Flying Pickets Lost Boys(CD, Album) Moving Target (2) MTD 021 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
MTD 017 Strictly Dub Wize  album cover Dennis Bovell / Black Beard* Dennis Bovell / Black Beard* - Strictly Dub Wize(CD, Album, RE) Moving Target (2) MTD 017 US 1987 Sell This Version
MTD 004 The Sting  album cover Taxi Gang* Featuring Sly And Robbie* Taxi Gang* Featuring Sly And Robbie* - The Sting(CD, Album) Moving Target (2) MTD 004 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
MTCD 013 Smoke Time  album cover Blurt Smoke Time(CD, Album) Moving Target (2) MTCD 013 US 1987 Sell This Version
MT 012 People  album cover Ghetto Blaster (2) People(LP, Album) Moving Target (2) MT 012 US 1987 Sell This Version
MT 011 Skaboom!  album cover The Toasters Skaboom!(LP, Album) Moving Target (2) MT 011 US 1987 Sell This Version
MT 010 Time Flies When You're Having Toast  album cover Brian Brain Time Flies When You're Having Toast(LP, Album) Moving Target (2) MT 010 US 1987 Sell This Version
MT 009 Omerta  album cover Royal Crescent Mob Omerta(LP, Album) Moving Target (2), Moving Target (2) MT 009 US 1987 Sell This Version
MT 002 N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)  album cover Tony Allen With Afrobeat 2000* N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)(12") Moving Target (2) MT 002 US 1986 Sell This Version
MR-028 Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 1  album cover Various Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 1 (Comp) MR-028 US 2013 Sell This Version
MPG 74050 Visions Of Excess  album cover The Golden Palominos Visions Of Excess(CD, Album, RE) Movieplay Gold MPG 74050 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
MOP 3012 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(LP, Album) Celluloid, Planet Records (17) MOP 3012 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
MERD2105 Don't Get Mad - Get Even  album cover Victory (3) Don't Get Mad - Get Even(CD, Album) Mercenary Records (2), Celluloid MERD2105 US 1987 Sell This Version
MERCD 2106 Roadkill  album cover Meanstreak (3) Roadkill(CD, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MERCD 2106 US 1988 Sell This Version
MERCD 2104 A Crystal Vision  album cover Sacred Oath A Crystal Vision(CD, Album, RE) Mercenary Records (2) MERCD 2104 US Unknown Sell This Version
MERCD 2101 L'Amour Rocks  album cover Various L'Amour Rocks(CD, Comp) Mercenary Records (2) MERCD 2101 US 1987 Sell This Version
MERCD 2100 Volume One  album cover Primal Scream (2) Volume One(CD, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MERCD 2100 US 1987 Sell This Version
MERC 2104 A Crystal Vision  album cover Sacred Oath A Crystal Vision(Cass, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MERC 2104 US 1987 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
MER 2104 A Crystal Vision  album cover Sacred Oath A Crystal Vision(LP, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MER 2104 US 1987 Sell This Version
MER 2103 Rock The World  album cover Kick Axe Rock The World(CD, Album) Mercenary Records (2), Mercenary Records (2) MER 2103 US 1987 Sell This Version
MER 2100 Volume One  album cover Primal Scream (2) Volume One (Album) MER 2100 US 1987 Sell This Version
MAUCD632 Bao Bao  album cover Manu Dibango Bao Bao(CD, Album) Mau Mau Records MAUCD632 France 1992 Sell This Version
LTM 6006 Köhntarkösz  album cover Magma (6) Köhntarkösz(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 6006 France Unknown Sell This Version
LTM 1041 Mix-Up  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1041 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1039 The Bridge  album cover Thomas Leer & Robert Rental Thomas Leer & Robert Rental - The Bridge(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1039 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1.037 Inflammable Material  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1.037 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1036 D.o.A. The Third And Final Report  album cover Throbbing Gristle D.o.A. The Third And Final Report (Album) LTM 1036 France 1978 Sell This Version
LTM 1.035 At The Grass Roots Of Dub  album cover King Tubby Meets The Upsetter King Tubby Meets The Upsetter - At The Grass Roots Of Dub (Album) LTM 1.035 France 1979 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
LTM 1032 Jamaican Dollars  album cover Dillinger Jamaican Dollars(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1032 France 1977 Sell This Version
LTM 1.031 African Roots  album cover U-Roy African Roots(LP) Celluloid LTM 1.031 France 1976 Sell This Version
LTM 1029 Better Days  album cover The Heptones Better Days(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1029 France 1978 Sell This Version
LTM 1028 Africa  album cover Dennis Brown Africa(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1028 France Unknown Sell This Version
LTM 1026 Soldier-Talk  album cover The Red Crayola* Soldier-Talk(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1026 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1025 At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference  album cover Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) - At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference(LP) Celluloid LTM 1025 France 1980 Sell This Version
LTM 1022 The Second Annual Report  album cover Throbbing Gristle The Second Annual Report (Album) LTM 1022 France 1980 Sell This Version
LTM 1021 Ma Banlieue Flasque  album cover Ma Banlieue Flasque Ma Banlieue Flasque(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1021 France 1979 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
LTM 1.013 Western Culture  album cover Henry Cow Western Culture LTM 1.013 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1007 Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh  album cover Magma (6) Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (Album) LTM 1007 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1006 Köhntarkösz  album cover Magma (6) Köhntarkösz (Album) LTM 1006 France 1979 Sell This Version

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Hot-Buttered-Dub

Hot-Buttered-Dub

April 2, 2018
edited 8 months 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 explicit 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 7 years ago
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