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
ED 102 (10) A Fistful Of Dubloons  album cover The Pirates (3) A Fistful Of Dubloons(10", Album) Edsel Records, Edsel Records ED 102 (10) UK 1981 Sell This Version
none At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference  album cover Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) - At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 256) Celluloid none UK Unknown
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
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
08002-6 Samba Reggae  album cover Jimmy Cliff Samba Reggae(12") Celluloid 08002-6 France 1993 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
66829-6 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Kazet(12") Celluloid 66829-6 France Unknown Sell This Version
0-96972 Crazy Cuts  album cover Grandmixer D. ST.* Crazy Cuts 0-96972 US 1983 Sell This Version
600.283 Disco Rough  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough(12") Celluloid 600.283 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
600 368 Disco Rough / Rectangle  album cover Mathématiques Modernes / Jacno Mathématiques Modernes / Jacno - Disco Rough / Rectangle(12") Celluloid, Celluloid 600 368 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
600 738 Material I'm The One / Don't Lose Control (Maxi) 600 738 US 1982 Sell This Version
601 314 Crazy Cuts  album cover Grandmixer D. ST.* Crazy Cuts(12") Celluloid 601 314 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
204 526-250 American Songs  album cover Material American Songs(12") Celluloid, Celluloid 204 526-250 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
600 367-213 Don't Make Me Over / Jukebox Babe  album cover Errol Dunkley / Alan Vega Errol Dunkley / Alan Vega - Don't Make Me Over / Jukebox Babe(12") Celluloid 600 367-213 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ARL 38008 Amoureux Solitaires (Long Version)  album cover Lio Amoureux Solitaires (Long Version)(12") Ariola ARL 38008 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
CART 339 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance CART 339 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CART 343 Mean Machine  album cover DST*, Jalaludin Mansur Nuriddin* DST*, Jalaludin Mansur Nuriddin* - Mean Machine(12") Carrere CART 343 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CART 344 Megamix II. Why Is It Fresh?  album cover D.ST* Megamix II. Why Is It Fresh? (Single) CART 344 UK 1984 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
CEL 157 What I Like  album cover Tribe 2 What I Like (Maxi) CEL 157 US 1982 Sell This Version
Cel159 The Roxy  album cover Phase Two The Roxy(12") Celluloid Cel159 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 161 Konk Party  album cover Konk Konk Party CEL 161 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 164 Shango Message  album cover Shango Shango Message CEL 164 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 165 The Wildstyle  album cover Time Zone The Wildstyle CEL 165 US 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 166 Doriella Du Fontaine  album cover Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix Lightnin' Rod With Jimi Hendrix - Doriella Du Fontaine CEL 166 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 168 1984  album cover Praxis 1984 CEL 168 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 171 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance CEL 171 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 172 You Can Make It  album cover The Rebels (13) You Can Make It CEL 172 US 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 173 Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?  album cover D.ST. Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh? CEL 173 US 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 174 Mean Machine  album cover DST* & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin* DST* & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin* - Mean Machine CEL 174 US 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 177 Tiembelema  album cover African Connection (4) Tiembelema(12") Celluloid CEL 177 US 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 178 So Hot / Cairo  album cover B-Side So Hot / Cairo CEL 178 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 179 Harima  album cover Mandingo Featuring Foday Musa Suso Mandingo Featuring Foday Musa Suso - Harima(12") Celluloid CEL 179 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 180 Get Movin'  album cover The Last Poets Get Movin'(12") Celluloid CEL 180 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 181 Touré Kunda  album cover Touré Kunda Touré Kunda CEL 181 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 182 Makossa Rock  album cover Deadline Makossa Rock(12") Celluloid CEL 182 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 183 Omaha  album cover Golden Palominos* Omaha(12") Celluloid CEL 183 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 184 Army Arrangement / Cross Examination  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement / Cross Examination(12") Celluloid CEL 184 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 185 Home Of Hip Hop  album cover D.St. Home Of Hip Hop CEL 185 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 186 Electric Africa  album cover Manu Dibango Electric Africa(12") Celluloid CEL 186 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 190 The Animal Speaks  album cover The Golden Palominos The Animal Speaks (Single) CEL 190 US 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 191 World Destruction (Meltdown Remix)  album cover Time Zone Featuring John Lydon And Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon And Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction (Meltdown Remix) CEL 191 US 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 701 Toure' Kunda  album cover Toure Kunda* Toure' Kunda(12") Celluloid CEL 701 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 702 Harima  album cover Mandingo Harima(12") Celluloid CEL 702 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 704 Makosaa Rock  album cover Deadline Makosaa Rock CEL 704 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 705 Pata Piya (Full Length Extended Version)  album cover Manu Dibango Pata Piya (Full Length Extended Version) CEL 705 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 706 The Home Of Hip Hop  album cover D.ST.* The Home Of Hip Hop CEL 706 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 6044 Africa  album cover Touré Kunda Africa(12") Celluloid CEL 6044 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6310 Rockhouse Mini LP Collection  album cover The Flying Saucers* Rockhouse Mini LP Collection(12") Celluloid CEL 6310 France 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 6562 Braque  album cover Braque Braque(12") Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 6562 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6574 Don't Make Me Over / Little Green Apples  album cover Errol Dunkley Don't Make Me Over / Little Green Apples(12") Celluloid CEL 6574 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6578 Wheel Me Out  album cover Was (Not Was) Wheel Me Out(12") Celluloid CEL 6578 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6579 Je M'Ennuie  album cover Bruno Carone Je M'Ennuie(12") Celluloid, ejc CEL 6579 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6585 Psychedelic Desert  album cover Doctor Mix And The Remix Psychedelic Desert(12") Celluloid, Byzz CEL 6585 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6590 Dream Baby Dream / Radiation  album cover Alan Vega & Martin Rev's Suicide* Dream Baby Dream / Radiation CEL 6590 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6592 Busting Out  album cover Material With Nona Hendryx Material With Nona Hendryx - Busting Out(12") Celluloid CEL 6592 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6593 Cowboys & Gangsters  album cover Gichy Dan Cowboys & Gangsters(12") Celluloid, Ze Records CEL 6593 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6596 American Songs  album cover Material American Songs CEL 6596 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6613 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye  album cover Soft Cell Say Hello, Wave Goodbye(12") Celluloid CEL 6613 France 1982 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 6623 Eu  album cover Empire (15) Eu(12") Celluloid CEL 6623 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 6626 I'm The One  album cover Material I'm The One CEL 6626 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 6652 Love Is... (Dance Mix)  album cover Troy Tate Love Is... (Dance Mix)(12") Celluloid CEL 6652 France 1983 Sell This Version
CEL 6712 4 Songs  album cover Passion Fodder 4 Songs(12") Celluloid CEL 6712 France 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 6737 Theoretical China  album cover Winston Tong Theoretical China(12") Celluloid CEL 6737 France 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 6751 Dancé Bonnê Pas Dancé / Lévé Zouké  album cover Gérard Hubert* Dancé Bonnê Pas Dancé / Lévé Zouké(12") Celluloid CEL 6751 France 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 6754 Iyolela - Dansometer  album cover Ray Lema Iyolela - Dansometer(12") Celluloid CEL 6754 France 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 6757 Touré Kunda  album cover Touré Kunda Touré Kunda(12") Celluloid CEL 6757 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 6786 Ibhola Lethu  album cover Juluka Ibhola Lethu(12") Celluloid CEL 6786 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 2-6554 Spectators Of Life  album cover The Names Spectators Of Life(12") Celluloid CEL 2-6554 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL - 2 - 6562 Braque  album cover Braque Braque(12") Celluloid, Celluloid CEL - 2 - 6562 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 2-6563 Winner  album cover Electric Callas Winner(12") Celluloid CEL 2-6563 France 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6565 Pre Teenage Jesus And The Jerks  album cover Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Pre Teenage Jesus And The Jerks(12") ZE Records, ZE Records CEL 2-6565 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6567 Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack  album cover James Chance & Pill Factory James Chance & Pill Factory - Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack CEL 2-6567 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 336001 Dansons Le Youpi Yop  album cover Braque Dansons Le Youpi Yop(12") Celluloid CEL 336001 France 1982 Sell This Version
CELL 3 Shango Message  album cover Shango Shango Message(12") Celluloid, Celluloid CELL 3 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
CELL 4 The Wildstyle  album cover Time Zone The Wildstyle(12") Celluloid, Celluloid CELL 4 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
CELL 5 What I Like  album cover Tribe 2 What I Like(12") Celluloid, Celluloid CELL 5 Netherlands Unknown 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 6115 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Egypt 80 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Egypt 80 - Army Arrangement(12") Celluloid Cell 6115 US 1985 Sell This Version
CYZ 102 The Roxy  album cover Phase II* The Roxy CYZ 102 France 1982 Sell This Version
CYZ 106 Une Sale Histoire  album cover Fab 5 Freddy Une Sale Histoire(12") Celluloid CYZ 106 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
LTD 1023 Nag Nag Nag  album cover Cabaret Vøltaire* Nag Nag Nag (Maxi) LTD 1023 France 1979 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
URBX 45 Kazet  album cover Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens* Kazet(12") Urban (2), Urban (2) URBX 45 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CEL 159 The Roxy  album cover Phase 2 (2) The Roxy CEL 159 US 1982 Sell This Version
LTD 1040 pragVEC  album cover pragVEC pragVEC(12", Comp) Celluloid, Spec Records (2) LTD 1040 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 6591 Gotta Gettaway  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Gotta Gettaway (Comp) CEL 6591 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6733 Dansez Tropical !  album cover Various Dansez Tropical !(12", Comp, Promo) Celluloid CEL 6733 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 2-6545 Celluloïd  album cover Various Celluloïd(12", Comp, Promo) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 2-6545 France 1979 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
CEL 6581 Indoor Life  album cover Indoor Life Indoor Life (EP) CEL 6581 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6742 Ni Avec Toi, Ni Sans Toi (Soundtrack)  album cover Philippe Léotard Ni Avec Toi, Ni Sans Toi (Soundtrack)(12", EP) Celluloid CEL 6742 France 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6566 Rosa Yemen  album cover Rosa Yemen Rosa Yemen(12", EP) Celluloid CEL 2-6566 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 176 World Destruction  album cover Time Zone World Destruction CEL 176 US 1984 Sell This Version
335003 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye  album cover Soft Cell Say Hello, Wave Goodbye(12", Ltd) Celluloid 335003 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 194 Hustler's Convention  album cover Lightnin' Rod (Jalal Nuridinn Of The "Last Poets")* With Kool And The Gang* Lightnin' Rod (Jalal Nuridinn Of The "Last Poets")* With Kool And The Gang* - Hustler's Convention(12", Ltd) Celluloid CEL 194 US Unknown 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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