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
67030-2 :Yacoub:  album cover Gabriel Yacoub :Yacoub:(CD, Album) Celluloid 67030-2 France 2001 Sell This Version
yac001 :Yacoub: (Sampler)  album cover Gabriel Yacoub :Yacoub: (Sampler)(CD, Promo, Smplr, Car) Celluloid yac001 France 2001 Sell This Version
CEL 6628 ...If I Die I Die  album cover Virgin Prunes ...If I Die I Die (Album) CEL 6628 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 66809-1 "Djamil" Inedits 84-85  album cover Youssou N'Dour "Djamil" Inedits 84-85(LP, Album, RP) Celluloid CEL 66809-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 668112 "Djamil" Inedits 84-85  album cover Youssou N'Dour "Djamil" Inedits 84-85(CD, Album) Celluloid CEL 668112 France Unknown 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
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
CEL 2-6551 1  album cover Bluesdeluxe 1(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 2-6551 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6779 1981/1982  album cover Toure Kunda* 1981/1982(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 6779 France 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 66779.2 1981/1982  album cover Toure Kunda* 1981/1982(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 66779.2 France 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 6781 1983/1984  album cover Toure Kunda* 1983/1984(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 6781 France 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 66 7812 1983/1984  album cover Toure Kunda* 1983/1984(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 66 7812 France 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 168 1984  album cover Praxis 1984 CEL 168 US 1984 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
CEL 6713 2 Campeones - Roberto Duran Vs Camilo Azuquita  album cover Orquesta Felicidad, Camilo Azuquita Orquesta Felicidad, Camilo Azuquita - 2 Campeones - Roberto Duran Vs Camilo Azuquita(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6713 France 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 6712 4 Songs  album cover Passion Fodder 4 Songs(12") Celluloid CEL 6712 France 1984 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
MER 2104 A Crystal Vision  album cover Sacred Oath A Crystal Vision(LP, Album) Mercenary Records (2) MER 2104 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
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
6138 The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(Cass, Album) Celluloid 6138 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
CELC 6138 A Dead Horse  album cover The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(Cass, Album) Celluloid CELC 6138 US 1989 Sell This Version
CELCD 6138 A Dead Horse  album cover The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse (Album) CELCD 6138 US 1989 Sell This Version
CELD 6138 A Dead Horse  album cover The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(CD, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid CELD 6138 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CELL 6138 A Dead Horse  album cover The Golden Palominos A Dead Horse(LP, Album) Celluloid CELL 6138 US 1989 Sell This Version
66901-1 A Tout'  album cover Zaza (4) A Tout'(LP) Celluloid 66901-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
66901-2 A Tout'  album cover Zaza (4) A Tout'(CD, Album) Celluloid 66901-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
66970.2 A Vous Mes Voyageurs  album cover Francis Decamps A Vous Mes Voyageurs(CD, Album) Celluloid 66970.2 France 1995 Sell This Version
63002-2 À Zéro  album cover Decorum* À Zéro(CD, Album) Celluloid, Mélodie Distribution 63002-2 France 1996 Sell This Version
8428 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(12", Maxi) Carrere, Carrere 8428 France 1984 Sell This Version
13585 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(7") Carrere, Celluloid 13585 France 1984 Sell This Version
CAR 339 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(7") Carrere, Celluloid CAR 339 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CART 339 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance CART 339 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CEL 171 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance CEL 171 US 1984 Sell This Version
CELD 1711 Abele Dance  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance(CD, Maxi) Celluloid CELD 1711 1992 Sell This Version
none Abele Dance (Scratch Mix)  album cover Manu Dibango Abele Dance (Scratch Mix)(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Celluloid none UK 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 6638 Affaire Video  album cover L'International Sam Mangwana* et l' African All Stars* L'International Sam Mangwana* et l' African All Stars* - Affaire Video(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6638 France 1982 Sell This Version
CEL 6044 Africa  album cover Touré Kunda Africa(12") Celluloid CEL 6044 France 1980 Sell This Version
LTM 1028 Africa  album cover Dennis Brown Africa(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1028 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 66876-1 Africa Oyé  album cover Mel Howard (2) Africa Oyé(LP) Celluloid CEL 66876-1 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 66824-2 African Connection Vol. 1 - Zaïre Choc  album cover Various African Connection Vol. 1 - Zaïre Choc(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 66824-2 France 1988 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
CEL 6732 African Connexion  album cover African Connexion African Connexion(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6732 France Unknown Sell This Version
66884-2 African People, Vol. 1  album cover Various African People, Vol. 1(2xCD, Comp) RDC Records (2), Celluloid 66884-2 France 1997 Sell This Version
LTM 1.031 African Roots  album cover U-Roy African Roots(LP) Celluloid LTM 1.031 France 1976 Sell This Version
66965-1 African Swinger  album cover Maïka Munan* African Swinger(LP) Celluloid 66965-1 France 1995 Sell This Version
66965-2 African Swinger  album cover Maïka Munan* African Swinger(CD) Celluloid 66965-2 France 1995 Sell This Version
CELD6174 Afrika Gumbe  album cover Afrika Gumbe Afrika Gumbe(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid CELD6174 US 1992 Sell This Version
CEL 101-2 Afrique Du Sud. 60 Ans De Musiques De Liberté  album cover Various Afrique Du Sud. 60 Ans De Musiques De Liberté(CD, Comp) Celluloid CEL 101-2 France 1995 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
203 741-320 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(LP, Album) Celluloid 203 741-320 Germany 1981 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 529568 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(8xFile, WAV, Album) Celluloid CELL 529568 US Unknown
CLD 20262 Alan Vega  album cover Alan Vega Alan Vega(LP, Album) Celluloid, CGD CLD 20262 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 192 Richard Lloyd Alchemy CEL 192 US 1987 Sell This Version
CEL 6748 Alleluiya  album cover Charlis Samson Adande Alleluiya(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6748 France 1985 Sell This Version
67047.2 Amadou Tilo  album cover Touré Kunda Amadou Tilo(CD, Album, RE) Celluloid 67047.2 US 2004 Sell This Version
CEL 6646 Amadou Tilo  album cover Touré Kunda Amadou Tilo (Album) CEL 6646 France 1983 Sell This Version
CELCD 6104 Amadou Tilo  album cover Touré Kunda Amadou Tilo(CD, Album) Celluloid CELCD 6104 US 1984 Sell This Version
CELL 6104 Amadou Tilo  album cover Toure Kunda* Amadou Tilo(LP, Album) Celluloid CELL 6104 US 1984 Sell This Version
CPCD 8296 Amadou Tilo  album cover Touré Kunda Amadou Tilo(CD, Album, RE) Charly Records CPCD 8296 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
66859-1 Amashoba  album cover Ngane* & Khamba* Ngane* & Khamba* - Amashoba (Album) 66859-1 France Unknown 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
66919-2 Ambiances Creoles  album cover Various Ambiances Creoles(CD, Album, Comp) Celluloid 66919-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
204 526-250 American Songs  album cover Material American Songs(12") Celluloid, Celluloid 204 526-250 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
CEL 6596 American Songs  album cover Material American Songs CEL 6596 France 1981 Sell This Version
CELC6148 american songs  album cover Amália Rodrigues american songs(Cass, Album) Celluloid CELC6148 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
102 444 Amoureux Solitaires  album cover Lio Amoureux Solitaires (Single) 102 444 France 1980 Sell This Version
ARL 37042 Amoureux Solitaires  album cover Lio Amoureux Solitaires(7") Ariola ARL 37042 Italy 1981 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
64617-2 Aniel  album cover Ti Fock Aniel(CD, Album) Celluloid 64617-2 France 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 6787 Aniel  album cover Ti Fock Aniel(LP) Celluloid CEL 6787 Reunion 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 190 The Animal Speaks  album cover The Golden Palominos The Animal Speaks (Single) CEL 190 US 1986 Sell This Version
67029-5 Annapurna  album cover Bévinda Annapurna(CD, Single, Car) Mélodie 67029-5 France 2001 Sell This Version
67033.2 Annick Cisaruk  album cover Annick Cisaruk Annick Cisaruk(CD, Album) Celluloid 67033.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
BR4009 Ao Vivo Em Tóquio - Live In Tokyo  album cover Gilberto Gil Ao Vivo Em Tóquio - Live In Tokyo(LP, Album) Braziloid Records BR4009 US 1988 Sell This Version
BRCD 4009 Ao Vivo Em Tóquio - Live In Tokyo  album cover Gilberto Gil Ao Vivo Em Tóquio - Live In Tokyo(CD, Album) Braziloid Records BRCD 4009 US 1988 Sell This Version
CEL 6796 Appaloosa  album cover Mil Mougenot Appaloosa(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6796 France Unknown Sell This Version
CELLCD 66985 Aquarius  album cover Errol Dunkley Aquarius(CD, Album) Celluloid CELLCD 66985 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
CELC 6109 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement(Cass, Album) Celluloid CELC 6109 US 1985 Sell This Version
CELC 6115 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Egypt 80 Fela Anikulapo Kuti* & Egypt 80 - Army Arrangement CELC 6115 US 1985 Sell This Version
CELCD 6109 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement(CD, Album) Celluloid CELCD 6109 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CELD6109 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement (Album) CELD6109 US 1985 Sell This Version
CELL 6109 Army Arrangement  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement (Album) CELL 6109 US 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
CEL 184 Army Arrangement / Cross Examination  album cover Fela Anikulapo Kuti* Army Arrangement / Cross Examination(12") Celluloid CEL 184 US 1985 Sell This Version
CELL 6199 Army Arrangement / Cross Examination  album cover Fela* Army Arrangement / Cross Examination(12", Single) Celluloid CELL 6199 France 1985 Sell This Version
CEL 6728 Asiko  album cover Kantata Asiko(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6728 France Unknown Sell This Version
CEL 1941 Aster Get (Koman Y lé)  album cover Ti Fock Aster Get (Koman Y lé)(7", Promo) Celluloid CEL 1941 Reunion 1986 Sell This Version
CEL 107.004 Asylums In Jerusalem / Jacques Derrida  album cover Scritti Politti Asylums In Jerusalem / Jacques Derrida(7", Single) Celluloid CEL 107.004 France 1982 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 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
CELD 6200 Attaquent Anjela  album cover Franco - Pepe Ndombe Et Le T.P.O.K. Jazz* Franco - Pepe Ndombe Et Le T.P.O.K. Jazz* - Attaquent Anjela(CD, Album) Celluloid CELD 6200 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
MTD 029 Attention Shoppers  album cover Gloo Girls Attention Shoppers(CD, Album) Celluloid MTD 029 US 1993 Sell This Version
CEL 6654 Aujourd'hui Et Demain...  album cover La Souris Déglinguée Aujourd'hui Et Demain... (Album) CEL 6654 France 1983 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
CEL 6812 Autorail  album cover Ouzin Ndiaye* Autorail(LP) Celluloid CEL 6812 France Unknown 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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