WIRL

WIRL

Profile:
WIRL (West Indies Records Limited) was a label based in Jamaica and Barbados founded in 1958 by Edward Seaga. Specialising in all forms of Caribbean music and even some W.I. pressings of American soul and r&b hits.
For the manufacturing & distribution company please use West Indies Records Ltd. or West Indies Recording Co. for Jamaica and West Indies Records (Barbados) Ltd. for Barbados. For the studio recordings please use Wirl Studio. For unofficial releases please use WIRL (2).
West Indies Records Limited (B’DOS) Ltd, started manufacturing phonograph records during the month of October 1964. This project was the brainchild of Mr. Colin Wilkie, who was the manager of Manning’s Electrical Showroom and Mr. Colin Thomas, director of Manning, Wilkinson & Challenor Ltd. As was expected, the availability of pressing plant in Barbados encouraged many local artistes to have their work recorded and put on wax. Since at that time there were no professional recording studios on the island, local recordings were successfully accomplished using one-track studios at Barbados Redifussion Services Ltd. on River Road and CBC (Caribbean Broadcast Corp) located at Black Rock, St. Michael. Much credit must be giving to the engineers and the Disc Jockies of that era who successfully recorded these artistes with the limited technology available. The first album to be manufactured in Barbados was “Treasure Chest” by the Merrymen of Barbados.
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Contact Info:
West Indies Records Ltd. (WIRL)
13 Bell Road
Kingston 11
Jamaica, W.I.

West Indies Records (Barbados) Limited
Applethwaites Estate
St. Thomas
Barbados, W. I.
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Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
001 Les Freres Gentille - Liber Et Andoche Les Freres Gentille Liber Et Andoche(LP) WIRL 001 Barbados 1982 Sell This Version
1B 003 Ecstasy (15) - Halcyon No. 1 Ecstasy (15) Halcyon No. 1(12", Maxi) Sea Deck 1B 003 Barbados 1988 Sell This Version
3A 031 Gramacks* - Wooy Midebar Gramacks* Wooy Midebar 3A 031 Barbados 1976 Sell This Version
3A 033 Black Affairs - Sound Of Music Black Affairs Sound Of Music(7") 3A Production 3A 033 France 1977 Sell This Version
3 A 059 The Barbados Steel Orchestra* - Classics To Calypso The Barbados Steel Orchestra* Classics To Calypso(LP, Album) 3A Production, 3A Production 3 A 059 France Unknown Sell This Version
6E-104 Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records 6E-104 Barbados 1977 Sell This Version
7N 35298 Jimmy James And The Vagabonds* - I Feel Alright Jimmy James And The Vagabonds* I Feel Alright(7", Single) Piccadilly 7N 35298 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
043 Bill-O-Men - Freedom / African Music Bill-O-Men Freedom / African Music(7", Red) 3A Production 043 Barbados 1978 Sell This Version
063 Boo And The Tru-Tones* - Merry Christmas From Boo And The Tru-Tones* Merry Christmas From(LP, Album) WIRL 063 Barbados 1975 Sell This Version
103 Osbert Graham And The Robin Hood Combo - Suzie Wong / Have You Ever Been Lonely Osbert Graham And The Robin Hood Combo Osbert Graham And The Robin Hood Combo - Suzie Wong / Have You Ever Been Lonely(7") WIRL 103 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
110 Joe White With Lyn Taitt's Band* - I Need You / Lovely Nights Joe White With Lyn Taitt's Band* Joe White With Lyn Taitt's Band* - I Need You / Lovely Nights(7", Single) WIRL 110 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
114 Higgs & Wilson - The Robe / Come On Home Higgs & Wilson The Robe / Come On Home(7") WIRL 114 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1-23 Unknown Artist - Toastmaster Unknown Artist Toastmaster(Vinyl, 16", Transcription) WIRL 1-23 US Unknown Sell This Version
140 The Merrymen - Calypso Medley The Merrymen Calypso Medley (7", Single) WIRL 140 Barbados Unknown Sell This Version
151 The Merrymen - Miss Hessie The Merrymen Miss Hessie 151 Barbados Unknown Sell This Version
172 Dionne Cameron* - Friday Is A Miserable Day / This World Has A Feeling Dionne Cameron* Friday Is A Miserable Day / This World Has A Feeling(7") Wirl 172 Jamaica 1967 Sell This Version
186 The Trade Winds (2) Rum And Calypso / Honeymooning Couple(7", Single) WIRL 186 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
203 Higgs & Wilson - I Long For The Day / Pretty Baby Higgs & Wilson I Long For The Day / Pretty Baby(7", Single) WIRL 203 Jamaica 1960 Sell This Version
211 Chuck & Dobby - Sad Over You / Sweeter Than Honey Chuck & Dobby Sad Over You / Sweeter Than Honey(7", Single) WIRL 211 Jamaica 1961 Sell This Version
358 Springer & The Barons - Spouge Rhythm / Oh Babe Springer & The Barons Spouge Rhythm / Oh Babe(7", Single) WIRL 358 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
367 Ras Iley - IMF Take Over Ras Iley IMF Take Over(LP) WIRL 367 Barbados 1992 Sell This Version
0410 The Escorts (4) - Man Bitter / Jolene The Escorts (4) Man Bitter / Jolene(7", Single) INS 0410 Colombia Unknown Sell This Version
467 Ras Iley - Form A Line And Wine Ras Iley Form A Line And Wine(LP) WIRL 467 Barbados 1995 Sell This Version
553 Ashantis (2) - Let My Love Shine In Ashantis (2) Let My Love Shine In(7") EMI 553 Barbados 1975 Sell This Version
804 Nitelife - Guilty Nitelife Guilty(7") WIRL 804 Barbados 1981 Sell This Version
1005 Various - Sunny Barbados Various Sunny Barbados (Comp) 1005 Barbados Unknown Sell This Version
1014 Marsden Adams, Grant's Standfast Steel Band - Sharp Steel Marsden Adams, Grant's Standfast Steel Band Marsden Adams, Grant's Standfast Steel Band - Sharp Steel(LP, Album) WIRL 1014 Jamaica 1964 Sell This Version
1014 The  Sherdons, WIRL Recording Orchestra - You Rascal You / Love And Marriage The Sherdons, WIRL Recording Orchestra The Sherdons, WIRL Recording Orchestra - You Rascal You / Love And Marriage(7") WIRL 1014 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1015 The Merrymen, Emile Straker - Big Bambo/Island Woman The Merrymen, Emile Straker The Merrymen, Emile Straker - Big Bambo/Island Woman(7") WIRL 1015 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1024 Bwia Sunjets - Sunjet Serenade Bwia Sunjets Sunjet Serenade(LP, Album) WIRL 1024 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
1027 The Hiltonaires (2) - Ska-Motion In Ska-lip-so The Hiltonaires (2) Ska-Motion In Ska-lip-so (Album) 1027 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
1028 Jackie Opel - Cry Me A River Jackie Opel Cry Me A River(LP) Wirl 1028 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1031 The Sensational Keith Stewart* - Yellow Bird The Sensational Keith Stewart* Yellow Bird (Album) 1031 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1034 Various - I'll Remember Jamaica Various I'll Remember Jamaica (Comp) 1034 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
1042 The Skatalites - Ska-Boo-Da-Ba The Skatalites Ska-Boo-Da-Ba (Album) 1042 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1042 Various - 10:30 With Tony Verity Various 10:30 With Tony Verity(LP, Comp) WIRL 1042 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
1043 WIRL Steel Band - The Music Of The Caribbean WIRL Steel Band The Music Of The Caribbean 1043 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1046 Various - Rock Steady Beat - Jamaica's New Dance Craze Various Rock Steady Beat - Jamaica's New Dance Craze 1046 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1050 Keith Stewart - Jamaica Farewell Keith Stewart Jamaica Farewell (Album) 1050 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
1053 The Ethiopians - Engine 54 The Ethiopians Engine 54 (Album) 1053 UK 1968 Sell This Version
1060 Various - Rock Steady Intensified Various Rock Steady Intensified (Comp) 1060 Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
1341 Bertram Ennis & His Band* Obeah Wedding(7") Wirl 1341 Barbados Unknown Sell This Version
1444 Mighty Pelay - Merry Christmas Our Way From Mighty Pelay Mighty Pelay Merry Christmas Our Way From Mighty Pelay(LP, Album) WIRL 1444 Barbados 1977 Sell This Version
1445 Mighty Pelay - First Time Around Mighty Pelay First Time Around(LP, Album) WIRL 1445 Barbados 1977 Sell This Version
1446 King Pelay - One Man Calypso Show King Pelay One Man Calypso Show(LP) WIRL 1446 Barbados 1980 Sell This Version
1906 The Mapletoft Poulle Orchestra* - Jamaica Mento The Mapletoft Poulle Orchestra* Jamaica Mento 1906 Jamaica 1962 Sell This Version
1907 Mighty Sparrow - The Sparrow Show At The Sheraton - Kingston Jamaica Mighty Sparrow The Sparrow Show At The Sheraton - Kingston Jamaica (Album) 1907 Jamaica 1962 Sell This Version
1910 Lord Jellicoe And His Calypso Monarchs - Sunny Jamaica Lord Jellicoe And His Calypso Monarchs Sunny Jamaica(LP, Album) WIRL 1910 Jamaica 1962 Sell This Version
2050 Pete Weston, Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis - Distemper / Satan Station Pete Weston, Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis Pete Weston, Tommy McCook, Bobby Ellis - Distemper / Satan Station(7", Single) WIRL 2050 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3261 Dion Cameron - Miserable Friday / The World Has A Feeling Dion Cameron Miserable Friday / The World Has A Feeling (7", W/Lbl) WIRL 3261 Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
4501-1 The Techniques - What Am I To Do / You're My Everything The Techniques What Am I To Do / You're My Everything(7", Single, W/Lbl) WIRL 4501-1 Unknown Sell This Version
4535-1 Count Machuki, Sound Dimension - Musical Scorcher Count Machuki, Sound Dimension Count Machuki, Sound Dimension - Musical Scorcher(7", W/Lbl) WIRL 4535-1 Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
45-101 Higgs & Wilson - Lovers Song / It Is A Day Higgs & Wilson Lovers Song / It Is A Day(7") WIRL 45-101 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
45-931 Jackie Edwards - Keep On Running Jackie Edwards Keep On Running (Single) 45-931 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
3396836 Various - Caribbean Rare Groove (Rare Funky Songs From The Caribbean Sea) Various Caribbean Rare Groove (Rare Funky Songs From The Caribbean Sea)(2xLP, Comp) Wagram Music 3396836 France 2021 Sell This Version
45-10068 Lord Kitchener - Jamaica Woman / Love In The Cemetry Lord Kitchener Jamaica Woman / Love In The Cemetry 45-10068 Jamaica 1963 Sell This Version
1630 / 1631 The Merrymen Featuring Emile Straker - The Guns / Calypso Island The Merrymen Featuring Emile Straker The Merrymen Featuring Emile Straker - The Guns / Calypso Island (Single) 1630 / 1631 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
3506 / 3507 Horace Forbes White Christmas(7") WIRL 3506 / 3507 Unknown Sell This Version
23(0131)00117 Rebirth 7 Original* - Root Vibes Rebirth 7 Original* Root Vibes(LP, Album) WIRL 23(0131)00117 Colombia 1977 Sell This Version
A876543 Lester Montrose - You're Just A Crazy Girl Lester Montrose You're Just A Crazy Girl(7", Single) WIRL A876543 Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
AM-2848 Chris de Burgh - The Lady In Red Chris de Burgh The Lady In Red(7", Single) A&M Records AM-2848 Barbados 1986 Sell This Version
ARROW-019 Arrow (2) - Hot Hot Hot Arrow (2) Hot Hot Hot (Album) ARROW-019 Barbados 1982 Sell This Version
AS1-9743 Whitney Houston / Kashif - One Moment In Time / Olympic Joy Whitney Houston / Kashif Whitney Houston / Kashif - One Moment In Time / Olympic Joy(7", Single) Arista AS1-9743 Barbados 1988 Sell This Version
B 227 Bruce St. John, Melvin Atwell - The Foetus Pleasures Bruce St. John, Melvin Atwell Bruce St. John, Melvin Atwell - The Foetus Pleasures(7", Single) WIRL B 227 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 313 The Martyrs (5) -  In The Arms Of Sweet Deliverance / Pray Is The Key The Martyrs (5) In The Arms Of Sweet Deliverance / Pray Is The Key(7", Single) WIRL B 313 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 315 The Cardinals - I Love You / Tennessee Waltz The Cardinals I Love You / Tennessee Waltz (Single) B 315 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 317 The Night Train Of St Lucia - Behold / Maggie May The Night Train Of St Lucia Behold / Maggie May(7") WIRL B 317 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 318 Emily Buster With The Night Train* - Speak Softly Love Emily Buster With The Night Train* Speak Softly Love(7", Single) WIRL B 318 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 319 De Opels Elena Bom Bom / Let It Be Me(7", Single) WIRL B 319 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 320 The Draytons Two - G. O. Go (Spouge Beat) The Draytons Two G. O. Go (Spouge Beat) (Single) B 320 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 323 Richard Stoute - Love Is A Hurting Thing / Any Day Now Richard Stoute Love Is A Hurting Thing / Any Day Now B 323 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 324 The Tradewinds* - Chantez Calypso / Cousin Dickie The Tradewinds* Chantez Calypso / Cousin Dickie(7", Single) WIRL B 324 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 328 Sister Sylvester - Moving On / He'll Never Leave Me Sister Sylvester Moving On / He'll Never Leave Me(7", Single) Wirl B 328 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B.329 The Solid Senders (2) - Our Day Will Come The Solid Senders (2) Our Day Will Come(7") WIRL B.329 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B332 Clarence Thompson & The Organisation* - Express Yourself Clarence Thompson & The Organisation* Clarence Thompson & The Organisation* - Express Yourself B332 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 335 Wendy Alleyne - Hey Mr. Blues / Stand By Love Wendy Alleyne Hey Mr. Blues / Stand By Love(7") WIRL B 335 US 1973 Sell This Version
B 338 The Flippers (6) - You've Got A Friend To Call On The Flippers (6) You've Got A Friend To Call On (Single) B 338 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B-339 The Escorts (4) - Cream Puff / A Little Love The Escorts (4) Cream Puff / A Little Love(7") WIRL, Spouge Beat B-339 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B-340 Oz Hill - My Whole Life Through Oz Hill My Whole Life Through (7", Single) WIRL B-340 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
B 346 Telstars Of Guyana, The* - Neighbour Neighbour / So Lucky Telstars Of Guyana, The* Neighbour Neighbour / So Lucky(7", Single) Wirl B 346 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 351 De Opels - Que Sera Sera De Opels Que Sera Sera B 351 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B352 The Tradewinds* - Right On Baje / Wong Ping The Tradewinds* Right On Baje / Wong Ping(7") WIRL B352 Barbados Unknown Sell This Version
B353 Patsy Cadet - Mommy / Cucurucucu La Paloma Patsy Cadet Mommy / Cucurucucu La Paloma(7") WIRL B353 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 357 The Original Opels* - The Skyjackers / The Ice Cream Vendor The Original Opels* The Skyjackers / The Ice Cream Vendor(7", Single) WIRL B 357 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 358 Springer & The Barons - Spouge Rythm Springer & The Barons Spouge Rythm(7") WIRL B 358 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 364 Levi John - Flesh Deceiving / Hearts Of Hearts Levi John Flesh Deceiving / Hearts Of Hearts(7", Single) WIRL B 364 US 1977 Sell This Version
B 367 Ches Haynes & The Outfit (10) - Please Don't Go / Sweet Caroline Ches Haynes & The Outfit (10) Ches Haynes & The Outfit (10) - Please Don't Go / Sweet Caroline(7") WIRL B 367 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 368 Cynthia Layne & The Dynamics (4) - Sweetest Love Cynthia Layne & The Dynamics (4) Cynthia Layne & The Dynamics (4) - Sweetest Love (Single) B 368 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 372 The Cardinals - Don't Mind My Business The Cardinals Don't Mind My Business (7", Single) WIRL B 372 US 1974 Sell This Version
B 373 Gordon Henderson, Fred Aucagos - Love / Cala Lou Gordon Henderson, Fred Aucagos Gordon Henderson, Fred Aucagos - Love / Cala Lou(7") WIRL B 373 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B382 Y.T.T Of Cariacou - In The Beginning / Cry Of The Poor Y.T.T Of Cariacou In The Beginning / Cry Of The Poor (Single) B382 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B383 Clarence Thompson - Never Let Me Go Clarence Thompson Never Let Me Go(7") Wirl B383 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 384 Richard Stoute - I Hate To Do My Woman Wrong Richard Stoute I Hate To Do My Woman Wrong(7") WIRL B 384 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B385 Richard Stoute - Best Part Of My Day./ My Girl Richard Stoute Best Part Of My Day./ My Girl(7") Wirl B385 Barbados 1975 Sell This Version
B 389 The Dukes Of Barbados - Let True Love Begin / Kidio My Love The Dukes Of Barbados Let True Love Begin / Kidio My Love(7") WIRL B 389 Unknown Sell This Version
B 391 King Ja Ja Bandit(7") WIRL B 391 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 398 The Outfit (10) - Use Me The Outfit (10) Use Me(7") WIRL B 398 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 399 Lunar 7 - African Bump / My Baby's Gone Lunar 7 African Bump / My Baby's Gone (Single) B 399 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 400 Brian Walker (13) And The Lunar 7* - Having A Jolly Good Time / I Can't Make It Alone Brian Walker (13) And The Lunar 7* Brian Walker (13) And The Lunar 7* - Having A Jolly Good Time / I Can't Make It Alone(7") WIRL B 400 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version
B 407 Sister Sylvester - Down By The Riverside / Hurry Up Sister Sylvester Down By The Riverside / Hurry Up(7") Wirl B 407 Barbados 1974 Sell This Version