Blue Thumb Records

Blue Thumb Records

Profile:
Label Code: LC 01228
Founded in 1968 and initially distributed by Liberty, the licensing & distribution moved in 1971 to Famous Music Corporation, a subsidiary of Gulf & Western Company who purchased the label in 1972 as Blue Thumb Records, Inc. In 1974, Gulf+Western sold its entire record operation, which included Dot Records and Paramount Records, to ABC Records. (A label history is in images)

Blue Thumb Records was founded in mid-1968 by Buddah Records producer Bob Krasnow on the strength of a recording deal he struck with Don Van Vliet during recording sessions for the second album by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band. The album had begun life as It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper, a conceptual double album for release on Buddah. However, Krasnow's idea of an independent label effected new directions. Vliet had considered re-naming his band "Blue Thumb", but this became the name for the new label. The resultant recording Strictly Personal, produced and engineered by Krasnow, became the first release on Blue Thumb as BTS 1.

Krasnow, who begun his career at King Records (3), had previously effected a similar move with Vliet when he brought The Magic Band over from A&M Records [along with executives Tommy LiPuma & Don Graham] to the newly-formed Buddah label, created to gain distribution independence away from MGM for Kama Sutra. This had resulted in Krasnow co-producing the Safe As Milk album and striking a working relationship with the band. Strictly Personal on Blue Thumb was distributed by Liberty. The label's distribution, from BTS 20 through BTS 28, was by Capitol Records and starting with BTS 29 by ABC.

The label of Blue Thumb Records, Inc. was quite innovative, with a roster of artists rather 'left-field' or blues oriented, echoing the similar style of Frank Zappa's Straight and Bizarre Records labels. Krasnow also created the sub-label Banana Records (4) for National Lampoon recordings, using the Blue Thumb "BTS" numbering system. By 1974 the label was being distributed by ABC Records, who bought Krasnow out that year. Blue Thumb continued to be used as an imprint on some ABC releases (mainly for albums by The Crusaders and the Pointer Sisters) until late 1978 when MCA Records bought ABC Records and folded it and all of its affiliated labels a year later.

MCA revived Blue Thumb in 1995 as an imprint of GRP. Following a series of label mergers and buyouts that eventually created the multi-national Universal Music Group, Blue Thumb and GRP became subsidiaries of the The Verve Music Group.

Blue Thumb was deactivated in 2005 and replaced with a relaunched Verve Forecast.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
1755 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

(Earlier address):
Blue Thumb Records, Inc
Famous Music Corporation
Gulf & Western Company
427 N. Canon Drive,
Beverly Hills,
California 90210
Sites:
[l6433]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Terry Callier Lifetime(CD, Album) PolyGram Records, Blue Thumb Records Japan 1999 Sell This Version
1 C 006-92 011 Love Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First(7", Single, TP) Blue Thumb Records 1 C 006-92 011 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 006-92 011 U Love Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 1 C 006-92 011 U Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-92 061 Dave Mason Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman / Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 1C 006-92 061 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 062-91 260 Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album) Harvest 1 C 062-91 260 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1J006-91.511 M Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 1J006-91.511 M Spain 1970 Sell This Version
1 J 06291443 Bossa Rio Alegria!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 1 J 06291443 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
1J 062-91.673 Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 1J 062-91.673 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
2C 006-91.511 M Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister(7") Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-91.511 M France 1969 Sell This Version
2C 006-91628 Southwind Boogie Woogie Country Girl(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-91628 France 1970 Sell This Version
2C006 92011 Love Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 2C006 92011 France 1971 Sell This Version
2 C 006- 92075 M Donato* The Frog / Bambu(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records 2 C 006- 92075 M France 1971 Sell This Version
2C 006-92320 M Ike & Tina Turner You Don't Love Me (Yes I Know) / I Know(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-92320 M France 1969 Sell This Version
2 C062-91 260 Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records 2 C062-91 260 France 1969 Sell This Version
2 C 062-91443 Bossa Rio Alegria!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2 C 062-91443 France 1972 Sell This Version
2C06291673 Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C06291673 France 1970 Sell This Version
2 C062-92230 Buddy Guy, Junior Mance & Junior Wells Buddy Guy, Junior Mance & Junior Wells - Buddy And The Juniors(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2 C062-92230 France 1970 Sell This Version
2C 062 - 92.288 Earl Hooker Sweet Black Angel(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C 062 - 92.288 France 1969 Sell This Version
2C064 92049 Love False Start(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C064 92049 France 1970 Sell This Version
3C 006-91511 M Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 3C 006-91511 M Italy 1969 Sell This Version
3C 062 91260 Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Thumb Records 3C 062 91260 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
3 C062-92049 Love False Start(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 3 C062-92049 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
5C 006-91 440 Dave Mason World In Changes / Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-91 440 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-91772 Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know (7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-91772 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92011 Love The Everlasting First(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92011 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92061 Dave Mason Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92061 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92075 Donato* The Frog / Bambu(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92075 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
6X087 The Crusaders Those Southern Knights(Cass, Album) Blue Thumb Records 6X087 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
12CPINE1 Courtney Pine Featuring Lynden David Hall Courtney Pine Featuring Lynden David Hall - Lady Day (& John Coltrane)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Universal Jazz, Blue Thumb Records 12CPINE1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
45.BT.3003 Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can(7") Blue Thumb Records 45.BT.3003 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3021 Hoodoo Rhythm Devils I Fought The Law And The Law Won / Bullfrog Holler(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 3021 France 1975 Sell This Version
45.BT.3053 The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst (Single) 45.BT.3053 Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3073 Pointer Sisters That's A Plenty(7") Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 3073 France 1974 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3078 Sylvester And The Hot Band Down On Your Knees / Friendship(7") Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 3078 France 1974 Sell This Version
45.BT.3101 The Crusaders Scratch / Way Back Home(7") Blue Thumb Records 45.BT.3101 France 1974 Sell This Version
45.BT.4157 The Crusaders Put It Where You Want It(7") Blue Thumb Records 45.BT.4157 France 1972 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4159 Phil Upchurch Darkness, Darkness (Single) 45. BT. 4159 France 1972 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4235 Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Too Hot To Handle / Truer Than Me(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 4235 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4236 Ben Sidran I Lead A Life / Lust(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 4236 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4267 The Crusaders Don't Let It Get You Down / Journey From Within(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 4267 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4268 Donato* Almas Irmas / Cade Jodel ? (The Beautiful One)(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 4268 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 12 017 Pointer Sisters Steam Heat(7") Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 12 017 France 1974 Sell This Version
45.BT.12177 Pointer Sisters How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records, Vogue, Blue Thumb Records, Vogue 45.BT.12177 France 1975 Sell This Version
236 Ben Sidran Space Cowboy * Think Twice(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 236 US Unknown Sell This Version
244 Hugh Masekela Languta / Rekpete(7") Blue Thumb Records 244 US 1973 Sell This Version
575-7 Tyrannosaurus Rex Unicorn(Cass, Album, Sna) Blue Thumb Records 575-7 US 1969 Sell This Version
7116 Love The Everlasting First (Single) 7116 US 1970 Sell This Version
7118 Gabor Szabo (They Long To Be) Close To You / Love Theme From Spartacus(7") Blue Thumb Records 7118 US 1972 Sell This Version
7119 Donato* The Frog / Cadê Jodel? (The Beautiful One)(7") Blue Thumb Records 7119 US 1970 Sell This Version
7121 Tyrannosaurus Rex Ride A White Swan / Summertime Blues 7121 US 1970 Sell This Version
7121 Tyrannosaurus Rex Ride A White Swan (7") Blue Thumb Records 7121 US 1970 Sell This Version
10.024 Various Extra(LP, Comp, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 10.024 France 1973 Sell This Version
11 695 AT Pointer Sisters Having A Party / Lonely Gal(7") Blue Thumb Records 11 695 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
12 675 AT The Crusaders Don't Let It Get You Down / Journey From Within(7") Blue Thumb Records 12 675 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
12 988 AT Pointer Sisters, The* Yes We Can Can(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 12 988 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 020 AT Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Suite 16(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 020 AT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
13 183 AT The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 183 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 208 AT Butts Band Pop-A-Top / Baja Bus(7") Blue Thumb Records 13 208 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 283 AT Pointer Sisters, The* Steam Heat(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 283 AT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
13 425 AT Pointer Sisters Love In Them There Hills / Fairy Tale(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 425 AT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
13 945 AT Pointer Sisters Live Your Life Before You Die / Shaky Flat Blues(7") Blue Thumb Records 13 945 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
16 061 Paul Humphrey Cochise(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 16 061 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
16 274 AT Pointer Sisters How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 16 274 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
16 640 AT Pointer Sisters Going Down Slowly(7") Blue Thumb Records 16 640 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
17 560 AT The Pointer Sisters* You Gotta Believe(7") Blue Thumb Records 17 560 AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
25 007 ET Dave Mason In Concert (Album) 25 007 ET Germany Unknown Sell This Version
25 586 XAT Dave Mason Pop Gold(LP, Comp, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 25 586 XAT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
25 598 Pointer Sisters Having A Party(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 25 598 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
26211 XOT The Crusaders Images(LP, Album) ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records 26211 XOT Germany 1978 Sell This Version
27 139 ET Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 27 139 ET Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
27 485 XOT The Crusaders Those Southern Knights(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 27 485 XOT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28306XBT Pointer Sisters The Best Of The Pointer Sisters(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 28306XBT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28 329 XBT The Crusaders The Best Of The Crusaders(2xLP, Comp) ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records 28 329 XBT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28 981 XOT The Crusaders Free As The Wind (Album) 28 981 XOT Yugoslavia 1977 Sell This Version
33 319 5 The Pointer Sisters* Pop Gold(Cass, Album, Club) ABC Records 33 319 5 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
34 443 2 Dave Mason Pop Gold(LP, Comp, Club, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 34 443 2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
43 206 XT The Crusaders Nite Crawler / River Rat / Free As The Wind(7", Promo, Fol) Blue Thumb Records 43 206 XT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
56 514 QT The Crusaders The Best Of The Crusaders(Cass, Comp) ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records 56 514 QT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
68.014 Pointer Sisters Steppin'(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 68.014 France 1975 Sell This Version
68.070 The Crusaders Images(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 68.070 France 1978 Sell This Version
86 630 IT The Crusaders Crusaders 1(LP) Blue Thumb Records 86 630 IT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
86869 XDT The Crusaders The 2nd Crusade(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 86869 XDT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 291 IT The Pointer Sisters* The Pointer Sisters(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 87 291 IT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 351 IT The Crusaders Unsung Heroes(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 351 IT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87727 IT Butts Band Butts Band(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87727 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
87757 IT The Pointer Sisters* That's A Plenty(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87757 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
87 823 Ike & Tina Turner The Best Of(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records 87 823 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 823 ET Ike & Tina Turner The Best Of(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records 87 823 ET Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 824 ET Dave Mason Headkeeper(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 824 ET Germany 1972 Sell This Version
87 828 IT The Crusaders Scratch(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 828 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
88 472 XBT The Crusaders Southern Comfort(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records, Ariola Eurodisc GmbH 88 472 XBT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
88 834 XOT John Mayall New Year, New Band, New Company(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 88 834 XOT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
89 078 XOT Pointer Sisters Steppin' (Album) 89 078 XOT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
89 534 XOT The Crusaders Chain Reaction(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 89 534 XOT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
89 641 XT Phillip Upchurch* Darkness, Darkness(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 89 641 XT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
89 642 XBT Phillip Upchurch* Darkness, Darkness(2xLP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records, Ariola 89 642 XBT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
175 471-3 Beth Rowley Little Dreamer(CD, Album) Universal Music Classics & Jazz, Blue Thumb Records 175 471-3 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
177 722-6 Beth Rowley Little Dreamer(CD, Album) Universal Music, Blue Thumb Records 177 722-6 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
201 807 The Crusaders Those Southern Knights(LP, Album, RE) MCA Records, MCA Records 201 807 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
02.1295/6 Pointer Sisters Having A Party = Estando En Una Fiesta(7") ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records 02.1295/6 Spain 1977 Sell This Version