Blue Thumb Records

Blue Thumb Records

Profile:
Appears mosly as "Blue Thumb" only or "Blue Thumb Records, Inc.".
US label 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). For its successive sister label, please see ABC Blue Thumb.

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 Records, Inc.. 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.

Label Code: LC 01228
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
1755 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
USA

Earlier Address:
Blue Thumb Records, Inc
Famous Music Corporation
Gulf & Western Company
427 N. Canon Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
USA
(Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:
[l6433]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Lifetime  album cover Terry Callier Lifetime(CD, Album) PolyGram Records, Blue Thumb Records Japan 1999 Sell This Version
-- Super Stars  album cover Ike & Tina Turner Super Stars(CD, Comp) Universal -- Italy 2000 Sell This Version
1 C 006-92 011 Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First  album cover 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 Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First  album cover 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 Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman / Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave  album cover 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 The Hunter  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album) Harvest 1 C 062-91 260 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1J006-91.511 M The Hunter  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 1J006-91.511 M Spain 1970 Sell This Version
1 J 006-91.772 M Only You Know And I Know   album cover Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know (7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 1 J 006-91.772 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 Alone Together  album cover Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 1J 062-91.673 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
2C 006-91.511 M The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister(7") Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-91.511 M France 1970 Sell This Version
2C 006-91628 Boogie Woogie Country Girl  album cover Southwind Boogie Woogie Country Girl(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-91628 France 1970 Sell This Version
2C 006-91.772M Only You Know And I Know  album cover Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records 2C 006-91.772M France 1970 Sell This Version
2C006 92011 Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First  album cover Love Keep On Shining / The Everlasting First(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 2C006 92011 France 1971 Sell This Version
2 C 006- 92075 M The Frog / Bambu  album cover 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 You Don't Love Me (Yes I Know) / I Know  album cover 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 The Hunter  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records 2 C062-91 260 France 1970 Sell This Version
2 C 062-91443 Alegria!  album cover Bossa Rio Alegria!(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2 C 062-91443 France 1972 Sell This Version
2C06291673 Alone Together  album cover Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C06291673 France 1970 Sell This Version
2 C062-92230 Buddy And The Juniors  album cover 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 Sweet Black Angel  album cover Earl Hooker Sweet Black Angel(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C 062 - 92.288 France 1969 Sell This Version
2C064 92049 False Start  album cover Love False Start(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 2C064 92049 France 1970 Sell This Version
3C 006-91511 M The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter / Bold Soul Sister(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 3C 006-91511 M Italy 1969 Sell This Version
3C 006-91772 M Only You Know And I Know  album cover Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 3C 006-91772 M Italy 1970 Sell This Version
3C 062 91260 The Hunter  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Hunter(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Thumb Records 3C 062 91260 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
3 C062-92049 False Start  album cover Love False Start(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 3 C062-92049 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
4C 006-92309 Waitin' On You  album cover Dave Mason Waitin' On You(7", Single) Stateside 4C 006-92309 Belgium 1971 Sell This Version
5C 006-91 440 World In Changes / Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving  album cover 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 Only You Know And I Know  album cover Dave Mason Only You Know And I Know(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-91772 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92011 The Everlasting First  album cover Love The Everlasting First(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92011 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92061 Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman  album cover Dave Mason Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92061 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
5C 006-92075 The Frog / Bambu  album cover Donato* The Frog / Bambu(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92075 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C 006-92 267 Waitin' On You  album cover Dave Mason Waitin' On You(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 5C 006-92 267 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
6X087 Those Southern Knights  album cover The Crusaders Those Southern Knights(Cass, Album) Blue Thumb Records 6X087 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
12CPINE1 Lady Day (& John Coltrane)  album cover 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 Yes We Can Can  album cover Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can(7") Blue Thumb Records 45.BT.3003 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3021 I Fought The Law And The Law Won / Bullfrog Holler  album cover 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 Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst (Single) 45.BT.3053 Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3073 That's A Plenty / Surfeit U.S.A  album cover The Pointer Sisters* That's A Plenty / Surfeit U.S.A(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 3073 France 1974 Sell This Version
45. BT. 3078 Down On Your Knees / Friendship  album cover 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 Scratch / Way Back Home  album cover The Crusaders Scratch / Way Back Home(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45.BT.3101 France 1974 Sell This Version
45.BT.4157 Put It Where You Want It  album cover The Crusaders Put It Where You Want It (Single) 45.BT.4157 France 1972 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4159 Darkness, Darkness  album cover Phil Upchurch Darkness, Darkness (Single) 45. BT. 4159 France 1972 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4235 Too Hot To Handle / Truer Than Me  album cover 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 I Lead A Life / Lust  album cover Ben Sidran I Lead A Life / Lust(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 4236 France 1973 Sell This Version
45. BT. 4267 Don't Let It Get You Down / Journey From Within  album cover 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 Almas Irmas / Cade Jodel ? (The Beautiful One)  album cover 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 Steam Heat  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Steam Heat(7") Blue Thumb Records 45. BT. 12 017 France 1974 Sell This Version
45.BT.12177 How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)  album cover 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 Space Cowboy * Think Twice  album cover Ben Sidran Space Cowboy * Think Twice(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 236 US Unknown Sell This Version
244 Languta / Rekpete  album cover Hugh Masekela Languta / Rekpete(7") Blue Thumb Records 244 US 1973 Sell This Version
575-7 Unicorn  album cover Tyrannosaurus Rex Unicorn(Cass, Album, Sna) Blue Thumb Records 575-7 US 1969 Sell This Version
75-6 F Doctor Dunbar's Prescription  album cover The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation Doctor Dunbar's Prescription(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Blue Thumb Records 75-6 F US 1968 Sell This Version
7116 The Everlasting First  album cover Love The Everlasting First (Single) 7116 US 1970 Sell This Version
7117 Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman  album cover Dave Mason Satin Red And Black Velvet Woman(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 7117 US 1970 Sell This Version
7118 (They Long To Be) Close To You / Love Theme From Spartacus  album cover Gabor Szabo (They Long To Be) Close To You / Love Theme From Spartacus(7") Blue Thumb Records 7118 US 1972 Sell This Version
7119 The Frog / Cadê Jodel? (The Beautiful One)  album cover Donato* The Frog / Cadê Jodel? (The Beautiful One)(7") Blue Thumb Records 7119 US 1970 Sell This Version
7119 The Frog / Cadê Jodel? (The Beautiful One)  TEST  album cover Donato* The Frog / Cadê Jodel? (The Beautiful One) TEST(7") Blue Thumb Records 7119 US 1970 Sell This Version
7121 Ride A White Swan / Summertime Blues  album cover Tyrannosaurus Rex Ride A White Swan / Summertime Blues 7121 US 1970 Sell This Version
7122 Waitin' On You  album cover Dave Mason Waitin' On You (Single) 7122 US 1970 Sell This Version
11 695 AT Having A Party / Lonely Gal  album cover Pointer Sisters Having A Party / Lonely Gal(7") Blue Thumb Records 11 695 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
12 675 AT Don't Let It Get You Down / Journey From Within  album cover 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 Yes We Can Can  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Yes We Can Can(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 12 988 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 020 AT Suite 16  album cover Hoodoo Rhythm Devils Suite 16(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 020 AT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
13 183 AT Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Wang Dang Doodle / Cloudburst(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 183 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 208 AT Pop-A-Top / Baja Bus  album cover Butts Band Pop-A-Top / Baja Bus(7") Blue Thumb Records 13 208 AT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
13 283 AT Steam Heat  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Steam Heat(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 283 AT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
13 425 AT Love In Them There Hills / Fairytale  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Love In Them There Hills / Fairytale(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 13 425 AT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
13 945 AT Live Your Life Before You Die / Shaky Flat Blues  album cover Pointer Sisters Live Your Life Before You Die / Shaky Flat Blues(7") Blue Thumb Records 13 945 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
014 050-2 The Recline  album cover Metalwood The Recline(CD, Album) Blue Thumb Records 014 050-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
16 061 Cochise  album cover Paul Humphrey Cochise(7", Single) Blue Thumb Records 16 061 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
16 274 AT How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)  album cover Pointer Sisters How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)(7", Single, Promo) Blue Thumb Records 16 274 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
16 640 AT Going Down Slowly  album cover Pointer Sisters Going Down Slowly(7") Blue Thumb Records 16 640 AT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
17 560 AT You Gotta Believe  album cover The Pointer Sisters* You Gotta Believe(7") Blue Thumb Records 17 560 AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
25 007 ET In Concert  album cover Dave Mason In Concert (Album) 25 007 ET Germany Unknown Sell This Version
25 586 XAT Pop Gold  album cover Dave Mason Pop Gold(LP, Comp, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 25 586 XAT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
25 592 XAT Pop Gold  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Pop Gold(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 25 592 XAT US 1973 Sell This Version
25 598 Having A Party  album cover Pointer Sisters Having A Party(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 25 598 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
26211 XOT Images  album cover The Crusaders Images(LP, Album) ABC Records, Blue Thumb Records 26211 XOT Germany 1978 Sell This Version
27 139 ET Alone Together  album cover Dave Mason Alone Together(LP, Album, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 27 139 ET Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
28306XBT The Best Of The Pointer Sisters  album cover Pointer Sisters The Best Of The Pointer Sisters(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 28306XBT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
28 329 XBT The Best Of The Crusaders  album cover 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 Free As The Wind  album cover The Crusaders Free As The Wind (Album) 28 981 XOT Yugoslavia 1977 Sell This Version
33 319 5 Pop Gold  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Pop Gold(Cass, Album, Club) ABC Records 33 319 5 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
34 443 2 Pop Gold  album cover Dave Mason Pop Gold(LP, Comp, Club, RE) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Records 34 443 2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
43 206 XT Nite Crawler / River Rat / Free As The Wind  album cover 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 Steppin'  album cover The Pointer Sisters* Steppin'(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 68.014 France 1975 Sell This Version
68.070 Images  album cover The Crusaders Images(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 68.070 France 1978 Sell This Version
86 630 IT Crusaders 1  album cover The Crusaders Crusaders 1 (Album) 86 630 IT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
86869 XDT The 2nd Crusade  album cover The Crusaders The 2nd Crusade(2xLP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 86869 XDT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 291 IT The Pointer Sisters  album cover The Pointer Sisters* The Pointer Sisters(LP, Album, Gat) Blue Thumb Records 87 291 IT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 351 IT Unsung Heroes  album cover The Crusaders Unsung Heroes(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 351 IT Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87727 IT Butts Band  album cover Butts Band Butts Band(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87727 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
87757 IT That's A Plenty  album cover The Pointer Sisters* That's A Plenty(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87757 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
87 823 The Best Of  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Best Of(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records 87 823 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 823 ET The Best Of  album cover Ike & Tina Turner The Best Of(LP, Comp) Blue Thumb Records 87 823 ET Germany 1973 Sell This Version
87 824 ET Headkeeper  album cover Dave Mason Headkeeper(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 824 ET Germany 1972 Sell This Version
87 828 IT Scratch  album cover The Crusaders Scratch(LP, Album) Blue Thumb Records 87 828 IT Germany 1974 Sell This Version
88 472 XBT Southern Comfort  album cover The Crusaders Southern Comfort(2xLP, Album) Blue Thumb Records, ABC Blue Thumb 88 472 XBT Germany 1975 Sell This Version