Emergency Records

Emergency Records

Profile:
Founded in early 1979 by Italian pioneer club & radio DJ Sergio Cossa (who was also an author and producer), Emergency Records was an independent US label which helped to commercialize the late 70s and early 80s Italian disco sound of artists like La Bionda, Pino Presti, I.C. Bell and Easy Going amongst others. These releases were introducing more electronic instruments such as computers and synthesizers into their compositions, and with the inclusion of a big bass groove and a disco tempo these late disco tunes were very popular on the gay scene. Between 1980 and 1982 the label became more widely known with productions that mixed late disco emotions and heavy funky rhythms. These sounds became the "Emergency Sound". However, a lot of fans discovered the label via Kano's self titled LP, and in particular via the track "It's A War" which was at the time was very different from the majority of releases in the same genre. In Europe, it was perhaps the group Firefly (2) with their track "Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)" that attracted most people to the label. The release was also a huge underground hit in the clubs. The label also offered Tee Scott the opportunity to present the label with some examples of his best remixes for artists like North End and for labels like Elektra.

As with many other independent labels of the day, 1983 saw the label expanding its talent pool to discover potential hits. Early electro tracks from groups such as C.O.D and - of course - Shannon were signed or licensed to the label. The international success of "Let The Music Play" allowed Emergency to continue their story until 1988. By this time the majority of the productions were of a more European dance music sound. Apart from early garage titles by the likes of Carolyn Harding and the commercial success of P4F and Taffy, the label's sales began to steadily decline. By 1987 the label was forced to strike a distribution deal with Profile Records and from there until the label shut its doors the following year for many fans the label's ''magic'' had disappeared. Despite this sad ending the label offers many classics in its back catalog and has become popular with collectors.

Label Code: LC 6655
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Contact Info:
1979-1981: 29 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018, U.S.A.
1981-1984: 1220 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.
1984-1987: 915 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, U.S.A.
(all contact info now obsolete)
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
7MM-702 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play 7MM-702 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
12MM-006 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(12") Unidisc 12MM-006 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
46.29 Wrap It Up  album cover Touché (4) Wrap It Up(7", Single) High Fashion Music, Dureco Benelux 46.29 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
7504 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Emergency Records 7504 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
0030.331 I'm Ready / Holly Dolly  album cover Kano I'm Ready / Holly Dolly(7", Single) Metronome 0030.331 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
0-96870 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(12") Mirage (2) 0-96870 US 1985 Sell This Version
100 365 Every Breath You Take  album cover Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(7", Single) Jonathan 100 365 France 1983 Sell This Version
104 944 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola 104 944 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
105.943 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play (Single) 105.943 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
106.650 My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola, Dance Records, Dance Records 106.650 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
107.555 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(7") Ariola, Dance Records 107.555 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
109.129 Love Goes All The Way  album cover Shannon Love Goes All The Way(7", Single) Dance Records, Dance Records, Ariola, Ariola 109.129 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
134.590 You Can't Run From Love (Instrumental Version)  album cover Maxine Singleton You Can't Run From Love (Instrumental Version)(7") Injection Disco Dance Label 134.590 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
234.766 Don't You Try It  album cover Raww Don't You Try It(12") Injection Disco Dance Label 234.766 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
290 073 Every Breath You Take  album cover Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(12", Maxi) Jonathan 290 073 France 1983 Sell This Version
601.040 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play (Single) 601.040 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
601 393 My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody (Special Remixed Versions)  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody (Special Remixed Versions)(12") Ariola, Ariola, Dance Records, Dance Records 601 393 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
601.910 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(12") Dance Records, Ariola 601.910 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
761731 Café   album cover D.D. Sound Café (CD, Album, RE) Emergency Records 761731 US Unknown Sell This Version
7 90134-1 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play (Album) 7 90134-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99523 I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)  album cover Taffy I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio) (Single) 7-99523 US 1986 Sell This Version
7-99569 Stop The Noise  album cover Shannon Stop The Noise(7", Single, Promo) Mirage (2) 7-99569 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99631 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(7", Single, Promo) Mirage (2) 7-99631 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99738 My Heart's Divided  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided(7", Promo, SP) Mirage (2), Emergency Records 7-99738 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99775 Give Me Tonight  album cover Shannon Give Me Tonight (Single) 7-99775 US 1984 Sell This Version
814 686-7 Every Breath You Take  album cover Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(7") Casablanca 814 686-7 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
814 752-7 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(7") Casablanca 814 752-7 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
880 425-7 Yo Little Brother  album cover Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(7", Single) Casablanca 880 425-7 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
881 198-7 If This Ain't Love  album cover Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Jonathan 881 198-7 France 1984 Sell This Version
881 555-1 Yo Little Brother  album cover Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(12", Maxi) Polydor 881 555-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
883 213-7 One Bad Apple  album cover Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(7", Single) Polydor 883 213-7 US 1985 Sell This Version
2222990 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Emergency Records 2222990 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
6025 287 Happy Days  album cover Northend* Happy Days(7") Mercury 6025 287 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
100·07·223 In The Bottle  album cover C.O.D. In The Bottle(7", Single) Bellaphon 100·07·223 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·07·238 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·07·238 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·19·001 On The Upside  album cover Xena On The Upside(7") Emergency Records 100·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·19·002 All'Arrembaggio  album cover Filipponio All'Arrembaggio(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·002 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·003 Dancing Therapy  album cover International Music System (I.M.S.)* Dancing Therapy (Single) 100·19·003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·004 Up Hill (Peace Of Mind)  album cover C.O.D. Up Hill (Peace Of Mind)(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·005 If This Ain't Love  album cover Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·005 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·007 Don't Hang Up  album cover Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·007 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·008 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·19·008 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·009 One Bad Apple  album cover Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·009 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·010 Give Me Tonight  album cover Shannon Give Me Tonight(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·19·010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·011 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·19·011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·012 Vid Kid Kid  album cover The Vid Kids Vid Kid Kid(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·012 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·013 Cloud Nine  album cover Mystery Assignment Cloud Nine(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·013 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
100·19·014 Prove Me Right  album cover Shannon Prove Me Right(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·014 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
100·19·015 Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided  album cover Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·016 Dancin'  album cover Shannon Dancin'(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·016 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
100·19·020 My Heart's Divided  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·020 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·07·067 Let The Music Play (Special-Remix)  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play (Special-Remix) (Maxi, Single) 120·07·067 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120·19·001 On The Upside  album cover Xena On The Upside(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120·19·003 Dancing Therapy  album cover International Music System I.M.S.* Dancing Therapy(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·004 Uphill (Peace Of Mind)  album cover C.O.D. Uphill (Peace Of Mind)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·007 Don't Hang Up  album cover Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·007 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·008 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·008 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·009 One Bad Apple  album cover Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·009 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·010 Give Me Tonight  album cover Shannon Give Me Tonight(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·011 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·014 Love Oasis  album cover Patris Love Oasis(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·014 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·015 Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided  album cover Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·018 S.O.S. (I'm Falling)  album cover Stolen Kyss S.O.S. (I'm Falling)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·018 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·020 My Heart's Divided (Special Remix)  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided (Special Remix)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·020 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·021 Cloud Nine  album cover Mystery Assignment Cloud Nine(12", Single) Emergency Records 120·19·021 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·023 Love Impersonator  album cover Sonia Somner* Love Impersonator(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·023 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·025 Prove Me Right  album cover Shannon Prove Me Right(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·025 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·026 Memories  album cover Carolyn Harding Memories(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·026 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·030 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·030 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
130·19·001 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(CD, Maxi) Bellaphon, Emergency Records 130·19·001 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
254·19·001 Let The Music Dance & Funk  album cover Various Let The Music Dance & Funk(LP, Comp, Mixed) Emergency Records 254·19·001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
260·19·001 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(LP, Album) Emergency Records 260·19·001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
260·19·003 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Emergency Records 260·19·003 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
290·19·001 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play (Album) 290·19·001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
290·19·003 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(CD, Album) Bellaphon 290·19·003 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
460·19·001 Let The Music Play  album cover Shannon Let The Music Play(Cass, Album) Emergency Records 460·19·001 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ART 1052 Hard To Love  album cover Marla Adler Hard To Love(12") Il Discotto Productions ART 1052 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
AS 5000 603 Happy Days (Vocal) / I Still Love You  album cover Northend* Feat. Michelle Wallace / Bee Gees Northend* Feat. Michelle Wallace / Bee Gees - Happy Days (Vocal) / I Still Love You(7", Promo) Mercury, RSO AS 5000 603 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
AS 5000 694 Do You Wanna Get Away / Cry  album cover Shannon / Godley & Creme Shannon / Godley & Creme - Do You Wanna Get Away / Cry(7", Promo) PolyGram AS 5000 694 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ATO 27004 Feels Good  album cover Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler - Feels Good(7") Jonathan ATO 27004 France 1982 Sell This Version
ATO 27020 Just Like A Doorknob  album cover Touché (4) Just Like A Doorknob (Single) ATO 27020 France 1983 Sell This Version
ATO 12-27004 Feels Good  album cover Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler - Feels Good(12", Maxi) Jonathan ATO 12-27004 France 1982 Sell This Version
ATO 12-27020 Just Like A Doorknob  album cover Touché (4) Just Like A Doorknob(12", Maxi) Jonathan, Jonathan ATO 12-27020 France 1983 Sell This Version
ATO 12-27026 Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes  album cover Ann Margret Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes(12", Maxi) Jonathan ATO 12-27026 France 1983 Sell This Version
BEST 12004 Feels Good (Carrots And Beets)  album cover Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler Electra (2) Featuring Tara Butler - Feels Good (Carrots And Beets) BEST 12004 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BEST 12021 Every Breath You Take  album cover Otis Ligget* Every Breath You Take BEST 12021 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
CNLP 14-1 Tulpa - Perdizioni Mortali  album cover Francesco Zampaglione, Andrea Moscianese Francesco Zampaglione, Andrea Moscianese - Tulpa - Perdizioni Mortali(LP, Ltd, 333 + CD, Album) Cinedelic Records CNLP 14-1 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
COL 477863-2 Keep On Rockin!  album cover Slade II Keep On Rockin! (Album) COL 477863-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DM 4823 Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)  album cover Kano Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)(12") Mirage (2), Emergency Records DM 4823 US 1981 Sell This Version
DMD 707 Give Me Tonight  album cover Shannon Give Me Tonight(12", Promo) Mirage (2), Emergency Records DMD 707 US 1984 Sell This Version
DMD 748 My Heart's Divided (Re-Mix Version) / Someone Waiting Home  album cover Shannon My Heart's Divided (Re-Mix Version) / Someone Waiting Home(12", Promo) Mirage (2), Emergency Records DMD 748 US 1984 Sell This Version
DMD 826 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(12", Promo) Mirage (2) DMD 826 US 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 859 Stronger Together  album cover Shannon Stronger Together(12", Promo) Mirage (2) DMD 859 US 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 950 Let The Music Play / Dancin' In The Key Of Life (New Special Remix Versions)  album cover Shannon b/w Steve Arrington Shannon b/w Steve Arrington - Let The Music Play / Dancin' In The Key Of Life (New Special Remix Versions)(12", Promo) Atlantic DMD 950 US 1986 Sell This Version
E-013 Slow Burning Flame  album cover Celeste Krenz Slow Burning Flame(CD, Album) Emergency Records E-013 US 1994 Sell This Version
EDI 60679 New York Cake  album cover Kano New York Cake(LP, Album) Discos Musart, S.A. De C.V. EDI 60679 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
EDI 60780 Do You Wanna Get Away  album cover Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Musart EDI 60780 Mexico 1985 Sell This Version
ELCST 1000 Street Sounds Crucial Electro 2  album cover Various Street Sounds Crucial Electro 2(LP, Comp, Mixed) Street Sounds ELCST 1000 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EM 03.05 CD Le Chiavi Di Casa  album cover Franco Piersanti Le Chiavi Di Casa(CD, Album) Emergency Records EM 03.05 CD Italy 2005 Sell This Version
EM 06.05 CD L'Amore Ritrovato  album cover Franco Piersanti L'Amore Ritrovato(CD, Album) Emergency Records EM 06.05 CD Italy 2005 Sell This Version