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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Parent Label:
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)

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
7MM-702 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play 7MM-702 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
12MM-006 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play(12") Unidisc 12MM-006 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4503 Shannon - Dame Esta Noche = Give Me Tonight Shannon Dame Esta Noche = Give Me Tonight(7", Single) Mag 4503 Peru 1984 Sell This Version
4503 Shannon - Give Me Tonight = Dame Esta Noche Shannon Give Me Tonight = Dame Esta Noche(7", Single) Mag 4503 Peru 1984 Sell This Version
4629 Touché (4) - Wrap It Up Touché (4) Wrap It Up(7", Single) High Fashion Music, Dureco Benelux 4629 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
7504 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(LP, Album) Emergency Records 7504 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
17504 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(Cass, Album) Emergency Records 17504 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
0030.331 Kano - I'm Ready / Holly Dolly Kano I'm Ready / Holly Dolly(7", Single) Metronome 0030.331 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
40 133 1 Various - 16 Top Hits - Aus Den Hitparaden 1984 Juli August Various 16 Top Hits - Aus Den Hitparaden 1984 Juli August (LP, Comp) Club Top 13 40 133 1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
0060.374 Kano - Kano Kano Kano(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Metronome (2) 0060.374 Russia 2020 Sell This Version
90267-4 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away (Album) 90267-4 US 1985 Sell This Version
90283-1 Nolan Thomas - Yo' Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo' Little Brother(LP, Album) Mirage (2) 90283-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96831 Shannon - Stop The Noise Shannon Stop The Noise(12") Mirage (2), Emergency Records, Atlantic 0-96831 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96870 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(12", Single) Mirage (2), Emergency Records 0-96870 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96937 Shannon - My Heart's Divided (Re-Mix Version) Shannon My Heart's Divided (Re-Mix Version)(12") Mirage (2) 0-96937 US 1984 Sell This Version
100 365 Otis Liggett - Every Breath You Take Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(7", Single) Jonathan 100 365 France 1983 Sell This Version
104 944 Chemise - She Can't Love You Chemise She Can't Love You(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola 104 944 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
105.943 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play (Single) 105.943 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
106.650 Shannon - My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody Shannon My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola, Dance Records, Dance Records 106.650 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
107 555 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(7") Ariola, Dance Records 107 555 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
109.129 Shannon - Love Goes All The Way Shannon Love Goes All The Way(7", Single) Dance Records, Dance Records, Ariola, Ariola 109.129 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
134.590 Maxine Singleton - You Can't Run From Love (Instrumental Version) Maxine Singleton You Can't Run From Love (Instrumental Version)(7") Injection Disco Dance Label 134.590 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
234.766 Raww - Don't You Try It Raww Don't You Try It(12") Injection Disco Dance Label 234.766 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
290 073 Otis Liggett - Every Breath You Take Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(12", Maxi) Jonathan 290 073 France 1983 Sell This Version
601.040 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play (Single) 601.040 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
601 393 Shannon - My Heart's Divided / Sweet Somebody (Special Remixed Versions) 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 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(12") Dance Records, Ariola 601.910 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
6.25635 AP Various - That's Funk 2 Various That's Funk 2(LP, Comp, Mixed) TELDEC, TELDEC, TELDEC 6.25635 AP Germany 1983 Sell This Version
761731 D.D. Sound - Café D.D. Sound Café (CD, Album, RE) Emergency Records 761731 US Unknown Sell This Version
7-84997 Shannon - Let The Music Play / Give Me Tonight Shannon Let The Music Play / Give Me Tonight(7", RE) Atlantic 7-84997 US 1989 Sell This Version
7 90134-1 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play (Album) 7 90134-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99523 Taffy - I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio) Taffy I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio) (Single) 7-99523 US 1986 Sell This Version
7-99569 Shannon - Stop The Noise Shannon Stop The Noise(7", Single, Promo) Mirage (2) 7-99569 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99615 Nolan Thomas - Too White Nolan Thomas Too White(7", Promo, Spe) Mirage (2) 7-99615 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99631 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together (Single) 7-99631 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99651 Nolan Thomas - One Bad Apple Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple 7-99651 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99697 Nolan Thomas - Yo' Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo' Little Brother (Single) 7-99697 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99738 Shannon - My Heart's Divided Shannon My Heart's Divided 7-99738 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99775 Shannon - Give Me Tonight Shannon Give Me Tonight (Single) 7-99775 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-99810 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play(7", SP ) Mirage (2), Emergency Records 7-99810 US 1983 Sell This Version
814 686-7 Otis Liggett - Every Breath You Take Otis Liggett Every Breath You Take(7") Casablanca 814 686-7 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
814 752-7 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play(7") Casablanca 814 752-7 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
821 015-1 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play(LP, Album) Polydor 821 015-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
880 131-1 Shannon - Sweet Somebody Shannon Sweet Somebody(12", Single) Club, Emergency Records, Club, Emergency Records 880 131-1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
880 425-7 Nolan Thomas - Yo Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(7", Single) Casablanca 880 425-7 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
881 198-7 Jay Novelle - If This Ain't Love Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Jonathan 881 198-7 France 1984 Sell This Version
881 555-1 Nolan Thomas - Yo Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother (Maxi) 881 555-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
881 555-7 Nolan Thomas - Yo Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo Little Brother(7", Single) Polydor 881 555-7 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
883 213-7 Nolan Thomas - One Bad Apple Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(7", Single) Polydor 883 213-7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
2222990 Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away (Album) 2222990 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
5721717 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(Cass, Album) PGP RTB, Emergency Records 5721717 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
6025 287 Northend* Featuring Michelle Wallace - Happy Days Northend* Featuring Michelle Wallace Northend* Featuring Michelle Wallace - Happy Days(7") Mercury 6025 287 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
79 96317 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(7", Single) Mirage (2) 79 96317 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
100·07·223 C.O.D. - In The Bottle C.O.D. In The Bottle(7", Single) Bellaphon 100·07·223 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·07·238 Shannon - Let The Music Play Shannon Let The Music Play(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·07·238 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·19·001 Xena - On The Upside Xena On The Upside(7") Emergency Records 100·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·19·002 Filipponio - All'Arrembaggio Filipponio All'Arrembaggio(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·002 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·003 International Music System (I.M.S.)* - Dancing Therapy International Music System (I.M.S.)* Dancing Therapy (Single) 100·19·003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·004 C.O.D. - Up Hill (Peace Of Mind) C.O.D. Up Hill (Peace Of Mind)(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·005 Jay Novelle - If This Ain't Love Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·005 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·006 Nolan Thomas - Yo' Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo' Little Brother(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·006 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·007 Elly Brown - Don't Hang Up Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·007 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·008 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·008 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·009 Nolan Thomas - One Bad Apple Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·009 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·010 Shannon - Give Me Tonight Shannon Give Me Tonight(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·19·010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·011 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(7", Single) Emergency Records, Bellaphon 100·19·011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·012 The Vid Kids - Vid Kid Kid The Vid Kids Vid Kid Kid(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·012 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
100·19·013 Mystery Assignment - Cloud Nine Mystery Assignment Cloud Nine(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·013 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
100·19·014 Shannon - Prove Me Right Shannon Prove Me Right(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·014 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
100·19·015 Shannon - Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
100·19·016 Shannon - Dancin' Shannon Dancin'(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·016 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
100·19·020 Shannon - My Heart's Divided Shannon My Heart's Divided(7", Single) Emergency Records 100·19·020 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·07·067 Shannon - Let The Music Play (Special-Remix) Shannon Let The Music Play (Special-Remix) (Maxi, Single) 120·07·067 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120·19·001 Xena - On The Upside Xena On The Upside(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·001 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
120·19·002 Filipponio - All' Arrembaggio Filipponio All' Arrembaggio(12") Emergency Records Inc. 120·19·002 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·003 International Music System I.M.S.* - Dancing Therapy International Music System I.M.S.* Dancing Therapy(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·003 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·004 C.O.D. - Uphill (Peace Of Mind) C.O.D. Uphill (Peace Of Mind)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·004 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·006 Nolan Thomas - Yo' Little Brother Nolan Thomas Yo' Little Brother(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·006 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·007 Elly Brown - Don't Hang Up Elly Brown Don't Hang Up(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·007 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·008 Shannon - Do You Wanna Get Away Shannon Do You Wanna Get Away(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·008 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·009 Nolan Thomas - One Bad Apple Nolan Thomas One Bad Apple(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·009 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·010 Shannon - Give Me Tonight Shannon Give Me Tonight(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·010 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·011 Shannon - Stronger Together Shannon Stronger Together(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·011 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·012 Carolyn Harding - Gonna Get Your Love Carolyn Harding Gonna Get Your Love(12") Emergency Records 120·19·012 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·013 NOVA (19) - You Can Do It NOVA (19) You Can Do It(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·013 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·014 Patris - Love Oasis Patris Love Oasis(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·014 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·015 Shannon - Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided Shannon Sweet Somebody / My Heart's Divided(12") Emergency Records 120·19·015 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·016 Lauren Grey - Irresistible Love Lauren Grey Irresistible Love(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·016 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·017 Shannon - Urgent Shannon Urgent(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·017 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·018 Stolen Kyss - S.O.S. (I'm Falling) Stolen Kyss S.O.S. (I'm Falling)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·018 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·019 The Vid Kids - Vid Kid Kid The Vid Kids Vid Kid Kid(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·019 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
120·19·020 Shannon - My Heart's Divided (Special Remix) Shannon My Heart's Divided (Special Remix)(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·020 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
120·19·021 Mystery Assignment - Cloud Nine Mystery Assignment Cloud Nine(12", Single) Emergency Records 120·19·021 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·022 Bronx Girls - Get Fresh Boy !! Bronx Girls Get Fresh Boy !!(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·022 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·023 Sonia Somner* - Love Impersonator Sonia Somner* Love Impersonator(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·023 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·024 Raww - Don't You Try It Raww Don't You Try It(12") Emergency Records 120·19·024 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·025 Shannon - Prove Me Right Shannon Prove Me Right(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·025 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·026 Carolyn Harding - Memories Carolyn Harding Memories(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·026 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
120·19·028 Shannon - Dancin' Shannon Dancin'(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·028 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
120-19-029 Carolyn Harding - Movin' On Carolyn Harding Movin' On(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120-19-029 Germany 1987 Sell This Version