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
EMDS 6543 You Are The One (Bambo Wangu)  album cover 'Om' Alec Khaoli* You Are The One (Bambo Wangu) EMDS 6543 US 1984 Sell This Version
EMDS 6548 Friends  album cover Amii Stewart Friends EMDS 6548 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMS4548 Friends / Picture  album cover Amii Stewart Friends / Picture (Single) EMS4548 US 1985 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
EMDS 6532 Love Is The Groove  album cover B.J. Stone Love Is The Groove(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Emergency Records EMDS 6532 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS-6571 Pretty Young Girl  album cover Bad Boys Blue Pretty Young Girl (Maxi) EMDS-6571 US 1986 Sell This Version
MCD 40029 Let The Music Play  album cover BBG Feat. Erin* BBG Feat. Erin* - Let The Music Play(CD, Maxi) MCA Records MCD 40029 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
MCSTD 40029 Let The Music Play  album cover BBG Feat. Erin* BBG Feat. Erin* - Let The Music Play(CD, Single) MCA Records MCSTD 40029 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Forests Of Grey  album cover Bickle's Cab Forests Of Grey(LP, Whi) Emergency Records, Town Clock Records, Pain Of Mind, Peter Bower Records none UK Unknown Sell This Version
EMDS 6503 Go Dance  album cover Billy Moore Go Dance EMDS 6503 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMS 4501 Go Dance  album cover Billy Moore Go Dance(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4501 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMDS 6558 Explicit Lyrics  album cover The Blackwell Project Explicit Lyrics EMDS 6558 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMS 4558 Explicit Lyrics  album cover The Blackwell Project Explicit Lyrics(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4558 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMDS 6533 Tequila  album cover Bo Boss Tequila EMDS 6533 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6531 Who Needs A Love Like That  album cover Brenda Watts Who Needs A Love Like That EMDS 6531 US 1982 Sell This Version
SYS 101 Who Needs A Love Like That / Jazzy Rhythm  album cover Brenda Watts / Michelle Wallace Brenda Watts / Michelle Wallace - Who Needs A Love Like That / Jazzy Rhythm(7") System (3) SYS 101 UK 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6560 Get Fresh Boy!!  album cover Bronx Girls feat. Chrissy C Bronx Girls feat. Chrissy C - Get Fresh Boy!!(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6560 US 1986 Sell This Version
none Stay All Night  album cover Bruni Pagan Stay All Night(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) Emergency Records, Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs none US Unknown Sell This Version
TAS-2803 Follow Me  album cover Bruni Pagan Follow Me(12") Peter Pan Artists Series, Emergency Records TAS-2803 US 1982 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
100·19·004 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
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
EMDS 6535 In The Bottle  album cover C.O.D. In The Bottle EMDS 6535 US 1983 Sell This Version
EMDS 6545 Uphill (Peace Of Mind)  album cover C.O.D. Uphill (Peace Of Mind) (Single) EMDS 6545 US 1984 Sell This Version
EMS 4535 In The Bottle  album cover C.O.D. In The Bottle(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4535 US 1983 Sell This Version
EMS 4545 Uphill (Peace Of Mind)  album cover C.O.D. Uphill (Peace Of Mind)(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4545 US 1984 Sell This Version
FD-008 In The Bottle  album cover C.O.D. In The Bottle(12") Formula Records FD-008 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
WAVEL 2 In The Bottle  album cover C.O.D. In The Bottle(12") Streetwave WAVEL 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
EMDS 6509 Capricorn  album cover Capricorn (3) Capricorn(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6509 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6511 Capricorn  album cover Capricorn (3) Capricorn (Single) EMDS 6511 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6518 Maybe No  album cover Capricorn (3) Maybe No(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6518 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMDS 6519 Pow Pow Pow / Maybe No  album cover Capricorn (3) Pow Pow Pow / Maybe No EMDS 6519 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMS-4506 Capricorn  album cover Capricorn (3) Capricorn(7") Emergency Records EMS-4506 US 1980 Sell This Version
W-12025 Capricorn  album cover Capricorn (3) Capricorn(12") Uniwave W-12025 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
120·19·026 Memories  album cover Carolyn Harding Memories(12", Maxi) Emergency Records 120·19·026 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
EMDS 6553 Gonna Get Your Love  album cover Carolyn Harding Gonna Get Your Love EMDS 6553 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMDS-6569 Memories  album cover Carolyn Harding Memories EMDS-6569 US 1986 Sell This Version
EMS 4553 Gonna Get Your Love  album cover Carolyn Harding Gonna Get Your Love(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4553 US 1985 Sell This Version
E.R. 01 Movin' On  album cover Carolyn Harding Movin' On(12") Emergency Records E.R. 01 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
PAL-5145 Carolyn Harding Movin' On(7", Promo) Emergency Records PAL-5145 US 1987 Sell This Version
PAL-7145 Movin' On  album cover Carolyn Harding Movin' On(12", Single) Emergency Records, Profile Records PAL-7145 US 1987 Sell This Version
PAL-7145-DJ Movin' On  album cover Carolyn Harding Movin' On(12", Promo) Emergency Records PAL-7145-DJ US 1987 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
none Celeste Krenz Edge Of The Storm(CD, Album) Emergency Records none US 1993 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
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
EMDS 6528 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You EMDS 6528 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMS 4528 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(7") Emergency Records EMS 4528 US 1982 Sell This Version
LN-116 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(7") Lotus Records (2) LN-116 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
LS 116 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(12") Lotus Records (2) LS 116 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
XPD 2107 She Can't Love You  album cover Chemise She Can't Love You(12") Emergency Records XPD 2107 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
761731 Café   album cover D.D. Sound Café (CD, Album, RE) Emergency Records 761731 US Unknown Sell This Version
EMLP-7501 Café  album cover D.D. Sound Café(LP, Album) Emergency Records EMLP-7501 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMLP-7503 High Fly  album cover Difference High Fly (Album) EMLP-7503 US 1979 Sell This Version
EMDS 6507 A Gay Time Latin Lover  album cover Easy Going A Gay Time Latin Lover(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6507 US 1980 Sell This Version
EMLP 7506 Casanova  album cover Easy Going Casanova(LP, Album) Emergency Records EMLP 7506 US 1980 Sell This Version
GX 01-1183 Casanova  album cover Easy Going Casanova(LP, Album) Gamma (4) GX 01-1183 Mexico 1981 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 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
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 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS-6527 Feels Good (Carrots & Beets)  album cover Electra (2) Feels Good (Carrots & Beets) EMDS-6527 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6537 Pick Me Up (Can We Go)  album cover Electric Mind Pick Me Up (Can We Go) EMDS 6537 US 1983 Sell This Version
PASH 12 3 Pick Me Up (Can We Go) / Zwei (Dub Version)  album cover Electric Mind Pick Me Up (Can We Go) / Zwei (Dub Version)(12") Passion (10) PASH 12 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SLP 008 Music Box  album cover Elisabetta Marini Music Box(LP) Emergency Records SLP 008 Italy 1989 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
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
PAL-7249 Fear Of Falling  album cover Fear Of Falling (2) Fear Of Falling(12", Maxi) Emergency Records PAL-7249 US 1989 Sell This Version
PAL-7249-DJ Toss Of A Dime  album cover Fear Of Falling (2) Toss Of A Dime(12", Promo) Emergency Records PAL-7249-DJ US 1989 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
XTCT 7 All'Arrembaggio (Let's Go For It Megamix) / AM-FM (Megamix)  album cover Filipponio / Natasha King Filipponio / Natasha King - All'Arrembaggio (Let's Go For It Megamix) / AM-FM (Megamix)(12") Ecstasy XTCT 7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EMDS 6515 Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side)  album cover Firefly (2) Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) EMDS 6515 US 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6526 Show Me Tonight  album cover Firefly (2) Show Me Tonight EMDS 6526 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMDS 6549 Stay  album cover Firefly (2) Stay EMDS 6549 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMS 4509 Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / Forget It  album cover Firefly (2) Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / Forget It(7") Emergency Records EMS 4509 US 1981 Sell This Version
UNI-1044 Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / Forget It  album cover Firefly (2) Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / Forget It(12") Emergency Records UNI-1044 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
EMDS 6515 Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / I'm Ready  album cover Firefly (2) / Kano Firefly (2) / Kano - Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side) / I'm Ready EMDS 6515 US 2006 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
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
LKP576 Il Caimano  album cover Franco Piersanti Il Caimano(CD, Album) Emergency Records, Lucky Planets LKP576 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
PAL 7187 Frankie Sweet Sweet Kiss PAL 7187 US 1988 Sell This Version
PAL 7187 DJ Sweet Sweet Kiss  album cover Frankie Sweet Sweet Kiss(12", Promo) Emergency Records PAL 7187 DJ US 1988 Sell This Version
EMDS 6525 Dance On The Groove (And Do The Funk)  album cover Funk Machine Dance On The Groove (And Do The Funk) EMDS 6525 US 1982 Sell This Version
TAS-2802E Gotta Take Your Love / You And Me  album cover Game Gotta Take Your Love / You And Me TAS-2802E US 1982 Sell This Version
PXD 079 Cuba / Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)  album cover Gibson Brothers Cuba / Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)(12") Power Records (7), Emergency Records PXD 079 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
EMDS 6510 Explosion / Night In Musicland  album cover I.C. Bell Explosion / Night In Musicland(12") Emergency Records EMDS 6510 US 1980 Sell This Version
100·19·003 Dancing Therapy  album cover International Music System Dancing Therapy (Single) 100·19·003 Germany 1984 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
EMDS 6539 Nonline  album cover I.M.S. (International Music System)* Nonline EMDS 6539 US 1983 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
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
EMDS 6544 If This Ain't Love  album cover Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love EMDS 6544 US 1984 Sell This Version
EMDS 6552 Secrets Of The Heart  album cover Jay Novelle Secrets Of The Heart (Single) EMDS 6552 US 1985 Sell This Version
EMS 4552 Jay Novelle Secrets Of The Heart(7", Promo) Emergency Records EMS 4552 US 1985 Sell This Version
EXD-001 Secrets Of The Heart  album cover Jay Novelle Secrets Of The Heart(12", Single) Emergency Records EXD-001 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
JAB 6 (880172-7) If This Ain't Love  album cover Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7") Emergency Records JAB 6 (880172-7) UK 1984 Sell This Version
ST-WG-46487-AR If This Ain't Love  album cover Jay Novelle If This Ain't Love(7", Promo) Mirage (2), Emergency Records ST-WG-46487-AR US 1984 Sell This Version
MET 790 S.A.V.E. I.T.  album cover Jeanine Carter S.A.V.E. I.T.(12") Metropolis Records (2) MET 790 US 1986 Sell This Version
EMS 4556 Believe / R.S.V.P (Special Invitation)  album cover Joseph Gray Believe / R.S.V.P (Special Invitation) EMS 4556 US 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