Black Magic Records (2)

Black Magic Records (2)

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Black Magic Records started as Black Cat Records in 1980. It was founded by three friends and blues enthusiasts. Gerrit Robs then living in Rotterdam and Marcel Vos and Kees van Wijngaarden both living in Gouda. Our business address became Gouda. The initial goal was to release material from other labels that was not available at that moment. There were two releases on Black Cat. One by Otis Spann "Half Ain’t Be Told" with most of his 1964 Decca recordings and a re-issue of the George Smith Deram "Arkansas Trap" lp.
After those first two releases we were forced to change the labels name because some other Dutch label already claimed the name Black Cat or a similar name. We decided to change the labels name in Black Magic Records. From the beginning Black Magic decided to focus, not only on already existing material, but also on newly recorded material by artists that never had the opportunity to make an album. The first Black Magic release was in 1982. This was the 1982 W.C. Handy award winning album "Big Brown’s Chicago Blues" by Chicago guitarist Andrew Brown, who was just recorded by producer Dick Shurman. To support Andrew’s album release a small tour was organized through Holland and Belgium. Dick also supplied our second release. He went into the studio with Lacy Gibson and recorded the album "Switchy Titchy" for us. The Andrew Brown and Lacy Gibson albums were received well by the blues press and helped to establish the name Black Magic.
The next three years a string of new albums were released. New recordings by Fenton Robinson -again made possible by Dick Shurman -and Eddie C. Campbell. We recorded Eddie C. ourselves in the Farmsound studio backed by Dutch musicians. Also a re-issue with Otis Spann Decca and Barnaby leftovers and an album with unreleased live material from the legendary Magic Sam.
In 1985 Marcel Vos decided to leave Black Magic Records. He started his own Double Trouble label which was distributed and later purchased by Parsifal Records from Belgium.
In 1985 we were just preparing the release of new Andrew Brown album and an album with Earl Hooker material that we purchased from Cuca. As part of the separation deal Vos took the Brown recordings and released it on his Double Trouble label. After the Hooker album on Black Magic there were releases by Lonnie Brooks (live material), James Cotton (Verve recordings), Walter Horton a rare limited edition picture disc (Blind Pig recordings) and Hip Linkchain (new recordings).
In 1987 Kees van Wijngaarden moved to Amersfoort and around this time Gerrit Robs moved to Dordrecht. The new business address for Black Magic became Amersfoort and it still is today.
In 1988 the CD format more or less took over from the LP. We first re-issued our 1984 Fenton Robinson album "Blues In Progress" on CD and in 1989 we recorded Fenton again during a short stay here in Holland. It was quite an experience to record the "Special Road" album with him. Again we used the Farmsound studio in Heelsum. We also released a Smokey Wilson album with recordings made by harp player William Clarke. Clarke also supplied the material for an anthology of L.A. Blues titles "Hard Times" which was released some time later. Other releases during the first years of the nineties were The Groovetones (a Dutch group....yes back in the Farmsound studio again), a re-issue on CD of the Wild Child Butler "Keep On Doing What You’re Doing" Mercury album and new albums by Lynwood Slim, Big Bad Smitty, T.D. Bell & Erbie Bowser, Long John Hunter and Junior Watson. The Smitty recordings were made by Joel Slotnikoff and the Bell, Bowser, Hunter recordings were done by Tary Owens from Austin. It was great for our label that Smitty as well as Bell & Bowser and Hunter appeared at the Blues Estafette in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Through Terry we also were able to release a CD by country blues artist Snuff Johnson (with Kim Wilson on harmonica) and by Texans Frank Robinson and Guitar Curtis. During the nineties our friend Dick Shurman also did a couple of projects for Black Magic. He recorded Little Smokey Smothers in 1993 ("Bossman" with special guest Elvin Bishop) for us and an album by Lee Shot Williams ("Cold Shot" with Smokey on guitar) in 1995. Both Smokey and Lee Shot visited Holland for a couple of concerts and also played the Dutch national radio. The Lynwood Slim connection was good for two other solid CD’s. Under the band name The Big Rhythm Combo, Slim recorded "Too Small To Dance" with Kid Ramos on guitar. Ramos also had his first own CD on Black Magic in 1995 with basically the same crew as on "Too Small".
We also had a couple of re-issues: a Sonny Rhodes album (licensed from the Swedish Amigo label) and an album by New Orleans artist Little Sonny that was formerly on the CSA label from Denmark.
Our friend Chris Millar who was a frequent guest on the Blues Estafette brought Texas guitarist Cal Valentine to our attention and recorded "The Texas Rocker" for us. Valentine also appeared at the Blues Estafette and sadly died not too long after. The activities were on a high level for such a small label operated by only two people. New releases by the fine singer Percy Strothers, country blues singer/guitarist Diamond Jim Greene and St.Louis harp player Little Cooper. Also re-issues of our Lacy Gibson and Lonnie Brooks albums on CD. One of the most satisfying recordings we did ourselves in a Dutch studio was with guitarist Johnnie Bassett. We recorded a fine album with him in 1996 at the Farmsound. After Fenton Robinson’s "Blues In Progress" album (which was also licensed to Alligator in the USA and to King in Japan) this became one of the best selling Black Magic CD’s. Another nice new release was by Kansas City singer/bass player King Alex who also played the Utrecht festival.
Also several of our albums were licensed to Black Top and Evidence in the U.S.
Another regular visitor of the famous Blues Estafette in Utrecht was guitarist/producer Fred James.
From 1998 up to now he more or less became our "house producer". He was responsible for recordings by fine artists like Johnny Jones, Al Garner, Charles Walker, Freddie Waters, The Delta Jukes, James Nixon and Larry LaDon. Many of these artists made their "full album" debut on Black Magic. R.J. Spangler, drummer with the Johnnie Bassett band for many years, also did some projects for us. He recorded R&B veteran Joe Weaver for us and helped with the recording of organist/pianist Bill Heid. On both recordings Johnnie Bassett was present on guitar. Through Fred James we were also able to license old Nashville R&B stuff from labels as Calvert, Champion, Cherokee, Delta/MGM, Chane, Poncello, Spar, Ref-O-Ree, Valdot, Todd, Sur-Speed, Bullet, Ref-O-Ree, Hanna-Barbera, October and T-Jay.
This resulted in an Earl Gaines CD and a small Nashville R&B series. This series consists of five volumes (Freddie Waters, Herbert & Rufus Hunter, Gene Allison & Roscoe Shelton,
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
9001 Andrew Brown Big Brown's Chicago Blues (Album) 9001 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
9002 Lacy Gibson Switchy Titchy (Album) 9002 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
9003 Magic Sam & Shakey Jake Magic Sam & Shakey Jake - Magic Touch - Live At Sylvio's 1968(LP, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9003 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
9004 Otis Spann Take Me Back Home(LP, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9004 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
9005 Fenton Robinson Blues In Progress (Album) 9005 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
9006 Earl Hooker Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker(LP) Black Magic Records (2) 9006 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
9007 Eddie C. Campbell Let's Pick It!(LP) Black Magic Records (2) 9007 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
9008 Lonnie Brooks Live At Peppers (Album) 9008 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
9009 James Cotton From Cotton With Verve(LP) Black Magic Records (2) 9009 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
9010 Walter Horton Harmonica Genius 9010 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
9011 Hip Linkchain Airbusters(LP) Black Magic Records (2) 9011 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
9012 Fenton Robinson Special Road(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9012 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
9013 Smokey Wilson & The William Clarke Band Smokey Wilson & The William Clarke Band - Smokey Wilson & The William Clarke Band(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9013 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
9014 The Groovetones The Scratch(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9014 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
9015 Wild Child Butler Keep On Doing What You're Doing(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9015 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
9016 Various Hard Times / L.A. Blues Anthology(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9016 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
9017 Lynwood Slim Featuring Junior Watson Lynwood Slim Featuring Junior Watson - Lost In America (CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9017 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
9018 Big Bad Smitty Mean Disposition(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9018 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
9019 T. D. Bell And Erbie Bowser & The Blues Specialists T. D. Bell And Erbie Bowser & The Blues Specialists - It's About Time(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9019 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
9020 Long John Hunter Ride With Me(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9020 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
9021 Junior Watson Long Overdue(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9021 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
9022 Little Smokey Smothers Bossman - The Chicago Blues Of Little Smokey Smothers (Album) 9022 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
9023 Little Sonny* New Orleans Rhythm & Blues(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9023 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
9024 Sonny Rhodes I Don't Want My Blues Colored Bright(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9024 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9025 Big Rhythm Combo Too Small To Dance(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9025 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9026 Snuff Johnson Featuring Kim Wilson Snuff Johnson Featuring Kim Wilson - Will The Circle Be Unbroken(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9026 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9027 Cal Valentine The Texas Rocker(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9027 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
9028 Frank Robinson (7) & Guitar Curtis Frank Robinson (7) & Guitar Curtis - Deep East Texas Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9028 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9029 Lee Shot Williams Cold Shot - Sings Big Time Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9029 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9030 Percy Strother The Highway Is My Home(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9030 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9031 Kid Ramos Two Hands One Heart(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9031 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9032 Diamond Jim Greene Just A Dream(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) 9032 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9033 Little Cooper And The Drifters Baby I'm Back(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9033 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
9034 Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents - I Gave My Life To The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9034 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
9035 King Alex And The Untouchables* Hot As A Coffee Pot(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9035 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
9036 Johnny Jones I Was Raised On The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9036 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9037 Earl Gaines 24 Hours A Day(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9037 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
9038 Al Garner & The Roadrunners (8) Al Garner & The Roadrunners (8) - Leavin' Tennessee (Album) 9038 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
9039 Andrew Brown Big Browns Blues(Box, Ltd + 2xCD) Black Magic Records (2) 9039 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version
9040 Charles Walker (3) I'm Available(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9040 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
9041 Joe Weaver And His New Blue Note Orchestra Featuring Johnnie Bassett Joe Weaver And His New Blue Note Orchestra Featuring Johnnie Bassett - Baby I Love You So(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9041 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
9042 Bill Heid & The Detroit Blues Masters Featuring Johnnie Bassett Bill Heid & The Detroit Blues Masters Featuring Johnnie Bassett - We Play The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9042 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
9043 Freddie Waters One Step Closer To The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9043 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
9044 The Delta Jukes With Sam Carr (2), John Weston (3), Dave Riley (5) The Delta Jukes With Sam Carr (2), John Weston (3), Dave Riley (5) - Working For The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9044 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
9045 James Nixon No End To The Blues(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9045 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
9046 Larry LaDon Living On Borrowed Time(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9046 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
9047 Eddie King (3) & Mae Bee Mae Eddie King (3) & Mae Bee Mae - The Blues Has Got Me(CD, Album, Dig) Black Magic Records (2) 9047 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
9048 Johnny Fuller & The Phillip Walker Band Johnny Fuller & The Phillip Walker Band - Fullers Blues(CD, Album, RE) Black Magic Records (2) 9048 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
9201 Freddie Waters Singing A New Song / Nashville R&B Volume 1(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9201 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
9202 Herbert* & Rufus Hunter Herbert* & Rufus Hunter - The Sound Of A Crying Man / Nashville R&B Series Volume 2(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9202 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
9203 Larry Birdsong Every Night In The Week / Nashville R & B Volume 3(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9203 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
9204 Gene Allison & Roscoe Shelton Gene Allison & Roscoe Shelton - You Can Make It If You Try / Nashville R&B Volume 4(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9204 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
9205 Shy Guy Douglas Stone Doin' Alright / Nashville R&B Volume 5(CD, Comp) Black Magic Records (2) 9205 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
BM 9009 James Cotton From Cotton With Verve(LP) Black Magic Records (2) BM 9009 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
CD-9023 Little Sonny* New Orleans Rhythm & Blues(CD, Album) Black Magic Records (2) CD-9023 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CD BT-1093 Earl Hooker Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker(CD, RE) Black Top Records CD BT-1093 US 1993 Sell This Version
CD BT 1120 Kid Ramos Two Hands One Heart(CD, Album, RE) Black Top Records CD BT 1120 US 1995 Sell This Version
PCD-2496 Little Smokey Smothers Bossman - The Chicago Blues Of Little Smokey Smothers(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-2496 Japan 1993 Sell This Version