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o       LA LOUISIENNE RECORDS
Carol Rachou, a Cajun who could speak French fluently wanted to record fellow Cajun Alex Broussard in 1958. He didn't want to put a French song on the jazz label he already owned, so La Louisienne was born. The new label became his main concern. He recorded and produced 95% of the music himself. Carol's son, David, who grew up with the company, took over in the mid-'80s. The fine recording artists, most of whom were Cajun, helped the company develop its reputation for quality. Country star Eddy Raven is now with a major, but his first album is still in the La Louisienne catalog. Beausoleil Accordionist Jimmy Breaux's recent album, displays his more traditional side. Guitarist David Doucet joined him on this one.
TYPE: Cajun, Country, Western
ARTISTS: Nathan Abshire; Jimmy C. Newman; Eddy Raven; Aldous Roger; Ambrose Thibedeaux; Rufus Thibedeaux
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 711 Stevenson St.
Lafayette LA 70501 PHONE: 318.234.5577
CONTACT: David Rachou

o       LANDSLIDE RECORDS
450 14th St. NW
Suite 201
Atlanta GA 30318
TYPE: Alternative Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz
ARTISTS: Zeitgeist, Nappy Brown, Love Tractor, The
Heartfixers.
ALBUM: "Tore Up"/ d Nappy Brown with the Heartfixers.
$9.50.

                LASER RECORDS
1304 Fletcher Rd.
Tifton GA 37194
TYPE: Rock, New Wave.
ARTISTS: DDT, The Upbeats
ALBUM: "Beat City"/ The Upbeats. $11.30.

o       LAURIE RECORDS
In the '50s and '60s, a brash independent label sent songs to the heart of America by such artists as The Chiffons, The Passions, Dion and Gary "U.S." Bonds. It had a monster novelty hit, "Snoopy and the Red Baron," by the Royal Guardsmen. And it invaded the American pop charts with such foreign recordings as "Morgan." "Marina" and "Petite Fleur." By the late '70s the company was sitting on its assets in the form of previously released material in inventory. First, Laurie did a heavy direct marketing through television number. And then it simply licensed its vintage recordings to other manufacturers. In the mid '80s a new generation came along and introduced some mega-vitamins into the system. Now there's a healthy blend of the golden oldie and the shining newie. An excellent example of the latter is A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Wild Strawberries. As the Chiffons might have said, this tribute to Carlos Castaneda is "so fine."
TYPE: African; Blues; Country, Western; Folk; Jazz; New Age; Rock
ARTISTS: Blackfoot; The Chiffons; Dion and the Belmonts; Charlie Louvin; Ted Taylor; Wild Strawberries
CATALOG: Free
FORMAT: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 450 Livingston St.
Norwood NJ 07648 PHONE: 201.767.5551
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Robert Schwartz
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Ron Bollon (301.686.2486)

o       LEONARDA PRODUCTIONS
In the mid-'70s, violinist Marnie Hall pizzacatoed away
with three other women in a string quartet.
"Do you," audiences invariably would ask, "play music
by women composers?"
The answer was no. In fact, Hall only knew of one woman
composer. She didn't fret. Instead, she studied the matter
and happily discovered lots of "wonderful music." Leonarda
Productions, founded by Marnie Hall as a nonprofit recording
company, helps the rest of us discover some of this exciting
music.
"We've unearthed a lot of history along the way," says
Marnie Hall, "and were the first or among the first to
record music by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre; Fanny
Mendelssohn Hensel; Clara Schumann; Josephine Lang; Pauline Viardot-Garcia; Alma Mahler; Rebecca Clarke; and our namesake, Isabelle Leonarda."
Of special note are Leonarda's cassette samplers and the recordings that can be used in the classroom in conjunction with Diane Peacock Jezic's book Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found.
TYPE: Classical; Jazz; New Music.
ARTISTS: The Atlanta Chamber Players; The Capricorn
Players; Katherine and Kristine Ciesinski; Katherine Hoover.
John Ostendorf; Sharon Robinson;
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: PO Box 1736
Cathedral Station
New York NY 10025 PHONE:
CONTACT: Marnie Hall

o       LIVING MUSIC RECORDS
(See American Gramaphone)
Living Music's founder and principal artist is Paul Winter.

o       LOS HERMANOS RECORDS
Back in 1967, high school students the Hicks Brothers (Bruce and Jerry) and Greg Humphreys had a rhythm & blues band. Now they run a management company and, as of January '91, a record label that specializes in singer-songwriters. The first artist was client David Munyon. Humphreys and Munyon had met in Nashville. Humphreys was eating in Mack's Cafe. Munyon was singing there for meals and tips. Impressed, Humphreys proffered his card.
Now in California and a client, Munyon got many smiles from the majors but no record contract. The managers decided to do it themselves. Backing Munyon are super sidemen Warren Haynes, Matt Rollings, Leland Sklar, Sneaky Pete and Anthony Crawford.
TYPE: Folk; Jazz; New Age; Rock;
ARTISTS: David Munyon; Jay Patten
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 188559
Sacramento CA 95818 PHONE: 916.452.3967
A&R CONTACT: Greg Humphrey
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Bruce Hicks
VOLUME SALES CONTACT:

o       LOST LAKE RECORDS
Box 9388
Stanford CA 94305
TYPE: Reissue of different types of music.
ARTIST: Shadowfax, John Renbourne, Bola Sete, Robbie
Basho.
ALBUM: "Sir JohnALot of"/ John Renbourne. $10.
LOVELY MUSIC
325 Spring St.
New York NY 10013
TYPE: Avant Garde, Experimental
ARTISTS: Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros.
ALBUM: "Chicago Slow Dance"/ George Lewis. $10.98

o       LUMINA RECORDS LTD.
236 Lafayette Street #4
New York NY 10012
TYPE: New Music label offering composed and improvised
music.
ARTISTS: Richard Teitelbaum, Ned Rothenberg, John Zorn.
ALBUM: "Blends & the Digital Pianos"/ Richard
Teitelbaum $8.
Lumina specializes in the work of composer/performers.

o       LYRICHORD DISCS
Many master musicians from around the world grace the
Lyrichord recordings. The catalog overflows with references
to the rhythms and instruments of different cultures.
TYPES: African, Asian, Caribbean, Eastern European,
Ethnic.
ARTISTS: Mustapha Tettey Addy, Roberto Lara, The
Jolly Boys, Sir Lancelot, Dr. L Subrmanian.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 141 Perry St.
New York NY 10014 PHONE: 212.929.8234
A&R CONTACT: Greg Sandberg
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Nick Fritsch
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Greg Sandberg

o       MAD ROVER
TYPE: New Music; Rock
ARTISTS: Fool Launch; Helen Keller Plaid; Texas
Midgets; Vomit Launch.
CATALOG: Send self-addressed stamped envelope Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 22243
Sacramento CA 95822
CONTACT: Rich Hardesty

o       MAGENTA RECORDS
Box 9388
Stanford CA 94305
TYPE: Jazz.
ARTISTS: Anthony Braxton, Richard Beirach, Mitchell
Forman, Ben Sidran.
ALBUM: "On the Cool Side"/ Ben Sidran. $10.

o       MAGGIE'S MUSIC
TYPE: British Isles/Celtic, Folk
ARTISTS: Ceoltori, Sue Richards, Maggie Sansone
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 4144
Annapolis MD 21403 PHONE: 301.268.3394
CONTACT: Maggie Sansone

o       MAGNA CARTA
Progressive Rock
TYPE: Rock
ARTISTS: Magallan**
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 225 Lafayette St., Ste. 407
New York NY 10012 PHONE:
A&R CONTACT: Doug Keogh
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Doug Keogh
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Relativity (718.740.5700)

o       MAISON DE SOUL
Welcome to another of Floyd Soileau's labels. Maison
de Soul specializes in Zydeco.
TYPE: Blues; Zydeco
ARTISTS: Lynn August; Clifton Chenier; Boozoo Chavis;
Willis Prudhoome; Rockin' Dopsie; Rockin' Sidney; Zydeco
Force
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: PO Drawer 10
Ville Platte LA 70586 PHONE: 318.363.2139
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Floyd Soileau
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Floyd Soileau

o       MALACO RECORDS
PO Box 9287
Jackson MS 39206
TYPE: Blues; Gospel; Rhythm and Blues; Soul
ARTISTS: Bobby Bland, Z. Z. Hill, Missisissippi, Johnnie
Taylor, Formula 5,
Jackson Southernaires, Violinaires, Truthettes.
ALBUM: "Members Only"/Bobby Bland. $8.98.
CATALOG costs $2

o       MALIBU RECORDS
PO Box 4011
Malibu CA 90265
TYPE: Blues, New Wave, Ethnic Russian
ARTISTS: Z.Z. Hill, Avatar, Grisha Dimant.
ALBUM: "A Velvet Soul"/Z.Z. Hill $8.

o       MAME-LOSHN MUSIC
Menke Katz, a renowned Yiddish language poet wrote hundreds of songs, often using the folk melodies he heard in Mikhalishek his village in Lithuania. His grandchildren started this company both to pay homage to him by recording his songs and to further the Yiddish language. Katz's granddaughter Sheh Sheh, though now a high school French teacher, was a rock and roll vocalist.
TYPE: Yiddish
ARTISTS: Sheh-Sheh
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: Cassette
ADDRESS: 61 Sylvia Drive
West Islip NY 11795 PHONE: 516.842.3121
CONTACT: Shelley Sullivan

o       MAMLISH RECORDS
PO Box 417
Cathedral Station
New York NY 10025
TYPE: Primarily Country Blues.
ARTISTS: The Poddrell Brothers, Lonnie Johnson,
Barbecue Bob, Big Joe Williams.
ALBUM: "Barefoot Bill's Hard Luck Blues"/ Ed Bell.
$8.95.

o       MAMMOTH RECORDS
TYPE: Pop; Rock
ARTISTS: Antenna; Big Wheel; Blake Babies Chainsaw Killers; Dillon Fence; Machines of Loving Grace; Vanilla Trainwreck
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: Carr Mill, 2nd Flr.
Carrboro NC 27510 PHONE: 919.932.1882
CONTACT: Jay Faires:

o       MARDI GRAS RECORDS
This label started in 1978. Owner Warren Hildebrand said, "My daddy was a wholesale distributor for all kinds of labels. I saw there was a need for a local label."
TYPE: Cajun; Gospel; Jazz; Ragtime; Rhythm & Blues;
Zydeco
ARTISTS: Dejan's Olympia Brass Band; Rebirth Brass
Band; David Thomas Roberts
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 3331 St. Charles
New Orleans LA 70115 PHONE:
CONTACT: Warren Hildebrand

o       MASTER TRAK ENTERPRISES
413 N. Parkerson
PO Box 1345
Crowley LA 70526
TYPE: Country, Rock, Louisiana Swamp Music.
ARTISTS: Sonny Landreth, Bob Henderson, Sammy Kershaw,
Tammy Lynn, Judy Ann.
ALBUM: "Way Down in Louisiana"/ Sonny Landreth. $10.

o       MIDNIGHT CIRCUIT
This ambitious label was formed by and to promote talented musicians who gather in the shadow of the Las Vegas bright lights. Despite the diversity of musics, the players are united in their quality. As Midnight Circuit CEO Bill Carr succinctly put it, "These are the pros."
TYPE: Blues; Broadway; Country, Western; Folk; Hispanic, Latin; Jazz; New Music
ARTISTS: Bill Carr Pulse; Hi-Jinx; Larry Lester; Rollen Rodak; "Peg Leg" Paul Ray; Suzette, Suzette
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 1835 E. Charleston, Ste. 101
Las Vegas NV 89104 PHONE: 702.387.6901
A&R CONTACT: Bill Carr
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Chris Pearson
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Larry Jenks

o       MIDNIGHT INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
See, there is this record store/distributor/mail order
vendor in Manhattan. It's across the street from the
Chelsea Hotel, HQ for the ne'er do well, once did well and
shoulda done well. In 1983 the store, Midnight Records
launched the label, Midnight International. The store
continued to sell rock rarities, obscurities and imports.
The label fit right in with the tradition.
"As far as we're concerned," says Midnight founder J.D.
Martignon, "Midnight is a label with limited commercial
ambition and an enormous appetite for undiscovered talent."
TYPE: Rock
ARTISTS: Dimentia 13; the Fuzztones; "Screaming" Jay
Hawkins; Plan 9; Plasticland
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Vinyl
ADDRESS: PO Box 390
Old Chelsea Station
New York NY 10011 PHONE: 212.675.2768

o       MINSTREL RECORDS
35-41 72nd St.
Jackson Heights NY 11372
TYPE: Folk.
ARTISTS: Almeda Riddle, Bob Coltman, Frank Warner, Jeff
Warner & Jeff Davis.
ALBUM: "Come All You Good People"/ Frank Warner. $8.50

o       MISTER ROGERS RECORDS
What can we say about Mr. Rogers? The soft-spoken minister brings so much quality and thought to children's television programming. More important than his ability to communicate with children is what he chooses to communicate. He helps kids work through changes and deal with their feelings. One ounce of Rogers today may spare kids a pound of Bradshaw tomorrow. In addition to recordings, the catalog describes books (some for parents), toys and T-shirts.
TYPE: Children's
ARTISTS: Fred Rogers.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: Cassette, Vinyl, Video
ADDRESS: 4802 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15213 PHONE: 412.687.2990
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: William Isler
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Patty D'Amore

o       MOABIT MUSIC
150 Fifth Ave.
New York NY 10011
TYPE: New Wave and very ProBettina Koster, Malaria, In the Service of Malaria.
ALBUM:"Beat the Distance"/Malaria. $8.98. This is a
12"
with a 45 rpm side, containing two songs; and a 33 rpm side
containing five songs.

o       MODERN BLUES RECORDINGS
Established in 1987, this label definitely belongs in a bluesphile's blues file. The Freddy King and Albert King reissues are digitally remastered. Detailed liner notes describing artist and sessions accompany the recordings. And the music's pretty good, too. Of Freddy King's Just Pickin', Rolling Stone wrote, "...A bonanza of uptempo roadhouse stompers, all twenty-four carat crunch..." The company started a series of new recordings with Rockin' Eighty-Eights, showcasing three piano greats -- Johnnie Johnson, Clayton Love, and Jimmy Vaughn. ("If there's been a better blues/R&B album released this decade, I've missed it." Rick Swenson of Record Roundup.)
TYPE: Blues
ARTISTS: Johnnie Johnson; Albert King; Freddy King; Clayton Love; Jerry Portnoy; Jimmy Vaughn
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 41 Old Middletown Rd.
Pearl River NY 10965 PHONE: 914.735.3144
CONTACT: Daniel Jacoubovitch

o       MONTANA FOLKLIFE  Council
35 South Last Cha ( MT 59620
TYPE: Traditional Music and Narratives from Montana.
ARTISTS: Wally McRae (cowboy poet), Ken Trowbridge
(singer), Allec Allery (Red River fiddler)
ALBUM: "When the Work's All Done This Fall: Songs,
Stories and Poems from Montana Cattle Camps and Cow
Trails."/ compilation. $7.50

o       MONSTER MUSIC
A manufacturer of high end hi fi cables (those octopus tentacles that connect your stereo components to each other) Monster Cable Products created this record label. This proves that Monster is plugged into music in more ways than one. The new venture was started, according to company president Noel Lee, in order to "...release recordings of exceptional music quality that have been recorded in a style that captures the true essence and feel of the talent that performs it." What saves this mission statement from being a pompous declaration is the company's act of signing daring and engaging artists of quality. The Looters, for example, is a highly political, highly praised, underrecorded band described by Bay area journalist Jonathan E. as "...a San Francisco musical institution...epitomizing the best that The City has to offer."
TYPE: Hip Hop; World;
ARTISTS: Looters; Marlene; Midnight Voices
CATALOG: No FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 274 Wattis Way
So. San Francisco CA 94080 PHONE: 415.871.6000
CONTACT: Thad Wharton

o       MONTUNO RECORDS
TYPE: Caribbean; Haitian; Hispanic, Latin; Jazz.
ARTISTS: Batacumbele; Manny Oquendo/Libre; Airto/Flora
Purim; Armando Sanchez; Ska Sha; Maurice Sixto; Tabou Combo.
CATALOG: ?
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 1470 Broadway
* BMT Subway Mezzanine
New York NY 10036 PHONE: 212.840.0580
CONTACT: Jesse Moscowitz

o       MOSS MUSIC GROUP
48 W. 38th St.
New York NY 10018
TYPE: "Diversified line of Classical, Cross-over, Jazz
and Popular repertoire." Also environmental material (as in
nature sound effects).
ARTISTS: Sviatoslav Richter, Tokyo String Quartet,
Jascha Heifetz, Anthony Newman, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and
Barbara Cook.
ALBUM: Golden Voices of Zarzuelas"/ Placido Domingo,
Monserrat Caballe, et.al. $9.23
MMG is a mini-conglomerate of several labels offering
lots of Classical, some good Jazz and a few other very
specialized forms.

         MOTION PICTURE BROADCASTING & RECORDED SOUND DIVISION
Library of Congress
Washington DC 20540
TYPE: Folk, Poetry.
ARTISTS: Roy Acuff, Son House, Aunt Molly Jackson,
Woody Guthrie, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Lowell.
ALBUM: "Songs of War and History"/ Compilation
including works by Roy Acuff, Louisiana Red, Wladyslaw Polak. $8.95.
Yes, this is Uncle Sam's own label, and just as
underpromoted as any other independent. Most of the records
are compilations. Many performances were gathered in the field,
as it were. Treasures abound. You may have heard some of these
treasures on the National Public Radio (NPR) series, "Our
American Heritage," hosted by Bob Carlin, a fine musician in
his own right.

         MULTIPHASE RECORDS & TAPES
PO Box 15176
St. Louis MO 63110
TYPE: New and Progressive Music
ARTISTS: Carl Weingarten, Delay Tactics, Gale Ormiston,
Fo Jammi, Walter Whitney, David Udell.
ALBUM: 'Urban Cabaret, Vol.2/ Cassette Compilation.
$5.99. (Make check payable to Multiphase founder, Carl Weingarten

         MUSE RECORDS
TYPE: Blues; Jazz
ARTISTS: Graham Haynes; Morgana King; Mark Murphy; Houston Person; Wallace Roney; James Spaulding; Dakota Staton;
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 160 W. 71st St.
New York NY 10023 PHONE: 212.873.2020
A&R CONTACT: Barney Fields
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT:
VOLUME SALES CONTACT:
160 W. 71st St.

         MUWORKS RECORDS
The New York Improvisers is made up of Derek Bailey; Fred Frith; Bill Laswell; Sonny Sharrock; John Zorn
 TYPE: Experimental; Jazz; New Music; Rock;
ARTISTS: Pheroan Aklaff; Thomas Chapin; Lunar Bear Ensemble; Machine Gun; Robert Musso; New York Improvisers
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 111 4th Ave., #5A
New York NY 10003 PHONE: 212.228.7413
A&R CONTACT:
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT:
VOLUME SALES CONTACT:

         MUSIC OF THE WORLD
Audio Magazine writer Michael Wright described Bob
Haddad of Music of the World this way. "[He's] one of those
rare idealists who prefers to pursue indigenous music rather
than the Top 40.
TYPE: African; Asian; Cajun; Ethnic; Hispanic, Latin;
World.
ARTISTS: I.K. Dairo; Imrat Khan; Badal Roy; Trichy
Sankaran and Glen Velez.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 3620
Chapel Hill NC 27515 PHONE: 1.919.932.9600
A&R CONTACT: Bob Haddad
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Martha Lorantos

         MUSIC SOUTH ORGANIZATION
TYPE: Blues; Rockabilly
ARTISTS: Booker T. Laury; Phoebe Lewis; Randy & the
Radiants; Sunbuddies; Carla Thomas; Rufus Thomas.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: PO Box 9429
San Rafael CA 94912 PHONE: 415.459.6800
A&R CONTACT: Allan Kaplan
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Carol Tufte
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Anthony King

         MUSIC WEST RECORDS
TYPE: New Age
ARTISTS: James Asher; Jim Chappell; Ekimi; Oystein
Sevag*; Mark Sloniker; Chris Spheeris; Paul Voudourisaus
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 9429
San Rafael CA 94912 PHONE: 415.459.6800
A&R CONTACT: Allan Kaplan
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Carol Tufte
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Anthony King

o       NEBULA RECORDS
Starting as the New Age sister company of Centaur, Nebula soon stretched out into jazz. One particularly striking album is Friends, an acoustic work featuring Steve Masacowski, Ellis Marsalis and Rick Margitza.
TYPE: Jazz; New Age; World
ARTISTS: Christopher Boscole; Nancee Kahler; Peter Kater; Steve Masakowski; Bill Norman Group
CATALOG: Free
FORMAT: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 8867 Highland Rd., Ste. 206
Baton Rouge LA 70808 PHONE: 504.336.4877

         NESAK INTERNATIONAL
By 1989, retirement enticed the then-50-year-old Martin Kasen. He sold his company, Peter Pan Records and Tapes, which he had been running for 27 years. The leisure life -lasted for all of three months. Kasen wanted something to do. The new enterprise is a niche-marketing textbook. The catalog contains a canny mix of themed albums (e.g. "I Love to Dance The Polka," "I Love the Soul of Spain,...) and artists from around the world who have strong personal followings. So far jazz bassist/singer /songwriter Jay Leonhart is the best-known Nesak artist. His songs and style have earned him comparison to Johnny Mercer, Randy Newman and Dave Frishberg.
TYPE: Caribbean; Classical; Ethnic; Gospel; Jazz; New Age
ARTISTS: Ronnie Benjamin; Iris Gillon; Jay Leonhart; Gilead Limor; New York Theatre Symphony Orchestra
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Video
ADDRESS: 460 Ridgedale
E. Hanover NJ 07936 PHONE: 201.386.5670
CONTACT: Martin Kasen

         NEW ALBION RECORDS
In the mid 1980s Foster Reed, a mandolinist gave composer friends financial backing so that they could make demos. But record companies ignored them. This music industry arrogance angered Reed and so he started New Albion. Over the years, he has fashioned a label that, as the company's literature puts it, "focuses on the poetic imagination of the post World War II period. Most of the works center on classical composition of the second half of the 20th century; some include music from other cultures, free jazz and new age." Several albums amply demonstrate the New Albion. For example, there's Joan La Barbara's recording of John Cage's Singing Through. This recording, a selection of John Cage vocal works form over five decades, is considered state of the art in both performance and recording. Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel celebrates a Houston meditation chapel for which painter Mark Rothko was commissioned to create some large paintings
TYPE: New and Unusual Music.
ARTISTS: John Cage, Stuart Dempster; Lou Harrison; Joan
LaBarbara; Pauline Oliveros; Margaret Leng Tan; William
Winant.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD
ADDRESS: 584 Castro St., #515
San Francisco CA 94114 PHONE: 415.621.5757
A&R CONTACT: Foster Reed
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Martha Chesley
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Mike Wilpizeski

         NEW ALLIANCE RECORDS
TYPE: **
ARTISTS:
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 1389
Lawndale CA 90260 PHONE: 213.430.6838
A&R CONTACT:
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT:
VOLUME SALES CONTACT:

         NEW WORLD RECORDS
701 Seventh Ave.
New York NY 10036
TYPE: Nearly every category of American Music (jazz,
folk, country R&B, Rock, Orchestral, and chamber)
ARTISTS: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, John Phillips
Sousa Band, Cecil Taylor, Max Morath and Bill Monroe.
ALBUM: "Music of Harry Partch and John Cage"/ Partch,
David Tudor, others. $11.98.

         NEXT STEP RECORDS
You don't have to waltz gingerly anymore. Next Step delivers what ballroom dancers need -- strict rhythms and contemporary sounds. The songs have been written just for the albums, and this definitely is music to dance by. In the words of Terpsichorean Magazine: "Good party tape!"
TYPE: Ballroom; Latin; and Swing Dance
ARTISTS: Rick Rhodes; Sophisticates; Tango Nomads
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 912 E. 3rd St., Studio 104
Los Angeles CA 90013 PHONE: 213.617.3362
CONTACT: Barbara Wright

         NIGHTHAWK RECORDS
PO Box 15856
St. Louis MO 63114
TYPE: Black Roots Music: Blues & Reggae.
ARTISTS: The Itals, the Gladiators, Henry Townsend,
Justin Hinds & the Dominoes, the Ethiopians.
ALBUM: "Travel With Love"/ Justin Hinds & the Dominoes.
$8.98.

o       NIGHT LIGHT RECORDINGS
PO Box 16
Hillsboro NH 03244
TYPE: Folk
ARTISTS: Tom Rush
ALBUM: "Tom Rush: New Year"/ $10.95

         NIGHTINGALE RECORDS
This German New Age label is distributed in America by Higher Octave Music. The music ranges from meditative to let-the-spirit-dance. In addition to works by individual artists, two compilations are available. Assembled by Higher Octave, they are Connection and LightDance.
TYPE: African; Asian; Hispanic, Latin; New Age
ARTISTS: Gambheera, Ariel Kalma, Karunesh; Luna, Prabodhi,
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 8033 Sunset Blvd., #41
Los Angeles CA 90068 PHONE: 213.856.0039
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Scott Bergstein

         NORTH STAR RECORDS
TYPE: Classical; Folk;
ARTISTS: Arthur Delmoni; the Mair-Davis Duo; Tracy
Moore; Judith Sillmann; Bill Thomas; Cheryl Wheeler.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 95 Hathaway St.
Providence RI 02907 PHONE: 401.755.8400
A&R CONTACT: Ginny Shea
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Bruce Foulke
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Richard Waterman

         NORTHEASTERN RECORDS
This label first astonished and delighted serious music listeners (mustn't call them fans) because it specialized in classical music's neglected repertoire and new composers. In those days the label was owned by Northeastern University (NU) Press. But then there was a loud background noise, the sound of a financial crunch, and the university prepared to drop the label. Instead Lynn Joiner who operated the record company for NU was allowed to buy it. Privatization strikes again. Now Northeastern Records is being praised for the tasteful way in which it is diversifying.
TYPE: Classical; Country, Western; Ethnic; Folk; Jazz; Rock
ARTISTS: Willie Alexander; The Fringe; Peter Keane; Les Miserables Brass Band; Shirim Klezmer Orchestra; Barry & Holly Tashian; John Lincoln Wright
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: PO Box 3589
Saxonville MA 01701-0605 PHONE: 508.820.4440
CONTACT: Lynn Joiner

         OLD HOMESTEAD RECORDS
TYPE: Bluegrass; Country, Western; Folk; Gospel; Jazz;
Old Radio.
ARTISTS: The Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, The
Delmore Brothers, Charlie Monroe, Larry Sparks.
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: Box 100
Brighton MI 48116
A&R CONTACT: John Morris
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: BMI
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: John Morris

         OMNISOUND RECORDS
Box 128
Delaware Water Gap PA 18327
TYPE: Jazz specialty
ARTISTS: John Coates, Jr., Bill Goodwin, Dave
Frishberg, Janet Lawson.
ALBUM: "Close Ties"/ Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore.
$9.98.

         OPEN SKY RECORDS
In 1979 classical pianist/composer Martin Scott Kosins began a project that was painted with magic. Through chance meetings he was able to secure the services of several remarkably talented people. They agreed to join in a recording of his music, including a narrative (Songs of the Seeker) that honored his spiritual teacher Meher Baba. The artists included actor John Carradine and jazz master Bud Shank. Kosins found record companies were long on interest; but short on contracts. Open Sky was born. Songs... was followed by a children's album, and again Kosins called upon John Carradine. The distinguished actor was joined by Loretta Swit and Keith Carradine. Then Open Sky began a new series -- Great Performers -- for which everyone should give thanks. Quite simply veteran artists (a/k/a/ grownups) were brought back into the recording studio. Highlights include Just Like Old Times by The Ink Spots (not the originals but their direct descendants) and Sentimental reasons by Al Hibbler with the Hank Jones All-Stars. In addition to its leader, the musical combo consists of Buddy Tate, Milt Hinton and OIiver Jackson.
TYPE: Children's; Classical; Jazz; Middle of the Road; Spoken
ARTISTS: John Carradine; Keith Carradine; Al Hibbler; The Inkspots; Hank Jones; Martin Scott Kosins; Buddy Tate
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 10735 Vernon
Huntington Woods MI 48070 PHONE: 313.546.7558
CONTACT: Martin Scott Kosins

o       ORANGE RECORDS
150 Fifth Ave.
New York NY 10011
TYPE: Punk, Rock
ARTISTS: David Peel, The Squirrels, G.G. Allin, Little
Joe Cook.
ALBUM: "Death to Disco"/ David Peel. $5.98
Orange also offers a picture disc single of "In My
Life." The picture shows John Lennon, Yoko Ono and David Peel
($4.98).

                  * ORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 26811
Richmond VA 23261
TYPE: Historical American Organ.
ARTISTS: Thomas Murray, Earl Miller, Lois Regestein,
Rosalind Mohnsen, Brian Franck.
ALBUM: "An Evening at Woolsey Hall"/ Charles Krigbaum.
$15
(2-record set).

         ORDER RECORDS
Baltimore based classically trained keyboardist Jeff Order is a prolific composer/producer. He has a string of jingles, soundtracks and theme songs under his belt. He also has his own record company for which he records new age works twat are highly regarded. Todd Hauser of WSUP radio said that Order's Isis Unveiled is "truly a wonderful work of art!"
TYPE: New Age
ARTISTS: Jeff Order
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette
ADDRESS: 6503 York Rd.
Baltimore MD 21212 PHONE: 410.377.2270
A&R CONTACT: Joyce Klein
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Joyce Klein
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Ron Bollon (Laurie) 800.344.8249

         ORIGIN JAZZ LIBRARY/SUNBEAM/TESTAMENT
The Origin umbrella covers splendid, significant, and (it's only fair to mention) entertaining reissues on three labels -- Origin Jazz Library (OJL), Sunbeam and Testament. OJL and Testament specialize in blues. Its compilations give stirring overviews of styles, regions and instruments. Sunbeam, primarily offering broadcast transcription and soundtrack albums, is more of a swing and nostalgia label.
TYPE: Bluegrass; Blues; Broadway; Comedy; Film Soundtracks; Folk; Gospel; Jazz; and Pop
ARTISTS: Tommy Dorsey; Benny Goodman; Lonnie Johnson; Al Jolson; Fred McDowell; Charlie Patton; Otis Spann;
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: Vinyl
ADDRESS: Box 85
Santa Monica CA 90406 PHONE: 90406
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Bill Givens
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Bill Givens
TYPE: Guitar and piano folk blues exclusively.
ALBUM: The Mississippi Blues No. 1 - 1927-40"/
Compilation of songs by Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House,
others. $9.95.

         ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS
Here's a haunting melody: The show was a flop; but the songs survived. This label specializes in cast albums of "flop shows that have wonderful music." Have you ever wondered what happened to the musical version of Flowers For Algernon? It's here, and it stars Phantom of the Opera's Michael Crawford. An Original Cast best-seller is Craig Carnelia's Is There Life After High School? Many cabaret singers love Carnelia's songs.
TYPE: Broadway
ARTISTS: Jill Eikenberry; Angela Lansbury; Andrea Marcovicci; Robert Morse; Chita Rivera; Patti LuPone; Paul Sorvino.
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: Box 496
Georgetown CT 06829 PHONE: 203.438.2663
LICENSING & PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Bruce Meko

         ORIGINAL MUSIC
It seems as if John Storm Roberts took his journey through life just so we could benefit from Original Music, the company founded by him and Anne Needham. Born and raised in England, he discovered music through the record player and flamenco albums his parents gave him. Oxford-educated and a journalist by inclination, he developed an intimate knowledge of African music while working on the East African Standard in Nairobi. Pneumonia took him to London where he worked for the BBC as a producer and translator. Then he moved to New York where he edited the magazine Africa Today. During this period he began his field recordings and wrote major books about music, Black Music of Two Worlds and The Latin Tinge. Original Music began as a "scheme" to help sell his two books and one field recording of African music that had pressed into
vinyl. Original has grown. The many Original releases are joined in the catalog by noteworthy world music recordings from other labels, as well as books and videos. The catalog, chatty and instructive is a gem all by itself. from other companies, is released quarterly
TYPES: African; Caribbean; Hispanic, Latin
ARTISTS: Losta Abelo; Francis Bebey; I.K. Dairo; Kimo Kids; Oriental Brothers; Tempos
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl, Video
ADDRESS: 418 Lasher Rd.
Tivoli NY 12583 PHONE: 914.756.2767
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: John Storm Roberts

         ORPHAN RECORDS
PO Box 86
Sterling Heights MI 48311-0086
TYPE: Rock, New Music, Urban, Specialty Musics.
ARTISTS: Jimmy Lifton, Steve Danger & High Voltage, The
Voice, Ian Caution.
ALBUM: Jimmy Lifton"/$5. An EP with six songs.

         OVERTONE RECORDS
216 Stratford Street
Syracuse NY 13210
TYPE: Classical
ARTISTS: Helen Boatwright, Paul Hindemith, Albert
Fuller, Aldo Parisot.
ALBUM: "Collegium Musicum of Yale University School of
Music, conducted by Paul Hindemith. Vol. I"/ Includes works
by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Weelke and Gesualdo. $10.

OWL RECORDING
For more than 25 years, Owl has been releasing distinctive recordings of classical music with an emphasis on the contemporary repertoire. The high musical quality is matched by recording quality that meets audiophile standards. Owl tends to stress the composers whose works it records. Representative composers include Morton Subotnick; Vincent Perischetti; Samuel Barber; Daniel Gutwein; Iannis Xenakis; George* Rochberg; Ted Dockstader; and John Luther Adams. Of Daniel Gutwein's With Honor and with Dignity, Ear Magazine testified, "Ominous and foreboding...dream-like, ethereal...dramatic, propelled by active rhythms and searing shards of sound..."
TYPE: Classical; Experimental; New Music
ARTISTS: Arctic Chamber Orchestra; Ellen Burmeister; Columbine Chamber Orchestra; Daniel Gutwein; Ramon Kireilis; Sharon Mabry; The Prism Orchestra
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: CD, Vinyl
ADDRESS: PO Box 4536
Boulder CO 80306 PHONE: 303.449.6510
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Write to company
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Write to company
PAINTED SMILES RECORDS
Life may not be a cabaret; but that's not Ben Bagley's fault. Bagley, a producer/director of off-Broadway revues, changed direction in the early 1970s and started Painted Smiles Records. The label specializes in little known and/or previously unrecorded show music of Broadway's most famous composers. Because of his theatre ties, he continues to get some top-of-the-marquee names to work with him.
The Painted Smiles CD, Cole Porter Revisited Volume 5, was named number one vocal recording of the year by Tower records. (Natalie Cole came in number 3.) Performing on the album are Ann Hampton Callaway, Arthur Siegel, Sandy Stewart, Tommy Tune, and Julie Wilson.
74-09 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights NY 11372
Charlie Johnston
TYPE: The ARTISTS: Katharine Hepburn, Richard Chamberlain,
Margaret Whiting, Bobby Short, Barbara Cook, Blossom Dearie.
ALBUM: "Tallulah"/ the original cast album with Helen
Gallagher $10.83.
PAR T
413 N. Parkerson
PO Box 1345
Crowley LA 70526
TYPE: Comedy.
ARTISTS: Jeb & Cousin Easy, Sammy Kershaw, Reverend
Calhoun,
"Jus" Casey.
ALBUM: "Laughin' With Jeb and Cousin Easy"/ (includes
the golf game routine). $10 PATHWAYS OF SOUND
6 Craigie Circle
Cambridge MA 02138
TYPE: Spoken Word and Folk Music.
ARTISTS: E. B. White, Julie Harris, Jessica Tandy, Hume
Cronyn, Lauren Bacall.
ALBUM: "A. A. Milne's 'Winnie The Pooh' Read by Maurice
Evans"/ $11.98.
Joe Berk founded the company "to heighten appreciation of
the written word." PAUSA RECORDS
PO Box 10069
Glendale CA 91209
TYPE: Total Jazz, including Big Band, Mainstream,
Fusion, Contemporary.
ARTISTS: Four Freshmen, Alphonse Mouzon, Tom Grant, Dan
Siegel, Susannah McCorkle, Rob McConell.
ALBUM: "Wishful Thinking"/ Wishful Thinking. $10.48 * PHILO RECORDS
This is one of the Rounder family of labels. Philo is devoted to most acoustic kind of angloish folk music.
TYPE: Folk
ARTISTS: Nanci Griffith; Christine Lavin; Patty Larkin; Mary McCaslin; Utah Phillips; Jean Redpath; Kilimanjaro; Bill Staines.
CATALOG:
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 1 Camp St.
Cambridge MA 02140 PHONE: 617.354.0700
A&R CONTACT: A & R Dept.
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Bill Nowlin
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Duncan Browne
c/o Roundup Records
PO Box 154
N. Cambridge MA 02140 PDS RECORDS
TYPE: Dance/House music; Hip Hop; Pop; Rap; Reggae; Rhythm & Blues; Soul;
ARTISTS: Black Hostages; Tony D.; Jam Master A.D.J.
CATALOG: No FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl, Video
ADDRESS: PO Box 412477
Kansas City MO 64141 PHONE: 816.523.5100
A&R CONTACT: Derrick Peters
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Pete Shivers PERFORMANCE RECORDS
When Stephen Kaplan and Art Marko are asked to define Performance, they refer to a Stereo review summation of the label: "Twilight Zone music from beyond." It is an apt enough description for a company whose catalog includes Charles Manson, Slappin' Mammy's Blackface in Bondage (a heavy metal tribute to Al Jolson) and the soundtracks from Plan 9 From Outer Space and Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out. Then there is G.G. Allin, a scatological performer -- not in word but in deed. "We are interested in records that major labels will not and cannot deal with," explained Stephen Kaplan. These also include some notable reissues from the 60s, such as Little Bit of Soul: The Very Best of the Music Explosion
TYPE: Experimental; Rock; Soundtrack
ARTISTS: G.G. Allin; Blotto; Timothy Leary; Charles Manson; Nico; Slaves of New Brunswick;
CATALOG: No
FORMATS: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 2 Oak St.
New Brunswick NJ 06901 PHONE: 908.545.3004
A&R CONTACT: Stephen Kaplan
LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS CONTACT: Stephen Kaplan
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Art Marko PLEIADES RECORDS
Southern Illinois University Press
SIU at Carbondale
Box 3697
Carbondale IL 62901
TYPE: Historic Instruments, Chamber Music, Shaker
Music.
ARTISTS: Calvert Shenk, Judith Nelson, Stanley Ritchie,
Malcolm Bilson, Judith Davidoff.
ALBUM: "Heinrich Ignaz von Biber"s Eight Sonatas for
Violin and Basso Continuo"/Judith Davidoff and Peter Wolf $17.45
(2-record set). PM/PLUG RECORDS
For bassist Gene Perla, the ingredients were all there -- several forms of frustration plus a good measure of happenstance. The frustrations came from the lack of care he noticed in so many of the recordings on which he had played. He was dismayed by "how projects were completed, how mixes were done, how documentation was done on the record covers." Moreover he didn't like the traveling life. ("I didn't really view myself as carrying around a double bass and sleeping in strange beds for the rest of my life.") Happenstance appeared in the form of a fellow musician whose desire to get a record contract meant nothing to the record industry. "I'll do it for you," Perla found himself saying. That was 1972 and more than 25 albums ago. Perla's PM Records is a straight-ahead jazz label that contains a good many joys. You'll notice that a featured player on several albums is Jan Hammer who later gained prominence for the distinctive music he wrote and scored for "Miami Vice." Also, please notice Heads Up by Stone Alliance, Gene Perla's own group.
TYPE: Jazz
ARTISTS: Ed Bickert; Jan Hammer; Dave Liebman; Elvin
Jones; Daphne Hellman; Nina Simone; Stone Alliance.
CATALOG: Free FORMATS: Cassette, Vinyl
ADDRESS: 20 Martha St.
Woodcliff Lake NJ 07675-8027 PHONE:
1.201.930.9149
CONTACT: Gene Perla POCKET SONGS
Welcome to the "What goes around comes around" dept.
You may recall the Music Minus One (MMO) label that began in
1951 when the LP was in diapers. It offered instrumental
arrangements with one part missing so that the musician at
home could rehearse with the recorded ensemble. Pocket
Songs, launched in 1985 by the MMO originator, renews the
concept in this age of Karaoke. It provides instrumental
background for singers. Each song on a Pocket Songs album
comes in two versions -- with and without a vocal. The
vocal, recorded on the right channel, is intended to be a
guide. You sing along, gradually turning the right channel
down. When you're ready to fly solo, you take it home with
the instrumental version. Pocket Songs has a library of
more than 700 albums.
ARTISTS: You
TYPE: Blues; Broadway; Children's; Country, western;
ethnic; gospel; Hispanic, Latin; jazz; Reggae; Rhythm & Blues; Rock; Soul
CATALOG: Free
FORMATS: CD, Cassette,
ADDRESS: 50 S. Buckhout St.
Irvington NY 10533 PHONE:
LICENSING & PERMISSIONS CONTACT: David Kratka
VOLUME SALES CONTACT: Chris Reising PRIVATE MUSIC
220 E. 23rd St.
New York NY 10010
TYPE: Predominantly instrumental, a blending of
acoustic and synthesizer sounds.
ARTISTS: Jerry Goodman, Patrick O'Hearn, Sanford
Ponder.
ALBUM: "Ancient Dreams"/Patrick O'Hearn $11.98
(cassette) The album is produced by Private Music founder Peter Bauman,
a former member of Tangerine Dream.
The label offers only CDs and cassettes --"no vinyl!"
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