Favorite record labels

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    Favorite record labels

    I got this idea from reading Yoga's Beach House thread. Are there certain record labels that put out music that for the most part you really enjoy?

    For me, one that stands out is the long defunct Chess label. They put out so much music I love, and music that was so key in the development of rock and roll. 

    My list of favorite artists who recorded for Chess starts with the great Howlin' Wolf, who produced some his best work for the label. He is my all-tme favorite musical artist. In addition, Leonard and Phil Chess were responsible for other great recordings by the following artists I love:

    Muddy Waters; Sonny Boy Williamson II; Little Walter; John Lee Hooker; Chuck Berry; Bo Diddley. They also had the great in house songwriter and bassist, Willie Dixon.

    They also produced some of the greatest recordings by the recently deceased Etta James.

    I even love their company  logo and their disc labels.

    File:Chessrecordslogo.gif

     
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    I have about 4 box sets from Chess:

    Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

    Great stuff.

    I can't say that I really have a favorite. Although 'Stiff Records" comes to mind, because they were issuing lots of lesser known Punk and New Wave artists at a time when I was really loving this stuff and always hungry for more.

     
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    I.R.S. Records was a great one in the 80s.  Founded by Miles Copeland (manager of Wishbone Ash and the Police and brother of Stewart)

    Acts included The Go-Gos, R.E.M., Wall Of Voodoo, Concrete Blond, The Alarm, Squeeze, Camper Van Beethoven and many other indie-type acts.

    Also see SST Records, started by Greg Ginn of Black Flag - Husker Du, Minutemen, Sonic Youth,  Dino Jr., Meat Puppets.  Great artists, but too bad they ran their label like crappe.

    I also like (Def) American Recordings, which was founded by Rick Rubin when he left Def Jam.  Everything from metal to hip-hop to alt-country.  Acts include The Jayhawks, Black Crowes, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mother Hips, Love & Rockets...as well as Slayer, System Of A Down, and Danzig...

    American also produced Johnny Cash's final clutch of albums before his passing, starting with "American Recordings" and ending with "American IV: The Man Comes Around", featuring his cover of "Hurt".

     

     

     

     
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    Mine would probably be the Motown label.It wasn't called "Hitsville USA" for nothing.There was a lot of great music being made there by such artists as Smokey Robinson,Supremes,Marvin Gaye,Temptations,The Four Tops,Stevie Wonder and many others.

     Here's a great history of Motown:

    http://classic.motown.com/history/

    One of my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs has a name of a record label in the title.Care to guess the song? 

     
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    Mine would probably be the Motown label.It wasn't called "Hitsville USA" for nothing.There was a lot of great music being made there by such artists as Smokey Robinson,Supremes,Marvin Gaye,Temptations,The Four Tops,Stevie Wonder and many others.

     Here's a great history of Motown:

    http://classic.motown.com/history/

    One of my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs has a name of a record label in the title.Care to guess the song? 

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    I believe the answer is the straightforward title "Workin' for MCA".

    Motown is an excellent choice and another of my favorite labels. I grew up on a diet of Beatles and Motown in my youth, thanks to an older sister with great taste in music.

     
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    I have about 4 box sets from Chess:

    Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

    Great stuff.

    I can't say that I really have a favorite. Although 'Stiff Records" comes to mind, because they were issuing lots of lesser known Punk and New Wave artists at a time when I was really loving this stuff and always hungry for more.

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    Stiff Records is another one of my favorites. How can you not love a label that featured songs by Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Rachel Sweet, Madness, and Wreckless Eric?

     
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    In response to SlimPickensIII's comment:
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    Peter Guralnick's 'Sweet Soul Music' is the definitive history of Stax Records.   Gets into Atlantic and  the early days of the Capricorn label too.    Guralnick's two volume history of Elvis is also the definitive work on that subject.  Best writer in the music business, and he's a local guy.

    But I digress, just about everything these 3 labels put out in the mid to late 60's works for me.  Add Chess and Motown, and yup I'm good, barely need anything else.

    And a +1 for the Rounder Label that Yoga hasn't mentioned yet, but she will!

    Edit: I always miss the Mojo questions the first time around.  Way too easy!  I'll just add a hint, to work on:  It's the opening track on the live album.  (I think.  I'm doing this strictly from memory, haven't listened to that album in 15 years at least)

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    Another of my favorites is Stax. Booker T and the MGs are one of my all-time favorite bands.

    I have also read those Guralnick books and absolutely agree that he is a great writer.

    Good call on Rounder, just for Alison Krauss alone. And they get a lot of love from me for putting out some early Howlin' Wolf stuff, too.

     
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    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
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    I have about 4 box sets from Chess:

    Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

    Great stuff.

    I can't say that I really have a favorite. Although 'Stiff Records" comes to mind, because they were issuing lots of lesser known Punk and New Wave artists at a time when I was really loving this stuff and always hungry for more.

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    Stiff Records is another one of my favorites. How can you not love a label that featured songs by Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Ian Dury, Rachel Sweet, Madness, and Wreckless Eric?

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    Devo has a rare track , on one of the rarities CDs...called "Be Stiff".....I think it's kind of a play on words (referring to the record label and something else...think Viagra), similar to the AC/DC....Big Balls song.

     
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    I forgot to add this in the OP. This is a funny take of Sonny Boy Williamson recording "Little Village". The initial studio chatter gives you an idea of how the artists related to the Chess brothers in the studio.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6UMtWi5rX0

     
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     As stated in my other thread (thanks, DD), Sub Pop has had an incredible track record, and as of late, I have been drawn to countless bands that have recorded on that label.   They have recorded everything from major, high profile rock bands, classic indie bands, and many sub-genre bands that meet at the intersection of indie pop / ambient / and the music formerly known as shoe-gazer.  :)  

    You know me well at this point, as I've always felt that Rounder has been one of the best music labels and businesses in general born and bred in MA.   Even though there's more music on that label that is right up Slim's alley than mine, I still check out their offerings.   Delta Spirit, a band that has made a big splash and seems to be a radio DJ favorite, recorded on Rounder.   And believe it or not, I just saw that The Tragically Hip recorded their recent 2012 release on Rounder, too.    Just so you know.  

     
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    " I'll just add a hint, to work on:  It's the opening track on the live album.  (I think.  I'm doing this strictly from memory, haven't listened to that album in 15 years at least)"

    "I believe the answer is the straightforward title "Workin' for MCA".

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    You guys got it.Also you were right about it being the opening track on "One more from the road" Slim.A great album I might have to listen to again.I haven't played it in years.

    By the way,I don't think a thread about record labels would be complete without the mention of the label "Where Rock and Roll was born" Sun Records.They gave us Roy Orbison,Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins,Johnny Cash,Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis and some flash in the pan named Elvis Presley among others.

     

     
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    " I'll just add a hint, to work on:  It's the opening track on the live album.  (I think.  I'm doing this strictly from memory, haven't listened to that album in 15 years at least)"

    "I believe the answer is the straightforward title "Workin' for MCA".

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    You guys got it.Also you were right about it being the opening track on "One more from the road" Slim.A great album I might have to listen to again.I haven't played it in years.

    By the way,I don't think a thread about record labels would be complete without the mention of the label "Where Rock and Roll was born" Sun Records.They gave us Roy Orbison,Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins,Johnny Cash,Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis and some flash in the pan named Elvis Presley among others.

     

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    Yes, Sun is another great label and a favorite of mine. Elvis Presley's Sun sessions had a huge impact on rock music. Just listen to CCR, who would have been nowhere without the influence of guitarist Scotty Moore.

    Howlin' Wolf recorded some of his early work at Sun Studios, too. Sun's founder, Sam Phillips, said of Wolf, "When I heard Howlin’ Wolf, I said, ‘This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies'".

    Elvis (and Scotty Moore):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n_m3q7XYz4

    CCR:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BmEGm-mraE

     
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     How does this fit in with the thread?

    People sometimes ask me about when I was married.I tell them "When most people get married,they have In-Laws.Not me though,I had Outlaws."

     
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    A quick shout-out to a dear favorite, Capricorn Records.

    This was the Macon, GA home to the Allman Brothers from their inception as well as several notable southern rock/soul outfits like the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop (the Allmans co-bill at their legendary Fillmore East shows in 1971) and Dobie Gray.

    They were resurrected in Nashville in the early 90s and wisely signed the incomparable Widespread Panic, who many feel best carried on the legacy of the Allmans.  Cake, 311 and Col. Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit also came out of this latest version.

    On a pilgrimage of sorts, I've visited the original office in Macon, which is identifiable by a small mushroom sign above the door in the style of the allmans logo.    

     

    ** Trivia Fun: Another Capricorn signee was a jazz-rock combo fronted by a wide-ranging musician/producer who's played extensively with the Allmans, Stones, Clapton, an ex-Beatle, Black Crowes, and Govt Mule, among others.  Name the man and his group (in turn a play on his name).

     

     

     
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    We're in my wheelhouse, finally, on these trivia questions.  Chuck Leavell and Sea Level.


    Matt if you haven't also checked out 'Sweet Soul Music', there's a fair bit in it about the Walden's and the early days of Capricorn.

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    Good show.  Chuck Leavell is one of those guys who should be a household name for all the back-up work he's done.

    Thanks for the tip, slim.  I'll have to track it down.

    From what I understand, the Waldens wanted a label that wasn't strictly country as a place to go for more eclectic artists who couldn't get into the more purist nashville imprints.  I think they also wanted desperately to sign the exquisitely talented Duane Allman quickly before someone else did.  Do I have that right..?

     

     
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    From "They Called It Rock"....a great song from Nick Lowe and Rockpile:

    "Hey long distance , it's a rock n roll romance

    {CBS} are gonna pay a great big advance

    Hey {Atlantic} come on take a chance

    {Arista} say they love it , but the kids can't dance to it"....

    ...Managed to pull of mentioning 3 record labels in one verse!!!

     

     
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    From "They Called It Rock"....a great song from Nick Lowe and Rockpile:

    "Hey long distance , it's a rock n roll romance

    {CBS} are gonna pay a great big advance

    Hey {Atlantic} come on take a chance

    {Arista} say they love it , but the kids can't dance to it"....

    ...Managed to pull of mentioning 3 record labels in ine verse!!!

     

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    Love that song. Until I bought the English version of the album, I didn't know this song was recorded in a different version with the title "Shake and Pop".

     
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