Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story—Seminal Music from Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Mixer DS.T and more

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Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story—Seminal Music from Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Mixer DS.T and more

Celluloid Records, a French/American record label, had its doors open from 1976 to 1989 in New York, and produced a series of eclectic and ground-breaking releases, particularly in the early to late 1980s, largely under the auspices of de facto in-house producer Bill Laswell.

The imprint kicked off releasing American no-wave and French avant-garde pop and also worked with Michael Zilkha and Michael Esteban's Ze Records, which included acts like Was (Not Was), Alan Vega, Suicide and Lydia Lunch.

By 1982 their catalogue expanded to encompass early hip-hop artists such as B-Side, Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmixer D. St., Phase II and Tribe 2.

Strut kicks off its 2013 release schedule with the first definitive overview of one of the most revered, open-minded and influential labels of the 1980s, Celluloid Records, on February 19th. Celluloid put out a compilation back in 2006, which featured a few of the same cuts, but it was nothing like this collection Strut has put together.

Change The Beat is released in conjunction with Jean Karakos and Celluloid Records. Formats include 2CD, 2LP and digital. All physical formats will feature rare photos from the Celluloid Records archive and extended interviews with label owner Jean Karakos, Bill Laswell, Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon, Rusty Egan (Time Zone) and more. The digital version of the album features five extra tracks not featured on the physical formats.

CD 1
1. Shockabilly “Day Tripper
2. Massacre “Killing Time”
3. Ferdinand “Tele, Apres La Meteo
4. Mathematiques Modernes “Disco Rough” (Long Version)
5. Thomas Leer & Robert Rental “Day Breaks, Night Heals
6. Snakefinger “Living In Vain
7. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard “Downing Street Rock
8. Lightnin’ Rod “Sport
9. Futura 2000 (Ft The Clash) “The Escapades Of Futura 2000
10. Timezone “Wildstyle” (12" Vocal)
11. Deadline “Makossa Rock
12. Bobongo Stars “Koteja”
13. Toure Kunda “Amadou Tilo

CD 2
1. Nini Raviolette “Suis-Je Normale
2. Richard Hell & The Voidoids “Destiny Street
3. Sapho “Carmel” (12“ Mix)
4. Ginger Baker “Dust To Dust
5. Last Exit “Big Boss Man”
6. Mandingo “Harima”
7. Manu Dibango “Abele Dance” (’85 Remix)
8. Timezone “World Destruction” (Original 12" Mix)
9. Material, Michael Beinhorn, Bernard Fowler, Bill Laswell & Nile . Rodgers “I’m The One” (Dance Version)
10. Grandmixer D.St “Home Of Hip Hop
11. B Side With Bernard Fowler “Odeon” (Dance Mix)
12. Fab 5 Freddy “Change The Beat” (Male Version)
13. The Last Poets “Mean Machine Chant / Mean Machine

Digital Only:
Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles & Lightnin’ Rod “Doriella Du Fontaine” (Single Edit)
Grandmixer D.St “Crazy Cuts
Shango “Shango Message
Modern Guy “Electrique Sylvie
B Side “So Hot” (feat. Tony Allen)