Extracts from the book
The third book in this series is
about the Famous Charisma label which was founded by Tony Stratton Smith in 1969.
Limited edition to 1000 copies
Language - Russian, English
Height - 11,5 inches (290 mm)
Width - 8,5 inches (215 mm)
Number of pages - 352
Number of pictures - approx. 1800
Sleeves - 261
In this book, the third in our 'The Famous British Collectable Record
Labels' series, we are rendering the story of the Charisma record label.
Yet it would be wrong not to touch upon B&C Records, which had been
closely associated with Charisma label for more than five years. So, we
provided the main story with a brief outline of B&C Records and its
subsidiary labels like Stable, Pegasus and Mooncrest, beginning with its
launch in 1963. Getting ground in music recording industry, B&C promoted
artists, which performed ska, blue-bit, rock-steady and, a bit later,
reggae music. That prompted us to write on a number of B&S subsidiaries,
the most prominent of which was Trojan Records, and also such
interesting labels as Treasure Isle, Amalgamated, Big Shot, Down Town,
Clandisc, and others.
This book, as well as the previous books in our series, offers an
extensive description of the label designs of the abovementioned
record-labels, all provided with illustrations. Practically all the
albums mentioned in the book are much in demand with record-collectors.
The book also contains interviews by artists and engineers, namely
Martin Cockerham, the founder of the British folk-band Spirogyra,
singer/songwriter and guitarist Keith Christmas, and mastering engineers
John 'Jonz' Dent, George 'Porky' Peckham and Tony 'Tone' Bridge. It
would not have been possible for us to interview John, George and Tony
but for the help from Denis Blackham (from Skye Mastering).
We hope that this book will receive warmly welcome from
record-collectors and fans of British pop-music of the 60-70s alike,
just like our previous volumes - ‘Island Book 1962 - 1977’ and ‘Harvest
Book 1969 - 1980’.
B&C and other short stories
Interview with Martin Cockerham
Interview with Tony Bridge
The cover printers
The inner sleeves
Interview with George Peckham
Interview with John Dent
The Cover gallery
Interview with Keith Christmas