THE SAYDISC & VILLAGE THING DISCOGRAPHY
AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
ISBN Number 978-0-9563531-2-2
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Saydisc & Village Thing Discography is the second volume
in the occasional Great British Record Labels series and
comes hot off The Record Press to celebrate the 45th anniversary
of Saydisc, which began life in 1965 as Saydisc Specialized
Recordings Ltd, and the
40th anniversary of Village Thing, which grew out of Bristols
vibrant, late 1960s post-blues, folk scene. This
Listings of all known UK LPs, 7 records, CDs and tape
issues, plus track listings.
Sleeve illustrations for almost every record listed.
Previously unpublished photographs.
Illustrations of all known label designs plus memorabilia.
A history of Saydisc and Village Thing, with contributions
from the label owners.
Inside is an in-depth look at the wonderfully-eclectic Saydisc
label and at the UKs original alternative folk
label, Village Thing. Also included are the Saydisc-related
Matchbox, Roots, Amon Ra and Ahura Mazda labels. To make
this anniversary celebration even more special, the book
includes over 50 pages of illustrations
some previously unpublished including sleeve
illustrations for almost every record listed. Those few
sleeves that are missing are so rare that even Saydisc does
not have file copies!
started life in the Bristol suburb of Frenchay and set about
recording all aspects of local musical life, from folk and
jazz to church bells and organs, from Bristol dialect to
old phonograph cylinders and musical boxes. However, in
1968 the label began a policy of
releasing both contemporary British and classic
American blues on the newly-formed Matchbox
imprint. This policy was extended in 1969 when
Saydisc began to press and distribute Johnny Parths
now near-legendary Roots label in the UK.
In 1970 the Village Thing label was formed, which concentrated
on the emergent post-blues, home-grown British folk scene.
Village Thing is now considered the classic acid/psych folk
label, with the majority of records on the label having
risen sharply in value over the last few years. Saydisc
also released records licensed from quality American labels
such as Rounder, Ahura Mazda and Kanawha to present contemporary
American roots music alongside its expanding catalogue of
classic jazz and blues.
In the mid-1980s, Amon Ra, along with its parent
Saydisc label, became a trend setter when it abandoned vinyl
records for the new CD format.
Added to the above were releases covering barbershop, world
music, choirs, hand bells, Cotswold dialect, brass bands,
carillons, church bells and railway recordings.
Saydisc also produced contract pressings for others, often
with woefully-short pressing runs. Many of the records are
now highly collectable with very silly price tags attached.
This has ensured that Saydisc is now considered an absolute
one-off. A truly classic British record label.
Catalogue Number SAY002
A DISCOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF BRISTOL FOLK MUSIC IN THE
1960s & 1970s
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the late 1960s and early 70s, Bristol became nationally
renowned for its powerhouse folk & blues scene, and
was second only to London for the number and influence of
its recorded artists. Its an era still remembered
with enormous nostalgia by those who
participated, and is nigh legendary to those who came
Although focused on Bristol, Bristol Folk should be of great
interest, not just to Bristolians, but to all fans of late
1960s and early 1970s British folk and blues music, not
to mention that strange beast now known as psych
or acid folk, because many Bristol-based musicians
became nationally-known and influential exponents of these
various styles. Bristol, because of the national reputation
of its folk scene, became a magnet for the brightest and
best on the folk scene: established names such as Al Stewart,
Stefan Grossman, the Incredible String Band and John Renbourn
were enamoured of Bristols friendly folk scene and
were frequent visitors to clubs, such as the Troubadour,
where they were often given a run for their money by Bristols
own resident musicians, many of whom went on to become national
34 pages of illustrations include photographs many
previously unpublished promotional materials and
memorabilia from the artists private collections and
other archives to which the author had special access, plus
over 80 record sleeves. Also included are cuttings from
Bristols early 1970s arts and
entertainments magazine, Preview, and Plastic Dogs
near-legendary Dogpress newsletter one edition of
which found itself being waved around at a Parliamentary
hearing on obscenity!
The book also looks at the local record companies, Saydisc
and Village Thing, both of which released many now highly-collectable
folk records, as well as at Bristols numerous folk
clubs from the Troubadour, which put Bristol firmly
on the national folk map between 1966 and 1971, and the
Stonehouse, to the less well-known, but equally missed clubs,
such as Bristol Ballads & Blues, White On Black, Folk
Blues Bristol &
West and many more.
Over 180 records are listed in the discography section,
all bar an elusive few with full details and complete track
listings. Values are included for almost all of the
records included and these range from 50p to over
£1,000. Some very rare and sought-after records were
released by Bristol-based musicians...and for those
without a record player, there is a supplementary discography
of reissues and a list of artists websites where many
of the CDs listed can be bought.