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Major League Productions (MLP)
Type Private
Traded as Major League Records, MLPLIVE, Hyper UK, MLPMAN, MLP LTD, Billy's Discs And Records Shack
Industry Music industry
Genre Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Indie, Punk, Techno, House, Classical and Modern
Fate Active
Founded 1995 (As Major League Records renamed MLPLIVE)
Founder(s) Mr Mike Dixon
Headquarters

Various Office Locations Worldwide

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Number of locations 100 of 196 Countries
Area served Worldwide
Products CD, Audio downloads
Services Audio Restoration, Record Label and MP3 Downloads, Record Shops
Owner(s) Mr Mike Dixon
Employees 39[1]
Parent Hyper UK/ Hyper Worldwide
Divisions Hyper UK, MLPLIVE1, MLPMAN, Major League Productions, Billy's Discs And Records Shack
Subsidiaries Hyper
Website mlplive.com
Official Channel

Major League Productions is a record label from the United Kingdom based in Oxfordshire and was founded in 1991 it operates in 100 different countries and as of 2013 had 39 employees[2]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

The label, began in 1995, was founded in Banbury and was aimed at the rock genre before expanding its field. After two years of foundation its first record, by Home, was released. The release was aimed at the UK market until the label obtained European and worldwide distribution. Only three months later the Kokomo album Live 75 was released, the label was criticised for the album as it had described itself as a rock music label and this release was soul and funk, the album was sold in Europe and had main interest in Germany

Hyper UK[edit]

In 2007 MLP's parent label Hyper UK was set up, to create new and abstract releases by bands such as Smash. The label has registered under Major League Productions, however is advertised as a separate label.

2000s[edit]

Once the label was established it tried to expand its presence, focusing on larger artists and bands such as Thin Lizzy and Alex Harvey. The label then developed its online services by offering downloads and YouTube services in 2005–2007. Finally the label sought only download LPs explaining a limited release.

QR Code Introduction 2009[edit]

As MLP began to grow their CD and release network, a QR code was made that linked it to their website, this was used for publicity and label forms, in 2009 the label became the first Record label ever to add a QR code to their CD releases

RSS Feed Introduction[edit]

In 2011 the Major League Productions or MLPLIVE1 news feed became available, the feed focuses on the YouTube channel MLPLIVE1 and also included information about new releases and fictional information. The RSS feed is available on many platforms this includes: PSP, BMW Online, iDrive, Calender plus, Windows Desktop RSS gadget and Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone

Mlpman UK and worldwide[edit]

Mlpman is the eBay and Amazon operating name of MLPLIVE it was formed on 17 July 2000, the record label owns and maintains the sub as well as control its logistics, from 1 January 2001 MLPMAN went world wide selling to everywhere across the world, however MLPMAN now rarely operates on Amazon as of Amazon offering the product under its own brand.

Mlplive.com shop[edit]

The Mlplive.com shop opened in 2007 and allows customers to purchase CDs without going through either shops or Mlpman, the shop sells all CDs and alerts the audience when an album is available for downloads, currently the only payment accepted on this service is Paypal.

News & Press Coverage[edit]

The record label has experienced a number of press and news releases especially that of its UK tour 75 Thin Lizzy release.

Twitter Feed[edit]

The label officially launched its Twitter feed on 17 July 2013, the feed is described to give information about the label, new releases and the song of the day feature, the creation of the Twitter feed is aimed to help the label move into the tech revolution as well as promote itself. The label has around 310 followers at present.[3]

Television Advertisements[edit]

Between 2008 and 2011 the record label ran promo television advertisements during related shows and themes, the advertisements were mainly shown on Icelandic, Scandinavian, Estonian and European T.V with the exception of Niger. The advertisements included information about the releases and were to buy them and were language developed to the specific region, upon MLPLIVE'S reports it concluded 137 advertisements had been shown and that the label would now advertise online in these regions.

UK Tour 75[edit]

Released in September 2008, the CD has a large amount of publicity this included news articles in the Daily Express and Birmingham Times as well as a number of magazines including the Record Collector, it was rated four stars out of five by the Daily Express.

Alex Harvey releases[edit]

Alex Harvey releases have had a number of press and review articles this includes sections on all the three of the releases on the following press sites and companies:

Other Releases[edit]

Other releases have also gain publicity with majority of the company releases, this includes articles on services such as Newsvine, Mojo (magazine), Record Collector, Rate Your Music, MTV.

Mojo magazine insert[edit]

In May 2013 the label has allowed an insert of the Alex Harvey Band which included one of the songs free on a promo Audio-CD in the Mojo (magazine), the disc cover was highlighted by using an outline of Harvey himself. The magazine is estimated to sell 85,149 copies and is sold across the United Kingdom[4]

Artists and Bands[edit]

Major League Productions[5][edit]

Hyper UK[edit]

Online/YouTube Services[edit]

In 2012 the company launched its YouTube service, the label currently publishes samples, Promo's and Advertisements. The channel MLPLIVE1 is spread across both YouTube and Dailymotion and mainly operated and focuses on Northern Europe and the USA. As of 10 March the company elected to use the new YouTube channel layout, this has since been a success as of being the first record label to do this evidence of this is seen when the company gained one hundred subscribers in one day.

Release Descriptions MLP[edit]

Home Live BBC Sessions 1970−73[edit]

Classic BBC live recordings from one of the most under-rated British rock bands of the early 1970s. Featuring the twin guitars of Laurie Wisefield and Mick Stubbs, the band riff and solo through every song. The songs here are heavier and extended from their studio output and this CD features tracks from all three 'Home' albums inc a complete live run-through the concept album -'The Alchemist' plus previously un-released material. The sessions were recorded for Bob Harris and John Peel shows plus tracks from the In Concert series.

Kokomo Live In Concert 1975[edit]

Recorded in December 1975 as the band toured between their first two albums (Kokomo, Rise And Shine). The set features songs from both these albums plus previously un-released material.

Caravan Live UK Tour '75[edit]

A previously un-released live recording by one of the leaders of the Canterbury Scene-Caravan at Nottingham Polytechnic in 1975, found the band in a period of change as the band were between record deals and labels. Having just changed their keyboard player, sessions for a new album were about to start when the band went on tour.

Trapeze Live at the Boat Club[edit]

See Separate Page Live at the Boat Club for more information

Recorded at the Boat Club in Nottingham for a live radio broadcast, this live set includes 70 minutes of high energy live classic rock. Having just returned from asuccessful US Tour headlining 20,000 seat venues, the band played a short UK tour to promote their latest album 'Trapeze'. Featuring guitarist Mel Galley (ex-Whitesnake) and drummer Dave Holland (ex-Judas Priest) the band play a set of classic old numbers, new tracks and covers.

MLPLIVE Trapeze CD Cover

Groundhogs Live UK Tour 1976[edit]

A previously un-released live recording captures The Groundhogs In Concert at the Kings Hall, Derby on a UK tour in 1976 for a live radio broadcast. Tony McPhee added a second lead guitarist which really beefs up the sound as the band play tracks from their latest albums, live favourites including a manic 14-minute encore of 'Cherry Red' and some other rarer live tracks.

Carter USM BBC Live In Concert 1991−94[edit]

78 minutes of previously un-released BBC performances at six different venues: Wembley Arena (91) Kilburn National (91) Norwich Sound City (92) Glastonbury (92) Reading University (94) Phoenix (94). It captures the duo from their rise to fame in early 1991 at Wembley through an electric performance at Kilburn and a headline slot at the Glastonbury Festival. This

Alex Harvey Band British Tour '76[edit]

Previously un-released live recording from a radio broadcast at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, during SAHB's 76 UK tour promoting the album 'Sahb Stories'. Great quality and mastered from the original tapes, this album considered 'better' than the official live album and fully authorised by the band, who write sleeve notes in a 16-page booklet full of great live photos and an intro by biographer Martin Kielty.

Baker Gurvitz Army Live In Derby '75[edit]

Official band-authorized CD release of a previously un-released live recording from BGA in 1975 while the band were touring the second album 'Elysian Encounter'. Featuring rock star 'Cream' drummer 'Ginger Baker' and Adrian and Paul Gurvitz (Three Man Army) with the vocals of Snips (Sharks). Recorded for a live radio broadcast, on 21 October 1975, the set features songs from their first two albums plus Cream covers and unreleased material.

Gong Live In Sherwood Forest '75[edit]

See CD Page Live in Sherwood Forest '75 for more information

Official, band-authorised CD, contains a previously un-released live recording from Nottingham University on 25 Nov 1975. Originally a live radio broadcast, this set features the penultimate gig with guitarist-Steve Hillage on his farewell tour with Gong, days before he was to leave for his solo career. Contains tracks from upcoming album 'Shamal' and the '74 album-'You' plus tracks from Steve's upcoming solo album 'Fish Rising'.

MLPLIVE Gong CD Cover

Soft Machine British Tour '75[edit]

Soft Machine recorded In Concert for a live radio broadcast at Nottingham University in October 1975 on a short Brtitish Tour between the recording of the two albums 'Bundles' and 'Softs'. The album includes three new songs of over 30 minutes of new music previously unavailable on any other Soft Machine release.

Renaissance British Tour '76[edit]

Renaissance recorded at Nottingham University on 24 January 1976 during a 10-date British University Tour for a live radio broadcast. This set has over 78 minutes of live music including favourites: 'Running Hard', 'Ocean Gypsy' plus the nine part 25+ minute epic 'Song Of Scheherazade' and a rousing encore of 'Ashes Are Burning'.

Captain Beefheart Amsterdam '80[edit]

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band recorded at Paradiso in Amsterdam on 1 November 1980 while on a European Tour promoting the album 'Doc At The Radar Station'. This superb quality recording was made by Dutch radio for an original live broadcast and has been mastered from the original tapes.

Nucleus UK Tour '76 (2 CD)[edit]

Ian Carr's Nucleus recorded at Loughborough University in Leicester on 18 February 1976 while on a 12-date British university Winter Tour promoting their latest album 'Alleycat' playing a varied mix of Jazz Rock, Fusion and Funk. This live 2CD has over 102 minutes of great quality music featuring Jazz legend Ian Carr and a superb band of musicians that made up the group-Nucleus. Originally recorded for a live radio broadcast, and mastered from the original tapes-fully authorised by Ian Carr and the band.

Alex Harvey Band US Tour '74 (2CD)[edit]

Recorded at two different venues on their 1974 North American Tour, this 2CD features two 1-hour sets recorded for live radio broadcasts at the Cleveland Agora and the Electric Company in Dallas while promoting their latest album-The Impossible Dream. Mastered from the original master tapes, the superb quality sets include a full 16m version of 'Anthem' and great full version of The Hot City Symphony inc. Man In The Jar.

Canned Heat Under The Dutch Skies 1970−74[edit]

Official release-authorised by the band. This 2 CD has over 150 mins of Live Canned Heat recorded by Dutch state radio in Baarn 1970, Arcen 1971 and Amsterdam 1974. Mastered from the original archive tapes, these great quality sets include hit singles: Lets Work Together, On The Road Again, Going Up The Country, plus album tracks and lengthy boogie jamming.

Thin Lizzy UK Tour '75[edit]

See CD Page UK Tour '75 for more information

Recorded live at Derby College on their UK tour in November 1975. This official release is fully authorized by the band and taken from the original radio recording tapes which have now been remastered with the band's supervision and presented here with the full complete show comprising fifteen tracks in superb quality. This previously unreleased live recording features the Thin Lizzy classic line up performing songs from both the Nightlife and Fighting albums plus rare live versions of 'Little Darling', The Rocker, a prototype version of 'The Cowboy Song' which had still to be recorded and which Phil titles here, as 'Derby Blues' and even a sound check jam session recorded minutes before the gig. This album is released as a deluxe CD contains over 78 minutes of classic live Thin Lizzy and a full colour 20-page booklet crammed full of live photos and extensive liner notes from Brian Downey. With success just around the corner and following tours in Britain and the States, the band are slick, raunchy and at the top of their game with the music in this release.

MLPLIVE Thin Lizzy UK Tour 75 Cover

Pink Fairies Finland Freak Out 1971[edit]

Recorded live at the Turku Festival in Finland in 1971. The Pink Fairies made a rare overseas trip by travelling to northern Finland for an appearance on the second day at the three day Ruisrock festival. The state radio station recorded only a selection of bands and luckily the Fairies were on of these. With ex-drummer Twink departed, the band were now a threesome and comprised: Russell Hunter-drums, Paul Rudolf-guitar and Duncan Sanderson-bass. They still packed an almighty punch and the power of the band is unleashed here in a one hour set of four long acid-crazed psychedelic jams, which is well received by the large crowd. Mastered from the original tapes, the great quality recording is fully authorised by the band.

Alex Harvey Band 'Hot City' The 1974 Unreleased Album[edit]

In early 1974, SAHB went into the studios with US producer Shel Talmy to record sessions for their third album. Upon completion, the band decided they were not happy with the overall sound and amazingly decided to scrap the entire album. A fully mixed album by one of the biggest upcoming rock bands was left with Shel Talmy who departed back to Los Angeles not long after. Most of the songs were completely reworked with different arrangementa and lyrics and appeared at the end of 1974 on the album 'The Impossible Dream'. Now after 34 years, MLP have unearthed this treasure and the album has been re-assessed by both Shel Talmy & the band. The tracks have been ompletely remastered and fully approved by the band members. Now the fans can hear how songs like Vambo, Anthem and Man In Jar originally sounded.

The Groundhogs Swedish Radio Masters '76[edit]

In September 1976, The Groundhogs were a four piece adding second guitarist Ric Adams to bolster the sound and allow Tony McPhee more space to develop his amazing guitar runs. The Swedish gig was part of a 1976 Autumn European tour which was promoting their upcoming album ‘Black Diamond’. This recording is set in the Radio station’s own in-house venue Studio 4, and features tracks from that album, Hogwash and two stage favourites from their top 5 hit album ‘Split’. ‘Split Part 2’ and a massive 18+ minutes of their all-time classic ‘Cherry Red’. Mastered direct from the original radio station tapes, the sound is superb as the band rip through a set of seven songs on the night. The CD has a Deluxe Digi-Pack with Inner Sleeve and a 12 Page colour booklet which includes liner notes and track/track analysis from lead guitarist Tony McPhee plus previously unseen live photos from that period of the band’s history.

Gentle Giant Live In Stockholm '75[edit]

In 1975, Gentle Giant had completed a long winter US tour, followed in the summer by European Festival dates and more US gigs, written and recorded their 7th album ‘Free Hand’ and were now about to tour the album with a European Autumn tour. Their gig at the Students Union’s own venue: ‘Club Karen’ (Karhuset) at Stockholm University on 12 November 1975, was a total sell-out and this CD release brings back all that excitement of the band at their prime, when they were headlining major cities all around the world. Mastered direct from the original radio station tapes, the sound is superb as the band play a selection of new tracks and stage favourites from earlier albums.

A Band Called 'O' On The Road 1975−77[edit]

Between 1974 and 1977, A Band Called 'O' recorded four albums and constantly toured the UK and Europe. Whilst the studio albums clearly demonstrate the musical talent within the band, the live setting was where they really shined. With a line-up of two guitars, keyboards and excellent vocal harmonies they played a variety of funk rock with great licks, riffs and textures. These two recordings were both recorded at Nottingham University for live radio broadcasts and capture the band at the height of their career on British tours in 1975 and 1977. This album represents the best of the two concerts and is the only live material ever released by the band. The set features tracks from all four of their studio albums and some previously unrecorded songs. All tracks in this recording are previously un-released in any format.

Gaye Bykers On Acid A BIG BAD BEAUTIFUL NOIZE[edit]

Grunge, punk, rap and dance grooves mixed with the psychedelic excesses of the hippie counterculture, the Gaye Bykers On Acid had a strong reputation as a great live band but there has been no live album until now. The band have made available their own collection of live recordings from 1986 to 1990 from six different venues in England and the USA. This album includes live versions of album tracks, singles, cover songs and previously unreleased material from those live sets taken from over four years of touring

Climax Blues Band World Tour 1976[edit]

Climax Blues Band, were already an established blues rock band when the hot summer of 1976 arrived. Formed in Stafford in 1969, they had released nine albums on various labels, completed endless tours of the UK, Europe and USA and built a solid reputation as a sophisticated and classy outfit wherever they played. Their latest album Gold Plated’ was released in April 1976. When the decision to release a single from that album was made, no one would expect what was to come next. A new British tour in the autumn, to promote the new single was planned. One of the dates on Sunday 31 October at the University of Nottingham, was marked down for a local live radio broadcast. The original master tapes survive from that gig and capture the band on the verge of rock stardom. The new single ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’ with its appealing funk groove, stormed up the British charts reaching #5 in early November and was also a mega-hit in the US and Europe. Five days after this gig, the band appeared on the BBC TV show-Top Of The Pops. Climax Blues Band and were then elevated into the big leagues., playing to 20,000 crowds in the USA with further TV and radio appearances, the band went global. This previously unreleased live recording is the full 75 minute set from that October night and features the Climax Blues Band at the top of their game, playing live favourites from some of their early albums, new tracks from the ‘Gold Plated’ album and a great raw funky version of ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’.

The Heavy Metal Kids Live At Trent Poly[edit]

Recorded by Radio Trent for a Live Radio Broadcast. Unfortunately when the radio station folded, the tapes along with many others were thrown into a skip, never to be seen again. However, one reel was somehow salvaged by an engineer and it turned out to be the final four songs of the one hour set. Unfortunately, the main part of the concert may be gone forever but MLP and the HMK have decided to make available what survives as a release, as it has a unique song selection and make it a limited downloaded release.

Hyper Releases[edit]

S*M*A*S*H ICON[edit]

A new album of studio recordings from the angry '90s indie punk trio. The band were formed in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire in the early 1990s. Comprising: Ed Borrie (guitar, vocals) Salvador Alessi (bass) and Rob Hague (drums), the band made an immediate impact with their debut single 'Real Surreal' before appearing on BBC TV show-Top Of The Pops with their top-20 single 'Shame' which was also the NME single of the week. Their gigs were well received with the NME calling them 'the Stone Roses on PCP'. In 1994, they released the album 'Self Abused' on Virgin Records, followed by the semi-live Ep 'Another Love'. Touring the USA, they attracted attention from the US grunge label: Sub Pop, who re-recorded the song 'Barrabas' for a one-off single. After a final single 'Rest Of My Life' in 1997, Smash then went off radar for several years before Ed wrote new songs which they recorded in 2007 for the album 'Icon'. It features ten new songs plus a bonus track only available on the download album. Released: Oct 2007 on MLP's new label - Hyper

References[edit]

  1. ^ employee estimate file.com
  2. ^ Employee estimates.com
  3. ^ @MLPLIVE Twitter page
  4. ^ mojo.com
  5. ^ http://www.mlplive.com and then select the resources section