|Founder||Malcolm Mills, Paul Riley|
|Distributor(s)||Proper Music Distribution|
|Genre||Rock, Americana, Jazz, folk, country, blues|
|Country of origin||London, England|
Proper Records is an English record label, founded in 1996 by Malcolm Mills and Paul Riley. Commencing with a handful of releases, including The Balham Alligators and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, the label grew in stature and renown through its reissue marque, 'Proper Box', whose 4CD boxsets for reissue products are available at a budget price. Featuring jazz, country, and rock and roll artists, these releases now total nearly 150.
These days, the label has become better known for releasing new albums by contemporary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, Mary Gauthier, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel, Texas Tornados, Paul Heaton, Andy Mckee, Tom Russell, Cowboy Junkies, Elizabeth Cook, Art Garfunkel, Don McLean, Dave Rotheray, Jimmy Webb, Paul Brady, Pete Brown, Dennis Locorriere, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Sonny Landreth, Little Feat, Andy Fairweather Low, Baddies, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Diana Jones, Tom Russell, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Robyn Hitchcock, Loudon Wainwright III, Bill Kirchen, The Features, Tim O’Brien, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and more. There is also a subsidiary jazz label, Specific Jazz whose roster currently includes Jacqui Dankworth, Jay Phelps, Tony Kofi, Anita Wardell, Alan Barnes and also the annual BBC Jazz Awards compilation.
The company is based on an industrial estate in the south London suburb of Beckenham. There it also has a fully equipped modern studio named Specific Sound. Proper Music Distribution has won the Music Week Distributor of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2012.
Proper Records has released albums by the following artists:
- Bap Kennedy
- Bonnie Raitt
- Joan Baez
- Richard Thompson
- Aimee Mann
- Little Feat
- Andy Fairweather Low
- Nick Lowe
- Sonny Landreth
- Ian McLagan
- Blind Boys Of Alabama
- Tim O'Brien
- Hacienda Brothers
- Bill Kirchen
- Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
- Ruthie Foster
- Mary Gauthier
- Art Garfunkel
- Robyn Hitchcock
- Dave Stewart
- The Webb Sisters
- Diana Jones
- Loudon Wainwright III
- The Waterboys
- Red Sky July
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