Vertigo Records

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Vertigo Records
Vertigo Records swirl.png
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1969
Status Active
Distributor(s) Universal Music UK
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock, pop soul, heavy metal, glam metal (import bands)
Country of origin UK
Official website vertigorecords.co.uk

Vertigo Records was a subsidiary of the Philips/Phonogram record label, launched in 1969 in the UK to specialise in progressive rock and other non-mainstream musical styles.[2] Today it is a label operated by Universal Music UK.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Alternate logo used in Canada.

Vertigo was the brainchild of Olav Wyper[2] when he was Creative Director at Phonogram. It was launched as a competitor to labels such as Harvest (a prog subsidiary of EMI) and Deram (Decca). It was the home to bands such as Colosseum, Jade Warrior, Affinity, Ben and other bands from 'the "cutting edge" of the early-'70s British prog-folk-post-psych circuit'.[3]

More Recently[edit]

Vertigo later became the European home to various hard rock bands signed to Mercury in North America, such as Bon Jovi, Rush and Kiss. Now part of the Universal Music Group, Vertigo is a division of Mercury Music Group/Virgin EMI Records (UK), which in turn is a frontline music group operation of Universal Music UK. It distributes Cooking Vinyl (Germany), Metallica (outside the US and Canada), Razorlight, Rush (Europe) and Dire Straits (except the US). More recent signings include The Rapture, The Killers (UK/Éire), One Night Only, Amy Macdonald, Noisettes and Thee Unstrung 2004-2005 and Kassidy[4] in 2009. Black Sabbath have returned to the label in 2013 (including the US and Canada for the first time via sister label Republic) although former sister label Sanctuary Records Group had acquired international rights to their back catalogue in the interim (the band were last on Vertigo in 1987).

Album Discography[5][edit]

1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974

1975[edit]

1976
1977
1978

1979[edit]

1980[edit]

1981[edit]

  • 6367 016 Flame Dream - Out in the Dark
  • 6367 025 Killer - Ladykiller
  • 6650 006 Nazareth - 'Snaz

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1990[edit]

1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

2003[edit]

2004
2005
2006
2007
2008

2009[edit]

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]rateyourmusic.com/list/alabaster/record_label_list_1_vertigo. [2]Category:Vertigo Records albums(Wiki article). [3] Most Cat No.'s are for UK and/or Europe, taken from Discogs.
  2. ^ a b "Vertigo UK". Retrieved 2013-00-16.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Review of Time Machine: A Vertigo Retrospective". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-00-16.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Kassidy". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  5. ^ [1]rateyourmusic.com/list/alabaster/record_label_list_1_vertigo. [2]Category:Vertigo Records albums(Wiki article). [3] Most Cat No.'s are for UK and/or Europe, taken from Discogs.
  6. ^ "Unknown; possibly the original catalog number of Ancient Grease's Women and Children First album, which was eventually released on Mercury". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  7. ^ a b "vertigoarg". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  8. ^ "vertigouklp3". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  9. ^ "vertigobra". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  10. ^ "vertigouklp4". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  11. ^ a b "vertigoperu". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  12. ^ "vertigoDLP1". Vertigoswirl.com. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  13. ^ For most countries ouside the UK. UK release on WWA
  14. ^ World outside of UK

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