Immediate Records

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Immediate Records
Founded1965; 59 years ago (1965)
FounderAndrew Loog Oldham
Defunct1970 (1970)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon, United Kingdom

Immediate Records was a British record label, started in 1965 by The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Tony Calder,[1] and concentrating on the London-based blues and R&B scene.


Immediate Records was started in 1965.[1] Signed musicians included Rod Stewart, P.P. Arnold, songwriter Paul Korda, Billy Nicholls, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Small Faces, The Nice, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs, Chris Farlowe, Duncan Browne and Humble Pie.[1]

Due to financial problems, the label ceased operations in 1970,[1] and it has been the subject of controversy ever since. This is especially true in regard to unpaid royalties owed to the Small Faces, who made numerous hit recordings for the label between 1967 and 1969. Despite their success, the band received virtually no income from these often re-released records, until legal action finally secured payments from the present licencees in the early 2000s.[citation needed]

According to Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones, most of Immediate Records' assets and income were embezzled by one of the company's senior partners, who allegedly channelled the funds to offshore bank accounts. Paul Korda, who wrote songs such as "The Time Has Come" for P.P. Arnold, was never paid for work done for Immediate Records.[citation needed]

In the US, Immediate Records first set up a deal with MGM Records, who issued three singles (K-13530, K-13567, K-13600) as part of the regular MGM series using regular MGM labels with the Immediate logo on the side of the label. Then Immediate Records set up a short-lived deal with United Artists, who issued two singles using the Immediate moniker (E-1901, E-1902) before signing a deal with CBS to set up a new label series, which picked selective Immediate Records singles (using product codes with the ZS7 prefix) and albums (using Z12) until they had a dispute. Finally, Immediate Records set up a short-lived independent label in the US to issue one single (IMOC-001), Humble Pie’s first album, and The Nice's last album before the label entered into liquidation.[citation needed]

In 2008, a comprehensive book about Immediate Records, written by Simon Spence, who 'ghosted' Andrew Loog Oldham's two autobiographies, was published in the UK and US by Black Dog as part of their Labels Unlimited series.[2] A second, amended version has since been published. In 2016, a comprehensive discography with brief organisational history, The Immediate Discography: The First 20 Years by recorded music historian, Mark Jones, was published with input from Barry Green, the curator of the official Immediate archive. This book won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Best Research in Recorded Rock Music, Best Discography Award, 2017.[3]

Today, Sanctuary Records, owned by BMG Rights Management, controls the Immediate Records catalogue in the United Kingdom. Outside of the UK, Charly Records controls the Immediate catalogue.[4] Charly owns the Immediate Records trade mark.[5]



UK # US # Artist(s) Album title
IMLP-001 The McCoys Hang on Sloopy (from US Bang)
IMLP-002 Sam Cooke The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke (featuring gospel material)
IMLP-003 Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra Today's Pop Symphony (directed by Keith Richards)
IMLP-004 Mark Murphy Who Can I Turn To
IMLP-005 Chris Farlowe 14 Things to Think About
IMLP-006 Chris Farlowe The Art of Chris Farlowe
IMLP-007 Twice as Much Own Up
IMLP-008 Z12-52 002 Small Faces Small Faces (aka There Are But Four Small Faces)
IMLP-009 Billy Nicholls Would You Believe
IMLP-010 Chris Farlowe The Best of Chris Farlowe Vol. 1
IMLP-011 P.P. Arnold The First Lady of Immediate
IMLP-012 Z12-52 008 Small Faces Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
IMLP-013 Twice as Much That's All
IMLP-014 Z12-52 006 Various Blues Anytime Vol. 1 (reissued under several titles)
IMLP-015 Z12-52 007 Various Blues Anytime Vol. 2 (reissued under several titles)
IMLP-016 Z12-52 004 The Nice The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack
IMLP-017 Z12 52 016 P.P. Arnold Kafunta
IMLP-018 Z12-52 012 Duncan Browne Give Me Take You
IMLP-019 Z12-52 018 Various Blues Anytime Vol. 3 (reissued under several titles)
IMLP-020 Z12-52 020 The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis
IMLP-021 Chris Farlowe The Last Goodbye
IMLP-022 Small Faces In Memoriam (not issued in the UK; only in Europe)
IMLP-023 Amen Corner National Welsh Coast Live Explosion Company
IMLP-024 Various Blues Leftovers (Blues Anytime Vol. 4)
IMLP-025 IMOCS-101 Humble Pie As Safe As Yesterday Is
IMLP-026 Z12-52 022 & IMOCS-102 The Nice Nice
IMLP-027 Humble Pie Town and Country
IMLP-028 Amen Corner Farewell to the Real Magnificent Seven
IMEP-001 Chris Farlowe Farlowe in the Midnight Hour
IMEP-002 The McCoys Hits Vol. 1
IMEP-003 The McCoys Hits Vol. 2
IMEP-004 Chris Farlowe Hits
IMAL-01/02 Small Faces The Autumn Stone
IMAL-03/04 Various Anthology of British Blues Volume 1 (reissue of Blues Anytime series)
IMAL-05/06 Various Anthology of British Blues Volume 2 (reissue of Blues Anytime series)
Sampler albums
IMLYIN Various Immediate Lets You In
IMLYIN-2 Various Happy to Be a Part of the Industry of Human Happiness


UK # US # Artist(s) Song title
IM-001 The McCoys "Hang on Sloopy" (from US Bang)
b/w "I Can't Explain It"
IM-002 The Fifth Avenue "The Bells of Rhymney"
b/w "Just Like Anyone Would Do"
IM-003 Nico "I'm Not Sayin'"
b/w "The Last Mile"
IM-004 Gregory Phillips "Down in the Boondocks"
b/w "That's the One"
IM-005 The Masterminds "She Belongs to Me"
b/w "Taken My Love"
IM-006 The Poets "Call Again"
b/w "Some Things I Can't Forget"
IM-007 The Strangeloves "Cara-Lin" (from US Bang)
b/w "(Roll On) Mississippi"
IM-008 Van Lenton "Gotta Get Away"
b/w "You Don't Care"
IM-009 The Factotums "In My Lonely Room"
b/w "A Run in the Green and Tangerine Flaked Forest" (Note: This is the same recording previously issued as "That's the One" on flip of IM-004)
IM-010 The Golden Apples of the Sun "The Monkey Time"
b/w "Chocolate Rolls, Tea and Monopoly"
IM-011 Barbara Lynn "You Can't Buy My Love" (from US Tribe)
b/w "That's What a Friend Will Do"
IM-012 John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers "I'm Your Witchdoctor"
b/w "Telephone Blues"
IM-013 Glyn Johns "Mary Anne"
b/w "Like Grains of Yellow Sand"
IM-014 Mick Softley "I'm So Confused"
b/w "She's My Girl"
IM-015 The Mockingbirds "You Stole My Love"
b/w "Skit Skat"
IM-016 Chris Farlowe "The Fool"
b/w "Treat Her Good"
IM-017 Joey Vine "Down & Out"
b/w "The Out of Towner"
IM-018 Jimmy Tarbuck "Someday"
b/w "Wastin' Time"
IM-019 The Variations "The Man With All the Toys"
b/w "She'll Know I'm Sorry"
IM-020 Les Fleur de Lys "Moondreams"
b/w "Wait for Me"
IM-021 The McCoys "Fever" (from US Bang)
b/w "Sorrow"
IM-022 The Factotums "You're So Good to Me"
b/w "Can't Go Home Anymore My Love"
IM-023 Chris Farlowe "Think"
b/w "Don't Just Look at Me"
IM-024 The Poets "Baby Don't You Do It"
b/w "I'll Come Home"
IM-025 Charles Dickens "So Much in Love"
b/w "Our Soul Brother TH"
IM-026 Goldie "Going Back"
b/w "Headlines"
IM-027 Tony Rivers and the Castaways "Girl Don't Tell Me"
b/w "The Girl From Salt Lake City"
IM-028 The McCoys "Don't Worry Mother, Your Son's Heart Is Pure" (from US Bang)
b/w "Ko-Ko"
IM-029 The McCoys "Up and Down" (from US Bang)
b/w "If You Tell a Lie"
IM-030 The London Waits "Softly, Softly" (theme from the BBC Television series Softly, Softly)
b/w "Serenadio (Italian Serenade)"
IM-031 The Turtles "You Baby"
b/w "Wanderin' Kind"
IM-032 Les Fleur de Lys "Circles"
b/w "So, Come On"
IM-033 K-13530 Twice as Much "Sittin' on a Fence"
b/w "Baby I Want You"
IM-034 The McCoys "Runaway"
b/w "Come on Let's Go"
IM-035 K-13567 Chris Farlowe "Out of Time"
b/w "Baby Make It Soon"
IM-036 K-13600 Twice as Much "Step Out of Line"
b/w "Simplified"
IM-037 The McCoys "(You Make Me Feel) So Good" (from US Bang)
b/w "Everyday I Have to Cry"
IM-038 Chris Farlowe "Ride On, Baby"
b/w "Headlines"
IM-039 Twice as Much "True Story"
b/w "You're So Good for Me"
IM-040 P.P. Arnold "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
b/w "Life Is But Nothing"
IM-041 Chris Farlowe "My Way of Giving"
b/w "You're So Good to Me"
IM-042 Twice as Much "Crystal Ball"
b/w "Why Can't They All Go and Leave Me Alone"
IM-043 Apostolic Intervention "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me"
b/w "Madame Garcia"
IM-044 Nicky Scott "Big City"
b/w "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
IM-045 Nicky Scott "Backstreet Girl"
b/w "Chain Reaction"
IM-046 The McCoys "I Got to Go Back" (from US Bang)
b/w "Dynamite"
IM-047 E-1901 P.P. Arnold "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
b/w "Speak to Me"
IM-048 Mort Shuman IV "Monday, Monday"
b/w "Little Children"
IM-049 Chris Farlowe "Yesterday's Papers"
b/w "Life Is But Nothing"
IM-050 E-1902 Small Faces "Here Come the Nice"
b/w "Talk to You"
IM-051 ZS7-502 John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
with Eric Clapton
"I'm Your Witchdoctor"
b/w "Telephone Blues"
IM-052 Marquis of Kensington "The Changing of the Guard"
b/w "Reverse Thrust"
IM-053 Murray Head "She Was Perfection"
b/w "Secondhand Monday"
IM-054 The Australian Playboys "Black Sheep R.I.P."
b/w "Sad"
IM-055 P.P. Arnold "The Time Has Come"
b/w "If You See What I Mean"
IM-056 Chris Farlowe "Moanin'"
b/w "What Have I Been Doing?"
IM-057 ZS7-501 Small Faces "Itchycoo Park"
b/w "I'm Only Dreaming"
IM-058 Warm Sounds "Sticks and Stones"
b/w "Angeline"
ZS7-5002 Chris Farlowe "Paint It Black"
b/w "You're So Good to Me"
IM-059 ZS7-5004 The Nice "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack"
b/w "Azrial (The Angel of Death)"
IM-060 Rod Stewart "Little Miss Understood"
b/w "So Much to Say (So Little Time)"
IM-061 ZS7-5006 P.P. Arnold "(If You Think You're) Groovy"
b/w "Though It Hurts Me Badly"
IM-062 ZS7-5003 Small Faces "Tin Soldier"
b/w "I Feel Much Better"
IM-063 Billy Nicholls "Would You Believe"
b/w "Daytime Girl"
IM-064 ZS7-5007 Small Faces "Lazy Sunday"
b/w "Rollin' Over (Part II of Happiness Stan)"
IM-065 ZS7-5005 Chris Farlowe "Handbags and Gladrags"
b/w "Everyone Makes a Mistake"
IM-066 Chris Farlowe "The Last Goodbye" (from the film The Last Goodbye)
b/w "Paperman Fly in the Sky"
IM-067 The Outer Limits "Great Train Robbery"
b/w "Sweet Freedom"
IM-067 P.P. Arnold "Angel of the Morning"
b/w "Life Is But Nothing"
IM-068 ZS7-5008 The Nice "America" (from the musical West Side Story)
b/w "The Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon"
IM-069 ZS7-5009 Small Faces "The Universal"
b/w "Donkey Rides, a Penny a Glass"
IM-070 ZS7-5010 Duncan Browne "On the Bombsite"
b/w "Alfred Bell"
IM-071 ZS7-5011 Chris Farlowe "Paint It Black"
b/w "I Just Need Your Loving" (UK), "What Have I Been Doing?" (US)
IM-072 The Nice "Brandenburger"
b/w "Happy Freuds"
ZS7-5012 Small Faces "Mad John"
b/w "The Journey"
IM-073 ZS7-5013 Amen Corner "(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice"
b/w "Hey Hey Girl"
IM-074 Chris Farlowe "Dawn"
b/w "April Was the Month"
IM-075 Mike d'Abo "(See the Little People) Gulliver's Travels" (from the show Gulliver's Travels)
b/w "An Anthology of Gulliver's Travels – Part Two"
IM-076 The McCoys "Hang on Sloopy" (from US Bang)
b/w "This Is Where We Came In"
IM-077 ZS7-5014 Small Faces "Afterglow of Your Love"
b/w "Wham Bam Thank You Man"
IM-078 Chris Farlowe "Out of Time"
b/w "Ride on Baby"
IM-079 P.P. Arnold "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
b/w "The Time Has Come"
IM-080 Fleetwood Mac
(B-side under alias Earl Vince and the Valiants)
"Man of the World"
b/w "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonite"
IM-081 Amen Corner "Hello Susie"
b/w "Evil Man's Gonna Win"
IM-082 IMOC-001 Humble Pie "Natural Born Bugie" (aka "Natural Born Woman")
b/w "Wrist Job" (aka "I'll Go Alone")
IM-083 ZS7-5015 (unused – reportedly slated to feature P.P. Arnold's "Would You Believe" b/w "Am I Still Dreaming")
IM-084 Amen Corner "Get Back"
b/w "Farewell to the Real Magnificent Seven"
ZS7-5016 The Hill "Sylvie"
b/w "The Fourth Annual Convention of the Battery Hen Farmers Association – Part II"
IM-085 Amen Corner Greatest Hits Immediate IML 2004 Year 1977

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  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 245. ISBN 0-7535-0149-X.
  2. ^ [1] [dead link]
  3. ^ "ARSC / "2017 Winners: ARSC Awards for Excellence″". Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Small Faces / "Here Comes The Nice: Immediate Years box set 1967-69″". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Case details for trade mark UK00001510277". Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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