LOCAL RECORDS history

Started by John Collins in 1978 at the height of the post punk d.i.y. record label boom, recording local talent on a game changing Teac A-3340S 4 track tape recorder in his front room in Tottenham and distributing records through Jetstar, Rough Trade and directly to shops..


1978 LR1 7"ep
A four track 331/3 rpm ep featuring Victor Romero Evans, Nat Augustin, Everton McCalla (drums) and Noel (Fish) Salmon (organ). Nat and Everton went on to join Britfunk band Light Of The World. Recorded in the front room with the drums in the back room. The mic cables went through a hole drilled in the wall between. John Peel played Give Me A Helping Hand and Great Big Ghetto on his Radio One show after John Collins waited to give him a copy at the reception desk in the BBC's Broadcasting House.
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1979 LR2 7"single
Comic Book Hero by local new wave/punk band Scandal. Recorded in the front room with the drums in the back room. The bass was directly injected (dIed) into a Teac model 2a mixer and the guitars were dIed from Vox AC30 speaker feeds. Mixed with a touch of dub echo.


1979 BRD032 12"album
No Money No Love by Victor Romero. Early front room recording with Victor, John and a home made drum machine. Licensed to Burning Rockers who's parent label, Burning Sounds had a record shop in West London's Harrow Road. Victor initially dropped his Evans surname but reinstated it later.
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1979 LRLP001 12"album
Gangster by The Detonators.First briefly released on Burning Rockers then back on Local Records after the former went bust! The album has a "Lovers" side with vocals by Victor Romero Evans and Nat Augustin and a "Dub" side featuring John's early electro dub. More about Gangster here


1980 LR3 12"single
Slacks And Sovereigns by local dancer, actor and singer Victor Romero Evans. First attempt at this song using the home made drum machine - a better version of the song would be made later.


1980 LR4 12"single
At The Club by Victor Romero Evans. The first hit! Better use of the drum machine for Victor's take on North London club life. Selling well from the start and climbing to number one on the Black Echoes reggae chart. It was played on Radio One's Round Table (thanks again to John Peel) leading to a phone call from Jerry Dammers asking John to produce the next Specials' single which turned out to be Ghost Town. Muff Winwood from CBS records also heard it and phoned offering a recording deal. Victor's next two singles would be released on their Epic label.
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Lift Off by The Detonators. The flip side of At The Club. Early electro dub from John Collins and pre-echoes of Ghost Town.
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1982 LR5 12"single
Rock Your Lover a Lovers Rock effort featuring local dancer and singer Jackie Denis.


1982 LRLP002 12"album
Premiere by Victor Romero Evans. Back with a solo album on Local Records after a spell on Epic.


1982 LR6 12"single
Slacks And Sovereigns by Victor Romero Evans. A much better version of Victor's Lovers Rock anthem. Recorded in the front room with John's new 8 track Soundcraft tape recorder and Linn drum machine. The brass section included Dave Baptiste (sax), Colin Graham (trumpet) and Nat Augustin (trombone) from Light Of The World.
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1983 LR7 12"single
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) by Victor Romero Evans. Victor sings Sinatra in the front room with the Light Of The World brass section.


1984 LR8 12"single
Eternally Grateful by Janet Kay. Moving into the burgeoning dance market with the Queen Of Lovers Rock. A club hit and Local Records' biggest seller. The synthbass, keyboards and Linn drum machine were sequenced with John's own BBC model B computer system - this was pre Cubase. Recorded at Island Records' Fallout Shelter studio in Hammersmith and Mark Angelo's in Farringdon. Also issued on 7".
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1984 LR9 12"single
Let Me Be The One by Jaye Williams. Electro Street Soul featuring local actress and singer Jaye Williams. Sold well in reggae shops like Hawkeye in Harlesden reflecting the growing market for dance/R&B records.


1985 LR710 7"single
Oh Girl (Rescue Me) by Chris Tummings. A front room recording with the local actor, singer and alto sax player. Dinked pre-release style.


1985 LR11 12"single
Love With A Stranger by Rick Clarke. A club hit but frustratingly held back by distribution problems. Featuring Peter Hinds from Light Of The World/Incognito on keyboards and John Kpiaye from Dennis Bovell's Dub Band on guitar. Mixed at Mark Angelo's.


1987 LR12 12"single
No Easy Walk To Freedom by Janet Kay. This was recorded primarily as a theme tune for a Channel 4 TV series about African Independence. The TV production company was keen to have a record release to promote the series.
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2021 LR13 digital
Don't Scratch My Soca by Norman Beaton. The theme tune to the hit Channel 4 TV sitcom Desmond's. Finally released in response to its use in a TV ad. Mixed by John Collins from the original session multitrack tape.
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