CASABLANCA RECORDS

The first three re-issue labels that commissioned me to write liner notes back in 2010 had all read my oral history CASABLANCA RECORDS: Play It Again (2009, PopMatters). Since then, about 1/5 of the 100+ liner notes I've written have been for re-releases of albums originally issued on Casablanca and its subsidiary labels. The albums represent the range of styles Casablanca was known for in the late-'70s, from funk (Platypus) to Eurodisco (Munich Machine) to soul (Jeannie Reynolds) to everything in between (Brooklyn Dreams). Below are some of the numerous Casablanca albums I've had the pleasure of revisiting. (Note: I also presented my research on Casablanca Records at the EMP Pop Conference at NYU in 2012.)

LIPPS, INC.: Mouth to Mouth (1980) re-issue: Big Break Records (2012) interview with Steven Greenberg

PLATYPUS: Platypus (1979) re-issue: Big Break Records (2012) interviews with Platypus (Rok Jones, Kerry Rutledge, Curtis Sanford, Arthur Stokes)

TOM MOULTON: TJM (1979) re-issue: Big Break Records (2011) interviews with Tom Moulton, Evan Solot

BROOKLYN DREAMS: Brooklyn Dreams (1977) re-issue: Big Break Records (2010) interviews with Bruce Sudano, Joe "Bean" Esposito, Eddie Hokenson, Skip Konte, Phyllis Chotin

THE DEEP: Original Soundtrack (1977, CASABLANCA) re-issue label: Hot Shot Records UK/BBR (2014) interview with Phyllis Chotin (former VP of Creative Services at Casablanca), plus interviews with Donna Summer and Cecil Holmes from CJW archives

TERI DeSARIO: Pleasure Train (1978) re-issue: Gold Legion (2012) interviews with Ron Albert, Joey Carbone

BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS: I Keep Coming Back For More (1977) re-issue: Reel Music (2010) interviews with Bobby Eli, Cecil Holmes, John Davis

MUNICH MACHINE: Munich Machine (1977) re-issue: Gold Legion (2010) interview with Henry Vizcarra

LOOSE CHANGE: Loose Change (1979) re-issue: Big Break Records (2011) interviews with Tom Moulton, Thor Baldursson

ROBERTA KELLY: Trouble Maker (1976) re-issue: Gold Legion (2010) interview with Roberta Kelly

PAUL JABARA: Keeping Time (1978) re-issue: Gold Legion (2011) interviews with Donna Summer, Bob Esty, Jay Asher

MUNICH MACHINE featuring Chris Bennett: A Whiter Shade of Pale (1978) re-issue: Gold Legion (2010) interview with Chris Bennett