Immediate Records

Author: Simon Spence

Publication date: 2008

Black Dog Publishing

Publishers description:

Immediate Records tells the story of one of Britain's most prestigious independent record labels. Packed with record sleeve photographs and other ephemera from the time, Immediate Records' illustrious story is vividly and enthrallingly brought to life in this comprehensive volume.

Set up in 1965, Immediate Records was the brainchild of Andrew Loog Oldham, the youthful manager of the Rolling Stones, and his business partner Tony Caldor. The label swiftly became one of the most successful indie labels around, epitomizing the mod and R&B sound of the swinging 60s. However, Immediate did not limit its remit to just one genre, and encompassed a broad range of musical styles, from pop, rock and blues to psychedelia, folk and soul.

The company dissolved in 1970 under ignominious circumstances, but during its short lifespan it released material by such wide-ranging talent as The Small Faces, The Nice, PP Arnold, The McCoys, John Mayall, Nico and Humble Pie, as well as attracting artists such as Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac on their Hot Pink label. With text by Simon Spence, former writer for NME, i-D and The Face and a collaborator on Oldham's autobiography, Immediate Records tells the full story of the label that was "Happy To Be Part of the Industry of Human Happiness" and is published to coincide with the release of the 40th anniversary of the release of the seminal album Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, by The Small Faces.

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