U.K. artist Richard Ashcroft will kick off his first North American tour in six years on March 27 with a show at Terminal 5…Read More
Harvest Records was created by EMI in 1969 to market progressive rock music and to compete with Philips’ Vertigo and Decca’s Deram labels, initially under the direction of Malcolm Jones and Norman Smith. Harvest was distributed in North America by EMI’s US arm, Capitol Records. They were the European licensee for the American label Blue Thumb Records from 1969 to 1971.
Focus changed slightly as the 1970s drew to a close, beginning with the signing of post-punk groups Wire, The Saints and The Banned. New Wave artists Thomas Dolby and Duran Duran released their debut albums on the label in North America. Iron Maiden’s first three albums were also released in the US by the label. Pink Floyd switched to Capitol after the release of The Final Cut in 1983.
In the United States, Capitol initially treated Harvest as a separate label that they expected big sales from. After only a few issues, they had few sales to show for their effort and consequently only issued a few releases and numbered them within their standard Capitol LP series (mostly using Harvest for Pink Floyd releases). After this initial short-lived series, Capitol passed on most of the UK Harvest artists.
In 1975, a reissue sub-label was launched called Harvest Heritage. This new label largely compiled material that had been previously released on Harvest from 1969 onward. However, Harvest Heritage also reissued music from late 1960s EMI bands that had never recorded for the label, such as The Gods, Love Sculpture and Tomorrow. Heritage also occasionally released new music, such as Video Flashback, an album by German composer Eberhard Schoener, and Four Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends, a recording of a 1977 concert by rockabilly veterans Charlie Feathers, Buddy Knox, Jack Scott and Warren Smith.
Much of Harvest’s European back catalogue (including Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, and Iron Maiden) was divested by Universal after its takeover of EMI, as part of the Parlophone Label Group. Warner Music Group would buy the catalogue in February 2013.
Capitol Music Group announced its relaunch of the label on 25 February 2013, with former Warner Bros. Records and Dangerbird Records executive Piero Giramonti at the helm. Giramonti is tasked with running the label as an independent label, with the support of Capitol Music Group and Caroline Distribution for distribution, radio promotion and licensing. As of 2013, the Harvest roster consists of Arthur Beatrice, Banks, Death Grips, The Olms, together PANGEA , White Lies and Young & Sick.
Day Wave, the dream pop project of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jackson Philips, has announced his signing to Harvest Records. Today, he shares the new single called…Read More
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Pumarosa have dropped the single, “Honey,” the track is now available via Harvest Records in North America. “Honey” can be found on Pumarosa’s new…Read More
British psych-rock band Syd Arthur premiere the video for their new track “Sun Rays” today. The video is the second instalment of a trilogy…Read More
British psych-rock band Syd Arthur have released their brand-new track, entitled “Sun Rays” today via all participating digital retailers. In June, the band unveiled…Read More
Uk psych band Syd Arthur has released a brand-new track, entitled “Apricity,” today, with a video as well, Shot on location in the Kent…Read More
Plaitum today announce their new Jagwa EP and debut its title track with a new video. “When we conceived Jagwa we imagined it having…Read More
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