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Red Admiral Records
Red Admiral Records was the label created by the desire of Chris Ashman and Mike Craig to have an outlet for the in-house productions of Europa Sound Studios, particularly those of the aspiring Arthur Kay whose recordings were praised by certain parts of the recording industry but then put on the back burner to protect their mainline artistes. Eventually the trio decided to do it themselves.
2004> Label re-launched
1979> The Singles
1980> Cassette Label

2004 Red Admiral Records Re-launched

Continuing the belief that Music and Musicians in Kent are some of the best available, From 2004 Red Admiral is licensing and releasing some of the best. As the products are available they will be found on our Record Shop Page. You will also be able to monitor the progress of our associates as the ball starts rolling at One Kent A&R pages.

1979

Arthur Kay copyright Chris AshmanSkaWars Photo Mike Craig copyright Red Admiral Records
Nymph001- Ska Wars / Warska - In 1979 the first 7" Ska single on the label was released, with a photographic cover showing Arthur Kay on his scooter and mock Mods & Rockers battle scenes. The cover was nearly the downfall of the single after problems with the printer going bust, delaying the first release and re-pressings. Only about 3,500 copies were sold to distributors before they got bored with the cover ( Most of them never listened to the recording, all they were interested in was stuffing photographic covers into boxes to go to New York, Paris, Brussels etc.) Now, in the 21st century their actions created a shortage of a very popular single making it a valued collectors item. The song was originally recorded at slower tempo but was speeded up a little to stay with the then current trends.
Production: Mike Craig. Engineers Mike Craig / Chris Ashman.
Musicians: Athur Kay (Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Glockenspeil, Guiro), Steve Wise (Drums), Richard Fowldes (Guitar).
Collectors Info (mint copies, like hens teeth)

Nymph002 - Play My Record / Sooty is a Rudie - Arthuir Kay's Originals -1980 was financed out of the profits of Ska Wars, this time with a cheaper wrap cover around the standard white sleeve basically with the message "Play My Record and if you want more info, its on the back".
Photos were taken at the Dolphin in Herne Bay 3rd April followed by a cup of tea at Arthur's house. The cover designer Hattie Miles said "I'll never forget that night". Arthur was getting very stressed and him mum kept going on about some conflict around the world. Those words still echo around the heads of everyone there. " Oh mum, don't go on about the war - I've got a record coming out". Anyway on 16th May out it came. First Radio Airplay on Capitol Radio 10.10 pm. Nicky Horne Show. Everything slowed down after about 1500 sales despite the resonable airplay by the radio DJ's enjoying the working class recording hero 'taking the mick'. Pinnacle the distributors went bust and the rest of the stock impounded, never to be seen again.' Don't you hate it when the big boys rob you of your money and your stock?'
Sooty is a Rudie was never meant to be a serious attempt at a pop record but 20 years later it is still to be heard in the odd Spanish disco and holiday camp environment. The kids love it and there are not many words to learn. Some mint copies still available musicbiz@kentgigs.com
Nymph003 - Craig and Benltley/A Time to be Brave - Bilko - was released privately by Arthur via Red Admiral as a tribute to Iris Bentley who had fought so many years to clear her brother's name.
Derek Bentley was in the custody of the police after an attempted commercial burglary whenChris Craig shot a police officer, but as Craig was under 18, they hung Bentley, his accomplice......The evidence implied that when the police told Craig to hand over the pistol to them. It was alleged that Bentley shouted "Chris, let him have it" or "give it to him". We will never know the truth but this record kept the fight going and gave support to Iris in her lonely vigil to have Bentleys body buried on hallowed ground. On the anniversary of Detek's hanging, Iris and her supporters would meet in protest outside of the Prison.
for excellent and well researched website dedicated to Derek Bentley goto here
Collectors info (Very Rare)
Some mint copies still available musicbiz@kentgigs.com
The Rocking Horse Club Nymph 004 -
Cassette Label
Peter Speed A.F.C., D.O.E/A.D.I., M.I.A.M.I- - Driving Test - Pass First Time/ The ABC of First Aid L.P - Red Admiral Records (DCL 1) 1980


The Breakaways - ONE FOUR E.P... Red Admiral Records (One-Four) 1981
Nobody / Breaker One-Four / What Do I Do Without Your Loving / More Than Meets The Eye
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Alan Bunclark Drums - Mick Brett Bass - Pete Giles Guitar - Andy Young Guitar - Mike Smith Keyboards




David and Graham - JESUS LOVES ME L.P(Red Admiral Records (DG-1) 1981
David Roberts & Graham Ditchfield



Silent Movies - PREMIERE E.P.. - Red Admiral Records - (Reel 1) 1981
Living in a Bedsit / Girl / I Can't Find a Job / Gonna Let her
Vernon Woodward Piano,Lead Vocals - Darrell Woodward Bass & Vocals - Tim Neilson Drums & Vocals - Bob Coltart Guest Guitarist.




Visions - TAKE ONE L.P.(Red Admiral Records (Take - 1) 1981



Carlos The Singing Milkman
- OLE 1 EP..Red Admiral Records - (Ole 1) 1981
My Happiness 'Dame Felicidad' / Rumores / Maria Elena / Jean / Pajaro Choguy 'Choguybird'
David (Carlos) Gimenez Guitar and vocals.

Backfire
- FIRE-ONE E.P..Red Admiral Records - (Fire-One) 1982
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Who Do You THink You Are / Don't Run Me Down / Just a Dreamer / Step By Step
Lee Letchford Lead vocals /Rhythm guitar, Peter Goss Vocals /Lead guitar, Keith TraylorVocals /Bass guitar, Albert Ulmoven Drums.

Harmony
- HARMONY WITH FRIENDS. L.P.Red Admiral Records - (Double 1) 1983
Harmony / Breezy / Don't Let Me Down / No Matter If / If I Walk Away / I'll Buy The Wine / Come Home (And Love Me) / Jambalaya / Little Green Apples / Crying Time / Snowbird / Make The World Go Away.
Nick Double Guitar / vocals, Sue Double Guitar/Vocals/Recorder/Bass,Dave Shackle Drums,Ted Maitland Keyboards, Bob Coltart guitar, Kev Bowyer Bass, Ian Cheswright Drums



Denigh
- Fire From The Sky LP ...Red Admiral Records (DEN-1) 1984
Fire From The Sky / Synthetic Seduction / Touch Me / (You) Put My Neck On The Line / Struck Down (In The City) / Lean On Em Hard / The One Eyed Jack / Travelling On / Sentinel. Jon Everett , Phil Allchin, John Regan, Ian Devlin


2003 New Release - Denigh -Fire from the Sky - CD Iron Pages Records 002

Available now in the UK from our Record Shop




Millionaires in Training - HOW WAS THAT? E.P...Red Admiral Records - (M.I.T. 1) 1986
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / The SA8 Greens / Don't Stop / The Sideboard Song / Just an Old Chunk of Coal
Nick Barnes , Alan Corbett, Simon Drury, Christopher Head, Jerry Kelk.



George Harland
- Series of Short Dickens Stories
"A Christmas Carol"
"Nicholas Nickleby" at Dotheboys Hall.
"Sikes & Nancy" (the murder from Oliver Twist)

2004 Red Admiral Records Re-launched

Continuing the belief that Music and Musicians in Kent are some of the best available, From 2004 Red Admiral is licensing and releasing some of the best. As the products are available they will be found on our Record Shop Page. You will also be able to monitor the progress of our associates as the ball starts rolling at One Kent A&R pages.

 

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