KOALA
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Independent label: Koala Records was based in Hull; it appears to have been a small independent label, though at first it may have been a custom recording concern.  It was run by Richard Mackenzie.  'New Faces' winner Eve Adam had signed to the label, and released a single on Koala, Old Fashioned Love' (KOA P-18 S; 1977).  The catalogue number suggests that there may have been other records on Koala before that one: as yet I have only managed to track down one, a highly collectable LP called 'Some Other Morning' by Christian Folk band Cair Paravel (KOA P-16; 1976).  Others may indicate that they were private pressings - if they exist, of course.  Catalogue numbers reached KOA R-20S, Patrick Mower's 'My Imagination', in 1977 - presumably the 'R' and the 'P' at the end of the prefixes had some significance, and the 'S' at the end of the number indicated a single. The release date of October 1977 for that record and for the Eve Adam one, but it may be that that date was merely the one on which the firm (Peerless) which was currently responsible for marketing them started handling them.  The next Koala records are a pair of singles by '60s hitmaker Carol Deene.  'Angel In Your Arms' was marketed and distributed by Rediffusion, while 'Nativity Song' was made through custom recording firm SRT - it had a matrix number of S/79/CUS-583.  These singles shared a new numerical series, KOA-100.  1980 saw another Koala single, 'Your I's Are Too Close Together' by a Rock / Pop band from Leicester, The Elevators; it also saw another change of catalogue numbers, to the KOA-400s.  Pressing was done through Ellie Jay, and the new Koala design was practically identical to the 1980 Ellie Jay label. Koala record Former Address: 208 Hessle Rd, Hull, North Humberside, HU3 3BE. Distributed By Koala Records. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

 
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76 Cair Paravel  Some Other Morning (Album)  KOALA KOA P 16
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76 Patrick Mower  My Imagination KOALA KOA R 20
79 Carol Deene  Angel In Your Arms KOALA KOA 101
79 Carol Deene  Nativity Song KOALA KOA 102
80 Elevators Your IS Are To Close Together KOALA KOA 401

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