TANK
RECORDS

Independent label: Tank Records started out in 1975, was primarily a custom-recording concern, one of those companies which recorded and had pressed a limited number of discs for anyone who was prepared to pay for those services; though by 1978 it had started signing bands and releasing records in its own right.   It was owned and run by Monty Bird and Bob Young.  For at least part of its life it was based at Snitterfield, near Stratford On Avon; by 1979 it had moved to Warwick.  It seems to have made a considerable number of records, both LPs and singles; most of them are rare, by their very nature, but not many are collectable.  One numerical series, BSS-100, was shared by singles and albums alike, the odd numbers were reserved for singles and the even ones for LPs.  The very first single was issued on the Bird Sound Studios label, but from the second onwards the Tank name was adopted.  Early Tank labels were rather plain).  By the time BSS-109 came out the company had adopted a more adventurous kind of design, which can be found in yellow and light blue as well as red; in 1977 the label turned white and the design changed somewhat - the printing came in several different colours but black-on-white and latterly white-on-black) seem to have been the norm. At least four EPs (BSS-203, 309, 331 and 345) had all the credits on one side and a picture on the other; the first two were black-and-white), the second two red-and-white.  Pictures made a return in 1979, seemingly just as a feature of the label; how common this was, I haven't been able to determine - BSS-373 devoted one side to a picture and the other to the credits, in the old style.  Some records with Tank numbers came out on the Bop Street and Agra labels, while others were given new labels and catalogue numbers but kept the Tank number as a matrix number - see 'Squad', 'Wizzo' and 'BB' for examples.  Pressing of the few early issues that I have seen has been by Orlake.  Sadly, Monty Bird died in 1979, from leukaemia, aged only thirty, and Tank was wound up not long afterwards.  Tank records didn't always have dates on them, and some of the dates seem contradictory - the white-labelled EPs shown all have 1979 on them, but records with higher numbers have 1978 on them.  I haven't been able to trace any 7" records in the blocks BSS-153 to 199 and BSS-231 to 300, which suggests that those blocks of numbers may only have been used for LPs. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

         

75 Big John & The Emerald Stars  Shanagolden BIRD SOUND STUDIOS  BSS 101
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76 Velvet Mist Rock And Roll Band TANK BSS 103
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76 Michael Johns  Raining In My Heart/Better Of Dead TANK BSS 105
76 Purple Porridge A Helping Of Porridge (Album) TANK BSS 106
76 Memphis Black Good Looking You TANK BSS 107
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76 Big Bertha Tattoo'D Lady TANK BSS 109
76 Country Road Our Home Country (Album) TANK BSS 110
76 Ora Pasco All Over Now TANK BSS 111
76 Incas The X Certificate (Album) TANK BSS 112
76 Big John And The Emerald Stars Broken Engagement TANK BSS 113
76 Yodelling Pete King My Kind Of Country (Album) TANK BSS 114
76 Mel Harvey And Presto (The Magic Rabbit) Presto'S Party Time TANK BSS 115
76 Barry James Music All Kinds Of Everything (Album) TANK BSS 116
76 Hope And Glory Hit The Road TANK BSS 117
76 Playboys  Made In The Country (Album) TANK BSS 118
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76 Ashby Clark  Ashby'S Biggest *It'S (Album) TANK BSS 120
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76 The Incas Superman TANK BSS 123
76 Trevor Adams  I Believe In Country Music (Album) TANK BSS 124
76 Dave Curtis Broken Hill TANK BSS 125
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76 Yodelling Pete King Dime A Dance Honky Tonk Girl TANK BSS 127
76 Alan Williams  The Country Side Of Me TANK BSS 128
76 Buddy Baker Birmingham Calverstone TANK BSS 129
76 Jess Owen & The Gingerbread Country Roots (Album) TANK BSS 130
76 Loki Don'T Let It Slip Away TANK BSS 131
76 Dave Curtis Broken Hill ‎(Album) TANK BSS 132
76 Moonlarks Marrakesh TANK BSS 133
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76 The Original Country Road Willin TANK BSS 135
77 Paperwate Memoires De Plaiser (Album) TANK BSS 136
77 Four Card Express  Somewhere Between TANK BSS 137
77 Brian Mitchell Wine Flowed Freely (Album) TANK BSS 138
77 Contrast At The Hop TANK BSS 139
77 Bobby Ray  The Country Way TANK BSS 140
77 Shazam Diggin' The Bugie BOP STREET BSS 141
77 Sundown Happy State Of Mind ‎(Album) TANK BSS 142
77 Dane Stevens Rainy Day / A Little Bit More TANK BSS 143
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77 Marion Turley Marion Sings Shanagolden  TANK BSS 145
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77 Tabby 'Cat' Kelly* Don'T Call Us Immigrants TANK BSS 147
77 Pete Kingsway Two Shades Of Pete Kingsway (Album) TANK BSS 148
77 Tommy Solo I'M So Glad TANK BSS 149
77 Linda Marsh Happy Heart ‎(Album) TANK BSS 150
77 Bobby Ray  Last Thing On My Mind / Gold In The Morning Sun TANK BSS 151
77 Primary School Of Jaff Ray Alice At Jaffray (A Musical Fantasy) ‎(Album) TANK BSS 152
77 Dave Sheriff  Dave Sheriff With Four Card Express ‎(Album) TANK BSS 153
77 Four Card Express  Somewhere Between ‎(Album) TANK BSS 154
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77 John Howl The Entertainer ‎(Album) TANK BSS 156
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77 Stealin' Corn Lonely Street ‎(Album) TANK BSS 158
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77 Lost Highway  A Good Road Ahead ‎(Album) TANK BSS 160
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77 Dane Stevens For A Rainy Day ‎(Album) TANK BSS 162
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77 Nashville Dream Nashville Dream ‎(Album) TANK BSS 164
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77 Tennessee Stud Making Music For Money ‎(Album) TANK BSS 166
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77 Down County Boys  Better Times A' Coming ‎(Album) TANK BSS 168
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77 The Playboys The Playboys Live ‎(Album) TANK BSS 170
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77 The Severn Valley Country Sound  Just For You ‎(Album) TANK BSS 172
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77 Gerry Dean And Margaret Mcgee  By Request (Album) TANK BSS 174
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77 Wells Fargo Scarred And Grey (Album) TANK BSS 176
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77 Trevor Adams Country Classics (Album) TANK BSS 178
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77 Jess And The Gingerbreads Until It'S Time (Album)  TANK BSS 180
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77 Lane Travis I'M Movin' On (Album)  TANK BSS 182
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77 Barbary Coast Fistful Of Roses (Album)  TANK BSS 184
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77 Key West  Country Flavour (Album)  TANK BSS 186
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77 The Likely Lads Two Sides Of The Likely Lads (Album)  TANK BSS 190
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77 Van De Hoog'S Elderflower Remedy  First Dose (Album)  TANK BSS 192
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77 Bus Brown & Driftwood Portrait (Album)  TANK BSS 200
77 Dave Sheriff I'Ll Be Alone Tonight  TANK BSS 201
77 Bill James  Collection No 1 (Album)  TANK BSS 202
77 Pete Knight Don'T Be Cruel TANK BSS 203
77 Tom Weston Four Branded (Album)  TANK BSS 204
77 Ray King What Ya Gonna Do TANK BSS 205
77 Paula'S Country Welcome To Paula'S Country (Album) TANK BSS 206
77 Jackanory Country Roads TANK BSS 207
77 John Wildwood Good Old Country Music (Album) TANK BSS 208
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77 Folklore (7) Room For Company (Album) TANK BSS 210
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77 Baretta  Baretta (Album) TANK BSS 212
77 Ramrods 18 Yellow Roses/Is Anybody Goin To San Antone TANK BSS 213
77 Cimmeron If We'Re Not Back In Love By Monday TANK BSS 214
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77 Mike Dalton (4) Country Feelin' (Album) TANK BSS 216
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77 Dave Sterling   Putting In Overtime At Home (Album) TANK BSS 218
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77 Strings (3) Strings Duo (Album) TANK BSS 220
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77 Gerry Storme Country Storme ‎(Album) TANK BSS 222
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77 Gary Stevens My Type Of Country TANK BSS 224
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77 Mick Moon For My Friends ‎(Album) TANK BSS 226
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77 Alan Williams Mixed Feelin' ‎(Album) TANK BSS 228
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77 James & Marshall Put A Little Love Away ‎(Album) TANK BSS 230
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78 Trevor Adams Trevor Adams And His Country Band (Album)  TANK BSS 300
78 The Newlanders All I Have To Do Is Dream TANK BSS 301
78 Dave Sheriff Fill My Hat With Silver (Album)  TANK BSS 302
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78 Pete Nelson I Remember Elvis In A Country Way (Album)  TANK BSS 304
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78 Dave Curtis  Takin' The Rough With The Smooth (Album)  TANK BSS 306
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78 Johnny Spencer Trying To Matter (Album)  TANK BSS 308
78 Annie Lennox Windsong A Sampler TANK BSS 309
78 Ellie Scott  Look For Me (Album) TANK BSS 310
78 Linda Marsh All Alone With Linda TANK BSS 311
78 Vision "" Bss 312 Ex/Ex 24  Introducing Vision (Album)  TANK BSS 312
78 Ricky Valance Hello Mary Lou TANK BSS 313
78 Dale Green Country Legend (Album)  TANK BSS 314
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78 David H. Lee Me (Album)  TANK BSS 316
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78 Keith And Tony West* For Those Who Care (Album)  TANK BSS 318
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78 Smackee Party Lights ‎(Album) TANK BSS 320
78 Danny Carson You'Re My Best Friend  TANK BSS 321
78 Sidewinder All Wound Up (Album) TANK BSS 322
79 Gus Fields Sound Twilight Time TANK BSS 323
79 Ricky Valance Rainbow (Album) TANK BSS 324
79 Ocho Rios Showband  Vol 1 Tank Taster Ep 45" (12)  TANK BSS 325
79 Santa Fe Santa Fe (Album) TANK BSS 326
79 Des Desmond Any Dream Will Do TANK BSS 327
79 Graham Scott Sounds In My Mind (Album) TANK BSS 328
79 Paradox Checkin' You Out (12)  TANK BSS 329
79 Jake Verden Doin' What I Like Doin  (Album) TANK BSS 330
79 Marshall And Dorman In The Beginning  TANK BSS 331
79 Sidewinder All Wound Up  (Album) TANK BSS 332
79 Squad Red Alert SQUAD BSS 333
79 Pete Knight* That'S Alright  (Album) TANK BSS 334
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79 Bobby Ray Something In The Ayre  (Album) TANK BSS 336
79 Dave Baker Dave Baker And Friends TANK BSS 337
79 Scartaglen Cuid A Haon  (Album) TANK BSS 338
79 Rodeo The Orchid And The Rose TANK BSS 339
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79 Madison County Streets Of Baltimore  TANK BSS 341
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79 Ben Lee Rivers Sunshine On The Snow  (Album) TANK BSS 344
79 Angel Caan A Ray Of Music TANK BSS 345
79 Ben Sherman Country Music Man  (Album) TANK BSS 346
79 Price Storey Duo Bouzooki / Love Theme TANK BSS 347
79 Slim Pickins Both Sides Of  (Album) TANK BSS 348
79 Noel (Mighty) Quinn First Time Around TANK BSS 349
79 Southern Sunshine Hillbilly Overdrive  (Album) TANK BSS 350
79 Eireann-Airer Show Band First Time  TANK BSS 351
79 Wells Fargo Who'S Buying  (Album) TANK BSS 352
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79 Memphis Short I'M Just Me - Country Style  (Album) TANK BSS 354
79 Overland Express On The Right Track AGRA BSS 355
79 Quarter Moon Down The Road Apiece  (Album) TANK BSS 356
79 Billy Finnegan  Wheels Of Time TANK BSS 357
79 Ocho Rios Ocho Rios Showband Vol.1  (Album) TANK BSS 358
79 Peter Knight What About Me TANK BSS 359
79 Bryan Rudd Basically Country  (Album) TANK BSS 360
79 Rits Disco Lights Shuffle BB BSS 361
79 Les Mitchell And Country Pride Whisky ‎(Album) TANK BSS 362
79 Pete Casterton Rocky Mountain Road  TANK BSS 363
79 Paula'S Country Movin' On  (Album) TANK BSS 364
79 Jody Kendall Wheels Of Fortune/ No Regrets/ Stage Door/ Jolene TANK BSS 365
79 Terry Courtney Court In The Act  (Album) TANK BSS 366
79 Derek Malcolm Songs For You TANK BSS 367
79 Christian, Colin  Colin Christian  (Album) TANK BSS 368
79 Carole Gordon  My Songs Are Yours TANK BSS 369
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79 Disco Zombies The Invisible E.P. WIZZO BSS 371
79 Barbara Jo Sound Are You Going Our Way AGRA BSS 372
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79 Gerry Storme Can'T Keep Taking (And Not Giving)  (Album) TANK BSS 374
79 Delusion Pessimist'S Paradise WIZZO BSS 375
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80 Mick Urry Presents Cockney Capers  (Album) TANK BSS 378
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80 Jeff Moreton Perfectly Organized Jeff Moreton  (Album) TANK BSS 380
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80 Alan Williams Lonesome Leavin' Blues  (Album) TANK BSS 382
80 Mick Urry His Showband And Singers Plays Caribbean Style TANK BSS 383
80 Mean Street Dealers Bent Needles ‎(Album) TANK BSS 384
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80 The Reapers No Greater Love ‎(Album) AGRA BSS 388
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80 Memphis Short Wheeler Dealer Man ‎(Album) TANK BSS 400
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80 Dave Curtis  Remembers (Album) TANK BSS 408
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80 Rob Crompton Heading Home (Album) TANK BSS 412
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80 Snuffy Garrett  Listen To This AGRA BSS 414
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80 Al Winter Times Will Get Better (Album) TANK BSS 416
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80 Wells Fargo Pushin' Time (Album) TANK BSS 420




 

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