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Cree Records

Cree Records was formed in early 2013 during a meeting of music enthusiasts sitting at the big wooden table in the Bear Family farmyard, somewhere in the barren wastes of the North German Plain between Hamburg and Bremen.


Cree Records is a subsidiary of Bear Family Records. Since 1975, the world-famous record label puts out lavishly packaged re-issues of recordings from the past – not with the purpose of making a fast buck, but because everybody involved in the label’s business and its releases is obsessed with music. Bear Family Records enjoys a solid reputation as one of the world’s top quality re-issue labels and has received numerous awards. 


The company’s founder Richard Weize himself admits: “I’m a collector and I’m crazy.“ In late 2014, after more than forty years at the wheel, Richard decided to pull out of the operational business. He handled his business over to his longtime employees and managers, Michael Ohlhoff and Detlev Hoegen.
Regardless of a particular musical genre – country, folk, rockabilly, rhythm & blues or calypso – whenever Bear Family stumbles over an interesting musical concept, contributors, producers and experts put their heart and soul into uncovering original master tapes, photographs, images and other material, conduct interviews and sort out the necessary licencing deals for making available again the recordings in question. 


For its uncompromising box sets Bear Family has received an impressive number of awards from near and far and a total of eight Grammy nominations for box set like ’The Bristol Sessions – The Big Bang Of Country Music’, ’Black Europe’, and – most recently – ’The Knoxville Sessions’.
More and more musi

c experts and collectors from all musical genres are getting in touch with Bear Family. They have exciting new project ideas in their backpacks, but these often lie outside the limits of the classic Bear Family repertoire. In order to provide an outlet for such concepts, Bear Family and re-issue producer Merten Kaatz formed Cree Records – in this way expanding Bear Family’s musical range and its pool of contributors. 


In general, Bear Family concentrates on the first seventy years of the previous century, whereas the Cree Records catalog commences with the sounds of the 1960s with no limits into the 21st century. No matter when selecting reggae or ska, calypso and funk, ’70s and ’80s soul, rare grooves or forgotten top sellers, music from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica or Namibia: Cree Records will turn its attention to the dancefloor as well.

 

   
 
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Umoja I-nity: Feel The Groove (12inch Vinyl EP)
Art-Nr.: CRS510
 

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• Band with members from Ghana, Liberia and Trinidad. • Mixture of afrobeat, disco, funk and Caribbean influences. • Very rare original 12". • Supplemented by previously unreleased recordings. At the beginning of the 1980s, Fifi Yawson and some other...

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Leston Paul: Let's Party Tonight (12 inch vinyl EP)
Art-Nr.: CRS512
 

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• Leston Paul became the pioneer in electronic music production in the early 1980s in Trinidad. • Extremely rare and hard-to-find recordings. • We have selected the best tracks for this limited 12''EP collection. • This release was made possible through...

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Michael Boothman & Family Tree: Tabu - So Dey Say (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: CRS509
 

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7'' Single (45 RPM) in picture sleeve. 2 tracks.  45 RPM single record with picture sleeve – limited to 500 copies worldwide! • Band from Trinidad & Tobago, led by the internationally renowned lead guitarist guitarist and songwriter Michael...

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Ruby & The Mudflaps: Breezy - Do The Boogie (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: CRS508
 

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7'' Single (45 RPM) in picture sleeve. 2 tracks. Total playing time c. 6 mns.   ·          1970s cult band, darlings of Munich’s blooming disco and dance scene. ·...

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Clive Zanda: Clive Zanda Is Here With 'Dat Kinda Ting' - Calypsojazz Innovations (180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: CLP1220
 

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LP, 180gram vinyl. 9 tracks, 36:37, Download card Jazz, Caribbean, Soca • Vinyl LP, pressed on 180gram virgin vinyl. • Re-release of Clive Zanda’s classic calypso jazz album, originally released in 1975. • Recorded in Portz of Spain, Trinidad. • Only...

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Various - Cree Records: Doing Our Thing - More Soul From Jamdown 1970-82 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CCD1206
 

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1-CD Digipak (4-sided) with 32-page booklet, 17 tracks. Total playing time c. 61:55 • Second volume in Cree's CD/2-LP-series with Jamaican cover versions of US soul tunes • A perfect companion to 'Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Disco Mix Style 1978-87'...

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Various - Cree Records: Doing Our Thing - More Soul From Jamdown 1970-82 (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: CLP1206
 

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2-LP (180gram vinyl), gatefold sleeve, 20-page booklet (8,2'' x 8,2''), 17 tracks. Total playing time c. 61:55 • Second volume in Cree's CD/2-LP-series with Jamaican cover versions of US soul tunes • A perfect companion to 'Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In...

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Lancelot Layne: Blow Way (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CCD1211
 

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Lancelot Layne Blow ‘Way Cree CCD 1211 5397102121128 2-CD Digipak (6-sided) with 44-page booklet Genre: Carribean, Soca, Soul, Funk No. of tracks: 30 Playing time: 143:59 2-CD Digipak (6-sided) with 44-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time c. 143:59...

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Various - Cree Records: Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978 - 1987 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CCD1207
 

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1-CD Digipak (4-sided) with 24-page booklet, 8 tracks. Total playing time c. 58:16 The most famous rhythm section in the history of reggae music. Sly & Robbie are the only reggae musicians whose names are internationally known. They have worked with Joan...

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Lancelot Layne: Blow Way (2-LP - 7inch)
Art-Nr.: CLP1211
 

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2-LP (180gram vinyl) plus 45rpm Single, gatefold sleeve, 20-page booklet (8,2'' x 8,2''), 8 tracks. Total playing time c. 81:05  Blow 'Way  by Lancelot Layne is regarded the first Rapso recording •    Rapso, 1970s West Indian music from...

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Sly & Robbie: Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978 - 1987 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: CLP1207
 

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2-LP (180gram vinyl), gatefold sleeve, 20-page booklet (8,2'' x 8,2''), 8 tracks. Total playing time c. 58:16 The most famous rhythm section in the history of reggae music. Sly & Robbie are the only reggae musicians whose names are internationally known....

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Versatile: Let It Out - Destruction (7inch)
Art-Nr.: CRS511
 

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7'' Single (45 RPM) in picture sleeve. 2 tracks. Total playing time 7 mns. VERSATILE  ''Wicked and wild – many moods, many styles.'' •    Re-issue oft wo two masters from the Caribbean, recorded in the late 1970s. •    Calypso,...

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Various - Cree Records: The Robin Imamshah Files (3x45rpm)
Art-Nr.: CRS505
 

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Rare Funk and Disco from the Caribbeans with a serious dose of Calypso flavor.  • Three 45s (singles) in an exclusive slipcase, strictly limited to 500 copies, worldwide.  • Recorded in Port of Spain, Trinidad 1976 – 1979.  • Reissued here for...

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Mansa Musa: Hold On To The Faith (180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: CLP1216
 

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• Calypso and African rhythms from Trinidad and Tobago. • Famous drummer and percussionist who has accompanied countless musicians. • Recorded in Port of Spain, Trinidad.  • Featuring Trinidad and Tobago musician and composer, André Michael Tanker. ...

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Various - Cree Records: The Cole Slaw Club - The Big Rhythm & Blues Revue (CD)
Art-Nr.: CCD1208
 

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated), 17 tracks. Total playing time approx. 40 mns Compiled by DJ 'The one and only' Baster Rübsam from Hamburg. Rare and hard-to-find records, some re-issued for the first time.  Classic dance floor fillers from the worldwide known...

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The Ugly Creatures: The Ugly Creatures (7inch)
Art-Nr.: CRS507
 

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A) The Ugly Creatures 'Creatures of The Earth'  B) The Ugly Creatures 'Exit To Artist Exist'  The Ugly Creatures (by Baby Doeseb)  The band Ugly Creatures was formed as a high school musical outfit at the Martin Luther High School, near Okombahe, a...

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Jeffrey Turpin & His Friends: Music For The Heads (7inch, 45rpm, Picture Sleeve, Limited Edition)
Art-Nr.: CRS506
 

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Jeffrey Turpin and his friends A) Jeffrey Turpin and his friends feat. Ida Mae 'Rumors'  B) Cinnamon Suns 'Party Time' 'Rumours' and 'Party Time' – two up-tempo soul/funk tracks with a caribbean feel, produced by Trinidad-born producer and songwriter...

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Various - Cree Records: The Cole Slaw Club - The Big Rhythm & Blues Revue (180g Vinyl + 7inch Single)
Art-Nr.: CLP1208
 

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1-LP 180gram plus 7inch single (45 rpm), re-mastered. 16 tracks • Compiled by DJ 'The one and only' Baster Rübsam from Hamburg.  • Rare and hard-to-find records, some re-issued for the first time.  • Classic dance floor fillers from the worldwide known...

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Embryo - Nadie La Fond: Frankie Francis & Al Kent Edits (12 inch vinyl EP)
Art-Nr.: CRS504
 

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Strictly limited to 250 copies worldwide! NEW edits. Original versions on Cree Records collection of songs from Nappy Mayers' Trinidad & Tobago legacy. Various Artists: Nappy - Music Man available on Cree CCD 1209, and on Cree 180gram vinyl (2-LP plus 7')...

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Various - Cree Records: Nappy - Music Man - Funk, Disco & Calypso From Trinidad 1975-1981(2-LP - 7inch)
Art-Nr.: CLP1209
 

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2-LP 180gram (fold-out sleeve) plus 7inch single (45 rpm) with 32-page booklet (21x21 cms), re-mastered. 18 tracks •    High quality tracks recorded in Port of Spain/Trinidad between 1975-1981 •    'Musical blend' of Trinidadian Calypso...

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Embryo: Soca (It's Soul Calypso) - Wajang Woman (7inch, 45rpm, Picture Sleeve, Limited Edition)
Art-Nr.: CRS503
 

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EMBRYO – WAJANG WOMAN ”Wajang Woman” was recorded in 1976 at K.H. studios in Port of Spain/Trinidad by Richard ’Nappy’ Mayer’s band Embryo, originally released on Kalaloo records. It’s currently one of the most sought-after island funk tracks from...

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Various - Cree Records: Nappy - Music Man - Funk, Disco & Calypso From Trinidad 1975-1981
Art-Nr.: CCD1209
 

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1-CD digipak (4-plated) with 40-page booklet, 19 tracks. Total playing time approx. 80 minutes. • High quality tracks recorded in Port of Spain/Trinidad between 1975-1981 • Carefully re-mastered for this release • 'Musical blend' of Trinidadian Calypso and American...

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Various - Cree Records: Step Inside My Soul - Rare '70 And Modern Soul
Art-Nr.: CCD1202
 

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​During the 1970s, Polydor licensed a large amount of soul and funk material. Masters, originally produced by independent record producers, or indie labels. High quality but very rare tracks, released on Polydor between 1972 and 1980. Soulful and less poppy...

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Various - Cree Records: Step Inside My Soul - Rare '70 And Modern Soul (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: CLP1202
 

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2-LP 180-gram vinyl, re-mastered, fold-out cover with 12-page inlay (21x21 cms), Funk & Soul High quality but very rare tracks, released on Polydor between 1972 and 1980. Masters, originally produced by independent record producers, or indie label s...

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Various - Cree Records: German Measles Vol.2 - 180gr Vinyl
Art-Nr.: CLP1204
 

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180gram Vinyl LP, 16 tracks. ​DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) Disc Cutting: Günter Pauler at Pauler Acoustics, Northeim Mastered by Bob Jones, pressed by Pallas, Diepholz, Germany Wylde, class AAA 60s German beat, garage, pop, punk & psychedelia Compiled and...

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Various - Cree Records: German Measles Vol. 1
Art-Nr.: CLP1203
 

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180gram Vinyl LP, 16 tracks. ​DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) Disc Cutting: Günter Pauler at Pauler Acoustics, Northeim Mastered by Bob Jones, pressed by Pallas, Diepholz, Germany Wylde, class AAA 60s German beat, garage, pop, punk & psychedelia Compiled and...

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