A few peculiarities exist with this collectable label; namely, half of the catalogue was released on the B&C Records label (who undertook manufacturing and distribution duties for Charisma) and some releases were even issued under a later B&C Records offshoot, named Pegasus Records – all carrying the same cataloguing system of a ‘C A S’ prefix followed by four digits. (Refer to B&C Records here and Pegasus Records here).

The Charisma label itself was founded by Tony Stratton-Smith in late 1969. He was at the time the manager for various bands including The Nice, The Bonzo Dog Band and Van der Graaf Generator. He had been frustrated in his efforts at securing a record deal for VdGG so decided to create his own company, negotiating manufacturing and distribution through the recently formed B&C Records label (owned and run by Trojan Records’ Lee Gopthal).


Original Charisma ‘pink scroll’ recordings are relatively easy to collect as there are not that many of them (just 30 by my reckoning) and they generally command lower sums than other labels such as Vertigo ‘swirl’, with only a couple of exceptions such as Genesis “Trespass”, VdGG “The Least We Can Do…” and Birth Control’s self titled LP.

The label underwent a design change in early 1972 and utilised an existing drawing by Sir John Tenniel of the Mad Hatter and other images from “Alice In Wonderland” and this design has become known as the  ‘pink Mad Hatter’ variant. A late 70’s further redesign changed the predominant colour to blue and reduced the size and emphasis on the Mad Hatter character. Both these redesigns were used to reissue the original catalogue’s more successful releases and are much more common and worth significantly less than the original ‘pink scroll’ variant.

Charisma Records discography (click the links to go to each album’s page):

Full list of titles below, those in pink are Charisma releases, the others are on the B&C label.

CAS 1001  Merrill Moore Tree Top Tall
CAS 1002  Dione & The Belmonts Together Again
CAS 1003  Pacific Gas & Electric Get It On
CAS 1004  unreleased  Issued as Victims Of Chance on Stable SLE8004
CAS 1005  Rare Bird Rare Bird
CAS 1006  unreleased
CAS 1007  Van Der Graaf Generator The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
CAS 1008  Joseph Eger Classical Heads
CAS 1009  Gordon Turner Meditation
CAS 1010  Atomic Rooster Atomic Rooster
CAS 1011  Rare Bird As Your Mind Flies By
CAS 1012  Audience Friend’s Friend’s Friend
CAS 1013  unreleased
CAS 1014  The Nice Five Bridges
CAS 1015  Keith Christmas Fable Of The Wings
CAS 1016  Harold McNair The Fence
CAS 1017  Trevor Billmuss Family Apology
CAS 1018  Jackson Heights King Progress
CAS 1019  Shelagh McDonald Album
CAS 1020  Genesis Trespass
CAS 1021  Brian Davison’s Every Which Way Brian Davison’s Every Which Way
CAS 1022  Hannibal Hannibal
CAS 1023  Carol Grimes and Delivery Fool’s Meeting
CAS 1024  Steamhammer Mountains
CAS 1025  Lindisfarne Nicely Out Of Tune
CAS 1026  Atomic Rooster Death Walks Behind You
CAS 1027  Van Der Graaf Generator H To He, Who Am The Only One
CAS 1028  Everyone Everyone
CAS 1029  Steeleye Span Please To See The King
CAS 1030  The Nice Elegy
CAS 1031  Ginhouse Ginhouse
CAS 1032  Audience The House On The Hill
CAS 1033  Marc Ellington Rains/Reins Of Changes
CAS 1034  Andy Roberts Home Grown
CAS 1035  Tim Hart & Maddy Prior Summer Solstice
CAS 1036  Birth Control Birth Control
CAS 1037  Peter Hammill Fool’s Mate
CAS 1038  Wishful Thinking Hiroshima
CAS 1039  Atacama Atacama
CAS 1040  Leigh Stephens Leigh Stephens And A Cast Of Thousands
CAS 1041  Keith Christmas Pygmy
CAS 1042  Spirogyra St Radigunds
CAS 1043  Shelagh McDonald Stargazer
CAS 1044  Paul Kent Paul Kent
CAS 1045  Harold McNair Harold McNair
CAS 1046 Released as Pegasus PEG 6
CAS 1047 Released as Pegasus PEG 7
CAS 1048  unreleased
CAS 1049  Monty Python Another Monty Python Record
CAS 1050  Lindisfarne Fog On The Tyne
CAS 1051  Van Der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
CAS 1052  Genesis Nursery Cryme
CAS 1053  Bell And Arc Bell And Arc
CAS 1054  Audience Lunch
CAS 1055  Spreadeagle The Piece Of Paper
CAS 1056  Capability Brown From Scratch
CS 1  The Nice Autumn ’67 – Spring ’68
CS 2  Van Der Graaf Generator Van der Graaf Generator 68-71
CS 3  Liverpool Scene Recollections

4 comments on “Charisma

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  2. Cas 1056 Capability Browns “From Scratch” is also Pink Scroll. Plus Victims of chance “Victims of Chance” Is now credited to Charisma 1004. It was released on the stable lable as SLE 8004. Cas 1004 is scratched off in the run-off groove.

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