On 6th May 1978, the band SEA STONE, led by singer and guitarist Simon Law, released their debut album ‘Mirrored Dreams’. Following rejections from both mainstream record labels (”lyrics too religious”) and Christian labels (”music too secular”) Simon decided to set up his own label on which to release the album – and PLANKTON RECORDS was born. 1,000 vinyl LPs were pressed and sold at the band’s many gigs (the album has since become a much sought after title among serious record collectors) and the profits were ploughed back into the label.
Now, 40 years later we are celebrating this landmark anniversary with a new compilation album featuring music from the last 20 years (’Plankton. b 6th May 1978. The Second 20 Years’ Cat No: PCDN 174) and this special 2CD slipcase set (also available on digital) which includes the new CD plus the compilation album originally released in 1998 (’Plankton. b 6th May 1978. The First 20 Years’ Cat No: PCDN 153), thus celebrating the full 40 year history and musical journey of Plankton Records in one package.
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Both compilations were hand picked and compiled by founding partner (now Rev) Simon Law and Keith Dixon, who officially became a partner in 1991 and who since 1998 has taken over the day to day running of the label and all its activities after Simon was ordained and became a curate in the Church of England. Keith Dixon:
“Who would have thought that this little East London based label would last this long! When we decided to release the Second 20 Years compilation I really wanted Simon, as the founder of the label, to record a new song and for it to be the last song on the new album as he is also on the first track on the first compilation. His new song is very Simon, it is lyrically multi-layered and poignant. And on both albums we’ve also managed to unearth and include some fantastic previously unreleased tracks too” “
As you‘d expect, our lives have changed over the years and especially over the last 20 years this has had an impact on the volume of titles we’ve released in this period (compared to the first 20 years). But at our core has always been the desire to help like-minded artists, regardless of musical style or genre, to communicate about the Christian faith and comment on the World in which we live to anyone and everyone who will listen. We are proud of the variety of styles and genres we’ve released and more importantly the friends we’ve made and hopefully encouraged on their music and faith journeys. Here’s to another 20 years!”
You can find out more by watching “How Plankton Records was started: 40th anniversary video” below: