GAMA Musikverlag was started by Peter Garattoni and Gunter Marek in 1980. Not really a record company in itself, GAMA instead became an umbrella for a number of sublabels of which most should be well known names to all devoted Heavy Metal Hunters. José Luis Cano's GAMA Rec site Cry Out For Metal covers some more details and has been a great source of info for this list, so so much for the basics.
Why they chose to start up so many sublabels is a mystery yet unsolved (perhaps it's just some boring, bureaucratic tax-evasion reason behind it all?) and it has made the cataloguing rather complicaded. I finally decided to put all labels on one page to get a good overview, but divided into subsections:
Seems to be the first label created by misters Garattori & Marek. I've once seen it referred to as "a sister label to Rockport [Records]", so that might give some indications on where they started out in the record company business. The early SL releases were mostly prog, classic rock and blues with the odd hardrocker thrown in. Just for the hell of it I've included the titles of all early, non-Metal releases I've found info on. Maybe one or 2 them will be recognized as at least semi-ontopic hard rock by better knowing parties?
It's my impression that the bands and albums under the Scratch Records flag were the ones that got the most promotion and attention from the men in charge. GAMA's "A-label" if you will. They're also the ones you'll most often come across in the 2nd hand sale bins.
...would be GAMA's "B-label" then. One notch down qualitywhise imo, but there's a handful of decent ones among them. Sehr Kult!
Um, "Hot Blood Rec. part 2"? Sorry, I don't see any pattern or method behind the madness here.
I only know of 2 releases and they certainly didn't have much in common musicwise. Kinda cool logo though.
A few thrashers that could just as well have been released under the Scratch/Scratchcore monicker.
|2080||Requiem||Steven||LP||1980||Not Metal (?)|
|2180||Piledriver||Letters Of Steel||LP||1980|
|2280||Tantalus||Sitting In A Dream||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|2380||Purple Haze||Enjoy Your Dinner||LP||1981||Not Metal (?)|
|2480||Floating Opera||s/t||LP||1981||Not Metal (?)|
|2580||Canary||Cage Company||LP||1981||Not Metal (?)|
|7002||Poker||Red Neck Roller||LP||1981||Not Metal (?)|
|7003||Passenger||Move Time||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|7004||Herzkasper||Eigen-Sinniges||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|7005||Hoochie Koochie Blues Band||s/t||LP||198?||Not Metal|
|7006||Vox||s/t||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|7007||Red Devil Band||s/t||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|7008||Swell Mob||Wild Ones||LP||1982||Not Metal (?)|
|7009||Rosseau||Retreat||LP||1982||Not Metal (?)|
|7010||George Lawall||Die Himmelsleiter Steht Im Sumpf||LP||1982||Not Metal|
|7011||Destructors||Exercise The Demons Of Youth||LP||1982||Not Metal. Punk.|
|7012||Mojo Tebron||His Very Own Blues||LP||1983||Not Metal|
|7013||Marina Kay Bluesband||Unterwegs||LP||1983||Not Metal|
|7014||Al Jones Blues Band||Movin'n'Grovin||LP||1983||Not Metal|
|7015||J Boss Band||s/t||LP||1983||Not Metal (?)|
|7016||Ekkes||Septembermorgen||LP||1983||Not Metal (?)|
|7017||Herzkasper||Schwarz-Wei?||LP||198?||Not Metal (?)|
|7018||John Red Kirkbride||Sourdough, Corn And Hot Biscuits||LP||1984||Not Metal|
|7022||Carrion||Evil Is There!||LP||1986|
|7023||Noisehunter||Time To Fight||LPL||1986|
|4595002||Zeng||In Meinem Leben||12" EP||1984||Not Metal. Punk/new wave?|
|95003||Tyran' Pace||Eye To Eye||LP||1984|
|95004||Restless||Heartattack||LP||1984||Maybe 10% less Accept than they became on their more famous follow-up, the remaining 10% leaning more towards basic Ebony-rec style NWOBHM.|
|95005||Gravestone||Victim Of Chains||LP||1984|
|95006||Namaz||Come Inside||LP||1984||Not Metal. Soul/funk/disco?|
|950014||Luxster||Devil's Gun||12"||1984||Not Metal. Rap/hip-hop.|
|930006||V/A||Heavy Metal Live In Germany vol. I||LP||1985|| Featuring:
Stormwitch, Restless, Tyran' Pace and Gravestone.
|941 305||Restless||We Rock The Nation||LP||1985||At 13, this was the rarest Metal album in the world to me. Having a poor tape dub of the fantastic closer "Metal Chains" and no clue where to get hold of the album was my first proper experience with Collector's Frustration. I did get hold of a copy about a year later but much of the magic was gone by then, partly thanx to the better sound quality of the LP, leaving too little to the imatination but also due to other, heavier discoveries in the meantime.|
|INT 110.571||Restless||We Rock The Nation||7"||1985||"Metal Chains" is the greatest song ever made by an Accept-clone, which is not to say Restless is the greatest Accept-clone out there, but ever since I heard the song 32 odd years ago it has remained a symbol of everything that's great about German Metal. Or Heavy Metal in general for that matter. The A-side is pretty damn great too.
Co-released by Blow Up.
|941 306||Gravestone||Back To Attack||LP||1985|
|941 307||Stormwitch||Tales Of Terror||LP||1985|
|941 308||Tyrant||Fight For Your Life||LP||1985|
|941 310||Killer||Young Blood||LP||1985|
|941 312||Stormwitch||Stronger Than Heaven||LP||1986|
|805 033||Gravestone||Creating A Monster||LP||1986|
|805 034||Vectom||Rules Of Mystery||LP||1986||On sub-sublabel
|805 035||S.D.I.||Satans Defloration Incorporated||LP||1986||On sub-sublabel
|805 072 938||Tyrant||Running Hot||LP||1986|
|805 108 995||V/A||Heavy Metal In Germany vol. II||LP||1986|| Featuring:
Tyrant, Tox, Gravestone, Noisehunter, High Tension and Stormwitch.
|805 131 938||Paul Samson||Joint Forces||LP||1986||Licensed from Raw Power Records.|
|805 132 938||Sword||Metalized||LP||1986||Licensed from Aquarius Records.|
|805 226 938||Assault||Survival In The Streets||LP||1987||Licensed from Music Line Records.|
|805 269 938||Necronomicon||Apocalyptic Nightmare||LP||1987||On sub-sublabel
|805 270 938||Noisehunter||Spell Of Noise||LP||1987||About as typical as German 80's Metal could get without actually being ACCEPT. Def' belonging in the better half of the label output and also the most accomplished release of the band.|
|805 336 938||Tokyo Blade||Ain't Misbehavin'||LP||1987|
|805 465 938||Paul DiAnno's Battlezone||Children Of Madness||LP||1987|
|805 528 928
880 763 909
|Stormwitch||The Beauty And The Beast||LP/CD||1987|
|Exumer||Possessed By Fire||CD||1987||Made in Japan.
LP version released by Disaster Records
|880 530||Gravestone||Creating A Monster/
Victim Of Chains
|CD||1986||Made in Japan.|
|880 531||Stormwitch||Stronger Than Heaven/
|CD||1986||Made in Japan.|
|880 532||V/A||Heavy Metal In Germany Vol. I||CD||1986|| Made in Japan.
Gravestone, Stormwitch, Tyrant, Sinner, Noisehunter, Renegade, Maniac, Tyran Pace and Stranger.
|880 534 910||Angel Dust||Into The Dark Past||CD||1986|| Made in Japan.
LP version released by Disaster Records
|880 811||Darkness||Defenders Of Justice||CD||1988||LP-version released on Tales Of Thrash.|
|805 777 928
|S.D.I.||Sign Of The Wicked||LP/CD||1987|
|880 833||High Tension||Masters Of Madness||CD||1987||LP-version released on Hot Blood.|
|808 165 928
885 182 919
|Tyrant||Ruling The World||LP||1988|
|808 166 928
885 183 919
|10822||Necronomicon||Escalation||CD||1989||LP-version released on Tales Of Thrash.
|HB2001||Six Point Six||Fallen Angel||LP||1984|
|941 315||High Tension||Warrior||LP||1985|
|941 316||No Trouble||Looking For Trouble||LP||1985|
|941 317||Vectom||Speed Revolution||LP||1985|
|941 318||Stranger||The Bell||LP||1985|
|941 319||Midnight Darkness||Holding The Night||LP||1986|
|941 320||Maniac||s/t||LP||1985||It makes a great T-shirt, but as an album cover it's a disaster. I've gotta give some credits to the band name though - it matches exactly the level of originality contained on the disc itself, so no major disappointments are abound. Very little meat to be found here so let's call it plain Potato-Metal..|
|941 385||Vampyr||Cry Out For Metal||LP||1986|
|90031||High Tension||Under Tension||LP||1986|
|805 274 938||No Trouble||Watch Out!||LP||1987|
|805 841 928||High Tension||Masters Of Madness||LP||1987||CD-version released on Scratch Records.|
|8711||Veto/No Trouble||Veto/Watch Out!||CD||1988|
|8713||High Tension||Under Tension||CD||1988||Includes 1 bonus track: "Hot Legs"|
|8714||Tox||Prince Of Darkness||CD||1988||Includes s/t LP as bonus.|
|8715||V/A||Giant Metal Meeting||CD||1988|| Featuring:
Veto, Killer, Maniac, Stormwitch, Sinner, Tyrant, Tox, High Tension and Vampyr.
|Forrester||Even The Score||LP/CD||1988|
|Tokyo Blade||No Remorse||LP/CD||1988|
||Tokyo Blade||Dark Night Over Paradise||7"||1988||Promo. No p/s|
|Stormwitch||Eye Of The Storm||LP/CD||1989|
|Darkness||Conclusion And Revival||LP/CD||1989|
|LPGAMA90||Stormwitch||Live In Budapest||LP||1990||This and the 2 albums below have turned up in such microscopic quantities it's very doubtful they were ever offically released. If anyone knows the full story about these German Metal top-rarities, please get in contact.|
|Pharao||Bad Boys From East||LP||1990|
|Tyrant||Live And Crazy||LP||1990|
|70033||Sphinx||Burning Lights||LP||1985||Originally released on Peak Records in 1981 as "Here We Are".|
|70034||Bloody Six||In The Name Of Blood||LP||1984|
|70035||Starstruck||Thru' To You||LP||1984|
|70036||Tox||Princess Of Darkness||LP||1985|
|70037||Sacrifice||On The Altar Of Rock||LP||1985|
|1P2000||V/A||Rock-Fabrik Festival-84||LP||1984||More info here.|
|805 253 938||Darkness||Death Squad||LP||1987|
|805 855 928||Darkness||Defenders Of Justice||LP||1988||CD-version released on Scratch Records.|
|Necronomicon||Escalation||LP/CD||1989||CD-version released on Scratch Records.|
|2811||Sudden Darkness||Fear Of Reality||LP||198?||A real curiosity. This was supposed to come out on one of the many GAMA-imprints in the mid/late 80's, but was scrapped for unknown reasons. 12 test-pressings does however exist. Officially re-released by Diabolic Might Records in 2016.|