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:

a.k.a
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.
 
   

Cover Cat# Artist Title Format Year Comment
           
 
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 (?)
7001
Sinner
Wild'n'Evil
 LP
1981
 
 
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
7019
Beast
Lonely Nights
LP
1984
 
7020
TNT
Deflorator
LP
1984
 
7021
Renegade
s/t
LP
1986
 
7022
Carrion
Evil Is There!
LP
1986
 
7023
Noisehunter
Time To Fight
LPL
1986
 
7024
Tox
s/t
LP
1986
 






           
95001
Sinner
Fast Decision
LP
1983
 
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?
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
95007
?
?
LP
1984
 
95008
Stormwitch
Walpurgis Night
LP
1984
 
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
 
941 309
Veto
s/t
LP
1985
 
941 310
Killer
Young Blood
LP
1985
 
941 311
Sergeant
Streetwise
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
(LP)

880 763 909
(CD)
Stormwitch
The Beauty And The Beast
LP/CD
1987
 

880 529

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/
Walpurgis Night
CD
1986
Made in Japan.
880 532
V/A
Heavy Metal In Germany Vol. I
CD
1986
Made in Japan.

Featuring:
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
(LP)

880 812
(CD)
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
(LP)

885 182 919
(CD)
Tyrant
Ruling The World
LP
1988
 
808 166 928
(LP)

885 183 919
(CD)
Veto
Carthago
LP/CD
1988
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
 
90032
Battlezone
Fighting Back
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
 
8712
Tyrant
Mean Machine
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.
87161
(LP)

8716
(CD)
Forrester
Even The Score
LP/CD
1988
 
87171
(LP)

8717
(CD)
Stranger
Pretty Angels
LP/CD
1990
 
87181
(LP)

8718
(CD)
Tokyo Blade
No Remorse
LP/CD
1988
 
87181 S
Tokyo Blade
Dark Night Over Paradise
7"
1988
Promo. No p/s
87191
(LP)

8719
(CD)
Stormwitch
Eye Of The Storm
LP/CD
1989
 
87201
(LP)

8720
(CD)
S.D.I.
Mistreated
LP/CD
1989
 
87211
(LP)

8721
(CD)
Darkness
Conclusion And Revival
LP/CD
1989
 

LPGAMA91
(LP)

314 0143
(CD)

Pharao
Bad Boys From East
LP/CD
1990
 






           
70031
Tyrant
Mean Machine
LP
1984
 
70032
Sergeant
s/t
LP
1984
 
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.
941 452
Necronomicon
s/t
LP
1985
 






           
805 253 938
Darkness
Death Squad
LP
1987
 
805 855 928
Darkness
Defenders Of Justice
LP
1988
CD-version released on Scratch Records.
10821
(LP)

10822
(CD)
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.
Compiled by Andrew (Moscow), DaN Edman and Jose Luis Cano. Additional info by Roman Greindl and Avenger.  
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