25 Oct 2005
Record label launch - Caroline True Records 
John Kertland is launching a record label called Caroline True Records. The first release is 'In The Good Old Country Way' by the Nightingales featuring vocalist Rob Lloyd, who was once mooted as a member of Joy Division. It is released on Monday 31 October and distributed by Shellshock. The album, originally released in 1986, is remastered and comes in a fine 8 page digipack with extra tracks and sleevenotes.

Release number two is a limited edition live recording from 1978 by cult punkers The Prefects who were part of the Electric Circus scene in the heyday of the legendary Manchester venue.

The third release is a post-punk compilation album selected by the acclaimed writer and author Jon Savage and this will have Factory Records element to it.

The launch party for the record label is at C21 in Shrewsbury this Friday. If anyone feels like coming along please drop John a line at: info@carolinetruerecords.co.uk

Thanks to JK and good luck!

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