CITY OF BIRMINGHAM MARKETS
RECORDS

 Independent label: City of Birmingham Market Developments was an off-shoot of Grandstand Records. Witch was Part of Big Bear Records of Birmingham.  Grandstand's releases seem to have been novelty items of local interest.  They were few and far between: Dave Ismay's, 'A.S.T.O.N. V.I.L.L.A.' (GRR-1) and Ray King's 'West Bromwich Albion' (GRR-2) both came out in 1979; by 1981 the numbers had only got as far as GRR-3, and GRR-4 didn't appear until 1985. An EP featuring the top 3 entries in a song contest run by the City of Birmingham Market Developments to celebrate the Bull Ring's 21st birthday. The Salty Dog track is singalong Folk; Milestone Express provide a hint of Rock 'n' Roll; while the Open Roaders sound like a Country band. The package is filled out with Malcolm Stent's 'Saturday Night In The Bull Ring', which has the same tune as 'Messing About On The River' and was popular locally in the early '80s. The catalogue number, GRR-4, was one of a short series used by Grandstand Records, an offshoot of Jim Simpson's 'Big Bear records' dedicated to local songs. Distributed By Big Bear Records.

  
 
79 Dave Ismay A.S.T.O.N. V.I.L.L.A. GRANDSTAND GRR  1
79 Ray King West Bromwich Albion  GRANDSTAND GRR  2
81 Bill Buckley  Meg Is Magic  GRANDSTAND GRR  3
85 Various Artists Songs From The Bull Ring  CITY OF BIRMINGHAM MARKETS GRR  4