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Rapture Records Sign
Rapture Records logo
"He pays the rent for my 'darling little shop.' Which just happens to have everything Mr. Cohen here ever recorded. And some other people too—Sinatra, Billie Holiday."
―Silas CobbBookicon?[1]

Rapture Records was a record company and record label with stores located throughout Rapture. The most well-known branch was owned by Silas Cobb[1] in Poseidon Plaza within Fort Frolic. Another was located on High Street. The establishment was a subsidiary of Sonorous Inc.

Known Records in Stock Edit

BioShock and BioShock 2 Edit


So many choices, so little time.

Album Cover or Advertising Poster Title Artist Notes
Culpepper album
Ryan's Songbird Anna Culpepper


Why Even Ask Poster
Why Even Ask? Sander Cohen
  • Also exists in a stereo version
Record Album Cover Son BioShock
Son -


Record Album Cover Big Stuff BioShock
Big Stuff! -


Record Album Cover Masons Plah BioShock
Masons Plāh -


Record Album Cover 1 BioShock
unknown -


BioShock: RaptureBookicon?Edit

Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra are two artists mentioned off-hand in the book.

Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Edit

Album Cover or Advertising Poster Title Artist Notes
Whyevenaskposter bsi

Stereo version

Why Even Ask? Sander Cohen


Record Album Cover Rabbits Song BSI BaS
Rabbits Song Denice Culpepper
  • Andrew Ryan Sponsorship
  • Fontaine Publications
Cohen Elizabeth Poster
You Belong to Me Elizabeth
  • Produced by Sander Cohen
Record Album Cover Ascension BSI BaS
Acension -


Record Album Cover 1 BSI BaS
unknown -
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Passion BSI BaS
Passion -
  • Rapture Recording
Record Album Cover Deep BSI BaS
Deep -


Record Album Cover Contralto BSI BaS
Contralto Dizzying Quartet
  • six tracks
Record Album Cover 2 BSI BaS
unknown -
  • Disc BCQ
  • Rapture Recording
Record Album Cover Jessica Charlene BSI BaS
Jessica Charlene Jessica Charlene - Soprano
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Fabulous BSI BaS
Fabulous -
  • 1. Wishes - Singing Trio Mt. 1987
  • 2. Every Dream - Trumpet MT> 5:66
  • 3. Smooth Blue - Second Clarinet MT 8:44
  • 4. Nothing - Conductor 87
  • 5. Cream of the Crop - Bridge at 4
  • 6. St. Clare - Rose Betty
Record Album Cover Raptures Story BSI BaS
Raptures' Story James Mason
  • Andrew Ryan Sponsorship
  • Fontaine Publication
Record Album Cover Division BSI BaS
Division -


Record Album Cover 3 BSI BaS
unknown -
  • Rapture Recording
Record Album Cover 4 BSI BaS
unknown -


Record Album Cover Serenade BSI BaS
Serenade -
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Christal Clemens BSI BaS
Christal Clemens Christal Clemens - Soprano
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Jilians Melodies BSI BaS
Jilians Melodies -
  • six tracks
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Soprano Bassoon BSI BaS
Soprano Bassoon -
  • six tracks
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover 5 BSI BaS
unknown -
  • Disc BCQ
Record Album Cover Rapture Jazz BSI BaS
Rapture Jazz -
  • six tracks
  • 1955
Record Album Cover Dance of Rapture BSI BaS
Dance of Rapture Taylor
  • Arranged and Conducted by TTalor

Record LabelsEdit

Label and Cover Title Format Notes
Bioshock Press Kit CD Sleeve
Bioshock Press Kit CD
BioShock Press Kit sampler CD
Bioshock-sor front
Bioshock Sounds Of Rapture CD
Sounds of Rapture CD
  • German edition of the original BioShock score with additional game dialogue in German dubbing.
The bioshock EP front
Bioshock EP CD
The BioShock EP CD
  • Features remixes of Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" by Moby and Osar the Punk.
  • Also includes "Wild Little Sisters", a remix of the Faux Frenchmen composition, "Wild Ride" and in-game PSAs.
I Am Rapture Rapture Is Me Side A
Bioshock 2 Soundtrack CD
I Am Rapture - Rapture is Me Vinyl LP
Record Cover SITS
Rise Rapture Rise Record A Side
Rise, Rapture, Rise 45 rpm
  • Promotional record for the There's Something in the Sea alternate reality game.
  • Contains two versions of "Rise, Rapture, Rise": an unaltered recording and one abruptly ending with the voice of a Little Sister.
  • Matrix Number:
    • 11819 - 1352 - 7 (A) R-21815
    • 11819 - 1352 - 7 (B) R-21816
Rapture Records label BioShock 2
- 78 rpm
Rapture Records Label BSI
- 78 rpm


Rapture Records Marquee
Rapture Records

The entrance to Rapture Records.

Main article: BioShock

Much like the rest of Rapture, the Rapture Records store has fallen into disrepair by the time Jack sees it during the events of BioShock. The sign is crooked and flickering, and all the lights inside have gone out, making the only illumination that of the numerous fires throughout the store. Like most of Rapture, this section also shows signs of dangerous leakage.

Silas Cobb is a music devotee and one of Sander Cohen's disciples that must be killed and photographed to complete Cohen's "Quadtych". Cobb can be found in the record store, which has been rigged as a trap for the player.

New DiscoveriesEdit

Audio DiaryEdit

Challenge RoomsEdit

Main article: Challenge Rooms

In the downloadable content, Challenge Rooms, Rapture Records is one of several stores operating out of Rapture's Grand Carnival during A Shocking Turn of Events. After the player picks up the Static Discharge Tonic, a Breadwinner Thuggish Splicer will hit the light switch (the only one ever seen in Rapture) for the shop's marquee and emerge from the store.

One cannot really investigate the place since, with the exception of the front entrance way, the inside of the store is shuttered by a security gate. It's too dark to see much of anything inside, but there is Coffee, a hypo of EVE, and a crate with the invention component Glue near the front.

There's Something in the SeaEdit


A real copy of a Rapture Record received by fans.

Main article: There's Something in the Sea

In the storyline of the viral website There's Something in the Sea, Mark Meltzer came into possession of a record containing the song "Rise, Rapture, Rise" with a message hidden at the end of the track. This record came in a sleeve printed with the Rapture Records logo. Also, many fans who sent mail to Meltzer's New York City post office box received a copy of the aforementioned record.

Infinite Spoilers

Burial at Sea - Episode 1Edit

Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 1

Exterior of the Rapture Records store on High Street.

In the BioShock Infinite downloadable content, Burial at Sea - Episode 1, Rapture Records is one of many shops operating out of High Street. The store is large and has a sizable collection of records for sale, including Why Even Ask?Ryan's Songbird and a Rapture Radio record. In addition to LP records, the store sells musical instruments such as a guitar, cello, and a grand piano as well as a phonograph. The facility also repairs instruments as indicated by the number of fiddles in the back.

The store is one of the sponsors for Sander Cohen's private club, and therefore the owner, named in the ingame files as Murray, is provided with a unique bunny mask as identification to enter the club. Booker and Elizabeth must visit the shop to look for the mask.

Storekeeper QuotesEdit

  • "Welcome. Welcome!"
  • "Sir. Ma'am."
  • "Look around -- please."
  • "Well, hello!"
  • "So nice that you've found us."

The phonograph will continue to play Lew White's "Little Pal" until Booker approaches the shopkeeper. Then Django Reinhart's and Stéphane Grappelli's "La Mer" will automatically cue up. Elizabeth will distract him with the following conversation while Booker searches the backroom.

  • Booker: "You see that dish I walked in with? Well you give her the star treatment, pal. And I'll make it worth your while."
  • Shopkeeper: "Of course, right away."

(phonograph transitions to "La Mer")

  • Elizabeth: "(humming along to music) What is this piece?"
  • Shopkeeper: "It's by Trenet, of course, but covered by Mr. Reinhardt."
  • Elizabeth: "Oh, it's lovely. Isn't it lovely?"
  • Shopkeeper: "Oh! Yes."
  • Elizabeth: "Oh, music does something to me...especially something in this vein..."
  • Shopkeeper: "Yes."
  • Elizabeth: "It's almost primal, isn't it? A part of us that exists before thought, before logic -- purely sensual..."
  • Shopkeeper: "The finest music...touches places--"
  • Elizabeth: "--That we never knew existed..."
  • Shopkeeper: "Yes..."
  • Elizabeth: "Can you turn it up?...Oh it's so intoxicating...but also powerful and masculine. Oh yes, one has the urge to surrender..."

(after returning to the shop floor)

  • Elizabeth: "I must go...I must go. Even one more note shall prove my undoing."



Burial at Sea - Episode 1Edit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • A proto-version of the record store can be seen in the BioShock Developer Commentary.[2] Noticeably the interior shows the uncharred textures of the record bins and flooring. The yellow sign that usually hangs behind the counter can be seen on the storefront.
  • When entering Rapture Records, Cobb shouts to the player "Tell the old crow his music cooks better than it sounds!" This explains why the store is charred and burned out when the player arrives.
Rapture Records Rafters

The Easter egg hidden in the rafters.

  • The area in the rafters of the store where Silas Cobb's "kittens" appear, before attacking Jack, is covered with backwards "Ryan's Songbird" posters. This Easter egg left by the developers can only be seen by using console commands to disable clipping (on the Mac or PC).
  • The stack of records in the back of the room uses the same model as the other record collections, which stand upright with the frontmost jacket leaning on the others. As a result, the top record in the stack appears to be defying gravity.
  • In BioShock Infinite, upon first entering the Lutece Labs, Booker will find a gramophone playing a disc with the Rapture Records label. Later, a similar record can be found when Booker opens the door to the cells in Comstock House.
  • The file CombinedStreaming_DLCB_LOC-pck-1394 in Burial at Sea - Episode 1 reveals an unused line of storekeeper dialog: "If you're looking for popular music, try Sal's store in Poseidon Plaza. He carries that kind of stuff."


  1. 1.0 1.1 BioShock: Rapture (Novel), Chapter 11
  2. BioShock Tech Demo

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