Independent label: CRD - Continental Record Distribution - was founded in 1965 by Graham Pauncefort, who intended it to serve as an importer and distributor of specialist Classical Music recordings from America and Europe. It did so; but in 1973 it progressed to become a record label in its own right. Under artistic director Simon Lawman it established a reputation for high-quality recordings and attractive, distinctive packaging. Sales, however, were not good enough to prevent the company having to go into voluntary liquidation, in 1978. Almost exclusively an album label, CRD made at least two forays into the singles market, to no great effect. The singles concerned were pianist Joseph Cooper's rendering of 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night' (CRD-2; 1974), which was played after the style of Bach and was taken from an album, and Concorde March, by Robert Farnon & The London Symphony Orhcestra (CRD-3; 1975). A version of Pachelbel's Canon, taken from an Erato album and issued on that label in 1972, had a CRD number (CRD-1) and was presumably a product of CRD before it started its own label - CRD was handling Erato at that time. Being record distributors, the company handled the distribution of products on their own label themselves. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.
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