American. CTI - Creed Taylor Incorporated - started life in 1970 under Creed Taylor, as a subsidiary of A&M; it gained its independence from that company in 1970. During the '70s it popularized lushly-orchestrated 'Smooth Jazz' with records by George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws and others, but by 1978 it had hit financial troubles. The company declared bankruptcy; in exchange for CTI's back-catalogue Columbia agreed to manufacture and distribute its products. By 1984, however, CTI had ground to a halt. Since then Taylor has made the occasional attempt to revive the label. In Britain CTI was handled by Pye from 1973 until 1975, and by Polydor / Phonodisc thereafter. The injection-moulded labels were usually fawn coloured; orange ones were unusual. Numbering during the Pye era was in a CTS-4000 series; this changed to CTSP-0 or CTSP-000 after the move to Polydor. The company made its mark on the Top 20 here in 1973, with Deodato's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', and in 1976, with Lalo Schifrin's 'Jaws' theme. CTI had a subsidiary label, Kudu. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

73 Deodato Also Sprach Zarathustra 2Oo1 CTI CTS 4000
73 Deodato Rhapsody In Blue CTI CTS 4001
74 Christie Lou Beyond The Blue Horizon CTI CTS 4002
73 Deodato Do It Again CTI CTS 4003
75 Laws Hubert Chicago Theme CTI CTSP 001
75 Benson George Supership CTI CTSP 002
76 Sebesky Don Skyline CTI CTSP 003
76 Deodato Also Sprach Zarathustra CTI CTSP 004
76 Schifrin Lalo Jaws CTI CTSP 005
76 Not Traced CTI CTSP 006
76 Not Traced CTI CTSP 007
77 Schifrin Lalo Most Wanted Theme CTI CTSP 008
77 Austin Patti Say You Love Me CTI CTSP 009
77 Blair John We Belong Together CTI CTSP 010
77 Austin Patti We'Re In Love CTI CTSP 011
77 Seawind One Sweet Night CTI CTSP 012
71 Lateef Yusef Robot Man CTI CTSP 013
71 Simon Nina Baltimore CTI CTSP 014
80 Austin Patti I Can'T Stop CTI CTSP 015
81 Fuse Grand Prix CTI CTSP 016

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