Independent label: Erato Records was A Classical Music label, French in origin, dedicated to Early music and French music. Erato, which was founded in 1953, concentrated almost exclusively on albums, but it put out at least one single over here. That single featured versions of Pachelbel's 'Canon In D' and Bach's 'Air On The G String', both of which were played by Jean-Francois Paillard. Its catalogue number was CRD-1, which implies that the firm of CRD - Continental Record Distributors - was responsible for handling it (for CRDs 2 and 3, see the CRD page). The date on the label, 1971, may refer to the year when the tracks were issued on album, rather than to when the single came out; the single was reviewed in 'Gramophone' magazine in August 1972, which suggests that it was issued at that time or shortly before. Pressing was by Pye. Later in the decade Erato records were distributed by RCA; it joined Warner Brothers group in 1992 and is still going. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.
Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber
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