LIVING MUSIC RECORDS

LIVING MUSIC RECORDS HISTORY

Paul Winter founded Living Music in 1980 with its headquarters in Litchfield, CT. In 1986, Winter's Canyon album was honored with a Grammy® nomination for Best Album Package. Later that year, Living Music entered into a distribution agreement with Windham Hill Records and early promotion centered on Winter's Canyon Consort album.

Billboard reported that between June and December 1986 Living Music tripled its sales and doubled the size of its catalog to eleven albums of "jazz-oriented, contemporary instrumental music." During the summer of 1986, Living Music joined Windham Hill Records via a distribtuion agreement. When Living Music parted ways with Windham Hill, it had released 14 albums. All Living Music Records products were available on vinyl, cassette and compact disc. Vinyl albums were factory sealed in perforated plastic bags. While with A&M, the albums were pressed on AM+ virgin vinyl. The inner sleeve for the first few recordings was plastic and was accompanied by an insert sheet. The later recordings used a plastic-lined inner sleeve.

The label is noted for recordings made in nature, with animals, or in buildings constructed of natural acoustic materials like wood or stone.

 

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LIVING MUSIC RECORDS GALLERY

Paul Winter, Callings album
Living Music stock album label

LIVING MUSIC RECORDS AWARDS

BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE AWARDS 1986

CATEGORYARTISTTITLE
Top Jazz Label 15. Living Music (1)
Top Jazz Album Artist 15. Paul Winter (1)
Top Jazz Album 15. Paul Winter Canyon

LIVING MUSIC RECORDS EMPLOYEES

Thank you to all of the very talented members of the Living Music Records family.

If your name does not appear in the list below, please send an e-mail and let us include you in the credits. Photos for the A&M Family Photo Album are always welcome! When you write, please include the years you worked at Living Music and your job title or the name of the department where you worked. This information is also used to validate your registration for our A&M Family artists and staff contact list.

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John Azzaro
Chris Brown
Bob Cato
Bruce Coleman
Kathy Cowles
David Doty
Rhonda Larson
Richard Perl
Paul Winter

LIVING MUSIC RECORDS SOURCES

1. Living Music Gets Distrib; Windham Hill Deal Inked. S. Sutherland. Billboard, June 7, 1986.
2. Living Music Pegs Promo to Canyon Consort. G. Mayfield. Billboard, August 30, 1986.
3. Living Music Makes Promo Push. C. McGowan. Billboard, December 13, 1986.
4. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.