ASV Records

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ASV Records
Founded1981 (1981)
FounderHarley Usill
Kevin Daly
Jack Boyce
Defunct2007 (2007)
GenreClassical, jazz
Country of originEngland

ASV Records was a London-based record label set up by Harley Usill, founder of Argo Records, Decca producer and former Argo general manager, Kevin Daly, and producer Jack Boyce, after Argo's parent company Decca was bought by PolyGram in 1980.[1] ASV stands for "Academy Sound and Vision". The label was bought by the Sanctuary Records Group in May 1999.

ASV, which was founded in London in 1981, was mainly a classical label, but its catalogue included Bing Crosby, Cole Porter, The Ink Spots, and The Boswell Sisters.[2] Starting in 1986, ASV had an imprint called Living Era, created by Kevin Daly, which specialized in reissuing recordings (particularly American jazz recordings) that are in the public domain in the UK, which are all at least 50 years old. It also showcased American pop music, American country music, British dance bands, and British nostalgia.

Much of ASV's classical catalogue was reissued on Sanctuary's Resonance budget label. Sanctuary's UK recorded music business was shut down shortly after Universal Music Group bought the firm in 2007.[3] This also included the ASV and ASV/Living Era imprints.


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  1. ^ "Northern Sinfonia: a magic of its own" by Bill Griffiths [1]
  2. ^ Cairns, David (1 October 2004). "Obituary: Jack Boyce". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Sanctuary's UK music arm to close". BBC News. 5 September 2007.

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