Janus Records
Janus Records was a record label
Record label
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 owned by GRT Records, also known as General Recorded Tape. Artists who had hits on Janus included Mungo Jerry
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, The Whispers
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, Cymande
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, Charlie
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, Al Stewart
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, Ian Thomas
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, and Ray Stevens
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. Chess Records
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 was administered as a division of Janus in the early 1970s. Janus also distributed Westbound Records
Westbound Records
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 from 1970 until 1975, and they also distrubuted Barnaby Records
Barnaby Records
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 from 1974 to 1979.

In the early 1970s Janus also released American editions of recordings made by Bill Haley & His Comets
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 for the European Sonet Records
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 label. They also released recordings by the British progressive rock
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 band Camel
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 as well as titles by Harvey Mandel
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, Judas Priest
Judas Priest
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, Lucifer's Friend
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, and the Baker Gurvitz Army
Baker Gurvitz Army
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