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British Hit Parade

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:22 pm
by howard male
Has anyone come across this series of CDs being put out by Acrobat Music covering every record to make the UK charts in any given year? They’ve just reached 1960. Each box set of 4 CDs has around 30 tracks on it, and each CD currently seems to be selling for between 5 and 11 quid on Amazon (and there’s 3 such boxes to cover each year).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1960-British-Hi ... 265&sr=1-2

But it got me thinking whether I would buy such a collection, and if so, what years would I go for? I realised that perhaps of would be interested in 1972 and 1973 – the years I was most obsessed by the charts - as they would be sure to contain stuff I knew then but probably hadn’t heard at all in the intervening 38 years.

What would be the years – if any – that you would like to rediscover in unlimited depths?

Re: British Hit Parade

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:21 pm
by AndyM
I've noticed these, and they look impressive in a slightly beserk completist kind of way I did invest in one of the 1957 one as it had a track or two I'd been missing. Won't the series run into more licensing problems as they get more recent ?

I suspect 1978 might be the year for me, Howard.

Re: British Hit Parade

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:36 pm
by john poole
AndyM wrote:Won't the series run into more licensing problems as they get more recent ?

I suspect 1978 might be the year for me

At present the copyright period is 50 years, but I did read a while back that the EEC had agreed for this to be increased to 70 years - in which case the 1978 hit parade should be available in 2049.

Re: British Hit Parade

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:43 pm
by AndyM
Oh well!

Re: British Hit Parade

PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:25 pm
by Adam Blake
The funny thing is that at any given time in the history of pop music at least half the records in the charts are absolute shite. Usually not even the kind of shite that becomes endearing or camp with the passing of time. You remember, I'm sure, sitting there every thursday evening watching Top Of The Pops as Peters & Lee and Walter de los Rios and Engelbert or whoever would parade past whilst you were praying that Slade or The Sweet would appear, even The Glitter Band or Showaddy-bloody-waddy - ANYTHING even vaguely connected to something you could stomach. The prospect of a 4 cd set of everything that got into the charts in any year fills me with horror!

But if I had to choose it would be 1964/1965 or 1971/1972.