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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:54 pm
by Dominic
howard male wrote:Adam wrote -

I couldn't buy "Theme From Shaft" by Isaac Hayes


I made do with the Music For Pleasure, Hot Hits version. It wasn't bad, you know.

At least with those 75p compilations, session musicians were kept in steady employment.

And models...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:58 pm
by Dominic
Sorry, those were Top Of The Pops.

These are Hot Hits... (pics from http://www.easyontheeye.net/albums/hothits/index.htm )

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Volume 6 especially for Nigel.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:00 pm
by joel
Why the obsession with novelty and "innovation"?
When Ellington made his famous remark about the two kinds of music, was he really talking about new vs old?
And if pop is the new tradition of the West, then it wouldn't make much sense for musicians working within the tradition to ignore its proper styles and themes...

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:43 pm
by howard male
I think I came in at Vol 8 with Hot Hits - it's funny the things you remember. I seem to recall it had a girl in football gear on the cover - so that one would be for Charlie, if you can find it, Dominic.

What's most shaming is that I didn't realise at first that they weren't the proper recordings. Of course once I did, I never bought another one.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:48 pm
by Ted
howard male wrote:What's most shaming is that I didn't realise at first that they weren't the proper recordings. Of course once I did, I never bought another one.


And that, Howard is the difference between us lot and normal people. They carried on buying them after they found out.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:55 pm
by Dominic
howard male wrote:I think I came in at Vol 8 with Hot Hits - it's funny the things you remember. I seem to recall it had a girl in football gear on the cover - so that one would be for Charlie, if you can find it, Dominic.

I don't remember if there are any Arsenal fans on the forum...

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And this is the one with Theme From Shaft on it...

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:04 pm
by Adam Blake
I used to have the Top Of The Pops with "Voodoo Chile" on it - that was hilarious - about six session guitarists all armed with fuzz boxes and wah wah pedals all bashing away. Wish I still had it.

Thank you Dominic for providing those. They were ubiquitous in the early 70s. I suppose K TEl and Arcade did for them by providing the original recordings at £1.99 for 20 or even 22. But they used to cut them before the fades wherever possible. Plus they were mastered so quiet you had turn the record player up to full volume...

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:05 pm
by Ian M
Well, she might be an Arsenal girl, but that's not Highbury! How fascinating reading the song titles, a curious but strangely cosy list of innocent tweedom. I dunno, it's kind of refreshing in its bargain bin Woolies way.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:05 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Ian M:

that's not Highbury!


No, it looks like the old Stamford Bridge, with the dog track. Come on, you didn't expect authenticity and accuracy from Hot Hits.

Tescos used to do a similar series on 7" EPs at silly prices. I bought one because it had 'I Hear You Knockin' and Quo's 'In My Chair' on it. Though I didn't always remember to skip the other tracks, what were fairly dire renditions of Neil Diamond's 'Cracklin Rose' and Andy Williams' 'Home Lovin Man'.

Gosh some of those titles on the covers take me back though. I was particularly amused by the thought of a bunch of session men turning up for a day's work, knocking off 'Tom Tom Turnaround', taking a tea break, then having to get their heads around Dave and Ansil Collins' 'Monkey Spanner'.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:26 pm
by Paul
The pre fame Elton John sang on many of these records, including would you believe a cover version of 'Young Gifted and Black'!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Paul wrote:The pre fame Elton John sang on many of these records, including would you believe a cover version of 'Young Gifted and Black'!


Yep, the only Elton John album I own is the compilation made by some wacked out obsessives back in the early 90s of all his budget copygroup vocal and piano slots. I'd say it was his best album but I wouldn't want to start nothin'...

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:06 am
by kas
Cozy innocent tweedom and anonymous (or nearly so) studio bands... This takes me back some time too.
I managed to escape those Top Of The Pop albums - narrowly. But once I was at home sick my dad brought me an album on the German Europa label (their own MFP) called Crocodile Rock. It included Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode and others I had, by then, just heard about - I think I was about 10 at the time.

Something about the recordings didn't sound quite as it should have, and I turned the sleeve around. Sure enough, the tracks were not original recordings at all - they were performed by two groups called The Hiltonaires and The Air Mail (and the former wasn't the reggae band).

I just checked and both groups made several albums full of cover versions very much like the Top Of the Pop albums: Hits For Young People, London Pop etc.
(Somebody is selling a copy of Crocodile Rock in the net, by the way, asking $ 26 for it and describing it as "80's funk". Well, it isn't...)

Funny how things you know are rubbish can give you these waves of childhood nostalgia... You could almost rewrite Proust and substitute the madeleine with a Top Of the Pop LP...

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:48 am
by howard male
Maybe CG should slice this strand in two now, starting a new strand under the heading 'Hot Hits memories'. I can't recall ever seeing a topic shoot off on such a dramatically different tangent from where it started.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:06 am
by NormanD
Adam Blake wrote:the only Elton John album I own is the compilation made by some wacked out obsessives back in the early 90s of all his budget copygroup vocal and piano slots. I'd say it was his best album but I wouldn't want to start nothin'...
These were given away free with the Sunday Express a couple of years back. I don't think Reg was unduly upset, wasn't he on Desmond's yacht recently? Or was that Murdoch? Or who was it he sued - the NOTW? Anyway, they're not bad at all. There's also a CD around of Reg demoing some Joe Boyd / Witch Season songs, including, I think, Nick Drake and John Martyn.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:09 am
by NormanD
kas wrote:Funny how things you know are rubbish can give you these waves of childhood nostalgia... You could almost rewrite Proust and substitute the madeleine with a Top Of the Pop LP...
For those of the previous generation, it was taking a bite out of a 45 on the Woolworth's Embassy label. Same crap, different presentation.