From early 1970 here is the last of the the mfp ''hits'' albums ,later on in 1970 mfp would start thier hot hits series.On this album,Reg dwight (AKA Elton john) has a go at singing the brotherhood of man hit united we stand and white plains hit my baby loves lovin'
- Wanderin' Star
- United We Stand
- Bridge Over Troubled Water
- Love Grows
- Leavin' On A Jet Plane
- My Baby Loves Lovin'
- Two Little Boys
- Temma Harbour
- Years May Come Years May Go
- Let It Be
- You're Such A Good Looking Woman
- Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Pick of the Pops (1970 - 1971)
12 Tops (1972 - 1976)
These albums were issued on the Stereo Gold Award label, which began life in (circa) 1969, courtesy of David Leonard ("DL") Miller, along with Monty Presky, formerly a director of Pye. Both are pioneers in the budget records field. The first relevant releases were the two “Chartoppers” LPs of 1970, which act as precursors to "12 Tops".
Eighteen months passed before “12 Tops” was properly unveiled, and it went on to become one of the most prolific covers series ever – with some 30 instalments, usually at monthly intervals. Many of the recordings on “12 Tops” crop up elsewhere – for example, the whole of volume 25 may be heard on “Pye Chartbusters volume 13”.
Early on, the contents of the albums were supplied by Coombe Music, who also supplied several other labels, accounting for the cross-overs. But in due course, Miller and Presky created their own Damont Records, who supplied Stereo Gold Award with recordings for some time, until late on, when tracks were sourced from elsewhere again – this time by Beatt International. For a brief period in 1974, Damont Records directly issued albums from the "12 Tops" series on cassette and 8-track cartridge (see separate page).
In addition to the main LPs, there was a short run of US editions with different songs. Stereo Gold Award was active until the late 1970s and had an exclusive arrangement with Woolworth’s for high-street sales.
Preliminary releases: Chartoppers 1 and 2
The first albums of this type to be released on Stereo Gold Award appeared over the summer of 1970, and were called "Chartoppers". Elton John appears on the first of these. The second and last one duplicated three tracks from the first, and not all the hits were current - indicating that the label was not too committed to the format at that point.
All Right Now / Lola / The Wonder Of You / Lady D'Arbanville / In The Summertime / Natural Sinner / Neanderthal Man / Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours / Big Yellow Taxi / It's All In The Game / Up Around The Bend / American Woman
In The Summertime / The Wonder Of You / Yellow River / Let It Be / Lola / Back Home / Spirit In The Sky / Wand'rin' Star / Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) / You Can Get It If You Really Want / All Kinds Of Everything / Two Little Boys
World Top 12 (1970 - 1975)
“World Top 12” was almost entirely released on the Flag label, which was a subsidiary of Boulevard. Boulevard were part of Allied Records, and came under the wider umbrella of Saga, a cut-price classical and pop enterprise based in Kensal Road in London.
Boulevard started the series with the first two volumes on the Boulevard label itself, and they were both also made available in coloured vinyl. They followied up with a somewhat premature end-of-year collection which essentially re-issued volume 1. Flag’s decision to follow volume 3 with volume 34 brought the volume numbers in line with the catalogue sequence, and may have been inadvertent - although they stuck with it for the rest of the series. Thus, it may appear that 49 volumes were released – but of course it was only 19.
These recordings overlap extravagantly with other covers albums of the day, particularly the “Pick of the Pops” / “Parade of Pops” stable. Volume 2 for example, exactly matches “Pick of the Pops” volume 5 on Deacon, while Volume 11 corresponds with Windmill’s “Parade of Pops” volume 6. Meanwhile, the "Hits" / "Smash Hits" 8-tracks (see separate page) seem to have adopted these albums for their contents during 1973 - at least two of those collections exactly match LPs listed below.
Comments: Released on the Boulevard label. Considered the first entry in the main series due to the tollow-up LP being titled "volume 2". Features Elton John. Issued in red or black vinyl.
The albums on this page are not authentically part of the general hit covers genre, since they do not contain current material, but older recordings (except perhaps the very last one). Nonetheless, we feature them here for their obvious interest to collectors.
The Polymax and Turnover labels were London-based imprints who issued perhaps two dozen UK albums in the early 1970s. From the information we have available, most of what they released was in 1971, although at first glance their pop covers albums look earlier. In fact they are 1971 issues, but contain older hits. Only the year stated on the record labels gives the game away.
We have traced three instalments of a series called “Super Hits”, which were billed as by the Pop Express Band. They include retrospective sweeps of the charts in autumn 1969, early summer 1970 and late summer 1970. Elton John is known to perform on at least two of them, and it is fair to assume that Polymax purchased the recordings from the usual Avenue/Marble Arch sources. Indeed, practically all the tracks on the Polymax releases turn up on the Avenue albums - and Polymax PXLB 300 has identical contents to Avenue's "12 Top Hits", AVE 031.
Besides these, there are two albums called “Hits 8” and “Hits 9” which have the appearance of a separate series, although there are no vacant catalogue numbers in the run for any earlier instalments. There is no act billed on these, but Elton pops up again. It is interesting that the vintage of the songs falls between the first two “Super Hits” albums – so why didn’t Polymax simply call them all “Super Hits” and number them in order?
Lastly, on the sister label, Turnover, there is another album called “Super Hits”, where the Pop Express Band are once again credited. This LP, unlike the others, emerged in 1972 and might be the last one released on the label.
The “Pick of the Pops” albums were issued by Deacon, a London-based budget label active from 1970 until the end of 1971. For reasons unclear, some (probably all) appeared in identical sleeves, but on the Gallery label. Volume 1 also emerged in a third incarnation, via the Heron label – apparently created for a petrol forecourt retailer of that name!
“Pick of the Pops” was preceded by one early album on Deacon, taking the form of an annual round-up for 1969, before the series proper was launched. “Pick of the Pops” only ran to six editions, but the numbering got confused anyway, there being no volumes 2 or 3 in the sequence. The album contents were supplied by Hensley Music, and often turn up on other budget LPs, for example volume 7 matching Marble Arch’s “Chartbusters New Series Volume 4”.
Towards the end, Deacon were sued by Pickwick International over the similarity of “Pick of the Pops” to “Top of the Pops”, and so the series title had to change. Just before it did, the operation was moved to the Windmill label, who continued it as “Parade of Pops” (see separate page) which endured in various incarnations until the mid-1980s. Thus, this modest title in fact forms part of the largest series ever to appear, besides “Top of the Pops”.