onsdag 22 april 2015


Issue part of an EMI serie sold through ads in British television during the seventies and eighties. The tracking and mix of artists on this particular one is stunning. Beatles sharing vinyl with Procol Harum, ELO, Status Quo, Humble Pie, Small Faces, Deep Purple and thirteen others, among them solo efforts from John Lennon and George Harrison. As far as I understand most cuts are made from original single versions - i.e. both Beatles "Get Back" and ELO "Roll Over Beethoven" have the UK '45 edits. Some are remakes - for exemple Them "Here Comes The Night" and Humble Pie "Natural Born Bugie" are true stereo mixes and the ones marked Ø on the track list below supposed to be "electronically reproduced" monos. But clearly they did very little other than widening the picture and most of those just come through as very good mono. Apart from Troggs "Wild Thing" and Swinging Blue Jeans "Hippy Hippy Shake" appearing a little weaker than the original versions it's all tophole. Don't think I've ever heard Johnny Kidd & The Pirates "Shakin' All Over" with better audio. One of the most intriguing vinyl compilations I've seen so far - not only beacuse of the very odd artist assembly on a major label, but also the high musical quality. First (only?) had label as shown here and fully laminated Garrods & Lofthouse cover. (SÄM*) (BÄ*)(HÄVL*)

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