Monday, 10 March 2014

Retro Vinyl Find: Hot Hits 3 (Music For Pleasure,1970)

Cover version albums of the 1960s and 70s have failed to grab my attention until recently, however there's something quite fascinating about these releases that captured the imagination of a generations of record buyers.

My Dad used to work on house clearances back in the 70s and I remember him bringing several Hot Hits and Top of the Pops albums home, much to my mothers disdain. "They're not by the proper artists!" she'd exclaim before commenting on the lack of clothing the women that graced the covers of these albums didn't have.

The album covers themselves are certainly a window into 70s culture. Hots Hits 3 (recently purchased as a clutch of five for a pound from a charity shop) displays an attractive girl looking reflective in a window as light reflects off her body.

The track listing itself reflects the brave new charts of the 1970s. The 60s were gone, but new tunes were still forthcoming and the dreams of peace and love were still echoed in Woodstock and War. A cover of The Carpenters We've Only Just Begun was also featured here, prophetic perhaps, this budget LP series would run into several volumes during the 1970s.

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