Monday, 12 May 2014

Retro Vinyl Find: 20 Original Chart Hits - Original Artists (Philips, TV1, 1973)

The appeal of gathering a lot of popular songs together by original artists on an album has been pretty standard since the 1980s but back in 1973 it was still a rare thing. Usually lots of clearances for recordings had to be processed with artists, songwriters and copyright owners.

20 Original Charts Hits was released by Philips Records in 1973 as part of a TV campaign  and mixed a variety of recordings from the label from the last 13 years allowing legends like Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters and The Walker Brothers to rub shoulders with Rod Stewart, Status Quo and The Stylistics.

Perhaps the interesting element of this album is the inclusion of  recordings by Nana Mouskouri, Roger Miller and Val Doonican, evidently trying to broaden the appeal with something for everyone and not missing out older music fans whose tastes might be more middle of the road.

Listening to this release now there's a pleasing miscellany about it. The fact that it doesn't favour a genre and just features popular hits (with a healthy selection from the 1960s) makes for an enjoyable selection. Many of the songs were familiar to me although I have to say I enjoyed Donnie Elbert's take on I Can't Help Myself,  a release that's rarely heard and much overlooked these days.

I've reproduced the album track list below and added the year and UK chart entry to each track. For accuracy the only track on the album that didn't make the charts was Nana Mouskouri's White Rose Of Athen's from 1962.  However at the time of the albums release Nana did have a successful run of hit albums and TV shows so its likely the label included her due to her popularity.

20 Original Chart Hits
Philips Records, TV1, 1972
  1. Chantilly Lace - Jerry Lee Lewis (33, 1972)
  2. Feel The Need In Me - Detroit Spinners (3, 1973)
  3. I'm Stone In Love With You - Stylistics (9, 1972)
  4. I Can't Help Myself - Donnie Elbert (11, 1972)
  5. The Legend Of Xanadu - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (1, 1968)
  6. I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten - Dusty Springfield (4, 1968)
  7. Wade In The Water - Ramsay Lewis (31, 1972)
  8. Ha Ha Said The Clown - Manfred Mann (4, 1967)
  9. Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C Riley (12, 1968)
  10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters (1, 1959)
  11. You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart (1, 1972)
  12. Paper Plane - Status Quo (8, 1973)
  13. It's Four In The Morning - Faron Young (3, 1972)
  14. Melting Pot - Blue Mink (3, 1969)
  15. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - The Walker Brothers (1, 1966)
  16. It's My Party - Lesley Gore (9, 1963)
  17. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo - Lobo (4, 1971)
  18. White Rose Of Athens - Nana Mouskouri (-, 1962)
  19. Morning - Val Doonican (12, 1971)
  20. Little Green Apples - Roger Miller (19, 1968)
Chart positions sourced from Official Charts Company Website

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