Franck Pourcel – Imagination

Sleeve Notes:

Francais, Francais, The World Is A Circle, Last Tango In Paris, Vivaldi, I Love You, My Love, The Gondolas Of Venice, Vado Via, Forever And Ever, Quatre Saisons Pour Un Amour, Theme From The Film Papillon, Sunrise, Sunset, Clo Clo, Imagine, L’avventura

Franck Pourcel - Imagination

Listen to Franck Pourcel’s instrumental version of Paul McCartney’s “My Love

Label: Studio2stereo TWOX 1016

1973 1970s Covers

Top of the Pops Best of ’72

Sleeve Notes:

As most pop fans know our Hallmark “Top of the Pops” albums, issued every six or eight weeks, are consistently the best selling records of their kind in the world.

Each issue of “Top of the Pops” sells, not in thousands, but in hundreds of thousands; and, such is the outstanding success of these records, we decided in 1969 to introduce a “Best of Top of the Pops”, containing the thirteen best tunes from “Top of the Pops” issued during the year.

This was a runaway success and so were the subsequent issues; and all you pop enthusiasts supported us wonderfully.

We are thus encouraged to produce yet another “BEST OF” this year and again we have gone to enormous trouble to serve up on this album a superb selection of 13 hit tunes of the year, all of which have been featured at No. 1.

You’ll swing to these rhythms made famous during the year by the greatest artistes in show business. We sincerely think some of our versions are even better than the originals! Try it.

NOW HERE’S A BIG FREE BONUS FOR YOU ALL. INSIDE IS A SUPER, EXTRA BIG (ALMOST 3 feet x 2 feet), PIN-UP POSTER CALENDAR FOR 1973, IN SUPERB, FULL COLOUR!

We think we have produced a winner. There’s rhythm and beat and wonderful sound on the record to set your feet tapping; and there’s a gorgeous gal on our poster calendar to titillate your eyes.

We’ve done our very best. We KNOW you will do your best to make this big value release an all-time winner.

Thanks a million.

Top of the Pops Best of ’72

Label: Hallmark SHM 799

1972 1970s Covers Top of the Pops Collection

James Last – In Love

Sleeve Notes:

Love, they say, makes the world go round. The very same thing is often said of music, too. What could be more natural, then, than a happy combination of the two ? Here, with the ubiquitous James Last and his fine orchestra performing twelve excellent love songs, one could say that the world has never had it so good. Love, of course, has many faces and in this well-spiced selection James Last seems to have covered most of them musically.

The melodic grace of Time After Time – a long-time favourite written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for the 1946 Sinatra musical film It Happened In Brooklyn—makes a fitting start to the programme. This is followed by James Last’s own hit composition of twenty years later, Games That Lovers Play – a song that brings a mature and pleasantly original twist to the adolescent taunting-and-teasing side of love. This song has been recorded by many artists all over the world but to hear the composer’s own version makes this an especially interesting track.

One of the cinema’s great love scenes provided the background for the clever merging of Moonglow and the theme from Picnic. While scoring the music for this fine 1955 film, composer George Duning was looking for a way to complement and intensify a dance sequence in which the leading characters—played by William Holden and Kim Novak—discover their love for each other. He hit on the idea of using the jazz standard Moonglow (which was composed in 1934 by Will Hudson Eddie de Lange and Irving Mills) and combining it with his own theme as an obligato for strings. The effect was not only dramatically stunning it also resulted in a multi-million selling single. It is also interesting to note, nearly twenty years later, that the song Moonglow is hardly ever played without Duning’s fine Picnic theme in attendance. On this occasion James Last offers a richly scored treatment of the famous musical tandem which moves at a slightly faster tempo than usual.

The first side of this disc is completed by two emotionally contrasting pieces—the exotic romanticism of Passion Flower and the impending disillusionment of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. The latter song was written in 1964 by record producer Phil Spector and the husband and wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill. It was recorded by the Righteous Brothers and subsequently became one of the biggest pop hits of the sixties.

Side two opens with the Academy Award-winning film song of 1953 Secret Love. Introduced by the irrepressible Doris Day in the musical Calamity Jane, it provided Doris with her fifth million-seller. In this version James Last has arranged the song in a very appealing way paying full regard to Sammy Fain’s superb melody. A somewhat more contemporary atmosphere is engendered by Last’s fine interpretation of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man, and this adds a pleasant touch of variety to the proceedings. Tambourine, of course, was a strong hit in 1965 for that popular group, The Byrds. The contemporary flavour continues simmering in Help Me Girl, before Last returns to the super-romantic swing of Close Your Eyes, a fine and well-loved standard which is usually associated with Tony Bennett who made a very successful recording of it back in the 1950’s.

One of the best known songs of the sixties Bart Howard’s elegant Fly Me To The Moon (sometimes known as In Other Words) makes an ideal vehicle for the arranging talents of James Last who, in this treatment, brings out all the lively elements of romantic fantasy implied by the title. Finally, having run the musical gamut of emotions connected with this crazy thing called love, James Last and his fine musical organisation strike a joyously optimistic note for the finale with their version of the recent Andy Williams hit Happy Heart.

If it is true to say that both love and music make the world go round, then it is a pretty safe bet that the world of James Last will continue spinning for many years to come … at the agreeably romantic speed of 33 1⁄3 r.p.m., of course.

James Last - In Love

Label: Reader’s Digest RDS 6936

1972 1970s Covers

16 Chart Hits Vol. 14

Sleeve Notes:

Steppin’ Out – I’m Gonna Boogie Tonight, Love Me For A Reason, Queen Of Clubs, Kung Fu Fighting, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Black – Eyed Boys, Rock Me Gently, The Bitch Is Back, Now That We’ve Found Love, You, You, You, Hang On In There Baby, The Player, Annie’s Song, Mr. Soft, Another Saturday Night, Rock ‘N’ Roll Lady

16 Chart Hits Vol. 14

Label: Contour 2870 374

1974 1970s Covers

Top of the Pops Vol. 51

Sleeve Notes:

Here’s yet another great pop L.P. from Pickwick. And as always, it’s packed with the latest, most up-to-datest chart sounds.
With twelve super tracks brilliantly performed and produced to the very highest standard, Top of the Pops is without doubt the best value for money to be found. If you prefer listening to your music on tape, then you can get this very album on Stereo Cassette HSC 290 or 8-track Cartridge H 8290.

TOP OF THE POPS VOLUME 51 …
another smash hit L.P. from Pickwick.

Top of the Pops Vol. 51 - another in the outstanding series of Top of the pops album covers.

Label: Hallmark SHM 940

1976 1970s Covers Top of the Pops Collection

Peter Covent’s Stereo Special!

Sleeve Notes:

As exciting as today’s youth is also the Party-Sound by Peter Covent, known for his always topical hits. Who is hiding behind this musical pseudonym? Carlos Diernhammer, born in Munich, born in Buenos Aires while passing through. Together with his current producer Egon L. Frauenberger, he printed the school desk in Bavaria’s metropolis. At the age of 13, “Don Carlos”, as his friends call him, composed his first sonata. After the conservatory he jazzed with Freddie Brocksieper and with Max Greger, for whom he still works as an arranger today. Carlos turned down an offer from Woody Herman to America because he was just in love with his current wife. He later went into business for himself, arranging and composing for the best known German big bands. The musical and personal connection with his old school friend finally became “Peter Covent a la Mr. Hits a gogo” to the enthusiasm of all young people.

Label: Philips 88415 DY
Front design: Helmut Shiefer
Front Cover Photo: Frits Van Swoll

1970 1970s Covers

Smash Hits Supremes Style

Sleeve Notes:

Maybe we’ve used the wrong title, for a start. Maybe we should have said : “Salute to Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.” For they were the writers, composers, producers who actually put the Supremes on the map, with such fabulous songs as Where did our love go, Baby love and Stop! in the name of love.

Seven of the 12 million-sellers re-created on this album emerged from this unique trio — those above, plus Reflections, In and out of love, You keep me hangin’ on and The happening. In fact, these are the songs still most closely identified with the Supremes; these are the songs that put them in the millionaire class.

But the incredible thing about the Supremes is that, take away the original back-room boys, take away their lead singer Diana Ross, and replace her with the curiously-named Cindy Birdsong, and you still get hits! Witness Stoned love, a Top Five hit only a few months ago. Maybe, after all, we should have made this a salute to Berry Gordy Jnr. who, as founder and boss of Motown Records, thought up the whole concept in the first place, and kept it going so miraculously for so long.

If Mr. Gordy Jnr. ever gets to read these sleeve notes, we’d like to say, here and now, that if Cindy Birdsong, Mary Wilson and Jean Terrell (the present Supremes) ever decide to give up singing and take up chicken farming, we’ve got a really great trio ready and able to take their place! Just listen to them now on this album, as they excitingly re-create twelve of the Supremes’ greatest hits.

BILL WELLINGS
A BWD production ℗ 1971

Smash Hits Supremes Style - another great sexy album cover from Cover Heaven at coverheaven.co.uk. This example is another in the sound-alike category, not the actual artist but a group of session players mimicking.

Label: MFP 5184

1971 1970s Covers

The Scott Joplin Ragtime Album played by Ronnie Price

Sleeve Notes:

Scott Joplin was born in 1868 and died in 1917 At the time of his death, on April 1st in the Manhattan State Institute, Joplin, who had been committed to the hospital in the autumn of the previous year by the second Mrs. Joplin, was not only virtually insane, but also penniless. It is incredible to note that even during his period in the hospital, he still tried to compose — but alas the magic had gone for ever.

The story started on November 24th in 1868 when Joplin was born in Texarkana, Texas. His mother, a laundress, came from Kentucky and his father, a labourer and an ex-slave, from North Carolina. As a child, Joplin played the guitar and bugle and at the age of seven he started picking out melodies on a neighbour’s piano. At the age of eleven a local German music teacher, who recognised Joplin’s natural gifts, gave him free music lessons. After the death of his mother and following a dispute with his father over learning a trade, the fourteen year old Scott Joplin left home. He travelled the Mississippi Valley states playing in all-night cafes, bawdy houses, saloons and variety, anywhere that he could get basic wages or sometimes just tips. The new music being played at this time was Ragtime or, as it was then called, Ragged time. The man who became the Master of Ragtime as it developed from that strangely red-light world. was Scott Joplin.

He moved to St. Louis in 1885 and this was to become the centre of his activities for a number of years. He went to the Chicago Worlds’ Fair in 1893 where he formed an orchestra and worked regular hours. but out of hours it was back to the bars of the District and Ragtime. He wandered back to St. Louis, on to Sedalia and back to St. Louis, but in 1895 he returned to Sedalia and formed the Texas Medley Quartet. The Quartet took him as far as New York where he sold his first pieces for publication. Two years later he wrote Maple Leaf Rag, but such were the problems of a black musician at this time that it was not finally published until two years later. The music on this album covers over a decade of Joplin publications and is truly the best of Joplin.

About The Artist
Ronnie Price was born in Manchester and played with many local dance bands before finally forming his own sextet. Before entering the session music scene, he learned his trade by playing, for many years, with dance music greats like Teddy Foster and Sydney Lipton. He was a member of the Tito Burns Sextet for four and a half years playing alongside giants like Johnny Dankworth and Ronnie Scott. As a session musician he has played or recorded with many of the top talents around including Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand etc. etc. etc.
Rex Oldfield.

The Scott Joplin Ragtime Album played by Ronnie Price

Label: Embassy EMB 31043

1974 1970s Covers