Teenagers ! Kids ! Switched-on Mums and Dads ! Here it is, our latest Top of the Pops album at a price you can all afford! Look at the list of titles, and you’ll find that most, if not all, are way up in the charts. Our talented musicians and vocalists have produced a wonderful sound – we think some of the tracks sound better than the original hit recordings made by the top international artistes – but don’t take our word for it. Just try this really fab album and you’ll know at once that we’re right; our string of previous smash successes on Top of the Pops albums is a great tribute to all you good folk who appreciate beautiful pop music. If you’re happy, so are we. So go, go, go with this record, and if you love it, tell us, tell your friends, tell the whole wide world that Hallmark records have made another hit album.
In 1971 record buyers of this particular series were still being described as “ravers”. What’s more the demographic of the Top of the Pops series apparently also included “Hippies and yippies and, …switched-on Mums and Dads“. The BBC must by this time have regretted not having trademarked the “Top of the Pops” name as this successful series of albums had little or nothing to do with the famous TV show of the same name.
Thank you, Ravers; you sent our last issue of ‘Top of the Pops” (SHM 710) soaring high in the national L.P. charts.
Well, you’ve written to us, telephoned us, screamed at us and cajoled us to move, move, move – but fast – with the release of our next issue, and here it is, hot off the press; sizzling with red hot, top-pop numbers straight out of the current charts.
All the tunes, made famous by Super Stars of the Pop World, have been faithfully recorded by us in London specially for you. Once again we are sure you, all of you – Hippies and Yippies and Skinheads; Schoolkids and switched-on Mums and Dads will help to make this fabulous album a high-stepper in the L.P. charts; for this L.P. will electrify you, send you way, way up in space’.
Let’s try to make this No. 1 this time, O.K? Thanks a lot!
Here comes No. 9 in the series of “Top of the Pops”. There are a few “Greats” like Sinatra or the Rolling Stones who can successfully repeat a winning style; but the great majority of songs in the Hit Parade at any one time differ from each other and so give the Parade a constantly changing freshness and variety.
In making each “Top of the Pops” LP we particularly notice all this, partly because it poses us some pretty ticklish problems. For instance, hardly any two titles involve precisely similar groups of musicians. As a result we find ourselves at times in the middle of thirty or forty people – could be Brass, Strings, Woodwind, Percussion, Rhythm, not to mention Voices – all belting away happily, whereas ten minutes later we may solemnly be distilling something equally potent with less than ten. This makes for the spice of life, and thus never a dull moment. So if you enjoy this one as much as we did making it, it means only one thing – congratulations, you’ve bought a winner!
This is our eighth “Top Of The Pops” Album bringing together, as usual, twelve hits of the day onto one LP, a presentation virtually impossible for the original (single) versions. We get letters asking how it can happen that these Hallmark recordings can be as good as – and, indeed at times better than – their counterparts on the charts. Well, let us tell you for sure that it ain’t easy! If there is a secret it has many parts the care and attention paid to every bar of every number prior to sessions; the choice of vocalists and musicians; their skill and application at the fall of the baton; the use of the best studios and engineers; and the endless trouble taken in the Mixing Room where up to eight separate tracks are blended into a Stereo Master. And this is how you come to enjoy endless hours of pleasure for as long as you like.
Ravers! Here’s our fourth and greatest Pop Album. Bend back your ears and listen to a dozen of today\’s hottest numbers, all furiously scrambling for the Top Spot. Like “Boom, Bang-a-Bang”. Like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. Like “Sorry Suzanne”.
Specially recorded in London by Hallmark Records, our fabulous vocalists and instrumentalists make sounds that will send you rocketing into Outer Space. So, Groovies, grab this L.P., rush back to your Pads, and move, move, move to the hot, sweet sounds of this album. GROOVY BOY
You’ve twisted our arm again! So many thousands and thousands of you groovy babies grabbed our last “Top of the Pops” album from the counters that we’ve had to take the hint. Here, then, is our third Rave Album, packed with current chart-smashers, that will send you jumping straight through the roof of your pad. So drag out your record players, try out this fab disc, and go, go, go with the swinging sounds of Hallmark’s third (and greatest) “Top of the Pops” L.P.!
VOLUME 72 of the world famous Top Of The Pops series of records has just been released, and record shops everywhere are reporting thousands of customers clamouring for their copies. A spokesperson for Red Hot Records Ltd. said “This happens every time the Top Of The Poppers release a new LP. It’s even worse now there are 16 smash hits taken straight from the charts on each record. We are totally exhausted trying to cope with the demand. I wish they’d stop doing this to us.”