Friday, April 19, 2013

Mega-rare "12 Tops Volume 1" - on cassette!

Even a seasoned collector like myself is regularly amazed at the things which turn up in the world of budget cover versions. The latest jaw-dropper is the cassette pictured below, which, until a few days ago, I had no idea even existed. Now, thanks to the owner of this copy, Lars Larsen, we not only know it exists but have superb images of it as well - so here it is, in all its glory:


Even the LP edition of this album (below) is hard enough to find, so copies of this cassette must be extremely scarce. The insert clearly shows it to be a UK release (as one might expect), and compared the the vinyl the playing order is almost the same - except that "Look Wot You Dun" and "American Pie" have swapped places, probably to make the playing time of each side more equal. And the cassette is issued on the Damont Records label, rather than Stereo Gold Award.

I am not aware of any other cassette editions from this series, until as late as volume 18 (pictured below), and none thereafter. Were there others released? Please drop us a line if you know.  

Thanks to Lars for the scans and information.

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