Sunday, June 16, 2013

How Top of the Pops looked in Austria

Several European countries issued their own versions of Top of the Pops records, many of them almost carbon copies of the UK albums. A number of countries went to the trouble of changing the sleeves, which sometimes resulted in improvements, but more often than not, seemed to be tinkering for the sake of it.

It's a matter of opinion whether one or other sleeve looks good, but I do think the Austrian covers - and there were only a couple to my knowledge - do look pretty nice.They were not merely tweaked but completely redesigned, which brings me to my latest LP (a Father's Day gift in fact, although my 3-year-old doesn't really know it). This has to be Austria's first TOTP:

This is a pressing of volume 12, although it doesn't carry a volume number. It was issued on the local Baccarola label, and if you check the small print on the sleeve, it bills Allan Crawford as producer. Nice. He didn't ever get such a credit in the UK.

How can we tell this is the first in Austria? Because the next one, volume 13, was also released there - and they called it volume 2! 


  1. It's always refreshing to see an unfamiliar TOTP sleeve. There seems to be no end to the plethora of foreign pressings.

    1. I know, it's incredible really, everywhere from Bulgaria to Mexico! I wonder how many TOTP records were sold in the world.

    2. Good question. There may be a clue to a rough idea of how successful the TOTP albums were, as the sleeve notes of volume 75, Pickwick state that by then worldwide sales were in excess of 20 million. Quite an achievement......

  2. I love the cover - obviously you needed to look like a mexican bandit to pull a girl back in 1970 if you lived in Austria!