Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sounds like a new Rediffusion LP

Long-in-the-tooth readers will recall my near miss in locating a copy of Sounds Like Hits volume 9, last year. Well, I'm happy to say that I've finally bagged a copy and at a modest price too. These albums are among the hardest to find in the regular covers LP sector. A couple of them, I don't even know what the sleeves look like, they are that scarce.

So here's my latest one...

A glance at the track listing soon confirms this is essentially the same album as issued by Fontana. The tracks are even in the same order:

Interestingly, the Fontana edition is dated 1970, whereas the Rediffusion LP has 1969 on the labels. This suggests the Fontana editions were coming out later than Rediffusion - although it's still not entirely clear why two different labels were issuing the same discs. Note also that Fontana had only reached number 8 in their series by now, whereas Rediffusion were up to number 9. Curious.

Oh, and notice too a rare example of a non-hit album track being included: The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". You don't see that too often...


  1. Hi there,
    talking of strange versions of the Sounds Like Hits series: I own Vol. 1 & 2 as french pressing (here:, which I actually bought back in the day. Does anybody know, whether there were others?

    1. Maybe. These are the ones I know of...

    2. Thank you very much. By the way, in the first place (some 40 years ago) I thought, that RIM had something to do with PRESIDENT (you know, where The Equals released their records), but it's oviously a homonymy.