Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UK one-offs part 1: Chartbusters

In my time, cataloging and documenting cover version albums, I've concentrated almost entirely on regular series - Top of the Pops, 12 Tops, Hot Hits etc - you know the ones.

But recently, collector, Ian Byrne, reminded me of one of the odd releases which don't fit into the usual mould. This got me thinking - isn't it time to celebrate (or at least, make note of) some of the one-off releases which occasionally appeared in between the more famous series?

I'm planning to run a series of short posts documenting some of them. To keep things in focus, I'm only looking at UK releases, and sticking to LPs issued between (roughly) the early 1960s and the early 1980s - soundalike cover versions, all.

Here's part 1.

Produced by Dave Howman for Daga Productions
Engineers: Richard Austen and Brian Evans
Recorded at: Majestic Recording Studios, London

That's what it says. Who are Cambrasound? Who are Daga? Tell us if you know anything about this release.

The year is 1981, by the way...

Great tracks. Blondie, Police, Lennon, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder ... well, not really, but a good song is a good song, whoever's singing it. The album, incidentally, is a double-LP, allowing for some 28 tracks in a single package.

The title, Chartbusters, is a familiar one, but we have no reason to believe this album is connected to any of the three regular Chartbusters series put out by Marble Arch (1960s), Pye (1970s) or Here & Now (1980s), but as ever we'd be happy to be corrected on that.

Watch this space for more of these one-offs.

1 comment:

  1. I think it was an attempt to cash in on the pre-Now compilations by Ronco, K-Tell, etc. who issued double compilation albums featuring the hits of the day but by the original artists. Their marketing strategy was "Buy Volume 1 - Get Volume 2 Free".