Saturday, February 10, 2018

Top of the Tots on cassette

We've always assumed this 1971 album was issued on cassette, but had never actually seen a copy. One has now surfaced, confirming our suspicions...

Here are the full scans:

Notice how the order of the tracks has been shuffled, as compared to the LP edition. I've never really understood why they did that! The usual supposition is that it's to equalise the playing time of the two sides - but is one really that much longer than the other? We'll probably never know.

I presume these cassette editions are so rare because they were universally owned by children, and if any copies survived a typical kid's careless treatment, few would have been kept once the owner had become a teenager.

The above confirms to us that the album was issued on all three main formats in the 1970s - vinyl, of course, cassette, and the equally rare 8-track cartridge.

Nice to add one to our cassette discography. Keep a lookout for volumes 2, 3 and 4.

1 comment:

  1. I've been trying to piece together my memories of a tape I owned and loved as a kid. I knew it had Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, Ob La Di, Lily the Pink and Sugar Sugar. The ofgerday I heard Johnny Reggae for the first time in years and I thought of my tape. And here it is. So they were cover versions were they?! Thank you so much for posting this, mystery solved (although now I need to get recordings...)