Label: Hallmark Records - 702772 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Pop •
Top of the Pops is the name of a series Substitute - The Top Of The Poppers - The Best Of Top Of The Pops *78* records issued by Pickwick Records on their Hallmark labelwhich contain anonymous cover versions of recent and current hit singles. The recordings were intended to replicate the sound of the original hits as closely as possible. The albums were recorded by a studio group comprising session musicians and singers who remained uncredited, although they included Tina Charles and Elton John before they became famous in their own right.
Record producer Alan Crawford conceived the idea for Top of the Popshaving noted several UK labels such as Music for Pleasure pioneer the anonymous covers format during and Crawford's key idea was to create a continuous series of albums with the same title.
A second volume appeared later in the year and included versions of two Beatles songs. In new volumes began appearing at generally regular intervals, with a new LP released every six to eight weeks. Volume numbers were not stated on the record sleeves, each edition simply called Top of the Popsthe name derived from the un-trademarked BBC television show of that namewith which there was no direct connection.
From toHallmark Records released nearly albums consisting of covers of Top 40 hits. According to session singer Tony Rivers"In those days, more often than not, you had to do 3 songs in 3 hours then you were out of there!! Not much chance of getting good at it! Dave Thompson Pre-Evergreen - Braid - No Coast AllMusic stated that "it becomes apparent that the trick is not to look upon the songs as straightforward attempts to copy the hit song, but as interpretations rendered in the style of the hit".
InHallmark Records went back to the mastertapes, re-issuing several of the original albums, and releasing compilations using the recordings, which have Upwelling - Jeff Greinke - Cities In Fog (CD, Album, Album) following of their own. During the early s, the Top of the Pops series enjoyed considerable success and buoyant sales. Budget albums were accepted into the main UK album charts for a few months induring which four Top of the Pops LPs charted, and two made No.
However, they were disqualified in early since their budget selling price was perceived as giving them an unfair advantage in the market. The albums continued to be released at regular intervals throughout the s, with the general theme and cover art largely unchanged throughout.
The cover designs featured female models in period attire, some with the models in skimpy clothing such as miniskirts and bikinis. There were numerous similar album series in existence in the s, put out by other labels.
Some of these were also commercially successful. In addition to the central series of Top of the PopsHallmark issued an annual round-up for each year starting in and ending inplus another in which was recorded specially, the main series having been wound up by then.
The main albums also sold well in Europe, and in the early s a short-lived series of special 'Europe Editions' were recorded and released, with different tracks to the contemporary UK albums. In a retrospective AllMusic review of The Best of Top of the Pops '81Dave Thompson felt that "of the three John Lennon songs wrapped up within, either " Imagine " or " Woman " could have given Roxy Music's version of " Jealous Guy " a run for its money in the brokenhearted sincerity Sophisticated - The Neon Judgement - Are You Real. In the late s the main studio band behind the recordings was dispersed, and both the group's leader Tony Rivers and the regular producer Bruce Baxter left the fold.
Captain Kut-Cha - Kai Winding And His Septet - The Trombone Sound a result, from aboutPickwick compiled the LPs from material recorded by external companies. Substitute - The Top Of The Poppers - The Best Of Top Of The Pops *78* series ceased in with volume 91, though a one-off volume 92 was released in The end-of-year compilations have been released on CD, as have four of the original 92 sets.
In addition, most Top of the Pops albums have been released on iTunes in several countries, credited to the "Top of the Poppers". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Top of the Poppers. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved Authority control MusicBrainz : 0abdc-a0c2-fc87bc. Categories : Sound-alike musical groups Covers albums.