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First British Hit Parade

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00009V3P9
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Here In My HeartAl Martino 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. High NoonFrankie Laine 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Forget Me NotVera Lynn 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. SugarbushDoris Day & Frankie Laine 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blue TangoRay Martin And His Concert Orchestra 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Homing WaltzVera Lynn 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Auf Wiederseh'n (Sweetheart)Vera Lynn 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Because You're MineMario Lanza 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cowpunchers CantataMax Bygraves 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Walkin' My Baby Back HomeJohnnie Ray 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. My Love & DevotionDoris Day 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Come Along A LoveKay Starr 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Zing A Little ZongBing Crosby & Jane Wyman 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Brittania RagWinifred Atwell 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Because You're MineNat King Cole 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen23. Faith Can Move MountainsJohnnie Ray 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Takes Two To TangoLouis Armstrong 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Silent NightBing Crosby 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Walkin' To MissouriTony Brent 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. JambalayaJo Stafford 2:560.99  Buy MP3 

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Various Artists First British Hit Parade

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of an excellent series 12 Mar 2009
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This is one of a series of compilations which chronicle the NME's British Hit Parades from their inception in 1952 up to the latest addition to project, this year's release, 1958. I would guess that the expiration of the fifty year protected period for recorded music in the UK means that these discs can now be offered at such competitive prices, and why each one is released in the year after a fifty year gap has elapsed. That being the case we may well expect to see 1959 early next year and a move into the sixties in subsequent years - I hope so!

The discs build nicely into a collection that will suit fans of fifties pop tunes and also serious music collectors alike and I will treat them as a collection, rather than review each year individually, so I can then add the review to each compilation to link them together. If you're just looking for music from your favourite year, however, I would also recommend checking out the others as well, the quality is consistently very good indeed and, as far as I can tell, it is always the original recording featured.

I will try to explain why the CD sets for some years are more expensive to buy than others, and how the chart developed over time. Starting in 1952 the New Musical Express launched the first British Pop Chart on November 14th. All fifteen titles which were featured that first chart, plus twelve additional titles which represent all the new entries up to the end of 1952, are included on the disc. The actual chart was just twelve positions but there were some tied places making up the fifteen. There is also a fully illustrated booklet included containing all the historical facts regarding the launch and detailed information on all the songs and artists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First British Hit Parade 17 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
This CD is pure nostalgia - I remember the first British hit parade and this CD brought back many memories of the era. At that time I (like many others) did not own a record player so pop music could only be heard on the BBC Radio Light Programme or Radio Luxhamberg(?) and the hit parade was first published in a music magazine called The Melody Maker. Great to be able to play my favourite tracks over and over again! Most of the tracks hold up very well but one or two are best forgotten. Good to have though. Thanks. Pat N.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHILE I`M GRATEFUL...... 19 Nov 2011
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While i`m grateful and glad for this ongoing series, i would like to know if anyone else has a scratching/popping sound on certain tracks. On The First British Hit Parade CD, the last 5 tracks (23-27) has this problem. Now i know some of these songs may have been taken directly from vinyl if the master wasn`t found but, i think i know what a vinyl scratchy-poppy noise makes! I actually ordered this CD again from another online outlet and guess what, the same noise on the same tracks. If it`s direct from the source then i`ll have to live with it, i guess. Just annoying though.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Before record sales charts, there were sheet music charts, but Britain was rather slow to create sales charts, which had been in existence in the USA for many years. The first British chart was curious, not least because 15 records were listed in what was supposed to be a top 12 :-) Somebody clearly didn't know (or deliberately ignored) the rules of mathematics, which are that if there are ties, all equally tied are given the same number BUT that the next one is NOT given the next sequential number. Instead, gaps are left in the numbering to compensate for the ties - so after two records at joint 7th, the next record should be listed as 9th or joint 9th as the case may be. However, the incorrect numbering for this chart means that there are two joint 7th, two joint 8th and two joint 11th, accounting for the 15 records being in the chart. Even if the chart had been compiled correctly with only 12 records, Vera Lynn would still have had three of them.

The writer of the booklet notes helpfully guides us to what records were actually on their way down, having generated most of their sales earlier in the year, and is convinced that Auf wiedersehn sweetheart (Vera Lynn) was the biggest selling record in the UK in 1952 as a whole. The record was also an American #1 hit. So the actual chart positions are a bit misleading below the top two, and should be treated with caution.

Apart from the 15 records that made up that first chart (which started in November), this CD includes a further 12 that entered the chart before the year ended, some of which dropped out again quickly while others peaked in 1953.

The music itself features plenty of female singers.
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