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The 1962 Embassy British Hit Parade Box set

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00BMUL15A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Run To Him (Rikki Henderson)
2. I'd Never Find Another You (Rikki Henderson)
3. The Young Ones (Bobby Stevens)
4. Multiplication (Bobby Stevens)
5. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Bobby Stevens)
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Disc: 2
1. The Maigret Theme (James Wright & his Orch.)
2. Coronation Street (James Wright & his Orch.)
3. Good Luck Charm (Bobby Stevens)
4. I'm Looking Out The Window (Bobby Stevens)
5. Nut Rocker (Bud Ashton Trio)
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Disc: 3
1. Things (Mike Redway)
2. Once Upon A Dream (Mike Redway)
3. Dancin' Party (Paul Rich)
4. Gotta See Baby Tonight (Happy Knights Jazz Band & Paul Rich)
5. Pick A Bale O' Cotton (Les Carle)
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Disc: 4
1. A Whistlin' Tune - (Les Carle)
2. Ridin' The Rainbow (Les Carle)
3. Bobby's Girl (Kay Barry)
4. James Hold The Ladder Steady (Kay Barry)
5. Sun Arise (Paul Rich)
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Product Description

Acrobat Musics series of British Hit Parade collections has become an essential annual purchase for a significant number of collectors and enthusiasts who wish to hear and own every record that entered the British record charts during each year. Last year, we introduced another innovation into our annual trawl of the songs that the great British record-buying public was spending their hard-earned shillings on with our comprehensive collections for 1960 and 1961 of every 45rpm single that was released during those years on the Embassy label, the cover versions that were sold exclusively in Woolworths stores from 1954 to 1965. They were extremely well-received, so we have continued the series with this collection of every Embassy release for 1962. There were 56 releases, one of them a 4-track single for songs from Elvis film Kid Galahad so there were 114 tracks, all performed by the labels pool of sessions singers, some of them performing under a variety of pseudonyms. We also include 4 bonus tracks. Obviously, Embassy were highly selective about the tracks they recorded the songs were generally already guaranteed hits although they did do one or two pre-emptive recordings of things they expected to chart which didnt make it.For those who began their record-buying lives in the 50s and 60s the Embassy label provided a variety of different perceptions. For the purist, it was anathema the idea of buying anything other than the version of a hit that was in the charts by the star artist was unconscionable (although people would happily buy a watered-down British cover of a stonking and original US hit if that was what was being pushed at them on the radio). For others, the chance to buy a halfway-decent version of two different hits on one 45 for not much more than half the price of a regular single and from a shop they were probably in most Saturdays looked like a sensible deal, especially if you werent a dyed-in-the-wool NME or MM-reading aficionado. There were also those who were genuinely interested in the music, and saw it as an interesting parallel world, buying either or both of the original and the sound-alike version. Half a century and more distant, in the world of collectors, enthusiasts and nostalgia, even the prejudices about the presumed naffness of Embassy recordings have gone out of the window as fans of 50s and 60s pop are happy to revisit the music of the times in all its forms in a happy voyage of rediscovery, and people can hear them for what they really are. In addition, the artists who made the cover versions have a story of their own to tell, and still command a hard core of fans, and so this collection provides an eclectic slice of nostalgia that will appeal at a number of levels. We are sure that in addition to the enthusiasts with a special interest in Embassy, many purchasers of our main British Hit Parade sets will also be keen to acquire these alternative versions to add a dimension to their collections.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Devere on 13 Mar. 2013
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Like them or not, Embassy Records, (Sold via Woolworth's store), put out some very credible songs in the 1960s, and this album demonstrates some of them. Especially, Kay Barry performs some excellent songs on this CD, and for those who remember her, Kay was actually singer Barbara Kay, who also had recordings on the Oriole label. She also recorded "Yes, I'm ready", an excellent cover of the Barbara Mason song. Although some Embassy covers were disappointing, this CD is a real piece of music history, and deserves a listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 15 Sept. 2013
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Whatever anybody's view of Embassy was these recordings are excellent ! They are of good quality and you have to remember that the Embassy "interpretation" was not necessarily the same as the original "son this is she " being a case in point. Well worth the money paid .Listening to it brought back many memories of trips on a Saturday to woolworths.
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