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5.0 out of 5 stars 1957 Part 2 is part of an excellent series of music compilations, 25 Mar. 2009
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James B. Spink "Jim" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1957 British Hit Parade Vol.2 (Audio CD)
1957 Part 2 is just one collection in a series of music compilations which chronicle the NME's British Hit Parades from their inception at the end of 1952 up to the latest addition to the project, this year's release, which is for 1958. I would guess that these collections can now be made because of the expiration of the fifty year period of protection for the copyright in recorded music in the UK. This 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. The details of how that works are contained in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and all these recordings are cleared through the MCPS. We may well expect to see 1959 released early next year (2010) 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. I will treat each year as part of a collection, rather than review each one individually; I can then add the review to each compilation to link them together. However, if you are just looking for music from your favourite year I would still recommend checking the others out 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 in 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. The first year's chart is contained on just a single CD and is called The First British Hit Parade. Amazon has a track listing and audio clips.

1953 is a 3 CD set comprising every record that entered the UK chart from January 3rd to December 19th in chronological order of the first entry - with the exception of multiple versions of the same song which have been separated for ease of listening, the compilers say, and it makes good sense. This is the same format used in all subsequent years as is the inclusion of a really informative illustrated booklet in each set. The year's set is called 1953 British Hit Parade, subtitled Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 2 - to avoid confusion, 1952 is actually Volume 1; there is no 1953 Volume 1! Amazon has provided a complete listing for the 75 tracks featured here.

1954 is a 4 CD set comprising every record that entered the UK chart from January 9th to December 18th in chronological order of entry, with the same exception of multiple versions as previously. This was the year that saw the first signs of the Rock 'N' Roll revolution! The year's set is called 1954 British Hit Parade, subtitled Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 3. Amazon has provided a complete listing for all 85 tracks featured here.

1955 is expanded to two 3 CD sets because the chart increased to twenty places, which means that it now takes six compact discs to feature all of that years chart entries. The first 3 CD set comprises every record that entered the UK chart from January 8th to July16th in chronological order of entry. The second 3 CD set comprises every record that entered the UK chart from July 16th to December 24th in chronological order of entry. The two sets are called 1955 British Hit Parade, subtitled Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 4, then each set has a purple corner flash stating either Part 1 or Part 2. I've mentioned this in detail as Amazon's listings for all of these discs in general is not consistent and could be a little confusing - the image shows the exact product. Unfortunately there is no track listing for either 1955 collection provided by Amazon, but the information can be found elsewhere on the web.

1956 was the year when the chart was expanded to thirty places and means that it is presented as two separate 4 CD sets. Set one features the first six months and set two the second. It becomes clear that this was the year that Rock `N' Roll really began to make its presence felt! The two sets are called 1956 British Hit Parade, subtitled Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 5, then each set has a green corner flash stating either Part 1 or Part 2. Amazon has a full track listing for the 95 tracks on Part 1 and the 92 tracks on Part 2.

1957 is another year divided into two 4 CD sets - January 5th to June 29th and July 6th to December 28th. The two sets are called 1957 British Hit Parade, subtitled Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 6, then each set has a blue corner flash stating either Part 1 or Part 2. Amazon has a full track listing for the 96 tracks on Part 1 and the 89 tracks on Part 2.

All the years so far have been issued by the Acrobat label, the latest addition, 1958, is now released on the Fantastic Voyage label which is a part of Future Noise. This is another two 4 CD set year, January 4th to June 14th and June 21st to December 27th. It is slightly different in presentation to its predecessors and also includes a card slipcase. It is, however, produced by exactly the same team as before and refers back to the earlier releases; the title follows a similar format and is Volume 7 Parts 1 & 2. At the time of writing this review Amazon list both of these sets twice - one available the other not.

All the compilations are produced by names which will be familiar to music collectors, and have been well engineered sound-wise. I am not sure what master sources are available to be used for this type of release, but whatever they are the results are very good. The few tracks which do sound a bit below par are mentioned in the notes and apologies made about the difficulties in sourcing some of the music.

If you grew up in the fifties you will find contained within these discs the music that was on your radio day by day and year by year - and for me, most of my parent's record collection! I never thought I would hear again Eamon Andrews dulcet tones echo the words horned toads of the thorny chaparral! (The Shifting, Whispering Sands, 1956, a double sided disc - both sides thoughtfully included). That and many other delights are contained within this series.

Each disc in the series has around 25 tracks and contains about an hour to 70 minutes of music. Whether you choose just one year or all of them you will find excellent quality and value, and many memories, within these discs. It is also worth checking out Acrobat and Future Noise's other releases as they offer similar value and quality in music from the same era.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUSIC LOVERS DREAM, 11 Jun. 2009
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J. Williams "MUSIC LOVER" (HARLOW,ESSEX,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1957 British Hit Parade Vol.2 (Audio CD)
I HAVE PURCHASED ALL THE BOX CD SETS FROM 1953-1958 AND AWAIT THE 1959 SET.ORIGINAL ARTIST,ORIGINAL RECORDING,EXCELLENT SOUND QUALITY CONSIDERING AGE,AND,AT A MORE THAN REASONABLE PRICE,WHAT ELSE COULD A 70 YEAR OLD MUSIC LOVER WANT.I HAVE A 4000+ CD COLLECTION AND MANY OF THESE IVE BOUGHT JUST FOR A FEW 50s HIT TRACKS-IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN THAT A BRILLIANT SET LIKE THESE WOULD BE AVAILABLE.THIS SERIES IS A MUST BUY AND PUTS ALL OTHER CD 50s HIT COMBILATIONS TOO SHAME. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF FUTURE NOISE MUSIC HAVE ANY INTENTION OF ISSUING THE US HIT PARADE OF THE 50s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny., 1 Jun. 2013
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Listening to these tunes brings back lots of memories from the past. Even the ones that I never cared for when they first came out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Jan. 2015
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Like its companion a wonderful resource to possess filled with interesting pieces from this era.
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