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TOP OF THE POPS LP – Volume 22 SHM 780

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Nicola Austin - Top Of The Pops LP Sleeve - Volume 22 Hallmark SHM 780.

This was actually the first Top of the Pops LP that I ever encountered, and it’s for that reason alone that I’ve decided to choose this particular album to get this blog category off the ground. When I first heard this record as a twelve year old in 1972, I absolutely hated it. In fact, it was because of this specific album that I decided I would never want to listen to a ‘Top of the Pops’ LP ever again (click here for the full story).
Listening to it now, 38 years later; I must admit that my denigration at the time was probably a little harsh. This is not the best ‘Top of the Pops’ LP by a long way, but it’s certainly not the worst. Yes, I still cringe when I hear the weedy introduction to ‘Telegram Sam,’ but can now appreciate that the vocalist’s impersonation of Marc Bolan is not too bad at all. I can’t help wondering though, how much effort these session singers put into actually singing the songs, as opposed to concentrating on impersonating the original artists. This LP provides a classic case in … Click here to read the rest of this post...

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