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Subject: K-Tel

Written By: Indy Gent on 12/27/01 at 02:45 p.m.

Remember the K-Tel compilation records? You know, the edited versions of several 70's hits? I had "Dynamite", featuring shorter versions of Stealer's Wheel, Nazareth, and the Stylistics. What K-Tel records do you remember?

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Jonman on 12/27/01 at 02:54 p.m.

OMG I lived for the K-Tel compilations! I remember my fave being "Sound Explosion"...it had the DiFranco Family and a song called "Motorcycle Mama" that I can't remember who did it but I loved it...I also had one that had Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom", April Wine's "Tonight Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love", Patricia Dahlquist's "Keep Our Love Alive" and the Captain and Tenille's "Love Will Keep Us Together"...but I can't remember what it was called...Music something....nah...can't remember...oh it's gonna bug me now...

And remember the K-Tel Record Selector? K-Tel Patty Stacker? Heheeee...oh the memories you've started with this thread!!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: ChuckyG on 12/27/01 at 03:04 p.m.

actually.. Pickwick Records would be more fun to remember.. they used to put out some plain awful albums.. they'd re-record popular songs, and very subtly label them so you wouldn't realize you were buying a bunch of session artists performing songs you liked.. I think K-tel was also guilty to some extent of the same thing...

they also did a lot of kids albums.. I know I had some Christmas albums by them that were quite annoying (especially for my parents)

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Jonman on 12/27/01 at 03:07 p.m.


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actually.. Pickwick Records would be more fun to remember.. they used to put out some plain awful albums.. they'd re-record popular songs, and very subtly label them so you wouldn't realize you were buying a bunch of session artists performing songs you liked.. I think K-tel was also guilty to some extent of the same thing...

they also did a lot of kids albums.. I know I had some Christmas albums by them that were quite annoying (especially for my parents)
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Nope...K-Tel's famous tag line was 20 Original hits...20 Original Artists....they just edited them to around 2 minutes each....

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Indy Gent on 12/27/01 at 03:14 p.m.

Actually, any record company that made 70s compilations would do. Sessions, Pickwick, Adam 8, Rhino, etc. 8)

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actually.. Pickwick Records would be more fun to remember.. they used to put out some plain awful albums.. they'd re-record popular songs, and very subtly label them so you wouldn't realize you were buying a bunch of session artists performing songs you liked.. I think K-tel was also guilty to some extent of the same thing...

they also did a lot of kids albums.. I know I had some Christmas albums by them that were quite annoying (especially for my parents)
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Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 12/28/01 at 06:50 a.m.

"#1 Winners" and "Disco Fire" stand out as a couple of awesome comps. from the 70's.  :)  I still own "Disco Fire"!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 12/28/01 at 06:55 a.m.

Oh, another thing - K-Tel's compilations always had a bonus with each. Some of mine had ads for "Ronco" items (remember Mr. Microphone?!) and some had dance steps pics inside the cover. Right-On!  ;)

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Wicked Lester on 12/28/01 at 10:06 a.m.

Weren't they also responsible for that stupid bottle cutting thing? I remember the commercials showing how simple it was to turn your garden variety beer or soda bottle into a useable drinking glass... like someone would actually do this. I can't recall ever seeing a set of glasses made from discarded pony bottles...

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Indy Gent on 01/04/02 at 07:01 p.m.

Actually, that was Ronco. Remember that "an emery cloth is included to make it drinking smooth". Ah the distinctive voice of Ron Popiel.

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Weren't they also responsible for that stupid bottle cutting thing? I remember the commercials showing how simple it was to turn your garden variety beer or soda bottle into a useable drinking glass... like someone would actually do this. I can't recall ever seeing a set of glasses made from discarded pony bottles...
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Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Gis on 01/05/02 at 06:00 a.m.

This also makes me think of Remington and Victor Kiam 'I liked it so much I bought the company'.....

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Indy Gent on 01/05/02 at 07:11 p.m.

I initially liked Mr. Kiam. But when he became the owner of the New England Patriots, then called a female reporter complaining about sexual harrassment a "classic b***h", that was it. But "he meant it in a good way".

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This also makes me think of Remington and Victor Kiam 'I liked it so much I bought the company'.....
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Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 01/07/02 at 03:38 p.m.

Cheryl Ladd had a hit in of the hundreds of compilations released by K-Tel. I can't remember the name for the life of me. Any suggestions?

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Indy Gent on 01/11/02 at 06:52 p.m.

I remember Cheryl Ladd was hosting the "National College Cheerleaders Championship" on CBS dancing in a skimpy Red, White and Blue leotard that exposed both her bikini lines. Too bad she couldn't wear that outfit throughout the whole show.

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Cheryl Ladd had a hit in of the hundreds of compilations released by K-Tel. I can't remember the name for the life of me. Any suggestions?
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Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: rino7789 on 01/21/02 at 05:36 p.m.

That song from Cheryl Ladd was called "Think It Over" from 1978.I loved the cover of the album. :)

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 01/22/02 at 06:43 a.m.


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That song from Cheryl Ladd was called "Think It Over" from 1978.I loved the cover of the album. :)
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Thank you very much for answering my question.  :)

Welcome to the board, by the way!

Is the name any relation to Rhino records?

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: msh808 on 01/23/02 at 10:02 p.m.

I believe "Motorcycle Mama" was sung by a group called Sailcat and released in 1972. :D

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: ThunderVamp9 on 01/24/02 at 08:36 p.m.

I remember my brother having one of these records, and my favorote song on it was an instrumental called "The Chase".  It was 70's I believe, but I don't remember who performed it...

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 01/26/02 at 12:39 a.m.


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I remember my brother having one of these records, and my favorote song on it was an instrumental called "The Chase". It was 70's I believe, but I don't remember who performed it...
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Excellent tune!! It was done bt Giorgio Moroder. It was used in the Movie "Midnight Express".

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: ThunderVamp9 on 01/26/02 at 04:27 p.m.

Thanks man!  I'm looking for it now.  Much appreciated!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 01/26/02 at 09:24 p.m.


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Thanks man! I'm looking for it now. Much appreciated!
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Anytime!  :)

I hope you are able to find a decent version. There are many out there that are incomplete. Good Luck!!!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: SEVENTIES_GIRL on 07/02/03 at 01:51 a.m.

K-Tel Rocks.  I love K-Tel.  The songs like:  Stomp, Second Time Around, Pop Muzic, Rock With You, etc.  HOW I LONG FOR THE 70's MUSIC AGAIN!!!!!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Hairspray on 07/02/03 at 09:44 a.m.


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K-Tel Rocks. I love K-Tel. The songs like: Stomp, Second Time Around, Pop Muzic, Rock With You, etc. HOW I LONG FOR THE 70's MUSIC AGAIN!!!!!
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Me too! :)

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Paul_UK on 07/02/03 at 12:15 a.m.

Heh! Remember the blighters over on these shores, too...

One of my favourites was "Music Explosion" released in 1974 which subjected George McCrae, Rubettes, Terry Jacks et al to the dreaded K-Tel scissors and paste department. It wasn't until many years later, I actually discovered "Seasons In The Sun" had three verses and not two!

K-Tel sauntered on with the compilations until 1984 - by then, the famous "Now" series had consigned that part of their market to history...

Amazingly, they are still around - they own the rights to the Dominion catalogue...for example, should you see a compilation with "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears, that song is owned by K-Tel...

Before I go, I must mention the "Ronco Buttoneer" (an ideal Christmas gift - really?). Great for those who couldn't quite handle a needle and thread, this ingenious device used a plastic staple to put your buttons on - trouble was, the staples could quite easily pierce flesh and bone too...I dread to imagine what it was like in the hospitals on Christmas morning, most likely crammed full of people with detached digits...

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: sunshinecutie on 07/02/03 at 08:40 p.m.

i still have my k-tel album that i got sometime in the mid 70's called "get it on" it had songs such as
"smokin in the boys room"-brownsville station
"spiders and snakes"-jim stafford
"drift away"-doby gray
"playground in my mind"-?(i have the album boxed up,i can't get to it to find out who sings this song)
"morning after"-moreen mcgovern(always loved that song)
"love train"-ojays
and more, its a pretty good album actually

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Anthony716 on 07/03/03 at 11:17 a.m.


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Heh! Remember the blighters over on these shores, too...

Before I go, I must mention the "Ronco Buttoneer" (an ideal Christmas gift - really?). End Quote



Were you also subjected to those annoying Ronco TV commercials in the UK? You know the ones...
  - It'll Slice!, Dice!, Kill Mice!!
  - Guaranteed not to Rust!, Bust!, Peel, Chip or Crack!
 etc, ad nauseum....

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Paul_UK on 07/03/03 at 01:21 p.m.

You'd better believe it Anthony...!

The month prior to Xmas was the overkill period...you could guarantee every commerical break (and we only had one commercial station!) would have a Ronco Teleproduct on it...

I also remember one of those reversible brushes they used to try and flog every year - you brushed your clothes with one side, turned the brush head 180 degrees, and you could use it again without the crap you picked up first time getting back on your clothes...that was the theory, anyway...practise was a much different manner...!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Bobby on 07/03/03 at 03:46 p.m.

Tee Hee! I remember those adverts now. They seemed to go on for ever!

Paul UK, do you remember those 'Top of the Pops' Albums on vinyl (taken from the music program of the same name) which featured a pretty woman on the front? They had about twenty tracks on them and I heard that they were not sung by the original artists but by impersonators.

As for the 'Now that's what I call music' collection released by Virgin. I'm not too sure how proud I am of this but I have every single tape/CD from 1 to 50!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Paul_UK on 07/04/03 at 06:47 a.m.

Mm..."Top Of The Pops" was indeed a series of albums (heaven knows how many) issued in the 1970's featuring cover versions of then-current hits by sessioneers...they ranged from passable to completely incompetent...I've not had the pleasure of hearing it, but I'm told that the version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is toe-curlingly awful!

There were also others on the same theme, but not by the same company, i.e., Hot Hits - but the common thread on all of 'em was a picture of a scantily-clad beauty in a salacious pose on the cover - who says sex doesn't sell?

And sell they did! Well, the early ones anyway - simply because they were flogged on the cheap! Chart rules wouldn't allow it now, but one of 'em (can't remember what volume) reached #1 on our LP chart!

I think they struggled on until the late 1970's - sales dwindling as our beloved K-Tel & Ronco cornered the market with the butchered originals...but hold on! Incredibly, some of these re-recorded albums have now been re-issued on CD! Whoever's buying 'em, I'd like to know...

Back to your original point, I don't think they were anything to do with the "Top Of The Pops" show - it was just a catchy enough title...

(I'll shut up in a minute!) Yes, I've got all the "Now's" up to somewhere in the late 40's - I gave up after that! - a friend of mine and I used to have a running arguement about what "Now" was issued on CD first - I said 7, he said 8 - turns out we were both wrong! The first one (used as a market tester) was a truncated (i.e., single disc) "Now 4" - it's horribly rare...probably 30 in value...but someone has sold one on e-bay for 100+!

Anyone not know what on earth Bobby and I are going on about? Well, here's a clue...

http://tv.cream.org/

...then just click on the "Hit After Hit After Hit" article!

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: karen (Guest) on 07/04/03 at 09:28 a.m.

I think my mum and dad have a couple of Top of the Pops and Hot Hits type things knocking around from the early seventies.

Not sure if I've still got the Hot Hits I won at the local fair in the early eighties.  Can't remember what was on it at all

One of the better compilation albums I've got is Formula 30

Subject: Re: K-Tel

Written By: Bobby on 07/04/03 at 05:32 p.m.

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(I'll shut up in a minute!) Yes, I've got all the "Now's" up to somewhere in the late 40's - I gave up after that! - a friend of mine and I used to have a running arguement about what "Now" was issued on CD first - I said 7, he said 8 - turns out we were both wrong! The first one (used as a market tester) was a truncated (i.e., single disc) "Now 4" - it's horribly rare...probably 30 in value...but someone has sold one on e-bay for 100+!
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'Now' you've surprised me! (Pun not intended initially).

I would have gone with 'Now' 7, I've seen that on CD when I was in a music library. I stopped at 50 because the music was getting awful. My favourite one is 'Now 11' (1987/1988), it was my first one and I remember hits from Wet Wet Wet, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol and Morrissey.

* I know we have a bad word filter here but why has 1988 got a 'cool dude' sign on it?