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Michelle
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posted 22 August 2004 09:22 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Remember those?

I remember the one I had. I wasn't a teenager during the height of the K-Tel album craze, so I only remember having one of them.

But that one! Oh, it was THE album to have! All the eight year-olds had to have it! It came out when I was in grade three.

It was called "Full Tilt". I don't remember all the songs on it, but I remember a few of them. "Drugs in my pocket" (which just thrilled the 'rents to no end), "Turning Japanese" (which now doesn't seem very politically correct to me, but I was blissfully ignorant of such considerations at the time), "Doin' it right on the wrong side of town" (no comment), "Upside Down"...can't think of any more right now, but I'm sure they'll come to mind.

Ah yes, K-Tel memories. Did anyone else do the K-Tel album thing?


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thwap
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posted 22 August 2004 09:44 AM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bah! You only had one K-Tel record?
I had the double album "Disco Motion"! I'm sure there was some other crap too, but I remember that disco one.

For a while I thought the actor Harvey Keitel owned the company.


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Michelle
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posted 22 August 2004 09:46 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha! Well, you're six years older than me, so you would've been right at the perfect age to be caught up in the craze. I was only 8 when Full Tilt came out, so I think I would have been younger than that when the disco album was big.
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Anchoress
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posted 22 August 2004 10:11 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I still have mine: Power Play from 1980. It always bugged me though that they cut off each song at about 2:40 - I don't think they do that with compilations nowadays.
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minimal
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posted 22 August 2004 10:23 AM      Profile for minimal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I still have mine: Power Play from 1980. It always bugged me though that they cut off each song at about 2:40 - I don't think they do that with compilations nowadays.

I believe that this goes back to the days of the old 78's and 45's on which they could record only about 2.5 minutes. Now with the new technology singers can sing on...and on...and on...and on...and it all gets recorded and we feel we must listen to it all. I liked the 2.5 minute cut-off. Song writers and singers were challenged to get it all into 2.5 minutes. Now songwriters and singers just ramble on...and on...and on.


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Anchoress
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posted 22 August 2004 10:34 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, what I mean is that they'd take a 3:33 song and fade it after 2:40 - I think the reason was so they could fit 14 or so songs onto one record instead of 10.

There were *lots* of singles longer than 4 minutes before 1980.


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 22 August 2004 10:46 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my daughter's has a "Big Shiny Tunes" CD, and the one that includes "The Tea Party's" "Temptation" notes that it is edited. Funny for such a short song, even in the original form.

I like making my own compilations. Years ago I did that with cassette tapes. Some of my SAC-TDK 90 tapes are still as clear sounding as when I recorded them.

The new van has a cd player but no cassette deck. I guess I'll have to go out and burn some new compilations. There's a lot of artists that would be difficult if not impossible to find on CD.

I remember when K-Tel first started doing those albums. They always featured current artists that really sucked, or music so old I had no interest in it. The records and the other stuff they sold made their name synonymous with "crap."

He he.

Which reminds me. When I was a young'n, another synonym for crap or junk merchandise was "Made in Japan".

It's a bit different, today.


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thwap
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posted 22 August 2004 12:33 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gee willikers (sp?)

I went to K-Tel Classics dot com and I couldn't find my big 2 album disco album.

But there's all sorts of other cool stuff to see and do there.


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Charles
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posted 22 August 2004 05:01 PM      Profile for Charles   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The first two albums I had my parents buy me were Hot Tracks and Hot Explosion. Loved them both, though I can't remember which tracks were on which album, but I Ran, The Spoons' Arias and Symphonies, Kids in America by Kim Wilde, Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant. Loved that stuff. Come to think of it I haven't ever found music I loved as much and realize I still listen to a lot of music from that era. If it had a synthesizer (or better yet two or three) I was there! Wonder what happened to those K-tel classics...
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Klingon
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posted 22 August 2004 06:54 PM      Profile for Klingon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
K-tel albums were always for the P'Tachk!

Ok, I admit I had (actually still have but never listen to) three K-tel records. They are all compilations of the contemporary hits and artists of their day, which, as has been already mentioned, were annoyingly edited down to two minutes.

This was so they could cram more tunes on to each side of an album. Sixteen tracks per side wasn't uncommon for K-tel. Of course, the lack of quality pressing and endurance of K-tel albums was legendary.

"Hot Grooves" (1970), "Get It On" (1972) and "Sound Explosion" (1973) are the ones I have. All three are warped (a common K-tel problem), but I believe are still playable.


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Michelle
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posted 22 August 2004 07:04 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here it is! Whoops, never mind. They obviously don't like people linking to images there.

Thanks for that web site, though!

[ 22 August 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Agent 204
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posted 22 August 2004 07:43 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Checking their website, it looks like they're based in Minnesota, but I thought there was some Canadian connection. A guy who some friends of mine in Winnipeg knew was reputed to be the heir to the K-Tel fortune.
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 12 September 2004 04:45 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I got my first K-Tel record on Dec. 25, 1969.

I must have five or six others.

I went through the K-Tel website. I knew just about every record that came out between 1968 and 1976, either from hearing them (my little brother bought them once I stopped) or seeing adverts on TV..


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