Sunday, July 08, 2018
Pop Hits--This Week's Hits, 1958
Audition was part of the Grand Award Records family of labels, which included Waldorf Music Hall, Colortone, 18 Top Hits, and other, um, winners. Actually, the fake hits on these labels were pretty decent, with some amazing musicianship at times (Tea for Two Cha Cha and Guaglione, for instance). After all, Enoch Light ran the show. The productions are much better than the dollar-bin LP norm.
I don't recall hearing any absolute duds from this budget label group, which is more than I can say for outfits like Tops, Prom, and the Record Corp. of America (not the RCA, of course), for whom botched takes were no rarity. Enoch Light apparently considered lost keys, ruined intros, and off-key singing cause for extra takes--the result: cheap-label fake hits with heart. That's what I'm talking about.
Some excellent fidelity, too, despite my copy's fairly worn grooves. (The type that look great in low light, not so great in good light.) I imagine most collectors would grab this for the cover--and who could blame them?--but the vinyl is nothing to pitch, either, despite the stereotype that these things are a thrifter's nightmare. Not to me, certainly.
I'd list the original artists being copied, but frankly I'm too lazy. They're found on line easily enough, as all tracks here were big 1958 hits. The "59" in the catalog number (33-59-502) could very well mean 1959, which is possible if these are Grand Award singles assembled on LP after the fact (as I suspect). But I'll go with 1958, since I'm guessing, anyway.
Click here to hear: Pop Hits--Audition Studio Orch. and Chorus
It's All in the Game
Tea for Two Cha Cha
For My Good Fortune
Tears on My Pillow
How the Time Flies
Pop Hits--This Week's Hits, According to Leading National Surveys, Starring the Audition Studio Orchestra and Chorus, with Loren Becker, Jerry Duane, and many of TV's Most Popular Singers (Audition 33-59-502, 1958).
Or, Pop Hits.