We'll be hearing ten "Top Hit Favorites" from The Hit Parader. Or, if you prefer the label title, from Top Hits. Spin-O-Rama couldn't make up its mind, I guess. The blame for these tracks (actually, they're pretty good) goes to Al Garry and His Orch. Discogs lists Spin-O-Rama as one of the labels belonging to Premier Albums, Inc., but this is clearly SPC (Synthetic Plastics Co.), as revealed by the back-jacket logo, "Fine records needn't be expensive." (Then why didn't SPC ever make any?) I didn't scan the back jacket, as it's pretty marked up and not worth the photo-shopping hassle--it's just a list of other releases.
We've heard a number of these before, including Stagger Lee, Manhattan Spiritual, Good-Bye Baby, and My Happiness on the Plymouth (Canada) LP 8 Top Hits, but... here they are again. And that LP failed to make the trek from my old hard drive to this new one, and the link has expired, so I'll have to re-rip it. Meanwhile, we have this 12-incher from a recent Goodwill trip. These are showing up less and less frequently at the thrifts, so I was thrilled to encounter this. And what a weird cover. Did the photographer tell the two models, "Okay, make weird faces"?
The Little Drummer Boy, that big Harry Simeone hit stolen from Katherine K. Davis' Carol of the Drum, is a little out of season, but this is an extremely good fake--so good, it doesn't even seem like a junk label effort. The Chipmunk Song is very professionally done, too, which means that it's quite close to the original, which means that it's highly annoying. All American Boy is a cut on rock and roll that became a rock and roll hit, which only goes to show... um.... I don't know. That old-time rock and roll fans had a sense of humor, perhaps.
Meanwhile this Hit Records LP is back up and running: Current Hits, Vol. No. 11
Enjoy! UPDATE: I neglected to mention the singers credited on the jacket: Jan Newley, Bill Evans, and the Blazers. Or is it "Bill Evans and the Blazers"? This is why the Oxford Comma is important. Fake names, all, I'm sure (though there are people with those names, I'm sure. In case there's a Jan Newley reading this....).
DOWNLOAD: Al Garry and His Orch.--Top Hits
The Little Drummer Boy
The Chipmunk Song
All American Boy
May You Always
The Hit Parader/Top Hits--Al Garry and His Orch. (Spin-O-Rama 105)