I couldn't remember what I was going to call this post--"Firework of Fakes," maybe? Or "Fireworks of Fakes"? Then it came back to me--"Fakes for the Fourth." So simple, so efficient. And so easy to space out.
So, we have an actual couple (i.e., real people) on the cover, as opposed to the usual amateurish line drawing of a couple, which is nice. And we know for sure this is an SPC (Synthetic Plastics Co.) product. We have three major clues: 1) The terrible pressing, 2) The "Promenade Orchestra and Chorus" credit, and 3) The words "Manufactured by Synthetic Plastics Co." on the back cover. That third one is the clincher. Technically, this doesn't even have a label name, unless "Top Hits" is meant to function as both the LP and label titles. I wouldn't put that past SPC.
Despite all this, the fakes are unusually good this time around--I enjoyed every track, including the weirdly sung Will You Love Me Tomorrow, that Carole King and Gerry Goffin classic for The Shirelles. Here, the lead singer sounds too old (too old to be having a "Did I go too far?" self-session, at least), and she enunciates the words oddly. But the track only cost a dime, originally, and it only cost me a nickel (half-off day at Goodwill on the 3rd), so I can't complain. I'm simply observing.
Thanks to the miracles of digital sound editing (plus, two copies of the LP, so I could swap tracks when necessary), I was able to get the audio up to near-legit levels. Getting these crackly (even when mint) SPC wonders to sound like anything but crap is the challenge, and I met it well, I think. Really, most of the credit goes to the two programs I use, but I prefer to give myself the glory, for reasons of ego. For scanning, I chose the cleaner of the two jackets, though it was cut way off center on both sides. Three photo programs to the rescue, and I got things level by creating new white margins.
Normally, I'd have checked the Promenade EP versions of these tracks to find the (fake) artist credits, but by this time, SPC had stopped concocting amusing pseudonyms--its EPs were employing the same lame catch-all as this LP ("The Promenade Orchestra and Chorus"). So it goes.
Fakes for the Fourth! "Nifty Knockoffs" might do it, too. In all probability, this came out in 1961. I was four, and I don't think I was yet aware of the Top 40, let alone the fake Top 40...
Fakes for the Fourth. Ten nifty knockoffs. And Workupload has been in maintenance mode all day, so the link will take you to Box.com. Enjoy!
DOWNLOAD: Top Hits (SPC 116; probably 1961)
Pepe (Originally Duane Eddy and The Rebels)
Your Other Love (Originally The Flamingos)
There She Goes (Originally Jerry Wallace)
Wings of a Dove (Originally Ferlin Husky)
Many Tears Ago (Originally Connie Francis)
The Story of My Love (Originally Paul Anka)
A Thousand Stars (Originally Kathy Young)
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (King-Goffin) (Originally The Shirelles)
Angel Baby (Originally Rosie and the Originals)
I Count the Tears (Originally The Drifters)
The Promenade Orchestra and Chorus (SPC 116; probably 1961)
Top Hits: The Promenade Orchestra and Chorus (SPC 116)