COVER VERSIONS - CHART HITS ALBUMS
When your dear old grannie used to totter down to Woolworths to buy her dear grandson/daughter a record, chances are she'd come back with one of these little gems - a feature of the UK record scene in the 70s, on which various sessions musicians would (try to) recreate the top hits of the moment. The covers invariably featured a scantily-clad young woman, which probably (for an adolescent lad) was the best bit of the package. Usually pretty dreadful versions, but occasionally a few of them weren't too bad. Before he made it big, old Reg Dwight (aka Sir Elton John) apparently played on a few of these shockers, but not I think any of these featured here.
Thanks to various folks who have passed on these valuable items to me, in order that they can be "experienced" by all.
Any more examples, please let me know and I'll feature them on this page.
A Strawb's guilty secret .....
I have recently been contacted by a member of the Strawbs (who shall be nameless, though identifiable by his distinctive two tone hairstyle) as follows:
"Hi Dick, I've just seen the web-site and I have a terrible secret to reveal. In the late 60's, I actually sang on some of those recordings myself. I don't remember too many details, but I do remember singing Gin House [Amen Corner's hit, I think - spooky connection - DG] on one or other of those compilations. It was like a conveyor belt, no re-takes, one track after another, all done and dusted in a couple of hours. Whether or not they were TOTP albums I can't remember, but I am guilty as charged. The only defence I have is that I was a poor, struggling, young musician. Nothing's changed. .... It's not so embarrassing 35 years later."
So... those of us who frequent the bargain bins of old record shops, let's try and find some examples of DL's secret past.
Cover versions on chart hits albums
"Lay Down", "Part Of The Union" x4, "Shine On Silver Sun", "Pick Up The Pieces" respectively
Part Of The Union - Take 2
Probably the pick of the bunch, this version appears on two different compilations. The lead singer sounds a bit like Freddie (of the Dreamers) but it's a pretty faithful rendition.
Pick Up The Pieces (Hudson Ford)
Another cover that does a reasonable job. The vocals and harmonies are pretty good apart from the "a-ha a-ha" bit and there's no dodgy words.