HOT HITS – “Volume 4” (Music For Pleasure MFP 5192) February 1971
This LP wasn’t billed as “Volume 4” on the cover (simply ‘4’) but it is indeed the fourth release in MFP’s “Hot Hits” series of budget albums re-hashing chart hits using professional studio musicians, engineers and producers.
The cover shows a model dressed up in a red plastic mini-dress, feather boa and streamers. I can only imagine that this is what every young lass looked like at the village Christmas party in 1970.
I bought my copy from a charity shop on Friday for 50 pence, it was in a rack of unloved records that were surely destined for the shop skip because the majority of them were wrecked with torn covers and scratched vinyl. I salvaged two albums.
All of the numbers are faithful renditions of the originals, “My Sweet Lord” is decent because the vocalist doesn’t try to imitate George Harrison‘s singing. “Resurrection Shuffle” is a good funky work-out with brass. The rest on side one are middle of the road pop tunes.
I bought the album for the cover version of “Chestnut Mare”, a surprise hit for the country rock line-up of The Byrds. The remake is excellent with good vocals and the drums sound particularly pleasant. It’s quite funny listening to an English bloke singing about catching a horse in the wild west of America.
My pick of the album is awarded to the remake of The Tremeloes. I’ve always liked this group and their 1971 none-hit number “Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham” is given a good rockin’ work-out. I have no idea what the song is about though. Could it be concerning the trials and tribulations of a grease monkey in the local vehicle maintenance garage?
- My Sweet Lord – originally by George Harrison
- The Resurrection Shuffle – originally by Ashton Gardner & Dyke
- Rose Garden – originally by Lynn Anderson
- Las Vegas – originally by Tony Christie
- Stoney End – originally by Barbra Streisand
- Who Put The Lights Out – originally by Dana
- Sweet Caroline – originally by Neil Diamond
- (Where Do I Begin) Love Story – originally by Henry Mancini
- Chestnut Mare – originally by The Byrds
- It’s Impossible – originally by Perry Como
- Right Wheel, Left Hammer, Sham – originally by The Tremeloes
- Why – originally by Roger Whittaker
charity shop purchase @ 50 pence