The Contour label, based in Mayfair in London, with their budget sound-a-like sounds
As with all of these budget label cash-in releases some of the numbers simply don’t work as good as the original versions, “See My Baby Jive” for instance has absolutely zero atmosphere and is a very bland copy. Wizzard have no fears of competition here.
Same with the Sweet‘s “Hell Raiser”. This version lacks anything but hell raising dynamite. Something to put on at the old age pensioners Christmas Party. They’ll probably still go mental. The old dears will twist and shout, the fellas will no doubt kick their piss-pots over.
However, there are a few strikingly good interpretations such as “Giving It All Away”, “Drive-In Saturday” and Alice Cooper‘s “No More Mr Nice Guy” has it’s moments.
Interestingly, “Giving It All Away” was Roger Daltrey‘s debut solo single, it was co-written by a then unknown Leo Sayer. The latter also recorded his own version.
Contour Records didn’t spend that many years on their “16 Chart Hits” compilations, only lasting from 1972 – 1975. I can only assume that they weren’t the ‘cash cow’ that they thought they would be. More information about the label and other releases can be found here.
Drive-In Saturday / Brother Louie / Amanda / Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree / Hey Mama / Broken Down Angel / God Gave Rock And Roll To You / Giving It All Away / See My Baby Jive / Pyjamarama / My Love / Hell Raiser / Bad Weather / Tweedle Dee / No More Mr Nice Guy / Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
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