“Don’t Bring Me Down”

Stepping back in time, budget style

One look at this album and I got the impression that it was one of those cheap and cheerful Woolworths knock-off’s, usually in racks of records next to the pick and mix counter. It’s an item I’ve never seen before after all my years of collecting!

After some research I’ve found out that the Polystar label were a Germany based company releasing mostly budget style compilation LPs. This rather low-priced and ugly album dates from 1980.


The Herd – “I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die”
Esther & Abi Ofarim – “Cinderella Rockafella”
Jet Harris And Tony Meehan – “Diamonds”
The Merseybeats – “Wishin’ And Hopin'”
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – “Legend Of Xanadu”
Carole King – “It Might As Well Rain Until September”
The Tornados – “Telstar”
The Mindbenders – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
The Shangri-Las – “Leader Of The Pack”
The Zombies – “She’s Not There”
Thunderclap Newman – “Something In The Air”
Los Bravos – “Black Is Black”
Bobby Hebb – “Sunny”
Cat Stevens – “Matthew And Son”
The Small Faces – “All Or Nothing”
The Walker Brothers – “Take It Easy On Yourself”
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
Brian Poole & the Tremeloes – “Do You Love Me”
The Pretty Things – “Don’t Bring Me Down”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Purple Haze”

I’m not quite sure who this compilation would be aimed at in 1980? There had been something of a mod revival in Britain the year before and some of the groups were still going strong, so maybe this was a cash-in “Sixties” LP with young mod-types in mind.

The tracklist is all over the place and appears to have been put together by the Polystar office junior, there is little thought about the flow or genre of the numbers compiled. Psychedelic rock followed by an early sixties beat number, then straight into R&B and so on. I’m not complaining about the songs though, just the shoddy miss-match.

It’s interesting that the label decided to go for The Pretty Things ‘head busting’ R&B raver “Don’t Bring Me Down” – it must have been amazing discovering this outfit for the first time in another decade. And I know this to be true because it happened to me!

charity shop purchase @ £1

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