TOP OF THE POPS – VOLUME 4 (HALLMARK SHM 625) MARCH 1969

TOP OF THE POPS – VOLUME 4 (HALLMARK SHM 625) MARCH 1969
“Sorry Suzanne”

Our fabulous vocalists and instrumentalists make sounds that will send you rocketing into outer Space.

I’m back on more familiar territory with this sixties ‘Top Of The Pops’ release and for me personally, a much more comfortable listening experience.

The versions are all consistently good to excellent, even though some of the hits suffer from what I call cringe-wimp factor. The kind of material that would have had the ageing mothers and grandmothers having a knees-up down their Local, while slopping glasses of sherry down their throats.

There are no out-and-out rockers on this set so I’ll have to make do with “Hello World”, originally by The Tremeloes. It’s a decent remake and was probably their last ever hit record.

The version of The Hollies “Sorry Suzanne” is skilfully refashioned with those three part harmonies intact, a solid backbeat and distinguished lead guitar. Definitely a keeper this one!


I only recently discovered The Bee Gees heavily orchestrated number “First Of May”, it was a single released from their double album “Odessa”. I hope to find the latter in a charity shop one day!

Back cover liners:

Ravers! Here’s our fourth and greatest Pop Album. Bend back your ears and listen to a dozen of today’s hottest numbers, all furiously scrambling for the Top Spot. Like “Boom, Bang-a-Bang”. Like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. Like “Sorry Suzanne”.

Specially recorded in London by Hallmark Records, our fabulous vocalists and instrumentalists make sounds that will send you rocketing into Outer Space. So, groovies, grab this L.P., rush back to your Pads, and move, move, move to the hot, sweet sounds of this album.

Side 1          

  • Boom Bang-A-Bang Originally a hit for Lulu
  • Good Times Originally a hit for Cliff Richard
  • Gentle On My Mind Originally a hit for Dean Martin
  • Maria Elena Originally a hit for Gene Pitney
  • Hello World Originally a hit for The Tremeloes
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine Originally a hit for Marvin Gaye


Side 2

  • Sorry Suzanne Originally a hit for The Hollies
  • Surround Yourself With Sorrow Originally a hit for Cilla Black
  • Where Do You Go To Originally a hit for Peter Sarstedt
  • First Of May Originally a hit for The Bee Gees
  • If I Can Dream Originally a hit for Elvis Presley
  • Monsieur Dupont Originally a hit for Sandie Shaw

charity shop purchase @ £2


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