Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Next on the Turntable: Believe in Music from 1972

On this month's Adventure's in Vinyl, we are going to the early years of K-Tel.  In fact, this is the oldest K-tel album I have.  It is Believe in Music and it came out 40 years ago, which is obvious from the garish cover void of any sense of the songs contained on the vinyl.  But that's okay, in 1972 K-Tel was still developing it's iconic look.

This album has my favorite Cher song:  "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." It also has the 70s favorite, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."  This, of course, is one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time.  Although Looking Glass released two albums, nothing would not come close to the success of that song.  I recently came across a picture of the band.  Not what I expected:


The album also has a song by Rick Springfield.  Yes, that Rick Springfield.  The one who sang about "Jessie's Girl" in the 80s.  The song on this album is "Speak to the Sky," off of his debut album, Beginnings

Believe in Music was released in late 1972 and contains hits by Rod Stewart, the O'Jays, Five Man Electrical Band and Eric Clapton.  And get this:  Donny Osmond is on the album twice.  Double the Donny.  Here is the commercial:







Adventures in Vinyl is the only radio show dedicated to the lost art of the K-Tel record compilation  The show can be heard on Vinyl Voyage radio on Saturday mornings, 11 am (central) and Sunday afternoons at 4 pm.  It also streams several times during the week.  Click here for the complete schedule.

26 comments:

  1. Scott Jackson, Gahanna, OhioApril 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    It's worth noting that most if not all of the songs were edits, shortened so that more songs could fit on the LP.

    Intro's, middle eights, and fadeouts were all put on the chopping block in the interest of maximizing the number of titles.

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  3. I know a guy named Dillon Upton who goes by the username APyleOfVinyl (he has 5 other channels) on YouTube and he has this K-Tel LP, along with "Goofy Greats" and a few others. His copy of "Believe in Music" is very scratched up, but is well worth listening to. Be sure to look it up on his channel.

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