Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Next on AiV: K-Tel's 20 Dynamic Hits from 1972

After an extended summer hiatus, Adventures in Vinyl is back with a very special K-Tel album from 1972.  First of all, this album is brand new--never opened.  You'll be hearing it first played on AiV.

Secondly, this album was a K-Tel album, but also a "Top Star Festival" album, which was the record label of the United Nations. Yeah, that United Nations.  They had released several albums in the 60s and early 70s with all proceeds going to refugee aid.  As far as I know, this is the only one released by K-Tel.

The album came out in 1972 and was advertised like any other K-Tel album on television.  It contains hits from James Taylor, Elton John, the Osmonds, Rod Stewart and many, many more--another great sampling of music from the time.

And, as a special treat, it also has a very rare recording of Aretha Franklin covering Frank Sinatra's "My Way."  This was never released until 2008.  How K-Tel got a hold of that recording, I do not know.

Not only that, the album begins with a song that actually began as a television commercial jingle. Remember "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke"?  That song proved so popular it was worked into a hit song and was covered by two bands in 1972:  the New Seekers and the Hillside Singers.  The version performed by the Hillside Singers starts off the album.  If there is a better song to bring you back to that time, I have yet to hear it.

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  1. Correction on the title: It's called 20 Dynamic Hits, Volume Two.

  2. Funny...just bought this album in 2020 and it's in mint condition, too. Not sealed, but very mint. Great collection! Ktel is fun. I like how you get 10 songs per side usually. Fidelity suffers a little but so what? Thanks for the heads up about the Aretha Franklin My Way! A Ktel scoop! MWW