Early days

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Top of pageBottom of page   By brianday ( - on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 07:25 pm:

in the uk we used to have cheap cover albums of uk chart material, on these albums ,the session
men on these album went on to be famous names,
ie elton john, rod stewart ,some of these albums are starting to be collectable ,did the same thing happen in the states ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Phillysoulman ( - on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 09:10 pm:

Brian, For a while in the seventies , there was a company in Nashville that did cheapo sound alike records. I am afraid that they are not collectable, but forgetable!!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( - on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 10:50 pm:


If it's the same company - they're still going! SAM - or "Sound-Alike-Music" are still alive and raking in the profits by "cloning" hits into anonymous cover versions for muzak systems, and karaoke discs.

Going back to the original point, Elton John's "cover" discs are particularly collectable as he (apparently) rarely attempted to copy the original vocalist on the hits. This means his versions of the cheesy 1969-70 tunes are more like early "Elton John" than simple anonymous xerox copies, and therefore of more than just curiosity value to his fans.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( - on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 07:46 pm:


Nashville - I wonder if you were referring to Stan Shulman?? He's the guy who would pay stars of the 50s and 60s to re-record their hits - with usually less-than-spectacular results. (The one exception was the set of Little Richard remakes, cut in 1976)

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