K Tel Records Canada
Record is VG VG+ some wear (listen)
Cover has ringwear
K. C. & The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
England Dan & John Ford Coley - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight
Lou Rawls - You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic
Earth, Wind & Fire - Getaway
War - The Cisco Kid
Starbuck - I Got To Know
moxy - Take It Or Leave It
Heart - Magic Man
Ritchie Family - The Best Disco In Town
Elton John - Daniel
Commodores - Just to be close
Hall + Oats - she`s gone
Miracles - Love machine
Ohio players - whod she coo
CB Victoria -
Diana ross - Love hangover
Again, a little bit of everything (although no novelty hits this time - side two does include the theme song from "The Young & the Restless", which apparently charted). Two flat-out disco songs, two wussy pop-rock numbers, two hard rock songs and slow, groovy one suitable for stoners or people who drive enormous cars very slowly (uh, that's the one by War. They also did "Low Rider".) There's also Lou Rawls, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Killer Disco Groove (side two features the Ohio Players,). The mood is a little less pollyana-ish ..) but it's still largely fun. I don't suppose I need to point out that there's not a hint on this record of the existence of punk rock.
Possibly the strongest K-Tel collection in my library--all killer and little filler. Apart from a couple stray hits from three years before (Elton John's "Daniel" and "The Cisco Kid" by War), this disc has lots of the best stuff from My Favorite Year. Gets extra points for the heavily made-up blonde in the navel-baring denim shirt on the cover
Although '70s nostalgia has lately been wrung dry of its charm, there are several artifacts from the era that still wield a certain fascination. For any record collector rummaging through a cardboard box of albums at the thrift store, one such relic is the K-Tel Records LP. With its unholy union of hyperbolic album-cover art and AM radio pop hits, K-Tel was an icon of schlock for an entire generation growing up in the '70s and '80s. K-Tel's compilation records of hot hits were very popular at the time, though no self-respecting Led Zep fan would have ever admitted to owning one. Today, an encounter with a K-Tel album inspires one to pause and to wonder: Did we really buy them? And why?
What is K-Tel Records?
K-Tel Records was founded in the early 1960s by Winnipeg, Manitoba’s own Philip Kives, who had been successful at selling non-stick fry pans in Atlantic City and in Australia. When he came back to Canada he decided to try his hand at selling record albums. By 1966 K-Tel was releasing dozens of various-artists albums with everything from country to polka to rock. While his idea to squeeze 20 (or more) songs by 20 (or more) artists on one 12" album was not new, he took the concept a couple of steps further–he sold them cheap and he sold them on television.
You know, it’s funny–serious record collectors will tell you that K-Tel records are the bastard step-children of vinyl collecting. I mean, audiophile purists will tell you that the quality sucks or the songs are too condensed and they aren’t worth dropping a needle on them, and that’s fine. However, in spite of all of that, I’ve seen a K-Tel album sell for $100 on eBay, so I guess it's all a matter of what you want to have in your life. There’s instant nostalgia with K-Tel and I’m finding that those who collect them are mostly 40-something baby boomers, just like me. To answer your question, I think in terms of monetary worth, the most collectible K-Tel records are the ones that mean the most to you personally.
With me it’s always been the music. When I was younger, the beauty of a K-Tel album was that you could just put it on the turntable, walk away and viola, you could hear 10 (or more) different songs without having to turn the disc over. It was like having your own radio station on your stereo. The older I got, and the more different ones I found, it was the thrill of discovering new music I had never heard before.