May The Hits Be With You!

The big compilation labels of the period from roughly ’75-’83 were K-Tel and Ronco. Both labels seemed determined to avoid using ‘cheesecake’ photos of dolly-birds on their sleeves, perhaps to distance themselves from those cover version collections perpetrated by labels like Hallmark and Contour. So instead they dreamed up all sorts of visual concepts to entice passing trade in the music department at Woolworths. Some were a bit rubbish, in fact nearly all of them were. But some were kinda fun too, and this post offers three examples from the early ’80s with a distinct emphasis on sci-fi/adventure/movie imagery.

I feel sorry for the kids today…all they have are those boring downloads, or maybe a ‘Pop Party’ CD if they’re lucky. But imagine how much more exciting it would be to get one of these babies in your Christmas stocking?

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