Wednesday, March 16, 2022

K Tells Vol. 03

 

K Tells Vol. 03


K-tells....

VA - Axe Attack - 20 Original Hits - 20 Original Stars (K-tel NE 1100 UK) (2020, 40th Anniversary Remastered Expanded Edition) (1980) 

This K-tel fan favourite was released in the UK only in 1980. Much sought after, this album features a very rare 1979 demo recording of Iron Maiden's 'Running Free' on the first pressing of Axe Attack. 

As an accident, the German and French pressings of the 'Running Free' 7" contain the 'Running Free' track from the Wessex Studio sessions with Doug Sampson on drums and only Dave Murray on guitar.

That same version of 'Running Free' also appeared on early pressings of the Axe Attack compilation album released by K-tel in the UK in 1980. Subsequent pressings replaced this with the album version of 'Running Free'.

This 2020, 40th Anniversary remaster includes that rare demo recording.  As the original 14 track album ran a pretty short time of only 49 minutes, I decided to expand it to a 20 track, 79 minute CD length, adding 6 bonus classic hard rock/metal tracks all released before 1980 (the original album release date).

VA - Axe Attack Vol II - 19 Original Hits - 19 Original Stars (K-tel NE 1120 UK) (2021, 40th Anniversary Remastered Expanded Edition) (1981)

This follow-up album released by K-tel in the UK only in 1981 contains the very rare Scorpions live track 'The Zoo' performed at the Monsters of Rock festival in Castle Donington on 16 August 1980. This performance and recording has never been released anywhere since and is only available on this album.

As the original 15 track album ran a pretty short time of only 62 minutes, I decided to expand it to a 19 track, 79 minute CD length, adding 4 bonus classic hard rock/metal tracks all released before 1981 (the original album release date).

VA - The Rock Album - 37 Original Hits - 37 Original Stars (K-tel TU 2680 USA - TC 261 CAN - BLP 80008 FRA - TG 1261 GER - LG 1261 SUI) (2021 Remastered Expanded Edition) (2CD) (1980)

This much loved and 'played to death' album was released around the world by K-tel in 1980. In fact, it was released in five different countries: the US, Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. They each had different track listings.

For this 2021 remaster, I have selected the 37 very best tracks from all five versions for a special 2CD set. These are the exact versions as featured on the original LPs and tapes. Many tracks are the full length album versions, which was a real rarity for K-tel when they tended to focus more on the original 7" 45 single edits and mixes as a template for their albums.

Disc 1 comprises of 18 of the very best song selections with a running time of 79:15 CD length.

Disc 2 comprises of 19 of the very best song selections with a running time of 79:13 CD length.


Hope you enjoy! K

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Track lists


VA - Axe Attack Vol II - 19 Original Hits - 19 Original Stars (K-tel NE 1120 UK) (2021, 40th Anniversary Remastered Expanded Edition) (1981)

01 Rainbow Since You Been Gone 3:14

02 Motörhead Ace of Spades 2:47

03 Black Sabbath Die Young 4:42

04 Samson Earth Mother 4:40

05 The Michael Schenker Group Armed and Ready 4:08

06 Rush The Trees 4:42

07 Scorpions The Zoo (Axe Attack Vol II exclusive: Live at Monsters of Rock, Donington; 16 August 1980) 5:26

08 Whitesnake Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City (Live at Hammersmith; 23 November 1978) 6:04

09 Iron Maiden Murders in the Rue Morgue 4:18

10 Def Leppard Rock Brigade 3:09

11 Ted Nugent Flesh & Blood 4:44

12 Gillan Mutually Assured Destruction 3:13

13 Blue Öyster Cult Godzilla 3:42

14 UFO Mystery Train 3:55

15 Judas Priest United 3:35

16 Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love (Bonus Track) 5:33

17 Status Quo Caroline (Bonus Track) 3:48

18 Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back in Town (Bonus Track) 4:24

19 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long (Bonus Track) 3:30


VA - Axe Attack - 20 Original Hits - 20 Original Stars (K-tel NE 1100 UK) (2020, 40th Anniversary Remastered Expanded Edition) (1980) 

01 Rainbow All Night Long 3:50

02 Gillan Running, White Face, City Boy 3:13

03 Judas Priest Breaking the Law 2:35

04 Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever 3:39

05 Scorpions Make It Real 3:51

06 Girlschool Race with the Devil 2:51

07 UFO Doctor Doctor (Live in Wisconsin; 14 October 1978, Original 1979 7" Single Edit) 3:43

08 AC/DC Highway to Hell 3:29

09 Whitesnake Ready an' Willing (Sweet Satisfaction) 3:18

10 Iron Maiden Running Free (Axe Attack Version - 1st Press; Original 1979 Wessex Studio Demo) 3:00

11 Aerosmith Sweet Emotion 4:35

12 Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush You Got Livin' 4:39

13 Black Sabbath Paranoid 2:50

14 Motörhead Bomber 3:40

15 Blue Öyster Cult (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Bonus Track) 5:09

16 Boston More Than a Feeling (Bonus Track) 4:45

17 Led Zeppelin Rock and Roll (Bonus Track) 3:41

18 Deep Purple Smoke on the Water (Bonus Track) 5:38

19 Rush The Spirit of Radio (Bonus Track) 4:56

20 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody (Bonus Track) 5:56


VA - The Rock Album - 37 Original Hits - 37 Original Stars (2021 Remastered Expanded Edition) (2CD) (1980)

CD1

01 Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down 4:03

02 Foreigner Dirty White Boy 3:39

03 Eddie Money Two Tickets to Paradise 3:57

04 Robin Trower Too Rolling Stoned 7:31

05 Blue Öyster Cult (Don't Fear) The Reaper 5:09

06 Cheap Trick Dream Police 3:55

07 Robert Palmer Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) 3:12

08 Styx Renegade 4:15

09 Boston More Than a Feeling 4:45

10 Jethro Tull Something's on the Move 4:27

11 Journey Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' 3:54

12 The Babys Isn't It Time 4:04

13 Kansas Carry on Wayward Son 5:23

14 Toto Hold the Line 3:55

15 Peter Frampton I Can't Stand It No More 3:50

16 Van Halen Dance the Night Away 3:10

17 AC/DC The Jack 5:53

18 Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side 4:13


CD2

01 Sweet Love Is Like Oxygen (Original 1978 7" Single Version) 3:46

02 Cheap Trick I Want You to Want Me (Live at Budokan) (Original 1979 7" Single Version) 3:41

03 Foreigner Cold as Ice 3:22

04 Styx Lady (Original 1973 7" Single Version) 2:56

05 The Pretenders Stop Your Sobbing 2:38

06 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Refugee 3:21

07 Nick Gilder Here Comes the Night 3:04

08 Lake Do I Love You 4:05

09 Sutherland Brothers & Quiver Arms of Mary 2:38

10 The Doobie Brothers What a Fool Believes 3:39

11 The Babys Every Time I Think of You 4:03

12 James Taylor You've Got a Friend 4:29

13 Uriah Heep Free Me 3:33

14 Gary Wright Love Is Alive 3:48

15 Joe Walsh Welcome to the Club 5:09

16 Santana Black Magic Woman 3:17

17 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded by the Light 7:05

18 Steely Dan Aja 8:00

19 Al Stewart Year of the Cat 6:39

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18 comments:

  1. Thanks Butterboy...great collections. Andrew

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    1. Hi Andrew,
      K has done a stellar job on these compilations and I applaud him for these.

      Cheers.

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  2. thanks for these k-tel collections

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  3. Keep these coming! I love these. One of my prized possessions is the K-tel comp called Main Event. I don't have it digitized however, but I do have these images: https://ufile.io/f/9fewm

    Do you have that? I would love to see it on mp3

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    1. Hi Pol,
      I am sure it may turn up at some stage.

      Cheers.

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    1. Hi Stephen,
      Some magic was on these sets.

      Cheers.

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  5. This is amazing. Very very thank you

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    1. Hi markoslorca.
      Glad you are enjoying these.

      Cheers.

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  6. Loving the K-Tel compilations. I bought 'The Rock Album' in a record store in Grindelwäld Switzerland on a school tour in 1980/1981. Still has the store sticker on it... "Fredy's Musig-Stübli". So many memories coming back today! Thank you BB

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    1. Hi SleepyPete.
      This is what I love about the K-Tells series, the memories that come flooding back to so many.

      Cheers.

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  7. Awesome collection. Brings back truly great memories. Thanks BB!

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    1. Hi Alex Stewart,
      Music is a great way to relive the good old days or create a memory that moves us.
      Enjoy these as they are presented each week.

      Cheers

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  8. TKS B.B 4 ALL THIS GREAT MUSIC MATE

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  9. When a decent band logo was an essential part of the package... Just excellent - thank you so much!

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