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 Post subject: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Fri 03, 2014 2:16 am 
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Any body ever go crazo over K-tel 22 amazing hits by original artists etc...?


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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Fri 03, 2014 6:26 am 
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K-tel albums were always my favorite growing up because I liked the hit songs rather than listening to one artist on an album. I still have all of them. They still sound great, too.

This is one of my favorites.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Well, sort of, a collection I acquired from my late Father-in-Law had many Ktel albums some still sealed...

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Sat 04, 2014 1:16 am 
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got quite a few of the k-tel lps.Being a Canadian company,their main office/dist. centre was in Winnipeg mb. Canada.theirs a good documentary out their somewhere,mabe on utube.the k-tel web site has some pretty cool stuff on it too.


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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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People speak badly about these, but they are filled with my childhood memories, and they are easy to collect and fun to stack up and clean the house to.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Kryptosmaster wrote:
K-tel albums were always my favorite growing up because I liked the hit songs rather than listening to one artist on an album. I still have all of them. They still sound great, too.

This is one of my favorites.

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I've got that one, too. Bought it new, or it was a birthday or Christmas gift. There's supposed to be a K.C. (of K.C. and The Sunshine Band) poster in it according to a sticker on the front cover, but I must have thrown it away years ago. The cover always reminds me of "Lost In Space", because of the robot. "Danger, Will Robinson!". Those are some cool speakers in the background, too. :)

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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I got it new too. Mine still has the poster.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Sun 05, 2014 9:18 pm 
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Love K-tel. The sound quality on the K-tel albums sucked but the covers and convenience rocked. I enjoy having them as the cover art was always attention getting.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Sun 05, 2014 10:07 pm 
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Just curious but are any available on cd?


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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Spivey wrote:
Just curious but are any available on cd?

Yes, some of them are available on CD.

http://www.discogs.com/label/2553-K-Tel


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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Larry Hillis wrote:
Spivey wrote:
Just curious but are any available on cd?

Yes, some of them are available on CD.

http://www.discogs.com/label/2553-K-Tel


Beware. I've heard that the songs are sometimes different on the cd than the ones on the original albums.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Kryptosmaster wrote:
Larry Hillis wrote:
Spivey wrote:
Just curious but are any available on cd?

Yes, some of them are available on CD.

http://www.discogs.com/label/2553-K-Tel


Beware. I've heard that the songs are sometimes different on the cd than the ones on the original albums.


That's a good warning! A lot of the artists went back in the studios much later, and re-recorded their hits. Especially on the K-tel CD's. There are some artist compilations on K-tel that you will find that have original hits on them, but they aren't many. The Castells ("Sacred") is one CD that I believe has all original songs on it. Another one is the group called Crow, from the late 60's, and early 70's. There are some others, but the names of those artists escape me at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Mon 06, 2014 8:26 pm 
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They were common in Germany, I have some with different covers.
I have them only because I have them from the street junk.
I prefer 7" records or LPs with one group on it.
Another company is "Arcade" same style.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Beware. I've heard that the songs are sometimes different on the cd than the ones on the original albums.


i remember getting a few for christmas when i was a pre teen.

this is true. i have a few Ktel albums from about 1980 and there are versions of some of the popular rock songs that i never heard on the radio. i wish i could remember what they were. I had "hit explosion", "full tilt", and a couple others.

i liked Ktel for the convenience of all the hits on one record, but they were recorded at such a low volume level. I had to have the volume cranked to hear them...and then remember to turn it down when i switched to FM or played another record. :shock: that wasn't good for the realistic mach ones or the nova 6 speakers.

i guess they had to fit all those songs on the LP somehow and tiny grooves with little amplitude was the way.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2014 5:38 am 
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I had two or three K-tel albums, but I never liked that they were edited versions of most of the songs.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Beware. I've heard that the songs are sometimes different on the cd than the ones on the original albums.

That's not just with the K-tel label either.

Always look at the fine print on any recording, to make sure it doesn't say, "remastered", which generally means, "re-performed at a later date". They did this with a lot of '50's monaural recordings, to make them stereo, and without exception, the ones I've heard totally suck.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
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Dutch Rabbit commented on their low volume. The old term for the process Ktel used is "groove jammed". You have to cut the master at a lower than optimal volume level and cut the bass way down, to be able to jam more grooves per inch to fit 11 songs per side. Optimal groove spacing for a nice loud recording with great bass response gives you only 22 minutes per side, not enough tine to fit all those songs in.

When I was a kid, I bought some recordings of Oldies that came on 7 inch 33 rpm discs. The recordings sounded really good and they were the original recordings, but what they did was to edit the songs down to 90 seconds or so to fit all the songs on 3 discs. I wish I still had those.
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Indeed they do!!!!!!

I like originality!!!!!!! -- IN ALL THINGS!!!!!!!!!

I love ORIGINAL K-TEL records! (Ones w/o a # on the label)


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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Sat 25, 2014 5:56 am 
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Dutch Rabbit commented on their low volume. The old term for the process Ktel used is "groove jammed".


thank you for that information.

....certainly the complete opposite of many of my 12" dance extended remix singles that were spun at 45rpm. those records are filled with grooves. i have many of them.

from the likes of the human league 'i need your lovin', lionel's 'dancing on the ceiling', many from madonna, and so many more...

the gooves are so wide you could actually see the edges inside and whooa, do they sound great.

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 Post subject: Re: K-tel
PostPosted: Jan Sat 25, 2014 12:56 pm 
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Right...I have one from Al Green ("Take Me To The River"/"Love And Happiness"), and another by Chicago ("Stay The Night", same song on both sides). Very nice sound to them.

Actually, I just double-checked and they're both 12" 33 1/3 rpm singles, but still sound great. I bet those 45's are better!


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