Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I collect various artist compilation of the 70s and 80s. These were the forerunner of today's Now That's What I Call Music and Totally Hits CDs. Most of them were put out by K-Tel, others by Ronco and a few were by Tee Vee Records.
I purchased one at Heartland Antique Mall in Lebanon over the weekend. This one is odd. It is a 1978 Tee Vee compilation called Cutting Loose.

The track listing is:

Samantha Sang – Emotion
Atlanta Rhythm Section–So Into You
Tina Charles–I Love To Love
Three Degrees-When Will I See You Again
Bachman-Turner Overdrive-You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Gloria Gaynor–Never Can Say Goodbye
Jim Stafford–Wildwood Weed
Lou Rawls–Natural Man
KC & The Sunshine Band-Keep It Coming Love
The Emotions–Best Of My Love
David Soul-Don't Give Up On Us Baby
Lighthouse–Pretty Lady
Righteous Brothers-You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Joe Simon–Get Down, Get Down
Lou Christie-Lightnin' Strikes
Eric Burdon & The Animals–San Franciscan Nights
Rod Stewart–Maggie May
Atlanta Rhythm Section-Imaginary Lover

Granted most of these compilation, as with their current counterparts, have a wide variety of current hits on them. Most of the songs on this LP are within four years of 1978. Two, "Maggie May" and "Natural Man" are from 1970/71, but both Rod Stewart and Lou Rawls were having hits in 1978, so we can overlook their inclusion. Now what is odd is the inclusion of "Lightning Strikes" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" (both from 1966)  and "San Franciscan Nights" (from 1967).
Now for the other odd thing about this: the pretty girl on the cover. On the back, she is smiling at us while she paints a rainbow down the center of the road. On the front, is a view of her cute derriere in denim cutoffs. On closer examination we find that our sexy cover model is apparently incontinent. I thought that was the roughed up copy I got maybe had something spilled on it, but them I saw the photo of the cover on Disc Dogs and it too looks like she had some sort of "embarrassing little accident" in her tight cutoff shorts. So why did they release the cover that way? Would it have cost that much to either airbrush that out or re-shoot the photo after she changed her pants? Did she sue them after the record was released or die from embarrassment? Did wet or mess her pants, because an 18 wheeler nearly run over her while she was painting the rainbow down the center of the high way? Too many unanswered questions.

1 comment:

Ciz4cookie said...

Wow! I used to own that album! I thought I was the only person on the planet who owned it! I would live to have it now but I'm certain it's gone.

I too noticed the embarrassing wet spot. Intentional? Perhaps. It wouldn't be unheard of, but glad I'm not the model!

Thanks for the interesting blog! If you ever find where I can get a copy, reach out.

Thanks again for sharing this blast from the past!

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