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Acrobat January 2020 release focuses on chart-based completist collections

Acrobat January 2020 release focuses on chart-based completist collections

January was always traditionally the month when Acrobat came out with its latest series of British Hit Parades collections, but that process was halted by the change in the copyright laws a few years back which meant that the series had to stop at 1962.

However, with a couple of years of our British Hit Parades B sides still to be compiled and released, along with the development of our series of 4-CD sets in the America’s Greatest Hits, Greatest Country Hits and R&B Hits Collections for each year in the 1950s, early ‘60s and also back into the ‘40s, and our expanding selection of US Top 100 and Hot 100 anthologies, we still like to have a chart-focused release in January as well as releasing collections using these themes throughout the year.

In January 2020, Acrobat is releasing four chart-based products:

America's Greatest Hits 1946        Various Artists   (ACQCD7142)

This great value 98-track 4-CD set comprises every record which peaked in the Top 10 of the Best Sellers and Disc Jockey charts during the year, plus those which reached the Top 7 of the Disc Jockey chart - the DJ chart often had several records tied at each position. For reasons of space, it excludes those records were still in the chart at the start of the year, but which peaked in the Top 10 in 1945, and so are included in our existing 1945 collection. It makes for an intriguing and very entertaining musical snapshot of the music scene as the world dealt with the aftermath of WWII. It includes a 15,000+ word booklet with a commentary on every record as well as full discographical and chart information.

The 1960 R&B Hits Collection      Various Artists   (ACQCD7143)

This great value 115-track 4-CD anthology includes just about every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 15 during that year. By this time, the R&B scene had evolved considerably as the rock ‘n roll scene had matured and Tin Pan Alley had marketed its teen-oriented offshoots, and there was an exciting feel to the charts, with substantial crossover of pop artists into the R&B chart and vice versa. As with all these collections, it provides a window onto a dynamic and exciting musical environment, and includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record.

The 'Telstar' Hot 100 December 22nd 1962              (ACQCD7144)

As adjuncts to our highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series of collections for each calendar year in the 50s and early ‘60s, we have already produced collections based on landmark moments in the Billboard charts. This collection celebrates a landmark event of 1962, the launching of the first telecommunications satellite Telstar on July 10th, a multinational project involving the USA, UK and France, which revolutionised transatlantic TV broadcasting as well as telephone and other communications, and helped bring the world closer together. Within weeks the event had inspired the British band The Tornados to record Joe Meek’s iconic instrumental composition and production “ Telstar” which made No. 1 in the UK in September and stayed there for five weeks. It entered the US Hot 100 while it was at No. 1 in the UK, and rose to make No. 1 in Christmas week. This collection comprises just about all the records in the Billboard Hot 100 of that week  and it provides a fascinating and evocative snapshot of the music scene at the end of an important and optimistic year. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record.

The 1953 British Hit Parade - The B Sides                Various Artists   (ACTRCD9092)

This 4-CD sets continues the process of going back through the 1950s and releasing B Side collections as companion editions to the original 1953 British Hit Parade releases. It comprises the B sides of the chart entries that appeared in the 1953 A sides set, minus those which appeared in the original collections as double A sides

The releases are featured in our New Releases section, where you can click through to full details of the products. Through the year, we will be releasing more similar collection, especially filling in gaps in our catalogue with America’s Greatest Hits 4-CD sets for years in the ‘40s and early ‘50s, along with Greatest Country Hits and R&B Hits for various years during the post-war decades through to 1962 where we don’t already have collections available.

We know from e-mails we get from collectors that, alongside our regular single-artist anthologies, these chart-based products provide a particular kind of enjoyment, and we appreciate your continued support for what we do.

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