Monday, July 25, 2011

Hooked on Classics

K-Tel didn't always do compilation albums. Although that's what they mainly did, occasionally they would issue original material. The most notable of which were the Hooked on Classics series of classical recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The original Hooked On Classics album came out in 1981 toward the end of the disco era's peak in popularity. Louis Clark, former arranger for Electric Light Orchestra, conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing a collection of very recognizable extracts from classical music pieces played over a continuous beat, much like the Stars On group. While classical purists might bemoan the fact that their beloved classical pieces were put to a disco beat, the album did bring classical music to the masses and the first Hooked on Classics album became K-Tel's biggest all time selling album, selling over 10 million copies. A little side note is that while the compilation albums were released on the K-Tel International Label, this particular K-Tel release came out on RCA Victor. For a K-Tel album this is as near a mint condition vinyl album as I'll probably ever find. I've listed just the main titles for the songs here. In the file is a text document with the breakdown of which classical pieces were included in each cut.

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Hooked on Classics Parts 1 & 2
Hooked On Romance
Hooked On Classics Part 3
Hooked On Bach
Hooked On Tchaikovsky
Hooked On A Song
Hooked On Mozart
Hooked On Mendelssohn
Hooked On A Can Can

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