Hot Hits (1970 - 1973)
When MFP issued an LP called “Hot Hits” in 1970, it appeared to be just another variation on the “Hits” theme, which they had now used on 12 successive LPs. However when “Hot Hits 2” arrived a couple of months later, it was apparent that a new series had started, and with photographed cover models in the now standard manner, MFP were obviously using “Top of the Pops” as a model. As time went on, “Hot Hits” would develop the cover art concept as an additional selling point, using female models shot on location, playing a range of different sports.
“Hot Hits” was a great success and a few volumes entered the UK album charts while eligible in 1971-2. Volume 6 even made number 1. “Hot Hits” came to an end in 1973 when MFP and Bill Wellings fell into dispute. Although it only stretched to 20 installments, the series is justifiably seen as the chief rival to “Top of the Pops”, with which it competed equally for three years.
This series also has its own, more comprehensive website. Click here to see it.
After “Hot Hits”, MFP only occasionally dabbled in covers albums. However they attempted a new series in 1974-75 called "Chart Choice” . See separate page for details.
Releases shifted to the MFP-run Fanfare label in 1976 (see album above), and one further LP was released, MFP's last. It was entitled “Vol 1” but no sequel was ever released. Oddly, this album featured eight tracks (from a total of 12) taken from the Hallmark LP “Top of the Pops Volume 57”!
Hits ’77 Vol. 1 (SIT 60087) Jan 1977