"12 Tops" - overseas
This prolific UK series has been documented overseas, although information is sketchy. However we have a whole run of West German albums, one of which is a straight re-press, and also a French compilation plus a separate European compilation which we think comes from Sweden, although this is not confirmed. Further information would be welcomed, if anyone can help.
This album is a compilation, probably from Sweden. It takes 12 titles from "12 Tops" volumes 10 to 14, and is housed in essentially the same cover as UK volume 14 - the latest one it samples and with which it is undoubtedly contemporary. This dates it to around August 1973.
There is no indication as yet that others exist.
(Dancing) On A Saturday Night / Take Me To The Mardi Gras / Alright Alright Alright / Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting / Yesterday Once More / Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree / Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose / See My Baby Jive / Rubber Bullets / Brother Louie / Young Love / Goin' Home
The albums below are the West German equivalent of 12 Tops, and appeared under the slightly misleading title, Made In England (the LPs weren't - even if the recordings were). All bar one are compilations from the series (the odd one being a direct re-pressing) although there are a small number of tracks from some other source here and there. In each case we give the sources of the recordings, with the primary contemporary UK release listed first. The label is Sonic, and some of these have a billing for Freizeit Magazin - meaning Leisure Magazine - on the front.