"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 following albums were marketed in America. They contain selected material from the UK albums, bulked out with new recordings of songs which were American hits, making a roughly 50/50 split on each album. It will be noted that the sleeve designs are taken from the UK series. The last two are called "12 Hits".
A Cowboy's Work is Never Done / Back Off Boogaloo / Horse With No Name / Without You / Doctor My Eyes / Telegram Sam / Jungle Fever / American Pie / Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard / Run Run Run / Vincent / Heart Of Gold
Titles in bold from the UK series. Cover art from UK volume 1.
Rocket Man / The Young New Mexican Puppeteer / Lean On Me / How Can I Be Sure / Tumbling Dice / After Midnight / Day By Day / School's Out / Song Sung Blue / Coconut / Mary Had A Little Lamb / Amazing Grace
Titles in bold from the UK series. Cover art from UK volume 2.
Alone Again (Naturally) / Conquistador / Sealed With A Kiss / Popcorn / Where Is The Love / Join Together / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / Beautiful Sunday / You Wear It Well / Run To Me / When You Say Love / Rock And Roll (Part 2)
Titles in bold from the UK series. Cover art from UK volume 4.
Witchy Woman / I'm Stone In Love With You / Crazy Horses / Nights In White Satin / You Ought To Be With Me / Sweet Surrender / Goodbye To Love / Ventura Highway / Burning Love / Clair / Freddie's Dead / My Ding-A-Ling
Titles in bold from the UK series. Cover art from UK volume 5.
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.