Sounds Like Hits (Rediffusion) (1968 - 1970)
Rediffusion were a comparatively large organization. That being so, it is curious that Rediffusion’s covers albums are almost impossible to find, and must have sold in extremely limited numbers. As a consequence, our listing has several gaps including some cover photos - please contact us if you can help fill any omissions.
The “Sounds Like Hits” series was Rediffusion's first regular release, and while in service, was licensed out to the Fontana label who also issued their own editions of some of them (see separate page). In 1970, Rediffusion scrapped the series and embarked on a new one: “Hit Parade Special” (again, see separate page).
Some names famous within the budget albums arena appear on Rediffusion’s radar, including Allan Crawford and Bruce Baxter, both behind the rival “Top of the Pops” series, and Mike Morton, whose work in the field is ubiquitous. When Allan Crawford was producing (towards the series end) he was still working for "Top of the Pops", and the two album series featured a good number of tracks in common. Although these are different recordings, they are usually very similar, and several feature the same vocalists in different takes.
No. 8 (ZS 23) Aug 1969
Rediffusion started a new series in December, under the new banner "Hit Parade Special" - see separate page.
The album below was a UK release but the contents were based on the current US charts. It was produced by Allan Crawford. NB - Rediffusion released another US-themed LP in 1971 - see under "Hit Parade Special" for details.
"Sounds Like Hits USA" (ZS 43) Feb 1970