Studio 33 albums (1968 - 1969)
This short run of albums appeared on the Studio 33 label, which was administered by the larger Avenue label. Avenue was based in Chingford, and was run by Gordon Melville from his own house! Avenue began their covers activities as early as 1967, but confined their output to 6-track EPs, although they leased their recordings to Marble Arch, who used them to assemble the early "Chartbusters" LP series.
The albums below were introduced near the end of 1968, and of course contained the same recordings as the Marble Arch albums. (But for the two concurrent "Sounds Like Hits" series, this is the first instance of different labels utilising the same recordings.) And most of these LPs were also issued by Avenue as two EPs, containing six tracks each, and at least one was issued as a parallel Avenue label LP.
Unlike the other covers series, this one is different on two main counts: firstly, the albums were virtually all untitled; and secondly, they had an act credited on the back of the covers - The Clive Allan Orchestra and Singers. (Series producer Mel Gordon is label owner Gordon Melville under a working name.)
The couple of LPs in the series which do have names clearly indicate that this series is a part of the larger "Englands 12 Top Hits" brand, most of which appeared later, on the parent Avenue label (see separate page). Since the first one we know of is numbered 009 in the sequence, it is possible that earlier LPs also exist in this series. It should also be noted that the sleevenotes to this album begin, "Here again is a selection from the current charts..."
THIS SERIES CONTINUED ON THE AVENUE LABEL, UNDER THE GENERAL TITLE "ENGLAND'S 12 TOP HITS". SEE SEPARATE PAGE.