8 Evergreens

Various Artists


Front Cover

Phillips - Eight Evergreens

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Back Cover

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Track Listing

After You’ve Gone (FRANKIE LAINE)
If You Were The Only Girl (DORIS DAY)
Sweet Sue Just You (SAMMY KAYE)
Nice Work If You Can Get It (HELEN WARD)
Night And Day (JO STAFFORD)
Ma Curly Headed Babby (FELICIA SANDERS)
All I Do Is Dream Of You (JOHNNIE RAY)

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Notes: Possibly the first multiartist compilation. Released in early 1954 on 10″ vinyl.

Polydor Fontana Polygram Polystar

Dutch giant Phillips was initially behind the Australian operations, ramping up their local content from the mid sixties. Their Polydor label was used for an early compilation – Sample Bag – in late 1970, but it was the 1975 Ripper album – Fontana – that got the ball rolling. Once the Universal Music group was formed subsequent releases were made through the Polystar imprint.

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We have named this series Poly… because of the various incarnations of the company.

Dutch electrical giant Philips was behind the various Poly… iterations for the most part. Phillips had had operations in Australia since 1926 when it began manufacturing radios. Two years later it entered the recording business in Europe. A recording division, based in Sydney, was established in the late 1950s – although it appears most of the Australian artists were recorded in New Zealand. Soon after (1960) the parent company acquired the Mercury label. They acquired Chappell Music Publishing in 1968 and in 1969 launched a new subsidiary label, Vertigo. They also pressed and distributed their other imprints such as German based Polydor, and the British Fontana.

In 1972 the various international divisions were consolidated under the Polygram umbrella. This included the acquisition of the German Siemens music division.

From about 1970 there were a couple of compilations released on the Polydor label, but these don’t seem to contain any Australian artists. The first of the Ripper series, was released in 1975 with the Fontana label, then Whopper on the Polygram label.

From about 1976 the Polystar branding took over, and lasted through the 1980s, and perhaps into the early 1990s. Unfortunately, the numbering is quite random, so it difficult to place issues with each year. These were pressed by Festival and WEA.

In 1998, amid speculation that the group would collapse, Philips undertook a major restructuring of the group. This resulted in parent company Polygram being sold to Canadian beverage corporation Seagram for US$10 billion. Seagram then merged Polygram with Motown and its other music interests to create the Universal Music Group. In 2000 Seagram was acquired by Vivendi for US$34 billion, becoming Vivendi Universal. In 1999, the Philips classical record division was merged with Decca Records to create the Decca Music Group (known as Universal Music Classics Group in the USA).

We are continuing our research on the history of the company in Australia.


Phillips Polydor Fontana Polygram Polystar

Poly is a work in progress. Serial numbers are difficult to follow, so the order may not yet be correct.


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Serial number
MX Number
Phillips - Eight Evergreens Phillips Eight Evergreens Various 1957 ?
Polydor - Sample Bag - Front cover Polydor Sample Bag Various 1970 ?
Polydor Whopper Various 1975 ?
Ripper Various 1975 ?
Ripper ’76 Various 1976 ?
Ripper '77 2475518
Ripper ’77 Various 1977 ?
Scorcher Various 1977 ?
9199 580
Choc-O-Block Various 1978 ?
Hitwave 9199959
Hitwave (78) Various 1978 189589 Green vinyl.
Polystar Knockout-79 - Front-Cover 9198 208
Knockout Various 1979 ? Made by WEA Records
9198 532532
Bullseye Various 1979 ?
Cadbury Crunchie, Front cover CAD 1 Crunchie Various 1979 ? Promotional record. Possibly not sold but as a prize in a completion.

Record states published 1979, however cover states published 1980.

Polystar - Red Alert - front cover 6840 081
Red Alert Various 1980 ? Red vinyl.
6878 088
Hitwave 81 Various 1981 ?
Polystar - Hitwave 82 - Front Cover HIT 082
Hitwave 82 Various 1982 ?
Polystar - The Breakers 83 - Front cover 814
The Breakers ’83 Various 1983 This album has various extended versions.
Number 15 in Top 100 Albums for 1983.
Number 1 for 2 weeks – Sep 83 – Kent Music Report.
Polystar - Party Tapes -Front cover 814 851
Party Tapes Various 1983 207771
Polystar - Party Tapes 2 -Front cover 814 851
Party Tapes Various 1984 207771
Throbbin’ ’84 Various 1984 MX208767
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Golden Years Vol.1 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Golden Years Vol.2 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Golden Years Vol.3 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Golden Years Vol.3 Various 1984 ?
Polystar - For the Good Times - Front cover 2675 603
For the Good Times Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 812 317 1
Duets Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 6878 065
Cloudland Concert Various 1984 ? Issued under the guise of then Melbourne radio station 3AK.
Summer '87 front cover 830 674
Summer ’87 Various 1986 212791