Choc-Ó-Block –

Various Artists

Phonogram

Front Cover

Polystar - ChocOBlock - Front Cover

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Back Cover

Polystar - ChocOBlock - Back Cover
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Track Listing

Surfin’ USA – LEIF GARRETT
How Deep Is Your Love – BEE GEES
Rockin’ All Over The World – STATUS QUO
Baby Come Back – PLAYER
Short People – RANDY NEWMAN
She Taught Me How To Love Again – BJERRE
The New York Shuffle – GRAHAM PARKER and the RUMOUR
You’re Moving Out Today – CAROLE BAYER SAGER
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – GRAHAM BONNETT
Ma Baker – BONNEY M

You – MARCIA HINES
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – SANTA ESMERALDA
Undercover Angel – ALAN O’DAY
My Guy – DELILAH
Little Darling (I Need You) – DOOBIE BROTHERS
Oxygene IV – JEAN MICHEL JARRE
Rock ‘N Roll Man – JEFF ST. JOHN
Smoke From A Distant Fire – THE SANFORD/TOWNSEND BAND
Too Hard To Handle – RAY BURTON
Fanfare For The Common Man – EMERSON LAKE PALMER

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Notes:
Produced by Phonogram Pty. Limited in conjunction with Festival Records Pty. Limited ℗ 1976
Manufactured by Festival Records Pty. Limited
Distributed by Phonogram Pty. Limited

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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Midnight in Motown – NA625 *

K-tel

Front Cover

K-tel - NA625 - Midnight in Motown - Front cover

Back Cover

K-tel - NA625 - Midnight in Motown -Back cover

Track Listing

Being With You – SMOKEY ROBINSON
With You I’m Born Again – BILLY PRESTON
One Day In Your Life – MICHAEL JACKSON
Three Times A Lady – COMMODORES
Still – COMMODORES
Every Little Bit Hurts – BRENDA HOLLOWAY
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – JIMMY RUFFIN
Touch Me In The Morning – DIANA ROSS
Stop In The Name of Love – SUPREMES
If I Were A Carpenter – FOUR TOPS
Standing in the Shadows of Love – FOUR TOPS
Tracks of My Tears – SMOKEY ROBINSON
Just My Imagination – TEMPTATIONS
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – DIANA ROSS
MY Girl – TEMPTATIONS
My Guy – MARY WELLS

Manufactured in Australia under licence from PolyGram Records Pty. Limited.

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K-tel

Although there were many compilations before, K-tel – initially trading as Majestic in Australia – began the trend to heavy marketing of compilations and samplers in the late 1960s…

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Bullseye – 9198 532532

Various Artist

Polystar

Front Cover

BullsEye Front Cover

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BullsEye Back Cover

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Track Listing

Hot Summer Nights – NIGHT
Let’s Go – CARS
Get Used To It – ROGER VOUDOURIS
Gold – JOHN STEWART
Reunited – PEACHES & HERB
Crazy Dreams – SWANEE
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – ROSE ROYCE
Miami – JOHN COUGAR
I Don’t Like Mondays – BOOMTOWN RATS
Hot Town – JON ENGLISH
Halfway Hotel – VOYAGER
Are ‘Friends’ Electric – TUBEWAY ARMY
Hello This Is Joanie – PAUL EVANS
Getting Into Love – LYNNE HAMILTON
He’s The Greatest Dancer – SISTER SLEDGE
Sunburn – GRAHAM GOULDMAN
Maybe – THOM PACE
Song For Guy – ELTON JOHN

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Notes:
Produced by Phonogram Pty. Limited in conjunction with Festival Records Pty. Limited ℗ 1979
Manufactured by Festival Records Pty. Limited
Distributed by Phonogram Pty. Limited

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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Poly…

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.

Poly…

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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and cover images.
Serial number
Title
Artist
Year
MX Number
Notes
Phillips - Eight Evergreens Phillips Eight Evergreens Various 1957 ?
Polydor - Sample Bag - Front cover Polydor Sample Bag Various 1970 ?
Polydor - Whopper - Front cover Polydor Whopper Various 1975 ?
Fontana - Ripper75 - Front cover 9299543
Fontana
Ripper Various 1975 ?
Polystar - Ripper76 - Front cover 6357005
Polystar
Ripper ’76 Various 1976 ?
Polystar - Ripper77 - Front cover 2475518
Polystar
Ripper ’77 Various 1977 ?
Polystar - Scorcher - Front 9286696
Polystar
Scorcher Various 1977 ?
Polystar - ChocOBlock - Front Cover 9199 580
Polystar
Choc-O-Block Various 1978 ?
Polystar - Hitwave78 - 9199959 - Front cover 9199959
Polystar
Hitwave (78) Various 1978 189589 Green vinyl.
Polystar Knockout-79 - Front-Cover 9198 208
Polystar
Knockout Various 1979 ? Made by WEA Records
Polystar - Bullseye - Front cover 9198 532532
Polystar
Bullseye Various 1979 ?
Polystar - Red Alert - front cover 6840 081
Polystar
Red Alert Various 1980 ? Red vinyl.
Polystar - Hitwave- 81 - Front cover 6878 088
Polystar
Hitwave 81 Various 1981 ?
Polystar - Hitwave 82 - Front Cover HIT 082
Polystar
Hitwave 82 Various 1982 ?
Polystar - The Breakers 83 - Front cover 814
Polystar
The Breakers ’83 Various 1983 This album has various extened 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
Polystar
Party Tapes Various 1983 207771
Polystar - Party Tapes 2 -Front cover 814 851
Polystar
Party Tapes Various 1984 207771
818-976-1
Polystar
Throbbin’ ’84 Various 1984 MX208767
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Polystar
Golden Years Vol.1 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Polystar
Golden Years Vol.2 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Polystar
Golden Years Vol.3 Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 9199-215
Polystar
Golden Years Vol.3 Various 1984 ?
Polystar - For the Good Times - Front cover 2675 603
Polystar
For the Good Times Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 812 317 1
Polystar
Duets Various 1984 ?
Sorry - No image is currently available. 6878 065
Polystar
Cloudland Concert Various 1984 ? Issued under the guise of then Melbourne radio station 3AK.