Compilation of cover versions on budget LP. These were
very popular in the 70s, but disappeared in the early
80s. No release date is shown, but based on the tracks
included it's probably late 1979.
"Volume 77" appears on labels.
Some of the writer credits are a bit wide of the mark -
A4 is apparently co-written by R O'Kelly, but this is
because they've merged O'Kelly Isley and Rudolph Isley.
A6 is supposedly co-written by Wall, but this is an
error - presumably based on the song title
Release date: Dec 1979
New arrivals: Madness. Get this! Boney M’s “Mary’s Boy Child” had been a big hit over Christmas 1978—yes, 1978– and so Top of the Pops put it on this album ready for Christmas 1979! What a bizarre selection, especially since the album already boasts the seasonal “Wonderful Christmastime”. Explain that one...
On the cover: Christmas is upon us once more, and Alison Begg is back, wearing just her underwear, and trying to decorate her Christmas tree. “Silly me! I’ve put the tinsel on myself and dressed the tree in jeans and jumper!” Of course not! This is Top of the Pops getting all festive with traditional red and green, and seeing out the 1970s with a page 3 model trying her hardest to remain topical. Ms Begg was making her third and final appearance, this bikini its second, after gracing the curves of Nicola Austin on volume 60.
Seasonal Greetings all you TOP OF THE POPPERS! Yule love these sixteen sparkling, scintillating smashers - performed by the Top of the Poppers and gathered into one beautiful package, colourfully wrapped for Santa to deliver. Whether YOU’RE IN LOVE, ONE STEP BEYOND or JUST WALKING ON THE MOON.
Whether IT’S A DISCO NIGHT or not.
Don’t find CONFUSION.
Don’t get COMPLEX.
Have NO MORE TEARS - even if you’re WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR - instead be full of DIAMOND SMILES and like MARY’S BOY CHILD - have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME!