TA Series

Early Pop/Rock series and TA Series

Notes.

 


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Serial number

Title

Artist

Year

Matrix Number

Notes

Groovy Greats Vol. 1 PRX5638
Majestic
26 Groovy Greats Volume 1 Various 1967 153359
This is one of the early releases with some truncated tracks. Easy to find and usually less than $10 for a copy in excellent condition. Only worth buying for collection completeness.
There is no mention of Majestic on record label, just CBS Special products and CBS logo.
Groovy Greats Vol. 2 PRX5638
Majestic
26 Groovy Greats Volume 2 Various 1967 153361
Truncated Tracks – see above.
24 Happening Hits HH600
Majestic
24 Happening Hits Various 1968 155933
Truncated Tracks – see above.
24 Solid Hits SH700
Majestic
24 Solid Hits Various 1968 159955
Truncated Tracks – see above.
20 Power Hits PH800
Majestic
20 Power Hits Various 1969? 161229
First issue with full tracks and first with the Majestic crown logo.
20 Dynamic Hits DH810
Majestic
20 Dynamic Hits Various 1970 162344  
Majestic - Electrifying Hits - EH820 - Front Cover Majestic 20 Electrifying Hits Various 1970 163379  
Majestic - Solid Hits Volume 2 - SH701 - Front Cover SH701
Majestic
20 Solid Hits Vol. 2 Various   164379
On the rear cover it states: CBS Special Products – A Service of CBS Records. Created exclusively for Majestic Products Limited.
This is the first record to have the early K-Tel symbol.
K-tel - 20 Dynamic Hits Volume 2 - TA240 - front cover TA240
Majestic
20 Dynamic Hits Vol. 2 Various   165583  
K-tel - 20 Electrifying Hits Volume 2 - TA241 - front cover TA241
Majestic
20 Electrifying Hits Vol. 2 Various   166089  
K-tel - 20 Happening Hits Volume 2 - TA242 - front cover TA242
Majestic
Happening Hits Vol. 2 Various   166441  
K-tel - 20 Solid Hits Volume 3 - TA243 - front cover TA243
Majestic
Solid Hits Vol. 3 Various   166417  
K-tel - 20 Dynamic Hits Volume 3 - TA244 - front cover TA244
Majestic
Dynamic Hits Vol. 3 Various   167309  
K-tel - 20 Happening Hits Volume 3 - TA245 - front cover TA245
Majestic
Happening Hits Vol. 3 Various   169497
Original sticker price $3.99
K-tel - Super Bad - TA246 - front cover TA246
Majestic
Super Bad Various   170106  
K-tel - Rock Explosion - TA247 - front cover TA247
Majestic
Rock Explosion Various 1973 171470
One of the few with an actual publishing date on label.
K-tel - Fantastic - TA248 - front cover TA248
Majestic
Fantastic Various   171794  
K-tel - Unreal - TA249 - front cover TA249
K-Tel
Unreal Various 1974 172748  
K-tel - Bobby Dazzler - TA250 - front cover TA250
K-Tel
Bobby Dazzler Various 1974 173801  
K-tel - Mindbender - TA251 - front cover TA251
K-Tel
Mind Bender Various   174734  
K-tel - Outa Sight - TA252 - front cover TA252
K-Tel
Outa Sight Various   176179  
K-tel - Turned On - TA253 - front cover TA253
K-Tel
Turned On Various   176559  
K-tel - Super Sound - TA254 - front cover TA254
K-Tel
Super Sound Various   176888  
K-tel - Right On - TA255 - front cover TA255
K-Tel
Right On Various   177724  
K-tel - Teaser - TA256 - front cover TA256
K-Tel
Teaser Various   178255  
K-tel - Rager - TA257 - front cover TA257
K-Tel
Rager Various   178793  
K-tel - Dynamite '78 - TA258 - front cover TA258
K-Tel
Dynamite 78 Various 1978 179839  
K-tel - Hot Trax - TA259 - front cover TA259
K-Tel
Hot Trax Various   186813  
K-tel - Steppin' Out - TA260 - front cover TA260
K-Tel
Stepin’ Out Various   187698  
K-tel - Action Replay - TA261 - front cover TA261
K-Tel
Action Replay Various 1979 188388  
K-tel - Sizzler - TA262 - front cover TA262
K-Tel
Sizzler Various   191963
This cover comes in two versions one with a normal finish and one in a metalic silver reflective finish.
K-tel - Full Boar - TA263 - front cover TA263
K-Tel
Full Boar Various 1980 192285
Check for the bonus poster.
K-tel - Squeezed Out - TA264 - front cover TA264 Squeezed Out Various 1980 192710
Final cover with the Majestic logo.
K-tel - Gone Troppo - TA265 - back cover TA265
K-Tel
Gone Troppo Various 1980 197743  
K-tel - Chosen Few - TA266 - front cover TA266
K-Tel
Chosen Few Various   199013  
Prime Cuts - TA267 - Front Cover Temp TA267
K-Tel
Prime Cuts Various   199035  
K-tel - Straight Ahead - TA268 - front cover TA268
K-Tel
Straight Ahead Various   199919  
K-tel - Rockabilly Rebels - TA269 - front cover TA269
K-Tel
Rockabilly Rebels Various   No MX Number  
Sorry. No Image is currently available. TA270
K-Tel
Unknown Various      

 

Notes

This page mainly covers the TA series which were compilations of Top 40 tracks from the previous 6 months or so prior to release. This series was aimed squarely at the teenage market. Many were advertised on television and radio. It was clearly the most popular of the Majestic/K-Tel records genre, and every teenager had at least a few in their home. Although the records clearly sold well, they did not appear on any charts in Australia.

This series covers all three phases of pressings. Pre TA series Majestic pressings appear to have been handled by ARC/CBS. When K-tel was officially formed a consolidated numbering system is started and pressings appear to be handled by Festival. This final two in the TA series 269 and 270 were not “current pop hits” compilations. AS 269 does not have matrix numbers it appears that this was (mis) handled by RCA and probably should have received an NA series number.

The move to RCA in about 1982 was at the hight of the alliances that the Australian music industry formed for releasing their own compilations. Of note is that all the tracks on, “The Chosen Few” (TA 266), were licensed exclusively from WEA. A large proportion of tracks on “Prime Cuts” (TA267) are from CBS, and “Straight Ahead” (TA 268) contains mostly PolyGram licensed material (with a few from RCA). Also worth noting here is that both TA 266 and TA 267, appear to have been released simultaneously, as their MX (matrix) numbers are only 22 apart.

K-tel not only moved to RCA, but also closed the 6 monthly pop retrospectives. These were probably their biggest money spinners, but further pop compilations were to appear in the NA series from time to time such as “Raiders of the Pop Charts”. Nonetheless, K-tel was not the only company struggling with Concept/J&B in a similar situation. K-tel headquarters though was no doubt thinking of other things as they expanded rapidly into oil and real estate. This led to a major crisis, and the company was bankrupt by 1986 and K-tel withdrew from the Australian market ending a 20 year association with Australia.

Numbering

Early issues CBS related issues have random numbering system based on the album title and are branded Majestic.

The TA series coincides with the change to a consolidated numbering system and the move to Festival and the formation of K-tel. However, the early K-Tel branding appears on 20 Solid Hits Volume 2 (SH701). The Majestic crown continues to appear as the main front logo until Fantastic (TA248), and is not dropped from rear covers until 1980 with Squeezed Out (TA265). The TA series is phased out at TA 270, around 1983, when licensing became too expensive for regular all Top 40 song compilations.

The T series is common to Australia (TA), North America (TU) and the United Kingdom (TE).

The consolidated series begins with TA240 and ends at TA270.

TA 267 is out there but very rare – possibly because of its wholly uninviting cover. TA 269 is not a Top 40 chart set and our guessing is that because it was one of the first RCA releases it was probably mis-numbered and should have been in the NA series.

The order of the early releases is based on the Australia Matrix system that CBS, Festival, Warner, and other Sydney based record companies adhered to – EMI and RCA are notable exceptions. This is often referred to as the MX number and can be found etched into the run out grooves.

Please note: the TA series is now complete apart from TA267 and TA270. Please contact me if you have the details or are willing to sell me a copy of either of these.

Enjoy. 🙂