Tuesday 15 October 2013

Vinyl Feature: Smokie - Greatest Hits

Released in April 1977 the album "Greatest Hits" by the band Smokie contained all 10 of their singles up to that time spanning their (then) 12 year career. They went on to be one of the longest surviving bands from that era and still exist today, although only one of the original band members is still with Smokie.

Their first ever hit was "If You Think You Know How To Love Me", they had 13 top twenty hits during the 1970's, and went on to sell over 30 million LP's and CDs. To date their mega hit song "Living Next Door To Alice" has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Front of Cover
This particular "Greatest Hits" album has never been released on cd, it went to number 6 in the UK, number 1 in Germany, and also topped the charts in Austria, Sweden and Norway. Smokie were (and still are) very popular in South Africa with many of their hits reaching the Top Twenty Hit Parade.

Back of Cover
Track listing:

Side one
1. Lay Back in the Arms of Someone
2. Something's Been Making Me Blue
3. If You Think You Know How to Love Me
4. Pass It Around
5. I'll Meet You at Midnight

Side two
6. Living Next Door to Alice
7. Changing All the Time
8. Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me
9. Back to Bradford
10. Wild Wild Angels

All but one of the tracks were written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

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