Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Monday, 18 August 2014

Koppy and paste

One of the many things I love about rummaging for records at boot sales and charity shops is the randomness of it all; what you find depends entirely on what someone else used to have in their record collection.  This is made up of purchases both thought-out and impulsive over the years, as well as records received as gifts or freebies during the owner's lifetime, so the range of taste and quality is wide, particularly bearing in mind that a lot of this old vinyl will have belonged to someone's late parents (hence the endless Jim Reeves albums).

Yesterday I was lucky enough to come home with several LPs, one in particular bought out of pure curiosity:

Beatles Hits - artist uncredited

Side 2 label

A single disc in a plain white paper sleeve, called simply "Beatles Hits" with no credited artist, so obviously a covers album.  But what is it like?  I had to know, so spending a pound to find out seemed fair enough.  It's on the Philips label, cat. no. 88074 DL and published in 1965.  I did a brief online search, and all mentions of the record stated that it has a plain paper sleeve and no proper cover, which made me think that perhaps it was part of a box set.  Several results suggested that it might be by a Merseybeat band called Ian & the Zodiacs who were popular in Germany during the 1960s and sometimes recorded Beatles covers under the name The Koppycats.  I had a listen to a few snippets of Koppycats material and it certainly sounds like they could be the same combo as on the mystery disc.

No releases under either band name listed on web resources such as Discogs match this record, but further digging revealed an old eBay listing that seems to shed a bit of light. The listing offered a 3-disc set called "Philips Family Music Album", with Disc 1 being the Beatles Hits record, Disc 2 a collection of songs from musicals such as The King & I and Oklahoma titled "Highlights from the Shows" and Disc 3 consisting of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

It certainly seems like the kind of thing that manufacturers of record players would have given away with their products fifty years ago as a promotional item* - something for mum & dad plus some slightly dodgy-sounding pop covers for the kids - so although all the information I have is unconfirmed, it does seem most likely that Ian and his Zodiacs a.k.a. The Koppycats knocked out a dozen Fabs tunes for their label, who also happened to make electrical equipment - very handy!

I seem to remember that at the back of the crate of records were a couple of old box sets, but as the rest of the contents were mainly Charley Pride and Mrs. Mills LPs I didn't get that far.  Next time I'm at that particular boot sale (hopefully in a fortnight) perhaps I'll seek out the seller and see if I can find the rest of the Philips Family Music Album so that they can be reunited.

It's not a brilliant set of covers, by the way, but not bad either.  Since there's little about it online, I've digitised it for posterity.


Side 1.
1. I Want To Hold Your Hand - 0.00
2. Can't Buy Me Love - 2.25
3. I Should Have Know Better - 4.34
4. Love Me Do - 6.46
5. All My Loving - 9.12
6. She Loves You - 11.15

Side 2.
1. From Me To You - 13.25
2. Please Please Me - 15.17
3. I Feel Fine - 17.15
4. No Reply - 19.40
5. Baby's In Black - 21.47
6. Eight Days A Week - 23.55

(*thanks JQW of The Afterword!)


  1. Nick Griffin (The other one!)6 January 2015 at 13:21


    Yes it is from the Philips Box Set "Family Music Album" The catalogue numbers of the other records you mention confirm this and I have a copy of excellent condition of the box set. I have never seen another one though!

    The cover of the box set says (in tiny writing!) "These records have been specially made for Philips Electrical and may only be sold to the purchaser of new Philips record playing equipment".

    No idea of value, I've searched high and low to get some idea but the usually helpful internet has proved fruitless other than your very helpful blog :-)

    1. Oh that's marvellous, thanks for the info, Nick! I wonder if you'd be able to send me a photo of the cover and of the little bit of text, so I might add these to the blog post? It would be of interest to me, and perhaps others. If you can, just contact me through the form at the top of the page and I'll send you an email address to send pics to.

      Even if this is not possible, many thanks for getting in touch and confirming my suspicions!

      Kind regards,

  2. I bought the family music album you no its a box set from Philips. On the inside of my box someone as written, best wishes Paul harrydale. BBC breakfast special 1967. I've listened to the album. And could it be the beatles ? . Would like to think it was .

    1. Excellent! It's definitely not the Fabs themselves, but an interesting curio nonetheless. Do please post a photo of the box if you can.

  3. Thank you for this post. I found the family music box set in a charity shop a while ago, being curious about the Beatles Hits album, and hoping they might be instrumental versions. I digitised my copy, too, but didn't feel strongly enough about it to keep hold of the box, though.

    Mark (Easy Listening World)