BUD ASHTON, Kon-Tiki, 1961Posted: January 28, 2010
I have posted budget records before, mostly focusing on the German variety: Tip, Tempo, Rondo, Okay. This here record came out on the legendary British budget label Embassy owned by the Woolworth chain store and exclusively sold through stores at half the price of major label releases. Apparently there are quite a number of collectors already occupied with assembling Embassy releases as can be seen on this Embassy label tribute website.
Isn´t that a beautiful sleeve!? The label operated from 1954 to 1965 producing mostly double-a-side singles with cover versions of hit songs. Just like the musicians that worked for other European budget labels, these musicians were professionals. Considering that they had to record these songs in a very short time, it´s amazing that their versions, like this instrumental originally recorded by the Shadows, turned out to be so good.