BUD ASHTON, Kon-Tiki, 1961

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.

BUD ASHTON, Kon-Tiki, 1961

3 Comments on “BUD ASHTON, Kon-Tiki, 1961”

  1. I LOVE this melody!
    And this version can fairly enough be compared with the one of “The Shadows” (and maybe transcend it…)
    THANKS, Andreas!
    Ganz liebe Grüße,

  2. Helmut Pieske says:

    Those guys WERE professionals, indeed, Ernie Shears and Judd Proctor among them. If you ever happen to stumble over one of Embassy’s six track (!) – EPs, grab them! Great value for your money, then and now.
    Liebe Grüße an alle

  3. mischalke04 says:

    I saw a whole bunch of Embassy 45´s in a Lisbon shop a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to buy records from Portugal, so I left them. Well, you can´t have everything…

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