Various ‎– Super Bad

K-Tel ‎– NE 499
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'24 Original Hits, 24 Original stars.'

The US version of Super Bad with similar artwork features only 20 tracks and a completely different track list.
Printed and made in UK.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): NE 499 A3M
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): NE 499-B3-M

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NE 499 Various Super Bad(LP, Comp, Ltd) K-Tel NE 499 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CE 549, E CE 549 Various Super Bad(Cass, Comp) K-Tel, K-Tel CE 549, E CE 549 UK 1974 Sell This Version
TA 246, TA-246 Various Super Bad(LP, Comp, Ltd) Majestic (7), Majestic (7), K-Tel, K-Tel TA 246, TA-246 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
T8T-559 Various Super Bad(8-Trk, Comp) K-Tel T8T-559 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CSPS 728, NC 415 Various Super Bad(LP, Comp, Ltd) K-Tel, K-Tel CSPS 728, NC 415 Canada 1974 Sell This Version


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April 9, 2019
All of these are from 1974, but my copy says 73; its NU-427, which isn't an option. How come it isn't on here


May 1, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
This album was produced in an era when records were extremely expensive. Some of the tracks on this were quite hard to find - Timmy Thomas, Cymande for instance. I actually remember this album being advertised on the tv at the time and a couple of days later some of the cool kids were carrying it around at school.

K-Tel wanted to give value for money but it was a kind of law of diminishing returns ... it looked good on paper (and on the tv) but when you got hold of the thing it turned out not to be quite as good as it seemed. K-Tel had to pay for all those adverts somehow... and groove-cramming was the way forward. The sound quality is pretty dire and many of the tracks are curtailed before their time. Most teenagers couldn't tell the difference back then anyway.

This was an era when multi-artist chart hit compilations were mainly of the non-original artists, soundalike variety and pitched just less than a quid (Hot Hits, Top Of the Pops etc... way, way before NTWICM). This album probably came in at £1.50, something like that, but as it was all original artists represented good value at the time.
Wouldn't give it house room now though.... it's a '70s thing.


September 13, 2015
my copies are totally fine - great comp with some superb soul music


June 16, 2011
There are a couple of problems with this offering from the budget compilation label K-Tel. How can this be? There's some brilliant soul and funk tunes on here sure enough, and some interesting not so well known tunes alongside the classics, but this is an awful lot of tracks for one slab of vinyl. In order to squeeze the tunes on every one has been dramatically cut short, which kind of defeats the point as far as funk is concerned. Mammoth jams such as Superwoman and the fantastic Yes we Can Can by The Pointer Sisters are reduced to 2 minute snippits which seem to consistently fade out just as they start to get going. Aretha's Mocking Bird is admittedly a short tune anyway but weighs in here at a pointless one minute thirty.
There's another problem too. On my copy side one plays fine; but on side two the pressing isn't central causing the tracks to have a wobbly quality which of course spoils your listening experience considerably.
It's such a shame that this wasn't done better, perhaps by spreading the tracks over two discs or just by not having as many tracks, but maybe this was a teaser to encourage listeners to buy the albums that the songs were lifted from! One good thing it has done is brought a funk amateur like myself to some brilliant tunes such as Sly's If You Want Me to Stay and Millie Jackson's Hurt So Good, so I guess I should be grateful...