Contour

Contour

Profile:
UK label from 1971 onwards initially owned by Polydor Records' British branch and specialising in budget reissues from its catalogue plus children's, soundalike and easy listening recordings.

16 Chart Hits (1972 - 1975)
The Contour label was based in Mayfair in London, and was run by Musical Rendezvous, who in turn had been set up by Philips and Polydor in June 1971. Philips of course were no strangers to the budget covers field, having been behind the Fontana series “Sounds Like Hits” in the late 1960s (see separate page).
Contour was mainly interested in re-issues of other labels’ albums, mainly those from the Philips stable, although their first anonymous covers album came out as soon as the label was established. It consisted of a review of the 1971 charts, and by its nature was not a compilation; Contour had released no earlier covers albums from which to source tracks.
Shortly thereafter, it commenced the “16 Chart Hits” series, which would go on to number almost two dozen over a four-year span. Part of its success was due to the fact that it squeezed 16 songs onto each LP; the standard for these types of albums was 12. The recordings were made by Beatt International, a concern set up by Syd Dale and Adrian Kerridge.

Contour also issued an annual “best-of”, reviewing the year’s hits. The first three of these had the appeal of a few new tracks thrown in alongside material from the main series. The last, in 1975, did not – and indeed the series had ground to a halt before year-end. Contour continued until the late 1970s whereupon the label perished, only to be bought by Pickwick and re-launched in the early 1980s.

Licensed to Musical Rendezvous Limited prior to being licensed to Pickwick Records in the late 1970s along with the rights to the Polydor UK back catalog and lasted under their distribution until 1983 when the label was deactivated.
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Contour Records
16 St George Street
Hanover Square
London W1

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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
50 DA 312 Nick Nicholas - 50 Swinging Honky Tonk Favourites Nick Nicholas 50 Swinging Honky Tonk Favourites(2xLP) Contour, Contour 50 DA 312 UK 1977 Sell This Version
92 Band Of The Royal Air Force College, Cranwell World Famous Marches(LP, Album) Contour 92 New Zealand 1975 Sell This Version
171 Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra Law Beat(LP) Contour, Contour 171 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
202 Alan Randall Great Comedy War Songs(LP) Contour 202 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
0926-2 James Newton (2) - Above Is Above All James Newton (2) Above Is Above All(CD, Album) Contour 0926-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
2870-100 Various - Sounds To Spoil You... Various Sounds To Spoil You...(LP, Comp) Contour, Contour 2870-100 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 101 Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra* - Bert Kaempfert Special Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra* Bert Kaempfert Special 2870 101 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870102 Roberto Delgado & His Orchestra - Dance To Delgado Roberto Delgado & His Orchestra Dance To Delgado(LP, Comp) Contour, Contour 2870102 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870103 Caterina Valente - Malagueña Caterina Valente Malagueña (Comp) 2870103 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870104 Gilbert Vinter Conducts The London Symphonic Band* - Gilbert Vinter Conducts The London Symphonic Band Gilbert Vinter Conducts The London Symphonic Band* Gilbert Vinter Conducts The London Symphonic Band* - Gilbert Vinter Conducts The London Symphonic Band(LP, Album) Contour, Contour 2870104 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870105 Werner Muller & His Orchestra* - Evergreen Memories Werner Muller & His Orchestra* Evergreen Memories(LP) Contour 2870105 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-106 Harry Smith (2) - The London Barrel Organ Harry Smith (2) The London Barrel Organ 2870-106 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-107 Tony Dawson (4) & The Treaty Stones - They Fought And Died For Freedom Tony Dawson (4) & The Treaty Stones Tony Dawson (4) & The Treaty Stones - They Fought And Died For Freedom(LP, Album) Contour 2870-107 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870108 Grant Frazer - Scotland The Brave Grant Frazer Scotland The Brave(LP, Album, RE) Contour 2870108 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870109 Chris Barber - Chris Barber Live In Hamburg Chris Barber Chris Barber Live In Hamburg(LP) Contour, Contour 2870109 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870110 Wendy King (3) - Ukelele Girl Wendy King (3) Ukelele Girl(LP, Album) Contour 2870110 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870111 The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan - The Early Years The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan - The Early Years (Comp) 2870111 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-111 The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan - The Early Years The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan - The Early Years(LP, Comp) Contour, Contour 2870-111 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 112 Harry Stoneham - Hammond My Way Harry Stoneham Hammond My Way(LP) Contour 2870 112 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-113 Mike Timoney - The Astounding Sound Of The Cordovox Mike Timoney The Astounding Sound Of The Cordovox(LP) Contour, Contour 2870-113 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 114 Kurt Edelhagen - A Toast To The Bands Kurt Edelhagen A Toast To The Bands(LP, Album) Contour 2870 114 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 115 Earl Bostic - The Best Of Earl Bostic Earl Bostic The Best Of Earl Bostic (Comp) 2870 115 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 116 James Brown And His Famous Flames* - Prisoner Of Love James Brown And His Famous Flames* Prisoner Of Love(LP, Comp, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 116 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-117 James Last & His Orchestra* - Yesterday's Memories James Last & His Orchestra* Yesterday's Memories (Comp) 2870-117 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 118 Dvořák*, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Otto Gerdes - Symphony No. 9 In E Minor Op.95 Dvořák*, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Otto Gerdes Dvořák*, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Otto Gerdes - Symphony No. 9 In E Minor Op.95 "From The New World"(LP, Album, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 118 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 119 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symfonie No. 6 in B minor,  Op. 74 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symfonie No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74(LP, Mono) Contour 2870 119 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2870-120 Tchaikovsky* Piano Shura Cherkassky, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Ludwig - Piano Concerto No.1 Tchaikovsky* Piano Shura Cherkassky, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Ludwig Tchaikovsky* Piano Shura Cherkassky, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Leopold Ludwig - Piano Concerto No.1 (LP, Album, RE, RM) Contour 2870-120 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 121 Berlin Radio Orchestra* Conducted By Ferenc Fricsay - Johann Strauss Berlin Radio Orchestra* Conducted By Ferenc Fricsay Berlin Radio Orchestra* Conducted By Ferenc Fricsay - Johann Strauss(LP) Contour 2870 121 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 122 Monique Haas, Adrian Aeschbacher - Musical Rendeszous Presents Schumann & Grieg Monique Haas, Adrian Aeschbacher Monique Haas, Adrian Aeschbacher - Musical Rendeszous Presents Schumann & Grieg(LP, RE) Contour 2870 122 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-123 Rachmaninov*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Leopold Ludwig - Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor Rachmaninov*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Leopold Ludwig Rachmaninov*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Leopold Ludwig - Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor(LP, Album) Contour 2870-123 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 124 Tchaikovsky*, Wieniawski*, Sarasate*, David* & Igor Oistrakh* - Violin Concerto In D / Three Etudes-Caprices / Navarra Tchaikovsky*, Wieniawski*, Sarasate*, David* & Igor Oistrakh* Tchaikovsky*, Wieniawski*, Sarasate*, David* & Igor Oistrakh* - Violin Concerto In D / Three Etudes-Caprices / Navarra(LP, Comp) Contour 2870 124 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 125 Mozart*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Fritz Lehmann, Paul Schmitz - Piano Concerto No. 17 In G, K. 453, Piano Concerto No. 21 In C, K. 467 Mozart*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Fritz Lehmann, Paul Schmitz Mozart*, Andor Foldes, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*, Fritz Lehmann, Paul Schmitz - Piano Concerto No. 17 In G, K. 453, Piano Concerto No. 21 In C, K. 467(LP) Contour 2870 125 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 126 Bach*, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Rudolf Baumgartner, Lucerne Festival Strings* - Violin Concerto No1 In A Minor-Violin Concerto No.2 In E-Concerto For 2 Violins In D Minor Bach*, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Rudolf Baumgartner, Lucerne Festival Strings* Bach*, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Rudolf Baumgartner, Lucerne Festival Strings* - Violin Concerto No1 In A Minor-Violin Concerto No.2 In E-Concerto For 2 Violins In D Minor(LP, RE) Contour 2870 126 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870127 Tchaikovsky*, Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* - Symphony No. 5 In E Minor Op. 64 Tchaikovsky*, Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* Tchaikovsky*, Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra* - Symphony No. 5 In E Minor Op. 64(LP) Contour 2870127 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-129 Jimmy Rose (2) And The Country Pie Featuring Phil Brooks (2) - By Request Jimmy Rose (2) And The Country Pie Featuring Phil Brooks (2) Jimmy Rose (2) And The Country Pie Featuring Phil Brooks (2) - By Request(LP) Contour, Contour 2870-129 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 130 Ethna Campbell - Goin' My Way Ethna Campbell Goin' My Way(LP) Contour 2870 130 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 131 The Sunday School Singers - Children's Hymns The Sunday School Singers Children's Hymns(LP, Album) Contour 2870 131 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-132 Rick Stevens His Piano & Rhythm* - Piano Time Rick Stevens His Piano & Rhythm* Piano Time(LP) Contour, Contour 2870-132 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870133 Paul Christian And The Sound Of Broadway - Wonderful Show Songs Paul Christian And The Sound Of Broadway Wonderful Show Songs(LP) Contour 2870133 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 134 The Riverboat Minstrels - Stereo Minstrel Show The Riverboat Minstrels Stereo Minstrel Show(LP) Contour 2870 134 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870135 The Hendon Band - Brass Spectacular The Hendon Band Brass Spectacular(LP) Contour 2870135 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-136 Sid Phillips And His Band* - Fascinating Rhythm Sid Phillips And His Band* Fascinating Rhythm 2870-136 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870137 Nick Nicholas - Honky Tonk Piano Party Nick Nicholas Honky Tonk Piano Party (Album) 2870137 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870138 Paul Meyer & His Orchestra - Wonderful Movie Themes Paul Meyer & His Orchestra Wonderful Movie Themes(LP, Album, Comp) Contour, Contour 2870138 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870139 Unknown Artist - Cocktail Accordion Unknown Artist Cocktail Accordion(LP, Album) Contour 2870139 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870140 Beryl Reid, Hugh Paddick And The Rita Williams Singers - Bedknobs And Broomsticks Beryl Reid, Hugh Paddick And The Rita Williams Singers Beryl Reid, Hugh Paddick And The Rita Williams Singers - Bedknobs And Broomsticks(LP, Album) Contour, Contour 2870140 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-141 Sight And Sound (3) - Movie Themes Of Today Sight And Sound (3) Movie Themes Of Today(LP) Contour 2870-141 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870142 Tony Lee & His Trio* - Electric Piano Tony Lee & His Trio* Electric Piano(LP, Album) Contour, Contour 2870142 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-143 The Groovy Gang (2) - Songs For Swinging Children The Groovy Gang (2) Songs For Swinging Children (Album) 2870-143 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 144 The Detroit Sound - Big Band Soul The Detroit Sound Big Band Soul (Album) 2870 144 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870145 June Bronhill, Freddie Williams (2), Julie Dawn (2) With Fred Lucas, The Rita Williams Singers, Johnny Douglas And His Orchestra - Showboat June Bronhill, Freddie Williams (2), Julie Dawn (2) With Fred Lucas, The Rita Williams Singers, Johnny Douglas And His Orchestra June Bronhill, Freddie Williams (2), Julie Dawn (2) With Fred Lucas, The Rita Williams Singers, Johnny Douglas And His Orchestra - Showboat(LP, Album) Contour 2870145 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-146 Norman Wisdom / Trevor Bannister (2) - Tubby The Tuba & Sparky's Magic Piano Norman Wisdom / Trevor Bannister (2) Norman Wisdom / Trevor Bannister (2) - Tubby The Tuba & Sparky's Magic Piano(LP) Contour 2870-146 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870147 Kathleen Davydd - Noddy Wins A Prize / Noddy And The Aeroplane Kathleen Davydd Noddy Wins A Prize / Noddy And The Aeroplane(LP) Contour, Contour 2870147 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 148 Eartha Kitt - Eartha Kitt Live At Tivoli Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt Live At Tivoli(LP, Album, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 148 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870149 Unknown Artist - Top Hit Replay '71 Unknown Artist Top Hit Replay '71(LP) Contour 2870149 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870 150 Little Richard - The Incredible Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits Recorded Live Little Richard The Incredible Little Richard Sings His Greatest Hits Recorded Live (Album) 2870 150 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 151 Conway Twitty - The Rock & Roll Story Conway Twitty The Rock & Roll Story (Album) 2870 151 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 152 Shakin' Stevens And The Sunsets - Rockin' And Shakin' Shakin' Stevens And The Sunsets Rockin' And Shakin'(LP, Album) Contour, Contour 2870 152 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 153 Chico Arnez - New Sounds Of Chico Arnez Chico Arnez New Sounds Of Chico Arnez(LP, Album) Contour 2870 153 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 154 Ralph Gurnett - Carry On Smoking And Die Ralph Gurnett Carry On Smoking And Die 2870 154 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 155 Audrey Graham With Brian Fahey And His Orchestra - Hughie Green Presents Audrey Sings Time Audrey Graham With Brian Fahey And His Orchestra Audrey Graham With Brian Fahey And His Orchestra - Hughie Green Presents Audrey Sings Time(LP) Contour 2870 155 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 156 Band Of The Welsh Guards - The World's Marches Band Of The Welsh Guards The World's Marches(LP) Contour, Karussell 2870 156 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
2870 157 Ann Chapman (2), Bobby Bannerman, Pat Whitmore, Joanne Brown, Leslie Fyson, John McCarthy Chorus - The Boy Friend Ann Chapman (2), Bobby Bannerman, Pat Whitmore, Joanne Brown, Leslie Fyson, John McCarthy Chorus Ann Chapman (2), Bobby Bannerman, Pat Whitmore, Joanne Brown, Leslie Fyson, John McCarthy Chorus - The Boy Friend(LP) Contour 2870 157 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-158 The International Pop Orchestra & Chorus* - At Last - 26 Non-Stop Hits For Dancing The International Pop Orchestra & Chorus* At Last - 26 Non-Stop Hits For Dancing (Album) 2870-158 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-159 Various - 16 Chart Hits Various 16 Chart Hits(LP, Comp) Contour, Contour 2870-159 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 160 The Houseshakers - Demolition Rock The Houseshakers Demolition Rock(LP, Album) Contour, Contour 2870 160 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 162 Donnie Elbert - Introducing Donnie Elbert Donnie Elbert Introducing Donnie Elbert(LP, Album, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 162 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 163 Enid Blyton - Noddy Goes To School / Noddy Gets Into Trouble Enid Blyton Noddy Goes To School / Noddy Gets Into Trouble(LP) Contour 2870 163 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 164 Danny Williams - Danny Williams Danny Williams Danny Williams(LP, Album) Contour 2870 164 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-165 Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra - Lullaby For Lovers Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra Lullaby For Lovers (Comp) 2870-165 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-166 Nick Nicholas - Honky Tonk Piano Party No 2 Nick Nicholas Honky Tonk Piano Party No 2 2870-166 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 167 The International Souvenir Strings - Among Your Souvenirs The International Souvenir Strings Among Your Souvenirs(LP) Contour 2870 167 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 168 The Gang Show* With Ralph Reader - 40 Years Of Song The Gang Show* With Ralph Reader The Gang Show* With Ralph Reader - 40 Years Of Song(LP, Comp) Contour 2870 168 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-169 The Andrews Sisters - Great Golden Hits The Andrews Sisters Great Golden Hits(LP, Comp) Contour 2870-169 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 170 Luiz Bonfa* - Black Orpheus Impressions Luiz Bonfa* Black Orpheus Impressions(LP, Album, RE) Contour 2870 170 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 171 The Mills Brothers - Great Hits The Mills Brothers Great Hits(LP, Album, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 171 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 172 Pat Boone - Great! Great! Great! Pat Boone Great! Great! Great!(LP, RM) Contour, Contour 2870 172 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 172 Max Bygraves The World Of Max Bygraves(LP, Album) Contour 2870 172 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 173 Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra* - Sail Along Silv'ry Moon Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra* Sail Along Silv'ry Moon(LP, Album, RE) Contour, Contour 2870 173 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870 174 Pat Boone - The Lord's Prayer And Other Great Hymns Pat Boone The Lord's Prayer And Other Great Hymns(LP, Album) Contour 2870 174 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 175 Liberace - New Sounds Liberace New Sounds 2870 175 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-176 Billy Vaughn - The Shifting Whispering Sands Billy Vaughn The Shifting Whispering Sands(LP, Album, RE) Contour 2870-176 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-177 Roy Clark - Yesterday, When I Was Young Roy Clark Yesterday, When I Was Young(LP, Album, RE) Contour 2870-177 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 178 Unknown Artist - 16 Chart Hits Vol 2 Unknown Artist 16 Chart Hits Vol 2(LP) Contour 2870 178 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 179 The Eddie Lester Singers - Salad Days The Eddie Lester Singers Salad Days(LP) Contour 2870 179 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 180 Count Basie - Half A Sixpence Count Basie Half A Sixpence(LP, RE) Contour 2870 180 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-181 Rick Stevens Piano & Rhythm* - Late Night Piano Rick Stevens Piano & Rhythm* Late Night Piano(LP) Contour, Contour 2870-181 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2870-182 Elmer Bernstein And His Orchestra* - All Time Movie Greats Elmer Bernstein And His Orchestra* All Time Movie Greats(LP) Contour 2870-182 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 183 Don Tiare & The Alohas - Soft Hawaiian Sounds Don Tiare & The Alohas Soft Hawaiian Sounds (Album) 2870 183 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 184 Billy's Banjo Band - Billy's Banjo Band Billy's Banjo Band Billy's Banjo Band(LP) Contour 2870 184 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 185 Cy Payne & His Orchestra - Children's TV Themes Cy Payne & His Orchestra Children's TV Themes (Album) 2870 185 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 186 Various - An Invitation To Family Favourites Various An Invitation To Family Favourites(LP, Comp, Smplr) Contour 2870 186 UK 1971 Sell This Version
2870-187 Jimmy McGovern And His Scottish Dance Band* - Jimmy McGovern And His Scottish Dance Band Jimmy McGovern And His Scottish Dance Band* Jimmy McGovern And His Scottish Dance Band(LP) Contour 2870-187 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 188 Eddie Calvert - The New Golden Trumpet Of Eddie Calvert The New Golden Trumpet Of(LP) Contour 2870 188 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 189 The Disciples (15) - Jesus Christ Superstar The Disciples (15) Jesus Christ Superstar (LP) Contour 2870 189 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 190 Neville Dickie - Rags & Tatters Neville Dickie Rags & Tatters (Album) 2870 190 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 191 Jon Pertwee / June Whitfield - Wonderful Children's Songs Jon Pertwee / June Whitfield Jon Pertwee / June Whitfield - Wonderful Children's Songs(LP) Contour 2870 191 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 192 Sid Phillips And His Band* & The Simon Sound - Two Generations Sid Phillips And His Band* & The Simon Sound Sid Phillips And His Band* & The Simon Sound - Two Generations(LP) Contour 2870 192 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870-193 The Machringbeg Highlanders - Pipes & Drums The Machringbeg Highlanders Pipes & Drums 2870-193 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2870 194 Unknown Artist - 16 Chart Hits Vol 3 Unknown Artist 16 Chart Hits Vol 3(LP) Contour 2870 194 UK 1972 Sell This Version

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June 11, 2017
2870 403 is Betty Smith accompanied by Malcolm Lockyer - I'm Old Fashioned.