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VariousSuper Bad

Label:K-Tel – NE 499
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk, Disco


A1Joe SimonStep By Step
ProducerRaeford Gerald
A2The Isley BrothersThat Lady
A3Robert KnightLove On A Mountain Top
A4Sly & The Family StoneIf You Want Me To Stay
A5Millie JacksonIt Hurts So Good
A6Don DowningLonely Days Lonely Nights
A7Pointer SistersYes We Can Can
ProducerDavid Rubinson
A8New York CityI'm Doin' Fine Now
ProducerThom Bell
A9The Three DegreesDirty Ol' Man
ProducerBobby Martin
A10Ronnie DysonWhen You Get Right Down To It
A11The O'JaysBack Stabbers
ProducerGamble & Huff
A12Barry WhiteI'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby
B1Four Tops & The SupremesReach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)
B2Billy PrestonWill It Go Round In Circles
B3Marvin GayeWhat's Going On
B4Stevie WonderSuperwoman
B5CymandeThe Message
B6Timmy ThomasWhy Can't We Live Together?
B7Aretha FranklinMocking Bird
B8The IntrudersI'll Always Love My Mama
ProducerGamble & Huff
B9Brenda & The TabulationsOne Girl Too Late
B10Harold Melvin And The Blue NotesIf You Don't Know Me By Now
ProducerGamble & Huff
B11Gladys Knight And The PipsMidnight Train To Georgia
B12Curtis MayfieldMove On Up

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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 8)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Super Bad (LP, Compilation, Limited Edition)K-TelNU 427US1973
New Submission
Super Bad (Cassette, Compilation)K-Tel, K-TelCE 549, E CE 549UK1974
New Submission
Super Bad (LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Stereo)K-Tel, K-TelCSPS 728, NC 415Canada1974
New Submission
Super Bad (LP, Compilation, Limited Edition)K-TelNE 499UK1974
New Submission
Super Bad (8-Track Cartridge, Compilation)K-TelT8T-559UK1974


RC_67's avatar
B6 Why can't we live together by Timmy Thomas also ended up on the Australian Majestic/K-tel Compilation album called Rock Explosion
RC_67's avatar
A12 I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby by Barry White ended up on Majestic/K-tel Australian issue called Rock Explosion
Neilf.1955's avatar
K-Tel(as Majestic) in Australia realised that in order to put 24 songs on an LP(12 per side) was going to involve some severe editing. So K-Tel(Majestic) cut back to 20 tracks(10 per side) in order to get more songs in a side appearing in their complete form, or as many as possible. Later K-Tel LPs here would reduce the number of tracks back to 8 or 9 a side, Dropping the "20(insert name here) Hits" titles freed K-Tel up to issue albums with less tracks, so that the tracks could be included unedited. "Less is more!"
RC_67's avatar
Edited 2 years ago
this was issued in Australia with entirely different track listing with 20 tracks rather 24 that practise stopped in country in 1969
Iamyellostone's avatar
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
Bradx's avatar
Edited 6 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.
KingsofSpins's avatar
my copies are totally fine - great comp with some superb soul music
Sloofman's avatar
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...