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  • What do you think about the K-Tel metal/hard rock compilations from the 80s? I know that they had mostly mainstream bands on them like Dio, Twisted Sister, and Van Halen along with some bands that wouldn't even be metal like Triumph and Rush. Every once in a awhile, a beauty would appear from somebody like Armored Saint. Anyway, I always thought they were cool in some ways. One in particular, "Masters Of Metal" got me into Y&T, Twisted Sister, and Black Sabbath's "Trashed." Even though it is "mainstream," it has a special place in my collection. All K-Tel metal compilations now have a cool 80s nostalgia attached to them. The songs on the releases are not rare, but finding the K-Tel compilations on anything other than cassette or vinyl is next to impossible. I'm sure they are not necessarily in demand for most metal hunters. It doesn't mean, however, that some people wouldn't mind having a copy of a few of the compilations if they were made available to them.

    Anyway, this post has two purposes. I would like to hear your thoughts on the K-tel compilations. Also, I have a bunch of lossless cassette and vinyl rips of many of the K-tel releases. I have not posted them mainly because the songs on the releases are not rare. I want to see if there is any demand for them, before I post them here. I recorded them based on the nostalgia factor alone.

    I have lossless rips of the following:

    Crazed-An All Out Metal Attack
    Masters Of Metal
    Masters Of Metal Strikeforce Vol. 1
    Masters Of Metal Strikeforce Vol. 2
    White Hot Masters Of Metal

    Let me know what you think on both accounts.
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    I missed out on those comps probably because by then I was buying full length albums by a band.

    Some of the K-Tel rock records I had from the late 1970s / early 1980s would be pretty cool.
    Later I would learn they would usually have the shorter, radio-edit single version of a song, which made me feel kind of cheated, haha.
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    I never picked up the K-tel stuff. Same as Candaspaceman, I spent most of my money on the full albums back then. But I did pick up this one... www.discogs.com/Various-Metal-Killers-Kollection/release/627090

    Always enjoyed the mix of bands on it. Made for good background listening while drinking.
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    I've already uploaded the above titles that I mentioned on Mega awhile ago. I'm just trying to figure out if these titles are something the members here would be interested in having.
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    I really like a good v.a. compilation in general, and while I wasn't around when the K-Tel compilations were coming out, but if they bother to throw in even a couple obscure bands, it's that much more exciting to try. A compilation series I'm a big fan of is the Japanese label Rock House Explosion's Heavy Metal Force I through V. They included no-name bands at the time only, and then years later you look back at it and see Japanese legends such as Anthem and X Japan with such humble beginnings. I can't describe the feeling, but it's just so cool to see them contributing free tracks and promoting themselves before they became successful. I'd love to try those K-Tel comps.
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    Took a peek on Discogs for the track listing. All good starter albums for anybody new into harder rock / heavy metal.
    That White Hot Masters Of Metal took the ONLY good song from Slade's otherwise boring album "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply", and they included probably my fave Zebra song too.
    Except for Rush's "Distant Early Warning", these are all songs I play a lot to this day!
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    As I said, the songs aren't hard to find, but finding the compilations themselves in any format other than cassette and vinyl is difficult. I'll post them later today.
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    Compilations are good for bands' introductions, but the best are those with special versions of the songs from singles or maxis or with songs that are unavailable elsewhere.
    These compilations are pretty nice, so thanks for posting them!!
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    I totally agree with Akira. Rare versions of songs on compilations are what make the compilations special. There aren't any rare songs or rare versions on these compilations. They're more special for nostalgia reasons. The K-tel compilations were an 80s staple.
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    I just looked over all your uploads and although I didn't download - because I already have all of the songs on some sort of format (LP, cassette, CD - that I BOUGHT) already, I just wanted to point out that if you didn't grow up in that era, those compilations are a great entry point to the (especially) early 80's to mid 80's bands. Back then, making your own 'mixed tape' was the rage, so K-Tel capitalized on that and were pretty successful. Thanks Vardis!
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    You're very welcome guruofdeals. You make a very good point. They are pretty nice starter albums for someone, who wasn't raised in the 80s. They can give those individuals a taste of what hard rock and metal was like back in the day. I also have almost all of the songs on these compilations on actual CDs by the artists themselves. I actually just bought the cassettes and vinyl of these purely for the sake of the 80s memories that they provide. Since the late 80s, I've probably bought somewhere around 8,000 CDs. Over the years, I traded most of them while keeping the music that I really wanted. I have probably around 500 discs, 120 records, and about 30 cassettes at this point. I still buy music every week, as I now have the money to afford what I want. I always cull my CD collection, however, just keeping those titles that I want factory-pressings of for the artwork, liner-notes etc..
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    I collect comps, yes please put them on here - have to look but I think I have both Masters Of Metal versions...?
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    I've still got a copy of Heavy on vinyl. I even remember the advert with the Tommy Vance (RIP) voice over. I think it was something like 'your mother wouldn't like it, but you will' or something like that. It's here at Discogs. There's actually some good stuff on it, like Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Diamond Head, etc., but, as usual, a load of tosh as well, like Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick. K-Tel brought out all kinds of crap!

    Oh, and lets not forget Axe Attack!

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    OK, so I got bored and thought I would do a list of all the K-Tel Metal / Rock compilations. The header containd the title, the catalogue number, the year of release and the country of issue. They're more or less in chronological order. Enjoy!

    Heavy Rock, TS 4113 (1980) Scandinavia
    Gillan Running White Face City Boy
    Girlschool Emergency
    Motörhead Bomber
    Uriah Heep Look At Yourself
    UFO Doctor Doctor
    Juicy Lucy Who Do You Love
    Saxon Wheels Of Steel
    Black Sabbath Paranoid
    Michael Schenker Armed And Ready
    Ian Hunter Cleveland Rocks
    Ten Years After Love Like A Man
    Gillan Trouble
    Michael Quatro Can't Leave You Alone
    Samson Hard Times
    Hawkwind Shot Down In The Night

    Axe Attack, NE 1100 (1980) UK
    Rainbow All Night Long
    Ian Gillan Running, White Face, City Boy
    Judas Priest Breaking The Law
    Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever
    Scorpions Make It Real
    Girlschool Race With The Devil
    U.F.O. Doctor Doctor
    AC/DC Highway To Hell
    Whitesnake Ready & Willing
    Iron Maiden Running Free
    Aerosmith Sweet Emotion
    Frank Marino And Mahogony Rush You Got Living
    Black Sabbath Paranoid
    Motörhead Bomber

    Axe Attack - Vol II, CE 2120 (1981) UK
    Rainbow Since You've Been Gone
    Motörhead Ace Of Spades
    Black Sabbath Die Young
    Samson Earth Mother
    Michael Schenker Armed And Ready
    Rush The Trees
    Scorpions The Zoo
    Whitesnake Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
    Iron Maiden Murders In The Rue Morgue
    Def Leppard Rock Brigade
    Ted Nugent Flesh And Blood
    Gillan Mutually Assured Destruction
    Blue Oyster Cult Godzilla
    U.F.O. Mystery Train
    Judas Priest United

    Heavy, NE 1203 (1983) UK
    Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast
    Rainbow Stone Cold
    Motörhead Iron Fist
    Girlschool Don't Call It Love
    Tygers Of Pan Tang Love Potion No. 9
    Ian Campbell Band Only One
    Diamond Head In The Heat Of The Night
    Status Quo Hold You Back
    Hawkwind Silver Machine
    Derek And The Dominos Layla
    Joe Walsh Rocky Mountain Way
    Meatloaf Deadringer For Love
    Journey Don't Stop Believin'
    Cheap Trick If You Want My Love
    The Michael Schenker Group Dancer
    Rush New World Man
    Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird

    Heavy, NA-634 (1983) Australia
    Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast
    Deep Purple Smoke On The Water
    Black Sabbath Paranoid
    AC/DC Highway To Hell
    Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World
    Tygers Of Pan Tang Love Potion No. 9
    Heaven In The Beginning
    Southern Cross Stormy Lady
    Rose Tattoo Rock'n'Roll Is King
    Van Halen You Really Got Me
    The Scorpions Can't Live Without You
    Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze
    Rainbow I Surrender
    Cream Sunshine Of Your Love
    Derek & The Dominoes Layla
    Great Dane She Won't Go

    White Hot - Masters of Metal, ‎ NU 4200 (1984) USA
    Scorpions Rock You Like A Hurricane
    Slade Run Runaway
    Rush Distant Early Warning
    Zebra Tell Me What You Want
    [b]Triumph Lay It On The Line
    Dio[/b] Holy Diver
    Y&T Don't Stop Runnin'
    Judas Priest You've Got Another Thing Comin'
    Krokus Stayed Awake All Night
    Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell
    Twisted Sister I Am (I'm Me)
    Quiet Riot Cum On Feel The Noize

    Masters of Metal, NU 4370 (1984) USA
    Black Sabbath Trashed
    Y&T Mean Streak
    Dokken Breaking The Chains
    Zebra Who's Behind The Door?
    Dio Rainbow In The Dark
    Krokus Screaming In The Night
    Kiss Lick It Up
    Rainbow Street Of Dreams
    Iron Maiden Run To The Hills
    Rush Tom Sawyer
    Triumph A World Of Fantasy
    Twisted Sister You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll
    Van Halen Dancing In The Street

    Masters of Metal - Volume 2, TC-297 (1984) Canada
    Iron Maiden Run To The Hills
    Helix Heavy Metal Love
    Triumph Never Surrender
    Anvil Metal On Metal
    Accept Balls To The Wall
    Urgent You're Not The One
    Quiet Riot Cum On Feel The Noize
    Judas Priest You've Got Another Thing Comin'
    Rush Limelight
    Lee Aaron Shake It Up
    Coney Hatch Hey Operator
    Fist Thunder In Rock
    Santers All Right Now

    Metal Wars, TU 1750 (1985) USA
    Y&T Summertime Girls
    Krokus Midnite Maniac
    Helix Rock You
    Queensryche Queen Of The Reich
    Quiet Riot Mama Weer All Crazee Now
    Bon Jovi Only Lonely
    Slade Run Runaway
    Mama's Boys Lettin' Go
    Judas Priest Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

    Masters of Metal, NE 1295 (1986) UK
    Iron Maiden The Trooper
    Scorpions No One Like You
    Gary Moore Back On The Streets
    Manowar Metal Daze
    Judas Priest Deceiver
    Whitesnake Fool For Your Loving
    Dio Stand Up And Shout
    Saxon Rockin' Again
    Bon Jovi In And Out Of Love
    Motörhead Ace Of Spades
    Accept Fast As A Shark
    Hanoi Rocks Tragedy
    Black Sabbath War Pigs
    Rush Spirit Of Radio

    Masters of Metal - Metal Rage, ‎TU 1860 (1986) USA
    Twisted Sister Stay Hungry
    Rush The Big Money
    Autograph Turn Up The Radio
    Helix Ride The Rocket
    Blue Öyster Cult Take Me Away
    Stryper The Rock That Makes Me Roll
    Bon Jovi In And Out Of Love
    Y&T 25 Hours A Day (Live)
    Judas Priest Take These Chains
    Accept Screaming For A Love Bite

    Metal Force, TU 1890 (1987) USA
    Vinnie Vincent Invasion Boyz Are Gonna Rock
    Megadeth Peace Sells
    Scorpions Blackout
    Accept Fast As A Shark
    Judas Priest Sinner (Live Version)
    Stryper Calling On You
    Metal Church Watch The Children Pray
    Grim Reaper Fear No Evil
    Dio Hungry For Heaven
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen I Am A Viking

    Metal Masters, TU 2180 (1987) USA
    Bon Jovi You Give Love A Bad Name
    Stryper Loud 'N' Clear
    Twisted Sister Come Out And Play
    Yngwie Malmsteen Fire
    Scorpions No One Like You
    Kiss Uh! All Night
    Vinnie Vincent Invasion Do You Wanna Make Love
    Judas Priest Parental Guidance
    [b]Grim Reaper See You In Hell
    Deep Purple[/b] Perfect Strangers

    Rising Metal, 631-1 (1988) USA
    Death Angel Mistress Of Pain
    Slayer Hell Awaits
    Overkill Powersurge
    Nuclear Assault Justice
    Megadeth Skull Beneath The Skin
    Exodus Chemi-Kill
    Flotsam And Jetsam Hammerhead
    Testament Over The Wall
    Trouble The Assassin
    Heathen Set Me Free

    Metal Meltdown, TU 660-1 (1988) USA
    Anthrax Indians
    Scorpions Another Piece Of Meat
    Stryper Sing Along Song
    Accept Restless & Wild
    W.A.S.P. The Manimal
    Exodus Parasite
    Vinnie Vincent Invasion No Substitute
    Dio Don't Talk To Strangers
    Lizzy Borden Me Against The World
    Judas Priest Freewheel Burning

    Mega Metal, 684-1 (1989) USA
    Great White Save Your Love
    Anthrax Caught In A Mosh
    Armored Saint Raising Fear
    Stryper Always There For You
    Joe Satriani Crushing Day
    Hurricane I'm On To You
    Megadeth In My Darkest Hour
    Lita Ford Kiss Me Deadly
    Sacred Reich Surf Nicaragua
    Motörhead Dogs

    Twisted Metal, 782-4 (1990) USA
    Kiss Lick It Up
    W.A.S.P. The Headless Children
    Alice Cooper He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
    Lizzy Borden Love Is A Crime
    Ted Nugent Yank Me, Crank Me
    Twisted Sister I'll Never Grow Up
    King Diamond Dressed In White
    Quiet Riot Cum On Feel The Noise
    Metal Church Of Unsound Mind
    Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train

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