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    I remember in the 1980s & 1990s there were a lot of compilations that were only sold by mail order or over the phone, normally combined with a TV advert, often stating Not Available In Any Shop! In the late 1980s there was the option of getting a copy on X records, Y tapes or Z CD's.

    Tellydisc was one company which I remember selling a lot of records this way, I have a The Shadows two disc set that was originally my Grans.

    I think a few other companies sold albums (often largish compilations) this way.
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    Timelife was another, basically re-hashing the same predictable choices

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    I once asked my Dad if has was interested in buying one, but he said that he already had many of the tracks on it.
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    Remember, this offer amazing is not available in the shops... These were usually gluttonous compilations of back-catalogue hits by bands who wanted to sell off old stock. I think K-Tel were King when it came to this kind of stuff.

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    Time life were very frequently advertised,However they made very dull adverts,For basically the sort of cds woolies sold for 1-99 (type). sheer cr@p!

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    I remember K-Tel adverts.

    They always began "K-Tel proudly presents..."
    "She moves in such an exciting world!"

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    K-Tel and Ronco and I think Telstar. I also recall Arcade (?)

    K-Tel also sold all sorts of "advertised on TV" products. I seem to recall one that took the place of a needle and thread for putting on buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I remember in the 1980s & 1990s there were a lot of compilations that were only sold by mail order or over the phone, normally combined with a TV advert, often stating Not Available In Any Shop! In the late 1980s there was the option of getting a copy on X records, Y tapes or Z CD's.

    Tellydisc was one company which I remember selling a lot of records this way, I have a The Shadows two disc set that was originally my Grans.

    I think a few other companies sold albums (often largish compilations) this way.
    Yeah. Brittania and Magpie etc ... those where the day's indeed! Though it was a bit of a naf way to buy music now on reflection, it had a sort of magic appeal (pre-'net day's or similar other new way's to buy music from specialist places like) I think.

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    theres still alot of those "not available in the shops " cd albums still out there they get advertised on several sky tv channels introduced by `stars of yester year` ive never heard of . trouble is some are getting closer to being up to date
    it wont be long now till theres a 3 minute infomercial advertising time lifes 5cd box set of all your favourite sing-a-long punk and oi classics with all your favourites from acts like the 4 skins -the toy dolls - and who could forget those naughty sex pistols

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    When CD's started to outsell LP's in the late 1980's there seemed to loads of compilations of oldies out, often the first time you could get them on CD.

    My Dad bought a few but often complained that he didn't like duplicating tracks he already had on CD.
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