Telstar Records (UK, mostly compilations)

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Annotation

Founded in the early 1980s. Originally specialised in mainstream compilations that were advertised on UK television and radio.
With additional backing from BMG/RCA, it diversified in the 1990s into signing and developing artists, such as Victoria Beckham and Craig David. A number of the signings were commercially unsuccessful, leading to financial difficulties and a drastic trimming of the roster. Since it had no real back catalogue to speak of, BMG declined to buy the debt-ridden company and it closed in 2004.
A sublabel called Telstar TV had been used primarily for the release of the "Hits" series, which failed to match the success of the rival "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise, so the "Hits" brand was also discontinued. The controllers of BMG UK decided to keep the bulk of their telemarketed compilations in-house from then on, often using the BMG TV brand.

Annotation last modified on 2007-09-20 12:59 UTC.

Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
Chart Attack Various Artists Cassette 20 STAR 2221 [none]
18 Greatest Hits Michael Jackson + The Jackson 5 12" Vinyl 18 STAR 2232 [none]
Greatest Hits Marvin Gaye 12" Vinyl 16 STAR 2234 [none]
Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Diana Ross Vinyl 16 TC 2238 A
Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Diana Ross Vinyl 14 TC 2238 B
The Very Best of Chris De Burgh Chris de Burgh Vinyl 14
The Man: The Best of Elvis Costello Elvis Costello 12" Vinyl 18 STAR 2247 [none]
”Crackers” The Slade Christmas Party Album Slade 12" Vinyl 16 STAR 2271
Amazing Grace Judy Collins CD 16 2265
Beyond the Planets Jeff Wayne · Rick Wakeman · Kevin Peek CD 8 TCD 2244 [none]
The Man: The Best of Elvis Costello Elvis Costello CD 18 TCD 2247
The Very Best Of Chris de Burgh CD 14 TCD 2248 [none]
Love Songs Stevie Wonder CD 16 TCD 2251
Collection John Denver CD 16 TCD 2253
Ballads Elvis Presley CD 18 TCD 2264 5014469312647
The Greatest Hits of 1985 Various Artists 2×12" Vinyl 15 + 15
Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Diana Ross CD 16 TCD 2238 A
Portrait: Her Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Diana Ross CD 14 TCD 2238 B
The Voice Joe Cocker CD 16 TCD 2258 5014469522589
The Greatest Hits Bonnie Tyler CD 16 TCD 2291 5014469312913
The Very Best of Elkie Brooks Elkie Brooks CD 16
The Royal Concert Various Artists 2×CD 13 + 12 2TCD2401 5014469624016
The Dance Chart Various Artists Cassette 16 STAC 2285
The Dance Chart Various Artists 12" Vinyl 16 STAR 2285 5014469122857
The Dance Chart Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2285 5014469522855
The Best of Rock Legends Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2290 5014469522909
The Very Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan CD 14 TCD 2297
Love Songs Diana Ross and Michael Jackson CD 16 TCD 2298 5014469522985
Best Of: Soldier of Fortune Thin Lizzy CD 17 TCD 2300 5014469523005
The Collection Bread and David Gates CD 16 TCD 2303 5014469523036
Solid Soul Various Artists CD 20 TCD 2304 5014469523043
Memories: The Best of Elaine Paige Elaine Paige CD 16 TCD 2313 5014469523135
Life in the Fast Lane Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2315 5014469523159
Across the Tracks: The Best of Willie Nelson Willie Nelson CD 16 TCD 2317 5014469523173
Absolute ABBA ABBA 2×CD 12 + 12 TCD 2329 5014469523296
The Greatest Love Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 Set TCD 2316, CD1 TCD 2316 A, CD2 TCD 2316 B 5014469693166
From the Heart Daniel O'Donnell CD 16 TCD 2327
Hyperactive! The 12″ Dance Album Various Artists 2×CD 10 + 11 TCD 2328 5014469693289
The Legendary Roy Orbison Roy Orbison CD 20 TCD 2330 5014469523302
The Greatest Hits of 1988 Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2334 5014469693340
…and the Beat Goes On! 34 Dance Hits of the 70’s Various Artists 2×CD 17 + 17 TCD 2338 5014469693388
Instrumental Greats Various Artists CD 20 TCD 2341 5014469523418
The Heart & Soul of Rock & Roll Various Artists 2×CD 23 + 22 TCD 2351 5014469523517
Masters of the Blues: The Best of Muddy Waters Muddy Waters CD 18 TSD-3504 051091350420
House Hits '88 Various Artists (unknown) 20 5014469123472
Love Songs Various Artists (unknown) 16
Coming Alive Again Barbara Dickson Cassette 12 TCD 2349
The Greatest Love, Volume III Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2384 5014469623842
The Awards 1989 Various Artists 2×CD 12 + 14 TCD 2346 5014469523463
Jazz Greats Various Artists 2×CD 12 + 12 IFS 002
Story of the 80's Various Artists 2×CD 12 + 12 IFS 003
Jive Bunny: The Album Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers CD 8 MRCD 3153 [none]
Protect the Innocent Various Artists 2×Cassette 16 + 14 STAC 2363
Jive Bunny: The Album Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers Cassette 8 STAC2390 5014469323902
Deep Heat Various Artists 2×CD 14 + 12 TCD 2345 5014469523456
The Greatest Love, Volume II Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2352 5014469693524
Deep Heat 2: The Second Burn Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 13 TCD 2356 5014469523562
Heaven & Hell Meat Loaf & Bonnie Tyler CD 14 TCD 2361 5014469523616
Protect the Innocent (30 metal monsters) Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 14 TCD 2363 5014469523630
Deep Heat 3: The Third Degree Various Artists 2×CD 14 + 14 TCD 2364 5014469523647
The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 2×CD 12 + 12 TCD 2370 5014469523708
Deep Heat '89: Fight the Flame Various Artists 2×CD 18 + 14 TCD 2380 5014469623804
The Greatest Hits of the 80s Various Artists 3×CD 17 + 16 + 17 TCD 2382 5014469623828
Deep Heat 4: Play With Fire Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 16 TCD 2388 5014469623880
Jive Bunny: The Album Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers CD 8 TCD 2390 5014469523906
Among My Souvenirs Connie Francis CD 20 TCD 2393
Soft Rock Various Artists CD 16 tcd2397 5014469523975
Mosaïque Gipsy Kings CD 12 TCD 2398 8711211518025
This Is Ska - The Famous and the Infamous Various Artists CD 20 5014469523661
The Best of the Greatest Love: Fifty Classic Love Tracks Various Artists 3×CD 16 + 17 + 17 TCD 2443 5014469624436
The Greatest Love, Volume IV Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2400 5014469624009
Love Songs Marvin Gaye CD 18 TCD 2427 5014469524279
The Best of Smokie Smokie CD 18 TCD 2455 5014469524552
The Greatest Hits of 1990 Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 tcd 2439 5014469624399
Thunderbirds Are Go! F.A.B. 12" Vinyl 4 12 FAB 1
Thunderbirds Are Go! F.A.B. featuring M.C. Parker CD 4 fab cd 1, FABCD 1 5018524012008
The Synthesizer Album Project D Cassette 14 STAC 2371
Synthesizer 2 Project D Cassette 15 STAC 2428 5014469324282
Power Themes '90 F.A.B. Cassette 12 STAC 2430 5014469324305
The Synthesizer Album Project D 12" Vinyl 14 STAR 2371
New Traditions Various Artists 12" Vinyl 16 STAR 2399 5014469123991
Power Themes '90 F.A.B. 12" Vinyl 12 STAR 2430
The Synthesizer Album Project D CD 14 TCD 2371 5014469523715
The Very Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters (Telstar release) The Drifters CD 20 TCD2373MCPS 501446952373
Product 2378 Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2378 5014469523784
Milestones: 20 Rock Operas Various Artists 2×CD 10 + 10 TCD 2379 5014469523791
The Awards 1990 Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2386 5014469623866
New Traditions Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2399 5014469523999
Deep Heat 5: Feed the Fever Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 16 TCD 2411
Deep Heat 6: The Sixth Sense Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 16 TCD 2412 5014469624122
Welcome to a Night at the Opera Various Artists 2×CD 13 + 12 TCD2414 5014469624146
At Their Very Best The Shadows CD 21 TCD2415 5014469524156
Get on This!!! Various Artists 2×CD 15 + 15 TCD 2420 5014469624207
Deep Heat 7: Seventh Heaven Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 16 TCD 2422 5014469624221
Get on This!!! 2 Various Artists 2×CD 16 + 16 TCD 2424 5014469624245
Megabass The Mastermixers CD 4 TCD 2425 5014469524255
Synthesizer 2 Project D CD 15 TCD 2428
Molten Metal Various Artists CD 16 TCD 2429 5014469524293
Power Themes '90 F.A.B. CD 12 TCD 2430 5014469524309
60 Number Ones of the Sixties Various Artists 3×CD 20 + 20 + 20 TCD 2432 5014469624320