PETULA ON PRT RECORDS

When the rights to the name PYE expired in 1980, both the label and the studio changed their name to PRT (Precision Records & Tapes). Petula's back catalogued transferred and remained with PRT until it ceased operations in July 1989 when the PYE / PRT catalogue was acquired in 1990 by Castle Communications.

Petula's association with PRT resulted in a surprising Top 10 hit with DOWNTOWN '88 which returned Petula to the UK singles chart in 1988 after a 16 year absence. Throughout the 10 year period in which PRT controlled Petula's back catalogue of her Pye recordings there were numerous PRT releases issued, focusing mainly on hit recording compilations, in the UK, throughout Europe, Australia and South Korea.

Here we annotate and present the PRT catalogue of Petula Clark releases together with facts, figures, track listings, album artwork, videos and news cuttings from our archive collection.


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK

First issued by PRT in the UK in May 1980 as a 24 track double album, the SPOTLIGHT album was also issued in Greece in 1980 as a single album, in Spain in 1981 as a double album, in Australia in 1981 over two volumes and in Korea in 1984 as a single album. IT'S A FACT: The UK issue featured 24 tracks across 2 LPS, 14 of the 24 tracks were in mono which is odd especially considering that PRT will have had access to stereo versions. IT'S A FACT: In the UK, SPOTLIGHT was deleted in 1985.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK / SPOT 1012 / 1980 (UK)
Record 1: Downtown* / I Know A Place* / Round Every Corner* / The Other Man's Grass* / A Sign Of The Times* / You're The One* / Colour My World / Who Am I / Just Say Goodbye / Happy Heart / Kiss Me Goodbye* / Heart

Record 2: Sailor* / This Girl's In Love With You / Where Did We Go Wrong / Let It Be Me / The Last Waltz / Imagine / This Is My Song* / You'd Better Come Home* / My Love* / Don't Sleep In The Subway* / Strangers In The Night* / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love*
Also issued on cassette ZCSPT 1012 / 1980 (UK)

*mono


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK / PRT 70020 / 1980 (GREECE)
Downtown* / Round Every Corner* / A Sign Of The Times* / Colour My World / Just Say Goodbye / Let It Be Me / Don't Sleep In The Subway* / Sailor* / This Girl's In Love With You / Where Did We Go Wrong / This Is My Song* / You'd Better Come Home / My Love* / Strangers In The Night

*mono


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK / MPL - 153 / 1981 (SPAIN)
Record 1: Downtown* / I Know A Place* / Round Every Corner* / The Other Man's Grass* / A Sign Of The Times* / You're The One* / Colour My World / Who Am I / Just Say Goodbye / Happy Heart / Kiss Me Goodbye* / Heart

Record 2: Sailor* / This Girl's In Love With You / Where Did We Go Wrong / Let It Be Me / The Last Waltz / Imagine / This Is My Song* / You'd Better Come Home* / My Love* / Don't Sleep In The Subway* / Strangers In The Night* / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love*

*mono


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK VOLUME ONE / ASTLP 2059 / 1981 (AUSTRALIA)
Downtown* / I Know A Place* / Round Every Corner* / The Other Man's Grass* / A Sign Of The Times* / You're The One* / Colour My World / Who Am I / Just Say Goodbye / Happy Heart / Kiss Me Goodbye* / Heart
Also issued on cassette ASTCS 2059 / 1981 (AUSTRALIA)

*mono


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK VOLUME TWO / SPOT 2012 / 1981 (AUSTRALIA)
Sailor* / This Girl's In Love With You / Where Did We Go Wrong / Let It Be Me / The Last Waltz / Imagine / This Is My Song* / You'd Better Come Home / My Love / Don't Sleep In The Subway* / Strangers In The Night / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love*
Also issued on cassette 4SPOT 2012 / 1981 (AUSTRALIA)

*mono


SPOTLIGHT ON PETULA CLARK / SRD2 - 069 / 1984 (SOUTH KOREA)
Downtown / I Know A Place / Round Every Corner / The Other Man's Grass / This Is My Song / My Love / You're The One / Kiss Me Goodbye / Don't Sleep In The Subway / A Sign Of The Times / Colour My World / Happy Heart / This Girl's In Love With You / The Last Waltz


In 1981, PRT issued two 7" singles of back catalogue material Downtown b/w I Know A Place and This Is My Song b/w I Couldn't Live Without Your Love. IT'S A FACT: These issues were the last 7" singles that ultilised the Pye 7N catalogue numbering system.

DOWNTOWN / I KNOW A PLACE / PRT 7N 46099 / 1981 (UK)

THIS IS MY SONG / I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE / PRT 7N 46106 / 1981 (UK)


In June 1982, PRT released a very successful cassette only release entitled 100 Minutes Of Petula Clark featuring 35 tracks as part of their 100 Minutes Of series.

100 MINUTES OF PETULA CLARK / PRT ZCTON 108 / 1982 (UK)
Downtown / Don't Sleep In The Subway / My Love / Colour My World / The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener / Round Every Corner / You're The One / Never On A Sunday / I Want To Hold Your Hand / Call Me / Monday Monday / Winchester Cathedral / Las Vegas / Kiss Me Goodbye / The Last Waltz / Memories Are Made Of This / Volare / Here, There And Everywhere / This Is My Song / Who Am I / I Know A Place / A Sign Of The Times / I Don't Know How To Love Him / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / Sailor / Romeo / I (Who Have Nothing) / Heart / A Groovy Kind Of Love / Homeward Bound / Imagine / Where Did We Go Wrong / This Girl's In Love With You / Hold On To What You've Got


In 1982 in Australia, PRT issued a collectors EP featuring 4 TOP 10 Petula Clark Australian hits from 1967. The release was entitled VOLUME ONE. Further volumes never materialised.

PETULA CLARK - VOLUME ONE / PRT MA 7476 / 1982 (AUSTRALIA)
Colour My World / Don't Sleep In The Subway / This Is My Song / I Want To Sing With Your Band


In February 1985, PRT released Petula's latest recording of Mr. Orwell b/w Glamoureuse, recorded at Trident Studio's in London and produced by Jamie Lane.

MR. ORWELL / GLAMOUREUSE / PRT 7P 323 / 1985 (UK)


In October 1985, as part of the PRT "Flash Backs" imprint series, a 12 track "greatest hits" compilation was issued entitled THIS IS MY SONG which replaced the deleted SPOTLIGHT album.

THIS IS MY SONG / PRT - FLASHBACKS FBLP 8072 / 1985 (UK)
Downtown / My Love / Don't Sleep In The Subway / Round Every Corner / The Other Man's Grass / Sailor / This Is My Song / Romeo / I Know A Place / My Friend The Sea / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
Also issued on cassette ZCFBL 8072 / 1985 (UK)


In October 1986, after much campaigning by the fan club and its members, PRT issued the double album THE EARLY YEARS which pulled together 42 Petula recordings including a number of early classic hit songs together with tracks which had never been issued on vinyl and others which had not been available for 30 years. This release marked the start of a very successful re-issue programme.

PETULA CLARK - THE EARLY YEARS / PRT PCL 101 / 1986 (UK)
Record 1: Teasin' / The Card / A Boy In Love / Made In Heaven / Temptation Rag / Poppa Piccalino / The Who-Is-It Song / Meet Me In Battersea Park / A Long Way To Go / Little Shoemaker / Little Johnny Rainbow / Romance In Rome / Chee Chee Oo Chee (Sang The Little Bird) / The Pendulum Song / Christmas Cards / Tuna Puna Trinidad / Fascinating Rhythm / Majorca / Suddenly There's A Valley / Another Door Opens / A Million Stars Above / Fortune Teller

Record 2: Fibbin' / Band Of Gold / Long Before I Knew You / Alone / Gonna Find Me A Bluebird / Memories Are Made Of This / With All My Heart / Who Needs You / Love Me Again / In A Little Moment / Baby Lover / Ever Been In Love / Devotion / I've Grown Accustomed To His Face / My Favourite Things / The Little Blue Man / To You My Love / Lucky Day / Suddenly / Watch Your Heart
Also issued on cassette ZCPCL 101 / 1986 (UK)


Above: Review from The Stage & TV Today


PRT STUDIOS
The home of Pye Studios (later PRT Studios from September 1980) was located in the basement of ATV House in Great Cumberland Place (re-named under PRT as ACC House), Bryanston Street. Petula's mega-hit Downtown was recorded here. Petula returned to PRT studios in 1986, after a 9 year absence of recording there, and recorded demo recordings for her musical Someone Like You. These recordings are unreleased but form part of our archive collection.

Guess You've Got A Lot To Learn - recorded by Petula Clark and Majorie Barnes (from the Clark / Shipman musical Someone Like You)

Liberty - recorded by Lance Ellington (from the Clark / Shipman musical Someone Like You)

Look Where The Journey Led - recorded by Petula Clark (from the Clark / Shipman musical Someone Like You)

Three Time Loser - recorded by Petula Clark (from the Clark / Shipman musical Someone Like You
)


The revival of Downtown can be traced back to then BBC Children's TV presenter Phillip Schofield who began using Downtown in 1987 as a platform for a competition for viewers to take photos of themselves in a Downtown setting. Reacting to the response, PRT quickly re-issued the original recording b/w I Know A Place. Daily plugs were presented by Phillip Schofield in an attempt to get Petula back in the charts - Philip even caught up with Petula by telephone. Despite Phillip Schofield's enthusiastic promotion of the single, the release failed to break into the top 50 singles chart. IT'S A FACT: The re-issue peaked in the UK top 200 at #116.

 

DOWNTOWN / I KNOW A PLACE / PRT PYS 1 / 1987 (UK)


1987 ended with PRT releasing THE HIT SINGLES COLLECTION, a double album of 32 tracks featuring all of Petula's UK and US top fifty hits presented in a gatefold sleeve. In Greece, THE HIT SINGLES COLLECTION was issued in 1989 as a single LP. IT'S A FACT: THE HIT SINGLES COLLECTION was the first ever Petula CD to be released in the UK.

 

THE HIT SINGLES COLLECTION / PRT PYL 7002 / 1987 (UK)
Record 1:
The Little Shoemaker / Majorca / Suddenly There's A Valley / With All My Heart / Alone / Baby Lover / Sailor / Something's Missing / Romeo / My Friend The Sea / I'm Counting On You / Ya Ya Twist / Casanova / Chariot / Downtown / I Know A Place

Record 2: You'd Better Come Home / Round Every Corner / You're The One / My Love / A Sign Of The Times / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / Who Am I / Colour My World / This Is My Song / Don't Sleep In The Subway / The Cat In The Window / The Other Man's Grass / Kiss Me Goodbye / Don't Give Up / The Song Of My Life / I Don't Know How To Love Him
Also issued on cassette PYM 7002 / 1987 (UK)
Also issued on CD PYC 7002 / 1988 (UK) - Petula's first ever UK CD release!


Above: Review from The Stage & TV Today


 

THE HIT SINGLES COLLECTION / PRT 11010 / 1988 (GREECE)
Downtown / With All My Heart / My Love / Ya Ya Twist / Sailor / My Friend The Sea / Alone / Don't Sleep In The Subway / Chariot / Baby Lover / Romeo / I Know A Place / This Is My Song / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / The Little Shoemaker / I Don't Know How To Love Him


DOWNTOWN '88

The 1987 re-issue of Downtown sparked the interest of the staff at DJ mail out service DMC (based in Berkshire) who, possibly unaware that Petula herself had reworked Downtown as a disco track in 1977, wondered if the track would work as a club remix. The idea was floated past the Dutch remixer Peter 'Hithouse' Slaghuis who embarked on remixing the original into a house remix entitled DOWNTOWN '88. The reaction to DOWTOWN '88 was overwhelming and the track was promptly issued by PRT as single in November 1988 in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia. Following its release in the UK, the single was a Top 40 hit within a fortnight and was a Top 10 hit three weeks later in time for Christmas. DOWNTOWN '88 remained in the UK singles charts for 14 weeks. In Belgium DOWNTOWN '88 peaked at #19 and in Germany at #13. IT'S A FACT: DOWNTOWN '88 was Petula's biggest hit single in 21 years!

 


Above: Record Mirror 03 December 1988

 

Downtown '88 / Downtown / PRT PYS19 / 1988 (UK) 7" single


Downtown '88 (extended version) / Downtown / Don't Sleep In The Subway / PRT PYT 19 / 1988 (UK) 12" single


Downtown '88 (single version) / Downtown '88 (extended version) / Downtown (original version) / Don't Sleep In The Subway / PRT PYD 19 / 1988 (UK) CD single


Downtown '88 / Downtown / PRT 247 172-7 / 1988 (GERMANY & BELGIUM) 7" single

Downtown '88 (extended version) / Downtown / Don't Sleep In The Subway / PRT 247 171-0 / 1988 (GERMANY & BELGIUM) 12" single


Downtown '88 (extended version) / Downtown (original version) / Don't Sleep In The Subway / PRT 247 171-2 / (GERMANY / BELGIUM) CD single



Downtown '88 / Downtown / PRT PYS19 / 1988 (AUSTRALIA) 7" single


Downtown '88 (extended version) / Downtown / Don't Sleep In The Subway / PRT 7545 / 1988 (GREECE) 12" single

In an effort to cash in on the chart success of Downtown '88 a 20 track album was quickly issued in December 1988 by PRT but oddly the album did not include the hit single in question!


DOWNTOWN - THE PETULA CLARK COLLECTION / PRT PYL 17 / 1988 (UK)
Downtown / A Sign Of The Times / Colour My World / Ya Ya Twist / My Love / Don't Give Up / Time For Love / You're The One / Baby Lover / Who Am I / Don't Sleep In The Subway / The Other Man's Grass / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / Kiss Me Goodbye / I Know A Place / Round Every Corner / This Is My Song / Sailor / Romeo / Suddenly There's A Valley
Also issued on cassette PYM 17 / 1988 (UK)
Also issued on CD PYC 17 / 1988 (UK)


Following the enormous success of the Top 10 smash Downtown '88 PRT embarked on a further radical remix by DMC's Peter Slaghuis of Petula's recording of Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent's I Couldn't Live Without Your Love which had been a smash hit for Petula in 1967. The remix was issued on 7", 12" and CD single formats. Following its release on 05 June 1989 on Legacy (a subsidiary of PRT) I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix failed to trouble the charts. A month after its release PRT ceased operations in July 1989 when the PYE / PRT catalogue was acquired in 1990 by Castle Communications. 

 

IT'S A FACT: It was originally intended for You'd Better Come Home to be one of the featured bonus tracks but was replaced last minute with the Clark composition Come On Home (see press release below).


I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix / Come On Home / PRT - Legacy LGY 100 (UK) 7" single


I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix (extended version) / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love (original version) / Come On Home / PRT - Legacy LGYT 100 (UK) 12" single

I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix (extended version) / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love (original version) / Come On Home / Call Me '89 Mix / PRT - Legacy LGYC 100 (UK) CD single


I Couldn't Live Without Your Love '89 Mix / Come On Home / PRT 246 834-7 (GERMANY) 7" single

The final releases on the PRT label were European and issued in 1989 - presumably the arrangements for these releases were made before PRT made the decision to cease operations in July 1989.


DOWNTOWN - 20 GREATEST HITS / PRT - GREENLINE PRLP 23 / 1989 (GERMANY)
Downtown '88 / With All My Heart / A Long Way To Go / Ya Ya Twist / Romeo / Majorca / Suddenly There's A Valley / My Favourite Things / Something's Missing / Sailor / Downtown / Casanova / Alone / Baby Lover / The Little Shoemaker / My Friend The Sea / Chariot / Made In Heaven / Watch Your Heart / Don't Sleep In The Subway
Also issued on cassette PRK 723 / 1989 (GERMANY)
Also issued on CD CDPR 23 / 1989 (GERMANY)


DOWNTOWN - THE HIT SINGLE COLLECTION / PRT 244 856-1 / 1989 (GERMANY)
Downtown / My Love / Chariot / Don't Sleep In The Subway / Kiss Me Goodbye / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / Ya Ya Twist / Sailor / Casanova / This Is My Song / Round Every Corner / A Sign Of The Times / The Other Man's Grass / I Know A Place / The Song Of My Life / Downtown '88
Also issued on cassette 244 856-4 / 1989 (GERMANY)
Also issued on CD 244 856-2 / 1989 (GERMANY)


DOWNTOWN - 20 GREATEST HITS / PRT - GREENLINE PRLP 23 / 1989 (ITALY)
Downtown '88 / With All My Heart / A Long Way To Go / Ya Ya Twist / Romeo / Majorca / Suddenly There's A Valley / My Favourite Things / Something's Missing / Sailor / Downtown / Casanova / Alone / Baby Lover / The Little Shoemaker / My Friend The Sea / Chariot / Made In Heaven / Watch Your Heart / Don't Sleep In The Subway
Also issued on cassette PRK 723 / 1989 (ITALY)

DOWNTOWN '88 - 21 ORIGINAL VERSIONS / PRT - CARRERE LP 76681 / 1989 (FRANCE)
Downtown '88 / Downtown / A Sign Of The Times / Colour My World / Ya Ya Twist / My Love / Don't Give Up / Time For Love / You're The One / Baby Lover / Who Am I / Don't Sleep In The Subway / The Other Man's Grass / I Couldn't Live Without Your Love / Kiss Me Goodbye / I Know A Place / Round Every Corner / This Is My Song / Sailor / Romeo / Suddenly There's A Valley
Also issued on cassette K7 76681 / 1989 (FRANCE)
Also issued on CD CA 802 (France)


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