Mary Hopkin, 'Post Card'
Mary Hopkin, along with James Taylor and Badfinger, was part of the inaugural class of signees to the Beatles' Apple Records. Her voice is airy and soaring, but in hindsight, it's easy to see Post Card as Paul McCartney practicing his craft before employing himself as producer of his own solo albums. Countless artists have covered "Those Were The Days," but you can hear McCartney's Beatlesque flourishes all over the production of Hopkin's version, which no doubt helped catapult the single to Number Two on the Billboard Hot 200 when it was released. The many videos with Hopkin's cover of "Those Were The Days" have racked up over five million views on YouTube, which would be an impressive feat for a song released last year, let alone a single from 1968. Hopkin would later marry all-star producer Tony Visconti and lending backing vocals to some of the LPs her then-husband contributed on, including David Bowie's Low and Bert Jansch's Moonshine.
What We Said Then: "Post Card is as much Paul McCartney's as it is Mary Hopkin's, which is to say that it is one of those albums on which the producer is as big a star as the performer… An absolute must for Paul McCartney people. Mary Hopkin fans will also like it." By John Mendelsohn, May 17th, 1969