Volume III (song)

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"Volume III"
Stars On 45 - Volume III.jpg
Original Dutch single sleeve
Single by Stars on 45
from the album Longplay Album - Volume II
Released September 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop, disco
Length 4:25/5:10
Label CNR Records (NL)
CBS Records (UK)
Producer(s) Jaap Eggermont
Stars on 45 singles chronology
"More Stars"
(1981)
"Volume III"
(1981)
"Stars on Stevie"
(1982)
"More Stars"
(1981)
"Volume III"
(1981)
"Stars on Stevie"
(1982)
Alternative cover
UK single sleeve.
UK single sleeve.

"Volume III" a.k.a. "Stars on 45 Volume 3" was a song issued in 1981 by the Dutch studio group Stars on 45, in the UK credited to 'Starsound'. It was the second single from the band's second full-length release Longplay Album - Volume II (UK title: Stars On 45 - The Album - Volume 2, US title: Stars on Longplay II).

The "Volume III" medley was the opening track on Longplay Album - Volume II and then had the title "Star Wars And Other Hits", in the UK it was named "Instrumental Medley" and in the US "Introductions"; the very same recording was consequently released under no less than five different titles throughout the world. The medley featured instrumental intros to hits from a wide variety of genres, from well known movie themes like "Star Wars" and "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", 60's and 70's hits by The Stylistics, Boney M., Eric Clapton, The Village People and The Pointer Sisters to the overture from The Who's musical Tommy and the main theme from Jeff Wayne's musical version of "The War of the Worlds".

The slightly edited 7" version omitted two of the medley's nineteen titles - The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and the overture from "Tommy" - while the 12" single, as opposed to previous 12" releases by Stars on 45, just featured the regular album version. The B-side of both editions was entitled "'Stars on' Theme" and was an alternate mix of an instrumental part of the album track "'45 Stars Get Ready".

"Volume III"/"Stars on 45 Volume 3" became Stars on 45/Starsound's third Top 20 single in the UK and Ireland, peaking at #17 and #11 respectively, and their third Top 10 single in the Netherlands.

Track listing 7" single[edit]

Side A[edit]

"Volume III" (7" Mix) - 4:25

Side B[edit]

"'Stars on' Theme" (7" Mix) (Eggermont, Duiser) - 4:00

Track listing 12" single[edit]

Side A[edit]

"Volume III" (12" Mix = album version) - 5:10

Side B[edit]

"'Stars on' Theme" (12" Mix) (Eggermont, Duiser) - 5:05

Chart peaks[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Position
The Netherlands 10
West Germany 17
UK 17
Ireland 11

Sources and external links[edit]