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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Post 647 - Captain Australia And His Mate Downunder - Skylab Fragment - You Got Soul

Captain Australia And His Mate Downunder ,  that’s a mouth full and that’s about all I know of this band. From what I can find out I’m pretty sure they were a Western Australian band from the references to Perth and W.A as well as being recorded at Sweetcorn, Perth. It was engineered by Keith Cramond and released on WEA Records in 1979.   Lynton, Galley penned “Skylab Fragment” b/w “You Got Soul” (100 106) and maybe they were members of the band?  One interesting thing I did find out that it was released in the U.S. on Big Tree Records in the same year. Skylab was the United States' first space station, orbiting Earth from 1973 to 1979, when it fell back to Earth and caused a huge worldwide media attention. FLAC 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Post 646 - Gino Cunico - Gino Cunico LP

Gino Cunico born in Sydney in 1949 and at the age of 20 goes to seek fortune in the USA. Along with the guitarist of  The Executives , Ray Burton  (also co-author of I Am Woman by Helen Reddy) in 1972 they release “Strive, Seek, Find” (post #303), folk & country-rock LP as Burton & Cunico, produced by Artie Ripp, co-founder of Kama Sutra. In 1974 Clive Davis forms Arista Records with artists such as Barry Manilow, Bay City Rollers, Eric Carmen, Melissa Manchester, Gino releases his self-titled album for the label “Gino Cunico” (AL 4117) produced by Vini Poncia. The LP from 1976 here for you to download contains a remake of “Daydreamer”, David Cassidy's hit from 1973 as well as some other great covers. Flac

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Post 645 - Ted Mulry - Falling In Love Again LP

Ted Mulry first came to the attention of the music industry when he sent a demo of some of his own compositions to Albert Productions in Sydney. The company persuaded him to become a recording artist and he soon rose to fame as a solo singer/songwriter with his own composition, the pop ballad "Julia", which made the Australian charts in 1970. He followed that with "Falling in Love Again", a song by The Easybeats song writing team Harry Vanda & George Young, which was a major hit in 1971.
Mulry was a prolific songwriter, and a number of bands and artists, including John Farnham and Alison MacCallum, recorded his songs. Most notably, rock band Sherbet had a hit with his song, "You're All Woman". He travelled to England in 1972 and recorded a single there under the name Steve Ryder (which can be found on Post # 528) but returned to Australia soon after. During his time as a solo artist he released two albums, “Falling in Love Again” (APLP-001) and “I Won't Look Back” IN 1973. After getting tired of being backed by different backing bands, in 1972 he switched from acoustic guitar to bass and formed his own band, Ted Mulry Gang, with guitarist Les Hall & drummer Herman Kovac. The band signed a recording deal with Albert Productions in 1974 and released their first album “Here We Are”. When that album didn't do as well as expected, the record company wanted Ted to go back to singing solo. Ronnie Clayton told them to stick to it and brought in second guitarist Gary Dixon to complete the foursome.  With his own band behind him he adopted a more hard rocking style. Sadly we lost Ted to brain cancer on September the 1st in Sydney, one day shy of his 54th birthday. Here to download is his first LP for Alberts from 1971.Flac

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Post 644 - Dragon - The 12" Extended Singles

Dragon was formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in January 1972 and relocated later to Sydney, Australia in May 1975. They were originally fronted by singer Marc Hunter his brother, bass player/vocalist Todd Hunter. They performed and released material under the name Hunter in Europe and the United States during 1987. Here to download are their 12” singles from 1984/88. This collection includes “Body And The Beat” (881 488-1) Polydor Records 1984, “Rain” (881 246-1) Polydor Records 1984, “Celebration” (TDS 425) RCA Records 1987 and “River” (TDS 462) RCA Records 1988. To complete this set you’ll need to download post #630 “Dreams Of Ordinary Men” flac

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Post 643 - Tony Pantano - Tonight - So Glad You Happened To Me

Tony Pantano, born Antonio Pantano was born on the 24th of January 1948 in Messina Sicily. The Pantano family migrated to Australia from Sicily when Tony was 8 and lived in Melbourne. His parents bought him a guitar at the age of 11, his love for music was probably came from his father who was already a musician and with his own band worked at weddings and social
events after moving to Melbourne. During his teenage years Tony joined the Dynamics as lead singer. Tony stayed with the band till they broke up two years later. He then joined the Coachmen a Latin American outfit that worked the club and restaurant scene around Melbourne.  In 1968 it left to join the Dolphins a small club and hotel band, he was still with the band in 1970 when he entered T.V’s Showcase talent quest show as a solo artist.  Winning the heats and state finals of Showcase, he finished with one of the minor placing in the 1970 national final. As a result he received many booking from club and hotel promoters, which forced him to leave the Dolphins. In 1971 he released his first single “Every time You Touch Me” and later that year Tony’s talent won him Bandstands Best Male Newcomer of the Year. The release of his second single (here for you to download) “Tonight” b/w “So Glad You Happened To Me” (EA-9706) IN November ’71 made the charts in most Aussie states. Tony has been compared to the likes of great talents such as Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Mario Lanza , Elvis Presley and Luciano Pavarotti, all rolled into one amazing Entertainer. Additionally, Tony has also headlined several International Cruise lines such as: Cunard, Princess, Holland America and Royal Caribbean. Tony has a credit of 15 albums and two hit singles. flac

Monday, 5 September 2016

Post 642 - Haley White With Mike Brady - Up There Cazaly '99

"Up There Cazaly" is 1979 song recorded and composed by Mike Brady. It is named after an Australian rules football catchphrase inspired by early 20th century St Kilda and South Melbourne great Roy Cazaly. It was used by teammate Fred "Skeeter" Fleiter and others when they wanted Cazaly to hit the ball clear of ruck contests. The song was intended as a promotion for Channel Seven's VFL coverage. The single, released on the independent Fable Records label, sold over 250,000 copies and became the largest-selling Australian single ever released up to that time. It has since become synonymous with Australian football, and has featured as the pre/post-match entertainment of many VFL/AFL Grand Finals. In 1999 Mike teamed up with Haley White to rerecord the hit once again, now I searched and searched but could not find anything else on Haley so I contacted Mike Brady and this is what he had to say...."Hayley White was just sixteen when she and I recorded a version of "Up There Cazaly" in '99. She had a manager and they worked hard on launching a career for her. I don't think it was particularly succesful but i,m sure she's still trying. I hope so. M." Here to download is that single released on Shock Records and produced by Doug & Mike Brady.Flac

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Post 641 - Drummond - Singing The Blues - I Have Changed

Not much about Drummond to say that I haven't already said on previous posts. This was Drummond's 4th single for Fable, "Singing The Blues" b/w ' I Have Changed" (FB-146). Produced by Ern Rose and Mike Brady at Bill Armstrong Studios in November 1972.  Mike Brady penned the B Side and I asked Mike about the single and his reply was..."Gawd that's old Garry. I definitely wrote 'I have changed' and I sang the A side too. So this one will go down well with Mike Brady fans I'm sure. Fable subsequently released two more singles under the Drummond pseudonym, but none of these like this one were successful.Flac

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Post 640 - John Graham - Monday Sunday Ramble - Western Train

There isn't a lot of info on John Graham. He played guitar and vocals with Blackspur and with The Healers 1971-2. He also performed solo on the ABC's  GTK a few times between 1971 and 1974. He was quite a prolific performer in the Melbourne folk scene of the 60s and 70s and performed with Margret Roadknight and other notable folk singers.  John & Blackspur performed at Sunbury  in 1974. Here to download is John's single "Monday Sunday Ramble" b/w "Western Train" (EMI-10272). According to my books this is the only single he recorded, it was penned by John and was released in July 1973. The single was produced by Ian Miller. Sadly John Graham died in 1977. I couldn't find anything on John except that he did the one single but thanks goes out to Matt, Terry, Alex, Pat, Peter and Ed and Marina who supplied me with more info - great joint effort people! Thanks also to Paul who sent me this to post on the Blog. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Post 639 - Little River Band - If I Get Lucky - Piece Of My Heart

“If I Get Lucky” b/w “Piece Of My Heart” (7-53767) single by Little River Band came from the bands 11th studio album. The single was produced by Dennis Lambert for MCA Records in 1990. This version is slightly shorter than the LP version and the B side was a non LP track. “If I Get Lucky” was penned by Mike Chapman with the B side by Stephen Housden, Dennis Lambert and Glenn Shorrock. The band credits on the single were Bass, Vocals – Wayne Nelson, Drums – Derek Pellicci, Guitar Stephen Housden, Guitar, Vocals – Graham Goble, Keyboards, Claude Gaudette, and Lead Vocals – Glenn Shorrock.  Thanks to Tim for finding this gem for the Blog. I must admit I’d never heard this single till now and I must say it’s a great song don’t know how I missed it. I also found a CD copy of the album on EBay and eagerly waiting for it to come from the Netherlands believe it or not. Flac

Post 638 - Denise Morrison - The Fable Singles

Denise Morrison was born in Tamworth Base Hospital and grew up in Kootingal. At the age of 10 her first stage appearance was at the Kootingal Town Hall with Johnny Ashcroft and at 13 - Started performing with the Geoff Brown Show band.  At 16 she won the female vocal section of the Capital Country Music Association’s Jamboree, which was the forerunner to the Golden Guitar Awards and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, narrowly beating a talented young singer from Melbourne, Karan Johns. After signing a contract with Fable Records and released her first single “No Charge” b/w “If You Have To Go” (FB-215)in 1974, the single was produced by Doug Trevor. Molly Meldrum wrote in TV Week that “No Charge” was the worst record he’d heard all year, but it made the Top 20  and she was pretty chuffed about that! In 1975 she performed at the Sydney Opera House in the 2KY 50th Anniversary Concert. 1976 she was singing at The Prime Minister’s Command Performance before Malcolm Fraser in Canberra. Recorded “It’s Been a Long Time” and “Here We Go Again” with Phonogram and was produced was John Williamson. Also here for you to download is her 2nd single from 1976 for Fable “Tar And Cement” b/w “Forgettin’ ‘Bout You” (FB-270) Also Produced BY Doug Trevor.Flac

Friday, 29 April 2016

Post 637 - The Razz - The Singles

Tony Buggy was born in Corowa NSW and was earning his keep as a musician by the age of 15. His first band was formed with his brother Michael Mallee. The boys played at pubs, clubs and parties and always had to get special permission from the local police as they were well under age. The same band featured Ross Davis who went on to form Bandicoot with Gary Young, the drummer from Daddy Cool. After completing his HSC, Tony went to the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga. Tony immediately started working in bands in Wagga and eventually started his own band Tode in 1974. In 1975 he moved to Sydney to teach and eventually become a full time musician. In the next few years Tony changed from guitar to keyboards and bought his first Moog synthesiser. He formed his first Sydney band Windchime with Vince Martin. His love of keyboards led him to form his first recording band - The Razz. The Razz was made up of Tony Romeril, Richard Graham and Con Westerberg who had all been with Autumn.  Romeril and Autumn went on to London where Tony left the band to pursue a solo career, recording in Italy under the name of Andy Foxx (who can be found on Post 488), and touring Europe with Paul McCartney and Wings.  Tony returned to Australia and played opposite Marcia Hines and Jon English as Saint Peter in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, before starting his own band (Baton Rouge) with Jeremy Paul (Air Supply) and Christine Amphlett. Tony left that band to become the lead singer of The Razz, leaving Chrissy and Jeremy to form The Divinyls. The Razz went on to become Australia’s busiest corporate bands with clients including The Royal Family and Elton John. They travelled the length and breadth of Australia performing everywhere from the re-opening of Hayman Island to the Launch of Flora Margarine in Perth. Here to download are the only two singles released by The Razz “It Don’t Mean A Thing” b/w “Chattanoonga Choo-Choo” (103883) from 1981 and “Orchestra Waltz” b/w “Days Of Black & White” (103940) from 1982. Both singles were released on Luxury Records. Both were produced by Rick Turk.Flac

Monday, 25 April 2016

Post 636 - Quincy Conserve - Epitaph LP

The Quincy Conserve was formed in Wellington New Zealand in late 1967 by Malcolm Hayman. Malcolm was an extremely talented musician who had already been on the music scene for twelve years by that stage. Hayman was only 15 years old when he arrived in Wellington in 1955 as a member of the Maori Hi Fives show band. The following year the singer-guitarist formed the Trademarks, long-time residents at the Mexicali, a popular nightspot owned by American expatriate Harry Booth. The Trademarks were very popular, and after four years of constant playing, queues formed to see them every time they played. Over the years, 30-odd musicians passed through the ranks of the Trademarks, before Malcolm disbanded the group in 1961. The Trademarks owed more than a little to the Maori show band tradition, where Hayman had learnt his licks, but the group gave Wellingtonians their first taste of rock'n'roll. One member of the Trademarks was Rodney "Dody" Potter, who was later a member of the Keil Isles and Dallas Four. Releasing on the HMV label, their first single "I'm So Proud"/"I've Been Loving You Baby" came out in June 1968. This was followed in 1969 with "Hallelujah" and "Lovin' Look". These records got very good revues, but that wasn't reflected in the sales. Unless you were from Wellington, no-one really knew anything about the group. This was rectified slightly when in December 1968; the group backed Allison Durbin on a national tour. This was the first time they had played outside their Downtown Club residency. Kevin Furey, who had previously played with Top Shelf, joined the group on both guitar and trumpet in 1970. Two months after Kevin joined, Raice McLeod left and he was replaced by Bruno Lawrence, who had been playing drums in Sydney with Electric Heap. The true story of Bruno's introduction to Quincy Conserve was explained to me by Raice McLeod himself. Raice had put a couple of feelers out to some friends in Australia to see if there was a gig available over there. While he really enjoyed playing with Malcolm and the guys, he was intrigued at the opportunity to travel. He had also mentioned this to some of the musos in Auckland, and it was a bass player from Auckland, John Coker, who called one night from Sydney. He had just accepted a gig with Ricky May to play a residency at a hotel in Surfers Paradise, and they needed a drummer.  Ricky, who Raice had never met, wanted a Kiwi if possible. Within a day or two, Bruno called and said that Ricky had offered him the job, but he wanted to get back to NZ, and did Raice think Bruno could have the Quincy Conserve gig if he took the Ricky job. It sounded like an "OK" arrangement to Raice, but when he laid this all out to Malcolm, he was not happy. He never wanted to hold Raice back from new opportunities, considering that Raice was fairly new to the music industry, but he felt that  Quincy Conserve was good the way it was, and he knew that Bruno, though brilliant, could be trouble. Raice always got on very well with Malcolm and didn’t want to do anything that might damage the group, so they agreed that Bruno would have to audition. If everybody, including Roy Young, who owned the Downtown Club and thus controlled the band's residency, was happy with the way Bruno played the audition, the deal could go down. Bruno had an immediate impact on the group. He wrote a song that was included on the group's first album, and the song became their biggest hit. The album released in 1970 was "Listen To The Band" and the single was "Ride The Rain". The single was also released in Australia. Bruno's "Ride The Rain" became a finalist in the 1970 Loxene Golden Disc Awards. The second single from the album was "Everybody Has Their Way". A second album "Epitaph" (SREG 30152) released on Regal Records was released in 1971. It contained a number of excellent songs and from it came three singles, "Aire Of Good Feeling", "Alright In The City” and "Going Back To The Garden". Thanks to Tony with the help on this postFlac 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Post 635 - Stormy Monday - All Of Us and Five Dollars A Night LP

Harry Slee began his career in music as a piano tuner then turned to running music stores in the southern suburbs of Sydney in the late Sixties. In the Seventies he was the singer for Sydney band Soul Generation, followed by a stint in Maple Lace (the band originally formed to capitalise on the success of the 1970 novelty single Gimme Dat Ding). Harry's best-known gig was fronting nationally-known covers blues band “Stormy Monday”. The band was formed in 1981 and between ’81 – ’90 had around 18 members go through their stables. The LP here for you to download “All Of Us and Five Dollars A Night” recorded on Accent Records in 1981 featured Sharon Sims, Bruce Fischer, Craig Robertson, John Crabbe, Gary McGuire, Peter Leonard, John Renton and Harry Slee. This LP has some great covers from CCS, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and a great 10 minute Joe Cocker Medley. Sharon evens covers one of her old hits with her band Flake with a version of “Wheels On Fire”. The album was recorded at Accent Studios Kogarah in September ’81 and was produced by Ross McGregor & Harry Slee. Besides this album the only other known recording by the band was a single in 1987 called “Sooner Or Later” on Beat E Records.  I asked Sharon Sims about the single but she didn’t know anything about it she said it must have been after she left the band. Sadly in 2003 we lost Harry who died of liver failure, due to years of alcohol abuse." Thanks also to Henry for touching up the art work. Flac

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Post 634 - Jon English - Parramatta theme Song (2011) - Parramatta Theme Song (1986)

Any Eels fan that has been to Parramatta Stadium will be familiar with the famous theme song, which goes something like this: "When the Eels are flying, they're electrifying. “Jon English recorded the ditty in 1986, the same year the stadium was opened and Parramatta won their most recent premiership. Now, in what could prove an omen for the blue and gold army, Jon English re-recorded the anthem in 2011 with help from former wing great Eric Grothe Snr, and their respective sons, Jon Jr. and Eric Jr. The song was played for the first time when the Eels meet their fierce rivals, Penrith.  Here to download is the 2011 version released: 02 December 2011 as well as the 1986 version. Flac 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Post 633 - Rock Assembly - Athlete - Athlete II

Some inspirational instrumental music designed to get our Olympians pumped for their events. This band were a number of interesting names in Australian music history including John Valllins who was involved with bands like "TinTin" in the 70's, Mario Millo of Sebastian Hardie and "Windchase" fame and Christo Curtis who later worked on the Sydney Olympic Soundtrack.Here to download is  Rock Assembly 1984 single for RCA Records "The Athlete" b/w "The Athlete II" (104276), produced by Christo Curtis and Mario Millo.Flac

Post 632 - Ray Brown - Steel Guitar - Covered Wagon

Ray Brown spent most of 1971 in the USA, returning in late 1971 to unveil the 11-piece One Ton Gypsy an excellent country-influenced rock band. One Ton Gypsy regrettably made no studio recordings, and lasted only until 1973, eventually folding due to the cost of keeping such a large outfit on the road. The only extant tracks by this remarkable all-star band are the two songs they performed at the closing of the Garrison venue in Melbourne in mid-1973, which were recorded by Mushroom and later released as the LP's Garrison: The Final Blow. Whether any other songs from One Ton Gypsy were recorded at this event, and if such recordings have survived, is unknown After this band broke up, Ray recorded a solo single "Steel Guitar" b/w "Covered Wagon" (K-5272) for the newly-launched Mushroom label in November 1973. Both sides of this single was penned by Danny O’Keefe and it was produced by Ray Evans and Ray Brown and engineered by John French at T.C.S. Melbourne in September 1973. Ray continued to perform solo, and also revived the Whispers (with new line-ups, including Wilbur Wilde) for concert appearances into the 80s. An interesting fact I have notice that the times of the songs on the lable were printed on the wrong side. Thanks again to Paul for sending me this single for the Blog. Flac

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Post 631 - The Southern Folk Three - Outback EP

Campbell Vincent, Charles Conlan and Laurie Arter began their career whilst studying at the Melbourne University. Campbell did all the arrangements for this EP as well as played a large range of instruments including guitar, piano and 5 string banjo to name a few. Charles did lead vocals while Laurie provided the vocal bass and guitar. The EP “Outback – with The Southern Folk Three” (WG-Q-1851) recorded for W&G Records in 1964 was engineered by Russ Thompson. This EP was known as a 6 track 33 compact LP played at 33 1/3. Thanks again to Paul for digging this gem from his collection.Flac

Friday, 15 April 2016

Post 630 - Hunter - Dreams Of Ordinary Men - Start It Up (Extended Versions)

Dragon’s 1986 album "Dreams Of Ordinary Men", recorded in New York under producer Todd Rundgren, was released in August and made it to 18 on the album charts. Three singles were released from it, "Dreams Of Ordinary Men", "Western Girls" and "Nothing To Lose". In 1987 they toured Europe as support to Tina Turner. So as to not sound like a heavy metal band, their name was changed to “Hunter” for the tour. The "Dreams Of Ordinary Men" CD was released in Europe and the US under the name Hunter, with a different cover. "Rain" was added to the track list, and all of the songs, except "Midnight Sun" and "Start It Up" were remixed in the US. They all sound different to the originals. Here to download is the extended version 12” single of “Dreams Of Ordinary Men” b/w “Start It Up” (885 655-1) on Polydor Records. Out of all their 12” extended singles this by far was the hardest one to track down. The only one believe it or not I could find was in Finland. Lucky for me I have a very good friend that lives in Finland and also loves Aussie music so she got hold of it and sent it out to me, Thank you Marina for your help. Flac

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Post 629 - The Nocturnes - Riptide - Prairie

The Nocturnes were a Sydney instrumental band which later became The Whispers when fronted by Ray Brown in 1964. The had the residency at Sydney’s Beach House and Surf City gigs once Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs started touring interstate. Sounding very much like The Shadows and Atlantics they played around the Kogarah Bay area and released two singles under this name before changing it after teaming up with Ray Brown. Here to download is their first single “Riptide” b/w “Prairie” (LK-482) released on Leedon Records in 1963. Thanks to Paul for sending me this gem and a heap of other singles to post on the Blog. Flac 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Post 628 - The Little Willy Band - Where There's A Will There's A Way - Let's Help Little Willy Win

Little Willy was a Koala and the official mascot for the Australian team. Adman Peter Best wrote it and proceeds from the sale of the disc went towards sending athletes to the L.A. Best went on to work on film soundtracks like Muriel's Wedding, Crocodile Dundee and Bliss. “Where there’s A Will There’s A Way” b/w “Let’s Help Little Willy To Win” (FB 1003) released in 1983 on Fable Records. Best penned both sides of the single. Flac

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Post 627 - Red McKelvie - She's So Fine - Papa Joe

Red McKelvie is a New Zealand singer-songwriter-instrumentalist and session musician who has been described as "Australasia's greatest pop guitarist" He has appeared on albums by Richard Clapton and The Flying Circus in Australia and Hello Sailor, Dave Dobbyn's DD Smash, Al Hunter and Glen Moffatt in New Zealand. McKelvie's early forays in the music scene were as lead guitarist for such Auckland, New Zealand, bands as The Chelsea Beats, The Dark Ages and The Avengers, but it was upon his arrival in Sydney, Australia, in 1967 that he became a much in-demand sideman and session player. Sydney bands in which McKelvie featured included The Starving Wild Dogs, alongside future Blackfeather pianist Paul Wyld, and Quill before he joined The Flying Circus and greatly influenced their flirtation with country music. Despite the first single from The Flying Circus's “Prepared in Peace” LP being McKelvie's "Israel", McKelvie was sacked from the band for "confusing the band's direction". McKelvie released singles as a solo artist and as leader of The Third Union Band and was lead guitarist on the first two Richard Clapton albums, including playing all the multilayered electric guitar on the Australian number two hit "Girls on the Avenue". He returned to New Zealand in 1975 where he became a highly sought after session musician, performed on Television New Zealand's primetime That's Country show and produced recordings for the country's queen of country music Patsy Riggir. Bands McKelvie played with in Auckland, New Zealand, in the 1970s to the 1990s included Cruise Lane, with New Zealand's jingles king Murray Grindlay and Dragon songwriter Paul Hewson, the Al Hunter Band, the Glen Moffatt Band and his own Cajun combo Mumbo Gumbo.  Red recorded two singles for Infinity Records, his first in 1971 here for you to download “She’s So Fine” b/w “Papa Joe” (INK-4401). The single was produced by Richard Batchens. McKelvie returned to his home town of Christchurch in 1997, and in 2007 finally released his debut solo album, “Ridin' On Trains – Songs of New Zealand and Australia”.Flac

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Post 626 - Maureen Elkner - Going Back LP

Maureen Elkner started her professional career in the late 1960s with female vocal trio The Chiffons, with Sue Brady and Judy Condon. They sang back-up for John Farnham, and toured Vietnam around 1969 with The Gallery, entertaining the Australian troops stationed there. Also in 1969, Maureen contributed to a landmark Australian single that is probably the other recording she is best-known for, alongside former Wild Cherries vocalist Danny Robinson, Maureen provided backing vocals for the Russell Morris classic "The Real Thing", and her voice can be heard prominently throughout the song, especially the wailing high notes in the closing bars of the song, just before the final explosion. In the early Seventies Maureen branched out into acting and musical theater. She appeared in Australian production of the then-notorious musical Oh! Calcutta, which was closed by police halfway through the second performance and banned. One of her first TV credits was a small role in the famous soapie “Number 96”. In 1972 and she was a cast member of the original Australian production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and in 1974 she played the featured role of "Columbia" in the original Sydney production of “The Rocky Horror Show” with Reg Livermore. She appears on the original Australian cast soundtrack LP's of both these shows. In 1975 she signed to M7 Records (which was also Bob Hudson's label) and she recorded five singles for them including "Rak Off Normie” which was the 'answer song' to "The Newcastle Song", written and performed by folk singer and broadcaster Bob Hudson. She also wrote many of the tracks that appeared on her two sought after albums, sang backup for some famous Australian performers and brought Dusty Springfield's songs back to life for the many fans who still longed to hear them. This download is the Dusty Springfield tribute album “Going Back” (SSP-OO1) the album was produced by Russell Grigg. I’m not sure what year it was released. Fortunately, unlike like many performers who have been typecast after having a huge novelty hit, she was able to break the mold by displaying prowess as an actress in major stage productions as well as prominent TV soaps. Flac

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Post 625 - John Williamson - Road To Town LP

Back on Post # 601 I featured John’s LP from 1976 “Comic Strip Cowboy” that has never made it to CD and this post from 1978 is another of his LP’s that hasn’t yet seen the light of CD. “Road To Town” (6357 057) released in 1978 for Mercury Records was John’s 3rd LP.  He was backed on this album by Tommy Emmanuel, Wayne Findlay, Doug Gallagher, Dave Ellis, Kenny Kitching, Ian Bloxsom and Doug Ashdown on backing vocal. Thanks to Tim for digging this one out. Flac

Post 624 - The Le Garde Twins - Matilda The Boxing Kangaroo - Coo-EE Call

This popular duo, also on occasions referred to as Australia, comprises identical twins Tom (the eldest by 30 minutes) and Ted Legarde (b. 15 March 1931, Mackay, Queensland, Australia), the youngest members of a family of nine. They were raised on the family farm, both becoming expert horsemen. At the age of 15, clutching an old guitar and influenced by cowboy films and the recordings of Wilf Carter, they left home. They worked on Queensland’s largest cattle ranch, took part in cattle drives and rode in rodeos, and they began singing at a Victoria rodeo, when they failed to win any prize money but needed to eat. They joined Buddy Williams’ touring rodeo and circus and, at the age of 17, became Australia’s youngest professional rodeo riders. They soon found singing to be less painful than rodeo work and concentrated on it. In 1950, they made their first recordings for Rodeo, but between 1952 and 1957, they had several single releases on Regal Zonophone Records. In 1954, they toured Australia with their boyhood idol Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), but in 1957, they decided to seek success in America. They first played shows in Canada but later hosted their own television series in Los Angeles. Between 1958 and 1963, they relocated to Nashville, where they recorded singles for Dot Records and Liberty Records and made appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, debuting with their own song, ‘Cooee Call’. They returned to Australia, where they briefly ran a country show from a Paddington, Sydney theater, recorded albums for Columbia Records and compered two local country shows. In 1965, they returned to the USA where, under ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker’s management, they worked in Las Vegas and even appeared in television’s Star Trek. They recorded for numerous labels and in 1978, as the Le Gardes, they achieved a minor hit with ‘True Love’ (a cover of the 1956 Bing Crosby /Grace Kelly pop hit) on Raindrop. A further minor hit came in 1978, with ‘I Can Almost Touch The Feeling’ on 4 Star. In 1980, as the LeGarde Twins, they achieved a minor hit, ‘Daddy’s Making Records In Nashville’, for Invitation 101. In 1987, they were awarded Hall Of Fame status at Australia’s prestigious Tamworth Country Festival and during the 80s, they launched their own Boomerang label and made several appearances in the UK, including at the Wembley Festival. Their last US country chart entry reached number 92, ‘Crocodile Man From Walk-About-Creek’, in 1988. During the 90s, they have operated their own theater near Nashville’s Music Row. Here from 1979 as far as I can see is their only single for Fable Records “Matilda The Boxing Kangaroo” b/w “Coo-EE Call” (FB-323). Flac

Friday, 25 March 2016

Post 623 - Various - Telethon 1972 LP

A telethon is a televised fundraising event that lasts many hours or even days, the purpose of which is to raise money for a charitable, political or other purportedly worthy cause.  Most telethons feature heavy solicitations for pledges (promises to donate funds at a later time) combined with variety show style entertainment. In 1972 the University of W.A. and the Royal Perth Hospital held a yearly Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation, which were dedicated to find a solution of this childhood disease. E.M.I released a LP record to assist with this worthwhile cause featuring well know Aussie acts of the time. This LP included such greats as Ted Mulry, Johnny Farnham, Russell Morris, Mia Eli, Tony Pantano, Jim Smillie, Rolf Harris and Allison Durbin with a very country sounding song “I Have A Son” penned by Rick Springfield. Unlike the Telethon LP the year before this one included three overseas acts John Kongos, Roger Whittaker and Benny Hill with his hit at the time “Ernie (the fastest milkman in the west). “Telethon 1972” (SL 104) was released on H.M.V Records and Shell petroleum and the acts were selected for you by the Shell dealers. flac

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Post 622 - Helen Reddy - One Way Ticket - Go

Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy was born on 25th October 1941, is an Australian singer, actress, and activist. In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman". Helen  was born into a well-known Australian show business family in Melbourne, where she attended Tintern Grammar. Her mother, Stella Campbell, was an actress, and her father, Maxwell David "Max" Reddy, was a writer, producer, and actor. Her half-sister, Toni Lamond, and her nephew, Tony Sheldon, are also actor-singers.  She sang on radio and television, eventually winning a talent contest on the Australian pop music TV show Bandstand, the prize ostensibly being a trip to New York City to cut a single for Mercury Records. After arriving in New York in 1966, she was informed by Mercury that her prize was only the chance to audition for the label, and that Mercury considered the Bandstand footage to constitute her audition, which was deemed unsuccessful. Despite possessing only $200 and a return ticket to Australia, she elected to remain in the United States with 3-year-old Traci and pursue a singing career. Reddy recalled her 1966 appearance at the Three Rivers Inn in Syracuse, New York – "there were like twelve people in the audience"– as typical of her early U.S. performing career. Her lack of a work permit made it difficult to obtain any singing jobs in the U.S., and she was forced to make several trips to Canada which did not require work permits for citizens of Commonwealth countries like Australia. In the spring of 1968, Martin St. James – a hypnotist/entertainer and fellow Australian she had met in New York City – threw Reddy a party with an admission price of $5 to enable Reddy – then down to her last $12 – to pay her rent. It was on this occasion that Reddy met her future manager and husband Jeff Wald, a 22-year-old secretary at the William Morris Agency who crashed the party: Reddy told People in 1975, "[Wald] didn't pay the five dollars, but it was love at first sight." Within a year, Wald relocated Reddy and Traci to Los Angeles, where he was hired at Capitol Records, the label under which Reddy was to attain stardom; however, Wald was hired and fired the same day. Reddy became frustrated as Wald found success managing such acts as Deep Purple and Tiny Tim without making any evident effort to promote her; after 18 months of career inactivity, Reddy gave Wald an ultimatum: "he [must] either revitalize her career or get out... Jeff threw himself into his new career as Mr Helen Reddy. Five months of phone calls to Capitol Records executive Artie Mogull finally paid off: Mogull agreed to let Helen cut one single if Jeff promised not to call for a month. She did 'I Believe in Music' penned by Mac Davis b/w 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' from Rice and Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. The A-side fell flat but then some Canadian DJ's flipped the record over and ... It became a hit – No. 13 in June 1971 – and Helen Reddy was on her way. Reddy's stardom was solidified when her single "I Am Woman" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1972. The song was co-written by Reddy with Ray Burton; Reddy has attributed the impetus for writing "I Am Woman" and her early awareness of the women's movement to expatriate Australian rock critic and pioneer feminist Lillian Roxon. But with this post we go back to 1968 with her first single  “One Way Ticket” b/w “Go” (BF-384) recorded on Philips Records. Both sides have never appeared on an album as far as I know. Flac

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Post 621 - McKay And Stuart - Right For Me - Dibble Dabble

In 1973, Ian Stuart & Ken McKay charted in Brisbane & Perth with "Hey Billy", a thought-provoking, social comment song based on a photo seen in “Time” by Ken. Reviews which compare Stuart & McKay to the U.S band "America” was a fair comparison I think. They released two albums “Playing Up” and “Never Is Forever” plus five singles. Here from 1972 for you to download is their first single for Troubadour Records “Right For Me” b/w “Dibble Dabble” (TSP-722) both songs were penned by Ken McKay. There’s very little info on this duo like so many other great Aussie acts.  Sadly both Ian and Ken are no longer with us. Flac

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Post 620 - Oz Art - Our Children's World - Our Children's World (Instrumental)

Recorded between the 3rd and the 13th of August 1989 for the “Oz Art For Ozone Fund” this single featured the who’s who of Aussie rock with the likes of Jim Keays, Doug Ford, Juno Roxas, Grace Knight, John Swan, Wendy Stapleton, Penny Dyer, Lisa Edwards, Lindsay Field, Andy McLean, David Janz, Brian Canham, Lisa Schouw and Matthew De La Hunty. “Our Children’s World” b/w “Our Children’s World (Instrumental)” (VOZ-056) written by Jim Keays and Doug Ford and released on Virgin Records and recorded At Metropolis Studios Melbourne. FLAC 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Post 619 - Claire Atkin - Australia My Homeland - Country Wind

This single arrived in time to help promote the Channel 10 telethon that helped raise money for the Aussie team. Barry Morrison wrote the very patriotic number with strings by David Atkin who presumably was related to the singer in some way. It was recorded at the Audio Workshop Brisbane in 1983. “Australia My Homeland” b/w “Country Wind’ (SR-001) released on Scorpion Records was produced by Barry Morrison and Engineered by John Rix. FLAC

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Post 618 - Various - Lullaby And Goodnight

Released for Flip Records in 1996, this various artists album featured lullaby's from such Aussie acts like Paul Kelly, Renee Gayer, Joe Camilleri, Ross Hannaford, Martin Plaza, Don walker just to name a few. There are twenty tracks in all on "Lullaby And Goodnight" (LILLCD001). The album was mixed by Barry Stockley at The Lazy Lodge Studio and mastered by David Briggs at the Production Workshop. mp3   

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Post 617 - Heather Favell - Holiday - Anticipation

Heather Favell is a fully accomplished artist who succeeded as an Art school graduate. Heather Favell started a music career in the 1980’s, as a pop singer in Australia. Soon after she was discovered by Vogue for her passionate talent in photography, she returned back to England where she has since specialised in fashion and lifestyle photography. She shot the first backstage catalogue for Simone Pérèle’s autumn-winter 2014 collection. I’m not sure if this is the only single released by Heather or not, she can be found on post # 455 with a duet with Darryl Cotton on the single “Baby You’re Changing”.  This single “Holiday” b/w “Anticipation” (GET-1) released in 1981 on Full Moon Records was produced by Mike Brady and Andy Wiltshire. Heather penned both sides of the single. mp3

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Post 616 - Icehouse - Full Circle

“Full Circle” (7310682/1) is a 2CD collection of remixed tracks by  Icehouse released in December 1994 on Massive Records. It also features a variety of musicians including the Bangarra Dance Company, Elcho Island and guitar virtuoso, Buckethead who would later join Guns N' Roses. Disc 1 is subtitled The Revolution Mixes and disc 2 is The Time & Motion Mixes; tracks "Shakin' the Cage", "MLK" and "Dedicated to Glam" as well as the 16 minute version of "The Great Southern Land Mix," "Desdemona" is a cover version of the John's Children single, composed by Marc Bolan. Personnel on this album are Cameron Allan – producer, mixing, Christina Amphlett – vocals, Jenny Andrews – vocals, Marc Bolan – interviewer, dialogue. Buckethead – guitar, Charles Clouser – producer, mixing, Iva Davies – producer, engineer, performer, mixing, 808 State – remixing, Alan Fisch – engineer, Oz Fritz – engineer, Mark Gamble – producer, mixing, Ray Hearn – project supervisor, Jon Ingoldsby – guitar, Bill Laswell – bass, guitar (bass), producer, mixing, basic track, Simon Leadley – engineer, editing, mastering, mixing, Banula Marika – vocals, clapping sticks, Don Murray – didgeridoo, Steven Page – coordination, Bernie Worrell – keyboards and Yassa – rap. mp3

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Post 615 - Kamahl - My Home - Australia

Another one for Australia Day 2016, this double A single released by Kamahl "My Home" b/w "Australia" (K-464). Recorded in 1988 for Festival Records and produced by Mike Harvey and George Bruno. "My Home" was written by Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch and "Australia" penned by Kamahl, Earl Robinson, Lewis Allen and George Bruno. In 2015 Kamahl sang "My Home" at the Newcastle citizenship ceremony & Australian Day awards at the Newcastle City Hall. mp3

Post 614 - Sherbet - Waltzing Matilda/ Free The People - Live On GTK

To celebrate Australia Day I thought I'd post this rare gem I stumbled across on the net. Sherbet doing "Waltzing Matilda" while promoting their new single at the time "Free The People" live in the ABC studios on the GTK set. Can't find a year but I'd say it would have to be 1971 as that was when the single came out. mp3

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Post 613 - Greg Quill And Southern Cross - Been So Long - I Wonder Why

Alongside Margret RoadKnight and Rob MacKenzie, Greg Quill was one of the first Australian rock musicians to be awarded an Arts Council grant, which enabled him to travel overseas. He moved part-time to Canada in mid-1975, and put together a new band, Southern Cross, in 1977; it included the long-serving Tony Bolton and noted Aussie musos Chris Stockley, Sam See and Bruce Worrall, both Stockley and See joined in Canada, as their respective groups had both moved to North America in the preceding years. Southern Cross recorded a single, "Been So Long" b/w "I Wonder Why" (100075), for Warner's Elektra label, which featured Greg, Sam See, Chris Stockley and Tony Bolton, plus  Steve Hogg (bass), Ian Thomas (harmonies) and Hugh Syme (keyboards). It was released in Oct. 1978 but the group split at the end of 1978 during a tour of Australia. Sadly, the split was also effectively the end of the performing careers of both Quill and Bolton. Tony gave up playing after Southern Cross and eventually went into business; Greg too gave up playing professionally for over two decades, and settled permanently in Canada, eventually becoming a prominent journalist and music writer. His exit from music was, as he recounts, a disheartening experience at the time. Happily, that was not the end of the story for Greg Quill's music. He returned to Australia to visit his family in September 1999, and although he had long set aside thoughts of his earlier life in music, he experienced what he describes as an 'epiphany' on returning. He came home to find that his old hit "Gypsy Queen" had been just been re-recorded by country singer Adam Harvey. Heading to Melbourne, he had a emotional four-day reunion with former bandmates like Kerryn Tolhurst and Chris Stockley, and attended a concert by up-and-coming young country-rock artist, Cyndi Boste, whose recent album Kerryn had produced. That night she performed Greg's second hit "Wintersong". Over the next couple of years, Greg and Kerryn maintained contact and quietly began working on songs together. The result was the clutch of new tunes which eventually appeared in early 2003 on the superb Quill-Tolhurst album "So Rudely Interrupted". Sadly on May 5th 2013 we lost Greg from complications from pneumonia after suffering health issues for a number of years. He was only 66. mp3

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Post 612 - I Could Make You Love Me (Metal Dance Mix) - Meela Polarmay (Extended Mix)

Led by singer/songwriter Paul Gray and guitarist Steve Williams, bassist Mark Gray and drummer 'The Sween', the band signed with CBS Records in 1985. Wa Wa Nee had four singles in the Australian top 40 from their debut album release of the same name. These included "Stimulation" which reached number 2 nationally in Australia in 1986, "I Could Make You Love Me" reaching number 5 in the same year, and both "One And One (Ain't I Good Enough)" and "Sugar Free" making the Top 20. "Sugar Free" also reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40, peaking at number 35. This, however would be their only success in America; "Stimulation" was released as the follow-up single, but only reached #86, culminating their chart career there.The band's self-titled debut album went platinum in Australia, despite only reaching #29 on the charts.Their follow-up LP Blush was released in early 1989, and spawned three more Top 100 hits in Australia, "Can't Control Myself", "So Good" and "I Want You". The album however, received a lukewarm response, and the band has not charted in Australia since.Paul Gray of Wa Wa Nee appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia between late August and early September 2007 as a performer and musical director. He sang two songs: "Stimulation" and "Sugar Free". He has also appeared with 80s Enuff and Idols of the 80s.Gray performed Wa Wa Nee hits on 28 March 2010, at a fundraiser for the children of Jenin, a devastated area of the West Bank, Palestine. All funds went directly to the building of a pre-school in the area.Wa Wa Nee's "Stimulation" featured in the first episode of Channel 9's Underbelly: The Golden Mile (on Monday 12 April 2010). Gray performed at local music venues in Melbourne in 2010, with fellow 1980s hitmakers, Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) and Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men). It was also featured in the 1988 film Satisfaction."Sugar Free" appeared on the soundtrack to the film Cassandra (1986).Paul Gray supported Belinda Carlisle on some of her dates of her 2011 Australian Tour. Wa Wa Nee also supported Rick Astley during his 2012 and 2014 tour of Australia. Here to download in the extended mix 12" single "I Could Make You Love Me" (Metal Dance Mix) b/w "Meela Polarmay" (Extended Mix) (BA-122 12), Recorded in 1986 for CBS Records. Thanks to Tim for finding this record for the Blog.mp3

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Post 611 - Lovers Dream - Party Line - Live Your Real Life Now

Lovers Dream were a short lived Melbourne band that released one single for Fable Records in November 1971 "Party Line" b/w "Live Your Real Life Now" (FB-086). Both sides were penned by Brian Cadd and Don Mudie and the single was produced by Cadd. If you listen to the A side you can hear Brian singing backing vocals. Lovers Dream were Evelyn Davenport  - Vocals, Roy Davenport - Lead Guitar, Peter Boyle - Bass, Buddy Hooper - Drums. Not much more info out there on this band but like I always say maybe someone will tell us more someday soon. mp3 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Post 610 - Kerri Biddell and Mick Leyton - Sons And Daughters Theme - Sons And Daughters Theme (Extended)

The theme music to Sons and Daughters was written by Peter Pinne and Don Battye and sung by Kerri Biddell and Mick Leyton. There are two main versions of the music: one in three-four time and one in four-four time: the first version was used as the main closing theme for the majority of episodes shown in 1982 and 1983, while the second version was used predominantly for all the remaining episodes from 1984 to 1987. In addition, there was the opening theme, which consisted of the song's chorus followed by an instrumental, most of which was never heard to any great extent. The two full versions of the closing theme were released on the two sides of a 7" single in the UK in April 1984. Entitled "Sons and Daughters Theme" b/w "Sons And Daughters (extended)" (A1286) and credited to 'Kerri and Mick', the single reached  Number 68 in the Top 75, and stayed in the charts for three weeks. It was released on  A1 records. mp3

Post 609 - Karen Boddington and Mark Williams - Home And Away - Living In Summer Bay

"Home and Away" b/w "Living In Summer Bay" (SCORE 19) is the theme song to the Australian soap opera, Home and Away. It was composed by Mike Perjanik and originally performed by Karen Boddington and Mark Williams. Their version was released as a single in 1989 and peaked at number 73 on the UK Singles Chart. There were seven different recorded versions of the theme song used over the years, including two recorded by Australian sibling trio The Robertson Brothers. The Home and Away theme song is no longer used in the opening titles and has been replaced by a 5-second instrumental version since 2010. However, it is still used in the closing credits for international broadcasts. The single was recorded in Alberts Studios Sydney. mp3

Monday, 28 December 2015

608 - Stevie Wright - Sings The Easybeats

Wright was born in Leeds, England in 1947 and his family migrated to Melbourne, Australia when he was nine. They moved to Sydney in 1960 and lived in Villawood near the Villawood Migrant Hostel. He was lead vocalist for local band, The Outlaws and by 1964 had formed Chris Langdon & the Langdells, which initially played The Shadows-styled surf music but converted to beat music under the influence of The Beatles. After a Langdells performance, Wright met the Dutch-born, Johannes Hendrikus Jacob van den Berg (later Harry Vanda) who was staying at Villawood Migrant Hostel and his compatriot Dingeman van der Sluys (later Dick Diamonde). The pair convinced Wright to form a band with Vandenberg's friend and fellow hostel resident Scottish-born George Young. Together with another Englishman, Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, they formed The Easybeats in mid-1964. Initial line-up of The Easybeats was Diamonde on bass guitar, Fleet on drums, Vanda on guitar, Wright on vocals and Young on guitar.During his time with The Easybeats, Wright was popularly and affectionately known as "Little Stevie"After the break-up of The Easybeats in 1969, Wright returned to Sydney from UK, he formed a backing group, Rachette. He produced the debut single for local band Bootleg, "Whole World Should Slow Down", in 1970. By late 1971, he was in Perth and joined Likefun with Ray Hoff on vocals, Morri Pierson on vocals, Shirley Reid on vocals, John Tucak on bass guitar and Alan Wilks on organ. He soon returned to Sydney and from mid-1972 took the role of Simon Zealotes in the Australian stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Also in 1972, he joined Black Tank with Rory O'Donoghue on guitar and vocals, Ken Firth on bass guitar and Greg Henson on drums.Wright signed with Albert Productions label in late 1973 which reunited him with former band mates Vanda & Young who had returned from UK and were now staff producers and songwriters. Wright formed Stevie Wright & the Allstars for live performances, the line-up included, Johnny Dick on drums, Tim Gaze on lead guitar, and Warren Morgan on piano. In April 1974 he released his debut solo LP, Hard Road, which featured the single "Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)" released in May. The song was written and produced by Vanda & Young, it became a hit—the only 11-minute song to chart at No. 1 anywhere in the world and is now regarded as an Australian rock classic. By mid-1975, the Allstars had transferred to John Paul Young and Wright formed the Stevie Wright Band. By 1976 Wright was addicted to heroin, which he had reportedly begun using during his time in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. He was hospitalised and undertook methadone treatment. His mental health was further exacerbated after his self-admission to the notorious Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. Director Dr Harry Bailey administered a highly controversial treatment known as Deep Sleep Therapy which was alleged to treat drug addiction by a combination of drug-induced coma and ECT. Many patients, including Wright, suffered brain damage and lifelong after-effects. The scandal was later exposed and Dr Bailey committed suicide. In 1982, Wright joined Vanda & Young in their studio band, Flash and the Pan to provide vocals on their album, Headlines and the related singles, "Where were You?" in July, and "Waiting for a Train". Wright retired and lived on the South Coast of New South Wales. Sadly last night the 27th December 2015 we lost Stevie at Moruya Hospital on the New South Wales South coast. Here to download is Stevie's album from 1991 "Sings The Easybeats" (AVM-004). The cover gives no producer or band members unfortunately.  R.I.P Stevie. mp3