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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Post 675 - Maple Lace - Can't Stay Away From You - It's A Beautiful Day

Maple Lace was a Sydney band who formed in 1968 and disbanded in 1971. They released 2 singles, the first a cover of the Pipkins "Gimme Dat Ding"  which you will find on Post # 3.  This was their 2nd single “Can’t Stay Away From You” b/w “It’s A Beautiful Day” (CHK-4111) released on Chart Records in 1971 and produced by Barrie McAskill. You'll find more info on the band at Post  #3.Flac

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Post 674 - Naturally Free - Original Soundtrack

In 1974 Ken Anderson booked the Sydney Opera House for the Australian premier of “Naturally Free “. It was a sell-out and received great publicity but he wasn't happy and re-edited the movie. In 1975, the rehash was re-released by MGM/BEF but there was a massive oversight. This G rated movie had its resurgence at Sydney's Kings Cross. Not a 'General Rated' environment for those in the 'know'. It faltered. It stumbled. It almost fell on its face until a South Australian theater in Goodwood took up its release. The movie took off with people lined up around the block. After that, everyone wanted it. Even a drive-in in Queensland had its screen blown down by a cyclone; after a lot of hard work to repair the screen, the drive-in managed to open for three days and broke all records. It was also popular in New Zealand and the USA. “Naturally Free” (NLF-001) Soundtrack was released on APLA Records in 1975; it featured music from “Avenue”, “Justice” and “The Squeeze”. John Laws narrated the film which featured the top motorcyclists from around the world. Thanks again to Rex for this LP for me to fix up. Flac

Monday, 23 January 2017

Post 673 - The Zimmermen - Way Too Casual

A pun on Bob Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmermen, John Dower’s rock outfit The Zimmermen are best remembered for their standout hit "Don't Go to Sydney." After working with several bands during the late '70s and early '80s, John Dowler formed The Zimmermen in June 1983. They found immediate success on the Melbourne pub-circuit where they supported such acts as the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys. By the end of 1984, band members Steve Connolly and Michael Barclay had left to join the Paul Kelly Band which became the Coloured Girls the following year. Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Graeme Perry replaced them for the group's debut single, "Don't Go to Sydney," released in January 1985. It became one of the most successful Australian independent singles of 1986 and, after Neil Osborn joined the band as permanent drummer, the band released their debut album, "Rivers of Corn", which contained a second single: "Ordinary Man." The recording of their follow-up stalled in 1987 when Peter "Pedro" Bull was replaced by Alan Brooker and Neil Osborn by former drummer Graeme Perry. Unsatisfied with the recording by the former line-up, John Dowler took the band back into the studio in November 1988. The single "What Really Hurts" was released in February 1989, followed by the album "Way Too Casual" (D 30047). The album was produced ny Lobby Loyde and recorded by Chris Thompson 7 Loyde. A final national tour followed before The Zimmermen disbanded in 1990. John Dowler went on to release a solo album in 1993 titled "Low Society".Flac

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Post 672 - Original Australian Cast - Man-Child

“It’s about the randomness of life … of how you’re here one minute and gone the next, and how you’d better get relationships established because there’s not much else that you can rely on,” recalls composer Chris Neal. “It was hippy, it was flower power, it was joy, joy, joy.”  Neal first hit upon the idea for “Man-child” while he was working in Vietnam in 1968. He had a lot of free time on his hands because he was there as a kind of coach- writer for incoming acts that were working for this American agency ... he’d been brought up on musicals by his parents who were all into Gilbert and Sullivan and Rodgers and Hammerstein and he’d always thought it would be a good idea to write a rock musical. Upon returning to Sydney, Neal became aware of “Hair” and its trailblazing run at the Metro Theatre. His brother Jim put up some money for the production and Chris went about putting together a team to make it happen. A key member was director Michael O’Reilly. “Michael could see straight away that he could bring a lot to the show and everybody was very impressed by his credentials. “He’d choreographed and directed quite a few shows in and around Sydney at the Old Tote and Ensemble and so on. The production struggled to find a suitable venue that was available in Sydney, which drove them to a unique but expensive solution. They ended up getting a plastic bubble tent built by an organisation in Adelaide who had just developed this technology. It was a 600 seat theatre which was called the Bubble Theatre. The $40,000 tent was erected at the Sydney Showground and final rehearsals began. However, they soon realised that while the bubble made an amazing space for theatre productions, it didn’t have the best acoustics for a rock concert. The preview week in early August 1971 saw a positive response from the critics. Then, just as it seemed “Man-child” would be off to a flying start, a freak accident held them back: a massive storm tore a hole in the bubble. With the Bubble Theatre gone, the production was forced on to the road. Their first stop was Brisbane, where “Man-child” proved a great success. In their first week at the SGIO theatre they broke the box office attendance record. Things only got better when they moved to Perth. More sold-out shows followed in Adelaide and there was momentum for “Man-child” to move on to Melbourne, where they planned to record an album and start a season at the Metro Theatre. Things didn’t go to plan, though. The company was informed by their promoter that the theatre wouldn’t need their services: they’d got Grease instead. So they just had to pack their bags and go back to Sydney and that was the end of that.  For all the success it had enjoyed on the road, awareness for “Man-child” fell away quickly. The soundtrack sold around 5000 copies and cracked the lower end of the top 40 charts but stalled without the show on the road to promote it. As far as Neal can recall there has never been another production.  Chris Neal once said…”I wouldn’t allow it to be put on now,  Its relevance is completely gone ... it thrived on joy, joie de vivre, the smile ... if it was going to be redone again I’d probably write about another three drafts and give it a bit of sophistication.” The LP was produced by Spencer Lee with arrangement by Ken Tait & Chris Neal with all lyrics & music by Chris Neal. “Man-Child” (ML OO2) was recorded at TCS Studios Melbourne for M7 Records in 1972. I love when I get a record to fix up for the Blog that I’ve never heard or heard of as the case with this LP. But I must say I was very impressed and like the LP very much. Big thank you to Rex for sending me this album for the Blog.Flac

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Post 671 - Max Merritt - Mean Green Fighting Machine - My Best Friend

 Just about every web site I looked at for info on this single "Mean Green Fighting Machine"/"My Best Friend" (K 196) in 1986, all say that this single was a promotional single for the Canberra Raiders Rugby League team. But looking at the cover of the single something didn’t look right so to clear it up I asked Max himself and I quote……” It was done for the yacht race “Americas Cup” Thanks for clearing that up Max. The single was released on Mojo Records and was produced by Max and Jimmy Sloggett at Sun Studios in Sydney with Peter Contini engineering. Flac

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Post 670 - Tiffani Wood - What R U Waiting 4 - The Mirror - U & I - What R U Waiting 4 (Instrumental)

Tiffani Wood was born on the 8th of November 1977 in Newcastle. She developed an interest in performing from a young age and enrolled into jazz dancing classes where she would eventually also assist teaching younger students. At age 12, Wood's mother Judy encouraged her to take up singing by joining the Young Talent Time talent school. Her teachers quickly noticed her natural singing talent and at age 15, placed her into a show troupe "The Young Stars" which performed at various venues around New South Wales. During this three-year stint, Wood had her first experience of recording for an album and performing solo in front of large crowds, her biggest being the opening of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel where she performed in front of over 20,000 people. During her schooling years, she entered and won numerous talent quests and played the lead vocal role in her 1994 school musical Murder in the Music Hall. She completed her Higher School Certificate in 1995, her highest mark being eighty-five per cent in music and at the age of 18, became the lead singer of a cover band "Quiver". They performed a wide range of songs including Tracy Chapman, Pearl Jam, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, 80's rock and more and Wood recorded original songs with the band. She then moved to Sydney where she enrolled in the Australian Institute of Music choosing vocal as her major, which she completed successfully, and joined another cover band "The Anthill Mob". In late 1999, at the age of 22, Wood auditioned for the first Australian series of Pop stars, a reality television show which aimed to produce a new girl group. After selections for the group were finalized by the judges, she just missed out. However, after original member Chantelle Barry was forced out of the group in controversial circumstances, Wood was selected to replace her as the fifth member of the band, now known as Bardot. Like former Bardot band mate Sophie Monk, Wood signed a solo recording contract with Warner Music and changed her name from Tiffany Wood to Tiffani Wood in order to avoid confusion with the 1980s American pop star Tiffany. The debut single, "What R U Waiting 4" (5046719222) re-introduced Wood back into the music scene, marketed as an organic, light pop-rock singer (similar to the likes of Michelle Branch, Alanis Morissette etc.). The track debuted at No.27 on the ARIA singles chart on 22 March 2004 and was one of the most-played songs on Australian radio in that month. In December 2005, Wood publicly announced her engagement to UK born bouncer Neil Cummins, and the couple married on 28 January 2007. Photos from their wedding featured in OK! magazine. She later gave birth to their first child, Lillian Adel. The couple have since separated and were divorced in May 2009. Flac

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Post 669 - John Farnham & Danni 'Elle - Communication - Attitude

“The Get Real Project” is a youth for youth drug and AIDS education project.  They believed one of the best ways to communicate what it is to be a 15 or 18 year old growing up in Australia was through music. John Farnham & Danni ‘Elle and the rest of the people on this record all donated their time, energy and royalties to the “Get Real Project”. This release came free with "Get Real" Magazine. It came with full colour poster and "Sex & Drugs & AIDS" booklet. The A side was produced by Ross Fraser, Engineers were Doug Brady and Ernie Rose. The band was made up of Acoustic Guitar – Lindsay Field, Backing Vocals – Lindsay Field, Venetta Fields, Bass – Roger McLachlan, Brass – Kevin Dubber, Mark Dennison, Peter Lothian, Drums – Scotty Johnston, Guitar – Brett Garsed and Keyboards – David Hirschfelder. The B side was credited to Question Time who recorded, performed and produced the song “Attitude”. Here to download is the single for RCA Records from 1989 “Communication” b/w “Attitude” (105072).Flac 

Post 668 - The Johnnys - The Johnnys 12" Single

The Johnnys released a 12” single “The Johnnys” (POWT 0240) in 1984 on G.R.E.E.N. Records. Two tracks previously released as a single “My Buzzsaw Baby (Really Cut Me Up)” and “Injun Joe” and “Pray To John Wayne”, “Move It” which only appears on this 12”. “Move It’ was recorded live at the Chevron Hotel. The record was produced by Steve Nieve and Tim Kramer with Engineer Tony Cohen. The band included Bass, Vocals – Graham "Hoody" Hood, Drums – Billy Pommer Jr, Guitar – Paul Doherty and Guitar, Vocals – Spencer P. Jones. Flac

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Post 667 - The Eighty Eights Singles Collection

The Eighty Eights were formed in Newcastle in 1979. The band consisted of Larry Van Kriedt (vocals, guitar), Maurice D’Abruzzo (vocals, guitar), Kent Jackson (bass) and John Bartram (drums). Van Kriedt’s claim to fame was that he was the original bass player for AC/DC in late 1973 and early 1974. They signed with the small Result label in 1980, and released their debut single “She Fell in Love With James Bond” , followed by the EP “Live Pop”. The singles “Don’t Call Us”, “Time Machine”, and the LP “Top of the World” followed.  Here to download are all three singles and the Live E.P. Thanks to Bruce for the E.P. Flac 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Post 666 - The Johnnys Collection

The Johnnys formed in 1982 in Sydney when bass guitarist Graham Hood tried out for the Hoodoo Gurus after quitting the Allniters. He met Hoodoo Gurus' guitarist Roddy Ray’da and they discussed an idea for a side project: playing pub rock in a country music style at a punk pace—which was labelled as cow punk. Ray'da left Hoodoo Gurus and, as a lead vocalist and guitarist with Hood and drummer Billy Pommer Jr, founded The Johnnys.  The Johnnys performed its first concert at Palms disco on Oxford St, Taylors St, Darlinghurst Sydney in November 1982, New Zealand-born Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and backing vocals. The four-piece released "I Think You're Cute" in October on Regular Records, Ray'da left the group in early 1984 and formed Love Rodeo. Jones took on lead vocals and the band signed with the Green Label to release "My Buzzsaw Baby (Really Cut Me Up)" and an extended play.  In 1985, the band had signed with Mushroom Records which released their single, "Injun Joe" in November. "(There's Gonna Be a) Showdown" followed in March 1986 and then "Bleeding Heart” in June. Their debut album “Highlights of Dangerous Life” appeared in August and was produced by Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and contained the three singles. Two non-album singles followed in 1987. Wilson produced their second album, Grown Up Wrong, released in August 1988 which included two further singles, "Motorbikin” and "Anything Could Happen".  Michael Armiger replaced Hood on bass guitar. The band broke up in 1989 with Jones continuing in his side-project “Beasts of Bourbon”. Here for you to download are all the singles from 1983/1988. Including the live single “The Way Of The West” that was only sold at their concerts. I also thought it interesting that the B side of “I Think You’re Cute,” “Mountain Man” and the B side of “My Buzzsaw Baby”, “Slip Slap Fishin’” are completely different then the versions that appear on the first LP “Highlights Of A Dangerous Life”.  As a bonus I’ve added the song “Johnny Was A Bad Man” from the various album “Sound Of Sydney” it has never appeared on any of their LP’s or singles.Flac 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Post 665 - Various Artists - A Christmas Gift

The songs on this album are songs for children and families which express the real spirit of Christmas. “A Christmas Gift” (7243 5 24066 2 3) released in 1999 on EMI Records in support of the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul. The album features Jon English, Doug Parkinson, David Atkins, Jackie Love, Jimmy Little and the Australian Girls’ Choir just to name a few. This project was put together by Monica Brown, director of Emmaus Productions and John Moore, National President of St. Vincent de Paul Society.Flac

Friday, 23 December 2016

Post 664 - Bert Newton with the Debney Park High School Band - Bring Back The Spirit Of Christmas - See The Light

Bert Newton made a Christmas record back in 1981 called “Bring Back the Spirit of Christmas” b/w ‘See The Light” (FB-345), with the Debney Park High School Band. It was recorded on Fable Records. Bert is blessed with an easy listening, smooth vocal delivery which gave this recording a professional warmth and appeal. For quite a few years, this was an Aussie Christmas favorite...and, it's one that still gets airplay across the country each year in December. Bert reminisces about a pre-plastic tree era where he and his Dad would head to a park for a free pine tree. The record was Engineered by Brian Lawrence and Roger Savage and produced by Marcus Tarrant and Graeme Lyall. I once read “They should play this in shopping centres at Christmas when they need to clear everyone out”.  Someone else’s words not mine. Flac

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Post 663 - The Tin Lids - Hey Rudolph!

Tin Lids is rhyming slang for "the kids", as the band members are all children of Scottish-born Australian, Jimmy Barnes, and his Thai-born wife, Jane Mahoney: Eliza-Jane Barnes (born 1984), Elly-May Barnes (born 1989), Jackie Barnes (born 1986) and Mahalia Barnes (born 1982). The group were in the children's choir as part of the back-up singers on their father's track, "When Your Love Is Gone", from his solo album, “Two Fires”. Their maternal uncle is Mark Lizotte, who also performs as Diesel or Johnny Diesel.  The Tin Lids released their first album in November 1991 as a collection of Christmas carols, ‘Hey Rudolph!’ (D26071)’ released on Mushroom Records and peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Most of the instrumentation was supplied by David Froggatt, the album's producer and arranger; it was recorded at Barnes' Freight Train Studios, Sydney. The album provided the single, "Christmas Day", which reached No. 40 on the ARIA Singles Chart.Flac

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Post 662 - Jo Jo Zep & His Little Helpers - Run Rudolph, Run - Guess Who

In late 1975, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons were formed in Melbourne as Jo Jo Zep and His Little Helpers. The band was put together after Ross Wilson, who was waiting out his recording contract, had turned to producing other artists for the label, Oz Records. He decided to produce a version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run", as a one-off Christmas single for Mushroom Records. Contractually, Wilson could not perform the vocals himself, so he asked his friend, Joe Camilleri (ex-The Pelaco Brothers with Stephen Cummings) to sing and play on the recording. Camilleri's nickname was Jo Jo Zep, which was derived from a traditional Maltese nickname for "Joseph", so the group was named Jo Jo Zep and His Little Helpers. The line-up included bass guitarist, John Power. To promote the single, Camilleri and Power formed a more permanent blues and rock music band. Power had relocated from Sydney to Melbourne to join Company Caine for an album which Wilson was producing. However Company Caine, which also included guitarist Jeff Burstin, and drummer John McInerney, had soon separated. Wilson suggested that all three team up with Camilleri to perform "Run Rudolph Run" as part of a Christmas show at the Myer Music Bowl. This performance (still billed as "Jo Jo Zep and His Little Helpers") marked Camilleri's first appearance on Countdown.  After the Christmas performances, they added a second guitarist and vocalist, Wayne Burt and Daddy Cool's drummer Gary Young replaced McInerney. Now a five-piece outfit consisting of Camilleri, Burstin, Burt, Power, and Young, the band renamed themselves Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, with the Falcons part referencing Camilleri's Maltese background. Camilleri had wanted his former band mate, Cummings, to join as lead vocalist, but Cummings declined and later formed The Sports. Here to download is that Christmas single “Run Rudolph,Run” b/w ‘Guess Who” (K-6194).  Interesting to note that the B side was written by S.Clause.Flac

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Post 661 - Ol'55 - Xmas Promo

This was a promo Christmas record released by Ol’55 for Mushroom Records in 1976. It has all the members of Ol’55 doing Christmas promos as well as all the band telling us what Christmas means to them.  This Xmas Promo (MX-46443) was only released for radio stations.Flac 

Post 660 - Paul Walden - Penny Christmas Card - That's What I See In You

Paul Walden was signed by HMV in 1958, and with his deep, rich, resonant voice and smooth good looks, boyish charm and crowd-pleasing personality soon found himself with a string of radio hits and busy performing schedule. In 1959 he headed to London where he sang with the BBC Light Orchestra, was resident entertainer at the Down Under Club, and acted in several films. In the early Sixties he was home again, and starring in TVNZ’s first entertainment series After Dark. He also did radio shows on the YA network and continued releasing singles and albums and did several legendary tours organised by Joe Brown (crowd-pleasing concerts that also starred Howard Morrison, Peter Posa, John Hore and the Quin Tikis). In December 1965 Paul released a Christmas single called “Penny Christmas Card” b/w “That’s What I See In You” (HR-254) released on HMV Records. Flac

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Post 659 - Jacqui Fitzgerald - Stand Up For Your Love - Hurtin' Each Other

Jacqui's deep, silky tones are well known to most New Zealanders. While her voice became familiar in households across the country through her work on the award winning BASF ‘Dear John’ advert (which went on to win world acclaim and is in the Advertising Hall Of Fame), she is a session vocalist and successful recording artist in her own right. She won the Jazz Album of the Year in 1985 with The Masquerade Is Over (the first time a female had won the award). The album won acclaim and was highly rated by music writers and reviewers across the country. In 1979 this single “Stand Up For Your Love” b/w “Hurtin’ Each Other” (103548) was released in Australia on Laser Records and in New Zealand on Key Records.Flac 

Post 658 - T.M.G - Disturbing The Peace - U.S.Release

In April 1978 TMG set off on a marathon three-month national tour to promote their new studio LP Disturbing The Peace , which was released that month, and although it didn't make the national album charts, two of the three singles lifted from it did become hits -- "Lazy Eyes" reached #21 in May and their cover "Heart Of Stone" made #20. Although these proved to be their last national hits, they gave TMG the enviable distinction of a having achieved nine national hit singles in a row. At the end of the year the group signed an American deal with the Atlantic label and their “Disturbing The Peace” (SD 38-115) was released on Atco Records. The LP was issued with a different cover as well as the tracks “Girl On The Stage” and “One Night” were replaced with “Devil In You” and “Too Bad”. Thanks to Peter for giving me this album to put on the Blog.Flac

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Post 657 - Smoky Dawson & Friends - Ridin' All Over Again

Smoky Dawson, born as Herbert "Herb" Henry Brown, was an Australian country music performer, radio star, entertainer, and icon. He was widely touted as Australia's first singing cowboy complete with acoustic steel string guitar and yodel, in the style of American Gene Autry: Dawson had an extraordinarily long and prolific career, releasing his first single in 1941 and his last album in 2005, aged 92, making him at the time the world's oldest recording artist (now surpassed by Dame Vera Lynn who released an album aged 97, in 2014). Through his high-rating syndicated radio serials (at their height broadcast on 100 stations) television appearances, comic books and songs he created the persona of a happy-go-lucky singing cowboy". In 1995 he released the “Ridin’ All Over Again” (DIN453D) on Dino Records. He teamed up with Australia’s finest singing duets with the likes of John Farnham. Angry Anderson, Ray Burgess, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Barnes, Normie Rowe, Johnny Chester just to name a few. The album was engineered by T.M.G’s drummer Herm Kovac and produced by Chris Evans with help from Doug Trevor and Glenn Wheatley. In his later years Smoky Dawson was diagnosed with arthritis, emphysema and two hernias. In June 2000 he was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver and had spinal injuries.[ As of 2004 he and Dot presented a radio show on 2NSB and lived in Lane Cove, New South Wales. Herbert Henry "Smoky" Dawson died on 13 February 2008 after a short illness, a month short of his 95th Flac

Monday, 21 November 2016

Post 656 - The Delltones - Give Me Some Loving - Have A Little Talk With Myself

The Delltones have been performing for Australian audiences for over five decades; their most successful recording years were in the 1960's. Wilson is the only current member from the original line-up. In the mid-1980's, he transformed the group from a vocal quartet to a five-piece vocal band. This, along with other stylistic changes, led to the band's resurgence and the chart topping, rock ‘n roll revival album, “Bop Til Ya Drop”. The Delltones remain one of the most consistent live entertainers in Australia and have been entertaining Australian audiences for over five decades. Wilson is the only current member from the original line up. The band recorded for a number of different labels over the years. In 1970 they recorded this single for Fable Records, a cover of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Give Me Some Loving” b/w “Have A Little Talk With Myself” (FB-030) the B side was a cover of Ray Stevens 1969 song. David MacKay produced and arranged the single. Flac 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Post 655 - Barry Michael - I Don't Understand (Where I Fit In) - All To You

Barry Michael started playing guitar at twelve years of age. He grew up listening to Fats Waller, County swing and Top 40 pop music. In 1980 he took off to see the world. For three years he travelled around America and Europe before ending up in London, where he met two brothers who played in ‘The Incredible Kidda Band”, a post punk rock band. Barry immersed himself in the London music scene and started writing songs, playing live with their band, and doing solo spots in pubs and clubs. In 1986 he returned to Australia and performed on the national TV show “Hey It’s Saturday”, on the Red Faces segment. He won on the night and was called back to perform on the show. He soon signed to EMI Records Australia and released two singles. His song “I Don’t Understand Where I Fit In” b/w “All To You” (EMI.1812) was a top 40 hit nationally and top 10 in Victoria. I was impressed at Barry’s backing band for this single which included Gary Young and Wayne Duncan, Paul & Mike Grabowski, Red Symons, Virgil Donati and Margot Moir, Red Symons also produced the single. In 2012 Barry rerecorded the single as a swing song. He was trying to write a love song with a difference.  Flac

Post 654 - The Jelly Roll Big Band - I've Been Away Too Long - Son Of A Preacher Man

“The Jelly Roll Big Band” was initially formed in cairns as “brass knuckle” - and won far North Queensland section of hoadleys battle of sounds then went to Rockhampton for country finals and come second to Townsville band the “Club”. They supported a lot of acts in Brisbane in 1971 which included Normie Rowe, Kamahl, and Doug Parkinson to name a few. “I’ve Been Away Too Long” b/w “Son Of A Preacher Man” (QK-4412), The A side penned by Max Merritt made it into the Brisbane Top 30 in 1971. The B side if I didn’t know and heard it on the radio I would have thought it was Blood Sweat & Tears even the vocals sound like David Clayton Thomas. Recorded for Sunshine Records the single was produced by Richard Batchens. Members were Barry Whitehead, Dave Godfrey, Stephen Berry-Porter, Ian Robinson and John James. This was the only recording by the band, a real pity there wasn’t an LP. Flac 

Post 653 - The Jug Band - Feeding Time - Hey Bulldog

The Jug Band  formed in Brisbane in late 1969 till 1973 had over fifteen member go through their stables in the three years they were together, yet only released one single in that time for Festival Records in 1971. “Feeding Time” b/w “Hey Bulldog” (FK-4402), the A side was written by guitarist Ray Nancarrow with the B side a cover of the Beatles song which first appeared on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album. Flac 

Post 652 - Daytime Actors - Dance To The Beat - Got To Run

This single “Dance To The Beat” b/w “Got To Run” (TS 701) by the Daytime Actors was their first single in 1985 released on Top Shelf Records. The second single can be found on Post # 180 along with what little info I could find at the time. One thing that has me thinking is that according to all my books the band was formed in 1986 but this single came out in 1985, interesting don’t you think? Flac

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Post 651 - Liv Maessen & Jimmy Hannan - Love Is For The Two Of Us - Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Babe

Liv Maessen and Jimmy Hannan had a go at a duet in 1971. It made no impact on the charts..."Love Is For The Two Of Us" b/w “Did You Give The World Some Love Today Babe” (FB-092) The single was produced by Geoff Hales for Fable Records. The A side was penned by Taku Izumi & Michio Yamagami and was given English lyrics by Sydney Lee. It also seems the Original version was sung in 1967 by Naomi Sagara and its original title: “The world is a thing for beloved two lovers”. Further research finds that the original English version was performed by Rene & Rene, a Latin pop duo from Texas.  Thanks to Doug Smith and Matt Gleeson from the “Milesago” FB page, for their good sleuthing for more info on this song.  On a personal note back in our radio days Mrs Ozzie myself and Graham were given a copy of this single to fix up for air play. The single was in pretty bad shape and after many hours of running through many computer programs I guess you could say we got it presentable enough to play on air. It has taken me about 4 years or more to find a copy to fix up again, so here’s hoping this will put the nightmares and demons to bed, “you had to be there”!!! Flac

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Post 650 - Rod Boucher - Every Little Bit Of Australia - Technological Hero

Prior to his involvement with Good God Studio, Rod Boucher was a member of The Henchmen, a university folk band, then Buffalo Drive, a Rock band from Adelaide. He penned several commercial “hits” during that time including: “No Worries Luv”, (a timeless Aussie love song), “Money Stride” “The Yoohoo Song” and “Every Little Bit of Australia” b/w “Technological Hero” (MS 469) here for you to download. The single was produced by Chris Neal in 1980. Rod was known after Buffalo Drive as the guy who wrote and sang the Christian TV ads. He and his wife and 5 daughters relocated to England in the late 80's. His daughters are Danielle, Rebecca, Sunshine, Butterfly and Eden.  His 4th daughter Butterfly (real name) is now an international recording artist.Flac

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Post 649 - Fielding & Dyer - The Ghost - Big White Horse

After Fielding & Dyer’s win on New Faces the duo were signed to Spin Records. They recorded “The Whale” which was a hit all around the country. They were then faced with what to record next so the two went with their completion winner “Big White Horse” and penned a song called “The Ghost” in the style of The Whale along with the "Di di di di di’s" to be the A side. “The Ghost” b/w “Big White Horse” (ATAK-5047) wasn’t as successful at the 1st single, but I think it was better (my opinion). This single was released on ATA Records in 1973 and produced by Gus McNeil and recorded by Bruce Brown.Flac 

Post 648 - Leonie Goodwin - Child Of Mine - Commissar

Singer Leonie Goodwin is a little known session singer, who was once part of the Sydney-based studio group “White Wine”, put together by Gus McNeil in 1969. In 1971 Leonie released a solo single for Spin Records, “Child Of Mine” b/w “Commissar” (EK-4348). The A side was penned by Carole King & Gerry Goffin and the B side written by our own Greg Quill. The single was produced by Gus McNeil. It maybe me just me but the B side to me sounds very much like Country Radio doing the backing, have a listen and see what you think. flac

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