Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Johnny Farnham and Allison Durbin - 1971 - Together FLAC

Baby Without You/The Green Green Grass is Dying/You're Alright With Me/Stay Awhile/I Don't Mind The Rain/Singing Our Song/That's Old Fashioned/Come On Round To My Place/Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing/Nobody Knows/Better Put Your Love Away/Get Together

Together is a studio album of duets by Australian pop singers John Farnham (known then as Johnny Farnham) and Allison Durbin, which was released on HMV for EMI Records in September 1971. It peaked at No. 20 on the Australian Go-Set's Albums Chart.

Farnham had earlier No. 1 singles with "Sadie" in 1968 and his cover of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in 1970; he was the reigning 'King of Pop' on Go-Set's popularity polls during 1969–1971. New Zealand-born, Durbin had a hit with "I Have Loved Me a Man" in 1968 and was 'Best Female Artist' for the same Go-Set polls. A Farnham and Durbin duet single, "Baby, Without You", was released in November and reached No. 16 on the Go-Set Singles Chart.

 As Johnny Farnham he had his first No. 1 single on the Go-Set National Singles Charts with the novelty song "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)". Selling 180,000 copies in Australia, "Sadie" was the highest selling single by an Australian artist of the decade. His second No. 1 was a cover of B. J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which peaked at No. 1 for seven weeks in January–March 1970. A non-album single, "Comic Conversation" was released in October 1970 and peaked at No. 10 on the Go-Set National Top 60 Singles Chart and was still charting in March 1971. His fifth album, Johnny was released in August, which peaked at No. 24 on the Kent Music Report Albums Charts. Another non-album single, "Acapulco Sun" had been released in May and peaked at No. 21 on the Go-Set Top 60, but there were no charting Albums from Johnny. Aside from Johnny, Farnham also released a compilation, The Best of Johnny Farnham, and a duet album with Allison Durbin, Together, all in 1971.

Allison Ann Durbin (born 24 May 1950), who now goes by the married name Alison Ann Giles is a former New Zealand Australian pop singer, known for her success in the late 1960s and 1970s as the "Queen of Pop". Durbin's visual 'trademark' at her height was her lustrous waist-length auburn hair. She is a relative of Canadian actress and lyric soprano Deanna Durbin

Durbin's first single for New Zealand HMV, "I Have Loved Me A Man", (a cover of Morgana King) became a No.1 hit in New Zealand and also a hit in Australia. The song won her the New Zealand music award, the 1968 Loxene Golden Disc and she was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1969. For three years running (1969, 1970 and 1971), she won Australia’s "Queen Of Pop" award for Best Female Artist.

In 1971, she recorded a duet album, Together, with John Farnham, who had been voted Australia's "King Of Pop" during the same years Durbin received her awards.  Thanks to Sunny

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Allison Durbin - 1983 - Country Love Songs FLAC

Tennessee Waltz/Funny Face/Please Help Me I'm Falling/Your Cheating Heart/I Love A Rainy Day/Take These Chains From My Heart/You Always Hurt The One You Love/Save The Last Dance For Me/Lying Eyes/Truely/I Believe In You/Blue Eyes/Lady/Satin Sheets/We've Got Tonight/Before The Next Teardrop Falls

Allison Ann Durbin (born 24 May 1950), who now goes by the married name Alison Ann Giles is a former New Zealand Australian pop singer, known for her success in the late 1960s and 1970s as the "Queen of Pop". Durbin's visual 'trademark' at her height was her lustrous waist-length auburn hair. She is a relative of Canadian actress and lyric soprano Deanna Durbin.

 Durbin was born in Auckland, New Zealand to Owen Durbin (born c. 1912/1913) and Agnes Durbin, the second eldest of seven She attended school at Westlake High School, and performed for four year in a children's choir. She became interested in singer, and has inspie dby artist like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone and Dionne Warwick and began performing in public in her early teens and after winning a talent contest at an Auckland ballroom, she was signed to Eldred Stebbing's Zodiac Records at the age of 14 and issued a number of singles on the label. Her third Zodiac single, a cover of Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", out-sold the original in New Zealand and became her first chart hit. She built up a following in New Zealand, recording and fronting the Mike Perjanik Group and she travelled with them to Australia in 1966 for residencies in Sydney. After nine months in Sydney she left the group to establish a solo career, making numerous appearances on Australian TV pop and variety shows.

 Durbin's first single for New Zealand HMV, "I Have Loved Me A Man", (a cover of Morgana King) became a No.1 hit in New Zealand and also a hit in Australia. The song won her the New Zealand music award, the 1968 Loxene Golden Disc and she was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1969. For three years running (1969, 1970 and 1971), she won Australia’s "Queen Of Pop" award for Best Female Artist. In 1971, she recorded a duet album, Together, with John Farnham, who had been voted Australia's "King Of Pop" during the same years Durbin received her awards.

In the late 1960s Durbin began a relationship with expatriate New Zealand record producer Howard Gable, then a senior A&R manager/house producer for EMI Australia, and they subsequently married and started a family. During the 1970s, as her career waned, Durbin began using heroin and her marriage to Gable ended. In 1985 she publicly acknowledged her battle with drugs and sought treatment at Odyssey House, a drug rehabilitation centre, but she was struck by a car just after her release from the centre, which left her with serious injuries, including a broken jaw. After she recovered, she worked as a country music singer in the late 1980s. On 1 June 2007, under her married name Allison Giles, she was sentenced to 12 months' jail for cannabis trafficking. One of her co-accused, the man she allegedly supplied with marijuana, was the convicted drug dealer Giuseppe "Joe" Barbaro. Thanks to Mustang.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Andy Armstrong - 1967 - At Last FLAC

Intro/Had A Little Girl/My Little Bird/Once Upon A Time/The Way You Talk/A Ray Of Hope/If Someone Is Following You/Call It On Your Own/Baby Said To Me/Did I hear You Right/How's Your Baby/Slidin' Blues/Plead Is All I Can Do/Bonnie George Campbell/Goin' Home

In 1967 when this album was recorded I had been playing guitar for three years and writing songs for two years. I was heavily influenced by Bert Jansch, the Scottish contemporary folk singer/songwriter and co-founder of the band Pentangle, best known for his song "Needle of Death" and his brilliant version of Davy Graham's "Angie" guitar instrumental.

Many musicians have said that Jansch was a huge influence, Jimmy Page and Neil Young among them. Jansch was such an inspiration to me in that I followed his path of contemporary folk rather than mainstream pop music. Although I listened to the Beatles, Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and James Taylor and the fabulous folk trio of women Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Odetta, it was the English sensibility that I tried to capture in my songs.

This meant one thing... I was never going to be big in terms of Australia wide success. In fact as long as I felt free to do my own thing I was happy. It wasn't until later when Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and the whole American West Coast sound became popular that I followed those trends and left my folkie days behind...and started to make headway both in studio work as a session singer and in live performance.

So here I am in 1967, 19 years old and virtually never sung in public except for the odd live gig at my high school and the thought came that I would like to do what my heroes had done and make a record. How I got on to Nationwide I don't remember but I booked some time and took the train into town with my song book and guitar and for the first time walked into a recording studio.

I knew nothing but Graham didn't know that! I had heard that when making an album the guitar part was recorded first then the vocals after that. I started at track one and recorded all the guitar parts in one take.  I didn't listen to any of them back then went straight into recording the vocals.  All the vocals I did in one take also! In less than two hours I had recorded a whole album of original material. At the end of the session Graham said "I've never seen that done before." I had no idea what he meant. It didn't occur to me to listen back to each song and do it again if it wasn't right... besides, I was used to singing songs live so I rarely made a mistake.

My best friend at the time Peter Ryan arranged the covers of the 50 albums I had pressed -also by Graham in his own pressing plant in the Nationwide building- and it was Peter that wrote (AT LAST) on the cover by hand. There were only ever those 50 pressed Copies... if you can get them... now sell for hundreds of dollars.

The guitar I used, which I still have, is a Hagstrom Bonita. Hagstrom acoustics have not been made in their original Swedish factory since the early 70s but have a cult following of die hard  collectors. The list of famous players is amazing, Cat Stevens being the foremost. Whether I sold any copies or whether I just gave them away I have no recollection. I simply had always wanted to make an album and AT LAST I had.
by Andy Armstrong, June 2011

Diesel - 1992 - Hepfidelity FLAC

Man Alive/Tip of My Tongue/Too Much of a Good Thing/One More Time/Get Lucky/There's a Love/Love Junk/Come to Me/Save a Little Lovin'/Picture of You/One Thing After Another

Mark Denis Lizotte (born 31 May 1966[2]) is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician, who has released material under the name Diesel, Johnny Diesel, as leader of band Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, and as a solo performer, as well as under his birth name Two of his albums reached No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts, Hepfidelity in 1992 and The Lobbyist in 1993.

Since 1987, Lizotte, who was born in Massachusetts, United States, has played on several albums by his brother-in law, Australian rock singer, Jimmy Barnes. Although better known as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Lizotte is also competent on bass guitar, drums, percussion and keyboards; and has also produced an album by Richard Clapton and one by Vika and Linda Bull. He has won six ARIA Music Awards with three for 'Best Male Artist' in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Hepfidelity is the debut solo album by Australian singer/songwriter Diesel. The album was released in March 1992 through Chrysalis Records/ EMI Records, and held the number-one spot on the ARIA Albums Chart for four weeks. It included the singles "Love Junk", "Come to Me", "Tip of my Tongue", "Man Alive" and "One More Time". The album was certified 3x platinum in Australia.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Verses - 2010 - Seasons FLAC

Still Come Around/Want Everything/Settle Down/Never Knew/Teeth/Let You (W)in/Running Away/Lonely Moon/Midnight/The Winter/Waste of Time

The Verses is an Australian band that features the brother and sister combination of Ella and Jesse Hooper, the founding members of popular Australian rock band, Killing Heidi. Their debut album Seasons was released on Friday, 13 August 2010.

Ella and Jesse Hooper, born in Violet Town, Victoria, Australia, have been playing music together since they were young. In August 1999, they rose to fame with previous band Killing Heidi, which spawned three top 10 albums, and eight singles. In 2006, after rumors of the band splitting, they posted a blog on their MySpace blog stating they were taking a break. Throughout 2006, Ella and Jesse played several gigs as a duo under the name of Killing Heidi. They played a mix of old Killing Heidi material, as well as some new, unrecorded tracks.

 On 13 November 2009, the band's first EP, The Verses was released. It peaked at #11 on the Australian ARIA Physical Singles Chart, but failed to impact the top 100 overall singles. Its single, "Forever More", received little airplay. On their official website, the band posted news about their upcoming album, Seasons, to be released on 13 August 2010. It will feature new single "Want Everything", which combines the verses of previous single "Forever More" with the chorus of "Everything At Once", also from the band's debut EP. The album debuted at #13 on the Australian albums chart, and fell to #28 the following week. The 2nd single from the album is "Running Away".

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Marshall Brothers Band - 1975 - Marshall Brothers Band FLAC

Falcon 1959-1912/Bright Light Lady/Pioneer Suite/Mr. 'l'/Come Out With Your Hands Up Baby/Flying High/Summer Love/Younger Now

 The Marshall Brothers Band from Newcastle (Australia), this classic rock combo was formed in 1975 are a lesser-known Aussie proggers, quite possibly due to their lounge-act name, but also quite possibly due to their lounge-act music, certainly when compared to the likes of Aleph or the mighty Sebastian Hardie. The Marshall Brothers Band (produced by noted 'Tronnist Chris Neal).

There aren't any Marshall Brothers on the band, their name came after Rob Scott's wish to use the word "Brothers" like Allman Bros or Doobie Bros, so they called the band after Dave’s amplifier brand!

Classical rock music influenced by King Crimson, Vanilla Fudge and Rick Wakeman. Their 1975 sole album sold quite well, spending eight weeks in the charts. Later, they wrote the soundtrack for the movie, 'Summer City', in 1978.

Standing L-R: Kevin Wyatt, Rob Scott, Chris Brown Sitting L-R: John Zulaicha (Engineer),
                Chris Neal (Producer) Ian Matheson, David Hinds and John Halls

Friday, 27 July 2018

Judy Stone - 1974 - Pure Stone FLAC

Everybody's Reachin Out For Someone/The Summer Knows/Take Me Home Country Roads/Marieke/Song For You/No Regrets/Believe In Music/Cajun Man/Where Do I Begin/Day By Day/Until It's Time For You To Go/Love's Old Song

 Born on the first of January 1st 1944 in Sydney.

After travelling throughout the country with "The Reg Lindsay Show", Judy began touring with Col Joye and, before long, became a regular member of the popular T.V. show, "Bandstand". It was in the sixties that Judy's hit songs...I'll step down, Born a woman, 4003221 tears from now, established her as a recording artist as well as a T.V. star.

Since the "Bandstand" days, she has appeared on every major T.V. show in Australia and demand for her appearances has remained constant. Such is her popularity, that judy has been invited to perform with many Top International Artists on their Austrlian tours. They include: Sir Harry Secombe, Rolf Harris , Dick Emery, Johnny Mathis and Howard Keel.

 The song that gained Judy the National Award in 1974, "Field of Stone", coupled with "Mare, Mare, Mare", earned Judy the distinction of being the first Australian Female Entertainer with two records concurrently featuring in the Top 40. In 1976, "Silver Wings and Golden Rings" firmly established her in the Country Pop scene. "Hasta Manana" added to her successes, proving a hit in Australia with credits from England and Scotland.

Recognition of Judy's immense talents has been overwhelming, with more than twenty awards from T.V. and Recording Performances, including three T.V. Logies and eight "MO" awards.

Judy has represented Australia three times at International Expositions, in Japan and the United States. Her recording and singing in other languages, Flemish and Italian, led to a hit record recorded in Japanese which enabled Judy to successfully perform in Japan's top nightclubs.

 A memorable highlight of Judy's career occurred in 1986 when she signed a history making recording contract as the first foreign Female Performer with the Republic of China Record Company. In September 1986, to coincide with the release of her album, Judy was invited to Beijing to appear in a Television Special where she sang in Mandarin to her audience.

Whilst in China, Judy endeared herself to the Chinese people, further enhancing her reputation as one of Australia's most "PRECIOUS GEM'.

Throughout the nineties Judy Stone has performed in all major clubs and venues throughout Australia and starred in her own one woman cabaret show at the Tilbury Hotel in 1995. More recently Judy Stone has been a star performer in the Col Joye Show which has been touring Nationally.   Thanks to Geospiri

1984 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

 The Country Music Hands of Fame Cornerstone was established in Tamworth, Australia's Country  Music  Capital, in 1977 as a tribute to people who had made a name for themselves in Australian country music.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Marcia Hines - 1994 - Right Here and Now FLAC

Give It All You Got/Rain (Let The Children Play)/ Change/Point Of No Return/Right Here & Now/Common Mind/Ought To Know (duet with John Kenny)/Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees/Don't Mean Nothin'/Nobody Knows/Know It In Your Heart/ Sooner Or Later/Right Here & Now (Reprise)

 Right Here and Now is the eighth studio album released by Australian musician Marcia Hines, in October 1994. It debuted and peaked at #21 on the ARIA chart. It is her first album of original songs since Love Sides in 1983. In March 1994, Hines toured nationally for the first time in seven years and she signed a new contract with Warner Music Australia.
Marcia Elaine Hines, AM (born 20 July 1953), is an American-Australian vocalist, actress and TV personality. Hines made her debut, at the age of 16, in the Australian production of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She achieved her greatest commercial successes as a recording artist during the late 1970s with several hit singles, including cover versions of "Fire and Rain", "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "You" and "Something's Missing (In My Life)"; and her Top Ten albums Marcia Shines, Shining and Ladies and Gentlemen. Hines was voted "Queen of Pop" by TV Week's readers for three consecutive years from 1976.

Hines stopped recording in the early 1980s until she returned with Right Here and Now in 1994, the same year she became an Australian citizen. She was the subject of the 2001 biography Diva: the life of Marcia Hines which coincided with the release of the compilation album Diva. Since 2003 she has been a judge on Australian Idol, and her elevated profile led to a renewed interest in her as a performer. Her 2006 album, Discotheque, peaked at number 6 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart. Hines was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007.

Hines is the mother of singer Deni Hines, with whom she performed on the duet single "Stomp!" (2006)

Allison Durbin - 1976 - Born A Woman

Oh Boy/Blanket On The Ground/Born A Woman/He's So Fine/L.A. International Airport/Tar And Cement/In The Ghetto/Medley:How Can You Mend A Broken Heart; Feelings; Falling In Love Again/The Way I Want To Touch You/Sunshine On My Shoulders/Medley:Baby I'm A 'Want You; Honey Come Back/At Seventeen/Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 24 May 1950, Allison Anne Durbin joined New Zealand’s popular Uncle Tom’s Friendly Road Children’s Choir (a radio and concert choir made up of kids aged between 5 and 21) at the age of five. She stayed with the choir for four years.

At the age of 13, Allison sang a guest spot with a rock band at a venue called the Shiralee Club, impressing the club manager so much that he offered her a residency to sing at the club three night’s a week. She performed at the club for 12 months, with her mother accompanying her to and from the club each night.

 During her time at the club, she was spotted by a record company talent scout who arranged for her to record her first single. By the time she left school at the age of 15, Allison had five singles to her credit – the most successful being Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat?

Travelling to Australia with the 8-piece Mike Perjanik Show Band, Allison left the band in Sydney shortly after her 17th birthday and returned to New Zealand. Her biggest break came the following year when she supported Gene Pitney on his New Zealand tour. Soon after, she recorded Don’t Come Any Closer, which not only did well for her at home but was her first record released in Australia.

As a result, Allison was taken to Melbourne in March 1969 as a special guest artist on the Myer Music Bowl concert staged as part of Melbourne’s Moomba festival. She returned home for just two months before lucrative offers enticed her back to Australia in mid-1969.Allison developed into one of Australia’s leading female singers, regularly performing at all major hotels and clubs, making frequent television appearances and releasing numerous hit records. She also won a string of press and television awards in the early 1970s as Australia’s best female pop singer.

By 1976 she had moved from pop to country music, where she enjoyed equivalent success in sales and popularity, with seven charting albums between then and 1983.

As her career waned, Durbin began using heroin and, in 1985, she publicly acknowledged her battle with drugs and sought treatment at a drug rehabilitation centre. Shortly after her release from the centre, she was struck by a car which left her with serious injuries including a broken jaw. After she recovered, she worked as a country music singer but, although she made a couple of comeback attempts – including a 30th-anniversary tour of Australia in 1998 – Allison Durbin faded from popular view.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Wendy Matthews - 2004 - Cafe Naturale FLAC

All I Need/Early Morning Rain/Love And Happiness/Slave (just for love)/Short Note/This Time/All That It Takes/Moon Beneath My Feet/A Kiss To Build A Dream On/One/Protection/The Wing And The Wheel

Café Naturale is the seventh studio album by singer Wendy Matthews released by BMG in Australia on 24 May 2004. It is an album of cover songs Matthews and the album's producer Michael Szumowski chose themselves. Matthews enjoyed recording this album and felt the songs came together naturally, she also felt she broke down some personal barriers. The album yielded only one single, "All I Need".

In 2002, Matthews moved to a coastal haven outside Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. She spent a lot of time in her favourite cafe listening to records and explains "there’s nothing like a song to bring you back to a specific moment or feeling in time." This lead her to name the album Café Naturale. She was also surprised by some of the song choices. Matthews states "Once we got into the studio the record started to reveal its personality to me. It all came together and the songs, these very melodic songs, started to make themselves known. It just worked." Matthews believes this record seems charmed and she'd love for this record to play in someone’s favourite café and inspire a few memories.

The thought behind the album's cover artwork comes from a painting of a woman on a wall on Edgecliff Road in Sydney, Australia by Bruno Dutot in 1987. Matthews approached Dutot and she asked him to commission a painting of this woman for her cover. She states "basically, he's painted her as me with a chopstick in her hair and my dog at the feet. Every time I'm in Sydney I have to go and check the lady on the wall, what colour dress she's wearing this month, whether she's changed and she looks so cafe society to me, so I'm thrilled and honoured that he actually did a painting for this cover." Matthews states the painting has come to symbolise Sydney for her.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Normie Rowe - 1973 - Hello FLAC RE-POST UPGRADE

Hello/Down On The Corner/Glory Road/For Once In My Life/Over You Now/Personality/Where's The Playground/Rings/
Home To Stay/Border Song/Come Here My Song/Willie And Laura May James

Norman John "Normie" Rowe AM (born 1 February 1947) was a major male solo performer of Australian pop music in the 1960s. Known for his bright and edgy tenor voice and dynamic stage presence, many of Rowe's most successful recordings were produced by Nat Kipner and later by Pat Aulton, house producers for the Sunshine Records label. Backed by his band, The Playboys, Rowe released a string of Australian pop hits on the Sunshine Records label that kept him at the top of the Australian charts and made him the most popular solo performer of the mid-1960s. Rowe's double-sided hit "Que Sera Sera" / "Shakin' All Over" was one of the most successful Australian singles of the 1960s.
Between 1965 and 1967 Rowe was Australia's most popular male star but his career was cut short when he was drafted for compulsory military service in late 1967. His subsequent tour of duty in Vietnam effectively ended his pop career and he was never able to recapture the success he enjoyed at his peak.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Hawking Brothers - 1976 - Special Edition FLAC

A Good Love Is Like A Good Song/Release Me/I've Found My Freedom/Me And Bobby McGee/Eighteen Yellow Roses/Molly Breen//Old Bark Hut/Julianna/Wild Rover No More/Home Ain't On The Range Any No More/Catfish John/This House Runs On Sunshine/Last Train To Clarkeville/Long And Dance/Wild Colonial Boy/Pretty Brown Eyes/My Elusive Dream/The Convict And The Rose/Maggie May/Mamma Tried

 Russel - born: July 1st 1931 / Died: November 2nd 1976 Alan - born: July 7th 1933 / Died: September 19th 1988

Alan was raised by his mother’s parents (his mother died when he was only 2yrs of age) whereas Russel was brought by his father’s parents.  They spent most their childhood days apart.

Mid 1950’s, both Russel and Alan joined The Trailblazers which were early Melbourne country music concert troupe.  It was in June 1955, the Hawking Brothers recorded their first disc for Regal Zonophone (EMI) – ‘My Darling Daisy’.  They would later record for W&G and RCA.
In the early 1960’s Alan & Russell Hawking were already established on the Australian Country Music Scene.  Later they decided to form a band which became one the greatest bands in Country Music history – they had an excellent career for over a decade ‘The Hawking Brothers & The Wildwoods.’  

The Hawking Brothers band included – Peter Cohen, Garry Newton, George Xanthos, Joe Attard, Peter Hayes, John Faubel, Leo Dalton and Doug Foley.
The Hawking Brothers & The Wildwoods were supporting band on the Johnny Cash and Buck Owns tour of Australia in early 1970’s and late 1970’s toured with Charlie Pride.  The highlight of their career was being the first Australia group to appear on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, 1975. Later they would revert back to the Hawking Brothers.

Their biggest hits were: Hand in the Hand, Catfish John, The Melbourne Cup and Eighteen Yellow Rose.  There were a total of 16 LP’s cut by the brothers before the untimely death of Russel on November 2, 1976. 
Alan decided to carry on with the band – and 4 more albums were released – which included their biggest hit ‘One Day At A Time’.  In 1971 the Hawking Brother’s fan club was founded by a Dianne Johns.

 The Hawking Brothers arguably won more awards than any other Australian country group.   When the band started to have promotional problems and difficulties which saw the group falling to pieces, in 1981, Alan Hawking decided to go solo.
Alan’s solo recordings include:- RCA single ‘Just For Today’ and an LP of the same title. In 1983, Alan received a Gold Guitar for best instrumental. Up until his death, Alan recorded his own tracks in his home studio on multi track recording system.  Thanks to Mustang

Various - 1986 - Australian TV's Greatest Hits @320 RE-POST REQUEST

Ask The Leyland Brothers/Off The Beaten Track/Leyland Bros. Great Outdoors/Beyond 2000/Wonderworld/No. 96/Aunty Jack Theme/Hogan Theme/Tonight With Bert Newton Theme/Sullivans Theme/Daryl Somers Show/In Melbourne Tonight/Hunter/A Current Affair/Division Four/Darrods Theme/Here's Humphrey/Skippy/Logies Theme 1970/GTV9 Theme 1976/Nine Network Shuffle/9 News Theme/Tarax Magic Mirror/Theme From The Don Lane Show/Ford New Faces/Sale Of The Century/Willesee Theme/Rush/Cowra Breakout/Waterfront/Power Without Glory/Australia You're Standing In It/The Anzac's Theme/Mother And Son/A Big Country/Riptide/Carsons Law/Perfect Match/Sons And Daughters/Secret Valley/Class Of '74/Celebrity Game/The Restless Years/Chopper Squad/Glenview High/Blankety Blanks/Family Feud/It's A Knockout/Matchmates/Neighbours/Prisoner/Taurus Rising/Young Doctors/The New Price Is Right/Wheel Of Fortune/Concentration/Mavis Bramston Show/Theme From A Country Practice/Four Corners

Wonderful album 59 great tracks from some of Australia's best loved and watched TV shows throughout the years some great memories there.

Aleph - 1977 - Surface Tension FLAC

Banshee/Man Who Fell/Morning/You Never Were A Dreamer/Mountaineer/Heaven's Archaepelago

Sydney-based symphonic rock band Aleph's one album, Surface Tension, featured full-blown, complex progressive rock in the Yes/Genesis/King Crimson vein. Joe Walmsley's high-pitched vocals recalled Yes singer Jon Anderson, while Dave Froggett's guitar style was in the manner of King Crimson's Robert Fripp. The only other local bands playing in a similar style at the time were Sebastian Hardie and Windchase. Surface Tension failed to chart. Prior to the album's release, Aleph issued a cover of The Yardbirds' `Little Games'/`Of the Essence' as a single. Walmsley left before the album appeared at the end of 1977. Unable to find a suitable replacement, the band fell apart in early 1978. Later in the year, Ron Carpenter formed First Light, which issued a self-titled, self-financed album in 1979.

Original line-up: Joe Walmsley (vocals), Dave Froggett (guitar), Mary Carpenter (keyboards), Mary Hansen (keyboards), David Highett (bass), Ron Carpenter (drums)

Friday, 22 June 2018

Ray Rivamonte - 1976 - Birth Of The Sun WAVE RE-POST UPGRADE

Only A Crazy Man Knows /Birth Of The Sun/Five Miles/Aborigine Gyn/Hello Sundown/ Lassiter's Ride/Whirly Whirly/In A Pidgery Dreamtime/Birth Of The Sun Reprise

Birth of the Sun is the name given to both a dreamtime story and a wonderful, but forgotten album by singer songwriter Ray Rivamonte.

In the dreamtime story a Brolga and an Emu fight over an egg and the result is the creation of the sun.

Ray Rivamonte’s story tells how he spent the first half of the 70s in Hollywood writing and perfecting the sounds that eventually found their way on to his debut LP.

When Ray Rivamonte was sixteen he travelled to Central Australia looking for fresh Australian folk songs that he could add to his repertoire. Believing that the Aboriginal music was the true folk music of the country, he visited places like Alice Springs, Hermansberg and Uluru asking the locals he met about their lives and their music. In the end he didn’t learn any old material he could use but the stories he heard influenced new songs that he wrote upon his return to Melbourne. The first of these songs was 'Jimmy My Boy'.

In the late 60s Rivamonte moved to California to try his hand in the bustling music scene. He auditioned for several major labels without success but the songs that seemed to impress most were the ones that drew on his experiences in Central Australia. In 1971 he got the chance to record the first of the songs that would later appear on Birth Of The Sun.

In 1973 he spent time in the studios of Paul Beaver, one half of pioneering electronic music duo Beaver & Krause. He was experimenting with synthesizers and soundscapes in an attempt to create a soundtrack to the dreamtime story about the creation of the sun.  Later in his career he would continue building music like this for library production music and films like The Chant Of Jimmy Blacksmith.

The Birth Of The Sun was finally finished in 1976 and launched in Melbourne. It features many crack session musicians Rivamonte had got to know while working in Hollywood including Johnny Almond and Jim Keltner. Initial sales were very strong but the record struggled to get radio airplay and there were difficulties with getting more copies pressed after only 2000 were done initially.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

John Paul Young - 1975 - Hero FLAC

St. Louis/Pasadena/Friends/Silver Shoes And Strawberry Wine/The Love Game/Yesterday's Hero/Bad Trip/Things To Do/The Next Time/Birmingham

 Hero is the debut studio album by Australian pop singer John Paul Young. The album was released in October 1975 and peaked at 9 and stayed in the charts for 20 weeks.The album was certified gold in Australia.

John Paul “Squeak” Young was the most popular and successful Australian male solo singer of the late Seventies. He is also without question one of the finest male pop-rock vocalists this country has ever produced. He is gifted with a dynamic, powerful, soulful and gritty tenor voice, reminiscent of the great British R&B singer Chris Farlowe, who was no doubt one of his early idols.   The peak period of his pop career was 1975-79 before that he was a member of Sydney band Elm Tree (1969- 71), and he had a stint in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-74).

Assisted by good looks and personality (and a natural ease in front of the TV camera) John shot to pop stardom during his hugely successful five-year stint as one of the leading protégés of legendary producer-composer duo Harry Vanda and George Young, who came to fame in the 1960s in the legendary Easybeats and who headed Australia's hugely successful '70s 'hit factory', Albert Produtions.

Between 1975 and 1980 John was a genuine teen idol and one of the most popular male performers in the country, with Sherbet's Daryl Braithwaite and Skyhooks' Shirley Strahan his only serious rivals. But unlike Skyhooks and Sherbet (who scored only one UK hit), John's records were hugely success overseas. He became the first local solo performer whose records consistently topped the charts in Europe, the USA and most notably in South Africa, where his popularity was as great as it was back home in Australia. This international success is often overlooked, but he unquestionably blazed a trail for Australian music overseas and helped to pave the way for later acts like Little River Band, Men At Work and Air Supply.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Various - 2014 - Downunder Tracks RE-POST

Downunder was one a shortlived Australian Sixties labels -- it lasted only five months, from June to October 1966, and released just thirteen singles. It was set up by producer-engineer Ossie Byrne and producer-songwriter-entrepreneur Nat Kipner to release recordings they made at Ossie's St Clair Studios in Hurstville. All thirteen singles were manufactured and distributed by Festival Records.
The label was owned by LKB Productions; it is probably safe to assume that Nat Kipner was the "K" and Ossie Byrne the "B" in this partnership. According to historian Bill Casey, Derek Lee, a Wollongong singer-songwriter who was a friend of Ossie Byrne, recorded demos at St Clair studio. Derek won a talent contest on Johnny O’Keefe’s TV show Sing Sing Sing, the prize being a trip to England and when Byrne and The Bee Gees left Australia on the Fairsky in January 1967, Derek Lee was with them. These associations makes it probable that Derek Lee was the "L" in LKB. In addition, the B-side of the Derek's Accent single was a song written by Lee.
The Downunder singles were either produced solely by Nat Kipner or co-produced by Kipner and Byrne. Both sides of the Barrington Davis single were written by Nat and Ossie, and several other songs --including those on the Bip Addison single -- were written collaboratively by Maurice Gibb and Nat Kipner. Downunder is of considerable interest to Bee Gees aficionados, since it operated during the extraordinarily fertile period when the Bee Gees were working almost round the clock at the St Clair studio and collaborating freely with almost all the other performers who came through the studio.
"June and July (1966) witnessed the Bee Gees virtually living at the St Clair studio, with all night recording sessions involving themselves and other artists for whom they provided songs and musical backing. Production duties were shared around between Nat Kipner, Ossie Byrne and the Bee Gees themselves."
Luckily, virtually all of the Bee Gees' St Clair recordings have survived and were collected on Festival's Brilliant From Birth CD compilation, including their own versions of "Coalman" and "Exit Stage Right" (later covered by Ronnie Burns) as well as The Bee Gees' own breakthrough hit "Spicks and Specks". Many of the recordings made at St Clair during 1966 were released on other labels like Leedon, Kommotion, Spin, Go!! and HMV, including albums and singles by Marty Rhone, Steve & The Board, Tony Barber, Ronnie Burns, Dinah Lee, Jeff St John & The Id, Toni McCann and even an album track by The Twilights.
The most obscure release on Downunder is the only known single by "Wee Liz", a teenage singer from Wollongong, whose real name was Elizabeth Reed. Liz performed around the Wollongong area, backed by local groups such as The Fyrebyrds, Four Sale and The Sons of Adam, and amassed a loyal following at teenage dances in the Illawarra region in 1965-66. How she came to record for Downunder is not known, although it's possible that she had come to attention of Derek Lee, who was also from Wollongong. According to a Sydney collector on the Phoenix Rising web forum, it was reported at the time that only four copies were sold, and that the collector himself owns the only known survivng copy.

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Church - 1987 - Under The Milky Way (12'' Single) RE-POST

Under The Milky Way/Warm Spell/Musk

The Church is an Australian rock band formed in Canberra in 1980. Initially associated with New Wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid 1980s, their music later became more reminiscent of "progressivr rock," featuring long instrumental jams and complex guitar interplay.
The Church's debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), earned them their first radio hit "The Unguarded Moment". They were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the U.S. However, the U.S. label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing the album. This put a dent in their commercial success, but they made a comeback in 1988, with the album Starfish and the American Top 40 hit "Under the Milky Way" , this post is the 12" extended single of that hit .

Sherbet - 1975 - In Concert FLAC

Cassandra/Wishing Well/Another Hustler/Jungle Jiver/Do It/Freedom/Medley - Can You Feel It,Baby-You've Got The Gun-You're All Woman/Hound Dog/Medley - Au Revoir-Goodbye

In Concert is a live album by Sherbet, released in 1975. It reached number 11 on the Kent Music Report in Australia. To promote the album, "Freedom/Wishing Well" was released as a single. Recorded live on Sherbet's National '74 Spring Tour at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Festival Hall.Engineered, mixed and edited at Festival's 'Studio 24', December 1974.

Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Tony Mitchell, Drums, Percussion – Alan Sandow, Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Clive Shakespeare, Lead Vocals, Tambourine – Daryl Braithwaite, Organ [Hammond], Grand Piano [Steinway Concert], Mellotron, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Harmony Vocals – Garth Porter

Production  Producer – Roger Davies, Sherbet,  Produced, engineered, mixed and edited by Richard Batchens

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Numbers - 1982 - 39.51 RE POST

Big Beat/Secrets/Day to Day/Somedays/Again/ Dreams from Yesterday/ Blacktown/Dancer/ Turn Back/ Telephone/Jericho

In the early 1980s, Australia was home to a host of excellent pop and new wave bands such as The Reels, The Dugites, Eurogliders, and Flaming Hands, and Sydney’s The Numbers were no doubt one of the finest. The band went through many lineup changes in their existence from 1978 to 1984, but the one constant was brother and sister duo Chris and Annalisse Morrow. Throughout the group’s existence, Chris shined as a talented songwriter and guitarist, while Annalisse was a strong bassist and gave the material a distinct personality with her hard-edged, commanding vocals.

The group’s first release was a 3-track EP, Govt. Boy, in 1979, which took a louder, faster and overall more punk approach than what was to come. At this point, Chris was the focal point of the band, singing lead on two of the three tracks on the EP. By the time the band signed to the Deluxe label that same year, they had begun moving in a more accessible power pop direction, a shift evident on their first single for the label, 1980’s “The Modern Song.” Along with the cleaner sound came a decision to put Annalisse at the forefront. In a 2008 Mess+Noise interview, Annalisse explained of the decision, “You’re young and you’re taking advice from other people. And by that stage we were with a major label and we had a manager and we were with an agency and those people have a very large influence on how you think, because you’re taking advice from people you believe have the experience. And also personally I always thought I was a much better singer than I was a bass player.” This change in direction proved successful for the band, with the single cracking the Australian Top 50 and the band scoring an appearance on the TV show Countdown. Their next single, “Five Letter Word,” was another national radio hit and brought them further into the spotlight.

Once the band released their debut, self-titled LP in late 1980, they seemed poise to break out internationally. “The feeling I got then was the record company’s expectation was we were going to go absolutely ballistic,” explained Chris in the same Mess+Noise interview. “We were going to go from suburban Thornleigh to Madison Square Garden, we were going to be amazingly huge.” While the debut record included highlights in the form of the previous singles and select album tracks such as the melodic “I Don’t Know” (which found Chris back on lead vocals) and the punky “Hello,” third single “Mr. President” failed to chart and the album - while regionally successful - didn’t break the band as expected.
After a series of lineup changes, the band issued a new single, “Jericho,” and returned to the studio to record their sophomore release, 1982’s 39-51. Armed with more memorable songs and more confident vocals from Annalisse, things looked promising for The Numbers. The album's singles “Big Beat” and “Dreams From Yesterday” as well as standout album tracks such as “Day to Day,” “Blacktown” and “Dancer” sounded a bit like a rougher-around-the edges version of The Go-Go’s and deserved widespread chart success. Unfortunately, by this point interest in the band had waned and the record went largely unnoticed.

After two albums and years of hard work on the road and in the studio with little commercial success to show for it, The Numbers soon called it quits. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that Chris and Annalisse released more music together, this time as Maybe Dolls. While this incarnation of the band gave the duo their biggest success to date in the form of the catchy pop singles “Nervous Kid” and “Cool Jesus,” the band once again faced record label difficulties, grew disillusioned, and a recorded second album was never released.

The Numbers and the Maybe Dolls never achieved international commercial success, but they created a canon of strong power pop songs worth discovering. In 2007, Australian label Aztec Music brought the band to attention once again by releasing a compilation of Numbers material, including highlights from both EPs, rare B-sides and the complete Government Boy EP. The disc is titled Numerology 1979-1982 and is available via the label’s site. In addition, the Blue Pie label recently released the band’s output digitally, and it can be downloaded on Amazon MP3 and iTunes (but beware, many of the tracks are mislabeled in these releases).

The Numbers band members:
Annalisse Morrow - Bass, Vocals
Chris Morrow - Guitar, Vocals
Simon Vidale - Drums
Graham Bidstrup - Drums
John Bliss - Drums
Craig Bloxom - Bass
Russell Handley - Keyboard, Guitar
Marty Newcombe - Drums
Collin Newham - Keyboard, Bass
Marcus Phelan - Guitar
Garry Roberts - Bass

The Numbers discography:
- Govt. Boy (EP, 1979): Government Boy, Private Eyes, Guerilla
- The Modern Song (single, 1980): The Modern Song, Take Me Away
- Five Letter Word (single, 1980): Five Letter Word, Alone
- The Numbers (self-titled LP, 1980): Five Letter Word, I Don’t Know, Mr. President, Hello, When I Get Older, The Modern Song, Partys, Talk to Me, OK, Teenage Wonderland, Wind
- Mr. President (single, 1981): Mr. President, Private Eyes, Guerilla
- Jericho (single, 1981): Jericho (original version), Turn Back (original version)
- 39-51 (LP, 1982): Big Beat, Secrets, Day to Day, Somedays, Again, Dreams from   Yesterday,   Blacktown, Dancer, Turn Back, Telephone, Jericho
- Big Beat (single, 1982): Big Beat, Telephone
- Dreams From Yesterday (single, 1982): Dreams From Yesterday, Again
- Numerology: 1979-1982 (compilation CD, 2007): The Modern Song, Five Letter Word, Mr. President, Jericho, Big Beat, Turn Back, Dreams From Yesterday, Alone, Partys, Dancer, Secrets, Day to Day, Again, Take Me Away, Blacktown, When I Get Older, Hello, Govt. Boy, Private Eyes, Guerilla