Saturday, 29 November 2014

Road Apple - 1979 - Take A Bite

I Know The Feeling/Namatjira/Bending The Strings/Turn Me Loose/Fire On The Mountain/Clyde/Last Train Fom Poor Valley/Fourex Beer And Slim Dusty Music/Stretch My Mind/Rolling Stone/Another Rodeo/Orange Blossom Special (Phase Too)

I think this album will be treat for those that love Australian Country Music The band is called Roadapple. I've never heard of them but there is quite a bit of info on the covers (Yay for covers). The band members are Greg Louttit (Acoustic and Bass Guitar) John Harty (Mandolin) Andy Grant (Acoustic and Bass Guitar) Rainor Webb (Banjo) Kornell Banks (Fiddle) Guest Musicians are Peter Richardson (Tambourine) with Stuart Watson and Marcus Holden (Fiddles).

The Majority of the music is Bluegrass and it motors along. There are a couple of originals with rest being covers. There is a nice rendition of the Doctor Hook hit "Cover of the Rolling Stone" and one that stuck out for me "Fourex Beer And Slim Dusty Music".
There is one track # six which on playback I thought what am I going to do with this The start of it sounded like someone had been using the record for a Frisbee but no it turns out it was only special effects here I am cleaning up records and these guys are putting the sound of old crackling records back on.

A nice gesture by the band was donating all the royalties from the sale of the record to The Variety Club Of Australia there is a copy of the thankyou note on the back cover. I hope it sold well in country Australia.

The Album has cover scans and is in WAVE format

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Zoot - Just Zoot

1 X 2 X 3 X 4/Mr. Songwriter/Flying/Yes I'm Glad/Who's Afraid Of You/About Time/Monty And Me/Sailing/Feelings/Sha La La/She's Alright/Shake A Feather

Zoot were a pop/rock band formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1965 as Down the Line. They changed their name to Zoot in 1967 and by 1968 had relocated to Melbourne. They had a top five hit on the Go-Set national singles chart with a heavy rock cover of The Beatles' ballad "Eleanor Rigby" released in 1970; but they disbanded in May 1971.

Mainstay bass guitarist, Beeb Birtles, was later a founder of Little River Band in 1975 and guitarist singer-songwriter, Rick Springfield, who moved to the United States in 1972, achieved international fame as a solo artist, songwriter and actor.

Band Members

Beeb Birtles – bass guitar, guitar (2011), vocals (1965–1971, 2011)
Darryl Cotton – lead vocals, guitar (1965–1971, 2011; died 2012)
Teddy Higgins – drums (1965–1968)
John D'Arcy – guitar, vocals (1965–1968)
Steve Stone – guitar (1968)
Rick Brewer – drums (1968–1971, 2011)
Roger Hicks – guitar (1968–1969)
Rick Springfield – lead guitar, vocals (1969–1971, 2011)

Zoot reunited for the Rick Springfield and Friends cruise in November 2011. Sadly Darryl Cotton passed away 8 months later from liver cancer.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Benjamin Hugg - 1974 - Early One Morning

Interlude (Early One Morning)/Thank God You're Here With Me/Such Little Time/Lovely Picture/Silly Minded People/Alleys Of Austin/Michinberry Walk/My Jenny/Here Comes Alice And Me/I've Found Love/Hand Me Down Second Hand Smile/Epilouge (Early One Morning)

 Benjamin Hugg was a Melbourne based folk singer who had a #35 hit with "Thank God You're Here With Me" in 1974, The album contains some folk and poptunes .He released a second single "Minchinberry Walk" in 1975 .His second album "What's Been Happening" came out in 1975 Hugg formed a touring band The Benjamin Hugg Band which comprised of Greg Johnson (guitar) Keith Miller (bass) David Pitt (drums). At the 1974 King of Pop Awards Benjamin received the Best New Talent Award he then dissappeared from public view.

Bejamin's real name was Gary Hughes, he was born in Germany and came to Australia in the '70s. He married and had two daughters but was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, and died with his family around him at his home in Melbourne in 1991.