Monday, 30 November 2015

Tony Cole - 1972 - If The Music Stops

The King Is Dead/ Ruby/Talk About Tomorrow/All I Meant To Do/Got To Get Through To You/Napoleon And Josephine/Suite Man & Woman/Nothing More Than You/Like A Rock And Roll Band/Goodbye Gemini/The Music Stops

Australian singer and songwriter Tony Cole (a former schoolteacher who was discovered on Bandstand in 1964), made his record debut with The Crestaires on the Pakktel label in '65 with 'Boomerang Baby', recorded one single on the Leedon label in 1967 and moved to the UK releasing two singles in 1970. He lived in London writing music for many among them Sir Cliff Richard and Johnny Halliday.

A successful songwriting career followed two LPs produced by David Mackay with the 1973 single 'The Hook' a minor Australian hit. Suite:Man & Woman spent 4 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chartIN 1972 getting as high as #97.

He moved back to Australia in the 80s to care for his ailing mother. Unfortunately he didn't write any more... and he died (peacefully in his sleep) of a heart attack in 2001.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Painters and Dockers - 1985 - Kill Kill Kill

Kill Kill Kill/I Like It Both Ways/Rock 'n' Roll Radio/Know Your Product

Painters and Dockers are a rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1982.

Paul Stewart, singer-songwriter and trumpet player, is the only mainstay in the band which was named for the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union when they performed an early gig at a pub rock venue in Port Melbourne frequented by the union's members Some members of the band went on to form the Dili Allstars.

Their best-performing album Kiss My Art, peaked in the top 30 of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums charts in 1988. The album included two top 50 singles, "Nude School" and "Die Yuppie Die".

A four-track EP, Kill Kill Kill was released in 1985 containing cover versions of "Kill Kill Kill" originally by The Sacred Cows on "The Groovy Guru" episode of US comedy TV series, Get Smart; Australian group Supernaut's "I Like it Both Ways"; The Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio?" and The Saints' "Know Your Product".

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Various - Five By Four Vol. 2

1. Ronnie Burns - Coalman/Exit Stage Right/True True Loving/When I Was Six Years Old/The Very Last Day
2.The Cherokees - A Woman With Soul/The Thought Of You/That's If You Want Me Too/I've Been Trying/- Minnie The Moocher
3.The Groove - Simon Says/Sooth Me/What Is Soul/Relax Me /Baby Get In The Groove/Coke Advertisement
4.The Vibrants - Something About You Baby/The Letter Song/I Don't Need Nobody/Danger Zone/Terrible Way To Treat Your Baby/Sterling Jeans Advertisement

Great album released by Raven Records back in 1983 when we were all looking for those hard to find tracks this volume and it's predecessor were a godsend. Now in the digital age and with the internet things are a lot easier. This album is still a good listen with 5 tracks each from Ronnie Burns, The Groove, The Cherokees and The Vibrants.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Ray Brown - 1966 - Dance Dance Dance

The Loco-Motion/The Duck/Louie Louie/C.C. Rider/My Babe/Help Me Pt 1/Little Latin Lupe Lu/Mickey's Monkey/Bread And Butter/Bama Lama Bama Loo/Lonely Weekends/Help Me Pt 2

Ray Brown & The Whispers were a chart-topping Sydney band that originated in the surf music scene as The Nocturnes. After acquiring Ray Brown as their lead singer, they went on to become one of the most popular Australian bands of sixties era. The focus was on Ray Brown, who became a major star of the Australian pop scene. with a series of hit singles, including, "Pride", "Fool, Fool, Fool", and "20 Miles".

 Ray Brown & The Whispers ranked with Normie Rowe, The Aztecs and the Easybeats as one of the hottest acts in the country. They made regular appearances on all the major pop TV shows. By the end of 1965, they had already released two LPs, four singles and several EPs, and starting with their second album, Headin' For The Top, they were able to make use of Festival's newly opened four-track studio in Ultimo, enabling them to make great strides in production. In 1966, after five hit singles, the Whispers disbanded and losing momentum over the next few years, Ray Brown flew to the USA. returning to Australia in 1970 with a new, direction and he immediately formed Moonstone who used exotic instruments, such as the sitar, to record their album.

 Ray spent most of 1971 back in the USA, returning in late 1971 to unveil the 11-piece One Ton Gypsy an excellent country-influenced rock band. One Ton Gypsy regrettably made no studio recordings, and lasted only until 1973, eventually folding due to the cost of keeping such a large outfit on the road. The only extant tracks by this remarkable all-star band are the two songs they performed at the closing of the Garrison venue in Melbourne in mid-1973, which were recorded by Mushroom and later released as the LPs Garrison: The Final Blow. Whether any other songs from One Ton Gypsy were recorded at this event, and if such recordings have survived, is unknownAfter this band broke up, Ray recorded a superb solo single "Steel Guitar" / "Covered Wagon" for the newly-launched Mushroom label in November 1973. He continued to perform solo, and also revived the Whispers (with new lineups, including Wilbur Wilde) for concert appearances into the 80s.