Friday, 2 July 2021

Scrap Metal - 1990 - Make It Work (Single) FLAC

 Make It Work/Nobody Nobody


 Scrap Metal were a band from Broome, Western Australia who played rock music with elements of country and reggae. The members had Aboriginal, Irish, Filipino, French, Chinese, Scottish, Indonesian and Japanese heritage.

The band toured nationally as part of the Bran Nue Dae musical and with Midnight Oil, and were the first Aboriginal band to sign an international publishing deal. An ABC TV documentary From Broome to the Big Smoke was made about them. Scrap Metal won the 'Best Indigenous Act' award at the 1992 West Australian Music Industry Awards.

After Scrap Metal Alan, Stephen and Phillip Pigram joined up with their brothers David, Colin, Gavin and Peter to create The Pigram Brothers.

In 2006 Stephen and Alan Pigram were inducted into the Western Australian Music Hall of Fame.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Various Artists - 1999 - The Scene From Northern Victoria FLAC

 The Freeways - Lost Major/The Freeways - Busy Freeway/The Lonely Ones - I'll Never Get Over You/The Lonely Ones - I Wonder Why/The Checkmates - Dream Land/The Checkmates - You Said/The Emeralds - I'll Tell/The Emeralds - I Think I Really Love You/Peter & The Silhouettes - Claudette Jones/Peter & The Silhouettes - The Natural Man/The M.I.5. - Muggsie/The M.I.5. - My Home Town/The Liv'n' End - Come Back Now/The Liv'n' End - Somehow

Friday, 4 June 2021

INXS - 1990 - Suicide Blonde (12'') FLAC

 Suicide Blonde (Milk Mix)/Suicide Blonde (Devastation Mix)/Everybody Wants U Tonight


 "Suicide Blonde" was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss of the group INXS, after the band had gotten back together after a year-long sabbatical in 1989. The song's title originates from the night Hutchence and then-girlfriend Kylie Minogue attended the debut of the 1989 romantic drama film The Delinquents, which stars Minogue. For the premiere, she wore a blonde wig whose colour she called "suicide blonde".

The recording of "Suicide Blonde" showed some new and older influences on INXS. Jon Farriss's drums show the influence of dance music especially the acid house sounds popular in the UK. Similarly, the blues harp intro on the track, performed by Charlie Musselwhite, was sampled rather than recorded live.

The track was released in September 1990 throughout the world. In the United States the track reached a peak of number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and it topped both the Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. A dance remix of the track received wide airplay on US top-forty stations, allowing it to reach the top 10 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. On the UK Singles Chart the single reached a peak of number 11, while on the Australian Singles Chart it reached number two. In Canada and New Zealand, "Suicide Blonde" reached number one for two and three weeks respectively.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Angels - 1988 - Finger On The Trigger (12'') FLAC

 Finger On The Trigger/Straight Aces/Living In The Bodyguard Of Luxury



 "Finger on the Trigger" is the 32nd single by Australian hard rock band The Angels. Released as a non-album single in 1988, it peaked at number 34 on the ARIA Charts.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Margaret Urlich - 1993 - Chameleon Dreams FLAC

 Human Race/Love Train/Boy in the Moon/Second Best/Chameleon Dreams/ It Ain't Easy/Man Overboard/Cover to Cover/Never Be the Same/Burnt Sienna


This was requested a few years ago by one JT I didn't own it at  the time but did acquire a copy a while  back.


 Chameleon Dreams is the second solo album by Margaret Urlich, released in September 1992. The first single from the album, Boy In The Moon, was highly successful, reaching the top ten in New Zealand. The video for the single was filmed in Paris. The Album achieved platinum status in both New Zealand and Australia.

In March 1991, Urlich, armed with a half million dollar recording budget, returned to the studio to commence pre-production for her second album, Chameleon Dreams, with English writer/producer Robyn Smith, the man behind her highly successful debut. By mid year, Urlich and Smith had entered Sydney's 301 Studios to record their two songs, plus a third track written by Smith and Barry Blue. The same team had been responsible for two of the best tracks on Safety in Numbers ("Escaping" and "Guilty People"), and their latest offering "Boy In The Moon", proved pivotal to the sound of the new album. Other tracks were collected by travelling all over the world.

First Urlich went to London to co-write with celebrated writers like Rob Fisher with whom she wrote the album's title track Chameleon Dreams. She then went on to Los Angeles, where she met up with Grammy Award-winning writer/producer Ian Prince, and with whom she wrote two songs for the album and he produced four tracks. She returned to London again, where she co-wrote a number of songs with Simon Law and Tony Swain before completing the project with three tracks produced by Swain.

The success of Chameleon Dreams earned Urlich the "Best Selling New Zealand Artist of the Year" award at The 1992 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo. She attended the awards ceremony and performed Love Train.

Chameleon Dreams was nominated for two ARIA Award in 1993 and has sold over 75,000 copies.

Mental As Anything - 1984 - You're So Strong (12'')

 You're So Strong (Extended Version)/You're So Strong (Single Version)/You're So Strong (Dub Version)


 You're So Strong"was the first single taken from the album Fundamental it reached #11 on the Australian charts and just made it into the charts at #82 in the UK over in the US  it peaked at #21 on the dance charts.



Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Various Artists - 1989 - The Australian Rock 'n' Roll Stars FLAC


 THE SAINTS - Everything's Alright/PAUL WAYNE - We Say Yeah/LEE SELLERS - When I Get Thru With You/LES GREEN & THE SUNDOWNERS - Summer Siesta/LITTLE SAMMY - Bad Bad Woman/VICKI FORREST - You Can Count On Me/BARRY STANTON - Blue/KENNY SHANE - I'm The Lonely One/PAUL WAYNE - I'll Touch A Star/JOHNNY O'KEEFE,BARRY STANTON,PAUL WAYNE - Little Red Rented Rowboat/TERRY & THE TEENBEATS - Boomerang Baby/ROLAND STORM -  Carol/JERRY J. WILDER - Go On Back You Fool/THE ATLANTICS - The Boys/BARRY STANTON - I Can Mend Your Broken Heart/WARREN WILLIAMS - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/PAUL WAYNE - Long Tall Sally/PAUL WAYNE, DIG RICHARDS, JOHNNY O'KEEFE, JOHNNY DEVLIN - Medley

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Redhouse - 1976 - One More Squeeze (Remastered 2017) FLAC

 I Got Love/ I Like Dancing/ I Love Your Lady/Little Paul/ I'm Just/Hit The Deck/Who's Foolin' Who/One More Squeeze

Bonus Tracks.

 Thank You/Snapshot/Hot Feet/O Lucky Man/Movin' On

Redhouse were a short lived Australian rock music band formed in 1975. The group released one studio album which peaked at number 89 on the Australian charts in 1977.

Originally formed as the Red House Roll Band, this Geelong (Victoria) quartet was that city's premier rock attraction during the mid-1970s. The Red House Roll Band provided a very theatrical stage show (along the lines of Alice Cooper) with band members dressing up in skeleton suits or Superman outfits.

  In 1973 the band signed a record deal with Atlantic, which resulted in the single "O Lucky Man" (B-Side was Movin' On). Taken from the British feature film of the same name, the band's version of Alan Price's song became a regional hit. But the band went into hibernation and re-emerged in late 1975 as Redhouse, with a completely revised line-up comprising Jack Green, John Dallimore, Jacques De Jongh and Gary Crothall.

 Redhouse built up a strong following on the Melbourne pub circuit as a hard-working heavy rock band. In July 1976, De Jongh left the band to join Hush. Graham Matters (on vocals) and Garry Quince (on guitar and keyboards) took his place. In September, Redhouse entered the studio to record a debut album, 'One More Squeeze'.

"One More Squeeze" was their only album  recorded under the original title "Red House Roll Band". A legendary Australian musician John Dallimore participated in the recording of this record. For the period of recording he was only 17 years old. The singles "I Like Dancing" and "Who's Foolin 'Who" reached the 17th place on the Melbourne charts. The band broke up in 1978....~

Monday, 29 March 2021

Procession - 1969 - Procession FLAC

 You - Me/Gently Does It/Essentially Susan/Signature Tune/Adelaide, Adelaide/Take Time (A Swingin' Waltz)/Every American Citizen/Sweet Simplicity/ Automobile/September In July/Mind Magician/ Anthem



 Procession were formed in October 1967 by members of two earlier Australasian pop groups, Normie Rowe's long-time backing band, the Playboys, and New Zealand group, the Librettos. The Librettos had formed in Wellington as a beat-pop group in 1960 and by 1965 they relocated to Sydney, where they included Craig Collinge (born 24 August 1948, Sydney) on drums and Brian Peacock (born 27 June 1946, Levin, New Zealand) on bass guitar and vocals. The Librettos broke up in June of the following year, with Peacock joining the Playboys and Collinge forming a heavy rock-trio, the Knack.

The Playboys had formed in July 1963 as an instrumental group in Melbourne and in November 1966 they relocated to London where they were the backing band for Rowe. In March 1967 Trevor Griffin (born 22 December 1944, Birmingham, England) joined on organ from the Question Marks. A month later Mick Rogers joined on guitar. While still with Rowe, the Playboys signed to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded a one-off single, “Black Sheep R.I.P” (August 1967). By then Rowe and the Playboys had returned to Australia and in October the group split from Rowe and Collinge had joined on drums.

They were renamed as Procession with the line-up of Collinge on drums, Griffin on organ, Peacock on bass guitar and vocals, and Rogers on lead guitar and vocals. They made their live debut at Sebastians nightclub, Melbourne on 17 December. They signed with Festival Records, to issue their debut single, "Anthem", in December 1967; which has Peacock and Rogers providing an a cappella rendition. A second single, "Listen", appeared in March 1968 but did not chart, despite being the first Australian disc to be recorded on newly installed eight-track equipment.



The group appeared regularly on Melbourne-based TV pop show, Uptight, on ATV 0, which was produced by the band's talent manager, David Joseph. The group's debut album, Procession 'Live' at Sebastians (15 May 1968), a live recording at the venue on 3 April, failed to chart. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane observed, "it revealed the band's predilection for modern jazz."[The group played a farewell Australian show at the Royale Ballroom on 18 June 1968 supported by the Twilights and the Virgil Brothers.

Procession relocated to London where they became a regular attraction at the Marquee during early to mid-1969. They signed to Philips/Mercury and released a second eponymous album, which was produced by Mike Hugg (of Manfred Mann), which attracted positive reviews but poor sales. McFarlane felt the album was, "a sophisticated collection of jazz-tinged psychedelic pop material." In the United States it appeared on Mercury's subsidiary label, Smash. The two singles from the album, "Every American Citizen" (October 1968) and a re-recorded version of "Anthem" re-titled as "One Day Every Week" (December), also flopped.

     Alternate US and UK  cover for LP

In March 1969 Collinge left to join Manfred Mann Chapter Three and former Cat Stevens sideman, Chris Hunt (born 15 November 1945 in Hillingdon, England) joined on drums. In the following month Peacock asked his friend from Melbourne, singer-songwriter, Ross Wilson, formerly of the Pink Finks and the Party Machine. Wilson took over from Rogers as lead singer and also provided harmonica, although the move was resented by both Rogers and Hunt.

In late May or early June the group recorded new tracks at Olympic Studios, including Rogers' "Surrey" and Wilson's "Papa's in the Vice Squad" and "I Wanna Be Loved", but they were never released. They reportedly also featured another of Wilson's new compositions, "Make Your Stash", in their set-list, but never recorded it. According to Wilson, his song – which was based on a melody from Gustav Holst's The Planets – in turn became the basis for the abortive 1973 Manfred Mann's Earth Band album, Masque (which was abandoned when the group was unable to secure the rights to use Holst's music from the trustees of his estate).


Although the band was now nearing its end, Wilson's brief stint with Procession provided an unexpected side-benefit – it was during this period that he read a British newspaper article about the history of "juke joints" in the American south, and the accompanying photo, which showed dancers performing "The Eagle Rock and the Pigeon Wing" provided an inspiration for Wilson's breakthrough hit with his next band. Procession's final engagement was a month-long student cruise from London to New York. By this time David Joseph had lost interest in the band and was concentrating on the New Seekers. Procession officially disbanded in September 1969.

Bobby And Laurie - 1967 - Exposaic FLAC

 Every Second Day/ First Street Blues/High Noon/ Long Black Veil/Just Dreaming/Since You're Gone/John Lee Strange/Each And Every Time (Four In All)/Philosophy On A Phone Call/ I Have Been Told/My Sweet Bay-B/I Do Not Lie


 Dynamic vocal duo Bobby & Laurie was one of the leading acts in the first wave of Australian 'beat pop' 1964-67. They cut a series of fine recordings which rank alongside those of Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Ray Brown & The Whispers, The Easybeats, Normie Rowe and MPD Ltd as milestones of Australian pop in the mid-60s.

Although perhaps not as well remembered today as some of their contemporaries, they were one of the most popular and successful acts of their day, and deserve a lot more recognition for their contributions. Bobby, Laurie and the members of their regular backing band, The Rondells were all important figures in the development of the Melbourne rock scene, and their History is also a great illustration of the intricate (and sometimes confusing) interconnections between the many groups of the '60s and '70s.


Laurie Allen was a veteran of the earliest days of rock'n'roll in Melbourne. His first amateur group in the late Fifties was The Three Jays, followed by The Lories ca. 1958. He was a member of The Roulettes in 1958-59, then from 1959-61 he was lead guitarist for Malcolm Arthur & The Knights, one of Melbourne's pioneering rock & roll bands. Original Knights members Graham Trottman and Phil Blackmore later joined Normie Rowe's backing group The Playboys.

After leaving the Knights he joined The Blue Jays as singer/organist in 1962. Laurie stayed with them until the end of 1963, when they became part of Ivan Dayman's Sunshine organisation; shortly after that, in 1964, they became the "Fabulous Blue Jays", the backing band for singer Tony Worsley. Laurie then rejoined The Roulettes, a long-running Melbourne revue band whose roster included brothers Ron Blackmore, brother Phil Blackmore , Graham Trottman and Bob Arrowsmith.

 By the time Laurie joined the Roulettes, Ron Blackmore had moved off the stage and into management. He assembled a stable of solo singers and groups that worked the booming dance circuit around Melbourne. It was at this time that Laurie first met and worked with singer Bobby Bright. Bobby had made his start as a solo artist in Adelaide, working for Dayman, and then moved to Melbourne. He also released two solo Singles on the W&G label in 1963. When Bobby and Laurie left The Roulettes in 1963, Ron Blackmore became their manager. Each initially struck out on his own, performing separate solo spots in one show (complete with coffin!) backed by Melbourne instrumental band The Hearsemen, which included a young Mike Brady (MPD Ltd) in its first lineup. Early in 1964 (11 March) Laurie made his first solo TV appearance, on Graham Kennedy's IMT.



Later in the year, both singers appeared on The Go!! Show, a new TV pop show screening on Melbourne's recently-established third commercial station, Channel 0, and it was at this point that they decided to merge their solo acts into one, and "Bobby & Laurie" was born.

Bobby & Laurie was one of the first Melbourne acts to adopt the new 'longhaired' image pioneered by The Beatles and the Stones, and they rapidly became a popular drawcard. Like several other important artists of the time, they became regulars The Go!! Show, and this led to a contract with the allied Go!! record label.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The Kompany - 1967 - Little Joe The Boxer @320

 Little Joe The Boxer/The Family Way


 An Australian band. Formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1965.The group disbanded in 1967.This band was the group that backed Johnny Young.

Members include

JOHN EDDY - Guitar
MIKE WADE - Keyboard, Guitar 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Marcia Hines - 1981 - Take It From The Boys FLAC

 Your love still brings Me to My knees/Love Me like the last time/Take It from the boys/Many rivers to cross/What a bitch is love/ I was free/Just this one time/The dance goes on/It don't take much/Taking It all in stride


 Take It from the Boys is the fifth studio album by American-Australian singer Marcia Hines and first on new record label Midnight Records. Take It from the Boys peaked at No. 16 in Australia and produced the top ten single, "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees" which peaked at No. 10 in Australia and 6 and 7 in The Netherlands and Belgium.


Sunday, 31 January 2021

Marcia Hines - 1979 - Ooh Child FLAC

 Ooh child/Something's Missing (In My life)/You're So Good/Moments/ I Wanna Make It With You Tonight/Dance You Fool, Dance/April Sun In Cuba; Save The Last Dance For Me/Where Did We go Wrong/ Let The Music Play


 Ooh Child is the fourth studio album by American-Australian singer Marcia Hines. Ooh Child peaked at No. 15 in Australia and produced the top ten single, "Something's Missing (In My Life)", which peaked at No. 9. It was released digitally in 2020.

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).

Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Takeaways - 2010 - Sweet and Sour Soundtrack FLAC

 Sweet & Sour/Hip Romeo/Moon And Stars/Chicken Feed Pt. 1/Singing In The Shower/It's A Game/Glam To Wham/Heart Plays Tricks/On The Street Where U Live/Too Hot To Move/Little Boxes/No Worries/Party On Wheels/Sweet/Sweet & Sour Theme Tune/No Focus/Crocodile Shoes/
Image Of An Angel/Down The Road/Good Advice/Psychosis/Popstars And Politicians/Digging A Hole/The Rain/Can’t Stand Still/Two Of The Boys/I’m A Genius/Bill Posters/Can’t Imagine (Sweet & Sour)


 Sweet and Sour was an Australian television series that screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1984. It was created by Tim Gooding and Johanna Pigott and was produced internally for the ABC by Jan Chapman. The main storyline of the series followed the efforts of a fictional band, The Takeaways, to break into the Sydney music scene. "The Takeaways have so far eluded commercial success. However, negotiations are presently underway for the band to sell their story to a prominent TV station, and really clean up."

In mid-1983 Sydney a band called The Takeaways is formed. Initially it consists of Carol Howard, Martin Kabel and George Poulopoulos. Carol Howard (Tracy Mann) is an attractive vocalist and novice guitarist from Melbourne; she had pursued an acting career with little success but is now focussed on her music. Carol wrote her first song on the train to Sydney.

Martin Kabel (David Reyne) is an established, albeit unsuccessful, guitarist who wants to branch out from his current band: he would like to sing his own songs. Martin gets his chance with The Takeaways.

George Poulopoulos (Arky Michael) is more interested in playing soccer for the Combined Hellenic Travel Agents but reluctantly joins to play bass. He learns how to play at the band's first practice session; slowly he overcomes his shyness to become a confident performer.

Darrell Winters (Ric Herbert) sees a quick dollar to be made as their manager; Darrell talks the talk and tries to walk the walk. He sets out to organise their first gig: a backyard barbecue! Fortunately better gigs followed in various Sydney pubs. Their first jam sessions are in an old boot factory.

Meanwhile, Christine Yates (Sandra Lillingston) breaks into their house and rather than turn her in to the police they offer her a spot in their band. Christine's father, legendary 1960s saxophonist Shrug Yates (Martin Vaughan), taught her to 'feel' music while playing sax. Christine sings lead vocal on some songs.

Initially they play their gigs using a drum machine until Johnny Black (Robin Copp), an established drummer, joins. 

Numerous Australian and New Zealand musicians and songwriters were involved in this TV series.

The title song of the series,"Sweet and Sour", was written by Sharon O'Neill, who also recorded the song in 1987 as "In Control" on her album Danced in the Fire. Deborah Conway (Do-Ré-Mi) was actor Tracy Mann's 'singing voice' and sang the hit "Sweet & Sour" (# 10 Australian national singles chart). The song's lyrics relate to self-empowerment in the face of life's vagaries: "Life can be sweet and sour, But I am in control. It can chill me to the bone, Give me wings to fly on my own."

Music was directed by Martin Armiger (The Sports, Stephen Cummings Band) who also provided backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and lyrics. Associate Music Director Graham Bidstrup (The Angels, GANGgajang) also provided backing vocals, keyboards, percussion and lyrics. In 1980, Bidstrup had produced a single, "Russia Rocks", for an Australian group The Takeaways. Assistant to Music Director Stephen O'Rourke also provided backing vocals.

The list of recording musicians/songwriters includes Tommy Emmanuel, Chris Bailey (The Angels, GANGgajang), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Red Symons (Skyhooks), "Freddie" Strauks (Skyhooks), Todd Hunter (Dragon, XL Capris), Rick Grossman (Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus),Mark Edwards (The Runners), Tony Buchanan (Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs mk2) and Reg Mombassa (Mental As Anything).

Cathy McQuade (Deckchairs Overboard) was Sandra Lillingston's 'singing voice' and John Clifforth (Deckchairs Overboard) was David Reyne's 'singing voice' (both Reyne and Herbert sang backing vocals on some tracks).

The soundtrack album went platinum, selling over 70,000 copies.

Australian band GANGgajang were formed as a direct result of four of their members involvement as musicians/songwriters for this show: Chris Bailey, Graham Bidstrup, Mark Callaghan and Kay Bee.

Cameo appearances from other Australian musicians include, The Johnnys playing Slip Slap Fishin' and Rebel Yell live in Episode 3 and Richard Clapton playing acoustic in the street in Episode 6. Kirk Pengilly from INXS appeared in Episode 7 and Chrissie Amphlett from the Divinyls popped up in Episode 8.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Bobby and Laurie - Jump Back WAVE RE-UP

 I Belong With You/Judy Green/Someone/I'm Not A Bad Guy/Trouble In Mind/You Got It Off Me/Give All Your Lovin' To Me/Mojo Queen (Live)/Hold Me/Crazy Country Hop/Sweet And Tender Romance/You'll Come 'round/Jump Back/No Next Time/Every Second Day/Hitchhiker

 Bobby and Laurie were an Australian vocal duo formed in Melbourne in 1965.

During the sixties Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen were the first to break through as a duo act and one of the most famouse to come out of Australia. Laurie was part of 'Malcolm Arthur and The Knight's' playing lead guitar in 1959 and also a member and lead singer of 'The Blue Jays'. Bobby Bright was a solo singer from Adelaide with 'The Roulette's'. Both Bobby and Laurie started as a duo 1964 during Beatle mania.

They were one of the first to appear regularly on the new 'GO! Show' which was Melbourne's first rock show from 'Channel 0'. Also they received a recording contract with the GO! record label. They are probably known for their early hit 'I Belong To You' produced
by Roger Savage. The song was written by Laurie. They had many hit's but the Roger Miller composition 'Hitch Hiker' would stand out more than any.

Both decided to call it a day in 1967.

Bobby Bright went into radio and Laurie started a new group 'The Laurie Allen Revue' with a very young new singer 'Collen Hewitt'.

They both reunited for a short time but in 1971 they again went their own way.

Sadly Laurie passed away on the 13th of June, 2002.

Sherbet - 1974 - Slipstream FLAC RE-POST

 Slipstream/Endless Place/Wild Love/Another Hustler/What Is It All About/Freedom/Silvery Moon/Handy Mandy/When The Sunshine Turns To Grey/Earthquake In My Head/So Glad You're Mine

Sherbet was formed in 1969 by Clive Shakespeare with members of three Sydney bands. He had been in a band called Downtown Roll Band. With fellow members Doug Rae on bass & Danny Taylor on drums, he recruited Sam See on keys from Clapham Junction and Dennis Laughlin from Sebastian Hardie Blues Band on lead vocals. Like a lot of bands their lineup was fluid in the early days but by 1972 the first classic lineup of Daryl Braithwaite on vocals, Clive Shakespeare on guitar, Garth Porter on keys, Alan Sandow on drums and Tony Mitchell on bass.

 They toured relentlessly and were known as one of the hardest working and most professional acts of the time. All the while Daryl Braithwaite was having solo success as well. He was named “King Of Pop” from three years running from 1975 – 1977 and Sherbet were voted Best Australian Group five years in a row from 1973 to 1978.


In 1976 Clive Shakespeare left due largely to the heavy pressure and relentless touring. He was replaced by Harvey James, who had been successful in both Mississippi and Ariel, just as the band were hitting peak popularity. Like too many bands of their era they tried to break into the U.S. market but never quite pulled it off. They changed their name to “Highway” to try and get away from their previous bubblegum pop image but despite having some great local success the band decided to fold in late 1979.

The break was brief, however, and they were back in 1980 as “Sherbs” with the same lineup. A couple more years of touring saw them again call it quits in 1984 although they have performed at various one off events like the Harvey James Tribute Concert.

Slipstream is an album by Sherbet released in 1974. According to the Kent Music Report, it spent 35 weeks in the Australian Charts reaching a highest position of No. 3.

After a heavy touring schedule during the summer of '73 / '74, Sherbet packed a couple of guitars, and the electric piano, bathers, fishing lines, assorted goodies and recording equipment and headed off down the south coast of New South Wales to unwind in Clive's sea side house. Most of the songs on this album were written or conceived during this period.

Daryl Braithwaite: lead vocals
Tony Mitchell: bass guitar & vocals
Clive Shakespeare: guitars & vocals
Garth Porter: keyboards & vocals
Alan Sandow: drums

Produced by Sherbet and Richard Batchens
Recorded at Festival's Studio 24, Sydney, Australia June - August 1974

All tracks remastered by William Bowden, Festival Studios

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Sherbet - 1975 - Life Is For Living FLAC RE-POST

 Arrival/Survival/Life/I Wanna' Live/Only One You/Matter Of Time/Just Being You/Bluesong/I've Been In It Too Long/Where Do We Go/Survival - Reprise

 Life... Is For Living is the fourth album released by Sherbet released in 1975. Life is for living was a very interesting album because various members did lead vocal, Tony Mitchell takes lead vocals on "Bluesong" while Garth Porter takes over on "Matter Of Time" there were also a couple of instrumental tracks. Life... Is for Living reached #6 on the Australian charts.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Doug Parkinson - 1986 - Reflections WAVE RE-POST

 01 Reach Out, I'll Be There 
02 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore 
03 A Whiter Shade of Pale 
04 Without You 
05 Reflections 
06 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 
07 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 
08 (Love Is Like A) Heatwave 
09 You Keep Me Hangin' On 
10 Dear Prudence 
11 When a Man Loves a Woman 
12 I'll Be Around 
13 Endlessly 
14 It's a Man's Man's World 
15 You've Really Got a Hold On Me 
16 You Are So Beautiful  

 This album was released on the Hammard label in 1986 (Rememember them ) On it, the true living Oz legend that is Doug pays homage to the wonderful soul stars of the 60's & 70's & their classic songs that he so loves. Along the way he also revives a Procol Harum beauty as well as revisiting songs from his own formidable back catalogue including Dear Prudence, Without You, I'll Be Around & The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (though I do miss another of our very best singer's, Brod Smith's backing vocals on this one)

Doug's gravelly baritone is in awesome form & though there's only one new song on here, an excellent original called Endlessly, he effortlessly stamps each & every one of these familiar, stomping classics as his own. Reviewed by Micko

Friday, 6 November 2020

Steve Prestwich - 2000 - Since You've Been Gone FLAC

 Hurt Me So/Get Onboard/Someone Caught My Eye/ Since You've Been Gone/Early One Mornin'/Harbour Lights/Love Ya Baby/Best of a Bad Situation/Trouble Free/Bended Knees/So Tired/White Dove


 Prestwich was born in Liverpool, England in 1954. He was a member of a folk-rock band called Sandy in 1970. His family relocated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1971 when he was 17. He was a member of Elizabeth band, Ice, with bassist Michael Smith, later of Scandal, and guitarist John Pryer from 1971 to 1973.

In 1973, he was the founding drummer for heavy metal group, Orange, with the line-up of Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker and Leszek Kaczmarek. Orange evolved into Cold Chisel in 1974 and a year later, Kaczmarek was replaced by Phil Small. Prestwich remained a member until early 1983 and during his time in Cold Chisel, he wrote "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Both songs appeared on the 1982 album Circus Animals. He co-wrote with Walker the song Flame Trees from the 1984 album Twentieth Century. He briefly rejoined Cold Chisel for their Last Stand Tour from October to December 1983.


From 1984 to 1986 Prestwich was the drummer in the Little River Band. He toured the United States and released two albums with LRB. Little River Band recorded a version of "When the War is Over" with John Farnham on vocals. Prestwich rejoined Cold Chisel in later reformations.

Prestwich released his first solo album, Since You've Been Gone in August 2000, which he also produced. His second album, Every Highway was released in October 2009.

Prestwich was the father of a daughter, Melody, and a son, Vaughan. Prestwich died at the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney after not regaining consciousness following brain surgery to remove a tumour diagnosed less than two weeks before. Cold Chisel singer Jimmy Barnes later planted a flame tree in Prestwich's memory at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Little Pattie - 1995 - Moments Like This FLAC

  Let’s Face the Music and Dance/You Don’t Know Me/No More Blues/Who Cares/Love Letters/I’m Walkin’/When a Woman Loves a Man/Among My Souvenirs/Reachin’ for the Moon/When I Lost You/ You’re My Thrill/Moments Like This/Lover, Come Back to Me/ I Remember Clifford


 Little Pattie, née Patricia Thompson, has been a mainstay on the Australian entertainment scene since she was a teenager. She had her first pop hit at just 15 and, at the age of 17, was the youngest performer to sing for Australian troops during the Vietnam War. Generally categorized as a rocker, she has crossed the line to record a set of classic standards at two separate studio sittings. Her style and relatively deep voice immediately remind one of Susannah McCorkle, especially on medium-tempo tunes such as "No More Blues." She also has a similar way of phrasing, singing slightly behind the beat. Also evident right from the outset is that this lady is a veteran of the entertainment business with the utmost confidence in what she does. This is no amateur night contestant. She can swing ("I'm Walkin'"), she can be sentimental ("Among My Souvenirs"), and she can be ironically romantic ("When a Woman Loves a Man"). She is also comfortable flirting with other music styles, such as a slight touch of sultry country on the Eddie Arnold classic, "You Don't Know Me." Her supporting cast serves her well. The two pianists, Terry Wilkinson and Barney McAll, are pretty much interchangeable. Erroll Buddle kicks in with a sax solo now and then, such as on "Reachin' for the Moon." Once in a while, drummer Lawrie Thompson forgets this is not a rock session, but that's an inoffensive slip that doesn't matter all that much. This is an album of solid vocalizing by a consummate professional and is recommended.