30.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.153 - NEON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Musician William Motzing was born in the USA. During his career as a professional trombonist Bill performed with Kai Winding Septet, Jon Eardley Quintet, Gerry Mulligan Big Band,Bill Russo Big Band, Sal Salvador Big Band, Eastman-Rochester Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His diverse career has also included being the sound designer for pop band Blood, Sweat and Tears for three years.

In the classical arena Bill has conducted major symphony orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras. In Australia he is well represented via film scores and television series including Mother and Son, Come in Spinner, Brides of Christ and Young Einstein.

He currently teaches theory, arranging, modern jazz history, improvisation and ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Bill continues to perform his works regularly in Sydney and inspires all musicians he comes in contact with.

Bill's biggest hit came in 1981 when he conducted a studio group called the Neon Philharmonic Orchestra and their single "Classics On 45" became a substantial hit. In foreign lands the arrangement was re-badged as "Hooked On Classics".

The 7" single as far as I know has never been on C.D. but the longer album mix has once made it to digital form. To remedy this situation, here for download is the single mix edited from the longer C.D. version, replicated exactly to match the single version (minus scratches, clicks and pops of course).

A classic track:


http://rapidshare.com/files/191543074/neon_philharmonic_orchestra_-_classics_on_45__tom_mix_edit_.mp3

28.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.152 - HEADBAND

Headband were a blues / rock band who were based in Adelaide and played between 1972-74. Their sole album "A Song For Tooley" sold quite well spending five weeks in the charts and making the Top 50. Prior to this they'd recorded a couple of pop singles, the first was "Land Of Supercars" which got to #13 in Adelaide. The second single "Country Lady" was a minor hit in 1973 charting in Sydney and Adelaide and was included on the album. The single was not representational of the album content which was heavier in nature.

"Country Lady" is a poppy country-tinged song and still after all these years has a jaunty feel a bit like "Mississippi" by American singer, John Phillips. The album has been on C.D. but is no longer available. The "Country Lady" single has not been included on any other compilation.

The original single was about 2 and a half minutes which is very short! This download is a 5 minute extended Tom Mix 12" remake:

http://rapidshare.com/files/190589436/headband_-_country_lady__ultimate_tom_mix_.mp3

26.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.151 - BLACK DIAMONDS / TYMEPIECE

The Black Diamonds hailed from Lithgow NSW. One of their big early hits was "I Want, Need, Love You". Toward the end of 1967, the Black Diamonds decided to make the big move to Sydney. The Sydney shift proved to be a fruitful one.

On January 1st, 1968 the Black Diamonds became Tymepiece. In August 1968, the band appeared on two simultaneous singles. As Tymepiece, they issued "Bird In The Tree" and producer Pat Aulton also set them up to record a version of The Tokens’ old standard "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" but under the moniker of Love Machine. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was a national top 40 (#18) hit - and its “B” side, the eccentric “Lonely Hearts Club Christmas Club Party has become something of a cult-track - a 12" extended Tom Mix of it is available at DOWNLOAD NO.131.

This download is for the mono Tom Mix remix of the ultra rare Black Diamond's single "I Want, Need, Love You".

http://rapidshare.com/files/189567596/Black_Diamonds_-_i_want__need__love_you.mp3

This download is for the mono Tom Mix remix of the ultra rare Tymepiece single "Bird In The Tree":

http://rapidshare.com/files/189575850/Tymepiece_-_Bird_In_The_Tree.mp3

23.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.150 - BIG RED

The ensemble Big Red, was the brainchild of studio owner and songwriter, Peter Blyton, film director, George Muskens and silent partner, former "Hush" guitarist and jingle king, Les Gock. Tim Gaze was one of the more prominent musos to be a member of Big Red, he being ex member of Tamam Shud. Chris Lloyds was the Rig Red's lead singer. Chris was born in Melbourne, and at the age of 7 won a Choir Scholarship to attend Christchurch Grammar School, South Yarra. After years of studying music in Melbourne, and then having parents who moved to Fiji, Chris moved to QLD to study and eventually settled there. He has numerous band credits and acting appearances including a stint on “Neighbours”. Chris also had numerous jingles on television...one of the many was his uplifting “Knock on your Door” for the Red Cross Appeal.

This link will take you to a longer bio for Chris Lloyds:

http://www.chrislloyds.com/NewFiles/contents.html

This link will take you to a longer bio for Tim Gaze:

http://www.timgaze.com/

Big Red were described as a jazz rock/reggae band using Queensland's better known session musicians, Big Red went on to become one of the state’s most successful bands. In December 1982, after signing with Polygram Records, "The Traveller", Big Red's first single and film clip, was released to rave reviews. TV shows, Countdown, Sounds, Studio One and others played the surf orientated film clip. “The Traveller" was recorded at the Music Farm. Prior to this, ten songs written by Peter Blyton, Tim Gaze and Chris Lloyds were recorded at Suite 16 in Brisbane, however none of these songs have ever been released on C.D. In 1983 Big Red recorded five songs at Billy Fields' Paradise Studios in Sydney with Bill McDonough producing. Unfortunately these too were never released as the band played its last gig on the 30th June, 1983. One of the more memorable appearances was the day Chris and band appeared at the “Summerjam” outdoor concert with Australian Crawl, Goanna and Bullamakanka.

An incomplete muso list for Big Red: Chris Lloyds, Peter Blyton, Peter Willersdorf, Scott Williams, Tim Gaze (ex Tamam Shud), Robbie France, Annette Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jon Carson and Brett Williams who went on to join "The Choir Boys".

For download here is the single: "The Traveller":

http://rapidshare.com/files/188436915/Big_Red_-_The_Traveller.mp3

22.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.149 - FRANKIE DAVIDSON

FRANKIE DAVIDSON IS A SEASONED OZ ENTERTAINER KNOWN MOSTLY FOR HIS NOVELTY HITS. HE HAS HAD MAJOR TOP 40 HITS WITH "GIMME DAT DING", "THE BALL-BEARING BIRD", "HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SEE KINGS CROSS", "I LOVE A SUNBURNT FOOTBALL"...AND MORE. IN FACT, ONLY ONE SINGLE WAS OUTSIDE THE TOP 40 "MY HOME TOWN" WHICH ONLY GOT TO #57!

THE SINGLES HIT LIST:

I Care for You – 1960 #32
Just For Today – 1961 #33
Yabba Dabba Doo – 1962 #21
Have You Ever Been to See King's Cross – 1962 #6
(I Wanna Stay In) My Home Town – 1962 #57
Broken Wings – 1964 #36
Hector, The Trash Collector – 1968 #35
Wonderful Day To Fall In Love – 1969 #15
Mrs Lawrence Will Look After It – 1969 #39
Gimme Dat Ding – 1970 #10
The Ball-Bearing Bird – 1971 #22
50,000,000 Blowflies Can't Be Wrong – 1973 #26
I Love A Sunburnt Football – 1973 #6
The Aussie Barbeque Song – 1981 #17

SOME OF FRANKIE'S SONGS HAVE MADE IT TO C.D. BUT NO COMPANY HAS PLACED THEM ON ANY KIND OF C.D. ANTHOLOGY. FOR DOWNLOAD IS AN OLD W&G SINGLE "HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SEE KINGS CROSS":

http://rapidshare.com/files/186906964/Frankie_Davidson_-_Have_You_Ever_Been_to_See_Kings_Cross__single_mix_.mp3
According to a contributor called Alan K. who has corresponded with me regularly about many Ozzie songs, Frankie Davidson was informed about this site posting. Frankie then told Alan to tell me that his hit "Have You Ever Been To Kings Cross" was on three C.D.'s:


1 I've Been Everywhere

2 Toss Another Shrimp On The Barbie

3 The Entertainer In Action

Frankie is chuffed to know that people still regard his work in high esteem.

20.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.148 - GRAHAM CHAPMAN

Graham Chapman was a late 1960s pop star who had emigrated from the U.K. He was groomed for the big time but never really made it past 1971 in Oz. He was also in a New Zealand band called "Salty Dogg".

Salty Dogg line-up:

Graham Chapman (Vocals)
Chris Gunn (Bass Guitar / Percussion)
Mike Harvey (Keyboards / Vocals)
Vic Williams (Drums / Percussion)
Martin Winch (Lead Guitar)

The Salty Dogg were an Auckland pop group formed in 1976. The group evolved out of Trinity, a group that included Billy Belton, Mike Walker and Vic Williams. They released two singles in their time, "Love To Play and Sing"/"All Gone Away" on Family and Parlophone in 1976, and "Face The Music"/"How Long Can This Go On" on EMI in 1977. These four songs all appeared on their only album "Love To Play and Sing" released on EMI in 1977.

Graham as a solo artist had about eight 7" singles and one EP in Oz but there was never an album and to date only one of his songs appears on C.D.

EP:

GEE I'M GONNA MISS YOU (Columbia) 1968 ("Time's Run Out", "Pardon Me Miss", "Now It's My Turn" and "I'm Gonna Miss You").

45s:

"Baby Let Your Hair Down"/"Feel So Good" (Kommotion) 1966

"Mr. Blue"/"Lover Girl" (Kommotion) 1966

"So Glad We Made It"/"Time's Run Out" (Columbia) 1967

"Gee I'm Gonna Miss You"/"Here I Am" (Columbia) 1968 #10

"Now It's My Turn"/"Pardon Me Miss " (Columbia) 1968 #28

"Goodbye Goodbye"/"Another Day Goes By" (Columbia) 1969

"Such a Boy" / "A Song That Never Comes" (DNZ) 1970

"Sing Along Song"/"Scratchin' My Head" (HMV) 1971


There are 3 sets of downloads...

* First, 3x extended 12" Tom Mix versions of "Gee I'm Gonna Miss You", "Now It's My Turn" and "Pardon Me Miss":

http://rapidshare.com/files/186465267/graham_chapman_zip.zip


* Second, a film clip and song file of "Sing Along Song" and the 7" version of "Gee I'm Gonna Miss You":

http://rapidshare.com/files/181982517/graham_chapman.rar

*
Third, an extended 12" Tom Mix of "Baby Let Your Hair hand Down":

http://rapidshare.com/files/189448869/Graham_Chapman_-_Baby_Let_Your_Hair_Down__Ext_Tom_Mix_.mp3

18.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.147 - DIGBY RICHARDS

DIGBY RICHARDS HAD AN AN EARLY OZ CAREER ON FESTIVAL MUSIC AND A 1970S CAREER WHERE HE CHANGED STYLES AND RECORDED ON R.C.A.

HE WAS A VERY PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AND PRODUCED MATERIAL BEHIND THE SCENES FOR UP AND COMING NEW TALENT...(SEE PREVIOUS POST FOR GAY WILD).

THE MAJORITY OF HIS R.C.A. ALBUMS AND SINGLES HAVE NOT MADE IT TO C.D. BUT LUCKILY, MOST OF THE FESTIVAL COLLECTION WAS ISSUED ON THE VERY SOUGHT AFTER FESTIVAL FILE C.D. SERIES.

Singles:

I Wanna Love You 1959 #22

I'm Through 1959 #35

(Real Gone) Annie Laurie 1960 #23

Comin' Down With Love 1960 #31

(My) Little Lover 1960 #26

Alice (In Wonderland) 1961 #43

Raincoat In The River 1962 #30

The Love Express 1963 #50

The Aussie Bush Hat 1967 #35

A Little Piece Of Peace 1971 #12

Just Lovin' You 1971 #14

People Call Me Country / The Dancer 1972 #24

If I Could Write a Love Song 1973 #24

New York City (Send My Baby Home) 1974 #22

Do The Spunky Monkey 1974 #7

Be My Day 1974 #11

Little Suzuki 1975 #23

Raincoat In The River 1975 #36

Beautiful to Me 1981 #45


HERE IS A STEREO VERSION OF "PEOPLE CALL ME COUNTRY":


http://rapidshare.com/files/185777821/digby_richards_-_people_call_me_country__vinyl_tom_mix_sonic_conversion_.mp3

17.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.146 - AUTUMN

HAVE YOU WONDERED WHY I KEEP POSTING CERTAIN GROUP'S MUSIC? WELL, IT'S BECAUSE SOME GROUPS HAVE NOT HAD THEIR MUSIC PUT UP FOR SALE ON C.D. AND IN SOME CASES WHEN THEY DO HAVE A C.D. OUT, IT'S LIKE THE C.D. COMPILER HAS DELIBERATELY NOT FOUND THE BEST VERSION OF A MASTER TAPE TO TRANSFER TO C.D.

FOR EXAMPLE THIS DOWNLOAD CONTAINS "YELLOW RIVER" BY SYDNEY GROUP AUTUMN, WHICH HAS BEEN ON AT LEAST 4 C.D. COMPILATIONS IN 30 YEARS SINCE IT CHARTED BACK IN THE 1970S. THE VERSIONS I HAVE FOUND ON C.D. SO FAR ARE ALWAYS THE MONO SINGLE VERSIONS WHICH HAVE IN SOME CASES COME FROM SCRATCHY RECORDS AND HAVE CLICKS AND POPS EVIDENT, OR HAVE COME FROM MASTER TAPES BUT WITH SO MUCH COMPRESSION ADDED THAT YOU CAN'T HEAR THE CYMBALS IN THE BACKING MUSIC...

FOR THIS DOWNLOAD, I HAVE TRANSFERRED THE STEREO ALBUM VERSION OF "YELLOW RIVER"AND 20 SECONDS OF THE MONO C.D. VERSION FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A COMPARISON. FESTIVAL RECORDS HAVE ISSUED "YELLOW RIVER" ON C.D. ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO....I'M SURE WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THE DIFFERENCE YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY AUDIOPHILES LIKE MYSELF WOULD PREFER TO MAKE COPIES OF OUR VINYL ALBUMS RATHER THAN HAVE INFERIOR TRANSFERS THROWN ONTO C.D.S.

THIS DOWNLOAD IS AN EXTENDED TOM MIX VERSION OF THE SUPERIOR ALBUM VERSION OF AUTUMN'S "YELLOW RIVER":

http://rapidshare.com/files/185190183/autuminal_mixes.rar

DOWNLOAD NO.145 - MARTIN PLAZA

Martin Plaza is the pseudonym of Martin Edward Murphy, (born 1956, Sydney, NSW), a member of Oz band Mental As Anything. Plaza has worked in other bands and is an accomplished artist. In 1986, Plaza had a #38 hit with "Best Foot Forward" and #4 hit in Australia with the 1960s Unit 4+2 song "Concrete and Clay", the subsequent solo album Plaza Suite also charted.

Click here for “Concrete And Clay” 12” at Ozzie Music Man site:

http://ozziemusicman.blogspot.com/search?q=concrete

In 1991 another planned solo album morphed into a collaboration with former member of Models, James Freud. Entitled Beatfish, it became one of the very first Australian Dance or House flavoured albums.

Singles

  • "Best Foot Forward" - (April 1986) #34
  • "Concrete and Clay" - May 1986) #4
  • "Use Me All Over" - (July 1986)
  • "Labour of Love" - (1990) #38
  • "Satellite of Love" - (May 1994)
  • "Women" - (August 1994)
For download is the original 12" mix of "Best Foot Forward":

http://rapidshare.com/files/184743804/martin_plaza_-_best_foot_forward__ext_vinyl_tom_mix_.mp3

16.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.144 - THE VENETIANS

The Venetians released their first 7" single "Sound On Sound" in 1983 which attracted a lot of airplay. Their second single "Chinese I's" generated some chart action while the band began to build their reputation as a live act. Following the release "Ooh La La" as the first single from the album Step Off The Edge, they got their first major break: as opening act for the Split Enz. From the album, the band released the second single "Shine The Light" in February 1985. Near the end of 1985, Venetians went into the studio with producer Mark Opitz to cut two songs, including the chartbusting "So Much For Love" which scaled the Australian singles charts, peaking at #6 on the national charts in March 1986. The Venetians then embarked on a two-month Australian tour, with The Church, and released "Inspiration," their follow-up to "So Much For Love." Both singles, and a third "If Somebody Loves You" are featured on Calling In The Lions, their first album released on the Chrysalis label. Chrysalis releasing Calling in the Lions and the single "So Much for Love" in the United States. In 1987, the Venetians produced three singles, "Amazing World", "Bitter Tears" and "Must Believe", but the chart success of Calling in the Lions wasn't to be repeated and the band broke up the following year.

The majority of their recording work had 12" remixes done as most of their hits were club oriented dance tracks...There have been some lucky individuals, who've found some of these on compilation dance albums, but the majority of them have not made it to C.D. There is no "Greatest Hits " C.D.

Singles

  • "Sound On Sound" (May, 1983) #59
  • "Chinese I's" (November, 1983) #31
  • "Ooh La La" (November, 1984)
  • "Shine The Light" (February, 1985) # 41
  • "So Much for Love" (December, 1985) #6
  • "Inspiration" (March, 1986) #27
  • "If Somebody Loves You" (June, 1986) # 42
  • "Let It All Go" (1986)
  • "Amazing World" (1987) #23
  • "Bitter Tears" (May, 1988) #19
  • "Must Believe" (September, 1988) #28
For download is the original Rock 12" Remix of "So Much For Love" which I had on a DJ promo:

http://rapidshare.com/files/184529380/the_venetians_-_so_much_for_love__ext_vinyl_tom_mix_.mp3

The C.D. of Calling In The Lions was produced back in the late 1980s but has not been re-marketed since. A contributor to Midoz called Skids has the C.D. album for download (128kb bit rate, so quality is a bit low) at this URL:

http://ausrock.blogspot.com/2007/05/venetians-calling-in-lions-1986.html

DOWNLOAD NO.143 - COLLEEN HEWETT

*(SEE PREVIOUS POSTINGS FOR "DAY BY DAY" AND "WALTZING MATILDA").

COLLEEN HEWETT'S EARLY HITS HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY C.D. COMPILERS AND VERY FEW OF HER GEMS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE DIGITAL TREATMENT.

COLLEEN'S CAREER HAS GONE FROM THE 1960s TO THE PRESENT AND SHE IS STILL MANAGING TO PUT OUT NEW MUSIC. IT IS A SHAME THAT HER OLD SONGS DON'T GET A LOOK-IN!

FOR DOWNLOAD IS HER #38 HIT FROM 1973 CALLED "SIT YOURSELF DOWN" WHICH SHOWS JUST HOW ACCOMPLISHED SHE IS. "SIT YOURSELF DOWN" WAS A STEPHEN STILLS SONG AND SHE DID A GREAT VERSION.

THE VERSION RIPPED FOR DOWNLOAD WAS FROM HER 1974 GREATEST HITS ALBUM WHICH ALSO CONTAINED "CARRY THAT WEIGHT". THE VINYL RIP IS VERY GOOD AS I HAVE KEPT THIS ALBUM UNDER WRAPS SINCE I WAS 18 YEARS OLD.

http://rapidshare.com/files/184174868/colleen_hewett_-_sit_yourself_down__vinyl_tom_mix_.mp3

Due to demand for more of Colleen's hits I have posted her vinyl 1974 album for download.

ALBUM TRACK LISTING:

1. Day By Day (Album edit)
2. Superstar
3. Waltzing Matilda
4. Can't Sit Down
5. By My Side
6. I'll Be Seeing You
7. Wish To Wish
8. Carry That Weight
9. Sit Yourself Down
10. More Today Than Yesterday
11. Danny Boy
12. Day By Day (Godspell version)

http://rapidshare.com/files/193842216/colleen_hits_from_tom_mix.rar

DOWNLOAD NO.142 - PETER MCLEAN

A singer called Peter McLean from Sydney had a mid top 20 hit in 1973 called "Tom". From memory, it was on a record which I think was an RCA subsidiary company. The song got chart action in both Sydney and Brisbane where it got to #27. The "B" flip was called "Fantasy Child". As far as I know it was not followed up by any further hits and I don't know what Peter McLean did after this one hit wonder! It has never been released on C.D. Any song which contains my name can't be all that bad, eh?

Here is a copy of "Tom":

http://rapidshare.com/files/184174869/Peter_McLean_-_Tom__Tom_Mix_Vinyl_Mix_.mp3

15.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.141 - ROD KIRKHAM

Rod Kirkham, born 1955, was a graduate of Johnny Young's long-running TV show Young Talent Time who later had his own show, Rod's Fun Palace. He has long been married to actor Barbara Llewellyn, with whom he wrote “Married And Loving It”. He currently resides in QLD and writes books on "Self-Help" topics.

Singles:

1971 – “Wobbly” #41 Melbourne

1973 - "I Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind" #34 Sydney #26 Melbourne #35 Adelaide

1973 - "That's Where The Music Takes Me" #35 Melbourne

1974 - "My Song"

None of Rod’s work has been on C.D. but his second hit "I Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind" was distributed by K-Tel on their “Superbad” album of 1973, albeit in an edited take of the original single.

For download I have extended Rod's 1973 hit "I Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind".

Please note this is a wave file download not an mp3, so quality will be excellent:

http://rapidshare.com/files/184043306/rod_kirkham_-_i_can_t_get_sunday_out_of_my_mind__vinyl_tom_mix_.wav

14.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.140 - CHRISTIE ALLEN

Christie Allen (real name June Allen) b: 12 September 1954 U.K. d: 12 August 2008 Perth Western Australia. Whilst performing in a band, Pendulum, with her brothers in Perth she came to the attention of songwriter and record producer Terry Britten (he co-wrote "Devil Woman" for Cliff Richard). Impressed by Christie's vocal ability, he began working with her and a recording contract with Mushroom resulted. She released her first single "You Know That I Love You", which although it wasn’t a major hit, did attract enough airplay and positive reviews to indicate bigger things for the future. Her next three singles from her debut album Magic Rhythm were substantial hits. The first single was a ballad "Falling In Love With Only You", in April, 1979. Her next two singles were strongly influenced by the popular disco style - "Goosebumps" in September, 1979, and "He's My Number One" in 1980. With 7” single sales of 60,000, "Goosebumps" would be Christie's greatest success and was one of the highest selling singles of the year. When "Goosebumps" took off, she toured with The Hot Band which comprised Greg Cook (guitar; ex-Cam-Pact, Mondo Rock), Max Chazan (guitar; ex-Rubes), Michael Hegerty (bass; Richard Clapton Band), Rick Puchala (drums; Richard Clapton Band) and Bruce Haymes (organ; ex-Rubes, Richard Clapton Band).

Her final album Detour had 3 singles. The album and singles have never been released on C.D. Considering she outsold most of the other people in her era it is a shame that her work is not more widely recognised.

Singles:

  • "You Know That I Love You" - Mushroom (1978) #67
  • "Falling in Love with Only You" - Mushroom (April, 1979) #20
  • "Goosebumps" - Mushroom (September, 1979) #3
  • "He's My Number One" - Mushroom (January, 1980) #4
  • "Magic Rhythm" - Mushroom (May, 1980) #38
  • "Baby Get Away" - Mushroom (August, 1980) #38
  • "Switchboard" - Mushroom (November, 1980)
  • "Don't Put Out the Flame" - Mushroom (March, 1981) #68

I have extended and remixed one of Christie's last singles “Baby Get Away” which now has massive driving drums and runs a good 6 minutes…so anyone who wants an aerobic workout get this one, it’s hot! Oh, and please feel free to phone a music executive and ask why Christie's last work has not been placed on C.D.?

http://rapidshare.com/files/183574434/christie_allen_-_baby_get_away__extended_tom_mix_.mp3

DOWNLOAD NO.139 - VITABEATS

Andrew and Lissa Barnum met producer Mark Moffat who got them signed to the Hot Music Co. through Festival / EMI records as an independent act called Vitabeats. Vitabeats created their national independent dance hits “Boom Box” and “Audrey Hepburn” which led to the release of the album “Spot the Spanner” in the mid 80s. Andrew wrote all the songs on the album. Throughout his music career, art and design has always been an important ingredient, together with Lissa creating covers and designs for Inxs, Eurogliders, Vitabeats, Mark Callaghan, Mary Jo Starr, Jenny Morris (QED), Anne Kirkpatrick, Audio Murphy, Fully Functional (funk compilation), Loudspeaker, Red Rivers, Mark Lucas and Bloomers One. The single had not been on an official C.D. but in 2004 a modern dance remix was issued.

Here is the original
Boom Boxsingle:

http://rapidshare.com/files/183081150/vitabeats_-_boom_box__vinyl_tom_mix_.mp3

DOWNLOAD NO.138 - THE RUNNERS

Here is another single from an Australian band The Runners which has not made it to C.D. The single "Twins" was released in 1984 after their first Runners album and singles had been out circa 1983. The band was: Mark Edwards (v,g), Paul McNaughton (b,v), Trevor Reading (g,v), & Grant Hamston (d,v). Paul McNoughton, bass player for The Runners became Paul Norton and had a couple of huge Aussie hits in 1989 with "Stuck On You" and "Under A Southern Sky". Prior to this, singer Mark Edwards also released an album and several singles. Paul McNaughton (Norton) is also the husband of Wendy Stapleton, lead singer with Wendy And The Rockets, another Melbourne based band from the 80's. (See posting for Wendy and The Rockets 12" of "Play The Game" further over).

Here is the single
"Twins":

http://rapidshare.com/files/183081149/the_runners_-_twins__vinyl_single_mix_.mp3

DOWNLOAD NO.137 - HEROES

* (SEE PREVIOUS POST ON BAND "RABBIT" AND SINGLE "LADY LA DI DA").

In October 1977 ex-Rabbit band members, Jim Porteus, Mark Tinson and Phil Screen recruited Peter De Jong and renamed themselves Heroes. Heroes based themselves in Newcastle, but signed to the Sydney-based Albert Productions. The band's debut album, "Heroes" (October 1980), yielded the singles "Baby's Had a Taste", "The Star and the Slaughter" (January 1981). Heroes were Newcastle's top rock attraction, with both singles making the Top 10 locally. The album did even better by reaching #1.

Heroes other claim to fame is that they were the last band to play at Newcastle's Star Hotel, the controversial closure of which sparked off street violence and rioting that night - Cold Chisel have a song about this event also. Heroes broke up in 1982. In 1983, Mark Tinson and Phil Screen joined the band "Swanee".

Here is a download of their first single "Baby's Had a Taste" :

http://rapidshare.com/files/183081146/heroes_-_baby_s_had_a_taste__vinyl_tom_mix_.mp3

DOWNLOAD NO.136 - MILLIONAIRES

Back in the 1970s The Millionaires from Melbourne had 3 or 4 songs recorded with at least 2 singles out and were booked to make an album but I think the project was shelved. Their first single called "It's A Deal" sounded a bit like a “Skyhooks” song and got panned at the time for being so. The second single was called “Don’t Mention The Junta”. One of the band members Vynhal Henry (violinist) went by the name of “Jimmy Tomorrow”. Tim Brosnan (guitarist) went on to play in Paul Kelly’s band “The Dots”. The singles have never been released on C.D.

Members:

Brosnan Tim (g) 1975-1977, Hicks David (d) 1977, Leeson Steve (b,bv) 1975-1977, Segnit Karl (d) 1975-1977, Smith Nick (v,g) 1975-1977, Vynhal Henry (viol) 1975-1977, Walters Reynold Barton (g) 1977.

Singles:

It's a Deal - 1976 on Mushroom Records

Please Don't Mention The Junta - 1977 on
Soviet Records

Here is a download to their first single "It's A Deal":

http://rapidshare.com/files/183081147/Millionaires_-_It_s_A_Deal__Vinyl_Tom_Mix_.mp3

13.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.135 - LES GOCK W/ SLEEMAN AND HENNESSY

Les Gock originally became famous through joining the Australian band Hush (see previous section for "Get The Feeling" by Hush). As well as being a guitarist, Les was also a writer and co-producer, occupations that earned him 12 Gold Awards. After leaving Hush, Les became a successful music and sound design director in film and television soundtracks. One of his Les Gock’s early jingles that became an anthem in Newcastle NSW was the song “Our Town” sung by Sleeman and Hennessy. This song was commissioned by the Newcastle Permanent Building Society but ended up having a life well after the television campaign ended. The song “Our Town” was recorded in 1978 and as far as I know it features Les in the guitar solo. This single has appeared on a few compilation vinyl albums but has not made it to CD.

This is an edited Tom Mix version of the song:

http://rapidshare.com/files/182959894/sleeman_and_hennessy__les_gock_arrangement__-_our_town.mp3

DOWNLOAD NO.134 - VERTICAL HOLD

Adelaide school chums, Mick Michalopoulos and Jim Mountzouros formed a group called Gladiator Tortoise at Unley High in 1972 using Beatles, Stones, and Pink Floyd as a cornerstone for their developing sound. By 1981 they'd changed their name to Vertical Hold and were turning heads with their catchy synth-pop, augmented by the beautifully conceived cello and keyboard parts of Hillary Frost. Personally, I thought the band were very much like "A Flock Of Seagulls" the acclaimed UK hit makers.

The release of their first Australian 45 rpm on the RCA label went to #1 on the Adelaide charts and Nationally top 50. In 1982 Gibson Kemp the head of Australian A & R for W.E.A. music signed them at the same time with INXS. Another #1 and top 50 single followed by an album. The album produced by British Producer Jon Kennet was acclaimed as a pop classic but it was not promoted west of the South Australian border. The group disbanded after the album stalled with the band members moving onto other interests. Gladiator Tortoise has reformed and currently Jim and Miki are recording new and old songs captured so others may come to accept that they still have some time in the sun!

Click link for more information:

http://www.garageband.com/artist/GT_4me

7" Singles:

1) "My Imagination" – 1981 #1

2) "Tears Of Emotion" – 1982 #4

3) "Shot Down (In Love)" – 1983 #36

For download is their hit "Tears Of Emotion" - an extended Tom Mix 12" version:

http://rapidshare.com/files/182734246/vertical_hold_-_tears_of_emotion__ext_tom_mix_.mp3

Here is the 7" single mix download:

http://rapidshare.com/files/202343647/vertical_hold_-_tears_of_emotion__single_mix_.mp3

12.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.133 - RORY THOMAS

RORY THOMAS WAS A KEYBOARD PLAYER IN A NUMBER OF OZ BANDS IN THE 1960S AND 70S, AND A MUSIC ARRANGER FOR NUMEROUS OTHERS. HIS ONLY 7" SINGLE IN HIS NAME WAS A 1975 EXPERIMENTAL DOUBLE-SIDED 45 RPM CALLED "FIRE WHEELS", ON SIDE "A", AND "SKATEBOARD FREAKOUT" ON THE FLIP.


THE CONCEPT WAS TO TAKE THE NOISES MADE BY SKATEBOARDS AND RUN THEM INTO SOME KIND OF SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SO THAT THEY BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MUSIC. BOTH SONGS ARE SHORT AND WOULD HAVE MADE IDEAL T.V. SHOW THEMES.

BOTH TUNES ARE VERY MUCH LIKE THE INSTRUMENTAL TRACKS THE SPOTNICKS, TORNADOES OR VENTURES WOULD HAVE DONE IN THE 1960S...ONLY OF COURSE RORY WAS FROM OZ AND IT WAS THE 70S.

I WAS OFFERED A BIG SUM OF MONEY TO SELL THE 7” SINGLE BECAUSE IT IS SO RARE…I WONDER IF RORY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT HIS WORK WOULD BE THAT COLLECTABLE SOME 30 YEARS LATER AND BY SOMEONE WHO CAME FROM OVERSEAS AND HAD BEEN HUNTING FOR THESE 2 SONGS FOR AGES...

IF YOU HAVE SURROUND SOUND AT HOME, YOU'D APPRECIATE THE EFFECTS. BOTH SONGS ARE REALLY GOOD CONSIDERING THE ERA IN WHICH THEY WERE MADE.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE TRANSFER I DID FROM VINYL IS NOT VERY GOOD AS THE SCRATCH REMOVING TOOL ALSO THOUGHT THE SKATEBOARD SOUND EFFECTS WERE SCRATCHES. OF COURSE THE SINGLE HAS NEVER SURFACED ON ANY C.D.

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO SURF ON LAND, YOU GET BOTH SONGS IN A ZIP FILE...COWABUNGA DUDES!

http://rapidshare.com/files/182671875/Rory_Thomas_from_Tom_Mix.zip

An update from a correspondent called Florian from Germany:

By the way Rory Thomas did have another 7" here are the details from a catalogue:

THE DAM BUSTER'S MARCH / EBB TIDE / CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

AUSTRALIAN ORGANIST TRAINED BY LEGENDARY U.S. MUSICIAN EARL GRANT - AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF "GODSPELL" ROCK OPERA - UNCOMMON ORIGINAL 1970'S AUSTRALIAN PRESSING ON GREEN EMI CUSTOM LABEL OFFERED FOR SALE AT HIS LIVE PERFORMANCES AT BANKSTOWN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE IN NS.W.

DOWNLOAD NO.132 - STARS

The band Stars are a legendary Adelaide band who shot to fame with their first single “Quick On The Draw” in 1976 followed by their second single “With A Winning Hand”.

Circa 1975, Stars were a support act for Little River Band. Beeb Birtles (a member of L.R.B.) was impressed with their work, recommended Stars for a
record contract, got them signed and also produced their first single. Legendary Ernie Rose produced their second 7" hit. The band originally consisted of Mick Pealing (vocals), Mal Eastick (guitar), Glyn Dowling (drums) and Graham Thompson (bass). After the success of their first 2 singles they added Andy Durant as a second guitarist circa 1977 who wrote their third hit “Mighty Rock”. The band was able to sustain a chart run for more than 4 years and had a great deal of work here and overseas. The city where they charted most was Melbourne with many of their 7” singles making very good sales.

Andy Durant died from cancer on 6 May 1980 aged 25. Later that year Mal Eastick organised the Andrew Durant memorial
concert in Melbourne. The concert featured Stars, Jimmy Barnes, Renée Geyer, Richard Clapton and many more. The profits from the concert and sale of the double album and DVD went to The Andrew Durant Cancer Research Centre.

If you would like to know more about the Stars band, Mal and Mick both have sites where you can see what they boys are doing nowadays. Mal, in particular, is very generous with his time. Please click the links:

Mal Eastick: http://www.maleastick.com/biography.htm

Mick Pealing: http://mickpealing.com.au/history/

The Stars band has included members: Glyn Dowling – Drums, Andrew Durant – Guitar, Malcolm Eastick –Guitar, Mick Elliot – Guitar, J.J. Hackett – Drums, Michael Hegerty – Bass, Ian McDonald – Bass, Roger McLachlan – Bass, Mick Pealing – Vocals, Graham Thompson- Bass

Stars on 45:

“Quick On The Draw” b/w "Straight Life" 1976 #24

“With A Winning Hand” b/w "Drift Away" 1976 #32

“Mighty Rock” b/w “Jupiter Creek”1977 #25

“Look After Yourself” b/w “Redneck Boogie”1978 #25

“Back Again” b/w “Let’s Get Moving” 1978 #35

“West Is The Way” (single edit) b/w “No Time For Crying” 1978 #49

“In And Out Of Love” b/w “Song For The Road” 1979 #43

“Land Of Fortune” b/w “Innocent Bystander” Jan.1979

“Wasted Words” b/w "Never Coming Back” May 1979

“Last Of The Riverboats” b/w “Gold Fever” Oct 1979

Three of the Stars albums have been on CD but their early first two singles have not appeared on anything after 1977. As with many 1970s Oz acts, their early work has been ignored by the big music companies...

Here for download are 4 songs in a ZIP file - the “A” and “B” sides of their first 2 singles, “Quick On The Draw” (Remastered Version by Tom Mix) b/w "Straight Life" and “With A Winning Hand(Remastered Version by Tom Mix) b/w "Drift Away".

http://rapidshare.com/files/182570364/Stars_On_45.zip

11.1.09

DOWNLOAD NO.131 - LOVE MACHINE / TYMEPIECE / BLACK DIAMONDS

Hailing from the coal mining town of Lithgow NSW, The Black Diamonds (their first band name is a reference to coal), was one of the most enduring Australian Rock and Roll bands of their era. When you include their later incarnation as Tymepiece, the group managed to have a foot in three decades - the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. But during their tenure as the Black Diamonds they only got to release a few singles. Highly collectable they are too.

Toward the end of 1967, the Black Diamonds decided to make the big move to Sydney. The Sydney shift proved to be a fruitful one for the Black Diamonds. The band’s fine musicianship and extensive live repertoire earned them residencies at the prestigious establishment Caesar’s, although pressure from the record company prompted a name change. On January 1st, 1968 the Black Diamonds became Tymepiece.

In August 1968, the band appeared on two simultaneous singles. As Tymepiece, they issued "Bird In The Tree" and producer Pat Aulton also set them up to record a version of The Tokens’ old standard "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" but under the moniker Love Machine. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was a national top 40 (#18) hit - and its “B” side, the eccentric “The Lonely Hearts Club Christmas Club Party has become something of a cult-track.

Love Machine only ever released the one album and it's so rare that most Oz rock discographers weren't even aware of it. But it came out on the budget Calendar label back in the very early '70's.

Side A
1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
2. Oh Me Oh My
3. Keep Searchin'
4. Love At First Sight
5. Little Green Bag
6. Get a Little Dirt On Your Hands
Side B
1. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
2. My Little Chickadee
3. The Devil Came From Kansas
4. After All (I Live My Life)
5. I Can Make It Without You.
6. Mr. D.J. Play Me a Sad Song

In 1971, Tymepiece went on to record an acclaimed album entitled “Sweet Release” which contained tracks that range from prog-blues and psychedelia, to R&B and country. Tymepiece broke up later that same year.

Here is a Tom Mix extended version of The Lonely Hearts Club Christmas Club Party”:

http://rapidshare.com/files/182245455/Love_Machine_-_The_Lonely_Heart_s_Club_Christmas_Party__Ext_Tom_Mix_.mp3