PART 3 - THE BAND ALBUMS

 

-The Only Game in Town-

ARTIST: The Warratahs

LABEL: Pagan Records (PAL-1032)

 Winner - NZ Country Album of the Year Award, 1987

Awarded - Gold Record for Sales, 1988

 

CREDITS

 Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Barry Saunders 

Vocals Piano and Accordian:: Wayne Mason 

Vocals and Bass Guitar: John Donoghue 

Drums: Martin Jorgensen 

Violin: Nik Brown

Backing Vocals: Lee Palmer

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Engineer: Neil Maddever

Producer: Dick LeFort

Recorded at the Studio Centre, Wellington 1987

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CONTENTS:

Burned All of My Love

Drivin' Wheel

East of Mt Eden

Friends with Me

Hands on My Heart

Maureen

Only Game in Town

Settin' the Woods on Fire

Walk On By

You're Right I'm Left She's Gone

 


   

FEATURED TRACK: From "The Only Game in Town" album.

"East of Mount Eden," A Warratahs instrumental composed by frontman Barry Shane Saunders.

 


 

AND HERE'S WHAT THE PRESS HAD TO SAY..

(Scene Today - 1987)

Review by Barry Linton.

It's the late 80's.
The decade's trends have sailed away to their solo fates.
The charts are full of covers.
Want a record you can come home to? Here's a timely contender.

Only a Kiwi Country Band could use an Aussie name, but don't hold that little joke against them.
The Warratahs know what they're doing and they love their work.
This lively, well-paced debut album is listener-friendly and full of inventive turns and uplifting harmonies.

"The Only Game in Town" is consistantly light. No mention of Texas, although Auckland rain gets a mention. No real mistakes. The four well-chosen covers fit right in. 

The sound is "live in studio" and the production is simple.The overall effect is professional and very approachable.

Many originals here are worthy of a lyric sheet too. perhaps with the next pressing?  

Standouts like 'Burned all of my love,' 'Friends with me,' 'Maureen,' the single 'Hands of my heart,' and the title song swing through their paces with a sure, skilful touch. 

At the end, 'East of Mount Eden,' finds you tapping your feet as you're flipping the record over.
Worthy company for Al Hunter.

 


 

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