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
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
Engineer: Neil Maddever
Producer: Dick LeFort
Recorded at the Studio Centre, Wellington 1987
Burned All of My Love
East of Mt Eden
Friends with Me
Hands on My Heart
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.
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.
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.