Compilation #1 - 1972 Loxene Golden Disc Awards -


(From Auckland Star - 1973)

The Loxene Golden Disc Award was last night named the winner of the Feltex Award's Variety Section.
The Feltex Awards are for the best New Zealand-produced television programmes telecast during the year.
The Loxene Golden Disc Award featured twelve competing pop musical groups and individuals.
It was produced by Peter Muxlow, in the Christchurch studios of the NZBC and appeared on television last November 14th.


Timberjack-Donoghue – Dahli Mohammed
Blerta – Dance All Around The World
Headband – Good Morning Mr Rock'n'Roll
Quincy Conserve – Roundhouse
Creation – Carolina
Rumour – Holy Morning
Kal-Q-Lated Risk – Lazy River
Chapta – Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind
Bunny Walters – Take The Money And Run
Steve Allen – Life On Mars?
Rangi Parker – Every Day Is Sunday
Suzanne – Sunshine Through A Prism


(Album Liner Notes)
Ray Columbus, Maria Dallas, Mr Lee Grant, Allison Durban, Shane, Hogsnort Rupert, Craig Scott; the list of winners since the Loxene Golden Disc Award's debut back in 1965 reads like a "who's who" of New Zealand pop Music Artists.
Each year since 1965, the Loxene Golden Disc Award has given rise to increasingly higher standards of content, production and presentation.
Of songwriters and musicians, it has encouraged greater originality and professionalism, and to the New Zealand public, it is now firmly established as a true reflection of the popular music scene in this country.
When acceptance for entry to the Loxene Golden Disc Awards closed, a total of 82 entries had been received.This is an all-time record, and to celebrate the 1972 Awards, and to help you with your voting, we've compiled this album; The 1972 Loxene Golden Disc award Top Twelve.
The Loxene Golden Disc award is sponsored by Reckitt and Coleman (NZ) ltd, in conjunction with the Recording Industry of New Zealand, the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australasian Performing Rights Association.

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Compilation #2 - A Day In My Mind's Mind Volume 2 -

Timberjack Donoghue - Dahli Mohammed
Dizzy Limits - Mare Tranquility
Human Instinct - Death Of The Seaside
Fourmyula - Nature
The Avengers - Everyone's Gonna Wonder
La De Da's - Tales From The Nile
Hi Revving Tongues - Elevator
The Top Shelf - The World Really turns
The Dave Miller Set - Mr Guy Fawkes
Larry's Rebels - Fantasy
La De Da's - Find Us A Way
The Gremlins - Never You Mind
Ray Columbus - Polka Dot Resistance
The Dave Miller Set - Why Why Why
The Avengers - Midnight Visitations
The Top Shelf - Time Beyond
Fourmyula - Cozy Picture Theatre
Larry's Flowers - Coloured Flowers
Spectres - Anything You Like
The Music Convention - Good Clean Fun
Salvation - Why
Tomorrow's Love - 7 And 7 Is
Quincy Conserve - San Francisco Girls
The Tunespinners - You Were Born For Me
The Music Convention - Bellyboard Beat
Shane - I'll Take You With Me
Fourmyula - Come With Me


A Day In My Mind's Mind Volume 2 


The exciting thing about this on-going series of psychedelic music from New Zealand in the late 60s and early 70s is not just that it brings back some great songs and weird productions. It also opens a window on this kaleidoscopic period in Kiwi rock, one that has most often been written out of local music histories.

I know of no book on Kiwi rock which mentions a band like The Top Shelf, here with the terrific post-pop track The World Really Turns, which to me sounds the equal of famed British rockers The Move from the same period.
Or the trippy Dizzy Limits from Wellington whose Mare of Tranquility is a phased and disturbingly stoned trip around the moon -- and sounds like no one else at all.

Or the Sceptres, Cleves, Salvation, the out-there and eccentric sound of Timberjack Donahue... Here too are bands as adept with a wah-wah pedal as Eric Clapton (The Top Shelf again, on Time Beyond), could craft memorable r'n'b-based pop Larrys Rebels Coloured Flowers), and which wrote shining, melodic pop-rock (the gorgeous Good Clean Fun by Music Convention which I had never heard until now)

Some also wrote songs which became Kiwi classics, most notably Wayne Mason's Nature for Fourmyla which has been voted the best New Zealand song ever written. Appropriately it closes this collection because it can't be topped for sheer atmosphere, and harmonious amalgamation of lyric and melody.
What this collection also proves is how ingenious New Zealand producers and arrangers were during this exciting period: check out the orchestration (and drumming) on the Dave Miller Set's ambitious Mr Guy Fawkes -- which is also saturated in phasing. Or the stacked-up horns on Fourmyula's Beatlesque Cozy Picture Theatre.

Strange as it may seem at this great distance from that day-glo world, but back then we were listening to on radio -- and can now hear again courtesy of this series -- the woozy Dahli Mohamed by Timberjack Donoghue; The Avenger's glistening Everyone's Gonna Wonder which segues into short snippets that Ray Davies or Paul McCartney would have been proud of; Fourmyula's gorgeously intimate then anthemic Come With Me; and The La De Da's gritty Find Us A Way.

Yes, this was the music we grooved to when we finished every sentence with "maaan", wore beads, and looked like slightly psychopathic gypsies or people from backwoods. Or at least some did, others just quietly went their way in long buttoned down collars, had floppy hair swept across their foreheads and experimented with smoking dried banana skins for a legal high.
(Didn't work. I know, I tried)
Ah yes, those weren't the days.
Of course even the most rose-tinted spectacles -- and many of us possessed a pair -- cannot disguise the fact our homegrown paisley-pop also worked some familiar pop-rock changes: there is a lot of escapism in the lyrics, but there is also some dark stuff here (check out Smoke's moody Never Trust Another Woman).

You can't escape the sweet whiff of marijuana everywhere from the metaphorical Elevator ("put yourself on an elevator going high") to the Avengers' Midnight Visitations.
Then there are bizarre tracks like the life-threatening Bellyboard Beat which is psychedelic surf rock from the same band which did that lovely Good Clean Fun. I wish I'd seen them at the time. They sound phenomenal.
How did these people -- all of them -- manage to do it?
I don't know. But I'm real glad they did, maaan.
It is exceptional.

(Review by Graham Reid from Elsewhere)


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Compilation #3 - The Warratahs Collection -

Big Sky
Before This Night Is Through
East of Mt Eden
Hands of My Heart
Cape Turnagain featuring Sam Hunt
Drivin' Wheel
St Peter's Rendezvous
Westland Moon
High and Dry
Rescue Me featuring Caroline Ester
Bruno's Last Ride
Holy Morning
Fools Paradise
Down Your Street
Only Game in Town
Easy Come Easy Go (Interislander Song)




The kings of timeless quality country music have released another album - this one a collection and to be honest, I’m a bit surprised.
With only one album out since their last 'The Best Of The Warratahs’ album I wouldn’t have thought that the band would have had enough new collectible material to make another such album.
A quick analysis shows that I’m pretty much right.
Eleven of the tracks of the 'Best Of’ album appear on this 18 track CD.
So what do true Warratahs afficionado’s get?
Well on top of the earlier popular material there are two newly recorded tracks and the Interislander anthem Easy Come Easy Go
(make sure you have that in the car as you wait to board the ferry these summer holidays!)
Is it enough to make you buy it?
I’m not sure - the new material is bound to come out on another album later and the group is still working and touring, but then it is the Warratahs and it is Christmas after all.

(Review by Nick Batt)




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