Friday, December 31, 2010
Every Day I Have To Cry/I Can't Dance With You/She Said/To Know You Is To Love You/I Can Hear The Raindrops/Why Me/Peculiar Hole In The Sky/Love Makes Sweet Music/Nick Nack Paddy Wack/Getting Better/Ebeneezeer/My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man/Juliette/Hoochie Coochie Billy/Sookie Sookie/Coke Ad/Build Me Up Buttercup
The Valentines were an Australian rock 'n' roll band active from 1966-1970, chiefly noted for their lead singers, Bon Scott, who later went on to great success as lead vocalist with AC/DC, and Vince Lovegrove, who subsequently became a successful music journalist and manager of Divinyls.
The band was formed in late 1966 with the amalgamation of Perth groups The Spektors and The Winstons. They capitalised on the success of both the former bands, plus the interest created by having two lead singers in Scott and Lovegrove. Inspired by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and local stars The Easybeats, they enjoyed considerable local success and released a few singles.
In late 1967, The Valentines moved to Melbourne in search of greater success, and soon toured other major cities. With a development towards the popular Bubblegum sound late in 1968, the band became more in demand, particularly among teenage girls. However as the fashion for bubblegum music wore off, The Valentines struggled to retain their musical credibility despite a turn towards rock music. With differing opinions within the band concerning musical direction, and a much-publicised drugs bust in September 1969, group stability began to suffer. Although they still had a strong fanbase in certain areas of the country, especially back home in Perth, The Valentines decided to disband amicably in August 1970.
Scott had built a strong reputation as a powerful vocalist and soon joined Fraternity, and later AC/DC. Lovegrove found success as a music journalist, and guitarist Wyn Milson became a sound engineer.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The first single released from the album, "Send Me an Angel", is unquestionably Real Life's most well known song. The song reached the top 5 in Australia and got as far as number 29 in the Billboard Hot 100. In Germany "Send Me An Angel" reached # 1.
The song has become Real Life's signature tune, having been re-released on several occasions throughout their career, most notably in 1989 where a remixed version performed better than the original on the Hot 100, peaking at number 26.
The second single, "Catch Me I'm Falling", also fared well in the United States, peaking at number 40. In Germany the song reached # 9 and Australia # 8.
This album was re-released in the early 2000s, and this updated version contained four bonus tracks, including the original extended version of "Send Me an Angel."
All songs written by David Sterry & Richard Zatorski.
1. "Send Me an Angel"
The first CD release was on Curb Records (INT 847.710,)West Germany in 1983. This CD is now very hard to find. The second CD (Warner Chappell Australia) was released in 2001. This CD was made available by the band because of the rarity of the original German CD.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hard Road/Guitar Band/I'll Make You Happy/Sorry/Wedding Ring/Brothers/My Kind Of Music/St. Louis/ I've Been Loving You Too Long To Stop Now/ Friday On My Mind/Black Eyed Bruiser/Evie Pt 1, 2 & 3/You/She's So Fine
I've posted this before somewhere maybe Midoztouch but for those who missed it here is a rip from the DVD Little Stevie Live at the Bridgeway Hotel in Adelaide in 1987 a great show and Stevie is in good form.
The story begins back in 1964 at an austere migrant hostel in Sydney, Australia. It was there that young Scottish kid George Young made friends with young Dutch kid Harry Vanda. They were misfits, (Harry barely spoke English and George's Glasgow brogue was so thick barely anyone could understand him) but they formed a friendship there and then that was to last through the decades.
It's now a matter of record that Harry Vanda and George Young created one of the great rock & roll bands of the 1960's - The Easybeats and wrote a string of classic hits that have stood the test of time.
“There was a desire to write our own songs and that was what set us apart” Harry Vanda reflects now. “Up until that time songs you heard on the radio came from somewhere mysterious. We thought ‘people actually wrote that stuff, how the hell did they do it?’ So we gave it a crack and started doing it ourselves.”
The Easys stormed to number one in Australia in May 1965 and the ferocious phenomenon of 'Easyfever' spiraled. Airports, TV stations, theatres and hire cars were reduced to rubble, fans were hospitalised and general mayhem reigned wherever they turned up. With their vital, urgent sound the Easybeats gave Australian music a new identity and confidence. The hits came in ceaseless cascade and overnight Australian pop and rock shifted from derivation and imitation to innovation. The stakes had been raised and Oz Rock would never look back.
The song that still stands as the team's most admired, acclaimed and recorded piece, the working class anthem, Friday On My Mind - a global hit for them. As Harry once put it, "Being hostel boys that's what you dream about all week - Friday."
Friday On My Mind gave them the clout to begin writing and recording songs of sometimes extraordinary grandeur. "We were fumbling, groping around for hit tunes that were different" George explained "The ultimate, as far as we were concerned, was to be totally original and get hits. Original in the sense of finding new drumbeats, new guitar styles, new melodies, new chord changes, that sort of thing." The standouts were many – Heaven & Hell, Hello How Are You?, The Music Goes ‘Round My Head, Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia and Falling Off The Edge Of The World which Lou Reed declared to be "one of the most beautiful records ever made".
Legend has it that when the BBC gave Good Times a spin, Paul McCartney, driving on a motorway, found a roadside phone to ring the Beeb and ask them to play it again.
Returning to Australia they put to use all they had learned from eight years of making music in London. In a new state-of-the-art recording studio in King Street, Sydney they began a blitzkrieg of Australian popular music in a manner that had not been experienced since ... well, the heyday of the Easybeats, Swiftly they captivated radio programmers with their song writing and production prowess sending Stevie Wright to number one with a three-part 11 minute plus single, Evie (Parts 1,2 & 3).
It's also a matter of record that in the 70's, Vanda & Young branched out as writer and producers. Working with hard rock acts like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and the Angels, they created the blueprint for a generation of contemporary rock & roll bands. With radio-friendly pop acts like John Paul Young (Love is in The Air, Yesterday’s Hero, Standing in the Rain), William Shakespeare (My Little Angel, Can’t Stop Myself) and Mark (Show No Mercy) Williams - they've managed to score hit after international hit.
And alongside this staggering body of work, Vanda & Young maintained a steady output with Flash & The Pan. From Hey! St Peter and Down Among the Dead Men through European hits Waiting for a Train, Early Morning Wake Up Call, Midnight Man, Money Don’t Lie and Ayla.
The list of famous names who have sung a Vanda / Young composition is staggering: from David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Gary Moore to INXS and Grace Jones (not to mention John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls and Meatloaf), their influence has crossed virtually every geographical and stylistic border.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Jimmy Little began his recording career in 1956, firstly with Regal Zonophone and then with Columbia before signing to Festival Records in 1959. 45 years later Jimmy is still making music with the Festival Mushroom Group who only recently celebrated their 50th year as a record company.
Jimmy's first Festival recording was a 45rpm extended play record called "Ballads with a Beat" that reached top ten in the popular Australian music charts. This heralded a steady stream of extended plays, singles and albums throughout the 60s', including the chart topping "Royal Telephone" in 1963. Selling more than 75,000 copies it achieved gold record status and has now become one of his signature tunes. His nationwide profile grew through regular television appearances, radio airplay and constant touring, so much so that by 1964 Australian national magazine Everybody's, which was the bible of the teen scene in the early 60s' named Jimmy Australian Pop Star of the Year.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Well here is another collection of tracks from the GTK Youtube videos i've tried to use the best of them sound wise, their are quite a few that are fine to watch but when you D/L the sound it's not much chop. My favourite's on this one are Syrius's "I've Grown Tired Already" and Chain's "Munge" . I was suprised at how good the Rick Springfield track sounded excellent quality.