Thursday, January 27, 2011
Hold Your Head Up/She's A Mystery
The Party Boys was an Australian rock band with floating membership that existed from 1982 until 1992. Initially established by Mondo Rock bass player Paul Christie as a part-time venture for professional musicians with downtime from other projects, the group has boasted members from acts such as Status Quo, The Angels, Sherbet, Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo, The Choirboys, Australian Crawl, Divinyls, Models, Dragon and Swanee plus international stars including Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Alan Lancaster and Graham Bonnett.
This single is of the 1987 album "Party Boys"and the personel on this platter were John Swan vocals, Kevin Borich guitar, Paul Christie drums, Richard Harvey drums, John Brewster guitar and Alan Lancaster bass.
4,003,221 Tears From Now/You're Driving Me Mad/Hello Faithless/It Takes A Lot (To Make Me Cry)/I Cried/Where Are You/ I'll Step Down/Finders Keepers/Danger! Heartbreak Ahead/I Wanna Love You/I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)/You'll Never Know
During the early 1960s, singer Judy Stone (b. 1944) became a regular on television pop show Bandstand, alongside the likes of Col Joye, Bryan Davies, Lucky Starr, Noeleen Batley, Patsy Ann Noble, The Allen Brothers, The Delltones, The De Kroo Brothers, Laurel Lea, Jimmy Hannan and Sandy Scott. Stone's duets with Col Joye were a popular feature of the show. She began touring with Joye and the Joyboys, and then signed a deal with Festival Records.
Stone's first two singles for Festival, `You're Driving Me Crazy'/`It Takes a Lot To Make Me Cry' (June 1961) and `Danger! Heartbreak Ahead'/`You're Driving Me Mad' (August), were minor hits. Her third single, `I'll Step Down'/ `Mommy and Daddy Were Twistin'' (February 1962), took her into the Sydney Top 10 for the first time when it peaked at #5 during March. Stone also issued her debut album for Festival, I'll Step Down, in 1962. `Finders Keepers'/`I'm Confessing that I Love You' (June), `I Wanna Love You'/`Where are You?' (December) and `It Takes a Lot to Make Me Cry'/`I Cried' (July 1963) made minor impressions on the Sydney chart. It was her seventh single, however, that became Stone's most popular release of the 1960s. The heart-wrenching ballad `4,003,221 Tears from Now'/`Hello Faithless' (April 1964) peaked at #8 in Sydney and #7 in Melbourne. The `I Cried' EP (June 1964), plus the singles `Break My Heartache'/`Lonely People Do Foolish Things' (September), `Hard to Say Goodnight'/`Too Much' (December) and `In My Neighbourhood'/`This is My Prayer' (October 1965) were not so successful.
By that stage, Stone had teamed up with Col Joye on a number of recordings, including the EPs `The I's Have It' and `Clap Your Hands', and albums Col and Judy and The Best of Col and Judy, which contained cutesy material like `Young And Healthy', `Angry' and `Side by Side'. In early 1965 she embarked on a two-month Japanese tour with Joye and the Joyboys. A year later, she married Leo De Kroo of The De Kroo Brothers. In September 1966, Stone scored her third Sydney Top 10 hit when a cover of Sandy Posey's `Born a Woman'/ `I Need You' (her first release for Joye's ATA label) peaked at #3. Stone issued five more singles on ATA, `Don't Touch Me'/`So Softly' (February 1967), `And the Trouble with Me is You'/`Lost Without Love' (May), `I Might as Well Get Used to It'/`Love will Always Find a Way' (March 1968) and Janis Ian's `Society's Child'/`I'm Not Your Woman' (March 1969), before moving to the M7 label.
Throughout the late 1960s/early 1970s, Stone consolidated on her early pop successes with regular appearances on the club and country music circuits. Her first single for M7, `Day by Day' (from Godspell)/`Enough of a Woman' (November 1971) was overshadowed by Colleen Hewett's hit rendition, although it did peak at #6 in Sydney. Stone issued her third solo album, Pure Stone, in May 1972 on the Frog label. The albums Born to Love (1972), The Magic of Judy Stone (1973) and the double compilation Judy Stone's Greatest Hits (1974) followed. In 1974, Stone entered her most successful phase since the mid-1960s when her English-language version of `Mare Mare Mare'/`(I Am) Only a Woman' (January 1974) and `Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone?'/`Forgive Me for Saying' (June) charted in the national Top 20 (#12 and #2 respectively). With `Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone?' in the Australian Top 10, Stone represented Australia at Expo '74 in Spokane, USA. Stone's first album for the M7 label was In a Field of Stone.
The 1975 singles `Where are the Clowns?'/ `Traveller' and `We Two will Love'/`I Believe in Music' were not successful. Stone returned to the national chart with her version of the country standard `Silver Wings And Golden Rings'/`We Need You' (her first release for Polydor), which reached #21 in February. `Silver Wings and Golden Rings' had been lifted from Stone's album A Part of Me, which also produced the single ABBA's `Hasta Manana'/`Runaway' (#14 in May). In 1977, Stone travelled to the UK where she had signed with recording and management company Power Exchange (which also handled Kamahl's affairs). Stone's second album for Polydor, What are You Doing Tonight? produced the single `What are You Doing Tonight?'/`Don't Cry Tears for Me' (1978). Stone issued one final single for Polydor in April 1980, `Years'/`Magic in Your Mind'. By 1983, Stone had signed with Powderworks/RCA and issued the single `Number One in My Heart'/`As Tears Go By' (November).
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Adultery/Deep Blue Sea
Adultery is a single by Australian rock/pop group Do-Ré-Mi which was released by Virgin Records in October 1987. The tracks were written by lead vocalist Deborah Conway, drummer Dorland Bray, bass guitarist Helen Carter and guitarist Stephen Philip. Do-Ré-Mi's debut single "Man Overboard" had been top 5 hit in 1985, but Adultery, which charted on the National singles charts, had less chart success. It was released as a single in different forms for UK, German and North American markets, the Australian 1987 CD version had five track and then we have this post the 7" Vinyl version in a lovely picture sleeve the A-side appears on the The Happiest Place in Town album but not the B-side.
She's My Baby/She Wears My Ring
"Released in Australia December 1959, charted January 1960. Single on Liberty label in USA, Leedon in Australia.
#1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Adelaide #3 Adelaide
Recorded in Los Angeles at Gold Star studios, produced by Snuff Garrett, "with the Ernie Freeman Chorus & Orchestra".
Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978), known in Australia as "The Wild One", "The King of Rock'n'Roll" or just "J. O'K.", was a pioneer Australian rocker, a chart topping artist in Australia.
She's My Baby came to Johnny O'Keefe through co-writer Scott Turner, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, real name Graham Morrison Turnbull, also known as, Scott Turner, Scotty Turnbull or Graham Scotty Turnbull (he also wrote as Allison Dewar).
Turner/Turnbull was on tour with Tommy Sands in Australia when he sang the song to Johnny O'Keefe in March 1959. When Johnny O'Keefe travelled to the States later in the year he met up with Scott Turner again, and recorded She's My Baby for Liberty in Los Angeles, with Turner on guitar. Scott Turner passed away in February 2009." "Lyn Nuttall Pop Archives"
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Always The Busker/Love Goes On
Jon English has been around it seems forever from his early days with Sebastian Hardie then onto Jesus Christ Superstar which he owned then onto his solo career. Hits galore an acting career the mini series Against the Wind being the high point stage musicals he's done it all.
This single released 1989 is the single from the album "Busking" and I thought "Love Goes On" was a non album B-side on listening closely it did not sound like Jon at all wondered who it could be and why no vocal by Jon of to google the song appears on the 3 disc set "The Great John English" this sounds like Jon more searching also appears on Its All a Game from 1974 the B-side sounds more like this vesion but it's hard to tell one on CD then 2 different rips. Well I think i'm convinced that it is Jon on the flipside now but then the next question why have a B-side that's 15 years old guess I've just gotten used to those rare and wonerful B'S.
Where Are You/Spicks And Specks/Playdown/Big Chance/Glass House/How Many Birds/Secondhand People/I Don't Know Why I Bother Myself/Monday Rain/Tint Of Blue/Jingle Jangle/Born A Man
Rare Precious & Beautiful is a reissue of their album "Spicks and Specks", from 1966. These early tracks feature fairly spartan vocal harmony pop with some mild psych influences. Don't be misled by their awful reputation these early tracks are somewhat decent pop/psych. To me this was their coming of age album giving a hint of what was to come once they set up shop in the UK has their first major aussie hit Spicks and Specks bought the single still love it also on there are their versions of the Mike Furber single "Where Are You/Seconhand People" another great single. If you're a fan of the Bee Gees 60's music you should like this.