Thursday, August 18, 2011
Paycheques/A Place To Hide/Whenever It Snows/Jails/You're 39 You're Beautiful And Your Mine/Words Fail Me/Another Night In/Lost In Space/The Singer Of The Song/Harry Was A Bad Bugger/The Price You Had To Pay/The Healing Power Of Helpless Laughter/Someday I'll Forget
Had a request for this one so here it is.
Tex, Don and Charlie is an Australian super group formed by Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and others, Don Walker from Cold Chisel and widely respected guitarist Charlie Owen. Their first album Sad But True was released in 1993 with the second released in 2005.
The band was founded in 1992 as Tex Perkins relates: "I saw Charlie and thought 'Jesus Christ'. He was easily the best rock guitar player I had seen. He was really dexterous, but gutsy. Not flashy. I think it had a lot of jazz in him as well. I made a mental note that I'd like to work with Charlie and about I year later I heard he was playing with Don Walker in Catfish. Then somebody suggested I do something with Don Walker and I said 'Sure, as long as Charlie Owen is there'.
Don and Charlie had worked together a little, but as a group they barely knew each other when they cut Sad But True in 1993. Their potent, distinctively Australian country-blues cocktail matured on stage, as faithfully reflected in their heady live album of 1995, Monday Morning Coming Down.
Over the next 10 years they all went separate ways, but remained in contact.
In March 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie had been talking about a second album for four years; swapping songs in the mail for three; nailing them together over various stolen rehearsal sessions for nearly two. All is Forgiven was released in August 2005 and a successful tour followed. In October 2010, Sad But True (1993) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.
Anyone that would like the album as a Wave can download it Here
Thank You/Hearts Will Be Falling/Dangerous Girl/Tina's Story/Words And Lies/Buried Treasure
Within two years of breakup of the Go-Betweens both Lindy Morrison and Amanda Brown had become mothers, stayed in contact and then followed up their goal of forming a band in which they wrote the songs.
The resulting band was Cleopatra Wong. The band had a high-tech approach. Amanda was the main songwriter and apart from free jams of her earlier band Climbing Frame and a partial credit on Don't call me gone, this was her first foray into the world of songwriting. Cleopatra Wong played around Sydney and even toured South East Asia, released 2 Eps, Egg in 1992 and Cleopatra's Lament in 1993. Cleopatra Wong came to a surprise end in 1993 when Lindy left on the eve of a repackaging deal of the 2 Ep's for US release, a deal which then didn't go through.
Thanks to RAM once again for this CD.
My Brother/Koori Woman/Spirit Of The Winter Tree/Inside My Kitchen/Happy Earth/Things I Can't Undo
Tiddas are a three piece all-girl folk band from Victoria, Australia originally the three women, Amy Saunders (a Gunditjmara woman from Portland), Lou Bennett (a Yorta Yorta woman from Echuca) and Sally Dastey (from West Heidelberg) combined their vocal talents as backing singers for Aboriginal band Djaambi, led by Saunder's brother Richard Frankland in 1990. The group were invited to perform at a musical celebration for women's artistic achievement, 'Hot Jam Cooking', in Richmond, Victoria. Their performance was well received and inspired Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach's partner, to dub the trio Tiddas, which is Koori English for the word sisters.
After performing together for over a year the band came to the attention of Paul Petran, host of ABC National Radio show 'Music Deli', who assisted Tiddas to record their debut EP, Inside My Kitchen in 1991. Inside My Kitchen was released in October, 1992 and received two nominations, for 'Best New Talent' and 'Best Indigenous Talent', at the 1993 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards.
Tiddas quickly became live favourites, touring with Sweet Honey in the Rock and Midnight Oil, adding didgeridoo player Tim "Froggie" Holtze for their first album Sing About Life. The album peaked at #36 on the ARIA charts, achieved gold record sales in Australia (35,000 copies sold), was nominated 'Breakthrough Artist - Album', and won 'Best Indigenous Record' at the 1994 ARIA awards. The album National and international tours followed, including several WOMAD concerts. Sing About Life was released in the United States in September 1995, spurring tours of North America and Europe.
The group felt so strongly about the direction and voice they had found in the interim they bluntly called the second album 'Tiddas', which was produced by Joe Camilleri. The album was released in Australia in August 1996. Tiddas reached #26 on the ARIA charts and was nominated for 'Best Indigenous Release' at the 1996 ARIA awards. The first single, "Ignorance is Bliss", was reputedly inspired by an argument with Bob Geldof while touring in 1993. Backing musicians on the album included the Black Sorrows' Jen Anderson on violin, Joe Camilleri on sax (on "Waving Goodbye"), Peter Luscombe on drums, Steven Hadley on bass, and Weddings, Parties, Anything's Mark "Squeezebox Wally" Wallace on piano accordion. A second single "Walk Alone" was released in 1997.
The third album, 'Lethal By The Kilo', was recorded in Melbourne's ABC studios in late 1998. The album received almost no promotion from the record company, which led to the band almost breaking up. Tiddas however went on to record a fourth album, pointedly named Show Us Ya Tiddas, which was recorded live at the Continental Café on 11 September 1999, in front of an invited audience. In May 2000 Tiddas did break up, spending months on a national tour to say farewell to all their fans. In 2000 Tiddas were awarded a Deadly Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Music'
Thanks to RAM once again for this CD which he ripped as a FLAC file those of you wanting the alternate FLAC file can get it HERE.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Speechless/Stupidity/What'cha Gonna Do About It/Do It Zulu Style/High Time Baby/Like I Love You/Heigh Ho/Something About You/The Great Pretender/Everybody Loves A Lover/Tweedle Dee/Mr. Goodtime/Lovey Dovey/Something You Got/Go Away/Is This The Dream/Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons (Bonus)
Peter John Doyle (28 July 1949 – 13 October 2001) was an Australian pop singer who had success with a number of Top 40 hits in Australia in the 1960s, then success internationally as a member of the New Seekers in the early 1970s, before resuming a solo career in 1973.
He started his career at the age of 9 appearing on a children's television talent show called Swallow's Juniors and appeared as a regular on that show for the next five years. At the age 10 he made his first recording on a 78rpm acetate, "Lucky Devil"/"If Irish Eyes Were Shining". He was performing in Sunday afternoon pop shows at Melbourne's Festival Hall at the age of 14 and at 16 he was signed to a record contract with Ivan Dayman's Sunshine label (whose roster included top singers such as Normie Rowe and Tony Worsley). This led to regular appearances on Melbourne’s teen TV show, "The GO Show".
From 1965 to 1967 he released ten 45 records in Australia, of which seven made the Top 40, the most successful of which were a cover of Conway Twitty's Speechless (The Pick Up), and a rousing version of Solomon Burke's Stupidity. He was backed by Melbourne band The Phantoms on all these recordings. He then recorded two singles with the band Grandmas Tonic as lead vocalist. His last two singles, once again under his own name, were for the Astor label although he was still backed on them by Grandma's Tonic,(ex-members of Tony Worsley's backing band 'The Fabulous Blue Jays').
May 1968 saw him join the vocal trio 'The Virgil Brothers', Australia's answer to The Walker Brothers. The Virgil Brothers released two singles in Australia in 1968, "The Temptations 'Bout to Get Me" (a Top 5 hit) and "Here I Am". They then relocated to the UK where they recorded their third single, When You Walk Away with producer David McKay. He then quit the trio which broke up soon after.
 With The New Seekers
In 1970, not long after the Virgil Bros had dissolved, he joined the second lineup of The New Seekers. Recommended by melbourne radio DJ Stan Rolfe. This line-up was their most successful and enduring and during his time with them they had a string of international hits, such as Melanie Safka's "What Have They Done To My Song Ma", Delaney & Bonnie's "Never Ending Song of Love" and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing".
In 1972 The New Seekers came second representing the UK, in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Beg, Steal or Borrow", on which he co-vocalled with Lyn Paul. As well as sharing vocals in The New Seekers he was a talented songwriter and contributed many songs to their albums which included ballads such as "I Can Say You're Beautiful" and "Lay Me Down" and more uptempo numbers like "Boom Town" and "Cincinnati".
He quit The New Seekers, apparently disillusioned with lack of monetary rewards, in 1973 and resumed his solo career, as a singer-songwriter. He continued working in the UK until 1981, during which period he issued five solo singles, including a cover of The Easybeats "Friday On My Mind", and one album, Skin Deep. During this time in the UK he also recorded advertising jingles for Ribena and Sugar Puffs, provided the vocal for a children's single, "Jungle Ted and the Laceybuttonpoppers" and did backing vocals on Lyn Paul's solo single, "It Oughta Sell A Million". It did not. In 1975 he was offered and declined the job as Little River Band's lead vocalist.
Glen Wheatley asked Peter to join the Little River Band but at this stage, Peter wanted to make his way as a solo performer. By 1976, with the backing of David Mackay, Peter had secured a recording with RCA and his first single, released on 13 August 1976 was an incredible version of the Easybeats' Friday on My Mind. Inexplicably this failed to chart, as did his follow up single, Skin Deep. His album, also entitled Skin Deep , released in 1977, included a variety of musical styles and six songs penned by Peter, but even this failed to give him the solo success he so greatly deserved. It was around this time that Peter met the love of his life, Jane Garner, who later became his wife.
He returned to Australia in 1981 to work with a band called Standing Room Only. In 1982, ex-Wings drummer, Steve Holly invited him to join the group Regis in the US, where he worked for the next five years.
Returning to Australia in 1987, he regularly performed on the club circuit. In 1991 to 1992 he joined the Ram Band in Melbourne on vocals, played bass and keyboards, Colin Cook vocals, guitar and saxophone, Tony Faehse guitar and vocal, Marty Stone guitar, John van Boxtel vocals and drums. This was curtailed when he suffered ill-health in the 1990s. He died in Castlemaine, Victoria, of throat cancer, on 13 October 2001. He is buried at Muckleford Cemetery.