Saturday, December 24, 2011
Heart And Soul/How Have You Managed/ Curiosity/Persuasion/Physical Game/Sweet/ Truck/I Want You Now/Money Honey/White Pain/Growing Tree/Don't Go Changing
Melanie Oxley is the sister of Jeremy Oxley and Peter Oxley, who were founder members of popular Australian pop-rock band The Sunnyboys and younger brother Tim Oxley a musician in his own right.
Oxley performed with Louis Tillett's jazz influenced band Paris Green in 1984. She also performed backing vocals on The Triffids' 1984 EP, Raining Pleasure and for the Johnny Kannis Band in early 1985. In 1985 Oxley together with Chris Abrahams (The Necks), her brother, Peter Oxley, Bill Bilson (The Sunnyboys), Mark Walker (Hoi Polloi) and Colin Bloxsom [who later replaced Walker on Guitar], formed the indie rock band The Sparklers.
The Sparklers released one album Persuasion in 1988. Melanie writing the majority of the songs for that album. Oxley also performed backing vocals for Johanna Pigott's band Scribble, appearing on their 1986 album Pop Art, as well as on Ed Kuepper's 1986 album Rooms of the Magnificent. A link to the Flac version can be found here and thanks to RAM for the Album.
Mamma/Rock Me Baby/Be Bop A Lula/Most People I Know Think I'm Crazy/C.C. Rider/Rock 'n' Roll City/World Turning/Ooh Poo Pa Doo
It had been over a decade since Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs had toured Australia and in 1993 Billy returned from the States to perform this one of gig at Queensland's infamous now closed Boggo Jail. The set for the night was basically material from his Sunbury set with a couple of new songs thrown in. The Band was the reassembled Sunbury Aztecs Warren Morgan, Gil Mathews, and Paul Wheeler. This a DVD rip from the DVD that I got for Christmas as usual the 320kbps version is in the header and the wave file is here
Friday, December 23, 2011
My Heart Belongs To Only You/When I Fall In Love/I Will/Lollipops And Roses/Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On/Moon River/You Don't Know Me/A Girl Needs To Love And Be Loved/I Love You So Much It Hurts Me/I Can't Stop Loving You/Ecstasy/Let True Begin
"About Love" was released in 1963 on the Leedon label and is an album of love songs not your usual JO'K tunes like "Shout" and "So Tough". This album shows that Johnny can carry a tune as well as belt them out . At 28 years of age I suppose he was trying to show his maturity as a singer and that he had more to offer than just Rock 'n' Roll.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Country Bumkin/Take Me Home Country Road/I Believe In You/Oh Boy/One's On The Way/You Were Always On My Mind/Let Your Love Flow/One Day At A Time/Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love/Looking For Love/Angel Of The Morning/Lying Eyes/Before The Next Teardrop Falls/You're Cheating Heart/By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Elusive Butterfly/Snowbird/The Last Waltz
Australian singer Diana Trask was a popular performer in the U.S. during the '60s and '70s. She was born in Warburton, a small logging town near Melbourne, to a musically talented family. She first gained attention in Australia at age 16 after winning a nationwide talent contest, and began playing on television. Later, she was a part of a pop group which opened for such American stars as Sammy Davis, Jr., who liked her music and suggested she come to the U.S. In 1959, Trask did, but didn't find much success until she spent a week guesting on Don McNeil's Breakfast Club, which led to a contract with Columbia and a regular spot on the TV show Sing Along with Mitch. Both of her initial albums were pop-oriented.
After marrying in the early '60s, Trask returned to Australia, but by 1966, she and her family were living in New York, where she continued trying to further her pop career. After visiting the CMA DJ Convention in Nashville, she decided to focus on country music instead. She debuted on the country charts in 1968 with the low-ranked "Lock, Stock and Teardrops," but later that year she reached the Top 60 with "Hold What You've Got." In 1969, Trask released her debut album Miss Country Soul and toured with Hank Williams, Jr. Although she continued to have modest hits, her popularity didn't take off until 1972, when she had a Top 30 hit with "We've Got to Work It Out Between Us." In 1973, she made the Top 20 twice with "Say When" and "It's a Man's World (If You Had a Man Like Mine)." The following year, she had a Top 15 crossover hit with "Lean on Me." She returned to Australia during the mid-'70s and earned a few gold records there. Trask returned to the U.S. in 1981 to record a pair of singles, but then retired for the remainder of the decade. During the 1990s she again resumed performing.