Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Ever Since Our Love/Props Me Up/Adios So Long/Just Enough Rope/Ain't Knockin' Myself/Out Back Nights/I Wonder/Cheatin' Heart/Still Rockin'/Travellin' Man/The Old Man From The Mountain/Let Me Be There
Issi had a few critics that dismissed him as a no talent wannabe pop star in the sixties but I always liked him he always had a lot of enthusiasm for what he did and even to this day with his many tribute shows you can still see that he enjoys what he likes doing best entertaining.
I've been after this album for a long time as Issi had such a small recorded output a handful of singles and an EP in the sixties and then around 30 years later this album recorded somewhere between 1990 and 1996. As the title suggests this is a country album a field that so many 60's pop stars and musicians seemed to gravitate to after their initial early success faded.
Burn/Rat Pack/Parisienne Hotel/Lookin' For Love
Under the name Diesel, American born guitarist/singer Mark Lizotte became one of the biggest selling and most awarded Australian recording artists of the late '80s/early '90s. He arrived in Perth as a child when the travels of his itinerant, saxophone-playing father exhausted America and the family settled in Western Australia. Lizotte always contended that he grew up with musical instruments in his play box. No instrument intimidated him, but it was the electric guitar which excited him.
While his siblings gravitated toward music as teachers, Lizotte started playing in bands, making the long trek from Perth to Sydney in 1986 to record with Innocent Bystanders. He left to form his own group, Johnny Diesel & the Injectors in June 1986, adopting the Johnny Diesel persona for the first time (a stint of pumping petrol had earned him his Diesel nickname). The group's blend of Southern rock, soul, and R&B, plus Diesel's adept guitar playing and pop star looks quickly earned the band a strong reputation on-stage, and in September 1987 they relocated to Sydney. Almost immediately, Diesel was offered a place in Jimmy Barnes' band, playing the opening slot on the Freight Train Heart tour with the Injectors as support act, and then joining the headlining Barnes band on guitar. His group was signed to a worldwide recording contract by Chrysalis and recorded a self-titled debut album in Memphis with Terry Manning (Joe Cocker, Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top).
After four years and a mini-album recorded live in London the Injectors broke up, and Johnny Diesel became Diesel, solo artist.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
No More Now/Never Trust Another Woman/Control Your Love/Something Following Me (Bonus)
"The Smoke" 1967 - 1969, This Band achieved great notoriety in a short time, with the release of single "No More Now/Never Trust Another Woman" written by Brett Tauri - RCA 1967 - released in Europe and USA, had good chart success in New-Zealand.
The Smoke" had a second release early 1968 "Control Your Love/Something Following Me" written by Brett Tauri - RCA label.
"The Smoke" first gig was the battle of the bands at Aucklands town hall, the group went on to tour NZ several times, The Smoke featured at "The Big Blast off 68" at the Auckland YMCA with Larrys Rebels.
Later in 1968 "The Smoke" appeared on C`Mon (NZs one and only top of the pop TV shows of the time). The Smoke" did a final tour with Larrys Rebels early 1969 then disbanded.
I found the artwork for this EP on the Net seems to be a latter day release and has 3 of the 4 songs they released on it. I thought it should be no problem to add the songs as I had an LP by them after some research found out the LP I had was actually an american band when I downloaded it all those years ago someone had labeled it as the kiwi band. Well after a bit of searching I was able to find all four songs so I've posted them all.
Not Like That/House On Fire/Old Blue Car/Give To Me/Looking In/Birthday Suit/Oh Julian/The End Of This Street/Walk Away/Wish/Stop Stop Stop/All Through The Town
Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1989, Club Hoy was a folk duo, comprising of Penny Flanagan and Julia Richardson. Flanagan and Richardson began performing together at the age of 19, and after a year of writing and performing, released their first single, "On and On," in 1990. Late that year, additional musicians Bernie Hayes (bass) and Vincent Sheehan (drums) joined the band.
In early 1991, their second single, the double A-side "Da Da Da Da/Green and Blue" was released. For this single, Club Hoy enlisted the help of former Go-Between Grant McLennan, who performed on and produced a couple of tracks with Club Hoy; they later returned the favor on one of McLennan's albums. By this time, there was a significant amount of critical acclaim for the band and they were developing a dedicated fan base, although commercial success was proving elusive.
The first taste of their debut album, Thursday's Fortune, was in the form of a single from that album ("House on Fire"). It generated a great deal of interest in the upcoming release, which finally saw the light of day two months after the release of "House on Fire," in September 1991. Greeted with critical praise, Thursday's Fortune saw Club Hoy receive minor commercial success. This was thanks in no small part to extensive touring with the likes of Things of Stone and Wood, Margaret Urlich, the Falling Joys, the Clouds, and the Hummingbirds. One of the strengths of Club Hoy's music lay in their well-crafted songwriting, which produced some of the best folk-pop music of the early-'90s. Richardson and Flanagan's vocal harmonies were another highlight.
Two more singles were released from Thursday's Fortune ("Walk Away" and "Not Like That") in 1992. These were followed by their final recording, the Trumpets EP, which was promoted with the track "You Promised, You Said." This choice as lead single from the EP caused tensions within the group to be exacerbated, and, in 1993, Club Hoy disbanded. Penny Flanagan went on to pursue a successful solo career, while Julia Richardson and Bernie Hayes formed a new group, the Troublemakers. Thanks to RAM for providing the Flac rip for Thursdays Fortune to be found HERE and HERE while you can find a 320kbps version in the header.