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[ERA : 60s / R&B, Garage ]
Isolated geographically in the southern Pacific Ocean, Australian rock musicians may as well have been plying their trade on another planet as far as North American, British and European audiences were concerned. Indeed, in terms of rock music per se, only the Bee Gees (who were primarily pop) and the Easybeats made any headway internationally, and only then once they'd relocated to the mother country. Yet despite its vast distance from the all-important American and British markets, Australia gave birth to vibrant music scenes that delved deep into beat, R&B, punk and psychedelia. Many of the recordings from this period have found their way on to compilations over the years, most notably Raven Records' superb Ugly Things and the noteworthy Sixties Downunder series. Thanks to the dedicated and exhaustive work of respected Australian music archivist Glenn A Baker, mastermind behind Raven Records, these priceless gems have provided a handy introduction to Oz legends like the Missing Links, the Purple Hearts and the Master's Apprentices. Less celebrated than many of their Australian contemporaries but arguably more significant in the creative stakes was Melbourne's Wild Cherries. Where most Oz bands during those halcyon days blatantly wore their influences on their sleeves, the Wild Cherries were uniquely original and uncompromising in their delivery and execution. Exciting, revolutionary excursions into a musical void with no concessions to commercial demands is how Australian rock journalist Ian McFarlane describes the band's music in his superb Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. The 16 tracks are the ones that Australian labels didn't want to put out on a recording, too wild for them, so expect no more than that on this LP. The inside inner-sleeve brings a ton of photos and texts by Nick Warburton. If you are into 60's savage stuff as by The Kinks or The Pretty Things or even in to more late 60's psych, this is for you.
Without You * Comming Home Baby * Tobacco Road * Worried Blues * You Dont Love Me * Get Out Of My Live * Bye Bye Bird * Without You (Ver.2) * Im Your Kingpin * Mad Man Blues * Tobacco Road (Ver.2) * Parchman Farm * Smokestack Lightning * My Generation * Aint Got You * Baby Please Dont Go

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