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[ERA : 70s / Rock, Blues-Rock ]
AZTEC Records/The Hoax Is Over (1971) presented the Aztecs at work in the studio, alive and raw. In its expanded form, this double CD collection not only features fully restored audio (with no censorship BEEPS) it also adds a multitude of rare single cuts, bonus live tracks and a selection of Thorpie's previously unreleased lounge room demos (circa 1972-75). The whole package singles out the heavy duty Aztecs as one of the great jamming bands of the Australian early 1970s blues rock scene. Lead by the commanding Billy Thorpe, the band also featured the dynamic guitar maestro Lobby Loyde, pianist extraordinaire Warren 'Pig' Morgan, powerhouse drummer Gil 'Rats' Matthews, master bass player Paul 'Sheepdog' Wheeler... plus Kevin Murphy (drums), Bruce Howard (electric piano) and Teddy Toi (bass). Originally issued on Festival Record's in-house progressive label Infinity in January 1971, The Hoax Is Over saw the band stretching out in the studio on the 19 minute epic Mississippi and the 24-minute guitar monster Gangster Of Love. One of the contentious issues of the day saw Festival beep out Thorpie's use of a supposedly offending word (screwed) in Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's tale of sexual braggadocio. Mastering engineer Gil Matthews has now restored the full audio. The briefer Goodbye Baby andTruth continue the heavy blues rock high jinks. Of some significance are the bonus single cuts such as the rip-roarin' covers of Good Mornin' Little School Girl and Rock Me Baby, plus the Thorpie-penned Natural Man featuring Ronnie Charles on vocals backed by the Aztecs. Of course, all Aztecs fans want to hear the band in their favoured element - on stage! The Aztecs were renowned in the day for their exceptionally loud, over-driven live performances. This time you get a song from Sunbury 1975 (You Can't Go Round Saying Fuck On Stage) and a trio of rockers captured at Sydney's rock 'n' roll hotspot the Bondi Lifesaver. PLUS Thorpie's lounge room demos are of great historical significance. PLUS The rare 1976 single by Morgan & Matthews and a previously unreleased 1975 recording from Bruce Howard round out this exceptionally great value double CD. Deluxe Double Digie-Pak with Colour booklet with detailed liner notes. All Digitally Remastered by Gil Matthews.
DISC I The Hoax Is Over LP (1971) : Gangster Of Love * Goodbye Baby * Mississippi * Truth Bonus Tracks - Live & Singles (1967-73) : Season Of The Witch (Live) * Dream Baby * You Don't Live Twice * Good Mornin' Little School Girl * Rock Me Baby * Pinball Wizard (Live) Ronnie Charles with Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs (1970) : Natural Man DISC II Aztecs Demo (1972) Previously Unreleased : Betsy Aztecs Live at Bondi Lifesaver (1974) Previously Unreleased : Gimme Your Love * Get Ready * Ability To Rock Aztecs Live at Sunbury (1975) Previously Unreleased : You Can't Go Round Saying Fuck On Stage Aztecs Sydney Rugby League Promo (1994) : Friday Night's A Great Night For Football Billy Thorpe Lounge Room Demos (1972-1975) Previously Unreleased : Believe It Just Like Me * Beautiful Days * Don't Take That Light Away * It's Almost Summer * I Really Miss You * No Title Bruce Howard (1975) Previously Unreleased ; Rock And Roll Music Morgan & Matthews (1976) : Walk Me Out * Raw Love * Endless Winter's Night

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