Their first major hit, and the biggest of their career was the 1975 single Jump In My Car which spent 5 weeks at number one on the Australian singles charts. Over the next few years they achieved a string of hit singles including a rocked up version of the old jazz song, "Darktown Strutter’s Ball", "Crazy", "Jamaica Rum" and "My Little Girl". Many of TMG’s songs, including "Jump In My Car" (my personnel favourite), were co-written with guitarist Les Hall. By the early 1980s their chart success had ended but they remained popular performers on the Australian pub circuit throughout the decade.
This, the third TMG album will not shock, astonish or confuse previous TMG buyers. It' the same formula as before. A straightforward drum beat, straightforward bass lines, a chunga-chunga rhythm guitar, interspersed with snappy lead breaks and relaxed, almost casual, vocals with slight, fetching melodies.
|Les Hall & Ted Mulry|
At this stage of the game, TMG have settled into their groove and are cruising their stated direction in easy-going; cheerful fashion. Besides, Ted Mulry has an undeniable gift for turning- out the well-penned, concisely balanced pop song. The gift deserted him on the previous Steppin' Out elpee, but on TMG Album he's returned to form.
|Herm Kovac & Gary Dixon|
It's not an album that deserves lavish praise because the Gang really don't set their sights on achieving anything much beyond a guaranteed beat and an inoffensive pop song.
But it's hard to berate them either. They've got their groove and they travel it in competent, if unadventurous fashion.
[Review by Anthony O'Grady for RAM Magazine, Sept 9, 1977. #66]
This post consists of FLACs ripped from CD (thanks to Sunshine) and includes full album artwork for both CD and Vinyl media. I have also chosen to include 4 live recordings as bonus tracks, taken from their 1976 Live On Tour EP . A scan of Anthony O'Grady's review is also included.
As a always say, ya just can't get enough of TED.
01 My Little Girl 3:35
02 Without You 3:11
03 Having You Around 3:12
04 Having Fun 3:47
05 Sha-La-La-La-Lee 3:15
06 Too Bad 3:12
07 You've Got It 3:18
08 Linda 2:44
09 I'm Your Man 3:00
10 Naturally 4:31
11 I'm Free (Bonus Live) 4:06
12 Goodbye (Bonus Live) 2:40
13 Crazy (Bonus Live) 4:07
14 Darktown Strutters Ball (Bonus Live) 4:01
Ted Mulry (Vocals, Bass & Piano)
Les Hall (Guitar, Vocals)
Gary Dixon (Guitar, Vocals)
Herm Kovac (Drums, Percussion)
TMG The Album Link (297Mb)