Sunday, February 19, 2017

Peter Allen - Not The Boy Next Door (1983)

(Australian 1968–1992)
Allen was born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, a small Australian country town where his grandfather, George Woolnough, worked as a saddler. He grew up in nearby Armidale, where he lived from about 6 weeks of age until the age of 15. This is also where he first learned piano and dance.  He began his performing career with Chris Bell as one of the Allen Brothers, who were a popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in Australia. He began performing as "Peter Allen" around the same time.

Allen, the bon-vivant of the 'Bandstand' era was exiled from Australia to the flesh pots of Asia where the Allen Brothers teamed up with Judy Garland and the Queen of Camp adopted young Peter as her protege. She married him into the family, to her daughter Liza (with a Z). The Minnelli-Allens moved to New York where Peter worked in cabaret.

Everything went swimmingly until Liza came home early one day to find Peter in bed with another man. She claimed to be shocked by this. Allen's most important relationships were with other songwriters such as Carol Bayer-Sager. His songs were coveted by stage and screen stars (notably the Academy Award winner "Arthur's Theme") and Allen pretty much forgot about Australia until the mid-70's when 'Countdown' made him a star here with the song "I Go To Rio" and he began to call Australia home. [extract from Go-Set magazine]

In the summer of 1983, Peter was resting up in Leucadia admitting to having had a 'scalp reduction'. This was a skin-tightening process, administered to eliminate Peter's bald spot at the back of his head. (Peter said he had 'vetoed' hair plugs.) However, the hairline in front would soon tell its own story, suddenly lower and fuller, similar to a squashed mud cake at first, as these things always seem to be, but loosening up with time. Peter was also telling the press that he had a black eye as a result of a tennis mishap, which was perhaps so, ! but the skin around his eyes would soon appear tighter.

'There is such a thing as privacy,' Peter said after turning down | a home photo spread for People magazine. Cosmetic surgery was one thing, but Peter had not lost his horse sense. Bruce Vilanch, for instance, would speak of the briefing Clive Davis gave Peter Alien. [The label chief told Peter, now pushing forty, to go out and research [the field to find out what teenagers really wanted. A reasonable amount of time elapsed for Peter to accomplish this, then he reported back to [Clive Davis with his findings. Peter said he now knew what teenagers [really wanted. 'Usually around a hundred dollars,' he announced.

Peter and Dean Pitchford wrote the title song for his first Arista [album, Not the Boy Next Door. It was inspired by a 1944 Ralph Blane land Hugh Martin song, 'The Boy Next Door', the boy Judy Garland [had sung about and pined for in the Vincente Minnelli movie Meet Me in St Louis. The cover of Peter's 1983 Arista album depicted him supine atop a red piano, coiled as if ready to spring. The disco look had not worn well, indeed now appeared saturnine.  [extract from Peter Allen The Boy From Oz by Stephen Maclean, Ranmsom House Aust, 1996. p241]

This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my vinyl copy and also includes full album artwork. Due to poor credit annotation on the cover, I am unable to list the supporting musicians on this album.  Although this album was requested by one of my blog followers, it was an album that I have been meaning to post for sometime now.  I hope you enjoy it.

Track Listing
01 - Just Another Make Out Song
02 - Not The Boy Next Door
03 - You'll Always Get Your Way
04 - You And Me (We Had It All)
05 - Fade To Black
06 - Somebody's Got Your Love
07 - You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me
08 - Easy On The Weekend
09 - Once Before I Go

Not The Boy Next Door FLACs (253Mb)

Not The Boy Next Door MP3's (96Mb)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Doors - Unauthorised Live Vol 2 (1993) Bootleg

(U.S 1965–1973)
This is an Australian bootleg recording of the Doors at the Felt Forum, New York, NY on 18th January 1970 (Second Show)
The Doors played a two-night stand at the Felt Forum that was to be a tour in support of the forthcoming release “Morrison Hotel”. It was also the start of the final year of The Doors as a live touring band with Jim Morrison.

The previous year had been a bad one for The Doors. In the aftermath of the March 1969 concert in Miami, Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure and the rest of their tour was cancelled. The Doors took advantage of this enforced hiatus from touring by going back into the studio and returning to the basics of rock and the blues. “Morrison Hotel” was recorded quickly, starting in November of 1969, with the album released in February 1970.

The Felt Forum was a small intimate venue inside Madison Square Garden for The Doors to start their touring schedule for 1970. Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek likened it to the Whisky a Go-Go. Although the gig was only two nights, The Doors played two shows each evening. The shows were recorded for “Absolutely Live” and it was felt that the more intimate setting and acoustics of the venue would be enhance the recording of live material. The Felt Forum shows wouldn’t be released in their entirety until “The Doors: Live in New York” in November 2009.

Their latest album “Morrison Hotel” had not yet been released, but The Doors played a lot of songs from the album and fans enthusiastically greeted the album’s songs including “Roadhouse Blues”, “Ship of Fools”, and “Peace Frog”. The band also threw in Doors standards and songs like “Crawling King Snake”, “Little Red Rooster”, and “Love Hides”. The Felt Forum shows took their toll on Morrison’s voice and by the fourth show he sounded hoarse. Nonetheless, it didn’t stop Morrison and the rest of the band from putting on great shows which included having John Sebastian sit in, and in a Doors rarity, also having Dallas Taylor sit in with John Densmore on drums. [thanks to Jim Cherry and The Doors Examiner, Redux]

Review (LA, Free Press)
Review by Liza Williams, "The Doors at the Forum - Morrison: The Ultimate Barbie Doll" 
He isn't real because he is a poster or a golden record or an idol or a picture to kiss at night under the covers, a doll, he is the ultimate Barbie doll, and Barbie speaks when we pull her string, that's what she's supposed to do, and she only says what we want her to say because you see on the other end of the string is a piece of tape, that's why she is our Barbie doll and that's why he is our Jim Morrison and that's why we want him to sing "Light My Fire" and stop Stop STOP all these other strange sentences that the doll didn't say when we bought her, these new words on the tape, she has no right to new words, just do her thing which is our thing because we own her/him/ the ticket/the poster/the record/die idol.
[Sourced from "Riders On The Storm" by John Densmore, Arrow Books, 1991. p237]

At the start of 1970, Jim was in Mexico, vacationing with Frank. The other Doors were in New York, anxiously waiting for Jim to show. After much work, and the posting of the usual "fuck clause" bond, the band was booked into the prestigious Felt Forum.
The telephone rang in Bill Siddons' hotel room.
"Uhh ... I missed my plane."
"Jesus, Jim." Bill instantly remembered Jim's call about a missed plane en route to Miami. "Jim, are you sober?"
"Well . . ."
The January 17 and 18 concerts—two shows each night— were regarded seriously by Siddons, the other Doors, and Elektra alike. The performances were to be recorded for the live album begun the previous summer. New York was where most of the editors and writers worked, and the Felt Forum appearances were supposed to prove that the Doors were still capable of performing as a band. A no-show—or, worse, another exhibition like the one in Florida—would be suicidal.
Siddons spoke in the exasperated tones of a parent. "Jim, did you make another reservation?"
Jim said yes and gave Bill the flight number.
"We'll have a limo waiting, Jim."
"Uh . . . Billy? Uh . . . there's a stopover in Miami."
"Jim? Will you please stay on the plane?"

After hanging up, Bill called for Tony Punches. "Get on a plane and get to Miami immediately. Intercept Jim. Meet the plane when it lands at Miami and make sure Jim stays on it. We'll book you back to New York with him."
The concerts were successful. Most of the songs they played were older ones:  "Moonlight Drive,"  "Back Door Man", "Break On Through," "Light My Fire," "The End."
There were memorable moments, as when John Sebastian and Dallas Taylor, the drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, joined the Doors for a few songs during one show; and when a young homosexual heaved himself at Jim, locked his arms and legs around Jim's knees, and, after he was finally peeled off and carried away, Jim said casually, "Well, that's New York for ya. The only ones who rush the stage are guys." That line would be used (unexplained) in the live album. One that wouldn't be used came when someone tossed Jim a joint that was about as big around as pencil lead. "That's what I like about New York joints," he said, "you can pick your teeth with them." [Extract from "No One Here Gets Out Alive" Jim Morrison's Biography by Jerry Hopins and Danny Sugerman, Plexus Publishing, 1980 p278-279]
This post consists of MP3's (320kps) ripped from my JOKER CD Bootleg and includes the usual generic artwork.  This recording has been released under different titles (see alt cover right) as well as official double LP / CD sets entitled "The Doors: Live In New York" (artwork also included)
Even though the quality of the recording is pretty good (8/10)  it is a shame that several key tracks are missing - namely "Moonlight Drive" and "Light My Fire"
Track Listing
01.    Roadhouse Blues   6:35
02.    Peace Frog   3:46
03.    Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)  2:00
04.    (Medley) Back Door Man / Five To One   8:30

05.    Build Me A Woman   4:02
06.    When The Music's Over   12:47
07.    Soul Kitchen    7:21

The Doors were:
Jim Morrison (Vocals and Obscenities)
Ray Manzarek (Keyboards)
Robby Krieger (Guitar)
John Densmore (drums)
The Doors Unauthorised Live Vol.2 (107Mb)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

REPOST: Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 - Selftitled (1990) + Bonus Tracks

(Australian 1989-1991)
Craig Dougal McLachlan (born September 1, 1965 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actor and singer, best known for his role as Ed in Bugs. He has also appeared in soap operas such as Sons and Daughters, Neighbours and Home and Away.
McLachlan became well known in 1987 when he landed the role of Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Neighbours. Two years later, he defected to rival show Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.
McLachlan has also had success as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, capitalising on his popularity in Neighbours to score Australian and UK hit singles with pop tunes such as his remake of the Bo Diddley song "Mona" (AUS#3 / UK#2, 1990), "Amanda" (AUS#23 / UK#19, 1990), and "On My Own" (AUS#23, 1991). He formed various bands during the late 80's and early 90's, namely Craig McLachlan and the Y Fronts (1989), Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 (1989-91) and Craig McLachlan and the Culprits in 1996.
In 1993 he starred as Danny in the popular West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson. Also in that year he married Australian actress Rachel Friend whom he met on the set of Neighbours. Their characters Bronwyn and Henry had also earlier married in the show. They divorced in 1994.
In 1995 McLachlan appeared in the popular British television series Bugs. He played the role of a free-lance agent and electronics expert, who along with his colleagues worked covertly to combat terrorist threats. McLachlan left the show at the end of the third series.
In 2001, Craig had a breakthrough with the American movie Superfire, where he played a firemen who died at the end of the movie. In 2004, Craig got a recurring role as Kane Morgan in the populair show McLeod's Daughters, but left the show at the fourth season.
In 2005 he starred as Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, with fellow Neighbours star Delta Goodrem and McLeod's Daughters co-star Rachael Carpani. In 2006, he appeared in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as a stand-up comedian.
He was at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre from Thursday 7 December 2006 in White Christmas, based on the record-breaking box office film of 1954 starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. With Tim Flavin, Cliff Barnes from Dallas and Lorna Luft.
Craig was thrilled to be working back in Australia with the hit show Rescue Special Opps during 2010.
Recently, Craig come out of retirement (from the music industry) to show his support for NSW politician 'Peter Best' - who recently ran for Parliament as an independent during the 2010 Federal Elections. His aspiration was to become 'The Perfect Prime Minister' with the help of Craig and his reformed band Check 1-2, but all they achieved was some glorified publicity in the Daily Telegraph Newspaper (Sydney).
When I first saw this album at my local trash and treasure, I was apprehensive about parting with my loose change to acquire it, but curiosity finally got the better of me. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised when I first heard the album and was quite taken back with the songwriting skills and musicianship which McLachlan displays on this album. In fact, I would almost go as far to say that McLaughlan is probably a better musician than he is actor, but still have fond memories of his 'Henry' character on Neighbours back in the 80's.
The only criticism I would have is that his self-penned track "Bigger Than Texas" has a very similar riff to the hit single by the Romantics "What I Like About You" which was released in 1978. There are some well known guest artists playing on this album, namely Garth Porter from Sherbet (Keyboards & Producer), and Lindsay Field & Lisa Edwards (backing singers for John Farnham).
If you haven't heard this album before, I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was.
The rip was taken from vinyl in MP3 (320kps) format while the FLACs were ripped from CD and includes full LP artwork and inlays. I have also included three bonus tracks, two B-sides from the hit single Amanda - "Baby Loves Funky" and "Need Your Love" (thanks to Deutros) along with the 12" Single release of "Rock The Rock". You really should Check it out !
Track Listing
01. Mona
02. Rock The Rock

03. I Almost Felt Like Crying

04. Amanda

05. What Is Love

06. Jump Into The Fire

07. Bigger Than Texas

08. Can't Take It Any Longer

09. I Don't Mind

10. Hot

11. Go

12. It's Been Good
Bonus Tracks
13 - Baby Loves Funky (B-Side Single)
14 - Need Your Love (B-Side Live Single)
15 - Rock The Rock (Extended Version 12" Single)

UPDATED POST:  New FLAC rip from CD. This ones for you Guitarman, enjoy.
Band Members:
Vocals, Guitar - Craig McLachlan
Bass - Mark Beckhouse

Drums - Mark Meyer

Keyboards - Garth Porter

Keyboards [Additional] - Chong Lim

Percussion - John Clark

Backing Vocals - John Hind, Lindsay Field, Lisa Edwards, Nikki NichollsProducer - Garth Porter
Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 MP3 Link (120Mb)

Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 FLAC Link (376Mb)  New Link 7/02/2017


Saturday, February 4, 2017

1927 - ....ISH (1988) plus bonus tracks

(Australian 1987–1993, 2009–Present)
1927 (read as "nineteen twenty seven") are an Australian pop rock band formed in 1987 with James Barton on drums, Bill Frost on bass guitar, his brother Garry Frost on guitar and keyboards, and Eric Weideman on vocals, guitar and keyboards. They were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s with their major hit songs "That's When I Think of You", "If I Could", "Compulsory Hero" and "Tell Me a Story". Their multi-platinum number-one album, ...ISH (1988) was followed by The Other Side (1990) which peaked at number three. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 they won two categories: Breakthrough Artist – Album for ...ISH and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "That's When I Think of You". At the 1990 ceremony they won Best Video for "Compulsory Hero", which was directed by Geoff Barter. In 1992 the group released a third studio album, 1927, which reached the top 40; but they disbanded the following year. Erik Weideman reformed 1927 in 2009 with a new line-up.
Erik possess one of the best voices in Australian rock music and while 1927’s musicians may have changed over time, the one constant to 1927’s success has been the band’s lead singer, Erik Weideman. Erik has continued to perform in the music industry, playing the the big 80s shows - Here & Now, Idols of the 80's, Living in the 80's well as intimate acoustic performances.

Prior to joining 1927, Erik played in some cover bands. His big break came when he was ‘discovered’ while performing on Hey! Hey! It’s Saturday’s now ‘infamous’ ‘Red Faces’. Late in 1986 guitarist Garry Frost (ex-Moving Pictures) saw the singer and was impressed enough to ask him to join the band he was forming. That band became 1927 and the rest, as they say, is history.

But Erik says that he has been playing music for as long as he can remember. “I picked up a guitar when I was 8 years old. Then, that whole Hey! Hey! thing… I’d been playing in a couple of cover bands – one was called ‘Mixed Feelings’ – around Melbourne and we were doing a couple of gigs a week, on the weekends and working the rest of the time so that was a bit of extra pocket money for a bunch of guys having a good time. Directly prior to the Hey! Hey! thing, I was doing a lot of solo work as well so it’s something I’ve always done but that was definitely my first journey into what people like to consider as the ‘professional’ business, although that can be questionable!” [extract from rockclub40]

1927 re-grouped in 2009 for a series of national tours celebrating the band's 20th anniversary since their debut album, ...ISH, went multi-platinum. Other than Erik Weideman, each of the other three current members are new additions to the band.

In the last four years since the band came together, they have been splitting their time between doing television appearances, singing for troops in Afghanistan and performing with Swedish pop act, Roxette and Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, but fans will be happy to know that there is a new album in the works.
ISH remains one of the highest selling debut albums ever by an Australian band to this day.The story continues however with the release of their new album Generation-i., available from here. The new album has been three years in the making and is well worth the wait. Generation-i  is a beautifully crafted album and once again  showcases the songwriting talents of Erik Weideman and the band with a thoughtful and mature selection of new songs that fans old and new will love.
1927 Today
This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from CD (my vinyl has a few scratched) and includes full album artwork for both vinyl and CD. Also included are two bonus tracks, "Not Talking" which is a non-album B-Side single and an extended version of "That's When I Think Of You" from a 12" single of the same name (artwork also included).  As mentioned above, this is a classic album and in many ways highly under rated.
Track Listing
01 To Love Me  (4:21)
02 That's When I Think Of You   (4:13)
03 If I Could  (3:40)
04 You'll Never Know (3:41)
05 Compulsory Hero  (4:35)
06 All The People  (3:54)
07 Nothing In The Universe  (4:05)
08 Propaganda Machine    (3:26)
09 Give The Kid A Break  (3:36)
10 The Mess  (2:42)
11 That's When I Think Of You (Extended Version)   (5:18)
12 Not Talking (B-Side Single)  (2:42)

1927 were:
Eric Weideman (Vocals, Guitar)
Garry Frost (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals)
Bill Frost (Bass, Vocals)
James Barton (Drums, Vocals)

1927 FLAC Link (306Mb)
1927 MP3 Link (109Mb)