Captain Rock is Bob Brown (not the ex-Greenie leader!), it also includes backing by members of The Skyhooks, Capt Matchbox, Ross Wilson etc and includes the Original version of "Home Among The Gumtrees", the best version in my opinion. An essential item for any Aussie Music collection!
Bob Brown is the co writer and original singer of the famous Australian song "Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees," who has had many of his humorous songs appear in the ABC Sing music song books. As a school teacher and children's entertainer Bob was aware of the great benefits music, especially singing, plays in the development of young students. In this unique selection of 10 of his songs, Bob provides a teacher friendly interactive white board presentation combining his vocal and musical arrangements, accompanied by easy to read lyrics, a great asset in themselves to any reading program. Bob's songs have long been favourites of primary age children all over Australia. Teachers and students alike will love the songs and the enjoyment and educational experience they bring to the classroom.
In 1981, Captain Rock released the single "I Do Love A Saturday Arvo" (Arvo being slang for Afternoon) on the Fable Label but failed to chart in Australia.
Give Me A Home Among The Gumtrees
It was originally performed as a satirical number in Johnson and Brown's comedy act at the Flying Trapeze Cafe in Fitzroy, Melbourne and was first recorded in 1975 on the Captain Rock album - Buried Treasure on Mushroom Records. At that time the Australian Government had decided to scrap God Save the Queen as the national anthem and was running a contest called the Australian National Anthem Quest to find a replacement. The Gumtrees song was Johnson and Brown's response (it did not win).
The band's first roadie with the bands nicknamed THE EMU had the cassette tape of capt'rock. and insisted that "Home Among The Gumtrees" was a tune well suited to their sound and from the first night it was performed at the Port O Call Hotel in Coolangatta, it was a hit for the band.
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Bullamakanka's version was later used as the theme song for a popular gardening and lifestyle television program called Burke's Backyard, which ran on Australian television for 17 years. The program once held a competition for the best school video version of Home Among the Gumtrees, and thousands of entries were submitted; one of the winners was an Aboriginal community school group who sang the song in their own language.
The song has become one of the most frequently recorded Australian compositions of all time and is a standard in Australian folk music. A variety of artists have covered it, ranging from bush bands like Paradiddle to international superstar violinist André Rieu, who included it on his 2008 album Waltzing Matilda. John Williamson performed Gumtrees at the 2006 memorial service to commemorate popular Australian wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin; the program was followed by a worldwide television audience reputedly numbering 300 million viewers.
Co-writer Wally Johnson died of pneumonia in 1995. Bob Brown has continued writing and performing tongue-in-cheek folk songs, which have been covered by artists including John Williamson and folk singer Slim Dusty. One of Brown's numbers "I’m an Individual" was recorded by cult Australian Rules footballer Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson, and became an Australia-wide hit. Brown has also recorded an album of children's songs called 'Riding Round on Golf Balls'.
Also included as a bonus track is Captain Rock's 1981 single "I Do Love A Saturday Arvo" along with the naughty B-Side "Can We Do It Again"
01 Buried Treasure 0:54
02 The Shape I'm In 1:46
03 Worms 1:42
04 The Grandson Of Ivan The Terrible 2:59
05 The Doobie Doobie Hen 2:35
06 Private Parts 1:05
07 Dr. Funlay's Casebook 1:05
08 Can't Stop Rock 'N' Rollin' 3:05
09 Frank 0:49
10 Give Me A Home Among The Gumtrees 4:55
11 There's...Pt. 1 1:08
12 The Ballad Of Boris Pilloris 3:59
13 There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner1:47
14 Blow The Monday Blues 2:34
15 There's...Part 11 0:59
16 20 Flight Rock 2:22
17 Steamed Vegetables 5:15
18 Pickled Onions 0:53
19 Ezy Street 2:46
20 There's...Part 111 1:14
21 I Do Love A Saturday Arvo (Bonus A-Side Single)
22 Can We Do It Again (Bonus B-Side Single)
Acoustic Bass, Keyboards [Additional], Music Director [Musical Director] – Peter Sullivan (2)
Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Fiddle, Backing Vocals – Doug Wallace
Backing Vocals – David Flett, Fred Olbrei, Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan, Mick Conway, Ross Wilson (2), Wayne Burt
Banjo, Dobro, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Peter Hayes (8)
Bass Guitar – Greg Macainsh
Drums, Percussion – Bob Bickerton (3)
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Red Symons
Harmonica, Backing Vocals – Jim Conway
Keyboards – Ivory Jane
Management [Personal] – John Pinder
Mandolin – Steve Cooney
Vocals, Voice, Acoustic Guitar – Bob Brown
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