Friday, May 17, 2019

Doris Day - Greatest Hits (1958)

(U.S 1939 - 1989)
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With the recent passing of Doris Day, I felt compelled to pay tribute to one of the most popular female Singer / Actresses of the 20th Century.  I admit that her genre of music isn't the usual type of music that I post on my blog, but I'm prepared to make an exception in this case, and if the post isn't well received, then in her own words: (Que Sera, Sera) Whatever Will Be, Will Be.
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When Doris Day decided to set out on her own after being feature singer with such famous bands as Bob Crosby's, Fred Waring and Les Brown, she did not realize she was launching such an amazing musical career.
On her first engagement at the Little Club in New York, she was offered a screen test by Warner Brothers. Director Michael Curtis saw the test and three days later the unknown Doris was playing one of the leads in "It's Magic". From that point on, her movie career progressed in leaps and bounds, covering comedy, drama and musicals.

At the same time her singing career also kept pace with her amazing movie career. Each year Doris came up with hit after hit—such as "If I Give My Heart to You", "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Everybody Loves a Lover." In many, cases, her "hit songs" were the feature of her films—the Academy Award winning "Whatever Will Be, Will Be" (The Man Who Knew Too Much"), "Teacher's Pet" (the film of the same name) and "Secret Love" (Calamity Jane).
Even after, ten years, Doris Day is still as popular now as she ever was. Furthermore, she has a voice and personality that will keep her in the number one position for a long time to come [ Liner Notes]
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Obituary By Aljean Harmetz
(May 13, 2019 New York Times)
Doris Day (Born April 3, 1922), the freckle-faced movie actress whose irrepressible personality and golden voice made her America’s top box-office star in the early 1960s, died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif.  She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation announced her death.

Ms. Day began her career as a big-band vocalist, and she was successful almost from the start: One of her first records, “Sentimental Journey,” released in 1945, sold more than a million copies, and she went on to have numerous other hits. The bandleader Les Brown, with whom she sang for several years, once said, “As a singer Doris belongs in the company of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.”

But it was the movies that made her a star.

Between “Romance on the High Seas” in 1948 and “With Six You Get Eggroll” in 1968, she starred in nearly 40 movies. On the screen she turned from the perky girl next door in the 1950s to the woman next door in a series of 1960s sex comedies that brought her four first-place rankings in the yearly popularity poll of theater owners, an accomplishment equaled by no other actress except Shirley Temple.

Doris Day plays Calamity Jane
In the 1950s she starred, and most often sang, in comedies (“Teacher’s Pet,” “The Tunnel of Love”), musicals (“Calamity Jane,” “April in Paris,” “The Pajama Game”) and melodramas (“Young Man With a Horn,” the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “Love Me or Leave Me”).

James Cagney, her co-star in “Love Me or Leave Me,” said Ms. Day had “the ability to project the simple, direct statement of a simple, direct idea without cluttering it.” He compared her performance to Laurette Taylor’s in “The Glass Menagerie” on Broadway in 1945, widely hailed as one of the greatest performances ever given by an American actor.

She went on to appear in “Pillow Talk” alongside Rock Hudson (1959), “Lover Come Back” (1961) and “That Touch of Mink” (1962), fast-paced comedies in which she fended off the advances of Rock Hudson (in the first two films) and Cary Grant (in the third). Those movies, often derided today as examples of the repressed sexuality of the ’50s, were considered daring at the time.

Doris Day with Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk
“I suppose she was so clean-cut, with perfect uncapped teeth, freckles and turned-up nose, that people just thought she fitted the concept of a virgin,” Mr. Hudson once said of Ms. Day. “But when we began ‘Pillow Talk’ we thought we’d ruin our careers because the script was pretty daring stuff.” The movie’s plot, he said, “involved nothing more than me trying to seduce Doris for eight reels.”

(Ms. Day and Mr. Hudson remained close. Not long before his death from AIDS in 1985, he appeared with her on her television show “Doris Day’s Best Friends” and at a news conference. “He was very sick,” Ms. Day said. “But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said, ‘Am I glad to see you.’ ”)

Doris Day 1965
Following “Pillow Talk,” which won Ms. Day her sole Academy Award nomination, she was called on to defend her virtue for the rest of her career in similar but lesser movies, while Hollywood turned to more honest and graphic screen sex to keep up with the revolution sweeping the world after the introduction of the birth control pill.

Ms. Day turned down the part of Mrs. Robinson, the middle-aged temptress who seduces Dustin Hoffman, in the groundbreaking 1967 film “The Graduate,” because, she said, the notion of an older woman seducing a young man “offended my sense of values.” The part went to Anne Bancroft, who was nominated for an Academy Award.

By the time she retired in 1973, after starring for five years on the hit CBS comedy “The Doris Day Show,” Ms. Day had been dismissed as a goody-two-shoes, the leader of Hollywood’s chastity brigade, and, in the words of the film critic Pauline Kael, “the all-American middle-aged girl.” The critic Dwight Macdonald wrote of “the Doris Day Syndrome” and defined her as “wholesome as a bowl of cornflakes and at least as sexy.”

Doris Day  spent much of her time rescuing and finding homes for stray dogs

Doris Day with her dog in1960
For the rest of her life she lived on a seven-acre estate with many more dogs than the zoning laws allowed. In the 1985-86 television season she was the host of “Doris Day’s Best Friends,” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which focused on animal welfare.

Terry Melcher, her only child, who became a successful record producer, died in 2004. Her survivors include a grandson.

In 2011, three years after she received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award, Ms. Day surprised a lot of people by releasing her first album in almost 20 years, “My Heart,” which consisted mostly of songs she had recorded for “Doris Day’s Best Friends” but never released commercially.

Ms. Day, who summed up her fatalistic philosophy in the words of one of her biggest hits, “Que Sera, Sera” (“What will be, will be”), never liked unhappy endings. She told one interviewer: “It upsets me when the hero or heroine dies. I would like them to live happily ever after.”

But, except in movies, nobody lives happily ever after. Ms. Day told Mr. Hotchner: “During the painful and bleak periods I’ve suffered through these past years, my animal family has been a source of joy and strength to me. I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent, devoted companionship of your pets that you can get from no other source.”

“I have never found in a human being,” she added, “loyalty comparable to that of any pet.”
[extract from the New York Times]
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This post consists of MP3's (320kps) ripped from my newly acquired vinyl which is in relatively good condition. Coincidentally, I came across this album at my local flee market only weeks before her passing, and is not normally the genre of music that I pick up, but the cover image caught my eye and the $2 price tag made it to good to resist.  It was only when I got it onto my turntable at home that I realised there were a few annoying scratches on some tracks, but I have painstakingly removed all clicks and pops manually using Audacity's Click Removal Tool sparingly. As usual full album artwork is included, along with label scans and all photos included in this post. I have also added the European front cover (see right) which is different to the unique Australian cover which is in my opinion is far superior.

Note: There is some contention as to when Doris Day was born. All sources on the Internet say 1922, however Melinda Schnieder (who has performed a tribute show 'Melinda Does Doris' for many years now) was told by Doris in person that she was born on 1924. Whether this was old age talking or maybe just vanity, 1922 is still considered to be correct. 

I do hope you take a risk and download this album, as it is a wonderful collection of her early material, including her biggest hit "Que Sera, Sera".   RIP Doris Day

Tracklist
01 Everybody Loves A Lover
02 It's Magic
03 A Guy Is A Guy
04 Secret Love
05 Teacher's Pet
06 Bewitched
07 (Que Sera, Sera) Whatever Will Be, Will Be
08 If I Give My Heart To You
09 Shanghai
10 When I Fall In Love
11 Lullaby Of Broadway
12    Love Me or Leave Me

Doris Day's Greatest Hits MP3 Link (78Mb)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Normie Rowe - Normie's Top Tunes (1969) + Bonus Tracks

(Australian 1962 - Present)
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Normie Rowe was born on February 1, 1947 in Melbourne. He attended Merri Primary School and began singing with the local church choir. During his latter years at primary school, although still a pre-teen, Normie became caught up in the emergence of rock'n'roll in the mid-fifties.
His interest in the 'new' music prompted him to take up the guitar and during his early years at Northcote High School he met up with some other young musicians and formed a band. The group was very much an amateur outfit and they performed once a month at the Alphington Methodist Church.

From there his interest turned more to singing and his first appearance on stage was at the age of fourteen when he appeared at a concert with a music school. The compere happened to be Melbourne radio personality, Stan Rofe, who was impressed enough to arrange for him to work with dance promoter, Kevin McClellan. Normie's early appearances were with the Thunderbirds and later he began working with the Playboys.

In the interim, he started work with the PMG as a trainee technician. As the fashions changed (with the advent of the Mersey-sound) Normie got involved in a dispute with his employers over the length of his hair. At this point he had an important decision to make regarding his career. Normie chose to keep his hair long, leave the PMG and become a professional entertainer.

It was a decision that he never lived to regret. By early 1965 he had become a regular on Melbourne television and had scored a contract with Sunshine Records. Normie's first single was an updated version of 'It Ain't Necessarily So' from the musical, Porgy and Bess, The inspiration for his treatment of the song had come from a version they had found on an album by an English group, the Mersey-beats. The record was not only his first release, but his first chart-topper.

Normie's follow up single was a revival of the Ben E. King ballad, 'I (Who Have Nothing)'. Then came his amazing double-sided hit record of 'Que Sera, Sera'/'Shakin' All Over' which stayed in the charts for an incredible 28 weeks and was reported to have sold over 100,000 copies. In fact during October, 1965 Normie had all of his first three singles on the top forty at the same time.
His debut album 'It Ain't Necessarily So, But It Is' was released in July '65 and in November he scored yet another hit with 'Tell Him I'm Not Home'.

By now, Normie had become Australia's most popular male singer and his appearances virtually always resulted in scenes of hysteria from his over-zealous female fans. Throughout 1966 the hits kept on coming with 'Breaking Point' (February) and 'Pride and Joy' (June).  He became the first Australian Artist ever to receive a Gold Record whilst the record was still high in the charts and the first to have three records in the charts simultaneously.

Having reached the top in Australia, Normie set his sights on the British market and set off for England in September '66. In the UK he utilised the services of Ritchie Yorke as his agent and two months later he was joined by the Playboys (consisting of a revitalised line-up). He recorded four tracks there — 'Ooh La La', 'Mary Mary', 'Turn On The Love Light' and 'I Can't Do Without Your Love'. Normie's first English-produced single was 'Ooh La La' which made some impression on the charts there, whilst back home it shot up to the number one position.  In fact, it outsold singles by The Who, The Move and Jimi Hendrix in the week of its release (as reported in the accompanying English newspaper article).

Meanwhile, he had been voted Australia's top male singer in Go-Set's first national Pop Poll.
Normie flew back home for the Christmas period, coinciding with the release of his second UK single ('It's Not Easy'/'Mary Mary') and in January '67 he returned to England.
Back in Britain he toured with Gene Pitney and the Troggs, but the going was tough and he found it difficult to make a major breakthrough. From there Normie flew to America where he toured with Roy Orbison and in Canada he represented Australia at the World's Fair.

He returned home in July to find that he had lost a little of his ground and in September he received his army call-up notice, which meant that plans for further overseas trips had to be cancelled. Another set back occurred the following month when it was announced that the Playboys were disbanding. Normie did enjoy some chart success in 1967 though, with two singles making it — 'Going Home'/'I Don't Care' and 'But I Know'/'Sunshine Secret'. Another release, 'Turn Down Day', made the charts in Melbourne in September.

Normie being farewelled as he leaves for Vietnam
In February, 1968 Normie was inducted into the Army. Nevertheless, he continued to entertain part-time, sporting his new 'short-back-and-sides' hair-do. He also managed to produce a minor hir with a song called 'Penelope' and midway through the year he began working with a new group called Nature's Own .

Normie in the 70's
Then in January, 1969 he was sent to Vietnam and his singing activities were virtually completely curtailed. Normie's restricted number of releases during this period included 'You Got Soul' in May '69. His release from the army was effected in February, 1970 and within three months he had re-entered the charts with 'Hello'(written by Johnny Young). The single was followed by an album of the same name.  And of course, various compilations were released by Sunshine to keep Normie's fan base happy during this hiatus period, and 'Top Tunes' was one of these.

In January,  1971  'Que Sera, Sera' was re-released to co-incide with the issue of a new version by Mary Hopkin. On March 6, '71 Normie married his long-time, but little publicised girlfriend, Sue Powlesland. Over the next couple of years he faded from the public eye to a certain extent as his work pattern began to centre around clubs and hotels right around Australia.

Mid 1973, Normie released a version of 'Rings' which sold moderately, but very few singles were issued over the next few years. However, in 1975 he came up with an interesting album entitled That's The Way I Am. Later that same year he won the Best Song category at the Tokyo Song Festival with a number he performed entitled 'Elizabeth'. It was later released as a single and made a small impression on the charts in some states.


Since then he has continued to appear at clubs and on national TV variety shows. In June, 1976 he released a single, 'Mother's Boy' on the Rainbird label.   Normie spent 1978 firmly entrenched in the club/cabaret circuit, although he did also appear as compere on a Queensland T.V show 'Stairway to the Stars' and acted in an episode of the Channel 10 network's 'Chopper Squad' [extract from Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopedia Of Rock. Outback Press, 1978. p265-268]
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This post consists of FLACS and MP3's (320kps) ripped from a Summit record release (low budget label) which has seen better days. Although the cover is well worn, the vinyl is still in pretty good nick. Very few pops and crackles on this one folks.  Now, the title of this album 'Top Tunes' is a little debatable.  Side one of this album is certainly chocked full of #1 hits, but the flip side contains tracks that were either released as B-Sides or only appeared on albums.  Not sure why some essential hits like "Ooh La La" and "It's Not Easy" were not included, but I have taken the liberty of including these as Bonus Tracks to fill the gaps.
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Tracklist:
01 Shakin' All Over
02 It Ain't Necessarily So
03 Gonna Leave This Town
04 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
05 I (Who Have Nothing)
06 Call On Me
07 I Just Don't Understand
08 Keep A Knockin'
09 Nursery Rhymes
10 Sally Go Round The Roses
11 Do-Re-Mi
12 With Me
13 Stormy Weather
14    Ooh La La (Bonus Track)
15    It's Not Easy (Bonus Track)  
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Normie Rowe FLACs Link (242Mb)
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Normie Rowe MP3 Link (95Mb)
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Johnny O'Keefe: A Tribute to Johnny O'Keefe - 22 Golden Greats (1978)

(Australian 1953 - 1978)
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This compilation album of Johnny O'Keefe hits was released the same year that that the great JO'K left us, dying from a drug overdose induced heart attack in October of 1978.  It is my suspicion that this album was rush released by his record company 'Festival' in tribute to one of the greatest vocalist and showman that has come out of Australia music.

The following article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald on October 7, 1978.
Flashback: Johnny O'Keefe, Australia's original rock star, dies
40 years ago Australian rock and roll pioneer Johnny O'Keefe died of a drug overdose, aged 43, ending a career spanning over 25 years.

Johnny O'Keefe, Australia's first and most enduring rock star, died in St Vincent's Hospital (Sydney) last night. O'Keefe, aged 43, collapsed after a heart attack on Thursday night at his home at Double Bay. He suffered brain damage after the heart attack. His condition remained critical during the day and deteriorated late in the afternoon. His wife,  Maureen, and his parents, were at his bedside.


Brian Henderson, who was host to Johnny O'Keefe on many bandstand programs, said last night: "John was a pioneer and also a very determined man. Had it not been for O'Keefe it might have taken much longer for Australian talent to be recognised. He was a man of tremendous energy."
He was often described as Australia's answer to Bill Haley or Elvis Presley.

O'Keefe's single, "The Wild One", was the country's first truly Indigenous rock record, milking the charts in March, 1958. His career was marked with No.1 single records, including Sing, I'm Counting on You, Move Baby Move, and She's My Baby. But he also suffered a series of nervous breakdowns.

He had a bad car accident on the Gold Coast in 1960, which seemed to throw the increasingly popular  young singer off his mark. His face was brutally scarred, but he continued with his television show, Six O'clock Rock.

Midway through 1962, O'Keefe had the first of his breakdowns. He left the Johnny O'Keefe Show for  treatment, then recovered to compere a show named 'Sing Sing Sing'.

In 1974, O'Keefe recorded his last hit record, Mockingbird, with Margaret McLaren. It was in the charts  for 12 weeks. His last television appearance was shown on Friday last in TEN, Channel 10's 22 years of television, on which he sang one of his hits, "Sing". [taken from www.smh.com.au]

Since his death, O'Keefe's stature has continued to grow, and he has been posthumously accorded the recognition he did not receive in his lifetime. The first major biography on O'Keefe was published in 1982, and several others have been written since including 'The Wild One' by Damian Johnstone and Johnny O'Keefe - The Facts written in 2008 by Lonnie Lee and released by Starlite Records.

Besides being a great showman himself, he is also credited for nurturing other Australian talent, like Barry Stanton and Lonnie Lee.

In 2002, Brendan Hancock published an article in the Music Magazine  'Big Beat of The 50's' that lists and discussed all of the JO'K releases that have been released posthumously, up until 2002. Interestingly enough it doesn't list this release, which is a bit strange.


You can find the article at shamanalternative.com

This post consists of FLACs ripped from my recently acquired CD release (I own the vinyl but unfortunately it isn't in the greatest condition) and thus the decision to rip from CD.
Full album artwork for both CD and LP releases are included along with label scans.
This album is jammed packed full of JO'K hits covering a time span of 1958 -1978 - not to be missed.

Tracklist 
01   High Rollin' Man   
02   Mockingbird (with Margaret McLaren on vocals)
03   So Tough   
04   Right Now   
05   Move Baby Move   
06   Come On And Take My Hand   
07   She's My Baby   
08   Shout   
09   The Suns Gonna Shine Tomorrow   
10   One Of Those Nights   
11   Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow   
12   I'm Counting On You   
13   Shake Baby Shake   
14   Ooh Poo Pah Doo   
15   Six O'Clock Rock   
16   Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long)   
17   Wild One   
18   She Wears My Ring   
18   Rock 'N' Roll Boogie   
20   Good Luck Charm   
21   Don't Be Cruel   
22   I Thank You

Tribute To Johnny O'Keefe 22 FLAC Link (301Mb)


Monday, April 29, 2019

Ernie (Jim Henson) - Rubber Duckie (1970)

(U.S - 1970)
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Before things get too serious at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be considered to be either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.....


James Maury "Jim" Henson, was one of the most widely known puppeteers in American television history. He was the creator of The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, and the leading force behind their long run in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and films such as The Muppet Movie and The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

Jim popularized rubber ducks in 1970, performing “Rubber Duckie” which was sung by Jim’s character Ernie on Sesame Street. This track was actually the throw-away b-side and the theme to Sesame Street by The Kids was the a-side. The song is named after Ernie's toy, a rubber duck affectionately named Rubber Duckie....The song had two follow-ups, "Do De Rubber Duck" and "D.U.C.K.I.E," and Ernie frequently spoke to his duck and carried it with him in other segments of the show. On a special occasion, Little Richard would perform the song with Ernie (see previous W.O.C.K post)


Little known facts about “Rubber Duckie”:

  • The ‘famous’ rubber-duck-squeaking solo in the original version of the is squeaked by the song’s creator, Jeff Moss.
  • The toy rubber duck is considered a percussion instrument by the Boston Pops Orchestra who have played this song on occasion - they only allow the percussionists to play them.
  • There are several versions of this song, including a cover by Little Richard and a five-version CD in German, containing a “dance remix”. (see previous W.O.C.K post)
  • “Rubber Duckie” is a bona-fide hit. In 1970 it made the Top 40 charts and stayed on for 7 weeks, peaking at number 1 in some parts of Australia! Nationally it ranked at #10.
  • Ernie's Duck's birthday is on January 13th.
  • Joe Raposo who worked with Henson and The Sesame Street Kids was responsible for the song "Sing...Sing A Song" which was a hit for The Carpenters around 1973. 
[info thanks to TomMixMusic]

Here for download is the original mono vinyl single of “Rubber Duckie” ripped from my trusty 45 in MP3 (320kps) format, along with Label scans and post photos.  As mentioned, Rubber Duckie was the B-Side of the single Seasame Street Song which is also included.   Of course, this months WOCK on Vinyl post ticks most of the criteria boxes but hey, didn't we ALL love this song when it first came out, whether you were a kid or an adult.  Anyone who can't relate to a Cute yellow duck bobbing around in ya bath might also tick some of those boxes as well! 

Rubber Duckie Lyrics

Well, here I am in my tubby again
And my tubby's all filled with water and nice fluffy suds
And I've got my soap and washcloth to wash myself
And I've got my nifty scrub brush to help me scrub my back
And I've got a big fluffy towel to dry myself when I'm done
But there's one other thing that makes tubby time the very best time of the whole day
And do you know what that is? 
It's a very special friend of mine my very favorite little pal
Rubber duckie you're the one
You make bath time lots of fun
Rubber duckie I'm awfully fond of you
Rubber duckie joy of joys

When I squeeze you, you make noise
Rubber duckie you're my very best friend it's true
Oh, every day when I make my way to the tubby
I find


Rubber Duckie MP3 Link (10Mb)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Bon Jovi - Unauthorised 'Only For You Vol.3' (1993) Bootleg

(U.S 1983 - Present)
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Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), pianist and keyboard player David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's lineup has remained mostly static during its history, with the only exceptions being the 1994 dismissal of bass player Alec John Such, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald, and the departure of longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora in 2013.In 1986, Bon Jovi achieved widespread global recognition with their third album, 'Slippery When Wet'. The band's fourth album, New Jersey was equally successful in 1988. After touring and recording non-stop during the late 1980s, the band went on hiatus following the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums.

In 1992, the band returned with the double platinum Keep the Faith and has since created a string of platinum albums throughout the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.


Throughout their career, the band has released ten studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album; and have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.  They have performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.  In 2006, Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.  The band was also honoured with the Award Of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004.

Bon Jovi On Stage In Chile, 1990

This 'Unauthorised' Banana Bootleg specifies on the front cover that the recording comes from concert held in America, 1990.  The problem with this is that Bon Jovi only performed once in the U.S during 1990, specifically a Christmas Benefit Concert, held at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, USA on the 23rd December. The track listing for this particular concert does not match the track listing on this bootleg release. In  fact, Bon Jovi spent most of 1989 touring the U.S while on the second leg of their 'Jersey Syndicate Never Ending Tour'
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The track listing on this bootleg actually matches that of a well known concert held on the 6th Feb, 1990 at the National Stadium, Santiago, in Chile (see redbankbj.com).  The last four tracks are not however present on this bootleg release.
Another give away is when Jon Bon Jovi thanks the crowd at the end of "You Give Love A Bad Name" by saying 'Muchos Gracios'.
My suspicion is that someone at 'Banana' Head Quarters has misread the concert details on their concert source tapes and mistaken Santiago for San Diego, and assumed the concert was recorded in America instead of Chile.

This post consists of MP3's (320kps) ripped from my Banana CD and comes with the standard generic artwork typical of the Unauthorised Bootleg series (released in Australia during the early 90's). The sound quality of this recording is pretty damn good (9/10) but it is a shame that the extended length of some tracks has prevented the inclusion of the four missing tracks.
I have also included some covers of alternative releases of this bootleg for your reference (see below)
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Tracklist
01 Intro / Lay Your Hands On Me      5:28
02 I'd Die For You    4:32
03 Wild In The Streets     5:02
04 You Give Love A Bad Name    3:42
05 Fever     2:03
06 Born To Be My Baby    6:58
07 Let It Rock     10:04
08 I'll Be There For You    8:56
09 Blood On Blood 12:18
10 Livin' On A Prayer   5:46
11 Living In Sin     10:34

Bon Jovi were:
Lead vocals:   Jon Bon Jovi
Acoustic guitar:  Richie Sambora
Guitar synthesizer:  Richie Sambora
Electric bass guitar:  Alec John Such
Electric guitar:   Richie Sambora
Percussion:   Tico Torres
Keyboards:   Dave Bryan
Talkbox:   Richie Sambora


Bon Jovi Unauthorised Live Link (174Mb)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

John St.Peeters - One Night Stand (1980)

(Australian 1969 - Present)
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John grew up in Milan, Italy where he studied music and the piano from the age of eight. He migrated to Australia with his family arid they settled in Melbourne.
In his early teens he began appearing in talent quests as Johnny Lo Piccolo, playing the piano accordion, but as he grew older his music preferences changed. He later joined forces with two girl singers and they performed as John St. Peeters and the Sharrells. Then in 1974, he toured Canada, the US and South East Asia and in Djakarta he even hosted his own TV show.
Back in Australia he recorded a single for Crystal Clear called "You Know That You're Sexy" which made the charts in November, 1976.

Then in April, 1977 he moved to EMI Records and three months later he released his first single for the label, "Shiny Side Up". The song had been written by Mick Flynne (ex-Mixtures), who was back in Australia as Pussyfoot's protege and had been impressed by one of John's performances. Later in the year John released a follow up, "Fadin' Away", and was voted Most Popular New Talent in the TV Week Pop Awards.


John rounded off 1977 with another single entitled "Love The Way You Move" and was voted ‘Most Popular New Talent’ at the TV Week King Of Pop Awards. [extract from Australian Encyclopedia of Rock: By Noel McGrath.  Outback Press, 1978 p275]

For John, 1978 was a formative year making a change of direction from a rock style to more sophisticated pop. Midway through the year, he switched from Crystal Clear to RCA. His debut single for the label was "Deep Inside Of Me" (which he wrote himself), backed by "Every Step Of The Way", and peaked at No. 22. on the Australian Charts. Spencer Lee, who has worked overseas with top acts including Neil Sedaka,  produced the record at his own studio (United Sound Studios) in Sydney. The single provided John with his biggest hit to date. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, "By that stage, [the singer] had established himself as Australia's version of David Essex, with his good looks and sophisticated pop releases."

He  continued working with Spencer and, by November, they had completed an album scheduled for release early in 1979. (A follow-up single, "High Class Woman", issued before Christmas '78, was charting nationally by the end of December, reaching the Top 50
John formed his own band late in '78 and in November began touring, appearing mainly in clubs.

He followed with his debut album, 'So Many Ways' (1978), produced by Spencer Lee. In 1979 he formed the John St Peeters Band and toured the Australia club circuit. Its title track was issued as a single in April, which peaked at No. 13, and was also co-written by St.Peeters and Lennard. His second album, 'One Night Stand', and its associated singles unfortunately did not reach the top 40, which is a shame as I think it is a great album, and featured his biggest hit "Wonder World".
[extract from Australian Encyclopedia of Rock (1978-79 Yearbook): By Noel McGrath.  Outback Press, 1979 p335-336]


He appeared on teen pop music TV show, Countdown, from 1976, he co-hosted an episode in June 1978. He later reflected "The biggest thrill of all, though, was making it on the biggest television music show that existed during those years — Countdown, hosted by Molly Meldrum. What a fantastic experience that was." He premiered his single, "Wonder World", on the show in March 2nd 1980; and was the theme song for Simon Townsend's Wonder World, a children's variety TV series. Simon Townsend's Wonder World was a multi-award Australian children's television show that aired on Network Ten from 1979 to 1988.  John St.Peeter's Wonder World was heard 5 days a week during this period, amounting to over 2000 episodes and won 5 Logie Awards's.


An interview with Simon revealed that the song was commissioned (written) for the show after Simon discovered the original theme "Afternoon delight" was about sex.? He was also the guest host on another pop music show, Sounds.

In January 1981. St.Peeters was touted as the host of a pilot episode of a pop music series for the Willard King Organisation.  He told Clay Adams of The Australian Women's Weekly, "I should hear shortly whether or not it will go ahead and if I'll be in the hot seat. Personally I hope the show does receive the okay as Australian television needs another pop music show at the moment."  From March to May 1984 and from February to April 1985 he was the host of The John St Peeters Show on TV's Channel 0/28.

John St.Peeters for Pop Pilot - Womens Weekly, Jan 14, 1981
Post-1979 his singles included "You Were The One" (1979), "Wonderworld" (March 1980), "Love Is All You Need" (July 1980), "Dangerous Hearts" (April 1981), "Street Kids" (September 1983), "I Need That Someone To Love" (a duet with Jane Scali in 1985), and "Don’t Make Love To Strangers" (July 1986). St.Peeters also recorded an album with Jane Scali called 'Lovesongs'.

After the mid-1980s, St Peeters concentrated on club appearances and corporate events.
For a complete run down on his musical career, the following YouTube clip is well worth a look.
John St.Peeters 60th Birthday Tribute

Feature Article - John St.Peeters
(Countdown Annual 1980)
A true veteran of the music industry at the age of twenty-three, John St.Peeters has been through every change in modern rock 'n' roll and managed to stay abreast - sometimes ahead - of most of them.
The age of Twenty- three ? Well, most people don't believe him, and that's understandable. After all, he has been part of Australia's music scene for fifteen years.
"I started when I was seven and I made my first appearance when I was eight", he said after compering an edition of Countdown. "Now I usually have to produce my driver's license  to prove my age to people. I'm like all those kids who started on Young Talent Time. Everyone think's they must be thirty or thirty-five because they've been around so long, but most of them are only early twenties".
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, John St.Peeters has maintained the enthusiasm to keep stretching his talent. And he has achieved results in overseas countries such as South Africa which would be the envy of many of his peers. His Countdown appearance in July (1980), in fact was squeezed in between two tours of South Africa.


"We were over there for four weeks and they wanted us to stay on, but the last album 'One Night Stand' was due out in Australia so we had to reshuffle everything to be home when it was released", he said. "I actually did the single 'Love Is All We Need' as far back as last September when I was touring in Australia with Tina Turner. Her backing band worked on it with me.

John also had a hit with the theme from another television show - the Ten Network's Simon Townsend's Wonder World. I was asked to write a theme, but I couldn't because we were too busy putting 'One Night Stand' together" he said. "A good friend of mine, Chris Pelcer, wrote it and I just went into the studio and I put it down. I was a bit worried about it first because I thought it would give me too young an image, but it turned out to be great".

John also was worried about "Love Is All We Need" being too late to catch the disco boom. "A few months ago it was the biggest thing in the world, but the music scene changes every six months. The song had a disco flavour, so I wasn't really sure about it. I suppose you have got to keep up with the times to be a successful songwriter - but I can't see myself doing New Wave !".

This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my vinyl copy, sourced at a local flee market held every Sunday Morning at the Coburg Drive Inn (Melbourne).  There is a huge coincidence with this find, as the cover photography on this album depicts John St.Peeters at the very same Drive Inn where I found this album. The back cover shot (see right) with a building in the background matches the surrounding area at the Coburg Drive Inn, although the tree line has grown considerably over the past 39 years.    How eerie is that !
As usual, full album artwork along with label scans and associated photos are included. Hope you enjoy the show.
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Tracklist
01 Wonder World 3:30
02 Music Is Everywhere 5:10
03 Love Is All We Need 3:06
04 Such A Hold On Me 3:19
05 Born Survivors 3:06
06 You, You're The One 3:08
07 My Favourite Smile 4:09
08 Music Keeps Me Dancin' 3:08
09 Don't Want To Lose The Magic 3:57
10 This Time Around 3:48
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John St.Peeter's FLACs Link (236Mb)
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John St.Peeter's MP3 Link (97Mb)
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bluestone - Selftitled (1974) + Bonus Track

(Australian 1972 -1984)
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Melbourne singer Terry Dean formed country rock band Bluestone in 1972. Terry had enjoyed an extremely successful solo career recording a number of hit records, performing regularly in Melbourne and interstate and appearing nationally on TV shows including The Go Show, and Happening 70.
The band's line-up included Terry Dean on lead vocals and guitar, John Creech (who had been a founding member of The Mixtures) on drums and vocals Ted Fry on bass and vocals plus Mike Burke on pedal steel.

Bluestone was heavily influenced by west coast American country rock including artists such as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and numerous other influential songwriters as well as performing and recording much of  its own material. It was renowned for its strong vocal harmonies and was also one of the first Australian country rock bands to feature pedal steel guitar on stage and in the recording studio.

Original Bluestone 1972
The band's first album, self-titled 'Bluestone', was released to excellent reviews in 1974 and helped to cement the band as a major force in Australian country music. The single from the album, "Wind and Rain", was a hit across Australia.

Gavan Andersson (lead guitar and vocals) and Nigel Thompson (bass and vocals) who had both been members of The New Dream, joined the band in 1975 and this line up remained together until Bluestone disbanded in 1984. The band toured and recorded in the US in 1979 and 1982 and released a number of singles on the Scotti Brothers label. They also released their second album, 'The Closer You Get' in 1982, on the Avenue Records label.
Avenue Records Promo - Bluestone 1975
During its twelve years together the band performed regularly on Australian television (Hey, Hey It's Saturday, The Daryl Somers Show, Shirl's Neighbourhood and Countdown) and was invited to support a number of international acts including Cat Stevens, Dolly Parton and America on their Australian tours.

Since the mid 1980's, the members of Bluestone have gone on to pursue successful careers in the music industry: Terry Dean formed the successful duo Dean & Carruthers with Garry Carruthers and they celebrated 25 years on the road in July, 2010. Terry recently established Terry Dean's Guitars selling some of the world's finest acoustic instruments.

Bluestone At Bobby Vee's in L.A.
John Creech has continued his career as drummer to the stars touring with Kylie Minogue in the early 1990's and with Cotton, Keays & Morris, Brian Cadd, Mike Brady and many others.

Gavan Andersson joined legendary video game software development company, Beam Software as their music composer  & producer. His best known work is the soundtrack on the Back to the Future game, although he did voices and sound effects for a wide variety of  games titles, from their space game Star Wars to the sports game Bo Jackson Baseball. During that time he continued to work with numerous artists and bands including an 8 year stint with the legendary  Spot the Aussie at the Esplanade Hotel, touring with Brian  Cadd, Max Merritt and, most recently, Andy Cowan. He has also released a number of his own solo EP's. and an album in 2006, called  'Youth In Asia' (see tarahall.com.au).

It is also worth noting that Gavin Andersson teamed up with Rob Harwood (brother of Warrick Harwood from Goanna) as his sound engineer on his 'Youth In Asia' album, who I grew up with in Geelong back in the 70's. Both Rob and Warrick were playing together in a Geelong band called 'Saratoga' and it was here that their respective careers in the music industry started.

Bluestone Reunion Photo
Nigel Thompson continues to work with various bands (including 60's Band, The Substitutes) and has continued his involvement in events management and promotion. [extract from tarahall.com.au]
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This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my almost virgin vinyl copy, acquired many, many moons ago when I'd just started to collect 'Aussie Rock' albums. At that time, there was nothing more Aussie than the bands appearing on the Bootleg record label (ie. Brian Cadd, Mississippi, The Bootleg Band, Taste, Avalanche and of course Bluestone).

Full album artwork is provided (some of which I sourced from the defunct Midoztouch Website) along with labels scans and a range of band photos (sourced with thanks from Tara Hall website).
I've also included as a bonus track, the B-Side "Road To Nowhere" which was the flip side to their 1973 single "Wind & Rain" (produced by Brian Cadd), which did not appear on their debut album.
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Track Listing:       
01.  Ride On 
02.  Home Ain't Home 
03.  Hear The Bang 
04.  Country Fair 
05.  Flight 212 
06.  Stage Coach +
07.  The Only Girl 
08.  I Won't Be Here In The Morning 
09.  Wind & Rain 
10.  Knowing You 
11.  Road To Nowhere (Bonus B-Side Single)
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Bluestone were:
Mike Burke - Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro
John Creech - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Terry Dean - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Fry - Bass, Double Bass, Vocals

Special Guests:
Kerryn Tolhurst - Mandolin, Dobro
Trevor Warner - Fiddle
Ray Eames - Banjo
Jean Roussel - Piano
Peter Robinson - ARP Synthesiser
Nigel Thompson - Backing Vocal +
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Bluestone FLACs Link (284Mb)
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Bluestone MP3 Link (136Mb)
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