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How Is The Air Up There? 80 Mod, Soul, Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under (3CD Clamshell Box)

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How Is The Air Up There? 80 Mod, Soul, Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under (3CD Clamshell Box)

by Various Artists

Released: 26th January 2018
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 Inspired by The Looking Series collections on RPM of UK 60s Nuggets, we now look in the world mirror at New Zealand. The country furthest from the UK and in this context the country most like the UK.
 For the latest in the RPM /Frenzy Music collaborations, following sets from Larry’s Rebels , The Fourmyula , Ray Columbus, The Dave Miller Set , and the Girl Group Sound down-under on “Come and See Me”, we explore the mid 60’s club scene and the various classic singles tailored for that scene.
 After a brief love affair with Beatlesque pop - New Zealand was visited by The Rolling Stones (twice), The Pretty Things, The Kinks and Manfred Mann in quick succession. These groups reshaped the musical landscape down under as Kiwis fell in love with the grungier callings of R’n’B and later Soul - with both genres reigning supreme on their recording and live front – right up until the Sgt Pepper period.
 Included in this collection are 80 recordings from over 50 of New Zealand’s well known - and lesser known acts spanning 1965-1969. 19 tracks are on CD for the first time; six tracks are previously unreleased. As well as the local HMV, RCA and Philips labels we have the cream of NZ’s own labels as sources including Action, Impact, Zodiac, Allied International and La Gloria.
 A stunningly detailed booklet accompanies the package with biogs of all the artists plus many rare photos, including actual club interiors, and memorabilia courtesy of New Zealand’s leading authority Grant Gillanders.
 Initially direct copies of UK and US songs were the order as a member of The Breakaways recalls “HMV would arrive at our flat with a box of records that they weren’t going to release in New Zealand until we’d had a listen to them. We’d pick out a dozen or more to have a crack at live and announce them as “The latest release from England.” But the bands quickly developed their own writing and styles, so for this box set we are able to include just as many originals.
 For any 60’s collector this is a fascinating snapshot of a mirrored scene, and for those outside of Australasia probably a first chance to own a copy of many of the recordings. Even for those inside that territory well over half the recordings on the box have not been available for decades.

DISC ONE

1. HOW IS THE AIR UP THERE –

 

The La De Da’s

2. PAINTER MAN – Larry’s Rebels

3. I'M YOUR WITCH DOCTOR –

 

Chant’s R’N’B

4. A WORKING MAN – The Rayders

5. GO GO – The Four Fours

6. SOCIAL END PRODUCT –

 

The Bluestars

7. DOWN IN THE MINE - Peter Nelson & The Castaways

8. I NEED YOU – Tom Thumb

9. WOMAN - The Breakaways

10. NO MORE NOW – The Smoke

11. DON'T STAND IN MY WAY –

 

The La De Da’s

12. HURTIN ALL OVER – The Pleazers

13. SINGLE MAN - The Bitter End

14. COME AND SEE ME – Sandy Edmonds

15. ANYTHING YOU LIKE - Spectres

16. LIVING IT DOWN – The Deep Set

17. GET OUT OF MY LIFE, WOMAN –

 

The Roadrunners

18. NOW SHE'S MINE - Crescendos

19. I CAN TAKE IT – The Bluestars

20. I CAN'T STOP – The Principals

21. I FEEL GOOD - Larry’s Rebels

22. I’M HAPPY TOO –

 

Hubb Kapp & The Wheels

23. HE’S READY - The Clevedonaires

24. IS IT OVER BABY ? – The Pleazers

25. I CAN'T MAKE A FRIEND – The Action

26. CONTROL YOUR LOVE – The Smoke

27. LISTEN TO ME – The Gremlins

DISC TWO

 

1. ON TOP OF THE WORLD –

The La De Da’s

2. GOT LOVE – Tom Thumb

3. DAY BY DAY – The Action

4. THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN –

 

The Deep Set

5. GET THE PICTURE –

 

The Selected Few

6. BABY DOLL – Grim Ltd

7. SHE'S GONNA GET ME –

 

The Four Fours

8. I'LL BE AROUND – The Principals

9. UGLY THING – The Cossacks

10. A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY –

 

The Roadrunners

11. I CAN'T EXPLAIN -

 

Bari & The Breakaways

12. NOW YOU SHAKE - Ray Columbus & The Invaders

13. HEY JOE - Sebastian's Floral Array

14. LITTLE MISS RHYTHM AND BLUES -Judge Wayne & The Convicts -

15. LOST WOMAN - The Clevedonaires

16. NEVER TRUST ANOTHER WOMAN – The Smoke

17. MILK COW BLUES - Grim Ltd

18. JUST OUT OF REACH - Identity

19. DON'T WANNA BE LONELY ANYMORE – The Bluestars

20. WHAT'CHA GONNA DO -

 

The La De Da’s

21. ALL FOR ONE – The Breakaways

22. SHE'S MINE - Larry’s Rebels

23. IT'S YOU – The Secrets

24. WOMEN - The Principals

25. I'M GONNA SAY YEAH –

 

The Librettos

26. MR JINX – Tommy Adderley

27. BUS RIDE –

 

Terry Dean & The Nitebeats 

 

DISC THREE

 

1. ALL NIGHT WORKER –

The Newshounds

2. HALLELUJAH - Quincy Conserve

3. I'M GOOD FOR YOU – Troubled Mind

4. LOVE LOVE LOVE – Gene Pierson

5. A LITTLE LOVIN' SOMETIME –

 

The Castaways

6. SOMETHING FRESH – The Action

7. SEE SAW - THE UNDERDOGS

8. JUMP BACK - The La De Da’s

9. I'M IN LOVE WITH A STRANGER –

 

The Soundells

10. RESCUE ME - The Librettos

11. LOVE - Mr Lee Grant

12. HURTIN’ - Johnny Devlin

13. YOU GOT TO ME - Gene Pierson

14. THINGS GO BETTER – The Challenge

15. OVER YOU – The Newshounds

16. TURN TO STONE - Concrete Lamb

17. LOVIN’ LOOK - Quincy Conserve

18. AT A TIME LIKE THIS –

 

The Castaways

19. NEIGHBOUR NEIGHBOUR –

 

Chant’s R’N’B

20. GET READY - Le Frame

21. PAINS OF LOVE - Billy Karaitiana

22. SO BADLY BABY – The Spectres

23. SECURITY – The Pleazers

24. NEVER EVER – The Action

25. AS LONG AS I HAD YOU – Lee Grant

26. COFFEE GRIND – Jay Epae