Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Day After The Sabbath 90: Good Morning Mr Rock&Roll (NZ)

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For the 90th comp and I set myself the difficult and time-consuming challenge of making searches for a second collection of the heaviest and most progressive old New Zealand rock I could find. Not expecting to be very successful, I was amazed to find enough original bands to complete another hour of the small and remote country's finest riffing. My efforts were greatly assisted by the existence of two NZ compilations that have clearly saved some very obscure acts from oblivion; the Jayrem Records "New Zealand pop 1964-72" volumes 'Out from the Cold' and 'Get the Picture'.

Following on from the NZ Vol34, this volume includes two more acts that appeared at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival; Wellington experimentalists Mammal and Maori Rotorua/Christchurch rural rockers Butler (much humble gratitude again to Mick Mullin for re-mastering the Butler track). There are a couple of rare examples of later-70s styled NZ prog with Wellington's Airlord and Auckland's Think, and an abundance of great hard-fuzzing singles, courtesy of the afore-mentioned Jayrem compilations. Mantis were originally a Fijian funk band that secured a residency in a Wellington club. Two more points of interest, Quincy Conserve are certainly one of the only Kiwi horn rock bands I ever found, and Roy Rutanen's acid folk is a great find, with his Jim Morrison-like vocals. It looks like Wellington, the capital of NZ, was the place to be back then. Over half the bands I used were from there.

Tracks:
01. The Selected Few (Wellington) - Get the Picture (Pretty Things cover) (1966)
       single
02. Butler (Rotorua) - Southern Magic (1973)
       from album 'butler'
03. Lutha (Dunedin) - Here and Now (1973)
       from album 'earth'
04. Kaye Wolfgramm and Cruise Lane (Auckland) - Ego (1972)
       single
05. Taylor (Wellington) - Simpsons World (1972)
       from album 'taylor'
06. The Dedikation (Upper Hut)
           - Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, David Smith & Jones (Cryan' Shames cover) (1969)
       from album 'the dedikation'
07. Airlord (Wellington) - Ladies of the Night (1977)
       from album 'clockwork revenge'
08. Sam Hunt / Mammal (Wellington) - Beware the Man (1972)
       from album 'beware the man'    
09. Roy Rutanen - Sinful Man (1972)
       from album 'roy rutanen'
10. The Quincy Conserve (Wellington) - Common Man (1971)
       from album 'epitaph'
11. The Retaliation (Wellington) - Morning Dew (1969)
       single
12. Headband (Auckland) - Good Morning Mr Rock n' Roll (1971)
       from album 'happen out'
13. The Roadrunners (Wellington) - LSD (1967)
       single
14. Mantis (Fiji/Wellington) - You Don't Love Me (1973)
       from album 'turn onto music'
15. Think (Auckland) - Our Children (Think About) (1976)
       from album 'we'll give you a buzz'


references:
Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares From Far Away Lands (Vernon Joynson)


The Selected Few - Get The Picture 45
The Selected Few : Get The Picture 45
We kick off with one of the great singles from the Jayrem comps, by The Selected Few. They were Peter Robertson (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Geoff Dixon (Guitar / Vocals), Kevin Pollitt (Bass Guitar), Bruce Robertson (Vocals) and Paul Moynihan (Drums), a young Wellington pop group who formed in 1966. Most of its members were still at high school throughout their career. They were regular performers in the Hutt Valley and on the Wellington youth club circuit. They released a single, "Get The Picture"/"Understand" on HMV in 1966. "Get The Picture" was a good cover of the Pretty Things song and was released to cash-in on the then big R&B boom [this cover has a substantially heavier, overdriven sound]. Their second single in 1967 was "Needle In A Haystack"/"The Other Side Of Life". The group disbanded in 1968 as a result of parental pressure to get real jobs. (thanks to Bruce Sergent for this info)

Butler LP (1973)
Butler were an all-Maori rock band, a very unusual thing back then. All four members (Steve Apirana-Guitar / Vocals, Heidi Warren-Guitar / Vocals, Angel Adams-Bass Guitar and Hori Sinnott (Drums) were originally from Rotorua, but the band formed in Christchurch in 1970. Predominantly an underground group, they played their early gigs at the Open Door, before moving into Trevor Spitz's nightspot Aubrey's. Having built a strong Christchurch following, the band took stabs at other South Island centres, returning to North Island hometown Rotorua in 1971. From there they began building up a northern following, proving popular on the University circuit with their combination of originals and Led Zeppelin / Wishbone Ash covers.

Some television exposure followed with a spot on 'Happen Inn', 'Popco' and 'Free Ride'. This was fairly rare for an underground group and even with this they never really gained much pulling power. In 1973 they recorded a self-titled album for Pye. It was released on the Family label and from it came one single, "Green River"/"Especially For You". (thanks to Bruce Sergent for this info)

Lutha 1973 (l-r): Graham Wardrop, Garry McAlpine,
 Peter Edmonds and Kevin Foster
Lutha was formed in Dunedin in 1970. They established themselves very quickly, as all five members (Graham Wardrop-Lead Guitar / Vocals, Garry McAlpine-Percussion / Vocals, Peter Edmonds-Drums, Peter Fraser-Bass Guitar / Vocals, Kevin Foster-Keyboards) had previously played in top local bands such as Throb and Pussyfoot. They were insistent on remaining a Dunedin based band even after attracting considerable national interest.

They signed to HMV in 1972 and produced two albums during that year. They were the self-titled "Lutha" and "Earth". Lutha released four singles during 1972 and the beginning of 1973, all coming from their two albums. They were "Then I Saw Her Face"/"Mountain Side", "Stop The Music Is Over"/"My Turn To Cry", "Earth"/"I Really Only Want To Be With You" and "Here And Now (My Friend)"/"Waterfall".

Their first North Island gigs didn't come until late 1972. Had they moved to one of the larger centres, Lutha could have proved to be even more popular, but when they did shift, it was only to Christchurch and by that stage, 1973, it was too late. In November 1972, EMI promoted a concert at the James Hay Theatre in Christchurch. Lutha performed there along with Blerta, Quincy Conserve and Desna Sisarich. The event was recorded and released early in 1973 as an album called "Live". Lutha contributed three tracks to the album. (thanks to Bruce Sergent for this info)

Taylor LP [1972]
For track 5 we have an album cut from a band called Taylor, who made one LP of slightly countrified/Southern rock and 'Simpsons World' ends with some brilliant duelling guitar which I find reminiscent of a laid back Lynyrd Skynyrd jam. The line-up was Keith Norris (Drums / Percussion), Steve McDonald (Keyboards / Vocals), Kevin Bayley (Lead Guitar), Rick White (Rhythm Guitar) and Clint Brown (Bass Guitar). They were a Wellington act that formed in 1971 and although only together for two years, produced one good and very rare album. The band included a couple of members of bands that I used in the first NZ Vol34: Timberjack and Farmyard.

Taylor had moderate success, releasing a single "Hard Life"/"Simpson's World" in 1971, recording a self-titled album which contained both songs from the single in 1972, securing a sought-after residency at John's Place in Auckland.

Keith Norris and Clint Brown had been playing together since 1969, starting in Wellington's Rebirth. In mid-1970, the pair left and headed to Australia, thereby ending Rebirth, and they joined up with expatriates Dave Brown and Milton Parker to form Tangent. This group disbanded in March 1971 and Brown and Norris returned to Wellington, where they joined up with guitarist Kevin Bayley, keyboardist Steve McDonald and guitarist Rick White, to form Taylor. Kevin Bayley playied lead guitar with Chapta  in 1970. Steve McDonald had played with his brother Eddie in a Wellington group called the Strangers, before joining Dizzy Limits in 1966. Dizzy Limits became Timberjack in 1970, after which he moved to Taylor. Rick White started back in 1964, while still at school, with a Wellington's The Relics who made one single in 1966. Rick moved to form Tom Thumb and stayed with them until 1970 when he joined Farmyard for a short time, before becoming part of Taylor.

The Dedikation
The Dedikation
The Dedikation's track here is a cover of the Cryan' Shames, the  Illinois, US band that made a 1968 heavy and brilliant psychedelic pop single which I used back on Vol77 called 'Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, David Smith & Jones'. The Dedikation's version lacks the production sheen of the 'Shames original, but retains the heaviness. maybe even surpassing it with extra distortion! They were originally formed in the Upper Hutt around 1967, with the original drummer Michael Parlane being replaced by Bruce Whitelaw when they turned professional. The other members were: Ray Mercer (Lead Guitar), Graeme Collins (Keyboards / Vocals) and Graham Harvey (Bass Guitar).

Their first single was released in 1969 and was a huge hit. It was "Wait For Me Maryanne"/"Sally Had A Party" and reached number 2 on the national charts. "Maryanne" was a far superior cover of the original song by the Marmalade from 1968. The Marmalade version lacks the depth of sound that the Dedikation managed to give it. The song was a monster and few bands are capable of following up such a hit with another smash. Their second single was "Hayride"/"Barefootin'" and didn't even make the charts. The third single, a cover of the Rolling Stones did better. It was "Ruby Tuesday"/"Be A Woman" and reached number 12 on the national charts in 1970. One self-titled album was released in 1969 and by 1970 the Dedikation had called it quits.

After their split, Graeme Collins went on to play with Human Instinct (see vol3vol34) in 1971 and also was an original member of  Dragon in 1972. Graham Harvey had a short time with another Wellington band, the Falcons.  (thanks to Bruce Sergent for the info)

Airlord
Airlord were a rare example of 70s kiwi progressive rock in the style of Yes/Genesis etc. I have used a track called 'Ladies of the Night', a charismatic song which ends in a guitar tour de force, taken from their 'Clockwork Revenge' album. This passage is adapted from Bruce Sergent's Airlord page: The band was: Steve MacKenzie (Guitar / Vocals), Ray Simenauer (Guitar / Vocals), Brad Murray (Bass / Vocals), Alan Blackburn (Keyboards) and Rick Mercer (Drums). They formed in Wellington in 1976, played the pubs and flew to Australia the following year, recorded a great albeit ignored album, "Clockwork Revenge", and disbanded in 1978. The group failed to secure a large New Zealand audience, largely because they performed original material. Airlord had to escape to Australia to earn a decent living, and although they were never a top draw card across the Tasman, their lifespan was a lot longer than had they stayed in New Zealand.

In 1979 after Airlord had disbanded, Steve MacKenzie and Alan Blackburn formed Machine with Tony Jax on drums and Steve Kulak on bass. They released one single in 1981 called "They Destroy Me". Before Airlord, Steve MacKenzie had teamed up with Reece Kirk to form a duo called Friends. They released two singles, one in 1974 and the other in 1975. Reece had also released a single by himself in 1972.

Mammal, 1973. Left to right: Tony Backhouse, Julie Needham,
Kerry Jacobson, Mark Hornibrook, Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant
Track 8: from Wellington's "Mammal", is taken from an album which was their collaborative effort with "New Zealand's best known poet" Sam Hunt. Many of the tracks begin with Sam's recitations of his poems, which lead into songs that are themed around the poems. 'Beware the Man' is a fast and eccentric hit of psych. Mammal seem to have had an interesting and unusual career, especially for an NZ band, but there is an unfortunate paucity of recorded material to judge them by as they only printed one single (in addition to the Sam Hunt album). I found a great account of the band here with a lot of pictures.

The album's cover scans include the insert that came with it and here is what is printed on it: "Sam Hunt lives on Bottle Creek and in the past few years has achieved a high reputation as a poet and a bit of notoriety as a pisshead. Now he's accepted by the poetry establishment, the NZBC features him on TV, but his poetry's lost none of its guts and style. Now he's off the booze, writing better than ever. Sam's big, wooly headed, a bit mad. His poems are like songs . . direct . . . like Bob Dylan's poetry a little, rhythmically . . . like rock. Mammal is solid. They love the best music and they've made something else of Sam's words: something beautiful, loud, deep, heavy, lyrical . . . whatever. This LP is the first by Sam Hunt and Mammal. Let it be the first of many to get to you."


Roy Rutanen LP (1972)
Roy Rutanen LP (1972)
So far, this is the only information I can gather regarding Roy Rutanen on-line, and it's mostly unsubstantiated. He was from New Zealand and recorded one self-titled album in Australia, released on MCA through Astor Records in 1972. He also made two singles on MCA. They were "Your Day Is Comin' / Hey You" [1970] (MCA 1167 - both non-album tracks), and "Plastic World / The Old Man" [1971] (MCA 1230 - both from the album). The track I have used, Sinful Man, is from the album. It's the most brooding, aggressive one on there, amongst a collection of largely soothing pastoral music that has been described variously as acid / psych / folk / country rock and features mostly acoustic guitar, flute and electric bass, with some lap-steel guitar and fuzz guitar.

The Plastic World single was engineered by Spencer Lee, who also produced the Sydney hard rockers Buffalo (see Vol1 and Vol21). So far I have only managed to find a few low-res front cover scans of the album, which show a cross-legged guy sitting on grass playing acoustic guitar, partially obscured by a tree, with a blonde-haired girl watching in the foreground. I can only guess this guy is Roy, and I have not found mention of any other names who played on the record. He sings slightly more aggressively on Sinful Man and sounds agreeably like Jim Morrison, but this is not the case on all the songs. As for now, a mystery...

Quincy Conserve 1972 L to R: Mike Conway,Dave Orams,Kevin Furey,
Johnny McCormick,Barry Brown-Sharpe, Malcolm Hayman
and Rufus Rehu.
Track 10 introduces The Quincy Conserve, who debuted at Wellington's Downtown Club in February 1968, were one of the most talented and professional groups to appear on the New Zealand music scene in the late sixties, Wellington's first 'supergroup'. Releasing 4 albums, They had an eventful career which you can read all about on Bruce Seagent's brilliant site here, and included bass player Dave Orams from The Underdogs which I featured back on Vol34. Being a large multi-instrumentalist ensemble/showband with a revolving door lineup, they held residencies at a few Wellington clubs over their time, including the Cornhill Tavern and the Speakeasy Bar in Manners Street. After being signed to EMI they performed backing for pop singer Allison Durbin and another interesting note is they were billed along-side another act appearing later in this comp, Lutha. That was at the James Hay Theatre in Christchurch in 1972, and that resulted in a live album including both acts (and others from the night) called "Live".  Their powerful sound is demonstrated by the driving horns-assisted track I used here, 'Common Man', taken from their second album 'Epitaph' (1971).

'On The Beach' movie, inspiration
 behind the song 'Morning Dew'.
Another super-fuzz single now, a cover of 'Morning Dew' from The Retaliation. A recent comment on my Youtube channel prompted me to look into the song's interesting history. It was popularised by The Grateful Dead's 1967 cover, but was first performed by Fred Neil and Vince Martin in 1964. The song was written in 1961 by Canadian folk singer Bonnie Dobson in keeping with anti-nuclear sentiments at the time of the cold war, and has a post-apocalypse theme that was inspired by the 1959 WWIII movie 'On the Beach' staring Gregory Peck.

As for The Retaliation, they were a Wellington-based pop group around for a very short time in 1969. Phil Pritchard (guitar) had spent the later part of the sixties in Australia and when he returned to his hometown, Wellington in late-1969, he had a very short stint with this group, before deciding to form an underground band, to play original material, called Highway. Barry Leef (vocals) had recently been with the Simple Image. The rest of the band was made up of Nick Bagnall (Bass Guitar) and Mike Darby (Drums). They only released one single during their short time and that was "If You Think You're Groovy"/"Morning Dew" for HMV in 1969. (thanks to Bruce Sergent for this info) I have been looking for the Highway album, but as yet no luck....it looks like it could be a heavy one...

[EDIT 2/4/2014] Here is an update I received since posting this: "just a quick correction on Retaliation. Barry Leef did not sing on this record and nor did Mike Darby play drums. They both joined just after it's release. I have just recently interviewed Barry for a book I'm writing and he gave me the scoop. By the way book is on Australian band BAKERY and will include a companion CD with an albums worth of unreleased tracks.. mind blowing stuff. bookmark my company. www.highvoltagepublishing.com"

Headband
Headband
Headband take us onwards, into some awesome rock n' roll flute soloing (not something I say very often). In 1970 Tommy Adderley was inspired by the then current line-up of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, to form a group; Bluesbreakers had an unusual line-up, including an electric violin, but no drums. This was the sound Adderley had in mind. It didn't take too many rehearsals, however, before Tommy realised that this drumless unit wasn't working out, so Jimmy Hill was brought in on drums. At this point, the group was renamed Headband. Headband debuted at Molly Hatchetts nightclub in February 1971. This club closed shortly after, so Adderley purchased the old Bo-Peep club in Durham Lane in Auckland. He refurbished it and re-opened it as Grannys in June 1971. This gave Headband a permanent venue to play and became the venue at which great bands like Dragon and Ragnarok debuted.

In late 1971 Jack Stradwick (formerly with Action) left and was replaced by Billy Kristian, who along with Jimmy Hill had previously played in Ray Columbus's Invaders. With this line-up and Alan Quinnell (Guitar) and Ronnie Craig (Guitar) an album called "Happen Out" was recorded for HMV. A single was taken from it, "Ballad of Jacques Le Mere"/"The Error Of My Ways". It reached number 14 on the national charts. Two further singles came from the album, "Good Morning Mr Rock'n'Roll"/"Dip Tank" and "Love Is Bigger Than The Whole Wide World"/"The Loving Tree", with the latter reaching number 12 in September 1972. Another single "Time"/"Paranoia" failed to sell.

Headband did a Universities tour during 1972, but apart from that they seldom performed outside Auckland. The group disbanded in 1973, with Adderley concentrating on his nightclub. After numerous run-ins with the law, he was forced to close the venue in 1976. Tommy resurrected Headband for a national tour, single and album in 1975. He had a new line-up featuring himself, Dick Hopp and Hill, plus bassist Neil Edwards and keyboards player Len Whittle. The album was called "Rock Garden" with a single "I Get High (On Music)"/"Hey Little Schoolgirl" coming from it. Nothing more came from the group after this.

The Road Runners
The Road Runners
The Roadrunners were from the Lower Hutt, just north of Wellington and formed in 1964. With an average age of sixteen, they were a sensational live r&b band. During 1965 they had a residency at the Intermezzo Coffee Lounge for a short while. The Roadrunners were managed by their friend Jim Pilcher, who later went to the UK in a similar role with the Fourmyula.

This band was the starting point for Chaz Burke-Kennedy and Glyn Mason, who both went on to larger things. Chaz was a member of the Underdogs, Jigsaw and Fresh Air, while Glyn was with the Bitter End and  Jigsaw, before replacing Larry Morris in the Rebels. Noel Koskella (Bass Guitar) and Tim O'Connor (Drums) completed the band. Glyn eventually moved to Australia, and joined Chain in 1970. After a spell in England, he came back to Australia, where he joined Ariel in 1975 and later the Stockley See Mason Band (see the Aussie Vol80). In 1966, it just happened that the Roadrunners were forced into a temporary hiatus while guitarist Chaz Burke-Kennedy began to explore the delights of life as a recluse. This left drummer Tim O'Connor free to join the Derelicts for a short time, returning when Chaz decided to venture out into the wide world again.

The group never recorded, but did do a demo session. This session contained a song called "LSD", which has been located and can be heard on the CD "Get The Picture" from the Legenz series, produced by Jayrem Records. Another track from the session was "Get Out Of My Life Woman" and can be found on the other CD in the series, "Out From The Cold". (thanks to Bruce Sergent for the info)

Mantis LP "Turn Onto Music" (1973)
Mantis LP "Turn Onto Music" (1973)
Mantis were a Fijian rock group that came to Wellington and took up a residency at one of the clubs. Their style was very mainly funk but for the track included here I have used the most straight-ahead rocking one.While they were in Wellington they recorded an album in 1973 called "Turn Onto Music". They consisted of Joe Heritage (Bass Guitar / Vocals), Ronnie Sammuel (Keyboards), Paul Stephen (Drums), Waisea Vatuwaga (Lead Guitar / Vocals) and Reuben Davui (Guitar / Vocals). The LP was released on the Vertigo label. Two singles came from the album, "Night and Day"/"Time Is Tight" and "Turn On The Music"/"Get Down". (thanks to Bruce Sergent for this info)

Think 'We'll Give You a Buzz' LP (1976)
Think 'We'll Give You a Buzz' LP (1976)
Think were an Auckland progressive/art rock group who formed in 1976. Phil Whitehead and Don Mills came from the disbanded outfit Beam, with Phil Whitehead actually having had a short stint with Human Instinct in-between. They produced an album in 1976 called We'll Give You A Buzz and a single "Arrived In Time/Big Ladies" the following year. One further single came in 1979 with "Good Morning/Peanut Joe". Kevin Stanton was also a member at one time. He later went on to play with Mi-Sex. All other sources apart from their myspace site are rare. The band comprised of Alan Badger - Bass, Ritchie Pickett - Vocals, Don Mills - Keyboards, Neville Jess - Drums,Phil Whitehead - Guitars. (thanks to ProgArchives and Bruce Sergent for the info)

Thanks for listening, Kia Ora!

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10 comments:

  1. Great job as usual. That Airlord song is amazing.

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    1. yeah, what about Think? that's awesome too

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  2. Muchas gracias, esta entrega musical me la reservaré para escucharla a la semana que viene.
    ENHORABUENA!!

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  3. Great blog.. just a quick correction on Retaliation. Barry Leef did not sing on this record and nor did Mike Darby play drums. They both joined just after it's release. I have just recently interviewed Barry for a book I'm writing and he gave me the scoop. By the way book is on Australian band BAKERY and will include a companion CD with an albums worth of unreleased tracks.. mind blowing stuff. bookmark my company. www.highvoltagepublishing.com

    later

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    1. Thanks, I have put this in the post. Your books sounds great! Bakery did some cool stuff. Check out the two aussie comps here: http://www.aftersabbath.com/2010/05/day-after-sabbath-21-uluru-rock.html & http://www.aftersabbath.com/2012/11/the-day-after-sabbath-80-goodbye-jane.html , there will be more!

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    2. Cool and thanks.. so musch good stuff to listen to.. beter go finish my Bakery book first haha.

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    3. Check this book out too! http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/Blood-Sweat-Beers-Oz-Rock-Aztecs-Rose-Tattoo-Murray-Engleheart/?isbn=9780732289355

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