V.A. / HOW IS THE AIR UP THERE? (3CD)

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V.A. / HOW IS THE AIR UP THERE? (3CD)

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HOW IS THE AIR UP THERE? 80 MOD, SOUL, FREAKBEAT NUGGETS FROM DOWN UNDER

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.” The band's 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

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