WE GOT POWER!

WE GOT POWER! Melbourne power trio POWER have unleashed their debut LP, Electric Glitter Boogie, on the estimable Cool Death label and it’s a ripper! Claiming influence from the likes of the Stooges, T-Rex, Coloured Balls and Hawkwind, these guys emit a raw brand of boogie-punk with awesome, screeching vocals and killer angular guitar riffs (think Greg Ginn or X-Aspirations: think good things). And the packaging is something to behold: a swish gatefold with a textured sleeve a la Aztecs/Coloured Balls. It’s no mere record-collection regurgitation, though: POWER have the songs to match, making this sound their own. On the shelf now at R & R and it’s the friggin’ ALBUM OF THE WEEK. power

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More Australian rarities in… THE TWILIGHTS’ debut from 1966, featuring Glenn Shorrock & co. – we have the 1969 edition on Music For Pleasure, and it’s a fine slice of ’60s beat-pop; the sole LP from 1979 by MANTECA, a Perth-based soul/jazz/funk outfit – there’s a smokin’ cover of Herbie’s ‘Watermelon Man’ in there; and lastly, the very rare PIP PROUD one-sided EP from 1996, Matilda You Fiend, featuring various Melbourne musosAusrare and a grab-bag of artwork/lyrics inside. Choice!

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SCHAWKIE ROTH!

This week’s find: SCHAWKIE ROTH (yes, remember that name!)’s You Are The Ocean LP from 1981. It’s essentially a New Age album, but what a beautiful disc it is. Eschewing the cliches of the genre, its mixture of zither, bamboo flute, harp and cello creates an awesome world of sound which will appeal to fans of Alice Coltrane and those in the higher echelons of spiritual jazz. Definitely something which would have slotted in nicely into Light In The Attic’s I Am The Center 3LP set from a couple of years ago. Always good things to discover…roth

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REDD KROSS – THIRD EYE

Finally reissued for general consumption: REDD KROSS’s fantastic 1990 LP, Third Eye. Their first for the Atlantic label, it saw the brothers McDonald vying for the same apex of punk-infused bubblegum power-pop sound they’d reached with 1987’s ace Neurotica LP, but with bigger production and bigger hooks. It really is a gem in their catalogue. Every home needs a copy of this, and the good folks at Blank Records (it took a label from Sydney, Australia to get this bareddck into circulation!) have done an excellent job.

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AUSSIE REISSUES ON BLANK…

Got some great Australian reissues just in on the Blank label: JOHN SANGSTER’s The Trip and The Joker Is Wild LPs (’60s rarities from this Australian multi-instrumentalist renaissance man); CARRL & JANIE MYRIAD’s Of All The Wounded People LP (fantastic Melbourne rarity from ’72 – for fans of Trees, Mellow Candle, etc.); BUSTER BROWN’s sole LP from ’74, featuring AC/DC and Rose Tattoo folks; and THE SUNSETS’ Hot Generation Soundtrack Sessions LP (killer ’60s surf rarities from Down Under). Phew! sangster

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Some Aussie obscurities and classics of yore on the shelf this week… the COLOURED BALLS’ classic 1973 ballbreaker, Ball Power, a magnificent slab of boot-stomping proto-punk (orig. 1973 EMI press); SONG OF ARN, a unique and strange Australian hippie spoken-word 2LP set from 1973 – foldout cover and produced by the one and only Col Joye!; THE GROOVE’s sole self-titled LP from 1968, a great slice of Melbourne R & B; and last, ALEPH! Featuring ex-AC/DC drummer Ron Carpenter, this prog band released the Surface Tension album in 1977, recorded at Alberts, of course… ozprog

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BLUE NOTE VINYL

Some very nice slabs of Blue Note in the shop right now…

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