Of Hopes & Dreams & Tombstones: Beat 'n' R&B from Down Under

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All 31 of the tracks on this anthology of mid-'60s Australian rock were licensed from Festival, the most active independent label in recording Australian rock of the era. Although its limitation to one source inevitably means it can't serve as a best-of or one of the best-ofs for the Australian scene as a whole, it's a good collection of material from a vibrant corner of '60s rock that's been fairly neglected by listeners not from down under. There's not a single name on here that might be known even to most reasonably knowledgeable '60s collectors, but hardcore internationalists will be familiar with some of these from Australian '60s compilations on Raven and ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All 31 of the tracks on this anthology of mid-'60s Australian rock were licensed from Festival, the most active independent label in recording Australian rock of the era. Although its limitation to one source inevitably means it can't serve as a best-of or one of the best-ofs for the Australian scene as a whole, it's a good collection of material from a vibrant corner of '60s rock that's been fairly neglected by listeners not from down under. There's not a single name on here that might be known even to most reasonably knowledgeable '60s collectors, but hardcore internationalists will be familiar with some of these from Australian '60s compilations on Raven and Festival itself. Among them are some very fine artists, even if they usually didn't record much, like the Purple Hearts, Steve and the Board, the Sunsets, and Ray Brown & the Whispers. It's not easy to characterize the Australian sound of the period as a whole, but generally it would be fair to say that it blended some of the better aspects of American garage and British Invasion Mersey, mod, and R&B with some echoes of surf, novelty, Bo Diddley, and American soul thrown in. Some of this material's ordinary if always energetic, but there are at least a dozen standouts, though some of this has already appeared on other Australian reissues. The Sunsets' "When I Found You" is certainly an irresistible blend of British Invasion and surf sounds, while Chris Hall & the Torquays' "Don't Ask Me Why," the Five's "There's Time," and Jimmy Crockett & the Shanes' "That Lovin' Touch" with the typically un-PC garage lyric "you've got that sweet lovin' touch, but you keep talkin' too much" is certainly as good as much of the garage rock compiled on the Nuggets box sets. The production, melodies, and variety are frankly better than they are on the average American garage comp, though the energy is of an equal level. It also helps that some of this is more quality pop
ock than it is simple garage, like Ray Brown & the Whispers' melodramatic and brooding "Too Late to Come Home," the downbeat R&B of Tony Worsley & the Blue Jays' "If You See My Baby," and Mike Furber's downright sorrowful "You're Back Again," which sounds like a particularly gloomy spin on the Merseybeats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2002
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667421423
  • Catalog Number: 214

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones - Purple Hearts (2:28)
  2. 2 Oh! @@Rajahs (2:37)
  3. 3 Ready Steady Let's Go @@Worsley, Tony & The Blue Jays (2:03)
  4. 4 Blue Day @@Thorpe, Billy & The Aztecs (2:47)
  5. 5 Don't Ask Me Why - Chris Hall & The Torquays (2:04)
  6. 6 She Used to Be Mine - Normie Rowe & the Playboys (2:38)
  7. 7 That Lovin' Touch - Jimmy Crockett & The Shanes (2:08)
  8. 8 That's When Happiness Began @@Furber, Mike & The Bowery Boys (2:19)
  9. 9 So Far Away - The Showmen (2:27)
  10. 10 When I Found You - Sunsets (2:18)
  11. 11 My Baby @@Toni McCann (2:04)
  12. 12 So Why Pretend - Steve and the Board (2:24)
  13. 13 I've Got to Let You Go @@Courtmen (2:28)
  14. 14 Well, That Ain't Nice - Russ Kruger (2:25)
  15. 15 Too Late to Come Home @@Brown, Ray & The Whispers (2:24)
  16. 16 It's Awright - The Playboys (2:40)
  17. 17 Every Night @@Morloch (2:29)
  18. 18 Slowly But Surely - The Pacifics (2:59)
  19. 19 Complicated Riddle @@Barrington Davis (1:32)
  20. 20 If You See My Baby @@Worsley, Tony & The Blue Jays (2:35)
  21. 21 There's Time @@Five (2:20)
  22. 22 I Want Her To - Tony Barber (2:31)
  23. 23 No Cheatin' - Donnie Sutherland & The Titans (2:12)
  24. 24 Dancing Girl @@Others (2:30)
  25. 25 Baby Let Your Hair Down @@Graeme Chapman (2:13)
  26. 26 Witch Girl @@Mystrys (2:06)
  27. 27 Lost My Baby - The Pacifics (2:19)
  28. 28 I'll Never Love Again - E.O. Pogson (2:41)
  29. 29 She's a Go Go @@Librettos (2:31)
  30. 30 House on Soul Hill @@Escorts (1:49)
  31. 31 You're Back Again - Mike Furber & the Bowery Boys (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Kipner Vocals
Ian Thomas Bass
Pete Sutherland Drums
Laurie Allen Organ
Lindsay Bjerre Guitar, Vocals
Ray Brown Vocals
John Cartwright Guitar
Craig Collinge Drums
Mike Hadley Vocals
Tony Hamilton Guitar, Vocals
Steve Hopgood Drums
Mike Lawler Bass
Lobby Loyde Guitar
Greg Martin Drums
Brian Peacock Bass
Terry Richards Bass
Peter Thompson Drums
Bob Jones Guitar
Paul Schorr Bass
Geoff Smith Drums
Greg Hall Bass
Peter Best Guitar
Tony Barber Guitar
Barry Shepherd Vocals
Brian Burns Guitar
Barry Lee Pearson Guitar
Bill Billings Guitar
Chris Hall Vocals
Normie Rowe Vocals
Rick Harrison Guitar
Alex Hill & His Sepians Guitar
Geoff Bridgeford Drums
Greg Walker Guitar
Rod Stone Guitar
Technical Credits
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Concept
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Warren Barnett Mastering
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