Kiwi Music Scene 1968, The

Model: FRENZY121

SKU: 349578 Product ID: 248642

Format ‐ 2CD

Genre ‐ Popular

Release Date ‐ 25/05/18

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    1968 was the most successful year for New Zealand music during the last millennium. There were over 120 singles released by local artists, of these 88 were aimed at the pop music market. 21 releases charted in the National Top 20 with a staggering 19 going on into the Top 10 making 1968 a landmark year for local music, a record that stood for over 40 years. It was also a year of change across all aspects of the industry. The local record label landscape changed dramatically from the previous years. Since recorded music started in New Zealand it was predominantly the small indie labels such as Zodiac, Viking, Prestige,Viscount and Impact among a host of others who ruled the release sheets during the preceding years, while the local branches of major such as HMV and Philips generally lagged behind in both quality and quantity.

    During the previous year (1967) HMV slowly upped the ante and with a new studio complete with a new 4 track desk finally realised their hit-making potential. New producers were added to their already proficient engineering and A&R staff and they soon built up an impressive catalogue of local recordings that still sound relevant and fresh 50 years
    later. Philips Records went into hibernation and their place was taken by Polydor who set about signing a sway of local artists including Ray Columbus, The Dedikation, The Shevelles, The Chicks, Tommy Ferguson and John Rowle’s brother Frankie Price. By comparison, it was a quiet year for the usually productive indie labels. Eldred Stebbing’s
    Zodiac Records scaled down their releases and didn’t sign any new acts that year while seeing out the contracts of their existing roster as they instead invested all of their resources into the construction of a new studio which eventually opened in 1971. The usually busy Viking label only released one local single that year which was a Maria Dallas
    track recorded in Nashville with Elvis Presley’s producer Felton Jarvis. Impact was so successful with Larry’s Rebels that they didn’t need to release many other artists...and they didn’t.

    Ray Columbus returned home after 18 months in San Francisco with a heavy West Coast accent and a skill set of new production and management skills learnt from his time in the USA. Ray threw himself into the local industry and played a large part in raising the bar of professionalism within all aspects of the local music industry.

    It wasn’t a big year for local compositions. folk singer and songwriter Dave Jordan who was largely unknown outside the confines of the industry won the APRA Siver Scroll for 1968 and managed to place several of his compositions with other artists while releasing a debut album of original material. Ray Columbus and Bryce Peterson (House of Nimrod)
    were also successful in placing their songs with other artists.

    C’mon once again hit our television screens as C’mon 68 and again was a good springboard for local acts to perform their latest records to a national audience. The other tv highlight of the year was the first live broadcast of an event when the annual Loxene Gold Disc Award was screened simultaneously nationwide. A convoy of aerial equipped NZBC vans were strategically placed around the country and streamed the signal to thousands of happy homes. Before this, live events (including Rugby tests) were either recorded and played later or screened live in one centre and played at a later date in other centres. The Loxene Disc Award itself was another major success in 1968, by giving the public a say in the voting of New Zealand’s top song of the year and helping to lift the standards as labels and artists competed against each other in the quest for a perfect pop song that would capture the heart of the nation.

    Sales of 45 single records were down (both here and overseas) while album sales marched steadily upwards. There
    was a noticeable increase in the number of local albums released during 1968 and they were generally well received
    by fans and reviewers alike.

    There was a slight changing of the guard among the local artists from the previous 2 years. Larry’s Rebels went from strength to strength during the year while arguably one of the top bands of the previous 2 years The La De Da’s released no new material during the year as they concentrated on establishing themselves in Australia. The Avengers who made a major splash on the scene during the last half of 1967 carried on and along with Larry’s Rebels reigned supreme. Mr. Lee Grant who had an explosive hit-laden year during 1967 on the back of weekly appearances on the tv show C’mon headed to the UK in early 1968 and slowly vanished from our memories. Sandy Edmonds had been a big part of the previous 3 years and remained so for the first half of the year before relocating to Australia on a more permanent basis, within a year she had vanished only to reappear 10 years later after dropping out.

    Of the new artists on the scene in 1968, The Fourmyula were the most notable and finished the year with 3 hit singles and a debut album, all in a short 5 month period. Quincy Conserve started their recording career in 1968 and along with the Fourmyula would become stablished acts over the next few years. Allison Durbin started her career as a school girl in 1964. The 1968 version was the complete package, with her movie star looks and a sultry, soulful and mature voice - after several years on the competitive Sydney club scene. Allison dominated the media and the Hit Parade during the end of the year which saw her win the Loxene Gold Disc award with ‘I Have Loved Me A Man’. Internationally John Rowles reached the UK charts with ‘If I Only Had Time’ which eventually peaked at #2 where it
    was sandwiched between 2 of the biggest hits of all time, Louis Armstrongs ‘What A Wonderful World’ and Tom Jone’s ‘Delilah’.The Human Instinct returned home after 18 months in the UK which saw them record for the prestigious Deram label under the production of Mike Hurst who was also producing Cat Stevens at the time. The group’s drummer Maurice Greer turned down an offer to join The Jeff Beck Group whose lead singer was Rod Stewart.


    Primary Format - Music - CD


    Label - Frenzy Music

    Music Genre - Popular

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

Track Listing

CD 1

  1. LARRYS REBELS Everybodys Girl
  2. THE AVENGERS Love Hate Revenge
  3. THE SIMPLE IMAGE Spinning Spinning Spinning
  4. THE FOURMYULA Come With Me
  5. HI REVVING TONGUES A Tropic Of Capricorn
  6. ALLISON DURBIN I Have Loved Me A Man
  7. MR. LEE GRANT Bless You
  8. SANDY EDMONDS When You Walk In The Room
  9. RAY COLUMBUS Happy In A Sad Kind Of Way
  10. GENE PIERSON Toyland
  11. SHANE Town Of Tuxley Toymaker
  12. THE CHICKS What Am I Doing Here With You
  14. AHMED DAHMAN GROUP Stagedoor
  16. THE CASTAWAYS Baby, What I Mean
  17. ALLISON DURBIN Dont Come Any Closer
  18. LARRYS REBELS Do What You Gotta Do
  21. TOMMY ADDERLEY Sunday Sun
  22. MR. LEE GRANT Why Or Where Or When
  23. GENE PIERSON You Got To Me
  24. DAVE MILLER SET Everybody Get Together
  25. THE HUMAN INSTINCT Renaissance Fair
  26. DALLAS FOUR Hush
  28. TROUBLED MIND Under My Thumb
  29. LARRYS REBELS The Jingle For Coca Cola

CD 2

  1. THE AVENGERS Days Of Pearly Spencer
  2. LARRYS REBELS Halloween
  3. THE FOURMYULA Alice Is There
  4. THE SIMPLE IMAGE Two Kinds Of Lovers
  5. MR. LEE GRANT The Rivers Run Dry
  6. THE CHICKS River Deep Mountain High
  7. SOUND INVESTMENT A Whole New Thing
  8. THE GREMLINS Never You Mind
  9. SANDY EDMONDS One Day Like Today
  10. HI REVVING TONGUES Make Yourself At Home
  11. THE CLEVEDONAIRES Sunny Goodge Street
  12. SHEVELLES Beat The Clock
  13. THE ACTION Try A Little Tenderness
  14. GENE PIERSON If You Only Loved Me
  15. THE ORIGINAL AVENGERS Do The Bonnie & Clyde
  16. THE MUSIC CONVENTION The Charge Of The Light Brigade
  17. LARRYS REBELS Fantasy
  18. HOUSE OF NIMROD Psychothartic
  19. VICKI & DICKY Im Allergic To Flowers
  20. SHANE Leaving On A Jetplane
  21. LEW PRYME Computerised Existence
  22. ROBERT GENARI Little Doll
  23. THE REAL THING Walking In The Rain
  24. THE MUSIC CONVENTION Children Of The Sun
  25. KIETH RICHARDSON Lovin Sound
  26. CHRIS & PADDY Shades Of Grey
  27. ERNIE ROUSE TRAD BAND Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  29. ALLISON DURBIN Coca Cola

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