REELIN’ BACK THE YEARS
An old classic from the 1960s gets a new life this month with the re-release of the repackaged and remastered debut album from The Doors. Greg Bush writes
THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL. 2 Various artists Warner/Festival www.warnermusic.com.au The Glory Days Of Aussie Pub
Rock was a popular compilation in 2016, so why not release another 90 tracks over four CDs? Like its predecesor, Volume 2 is great party music with many smash hits, such as Cold Chisel’s ‘You Got Nothing I Want’ and Australian Crawl’s ‘The Boys Light Up’. However, there are a number of not-so-familiar tracks sprinkled throughout this collection. These include Victorian band Dallimore’s only hit ‘We Are The Kids’, the late Rose Tattoo guitarist Peter Wells with ‘Between The Saddle And The Ground’, and ‘If You Got It’ by Adelaide band Fraternity with Bon Scott on vocals. There’s also The Dingoes’ ‘Come On Down’, The Dynamic Hepnotics with ‘Soul Kind Of Feeling’ and lots more. SAME SUN SAME MOON Little Hurricane Mascot Records www.littlehurricanemusic.com Husband-and-wife duo Little Hurricane (Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano and Celeste ‘CC’ Spina) had a couple of independent albums out prior to their Mascot Records debut Same Sun
Same Moon. With Catalano on lead vocals and guitar, and Spina pounding away on drums, it’s a match made in heaven for this San Diego, Californiabased indie rock outfit. First single ‘OTL’ (aka one true love) boasts a commercial sound, while Catalano’s tormented vocals lay between those of John Mayer and Chris Martin. He hits the reverb button to good effect on ‘Take It Slow’, evoking that southern California surf sound, then the couple get dreamy and romantic on ‘Lake Tahoe Eyes’. Spina adds harmonies to the bluesy ‘Slingshot’ and the album winds up with swampy acoustic track ‘Moon’s Gone Cold’. THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION The Doors Warner/Rhino www.warnermusic.com.au Legendary US band The Doors released its self-titled groundbreaking debut album in 1967. To mark that anniversary, Warner Music has re-released the album as a three-CD disc. The 11 tracks of the original album’s stereo mix take up the first disc and, for aficionados, the album is repeated on the second disc in its original mono format. Both discs have been remastered and are notable for hits ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’, and ‘Light My Fire’. The third disc contains eight recently rediscoverd live recordings from a 1967 show at the Matrix in San Francisco. Standouts here include the 14-plus minute take of ‘The End’, and Ray Manzarek’s keyboards on an extended version of ‘Light My Fire’.