Tuesday, January 26, 2021

VA - The A to Z of Australian Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) (22xCD's) PART 1 A



VA - The A to Z of Australian Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) (22xCD's)

Australia is a country rich in diversity, culturally and geographically, a richness embodied in its music which embraces all genres and styles, is both steeped in tradition, and at the forefront of innovation and experimentation.

Rock music in Australia, also known as Oz rock, Australian rock and Aussie rock, is rock music from Australia. The nation has a rich history of rock music and an appreciation of the roots of various rock genres, usually originating in the United States or Britain, but also continental Europe, and more recently the musical styles of Africa. Australian rock has also contributed to the development of some of these genres, as well as having its own unique Australiana sound with pub rock and its indigenous music. Indigenous Australian music refers to the music of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

From 1955 to 1975 three distinct "waves" of Australian rock occurred. The first wave was from 1955 to 1963 and was influenced by American and British styles with local variants provided by Australian artists. Late in that stage, clean-cut acts, which featured on TV's Bandstand and toured as the "Bandstand family", were representing local music on the record charts. The second wave from 1964 to 1969 was directly influenced by The Beatles and their tour of the country in June 1964. A weekly magazine, Go-Set, which was published from 1966 to 1974, and aimed at teenagers and twenty-year-old's, quickly became the most influential and popular music-related publication of the period. The third wave from 1970 to 1975, with the advent of pub rock, was typified by early exponents.  Beginning in that era was Countdown, which was a popular music TV program on national broadcaster, ABC, and ran from November 1974 until July 1987. After 1975 Australian rock began to diversify including local contributors to punk and indie rock styles. By the 1980's baby boomer acts were prominent. Also in that decade, indigenous rock groups achieved wider recognition. (Wikipedia)

In 1955, the New South Wales government extended pub closing time from 6pm to 10pm to allow more rock and roll bands to play at these clubs. With the end of six o'clock closing in Sydney, the pubs started bringing the new music into the bar. The enduring link between alcohol and rock and roll was firmly established, and female performers were treated with the same respect as males. The rest is history as they say. There are many acts that were famous in the clubs and pubs around Australia that did not make a record. That is disappointing as these bands and artists were also pioneers in Aussie music and contributed significantly to the Aussie sound.

Presented here are Australian music acts from the 1950's to the 2000's.  Some of these acts had hits around the country and abroad, some did not have hits but nevertheless left a wealth of great songs for us to enjoy.  If it’s the Hits you are after you probably won’t find them here (although some of these artists had their biggest hits as their first song). 

Most of the tracks chosen for this compilation are related to an artist’s first single. Where possible I have included the first single A or B side. Where these were not available I have included the album track which became a first single or an early single. The mix of tracks is thrilling. You may discover hard to find singles and/or hear a side of a band you may not have heard before. The artists are presented in alphabetic order and by year released (except for the very first track which is titles "We Are Australian" a popular Australian song written in 1987 by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and Dobe Newton of The Bushwackers. Its lyrics are filled with many historic and cultural references. Over the years since the song's release, there have been calls for it to become Australia's national anthem.) [Video Link    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjkrjYitgeA]

I will share these in Parts (3  parts per week).  I hope you have fun digging through the 714 track that make up this compilation series.

PART 1        A


VA - The A to Z of Australian Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) A CD1+CD2


Track lists

00 Seekers - We Are Australian 4:33


01 Allen Brothers - First Kiss 2:46

02 Atlantics - Moon Man 2:41

03 Aztecs - Blue Day 2:47

04 Billy Adams - Slow Down Sandy 2:06

05 Amazons - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby 2:30

06 Allusions - Gypsy Woman 2:18

07 Bip Addison - Hey 1:45

08 Greg Anderson - I Feel Good 2:54

09 Laurie Angelo - Prettiest Girl In Town 2:50

10 'A' Sound - Tomorrow I Meet You 2:08

11 Andy Armstrong - Once Upon a Time 1:44

12 Affair - Shoeshine Boy 2:54

13 Avengers - What Price Love 2:34

14 Axiom - Arkansas Grass 3:07

15 Ash - Avignon (B-Side) 3:02

16 Doug Ashdown - I've Come to Save Your World 3:35

17 Autumn - Mr. Henrys Lollipop Shop 2:01

18 Alison Gros - Naturally 2:23

19 A.L. Lloyd With Guests - Waltzing Matilda 2:39

20 Abigail - My Baby Does it Good 4:24

21 Alta Mira - My Souls on Fire 6:34

22 Ayers Rock - Rock 'n' Roll Fight (Going On) 3:11

23 Atlas - Rock N Roll Wizards 3:12


24 Albatross - The Mermaid 4:37

25 Aunty Jack & the Gong - Farewell Aunty Jack (Original Stereo) 3:25

26 Ariel - Jamaican Farewell 2:50

27 Air - Message 2:50

28 Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again 3:22

29 AC/DC - Can I Sit Next to You Girl 4:12

30 Air Supply - Love and Other Bruises 3:40

31 Aleph - Banshee 5:50

32 Robyn Archer - Dicks Don't Grow on Trees 1:45

33 Australian Crawl - Beautiful People 2:54

34 Aliens - Confrontation 3:21

35 Afrika - I Love Music 6:05

36 Avion - I Need You 3:52

37 Angery Anderson - Suddenly (A-Side) 4:08

38 Tina Arena - I Need Your Body 4:04

39 Absent Friends - Hullabaloo 4:16

40 Aints - Like an Oil Spill 3:40

41 Augie March - The Moth Ball 5:07

42 Angus & Julia Stone - Mango Tree 3:43

43 Audreys - Oh Honey 4:29

44 Johnny Ashcroft - Little Boy Lost 3:35




  1. Thank You this looks like a very interesting series

    1. Thanks doors97426,
      I hope it will be.
      This project took a seriously long time to pull together.
      Early singles can be very rewarding though.
      If I release them in small batches it will be less overwhelming.


  2. Thanks, Butterboy! Is there no link in there or don´t I just see it?

    1. Hi PeterH.
      Just click in the icon located just above the track list section, its working.
      Here is the link for your convenience.

  3. Click on the cover on the left! ;-)

  4. I've been a fan of the Aussie music scene for a while now and am constantly surprised by how much really great music we never heard here. I look forward to learning more with this set. Thanks and welcome back!

    1. Thanks hotrodmike.
      I hope there are some gems to be found along with some great memories.