Wednesday, January 27, 2021

VA - The A to Z of Australian Rock (A Butterboy Compilation) (22xCD's) PART 2 B



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. 

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

PART 2        B



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

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


Track lists


01 Noeleen Batley Barefoot Boy 2:00

02 Bobby Bright Girls Never Notice Me (B-Side) 2:31

03 Bee Gees The Battle of the Blue and the Grey 2:05

04 Merv Benton Baby, Let's Play House 2:28

05 Bobby & Laurie I Belong With You (B-Side) 2:11

06 Tony Barber (With Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) You Don't Love Me 2:55

07 Bitter Lemons Canberra Blues 2:58

08 Bobby James and the Vibrants Jezabel 2:51

09 Yvonne Barrett Little People (A-Side) 1:43

10 Birds No Good Without You Baby (B-Side) 2:38

11 Blue Beats She's Comin' Home 2:22

12 Margy Bayes Why Can’t I Go Surfin’ 2:11

13 Blue Rags 'n' Hollers Just Wanna Make Love to You 2:17

14 Black Diamonds See the Way 2:30

15 Bobby Dean and the Worried Minds Tell Me (Whats Going On) (B-Side) 2:39

16 Brian Cadd With Jackson Kings Watch Your Step 2:02

17 Bentbeaks Caught Red Handed 2:19

18 Ray Brown Ivor the Engine Driver 3:37

19 Jon Blanchfield Lavender Girl (A-Side) 1:54

20 Bitter End Too Much Monkey Business (B-Side) 1:49

21 Ronnie Burns Age of Consent 2:37

22 Blackfeather Seasons of Change 3:49

23 Bakery Blood Sucker 5:51


24 Band of Talabene Herbert's Boogie 3:10

25 Buffalo Drive Life's Been Good to Me (A-Side) 2:20

26 Buffalo Suzie Sunshine 2:53

27 Blue Echoes Going to a Party (A-Side) 3:03

28 Band of Light The Destiny Song 3:10

29 Bluestone Wind and Rain 2:52

30 Bootleg Family Band Your Mama Don't Dance 2:59

31 Buster Brown Buster Brown 4:22

32 Ray Burgess Touch Me 4:28

33 Daryl Braithwaite You're My World (A-Side) 3:07

34 Bullet Rock My Lady (A-Side) 3:34

35 Bandicoot Backstage Goddess 3:53

36 Beaut Goodbye Judy (A-Side) 3:13

37 Beathoven Shy Girl (A -Side) 2:44

38 Beeb Birtles & Graeham Goble I'm Coming Home 3:53

39 Boys When You're Lonely 3:32

40 Broderick Smith's Big Combo Faded Roses 4:34

41 Birthday Party Mr Clarinet 3:44

42 Big Red The Traveller 4:09

43 Black Sorrows Brown Eyed Girl 3:32

44 Jimmy Barnes No Second Prize 4:13

45 Beasts of Bourbon Psycho 3:57

46 Peter Blakeley Ain't That Peculiar 3:43


47 Bo-Weevils All I Want 3:09

48 Boom Crash Opera Hands Up in the Air 3:51

49 Big Pig Hungry Town 3:07

50 Bamboos Snuff 3:54

51 Bandanna Boogie Downunder 3:21

52 B.B. Steel Heartbeat Away 4:15

53 Bangthe Drum Only You 4:02

54 B.B. Strutt You Don't Love Me 3:38

55 Baby Animals Early Warning 3:57

56 Beatfish Wheels of Love 3:49

57 Badloves Lost 3:31

58 Nick Barker Heard So Much About You 3:23

59 Breadmakers Memphis Train 3:38

60 Bachelor Girl Lucky Me 4:28

61 Bamboos Eel Oil 3:05

62 Sarah Blasko Your Way 4:05

63 Basics I Could Go On 3:22

64 Black Market Rhythm Co. It Gets Better 3:30

65 Bachelor of Arts Bang Bang Boom Boom 3:30

66 Blackeyed Susans Dirty Water 4:48

67 Bitch Prefect Marilyn Monroe 3:23

68 Babaganouj It's Raining, It's Summer 3:18

69 Bad Dreems Chills 2:34

70 Bennies Highrider 4:16




  1. Thanks so much. This is truly an abundance of riches.

    1. Hi Heartofstone,
      Glad you are digging the series so far.


  2. I seem to have come late to the party and the link is gone. Any chance of a re-up?

    1. Hi YankeeBoy,
      The link is the Icon in the links section below the Part 2 heading. Just click on that and it will work.


  3. Actually, the links are alive and well on TZ so no need. Thanks for this great series!

  4. Love a re-up to add to my Aussie collection.

    1. Hi Michael,
      The entire collection can be found here. All links working.