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Three albums from the BigBeat vault - previously unreleased on disc, have been fully re-produced for CD release...

Leo De Castro is widely regarded as the one of the greatest Australasian singers, though he's rarely been recorded. BigBeat Music are proud to offer the following rare recordings for your listening pleasure.

LONG WHITE CLOUDS features De Castro in a studio showdown with the sublime Dancehall Racketeers and The Roger Janes Band in a surprising cameo. Recorded live in a studio setting in 1988 the album is a set of western swing and rock 'n' roll hits including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Junior Parker, Lefty Frizzell, Little Richard and Willie Nelson classics, all with the freshness of a first take - band and vocal recorded all-up. Nearly twenty years in the making, it has been worth the wait.

Two more rare gems have also been released - Voodoo Soul, Leo's mighty soul/R&B revue from October 1987 recorded live at The Basement and "Crazy" another live-in-the-studio album featuring the late, great Roger Janes and his band...

 

LEO DE CASTRO & FRIENDS - VOODOO SOUL

When Australian pop music was again starting to assert itself at the tail end of the 1960's one name was prominent on the lips of audiences and critics - a dynamic vocalist from New Zealand, LEO DE CASTRO. In Melbourne in 1970, he joined Jim Doyle, Mark Kennedy, Duncan McGuire and Steve Yates to form KING HARVEST. This band, made up of members of In Focus, Rush and Spectrum, recorded two singles - "Wichita Lineman" and "Jumping Jack Flash" Leo's next outfit was FRIENDS, which caused a sensation when it opened the Regent Theatre in Melbourne at the end of 1971. The Friends rhythm section of Kennedy and McGuire was expanded with Charlie Tumahai on vocals and timbales, Tim Martin on sax and guitarist Phil Manning. With a fine. blues-based repertoire, punters were adamant - "music was fun again".

By the mid 70's THE JOHNNY ROCCO BAND were attracting a lot of attention at the Polaris Room at The Kingsgate Hotel in Kings Cross. This time Leo's voice was complimented by Mark Punch (guitar), Mick Kenny (keyboards), Tony Buchanan (saxophone), Sunil Da Silva (percussion), Russell Dunlop (drums) and Tim Partridge (bass). De Castro recorded the original version of "Heading in The Right Direction" before returning to New Zealand in 1980 to do session work. In the mid 80's his outfit BABYLON released a cult version of "Suspicious Minds". Leo later moved to Tasmania where he still resides.

THE GREATEST SOUL SINGER IN AUSTRALIA made his long awaited comeback at the Basement in Sydney 26-28th October, 1987. The band Friends was an all-star affair. JIMMY DOYLE (guitar), MARK PUNCH (guitar, voc) DAVE MacRAE (piano), MARK KENNEDY (drums), DAVID GREEN (bass), ANDY THOMPSON (sax), JASON BREWER (sax), JASON McDERMID (trumpet). Green Onions, I Take What I Want, Mustang Sally, Kansas City, Mister Pitiful, Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Fa Fa Fa, Spanish Harlem, Shake, You Don't Know, Let's Work Together, Fooled Around And Fell In Love, Hound Dog, Limbo, Lucille. more...

 

Leo In full flight with King Harvest 1971 - Jumping Jack Flash

features classic Jimmy Doyle solo

 

THE ROGER JANES BAND - CRAZY

Eagerly anticipated re-release from The Roger Janes Band, this session dates back to the late '80s and features an outstanding lineup of swing, jazz and big band players in sparkling touch, eager to explore their most intimate side as musicians.The CD sleeve also showcases some of Roger's brilliantly mordant artwork. Long live the memory of Roger Janes & Tom Baker. more...

Featuring:

ROGER JANES - Vocals/Trombone; TOM BAKER - Trumpet; IAN DATE - Guitar; DON HEAP - Bass; JOHN McCARTHY - Clarinet; MARTY MOONEY - Sax; GARY WALFORD - Piano; LYNN WALLIS - Drums

 



ALSO AVAILABLE ON BIGBEAT MUSIC

BBM001

Ian Bloxsom Trio:

"The Power Of Three"

An instrumental yet sentimental homage to the jazz "Power Trio" with Ian Bloxsom on drums; Ashley Turner on bass and Peter Locke, piano. more...

 


 

 

BBM002

Peter Head:

"In The Key Of Night"

Take a trip into the ivory-tinkling, musical netherworld of journeyman singer/songwriter Peter Head. Featuring Head's original signature tunes and stirring covers of Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Ray Charles songs and more. more...

 

 

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