Hello Sailor’s 1977 debut was a milestone: a local album with something approaching the grit and groove of the records coming out of London or New York. Yet it also had a whiff of the South seas in the Ponsonby reggae of ‘All Around This Town’, the Polynesian strum of ‘Gutter Black’, the strut and sway of ‘When Your Lights Are Out’ and the palm tree reverie of ‘Lyin’ In The Sand’.
This reissue is an opportunity to replace those scratched and beer-damaged copies, or appreciate for the first time what a breakthrough this was. And with both Graham Brazier and Dave McArtney no longer with us, it also stands as a fitting memorial. - RNZ's Nick Bollinger