How Is The Air Up There?


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2018 three CD collection. Inspired by The Looking Series collections on RPM of UK ‘60s Nuggets, we now look in the world mirror at New Zealand. The country furthest from the UK and in this context the country most like the UK. For the latest in the RPM/Frenzy Music collaborations, we explore the mid-‘60s club scene and the various classic singles tailored for that scene. After a brief love affair with Beatle-esque pop - New Zealand was visited by The Rolling Stones (twice), The Pretty Things, The Kinks and Manfred Mann in quick succession. These groups reshaped the musical landscape down under as Kiwis fell in love with the grungier callings of R&B and later soul - with both genres reigning supreme on their recording and live front - right up until the Sgt. Pepper period. Included in this collection are 80 recordings from over 50 of New Zealand's well known - and lesser known acts spanning 1965-1969. 19 tracks are on CD for the first time; six tracks are previously unreleased. As well as the local HMV, RCA and Philips labels we have the cream of NZ's own labels as sources including Action, Impact, Zodiac, Allied International and La Gloria. A stunningly detailed booklet accompanies the package with biogs of all the artists plus many rare photos, including actual club interiors, and memorabilia courtesy of New Zealand's leading authority Grant Gillanders. For any ‘60s collector this is a fascinating snapshot of a mirrored scene, and for those outside of Australasia probably a first chance to own a copy of many of the recordings. Even for those inside that territory well over half the recordings on the box have not been available for decades.


Side 1

  1. How Is The Air Up There – The La De Da’s
  2. Painter Man – Larry’s Rebels
  3. I'm Your Witch Doctor – Chant’s R’n’b
  4. A Working Man – The Rayders
  5. Go Go – The Four Fours
  6. Social End Product – The Bluestars
  7. Down In The Mine - Peter Nelson & The Castaways
  8. I Need You – Tom Thumb
  9. Woman - The Breakaways
  10. No More Now – The Smoke
  11. Don't Stand In My Way – The La De Da’s
  12. Hurtin All Over – The Pleazers
  13. Single Man - The Bitter End
  14. Come And See Me – Sandy Edmonds
  15. Anything You Like - Spectres
  16. Living It Down – The Deep Set
  17. Get Out Of My Life, Woman – The Roadrunners
  18. Now She's Mine - Crescendos
  19. I Can Take It – The Bluestars
  20. I Can't Stop – The Principals
  21. I Feel Good - Larry’s Rebels
  22. I’m Happy Too – Hubb Kapp & The Wheels
  23. He’s Ready - The Clevedonaires
  24. Is It Over Baby ? – The Pleazers
  25. I Can't Make A Friend – The Action
  26. Control Your Love – The Smoke
  27. Listen To Me – The Gremlins

Side 2

  1. On Top Of The World – The La De Da’s
  2. Got Love – Tom Thumb
  3. Day By Day – The Action
  4. The Devil Is A Woman – The Deep Set
  5. Get The Picture – The Selected Few
  6. Baby Doll – Grim Ltd
  7. She's Gonna Get Me – The Four Fours
  8. I'll Be Around – The Principals
  9. Ugly Thing – The Cossacks
  10. A House In The Country – The Roadrunners
  11. I Can't Explain - Bari & The Breakaways
  12. Now You Shake - Ray Columbus & The Invaders
  13. Hey Joe - Sebastian's Floral Array
  14. Little Miss Rhythm And Blues -Judge Wayne & The Convicts -
  15. Lost Woman - The Clevedonaires
  16. Never Trust Another Woman – The Smoke
  17. Milk Cow Blues - Grim Ltd
  18. Just Out Of Reach - Identity
  19. Don't Wanna Be Lonely Anymore – The Bluestars
  20. What'cha Gonna Do - The La De Da’s
  21. All For One – The Breakaways
  22. She's Mine - Larry’s Rebels
  23. It's You – The Secrets
  24. Women - The Principals
  25. I'm Gonna Say Yeah – The Librettos
  26. Mr Jinx – Tommy Adderley
  27. Bus Ride – Terry Dean & The Nitebeats

Side 3

  1. All Night Worker – The Newshounds
  2. Hallelujah - Quincy Conserve
  3. I'm Good For You – Troubled Mind
  4. Love Love Love – Gene Pierson
  5. A Little Lovin' Sometime – The Castaways
  6. Something Fresh – The Action
  7. See Saw - The Underdogs
  8. Jump Back - The La De Da’s
  9. I'm In Love With A Stranger – The Soundells
  10. Rescue Me - The Librettos
  11. Love - Mr Lee Grant
  12. Hhurtin’ - Johnny Devlin
  13. You Got To Me - Gene Pierson
  14. Things Go Better – The Challenge
  15. Over You – The Newshounds
  16. Turn To Stone - Concrete Lamb
  17. Lovin’ Look - Quincy Conserve
  18. At A Time Like This – The Castaways
  19. Neighbour Neighbour – Chant’s R’n’b
  20. Get Ready - Le Frame
  21. Pains Of Love - Billy Karaitiana
  22. So Badly Baby – The Spectres
  23. Security – The Pleazers
  24. Never Ever – The Action
  25. As Long As I Had You – Lee Grant
  26. Coffee Grind – Jay Epae