Friday, February 6, 2009

Various "Best of the Bushbands" 2CD set 1994

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This is one of various compilations published and re-published over the years and features many great tracks performed by bush bands that have long since disbanded. These 2 CDs were also later re-published as CDs 1 and 2 of a 3 CD set "The Best of Australian Folk Songs" but that is now out-of-print also.

CD1 features The Ants Bush Band with "The Overlanders", "All for me Grog", "1000 miles away" and the instrumental "The Waves of Tory". The Bushwackers perform "Lachlan Tigers", "Lime Juice Tub", Bogle's "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda", "Augathella Station", and "Flash Jack from Gundagai". The Colonials present "Lazy Harry's", "Waltzing Matilda", "Maranoa Drovers" and "Widgeegoweera Joe". The Sundowners do "Click go the Shears", "Bound for Botany Bay", "Stringybark Creek", "Black Velvet Band", "Wild Rover" and "Ryebuck Shearer". The Wombat's Bush Band performs two set of instrumentals in the Australian bush dance style.

On CD2, The Ants Bush Band offer "Poor Ned", "Maggie May", "The Man from Snowy River" and "The Whale". The Cobbers are also on this one with "The Ballad of Ben Hall", "Travelling down the Old Castelreagh", The Streets of Forbes", "Shores of Australia" and the haunting instrumental "Bushland Dreaming". The Bushwackers feature with "Clancy of the Overflow" (as poetry), "The Flying Pieman" (instrumental), "Billy of Tea" and "Van Dieman's Land" (the latter with a folk rock style backing). The Colonials perform "Put a Light in every Country Window" (refers to the Snowy Mountains Scheme, "Queensland Whalers" (a Harry Robertson composition) and "Reedy River". The Sundowners have "Drover's Dream", "Old Bullock Dray", and two compositions which, while hardly folk, are certainly Australian, namely Gordon Parsons "Pub with No Beer" and Rolf Harris' "Tie Me Kangaroo Down"

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  1. Absolutely amazing - Thank you! Have tried for 5 years to find this in the UK and have drawn a blank!

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