25 Track Compilation deluxe Double Album. (2 reinstated tracks plus upgraded versions of 3 songs and the original versions of 2).
Originally released in 1986 on C90 Cassette (23 tracks).
Remastered for CD in 2005. (21 tracks - minus 2 tracks for space on 1 x cdr)
Deluxe edition released in 2020 on digital download and double CD with deluxe double gatefold cardboard cover and 12 page booklet.
This version includes the 2 deleted tracks from the original cassette which did not fit on the 1 x 80 min cd version released in 2005. Welcome back Dance Exponents - "If Only I Could Die (and Love You Still)" and Sneaky Feelings - "Broken Man"
It was updated Jun 2020 to include recently found new recordings of the Crane song - "Chorale"(Studio version remixed in 2020) and Belle Motions - "Living", (a newly found mixing desk recording). The original versions are still included in the download. There is also an upgraded version of Double Happys "Beer Cans on the Ground" from a mixing desk recording.
This digital download contains an expanded booklet with extended liner notes and artwork not available on previous versions.
It also contains 2 tracks reinstated from the original 1986 cassette release but not included on the redux 2005 remaster/reissue single CD release.
This collection covers the NZ alternative music scene from the Christchurch perspective, of what we saw in our local venues between 1984 and 1986. This was a time of many Dunedin bands making the trip to play the larger thriving music scene in the garden city with its 3 active music venues (The Gladstone, The Hillsborough, and The Star & Garter), as well as a strong audience that patronised these focal points of music. It was also seen as a viable destination for bands from wellington and Auckland with bands like Children's Hour, Bird Nest Roys and the Spines making regular trips south.
This album was originally released through local record stores and was also picked up for international distribution by Flying Nun who sent 200 copies to America.
Many bands made their debut on this compilation before following up with major releases on other labels.
The Artwork was designed by Dean Inkster and completed by Matthew Campbell.
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Those who have already purchased the album can re-download and upgrade their versions for free. If you have any issues doing this please contact Failsafe.
*******NOTE ***** This album is sold as a collection. Please listen to the previews and if you like what you hear please purchase the album. The previews will also download as part of the package but should be discarded.
released June 5, 2019