Classic Aussie Albums Reissue

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Classic Albums by The Sports and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons to get Deluxe Treatment.

On October 24, Festival Records will release Expanded Editions of classic albums by two of Melbourne (and Australia’s) most-loved bands of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s period: the first two albums by The SportsReckless and Don’t Throw Stones (from ’78 and ’79 respectively) – and Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons’ breakthrough album from ’79, Screaming Targets.

All three albums, which were originally released on Mushroom and have been long out of print on CD, have been remastered from original tapes. Additional high quality studio and live material will be added to each album, tripling or even quadrupling the original playing time.

The Sports’ Reckless, which features the early singles ‘Boys (What Did The Detective Say)’ and ‘When You Walk In The Room’, now includes the band’s 1977 debut EP Fair Game, a 1978 live set and numerous hitherto forgotten demos. The new edition of the band’s second album Don’t Throw Stones, includes their OK, UK EP, nearly an album’s worth of other tracks recorded at the same time in the UK, the original single-recording of their breakthrough hit and signature song ‘Who Listens To The Radio?’ and more.

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons’ Screaming Targets, which includes the hits ‘Hit & Run’ and ‘Shape I’m In’, will have a handful of related tracks from the same period (including the overseas version of their earlier hit ‘So Young’) plus the short live album that came as a bonus with its original release, and adds a whole CD (The Rhythm & Blues) of nearly all unreleased live and studio recordings dating as back as their first demo session in ‘76, including some great unreleased originals.

With Sports singer/main-man Stephen Cummings, and Jo Jo Zep himself, Joe Camilleri both currently in the spotlight again with new albums (Cummings with his latest solo album, Camilleri with a new Black Sorrows album) and with Cummings the subject of a new documentary film, itself called Don’t Throw Stones, these particular releases provide a timely chance to revisit the seminal early work of two Australian music icons and their bands of the time.

These releases coincide with the release of a new compilation called (When The Sun Sets Over) Carlton: Melbourne’s Countercultural Inner City Rock Scene of the ‘70s that features The Sports and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons alongside rare tracks from Paul Kelly’s early bands The High Rise Bombers and The Dots, Daddy Cool and Skyhooks and much more.

All titles released on Double CD and digitaldownload on Festival Records, October 24.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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