ARTIST: The Warratahs LABEL: Pagan
Records (PAL-1032) Winner - NZ Country Album of the Year Award, 1988 Awarded - Gold Record for Sales, 1988
Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Barry Saunders Vocals Piano and Accordian:: Wayne Mason Vocals and Bass Guitar: John Donoghue Drums: Martin Jorgensen Violin: Nik Brown Backing Vocals: Lee Palmer _____________ Engineer: Neil Maddever Producer: Dick LeFort Recorded at the Studio Centre, Wellington 1987
Burned All of My Love Drivin' Wheel East of Mt Eden Friends with Me Hands on My Heart Maureen Only Game in Town Settin' the Woods on Fire Walk On By You're Right I'm
Left She's Gone
FEATURED VIDEO - "Hands of my Heart"
The original lineup of the Warratahs performing "Hands of my Heart," the vanguard single from their award-winning album, "The Only Game in Town."
WHAT THE PRESS HAD TO SAY..
(Scene Today - 1987)
It's the late 80's. The decade's trends have
sailed away to their solo fates. The charts are full of covers. Want a record you can come home to? Here's a timely
contender. Only a Kiwi Country Band could use an Aussie name, but don't hold that little joke against them. The Warratahs
know what they're doing and they love their work. This lively, well-paced debut album is listener-friendly and full of inventive turns and uplifting harmonies. "The Only Game in Town" is consistantly light. No mention of Texas, although Auckland rain gets a mention. No real mistakes. The four well-chosen covers fit right in. The sound is "live in studio" and the production is simple. The overall effect is professional and very approachable. Many originals here are worthy of a lyric sheet too. perhaps with the next pressing? Standouts like 'Burned all of my love,' 'Friends with me,' 'Maureen,' the single 'Hands of my heart,' and the title song swing through their paces with a sure, skilful touch. At the end, 'East of Mount Eden,' finds you tapping your feet as you're flipping the record over. Worthy company for Al Hunter.
Review by Barry Linton.
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