RCA Australia Compilations
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Despite the cover date, the record states P.1974
|VCL1-0118||A Mother as Lovely as You||Various||1976||–|
|VAL1-0123||Big Truck Hits||Various||1976||–|
|SP189||Bush Ballads – Australia’s Greats||Various||1977||–||–|
RCA was many things, but it sure wasn’t the best at putting out compilations.
Honeymoon Feelin’ – TONY BARBER
What The World Needs Now Is Love – GOOD NEWS ORCHESTRA
Scarlet Ribbons – RENEE GEYER
Be My Day – DIGBY RICHARDS
Wooden Heart – JIMMY HANNAN
My Mother’s Song – PAT KERRY
You’re A Lady – CHARD HAYWARD
If My Friends Could See Me Now – WINIFRED ATWELL
Sunshine On My Shoulders – PETER REGAN
Moonlight And Roses – TREVOR FURNER
Reminiscing – JAY JUSTIN
A Mother As Lovely As You – THOMAS EDWARDS
Beautiful Dreamer – MELBOURNE POPS ORCHESTRA
Country Bumpkin – JOHNNY AHSCROFT
Sam – LEEA VLAHOS
And Yet And Yet – JOHN LAWS
More misses than hits on this one – except for Jimmy Hannan’s Wooden Heart. Go figure!
There Ain’t No Easy Run – JOHN LAWS
My Homecoming Trucker’s Coming Home – GAY KAHLER
Keep On Truckin’ – NEV NICHOLLS
The Mighty Moonbi Range – BUDDY WILLIAMS
Bullshippers – JOHN MCSWEENEY
Six Days On The Road – LUCKY STARR
Old 31 One More Time – JOHN LAWS
Nashville Express – NEV NICHOLLS and his COUNTRY PLAYBOYS
’57 Chevy Pick Up – JOHN LAWS
Highway 31 – JOHNNY ASHCROFT
Last Time I Saw Him – BRENDA KRISTAN
That’s Just My Truckin’ Luck – NEV NICHOLLS and his COUNTRY PLAYBOYS
Hittin’ The Road Again – BUDDY WILLIAMS
My Diesel Friend – JOHN MCSWEENEY
Truck Drivin’ Son Of A Gun – LUCKY STARR
Hot Rod Guitar – NEV NICHOLLS and his COUNTRY PLAYBOYS
The old fashioned homestead - Buddy Williams & The Overlanders
Two old timers – Johnny Ashcroft
North Pacific Highway, Queensland bound - John Laws
Birdsville races – Ted Egan
No place like Australia - John Ashe
The flying doctor - Buddy Williams
Backing to Bendigo - Nev Nicholls’ country playboys
Let me wander out yonder - Jim Brumby
The singing transport man - Johnny Greenwood
Cash & co. – Lionel Long
Bush girl - Shirley Jacobs
Dorrigo tiptoe - Johnny Ashcroft
The bangtail muster - Ted Egan
Darlin’ biddy – Johnny Ashcroft.
It’s A Heartache – BONNIE TYLER – 3:28
The Crunch (Part 1) – RAH BAND – 3:28
Star Wars Title Theme – MECO – 3:28
Float On – FLOATERS – 3:22
Janie May – FERRETS – 3:30
Restless Years Theme – RENEE GEYER – 3:30
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – BACCARA – 3:28
Uptown Festival (Short Version) – SHALMAR (3:30)
(Going To A Go-Go
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
Stop! In The Name Of Love
It’s The Same Old Song)
The Name Of The Game – ABBA – 3:39
Look After Yourself – STARS – 4:00
On And On – STEPHEN BISHOP – 3:00
Stay (While The Night Is Young) – OL’55 – 3:36
I Can’t Stand The Rain – ERUPTION – 3:07
Native New Yorker – ODYSSEY – 3:29
Million Dollar Riff – SKYHOOKS – 3:20
Big Bamboo (Ay Ay Ay) – SARAGOSSA BAND – 3:50
For The Good Times – BRIAN RANGOTT
Sunshine On My Shoulders – PETER REGAN
Close To You – PERRY COMO
Days Of Wine And Roses – HENRY MANCINI
Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – JOHN LAWS*
Blue Velvet – JOHNNY WILLIAMS
Homeward Bound – JACK JONES
Look For The Silver Lining – BRIAN RANGOTT
It’s Impossible – PERRY COMO
The Way We Were – PETER REGAN
Moon River – HENRY MANCINI
Scarlet Ribbons – RENEE GEYER*
Gentle On My Mind – JOHN LAWS*
Chances Are – JOHNNY WILLIAMS
* Denotes Australian artist.
Produced in 1974 for GTV 9 Melbourne as a fundraiser. Custom pressing.
Strike Up The Band – TOMMY TYCHO
Frost Theme – ORCHESTRA
Monologue – DAVID FROST
Black And White Rag Medley – WINIFRED ATWELL
Day By Day – COLLEEN HEWETT
Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody – ISADORE GOODMAN
Let Go – BRIAN CADD & BOOTLEG FAMILY
Vestalajuba – DON SMITH
Vilia – JUNE BRONHILL
Only Make Believe – DON SMITH & JUNE BRONHILL
Tijuana Brass Medley – TOMMY TYCHO
I Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Corner Of The Sky; Nessun Dorma – BARRY CROCKER
Monologue – DAME JOAN HAMMOND
Polonaise In F Sharp Minor – ROGER WOODWARD
If He Walked Into My Life – TONI LAMOND
Monologue; I Am A Man – DON LANE
Rhythm Of Life – CLAIRE POOLE SINGERS
Man I Love – MARY JANE BOYD
Monologue – PAUL HOGAN
Monologue; McAdam – ROLF HARRIS
Eulogy – DAVID FROST
Song For Darwin – ROLF HARRIS
A recording of the concert held in early 1975 in aid of the victims of cyclone Tracy that completely destroyed Darwin on Christmas day 1974.
A joint production between Festival, RCA, and M7 records.
RCA was a strange company in Australia. It didn’t release many pop compilations in Australia under its own name, but it did under the Readers Digest company name. There are many Country and Western releases though.
The RCA company started to record in Australia at about the same time as CBS setup. This resulted in quite a few singles in the 1970s, from Digger Revell & the Denvermen to Lori Balmer with Tommy Tycho.
There is at least one RCA compilation from the late 1960s, and that is Supercharged. It contains mostly overseas hits, but includes one Australian song – Max Merritt and the Meteors, Western Union Man. This was the start of a period of non action for almost two years. They returned in the 1971 with another Max Merritt song. A steady stream of records followed, but apart from Renee Geyer, and to a lesser extent Alison MacCallum, they had little success with Australian bands.
Meanwhile over at Reader Digest the records were pumped out at an increasing rate. Starting with 78s from the 1940s of an obscure composer, through to a the present CD collections. There are over 1800 on Discography, not all are Australian of course…
“In 1983, Arista Records (owned by the German Bertelsmann group) sold 50% of its shares to RCA. In 1985, Bertelsmann and RCA formed a joint venture called RCA-Ariola International. In 1985 General Electric purchased RCA for US$6.3 billion, primarily to acquire NBC. GE then sold its 50% stake in RCA-Ariola to its partner Bertelsmann and the company was renamed the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). BMG brought back the lightning bolt logo to make clear that RCA Records was no longer co-owned with the other RCA entities which GE sold or closed. BMG also revived the “RCA Victor” label for musical genres other than country, pop and rock. In 2004, Bertelsmann (currently one of the three largest media conglomerates in the world) and the Japanese Sony Coporation merged their music holdings into a joint venture called Sony BMG. A move which, ironically, united the former RCA labels with those of their long-time competitor CBS, which had been acquired by Sony in the late 1980s.” Milesago
We’ll keep on looking.
Listings to follow…
Readers Digest is a publishing and marketing company head-quartered in the United States. Their Australian operation is based in Sydney.
Readers Digest compilations date back to at least the 1950s, and were available by mail-order only to ‘members’. They were albums in the true sense of the word. Each “book” of ten records was bound in heavy cardboard. Each collection of records was based on a theme. Of the dozen or so sets I have seen the cover proudly boasts that the recordings were made by RCA.
By the 1970s the book style album format was changed to a box with each of the eight records having a tabbed sleeve. Many of the sets of this period were also available as sets of cassettes.
The Readers Digest sets continued on into the 2000s, by this stage being issued on Compact Disc. They are still being issued. Anyone for 80 Classic Duets?
In contrast to other RCA Australian pressings that are to say the least of variable quality, Readers Digest issues are of high quality. This was probably due the limited number of tracks on each side of the record.
Unfortunately the Readers Digest collections’ packaging is large, heavy, and cumbersome, particularly the book type albums. Early collections are generally classical music by now obscure conductors, and have not stood the test of time. Later boxed sets and CDs can have some memorable music, but it is not hard to find this material on multiple other sources.