M7, Seven Records, Powderworks

M7 – Seven Records

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M7 12 Great Songs Front Cover LW 2233 12 Great Songs from Downunder Various 1971
Seven - 18 Hot Tracks - Front cover MLT 292 18 Hot Tracks Various 1979
Seven - Bacon and Eggs - Front cover MLT 319 Bacon and Eggs Various 1979
MLT 337 Summer Gold Various 1980

 

M7 – Seven Records – Powderworks

M7 records was setup to take advantage the radio ban of 1970. There were three separate partners in the group, Fairfax television subsidiary ATN7 in Sydney, Maquarie Broadcasting Service, and Herald and Weekly Times Limited. In July of 1970 World Broadcasting System changed its name to M7 Records Pty. Ltd. Presumably, M7 stood for Maquarie Seven. When Maquarie left the arrangement, it became Seven Records.

Allan Crawford was the first general manager, he was succeed by Ron Hurst from 1972 to 1975. In 1973 Ken Harding joined the company, and in 1978 became C.E.O.. That year he signed Midnight Oil.

The company was initially distributed by Paul Hamlyn group from 1971 to 1974 under the guise of Music for Pleasure, and Tempo from 1974 to 1976. It organised its own distribution from 1976 to 1978. The label finally went with RCA until it’s demise in June 1987.

Seven Records

The most successful overseas distribution deal was with Penny Farthing of the U.K. (from 1976 – well after Penny Farthing’s hits with Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone, and German group Kincade). The Seven Records label struggled on with artists like Ross Higgins and Judy Stone as tie-ins for television programmes.

Over the years the record companies were sporadically successful with people like Bob Hudson and Midnight Oil.

In 1979 they got into the popular various artists albums, but as far as I can ascertain, that venture only lasted for three albums. This was despite a last ditch effort of a prize of a gold ingot with Summer Gold.

Powderworks

In 1981 a management buyout, led by CEO Ken Harding, Allan Watson, and Tony Hogarth, resulted in Seven Records being renamed Powerderworks. In 1986 Ken Harding sold the company to J & B co-founder John Evans. He became the CEO of the Rajon group.

The Powderworks name and the company were retired in July 1987.

Last updated July 2017.

18 Hits – Summer Gold

Various Artist

Seven Records

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Voulez-Vous – ABBA
Jealousy – AMI STEWART
Money – FLYING LIZARDS
If It’s Love You Want – EDITH BLISS
H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – EDWIN STARR
Cold, Cold, Change – MIDNIGHT OIL
Dance,You Fool Dance – MARCIA HINES
Twist A St. Tropez – TELEX
Who Were You With In The Moonlight – DOLLAR

Sleazy – VILLAGE PEOPLE
Jump The Gun – THE THREE DEGREES
You, You’re The One – JOHN ST. PETERS
La Booga Rooga – LORI BALMER
Drac’s Back – ANDY FORRAY
Never Gonna Be The Same – RUTH WATERS
Hold On I’m Coming – PRECIOUS WILSON
I Wanna Make It With You – MONA LISA AND TERRY YOUNG
Up There Cazaly – TWO MAN BAND

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Bacon & Eggs

Various Artist

Seven Records

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Knock On Wood – AMI STEWART
So Many Ways – JOHN ST. PEETERS
Chiquitita – ABBA
Something’s Missing (In My Life) – MARCIA HINES WITH MONA LISA & TERRY YOUNG
Living For Your Smile – OL’55
Send Your Love – SHAUNA JENSEN
Shooting Star – DOLLAR
Lost In Love – AIR SUPPLY
Like An Eagle – DENNIS PARKER

In The Navy – VILLAGE PEOPLE
One Way Ticket – ERUPTION
On The Inside – LYNN HAMILTON
Take Me Back To Hollywood – TED GARDESSTAD
Woman In Love – THREE DEGREES
Moving Like A Superstar – AMADEO
(I Will Be Your) Shadow In The Street – ALLAN CLARK
C’Mon Give Us A Go – THE WESTERN SUBURBS SINGERS
Song On The Radio – AL STEWART

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18 Hot Tracks

Various Artist

Seven Records

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Y.M.C.A. – VILLAGE PEOPLE
Ruby – OL’55
Easy – OAK RIDGE BOYS
Lucky Stars – DEAN FRIEDMAN & DENISE MARSA
My Angel Baby – TONY BEAU
It’s A Laugh – DARRYL HALL & JOHN OATS
Shame – EVELYN KING
Fabulous Dancer – WHA-KOO
If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It – KELLEE PATTERSON

Ca Plane Pour Moi – PLASTIC BERTRAND
Deep Inside Of Me – JOHN ST. PEETERS
One Day At A Time – HAWKING BROTHERS
Heartbreaker – DOLLY PARTON
You Got To Lose – GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DISTROYERS
Let Her In – JOHN TRAVOLTA
Baby Be Mine – RENEE GEYER
Time Passages – AL STEWART
Thank You For The Music – ABBA

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From the Big A

Various Artist

Seven Records – Arista

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Jennifer Warnes – Right Time Of The Night
Barry Manilow – Looks Like We Made It
Hollywood Stars – All The Kids On The Street
The Kinks – Sleepwalker
Eric Carmen – Sunrise

Lou Reed – I Believe In Love
Dickey Betts And Great Southern – Sweet Virginia
The Outlaws – So Afraid
Patti Smith – Ask The Angels
Alan Parsons – I Robot

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12 Great Songs From Down Under

Various Artist

M7

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Waltzing Matilda – SUNDOWNERS – 2:53
Oh! The Springtime It Brings On The Shearing – VIC CHRISTOPHER – 3:32
Botany Bay – RHYTHMAIRES – 3:13
While The Billy Boils – ANN SIDNEY – 2:42
Brisbane Ladies – RIDERS from the NEVER NEVER – 3:19
My Country – JULIAN LEE CHORALE – 2:53

Down Under – LYNDON FERRIS – 2:54
Along The Road To Gundagai – RYTHMAIRES – 3:14
Click! Go The Shears – ROUSTABOUTS – 3:20
Wild Rover No More – VIC CHRISTOPHER – 2:27
The Dying Stockman – WARREN WILLIAMS – 4:20
The Girls Of Broome – ROD MCLENNAN – 2:46

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