Various

Bumpers



Island (through Festival)

Front Cover

Festival - Island - Bumpers - L450078 - Front Cover


Back Cover

Festival - Island - Bumpers - L450078 - Back Cover


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Track listing

Side A
All Right NowFREE
Notting Hill GateQUINTESSENCE
Empty PagesTRAFFIC
I'm A ManSPENCER DAVIS GROUP
Side B
Primrose HillJOHN & BEVERLEY MARTYN
Mona Bone JakonCAT STEVENS
You Really Got MeMOTT THE HOOPLE
Lady D'arbanvilleCAT STEVENS
Wonderful World, Beautiful PeopleJIMMY CLIFF
Peace In The EndFOTHERINGAY
Side C
I Am The WalrusSPOOKY TOOTH
The Promised LandIF
Somewhere Down The LineTRAMLINE
Loosen UpALAN BROWN
Crazy Man MichaelFAIRPORT CONVENTION
Side D
Wild WorldJIMMY CLIFF
Love Really Changed MeSPOOKY TOOTH
Dear Mr FantasyTRAFFIC
Shivas's ChantQUNINTESSENCE
AnthemAMAZING BLONDEL

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Australian serial number - L-45007/8
Date of original issue - 1970
Australian Matrix Number - SMX 38021

Notes -

When Bumpers was released in Australia in 1970 it was something of a revelation. Even though the tracks were different to the U.K. version many of artists were the same. The U.K. version is listed below:

Traffic - Every Mother's Son - 7:08
Bronco - Love - 4:42
Spooky Tooth - I Am The Walrus - 6:20
Quintessence - Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga - 5:15
Mott The Hoople - Thunderbuck Ram - 4:50
Jethro Tull - Nothing To Say - 5:10
Jimmy Clif - Going Back West - 5:32
Blodwyn Pig - Send Your Son To Die - 5:35
Dave Mason - Little Woman - 2:30
John & Beverley Martyn - Go Out And Get It - 3:15
King Crimson - Cadence & Cascade - 3:30
If - Reaching Out On All Sides -5:35
Free - Oh I Wept - 4:25
Nick Drake - Hazey Jane- 4:28
Fairport Convention - Walk Awhile - 4:00
Cat Stevens - Maybe You're Right - 3:00
Renaissance - Island - 5:57
Fotheringay - The Sea - 5:25
Clouds - Take Me To Your Leader - 2:55

Festival decided to include tracks by Spencer Davis Group, Tramline, Alan Brown, and Amazing Blondel, and omit tracks by Nick Drake, Bronco, King Crimson, and Clouds. Although eventually most of the albums were released locally.

The inside cover is reproduced in black and white, rather than the colour of the U.K. pressing. It is, however, on the pink with with "i" label.

I can find no reference to when Festival took on the release of Island records in Australia. There is no evidence that the two earlier samplers, Nice Enough to Eat and You Can All Join In (1969), or El Pea (1971) were pressed here either.

The inclusion of the Spencer Davis Group was a little odd. Their First Album was released here in late 1967 on the budget Calendar (Festivals budget release) label. It was originally a Fontana (Philips) release, but the The Best of the Spencer Davis Group featuring Steve Winwood (Island ILP 970) (1967) of was released on Island. So while the song was over three years old, there was a tenuous link.

The King Crimson track from In the Wake of Poseidon was to be released on Philips in Australia, and Vertigo in New Zealand. It was re-released on Island (Festival) in 1974. The Philips version is very rare.

Nick Drake was an unknown here. With little chance of touring, Festival ignored him, but released Bryter Layter sometime in 1971 and again in 1978 along with Pink Moon. His songs are now very popular on "alternative" music radio stations such a 3RRR and 3PBS.

Bronco's track on the U.K. release came from the album Country Home. This didn't get a local release until April 1971.

Jethro Tull's Benefit album was first released in Australia by the Reprise label in 1970. It was re-released under the Chrysalis (through Festival) label with the six albums up to Thick as Brick, being sequential serial numbers, all being released in one hit in late 1974 - probably for their tour.

Clouds didn't get a look in - and didn't, as far as I can tell, get a release in Australia.

Of course at the time there was a large trade in direct imports to Australia, and Festival with a different copyright market, and a certain uncertainty about the release of the albums in the U.K. stuck to the sample tracks that were available at the time.

You can read more about the U.K. release at Nic Oatridge. (Unfortunately, Nic's links to other sites have long gone.)

The copy pictured was owned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and used by Dick Williams of HitScene fame. There is substantial evidence of backtracking (winding the turntable backwards to cue the tracks up for radio play). There is noise 10 seconds from the end of most tracks. There are also notes written on the cover. Further, there is a sticker with the local release number, and evidence of a couple of unknown stickers on the front cover too.


Festival

Festival was one of the major Australian record companies. After a few ownership changes in the 1950s, stable ownership occurred under Rupert Murdoch. Their first compilations were tie ins with the popular TCN 9 television show Bandstand. Festival pressed records for multiple labels, and had Australia's biggest stable of popular talent.

To get some sense of the scale of Festival you only need to look at the number of presses in operation. There were 26 of them producing about 900 records each day. That's around 6.5 million discs per year. This was when the population of Australia was around 12 million people. (ABS - 1966)

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