Festival - Stars of Showcase Volume 2 - L25176 Majestic Compilations

Stars of Showcase Volume 2 – L25176

L&Y through Festival

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Showcase Vol 2

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Track Listing

Ann (B.E.Wheeler) – GORDON BOYD​ (1:50)
Praeludium (Bach) – JANE PETERS (2:38)
Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers/​Hammerstein II) -​ DALE GORDON STEWART (3:20)
Valse Brilliante (Moszkowski) – MARK LESLIE (3:20)
Medley: Back in the old routine (Stone), You were meant for me (Brown-Feed), California, here I come (Myer/​DeSyla/​Jolson) /​ The Malgray Two (2:40)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Mendelssohn) – WILLIAM HENNESSY (3:53)
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Bother (Russell/​Scott) – ROSS HAMBLIN-TAYLOR (3:36)
This Could Be The Start Of Something (Allen) – INNER CIRCLE (1:58)
Dawn In The Darkness (Aust. comp.) (Holden) – MARK HOLDEN (3:38)
Never, Never, Never (Renis/​Testa/​Newell) – MARKEETA LITTLE WOLF (2:42)
Music of the Day (Aust. comp.) (Combe) – PETER COMBE (3:23)
Theme from Shaft (Isaac Hayes) /​ THE HECTOR CRAWFORD ORCHESTRA (3:47)

Soundtrack recordings from TV talent quest show Showcase. As with volume 1 there are a couple of versions of this record.
SMX 45533
SMX 45534

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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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