Let's Go with the Librettos [LP]

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The first and only official LP ever issued by New Zealand's top mid-'60s band, Let's Go with the Librettos could pass muster alongside any above average long-player coming out of Liverpool circa early 1964. The fact that it appeared in early 1965 can be explained by the distances involved -- to New Zealand bands, Australia looked like the promised land; so if these guys were slightly behind the curve coming out of England, they can be forgiven for being 12,000 miles outside of the musical loop. The best of the music still sounds good, and much of it has a lean, garage band edge -- Rod Stone, their lead guitarist, has been called "New Zealand's Hank Marvin" (by NZ music scholar Andrew Schmidt), though there are places here where he's more like a young Dave Davies. Reissued on CD in 1997 along with a brace of bonus tracks off of their singles.

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