Various Artists

So You Wanna Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star, Vol. 1

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A double-LP compilation of Australian rock from 1964-66. On musical merits alone, this ranks pretty low in the pantheon of '60s anthologies. Its chief interest is that, unless you were living in Australia at the time, this stuff is very hard to come by. For overseas listeners, it's one of the few comprehensive various-artists documents of the mid-'60s Australian rock scene, which was a pretty prolific one, although very few international stars emerged from it. It does actually have some very nice, fairly hard-rocking Beatles-esque tunes from the likes of the Rajahs, the Blue Beats, Ray Brown, the Sunsets, and the Diamonds, as well as the odd top-rank garage-punk raver from the Purple Hearts. But much of it's devoted to sub-standard covers, or weak, derivative pop numbers. It would have fared much better if it had been whittled down to a single-disc release of the tougher stuff. Includes extensive liner notes by Australian rock authority Glenn A. Baker.