Tony Barber / Tony Barber

Someday...Now!

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All 20 of the tracks Tony Barber released for the Spin label during his brief time as an Australian rock star in the mid-'60s are on this compilation, including his hits "Someday" and "No No No." Essentially, in fact, it's an expanded CD version of his sole LP (also titled Someday...Now!), with all 14 tracks from that album plus a half-dozen other cuts that only appeared on singles. While it's acceptable period fare, it's no great shakes even when compared to the limited pool of Australian rock competition of the era. Barber had a thin, trembling high-pitched voice, and while he did write much of his material, much of it was ordinary son-of-Merseybeat stuff, with some detours into mildly blues-garage material ("No More Moanin'" and the almost chaotically structured "I Want Her Too") and poppy ballads. His moodier, more minor keyed tunes work best, but he didn't have the qualities in his voice needed to maximize any menace the songs contain. There are some fair tracks here (though "Untrue" was done better in its original version, by Nita Rossi), but it's a bit of a relic, its appeal limited to serious collectors of Australian '60s rock.