Various Artists

Vintage Australian Rock 'n' Roll

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Drawn mostly from early-'60s television performances, this Australian import reveals the state of music down under before the British Invasion. None of the artists on this compilation will be known to practically anyone outside of Australia, which is shame considering that Australia's early rock & roll scene easily eclipsed England's in scope and quality. There are a couple of Australian Elvises, namely Barry Stanton (whose "Tribute to the King" strings together Elvis song titles) and Jerry J. Wilder. Roland Storm's cover of "Shakin' All Over" is genuinely exciting, and Booka Hyland and Paul Wayne sound like teen idols. Seven artists are represented on these 30 cuts, but not included are the real heavyweights of vintage Australian rock & roll, namely Johnny O'Keefe, Alan Dale, and Col Joye.