Saturday, 27 April 2013
Retro Vinyl: The Best Of The Seekers (Columbia, 1968)
I've long loved the music of the 60s Australian folk-pop group The Seekers. As a child their singles were regularly played in our home, The Carnival Is Over been a particular favourite.
There were also a couple of well loved albums too. I'm not sure what it was that drew me to The Seekers, Judith Durham's beautiful melodic voice, Athol Guy's firm but sturdy double bass that held the back bone of the songs together or Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley's intricate guitar sounds and steadfast harmonising.
I love how The Seekers vocals and music sounds just as powerful in mono as in stereo. Many people forget these days that it was the mono versions that took artists into the charts during the 60s, so it was important to maximise a great sound onto a mono recording, especially as it would do battle with weaving airwaves on radio to get airplay on radio.
The album cover itself features The Seekers in dapper style which looks like an image taken from their Morningtown Ride promo film.
Although comprehensive collections of The Seekers material has been released I think it would be great if these albums were reissued on CD in both mono and stereo formats with original album artwork.
The Seekers are currently embarking on their 50th anniversary tour, with dates planned for the UK in the autumn. For latest news on The Seekers visit their official website.