• radio birdman Radios Appear (Trafalgar Version) (double CD, £16.75)

    label: citadel

    'Radios Appear' was Radio Birdman's first full-length. Recorded piecemeal over 1976 and early 1977, on weekends and nights when their home base (Trafalgar Studios Sydney) had no paying customers, it was finally released on the Trafalgar label, created specifically to release their records. In addition to mail order, the album was literally distributed by hand and out of the back of cars. The band thus wrote the Australian handbook on DIY independent music. It was hailed as a breakthrough album in Australian music, a turning point after the scene's early and mid seventies stagnation. 'Radios Appear' was given a 5 star review in Rolling Stone, and the album gave the band a needed boost to depart Sydney as a national touring entity, while still maintaining their renegade status. CD2 contains tracks for the 1976 EP 'Burn My Eye' and outtakes remixed from the original masters.

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