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Friday, November 16, 2012

Adderley Smith Blues Band 1967 White Boys Lost In The Blues

Genre: Blues
Rate: 160 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:21:29
Size: 24,58 MB


Like their contemporaries, Brisbane's Bay City Union and Sydney's pioneering Foreday Riders, Melbourne's Adderly Smith Blues Band were laying down heavy blues way ahead of their time and they're now recognised as one of Australia's first 'authentic' blues groups, in that they tried to faithfully play the blues in the style and spirit of the original artists, rather than watering the genre down for pop audiences. The band is also notable for the fact that several members went onto to bigger things -- Smith and Tolhurst went on to work variously with Sundown, Carson and Country Radio before forming The Dingoes; Joe Camilleri has carved out a brilliant career both as a solo artist and with his acclaimed bands Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, The Black Sorrows, The Revelators and Bakelite Radio.

Blues fanatics Mark Dindas and Kerryn Tolhurst (ex Blues Merchants, Vacant Lot) formed the group in 1964. Like England's Yardbirds, they were purists, taking their inspiration directly from the original blues of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf, but alongside the blues standards they also performed some original material written by Tolhurst.

The line-up changed many times. Over the years the membership included Broderick Smith (ex The Maltese Band, Smokey Hollows) who joined in 1966, Gary Collier, "Fat" Fred Bond, John O'Brien, Colin Graham (a future Australian Ballet lighting director), Ron Issac, Paul Lever and Doug Stirling. According to rock historian Ed Nimmervol, Joe Camilleri was sacked for "sounding too much like Mick Jagger and for being too much of a showman"!

Adderly Smith took their music very seriously, seeing their mission as educating audiences about where the blues songs perfomed by groups like The Rolling Stones and The Animals had originally came from. They played regularly around Melbourne, performing at dances, discos and blues clubs. According to the Who's Who of Australian Rock, the band played "a lot of dances in the city and Essendon, a blues club called Chicago and the Queensbery Hotel in Carlton". There was a major interruption when Smith and Tolhurst were both called up for National Service in 1968, but Tolhurst kept the band going (with drummer Noel Herridge and bassist Mark Kozuch) performing whenever he could, until 1970.

The Adderley Smith Blues Band did not release any commercial recordings.

FOR THE FIRST TIME ... some blues recordings from the Adderleys

These tracks were recorded at East Recording Studios, Camberwell in 1967

but have never seen the light of day ... until now! (Taken from


01 - Snatch It Back And Hold It 02:11

02 - You Don't Love Me 02:34

03 - Black Night 04:56

04 - Chitlin Con Carne 02:22

05 - Mark's Boogie 02:38

06 - Same Thing 02:28

07 - Slow Blues 04:20

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