Australia and New Zealand Music

Topic from Brian Ware…

When I was married (previously), I ran a company called ‘ANZ Imports’.  There was a place for me to advertise, “One Step Ahead” – so we took out an advertisement in that ‘magazine’ and went to town!

I duly went to New Zealand 7 x times – but only once to Australia (we’re talking 1980 – 1987); both of those places are wonderful countries and I am pleased to say I went to both of them.  I ended up with a LARGE collection of New Zealand music (I even had business cards printed up, “Specialist in New Zealand Artists”) – NEWS FLASH!  Nearly everything that got released in Australia got released in NZ.

The man I worked for during that time, Tony Harrington, was my facilitator for all of this (he was who actually owned ‘ANZ Imports’).  The world was a very different place that long ago; The NZ dollar was about half of a US dollar, so I could offer, well…everything coming out of both Australia and New Zealand!

During  1980 – 1987, not everything from Australia and New Zealand got a US release.  But a lot of great stuff was being released there!  (However, I have 3 x shelves of NZ music, yet only really 1 x shelf of Australian music!).  The big Australian groups were Icehouse (also known as The Flowers), INXS, Midnight Oil…the biggest NZ group was Split Enz.

And, yes, some groups got US issues – Mental As Anything, and (eventually) Split Enz.

My personal favorite group was The Swingers (Phil Judd from Split Enz!).  They never came and played here (that I know of) – they only had one LP, but it was very, very good!

I remember Split Enz LP’s (remember, seasons reversed) “resting in a customs-house bed”, so we could not sell ‘em – and that was for an LP + 12”!  (Not a very good one, as I recall – remember being disappointed with “Conflicting Emotions”?)  The NZ issue had both an LP & 12” single.

During my many visits to NZ, I got to meet Blam Blam Blam (who were uncooperative), Dick Driver (Who never had much anything for me to sell), and Mike Chunn (of Split Enz, who got me dubs of the Split Enz clips, at a time when that was impossible otherwise!).  I remember watching Tommy Adderley perform in Takapuna!  I also remember going to the farewell show of Split Enz in 1984…that didn’t last!

But in 1987, the LP pressing stopped in NZ; at the time, that seemed to be a death sentence!  Australia quickly took up pressing CD’s for both Australia and New Zealand.

Split Enz

Happy birthday to R&B singer / songwriter Rufus Thomas (1917); R&B singer Diana Ross (1944)! I believe I own CD’s by both Diana Ross and Rufus Thomas, but…

Recently while trawling through my New Zealand LP’s, I noticed what an astonishing Split Enz collection I amassed. Thanks to the help of friends, I have many oddball pressing, cover variants, label variants, autographs etc. My ‘new list’ includes information of this very nature. So now, Australia and New Zealand are “in” my list!


Do you recall the “frustration” of discovering that there are 2 completely different LP’s called “Mental Notes” by Split Enz? I certainly do. I remember the day the light bulb came on: “Second Thoughts” is the Australiasian version of the Phil Manzanera version of “Mental Notes”, which is a re-recording of the original 1975 Australian recorded masterpiece album. Got it?


The speed with which my young life evaporated was amazing. Working in a hippie record store, I was given free tickets to see Split Enz at The Golden Bear, a nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA. A mellotron on a stage! Singing and dancing! Free drinks!!


Circumstance found me visiting New Zealand 7 times between 1980 and 1987. I walked down the road hedged with roses in Te Awamutu, as one presumes Finn & Judd did. I met Mike Chunn in Auckland, and he was absolutely “super professional” and amazing towards me, giving me NZ music videos etc. It took the entire electrically recorded output of New Zealand on vinyl to re-assure me that “Mental Notes” wasn’t just a ‘fluke’ good album.


In 2015, it is somewhat obvious what Phil Manzanera saw in them, with his offer to produce Split Enz, in England. “Get this recorded properly!” was likely his edict. And “Second Thoughts” sounds amazing, guys; and “Sweet Dreams” hadn’t been on “Mental Notes” – though it certainly could’ve been.


Kiwiana 101: “Mental Notes” 1975 version (recorded in Australia) by Split Enz is one of the first GREAT albums recorded by a New Zealand band. World class stuff! And “Second Thoughts” is a spit-polished version of approx. that material, recorded in England, properly.


How about a DVD-A or SA-CD of the original “Mental Notes” together with “Second Thoughts”, not changed or tinkered with – but certainly those album have more people to charm! Is “audiophile” the route? WSM Australia re-released those albums with a better mastering, a few years back. But they still don’t beat the original LP’s, IMHO.

Split Enz

Split Enz

On 9/23/72, “Burlesque” by Family charted in England at No. 13.  Roy Buchanan born, 1939.

Australasia:    Split Enz

Yes, I have more than I listed today.  No, I’m not trying to show off.

7″                 ANOTHER GREAT DIVIDE / STRANGER THAN FICTION (PS)                  CHRYSALIS NL        6155 078

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LP                BEGINNING OF THE ENZ (NZ)                                                                        MUSHROOM NZ       L 37132

1979 9 TRK Collection


LP                BEGINNING OF THE ENZ (UK version)                                                         CHRYSALIS UK        CHR 1329

1980 9 TRK Collection

CD                BEGINNING OF THE ENZ re                                                                            WSM AUS                   510113631.2     1979 9 TRKS (’06 re-master)


7″                 BOLD AS BRASS / SUGAR AND SPICE                                                         MUSHROOM NZ       K 6992

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 BOLD AS BRASS / WOMAN WHO LOVES YOU, THE (PS)                         CHRYSALIS NL        11785

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LPx2            COLLECTION ’73 – ’84                                                                                       CONCEP AUS           CC 0050

1985? 29 TRK Collection


LP                CONFLICTING EMOTIONS (NZ)                                                                      ENZ NZ                       ENZ 5

1983 12 TRKS LP + 12″

LP                CONFLICTING EMOTIONS (US) promo                                                         A&M US                      SP-4963

1983 10 TRKS promo

CD                CONFLICTING EMOTIONS re                                                                          WSM AUS                   510113639.2     1983 10 TRKS (’06 re-master)


CD                CORROBOREE                                                                                                   MUSHROOM AUS    D 80947

1981 11 TRKS Boxed set, original mix

LP                CORROBOREE                                                                                                   MUSHROOM AUS    RML 53001         1981 11 TRKS

CD                CORROBOREE re                                                                                              WSM AUS                   510113637.2     1981 12 TRKS (1 x bonus track) (’06 re-master) remix


7″                 DIRTY CREATURE / LOST FOR WORDS                                                      A&M CAN                    AM 579

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 DIRTY CREATURE / MAKE SENSE OF IT (PS)                                             POLYDOR NZ           POLY 123

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LP                DIZRYTHMIA (NZ)                                                                                               MUSHROOM NZ       L 36347

1977 9 TRKS

CD                DIZRYTHMIA re                                                                                                    WSM AUS                   510113634.2     1977 10 TRKS (1 x bonus track) (’06 re-master)


7″                 FOR YOU / SPLIT ENDS                                                                                    VERTIGO NZ             6036 902

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


LP                FRENZY (12)                                                                                                        MUSHROOM AUS    L 36768

1979 12 TRKS without ‘I SEE RED’

LP                FRENZY (13)                                                                                                        MUSHROOM NZ       L 36921

1979 13 TRKS with ‘I SEE RED’

LP                FRENZY (14)                                                                                                        A&M CAN                    SP-69827

1981 14 TRKS remix

CD                FRENZY (16) re                                                                                                   WSM AUS                   510113635.2     1978 16 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks) (’06 re-master)


7″                 GIVE IT A WHIRL / FRENZY                                                                              MUSHROOM NZ       K 98

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


7″                 HARD ACT TO FOLLOW / CLUMSY (PS)                                                       A&M NL                       AMS 9150

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 HARD ACT TO FOLLOW / GHOST GIRL                                                        A&M CAN                    AM 543

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


7″                 HISTORY NEVER REPEATS / HOLY SMOKE (PS)                                       POLYDOR NZ           POLY 110

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 HISTORY NEVER REPEATS / SHARK ATTACK (Live) (PS)                        A&M UK                      AMS 8128

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, etched

7″                 HISTORY NEVER REPEATS / WHAT’S THE MATTER (Live) (PS)             A&M NL                       AMS 9129

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, etched


7″                 I DON’T WANNA DANCE / SHARK ATTACK (Live) (PS)                               POLYDOR NZ           POLY 113

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               I DON’T WANNA DANCE pic disc                                                                    A&M US                      SP-17157

1981 3 TRKS promo-only, pic disc


7″                 I GOT YOU (mono) / (stereo) promo-only                                                       A&M US                      AM-2252

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 I GOT YOU / DOUBLE HAPPY                                                                          POLYDOR NZ           POLY 64

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 I GOT YOU / SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT                                                A&M CAN                    AMS 8504

1983? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, ‘Memories’


7″                 I HOPE I NEVER / CHORAL SEA, THE (PS)                                                  A&M US                      AM-2285

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 I HOPE I NEVER / HYPNOTISED / CARRIED AWAY (PS)                           MUSHROOM AUS    K 7910

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 I SEE RED / GIVE IT A WHIRL / HERMIT McDERMITT (PS)                        ILLEGAL UK              ILS 0019

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 I SEE RED / LIVIN’ IT UP                                                                                    A&M CAN                    AM 552

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 I SEE RED / MESSAGE BOY / HERMIT McDERMITT (NZ) (PS)                  MUSHROOM NZ       K 7284

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


12″               I WALK AWAY / DOCTOR LOVE                                                                       MUSHROOM NZ       X 14127

1984 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 I WALK AWAY / OVERDRIVE (PS) NZ                                                              MUSHROOM NZ       K 9514

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 LATE LAST NIGHT / TIME FOR A CHANGE                                                   MUSHROOM NZ       K 6300

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LATE LAST NIGHT / TITUS (PS)                                                                       CHRYSALIS NL        6155 072

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LPx2            LIVING ENZ, THE (AUS)                                                                                    MUSHROOM AUS    RML 55007/8     1985 19 TRKS Live


7″                 MAYBE / TITUS                                                                                                    WHITE CLOUD NZ   WC 003

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


LP                MENTAL NOTES                                                                                                 MUSHROOM AUS    L 35588

1975 10 TRKS / 1st label

LP                MENTAL NOTES (Jpn)                                                                                       CHRYSALIS JPN      CHY-1131

1976 9 TRKS, insert – Japanese pressing

LP                MENTAL NOTES (NZ orig)                                                                                WHITE CLOUD NZ   WCL-101

1975 10 TRKS original 1st edition

LP                MENTAL NOTES (UK)                                                                                        CHRYSALIS UK        CHR 1131

1976 9 TRKS

CD                MENTAL NOTES re                                                                                             WSM AUS                   510113632.2     1975 12 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) (’06 issue)


7″                 MESSAGE TO MY GIRL / BON VOYAGE                                                         A&M UK                      AM 203

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 MESSAGE TO MY GIRL / KIA KAHA (EVER BE STRONG) (PS)                  MUSHROOM AUS    K 9316

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CD                MILLENNIUM COLLECTION                                                                             UNIVERSAL CAN     249817713

2004 11 TRK Collection


12″               MY MISTAKE                                                                                                         CHRYSALIS UK        CHS 2170

1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 MY MISTAKE / CROSSWORDS (PS)                                                               CHRYSALIS NL        11533

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 NEXT EXIT / TWO OF A KIND / REMEMBER WHEN (PS)                            MUSHROOM AUS    K 9035

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 NO BOTHER TO ME / HOME SWEET HOME                                                 WHITE CLOUD NZ   WC 002

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


CD                ODDZ AND ENZ (Collection)                                                                            MUSHROOM AUS    D 80945

1970’s/1992 10 TRKS Boxed set


7″                 ONE MOUTH IS FED / THIS IS MASSIVE (Mush)                                          MUSHROOM NZ       K 9552

1984 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, ‘Mushroom’


7″                 ONE STEP AHEAD / CLUMSY                                                                          A&M CAN                    AM 530

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 ONE STEP AHEAD / IN THE WARS (PS)                                                        MUSHROOM AUS    K 8103

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, poster sleeve


7″                 POOR BOY / MISSING PERSON (Live) (PS)                                                  A&M UK                      AMS 8101

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CD                REAR ENZ (Collection)                                                                                      MUSHROOM AUS    D 80951

1980’s/1992 11 TRKS Boxed set


CD                ROOTIN’ TOOTIN’ LUTON TAPES, THE                                                         RHINO AUS               514424110.2     2007 15 TRKS (’78


LP                SECOND THOUGHTS (NZ)                                                                              MUSHROOM NZ       L 35981

1976 9 TRKS insert

CD                SECOND THOUGHTS re                                                                                  WSM AUS                   510113633.2     1976 9 TRKS (’06 re-master)


LP                SEE YA ‘ROUND (NZ)                                                                                        MUSHROOM NZ       RML 52050         1984 11 TRKS

CD                SEE YA ‘ROUND re                                                                                             WSM AUS                   510113640.2     1984 12 TRKS (1 x bonus track) (’06 re-master)


12″               SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT                                                                       A&M UK                      AMX 8216

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT / FIRE DRILL (PS)                                     POLYDOR NZ           POLY 125

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 STRAIT OLD LINE / BULLET BRAIN AND CACTUS HEAD (PS)                A&M NL                       AMS 9792

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 STRAIT OLD LINE / PARASITE (PS)                                                                ENZ NZ                       SPLIT 5

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


7″                 SWEET TALKIN’ SPOON SONG, THE / ONE TWO NINE                            EMI NZ                        HR 512

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


7″                 THINGS / SEMI DATACHED NZ                                                                       MUSHROOM NZ       K 7643

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


LP                TIME AND TIDE (NZ)                                                                                          POLYDOR NZ           ENZ 3

1982 12 TRKS

CD                TIME AND TIDE re                                                                                               WSM AUS                   510113638.2     1982 12 TRKS (’06 re-master)


CD                TRUE COLOURS                                                                                                MUSHROOM AUS    D 80946

1979 11 TRKS Boxed set

LP                TRUE COLOURS (Audiophile)                                                                         A&M CAN                    SPJ-4822

1980 11 TRKS Audiophile Series, 1/2 speed mastering

LP                TRUE COLOURS (AUS) yellow / orange                                                        MUSHROOM AUS    L 42001

1980 11 TRKS YELLOW & ORANGE, etched

LP                TRUE COLOURS (Jpn)                                                                                     A&M JPN                    AMP-28018         1980 11 TRKS YELLOW & BLUE, insert


LP                WAIATA (Jpn)                                                                                                       A&M JPN                    AMP-28033         1981 11 TRKS insert

LP                WAIATA (NZ)                                                                                                         POLYDOR NZ           ENZ 2

1981 11 TRKS


7″                 WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU promo                                                      A&M US                      AM-2293-S          1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo


I saw Split Enz play many times, starting in 1976.  It is safe to say I am more interested in their periphery than the main course.  It doesn’t help that Eddie Rayner remixed some material for the re-mastered CD’s.  I no longer actively collect them, but I hang on to all of my original vinyl.

Ultimate Collection #3


Ultimate Collection – Title #3

Still hard at work on deciding about “My Ultimate Collection”.  Of course, this collection will include LP’s as well as CD’s – shall I also include DVD’s (or videotapes/laserdiscs)?  I mean, I do have to physically store everything in “My Ultimate Collection”, and have it readily available to myself.

So, I am pausing a bit as I decide what the 3rd title of “My Ultimate Collection” will be.

When I submitted my ‘perfect scores’ for titles in Gnosis (the record rating website), I think I immediately added more Frank Zappa, but I may not do that here.  A good choice would be Split Enz “Mental Notes” – the re-mastered WSM Australia CD of it, though an original NZ White Cloud LP would be more aesthetically pleasing – I guess at this juncture in my narrative, I will have to decide which formats / versions of each title to ‘keep’.  For my #1 choice (the 3rd Zappa album), I will be permanently keeping at least 5 versions of this title, while for my #2 choice (John Cage), I will keep only 2 versions, the original 1959 2LP boxed set and the 1992 2CD (the world’s only CD issue).

But if I do stick with having “Mental Notes” be my choice for #3, I will need a White Cloud NZ LP, a Mushroom Australia LP and the WSM Australia CD (which is a re-master).  So, 3 titles into “My Ultimate Collection” and I already have 10 pieces, if I keep all the desired versions!

When I hit 25,000 titles last month, initially it wasn’t too hard to find stuff to get rid of, to keep the list from swelling too badly.  But I can easily see that (with what I found in San Francisco over my birthday) I am not going to be able to strictly keep the list to 25,000 titles only.  Yes, I will be selling some titles from my permanent collection at the next Claremont swap meet in September; and, yes, I do take stuff to trade-in at Amoeba Music.

I saw Split Enz play the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach in about 1976/7.  I am sure someone out there can find a gig-ography and tell me the exact date, I must check my LP’s and see if I still have the ticket stub!  But seeing them live sealed my interest in this band (they had a mellotron).  A short while later, a wise older-than-me record collector told me about the original version of “Mental Notes” – what I had heard was the US / UK version, which is known as “Second Thoughts” in Australasia.

So, prog fans – you need to hear this album.  It’s wonderful British-inspired Antipodean 1975 keyboard progressive rock with really good songs and vocals.  It is because of this album that I visited New Zealand so many times in the 1980’s, trying to track down all the pieces of this album, trying to meet some of the people responsible for making this amazing record.  It’s why I care at all about Split Enz.