Sunday, October 17, 2010

The La De Das - La De Das Legend (1975)

Aside from Ray Columbus & the Invaders, the La De Das were New Zealand's most popular rock group of the '60s. As big fish in a very small pond, their work doesn't hold up to scrutiny in the company of the era's top American and English acts. But they did record some fine garage/pop numbers in the spirit of the Rolling Stones in the mid-'60s. A few of these ("How Is the Air Up There?" and "All Purpose Low") were big N.Z. hits, and they reached the Top Ten with covers of John Mayall's "On Top of the World" and a version of Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby." In 1968, they recorded a psychedelic-tinged children's concept LP, The Happy Prince; which bears resemblance to modern twee. After a failed attempt to crack the British market, the group soldiered on for quite some time with pedestrian hard rock that -- like even the best of their early work -- was very derivative of overseas trends. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

La De Das Legend
In March 1975, EMI gathered up the band's recent singles and four unissued
tracks for the compilation album Legend, in a superb gatefold sleeve with an
intricate leatherwork pattern, as something of a contractual obligation.

1. The La De Das - Gonna See My Baby Tonight (3:17)

2. The La De Das - Morning, Good Morning (3:31)

3. The La De Das - I Guess I'll Never Stop Lovin' You (2:55)

4. The La De Das - It's The Beginning (4:37)

5. The La De Das - Honky Tonkin' (2:45)

6. The La De Das - Too Pooped To Pop (2:32)

7. The La De Das - Feel Like A Dog (6:02)

8. The La De Das - Sentimental Rose (4:44)

9. The La De Das - I'm In Love Again (3:21)

10. The La De Das - All Along The Watchtower (5:58)

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