Saturday, December 09, 2006

Butler - "Butler" - {New Zealand} [1973] (Psychedelic-Progressive Rock) (@320)

Butler were one of few all-Maori rock bands. All four members were originally from Rotorua, but the band actually formed in Christchurch in 1970. Predominantly an underground group, they played their early gigs at the Open Door, before moving into Trevor Spitz's nightspot Aubrey's.

Having built a strong Christchurch following, the band took stabs at other South Island centres, returning to hometown Rotorua in 1971. From there they began building up a North Island following, proving popular on the University circuit with their combination of originals and Led Zeppelin / Wishbone Ash covers.

Some television exposure followed with a spot on 'Happen Inn', 'Popco' and 'Free Ride'. This was fairly rare for an underground group and even with this they never really gained much pulling power.

In 1973 they recorded a self-titled album for Pye. It was released on the Family label and from it came one single, "Green River"/"Especially For You". http://www.sergent.com.au/butler.html

01 - Bang Bang (4:00)
02 - Suicide Ride (4:32)
03 - We're Getting Nowhere (2:47)
04 - In The Morning (3:06)
05 - Especially For You (3:11)
06 - Green River (3:32)
07 - Reach Out (3:07)
08 - Tilde Jane (2:13)
09 - Mistake (1:38)
10 - Southern Magic (1:49)
11 - Here We Come (2:50)
12 - Mirror Don't You Weep (4:29)

Line-Up
- Steve Apirana (Guitar / Vocals)
- Heidi Warren (Guitar / Vocals)
- Angel Adams (Bass Guitar)
- Hori Sinnott (Drums)

01 - Bang Bang ...
07 - Reach Out ...

Thanks to ZenBa for the info (Review and Line-up)

Link for download "Butler - 1973 - Butler" in comments ...

18 comments:

isabelbc said...

Link: http://tinyurl.com/wgao6

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for this , im from christchurch nz. Im a bit young to remember these guys but im sure my dad will

Anonymous said...

Great album! Tanks a lot!!!

Art Rock said...

Another obscure prog album shared! Keep up the great work.

delledison said...

nice one! thanks.

Anonymous said...

Maori rock band covering Nancy Sinatra? Yes, please!

Anonymous said...

link down

isabelbc said...

new link http://www.mediafire.com/?o3g166kd4qyfoh3

Anonymous said...

I lived in Christchurch and used to see Butler at Aubreys and also at Ui gigs. They were a great band and so different from others around at that time. Especially the gear they wore and hats!

Anonymous said...

These guys were great, saw them whenever I had the chance. I'll never forget the time they supported Osibisa at the Chch town hall and broke the guitar strings, the band left onstage started singing a song about "blowing their big break" cause the guy broke his guitar strings. They played Wishbone Ash, better than Wishbone Ash, but I was off my face alot!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks For make me know this band
Thew link is down Pity!!!!

Anonymous said...

Please please please re-upload this, please!

lurkhills. said...

re-upload! prease

lurkhills. said...

Can you please re upload

Kammenos said...

If anyone still needs a reupload just drop a line here: http://mail-4-metal.blogspot.gr/

Anonymous said...

please can some one upload suicide ride

Anonymous said...

WOW... PLEASE re Upload. This is beautiful.!!! One of the greatest lost albums from NZ.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to get hold of a CD or from where to purchase. My uncle is Angel Adams but he doesn't talk to much about the band but would love to get hold of the album as this is only coming to light that we are learning about Butler for the younger generaton

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