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Greatest Hits Acoustic

Hello Sailor

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Latin Lover   MP3 sample
  2   New Tattoo   MP3 sample
  3   When Your Lights Are Out<   MP3 sample
  4   Lying In The Sand   MP3 sample
  5   Gutter Black   MP3 sample
  6   Long John   MP3 sample
  7   Bush By Where You Live   MP3 sample
  8   Six Piece Chamber   MP3 sample
  9   All Around This Town   MP3 sample
  10   Billy Bold   MP3 sample
  11   Blue Lady   MP3 sample

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New Zealand rockers, Hello Sailor recast their finest moments in an acoustic setting.

Hello Sailor are, in every sense of the word, "legendary". They say legends are born not made, and if that's true then Hello Sailor, who emerged in the mid '70s, seemed to become famous overnight: their gigs put them immediately into the frontline of great Kiwi rock bands. It was Hello Sailor who, through 1978, single-handedly made the Gluepot the great Kiwi rock venue -- legendary, in fact -- that it became. They had style and energy, attitude and the look, and great songs.

Both here and overseas -- notably in Los Angeles where they indulged in the excesses of the rock'n'roll lifestyle -- they consolidated their reputation for bad behaviour. They lived out other people's rock dreams -- and sometimes paid the price.

Legendary now... and famous then. Hello Sailor were always -- then and now -- terrific musicians and it is their songs, more than their lives, which have become legendary. They wrote great pub-rocking songs like "Gutter Black" and "Blue Lady", they seduced summertime radio and backyard barbecues with "Latin Lover" and "Lying in The Sand". They wrote of our place (listen to the opening lines of "New Tattoo" laid bare here: "state house back in Blockhouse Bay"), and made music of daring originality yet grounded in the great tradition of rock.

Sailor songs had emotional depth and you always sensed this was something they had lived, believed and sang because they had no choice but to. And that is what makes this album of their older material such an important event in their long career.

Here you may hear Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon reconsidering those great songs from their back-catalogue -- and some like "Billy Bold" and "Six Piece Chamber" associated with Graham's solo years -- and bring them to life in a new, stripped back way. Songs which rocked pubs now breathe a little more easily, are emphasised slightly differently, and come up shining again.

Now "Latin Lover" is given a polished and sultry Cuban-style shuffle, there are touches of country guitars in some places, "Lying in the Sand" is given a modern Pasifika feel, "New Tattoo" is more melancholy and reflective of its lyrics...

Any way you cut it, these are classic songs from a great Kiwi band.

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Artist: Hello Sailor
Album: Greatest Hits Acoustic
Cat #: LMCD0190
Date: 11/07/2012
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: New Zealand , Pop , Rock
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