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Everything Old Is New Again

Treasure Trove of Music Released By David Hague

Pop Quiz time how many people remember Sister Janet Mead singing the Lords Prayer? OK, so here is a harder one. Who was the producer?

For those that dont remember, it was a gentleman by the name of Martin Erdman, and this was back in 1974. For the buffs out there, ?The Lords Prayer sold over 1 million copies for A & M records way back when and therefore received the accolades of a Gold record.

Well Martin has leapt into the digital age and from his home on Scotland Island has produced a four CD set of classic Australian rock bands. (Scotland Island is smack in the middle of Sydneys Pittwater and has no roads as such. Many arty types live there as does some popular TV stars. Another claim to fame is that as the only way to get there is by water, the bottleshop at the marina on the mainland boasts the highest sales of single stubbies in Australia. The trip to Scotland Island is one stubbie long ysee.)

But I digress.

The four CD pack is entitled the Du Monde years in reference to the record label that Martin setup and is also the name of his studio. Famous musicologist Glenn A. Baker, who has forgotten more about Aussie music than most of us know has called it ?a fabulous Aladdins cave of treasures, hits, misses, leftovers, bursts of brilliance, nice tries, oddities and curios.


The CDs themselves cover a diverse range of music; one CD for example covers original songs by mostly Sydney bands, another covers ?covers while a third follows different themes such as fun, country and peace. Finally, the fourth CD contains images of label art, record covers, charts and even newspaper clippings in total there are 65 tracks in the set.

Many of the tracks were still in the original vaults, and it was only recently that they were given back to Martin who says they were still in perfect condition. The complete packaging of the CDs contains a booklet with a listing of thee songs, the musicians featured and Martins recollections of the band and / or a particular track.

More information and details of ordering the 4 CD pack can be found at

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David is the owner and publisher of Australian Videocamera. He has a background in media dating back to 1979 when he first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport, and went from there into technology via a 5 year stint with Tandy Computers.

Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.

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