||Various Artists: Very Best of Kiwi Instrumentals
Instrumentalists probably enjoyed their moment of chart success more in the sixties than any other era with Peter Posa certainly leading the way in New Zealand. His 1963 hit The White Rabbit not only won over Kiwi’s but also made it into the Australian top twenty. Peter went on to record an amazing nineteen albums and enjoyed a string of chart hits including Wheels and Grasshopper which are included on this compilation.
With the Shadows from England capturing the world with their guitar style, New Zealand groups were also keen to record instrumentals with Max Merritt & The Meteors from Christchurch among the first. Their most popular track Soft Surfie hit the charts in 1964.
Ray Columbus & The Invaders were also extremely popular at the time and also went into the studio to record two real gems Kupow and Cat’s Eyes. Also featured is the haunting top ten hit Theme From An Empty Coffee Lounge by the Four Four’s, Jimmy Sloggetts Yakety Sax, and Auckland’s Keil Isles with their great instrumental interpretations of Goodnight Irene and Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White.
1. Let’s Go - The Librettos
2. The White Rabbit - Peter Posa
3. Goodnight Irene – The Keil Isles
4. Kupow – The Invaders
5. Yakety Sax - Jimmy Sloggett
6. Metropolis - The Embers
7. Theme From An Empty Coffee Lounge - The Four Fours
8. Soul Thing – Quincy Conserve
9. Grasshopper – Peter Posa
10. Cats Eyes - The Invaders
11. Soft Surfie - Max Merritt & The Meteors
12. I Feel Good - Quincy Conserve
13. Orphan – The Fourmyula
14. Theme From The Endless Summer – The Silhouettes
15. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - The Keil Isles
16. Wheels - Peter Posa
17. Chocks Away – Freddie Keil & The Kavaliers
18. Stingray - The Four Fours
19. Guitar Boogie - Bari & The Breakaways
20. The Cruel Sea - The Invaders