September 2022

Boomer Boom Box: The Locals

It’s been a while since I last looked at this, basically, real life intervened… but let’s have a look at some local artists… that is, Australia and New Zealand. Bear in mind links can break — stores can withdraw options from sale (or the record companies can ask them to withdraw it), so it’s possible I can post links then have the rug pulled out from underneath me by the supplier.

Of course, if you know an alternate source (that is of new copies, not second-hand), do drop me a line and let me know.

The following are some artists with 10 or more significant tracks that I’ve been able to locate copies of so far.

Bee Gees

This was a very successful group that hails from the Redcliffe area of greater Brisbane, and of course 4KQ featured them very strongly over the decades.

Ultimate Bee Gees

A great start for this band would be the Ultimate Bee Gees compilation. It’s got nearly all of the hits they’re famous for, including their later stuff.

Timeless – The All-Time Greatest Hits

This was actually the first CD of theirs I bought… and it does do pretty well, but it misses Alone and some of their earlier work. BUT, as a budget-conscious option, definitely worth a look!

Other albums worth considering

The above will get you most of the tracks they’re known for… some other options worth considering:

  • Best Of Bee Gees (Vol. 2): includes I.O.I.O and My World — on Z-Digital
  • Mr. Natural: for its title track — on Z-Digital
  • To Whom It May Concern: for the song Road To Alaska — on Z-Digital
  • Life In A Tin Can: for the song Saw A New Morning — on Z-Digital

Daryl Braithwaite

The lead singer of Sherbet.

The Essential Daryl Braithwaite

If you’re looking for Daryl’s work from the 80s onwards, this is worth getting.


From the other side of the ditch, Dragon are a great export out of New Zealand.

The Very Best Of Dragon

There are a few compilations out there, but this one is by far the better of the lot. The only song it misses out on in my opinion is Cry (for that, look for Body and The Beat, Cuts From The Tough Times or Snake Eyes on the Paradise: Greatest Hits). Pretty much everything else they’re known for is here.

  • Sanity (seems to be out-of-stock at the time of writing)

John Paul Young

A big name from the Countdown era.

I Hate the Music

This is a compilation of all his significant work over the 40 years or so he’s been releasing music.

Little River Band

The Definitive Collection

Most of the work done by this group from its early beginnings up to the 80s before John Farnham went solo.


This was where Glen Shorrock made his come-back… and is where you’ll find Love Is A Bridge.

(Upcoming) Masterpieces

This isn’t out yet, but it may be worth a look when it is released. It includes No Reins On Me, which does not appear on the other albums.


Nearly everything from this iconic Melbourne band can be found on two albums.


This has most of their hits.

Ego Is Not A Dirty Word

Features the song Love On The Radio.