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    Youth In Asia

    Youth In Asia

      1.  Layin The Rails
      2.  Watch The News
      3.  Strangers Hands
      4.  Home Cookin
      5.  Monkeys On Your Back
      6.  Train Don't Run


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      CREDITS  

    Gavan Andersson  
    Andy Cowan  
    Jimmy Sloggett  

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     Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Keyboards, Flute, Harmonica, Drums & Percussion.
     Keyboards on tracks 3, 5 & 6
     Tenor Saxophone on track 2

     Arkoz

     Tara Hall Productions & Arkoz

     Tara Hall Productions, Lower Templestowe, VIC.
     Swallowfield Productions, Olinda, VIC.
     Harwood Archive Studios, Montmorency, VIC.
    Written, Produced & Arranged by Gavan Andersson
    Engineered by Gavan Andersson, Andy Cowan & Rob Harwood.
    Programming & Sequencing by Gavan Andersson & Andy Cowan.
    Remixed & Mastered by Rob Harwood at Harwood Archive Studios, Montmorency, VIC.

    Cover Painting "Holly Would"  by John Forrest.

    My sincere thanks goes to:

    Robbie Harwood for his enduring time and patience.
    Andy Cowan & Jimmy Sloggett for their boundless support.
    Mark Kennedy and Dave Hicks for their gracious assistance.
    Trevor & Jane Young for their friendship and good karma.
    Barry Charles, Mike & Liz Anderson, Gloria, Marcie, Danny, Jenn & Elaine for their encouragement and moral support.


    Banjo Country

    Banjo Country

      1.  Wildhorse Mountain
      2.  Storm Boy
      3.  Ballad of Jim Jones
      4.  Diogie's Lament
      5.  Augathella Station
      6.  Koala Blues
      7.  Greensleeves

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      CREDITS  

    Gavan Andersson  
    Andy Cowan  
    Dave Hicks  
    George Butrumlis  
    David Lee  
    Hannah Harwood  
    Grace Harwood  
    John Creech  
    Nigel Thompson  

    Photography  

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     Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Keyboards, Flute, Harmonica, Drums & Percussion.
     Piano on track 2
     Drums on tracks 1 & 4
     Piano Accordion on track 4
     Fiddle on track 5
     Harmony Vocals on tracks 1, 2 & 5
     Harmony Vocals on track 2
     Harmony Vocals on track 1
     Harmony Vocals on track 1

     Arkoz & Nigel Thompson

     Tara Hall Productions & Arkoz

     Tara Hall Productions, Lower Templestowe, VIC.
     Harwood Archive Studios, Montmorency, VIC.
    Written, Produced & Arranged by Gavan Andersson
    Engineered by Gavan Andersson & Rob Harwood.
    Programming & Sequencing by Gavan Andersson & Rob Harwood.
    Remixed & Mastered by Rob Harwood at Harwood Archive Studios, Montmorency, VIC.

    My sincere thanks goes to:

    Robbie Harwood for his enduring time and patience.
    Ben Harwood for all the modern mixing tips!
    Hannah & Grace Harwood for the girls vocals.
    George Butrumlis & David Lee for their instrumental expertise.
    Captain Ron Erbacher & his catamaran, "Offbeat".
    Trevor & Jane Young at Forever Young Music.
    Mike Anderson, Marcie Jones, Peter Robinson,
    Andy Cowan, Jimmy Sloggett, Wayne & Anne Carlson for their encouragement and moral support.
    Dick Best at Banjo Country, Woodend.
    OME Banjos, Colorado, USA.
    George Leroy Downes for his Barbados food & Caribbean influences.
    Norman McCourt & Australian Music Marketing Abroad.
    Mary Rose, Wazza, Miki, Rick, Al, Rob, Jumpin Jack and all the staff at Noosa Community Radio.

    Greensleeves is dedicated to my very good friend, Roger Treble (with whom I shared a love of
    Classical Guitar music especially Fernando Sor), who lost his battle with cancer in 2006.

      BIOGRAPHY  

    With a musical history that can be traced back within the family to 1795, it is not surprising that Gavan has such a command of music. From a very early age he showed a natural feel for music, singing at church on Sundays. After being taught classical piano from the age of 8 and flute from age 11, a present of a nylon string guitar from his sister for his 13th birthday opened a whole new world of music.The usual teenage school bands followed and he played his first pro gig at the age of 16.


    In August 1969 he joined the A.B.C. Melbourne, where he learnt the art of studio recording long before the luxury of multitrack recorders became the norm. After 3 years it was time to work on the other side of the control room and he began playing professionally on a more regular basis, taking whatever gigs were going, expanding his ever growing musical knowledge. Gavan has played with many bands including: The Wiley Reed Revue, The New Dream, Stuart Park, Bluestone, Spot The Aussie and has worked with many well known Australian artists including Johnny O'Keefe, Johnny Chester, Lee Conway, Alison Durbin, Russell Morris, Yvonne Barrett, Deniese Morisson, Max Merritt, Brian Cadd and Marcie Jones.

    In 1988 Gavan became the Composer & Arranger at Beam Software in South Melbourne - Australia's only licensed producer of Nintendo Games Software, a position he held for 11 years.

    With a love of classical, folk, jazz, blues and country, influences from artists as diverse as Fats Domino, Herbie Mann, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Lowell George and Ry Cooder, can all be found in his music. Currently working with Andy Cowan, Gavan plays with an amazing taste and good judgement, yet he can rip out a stunning blues or bottleneck guitar solo with consummate ease. Youth In Asia is Gavan's first album as a solo performer, singer and songwriter and features a mini-showcase of his multi-instrumentalist talents.


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      REVIEWS  

    Melbourne-based veteran guitarist Gavan Andersson has been playing professionally since 1972. Raised in a musical family, he is also proficient on keyboards, flute, drums and a variety of stringed instruments, all of which he plays on this mini album, his solo recording debut. Andersson is a prolific songwriter but teases the listener with only six selections on this 25-minute release, serving its purpose as an introductory sampler of, hopefully, bigger things to come.

    An in-demand session and live performance player, Andersson has worked with a wide range of well-known Australian artists. Although he has more recently been performing with pianist-singer Andy Cowan, household names familiar to fans of TV shows like 6 O'clock Rock, Bandstand and Countdown have had the privilege of Andersson's backing talents over the years. Max Merritt is one such artist who seems to have been more than a little influential on Andersson's vocal style. Andersson cites Lowell George and Ry Cooder among his major musical inspirations and their profound effect can be heard in his precise guitar playing.

    Though he can rip out a stunning bottleneck blues guitar solo with consummate ease, these songs cross boundaries between blues, country and R&B. Cowan and another of his regular sidemen, noted tenor saxophonist Jimmy Sloggett, lend their expertise to these well-crafted songs, several of which have a refreshingly distinctive Aussie flavour. Andersson's expressive lyrics, which are reproduced in the liner notes, will strike a chord with many who have travelled the far reaches of this wide, brown land.

    (Al Hensley - Rhythms Magazine - November 2006)

    First let me declare an interest. The slow hand that plays some of these tasty blues licks also co-signs my paychecks. That being said, I'll try to live up to my usual snide and dismissive standards in reviewing Gavan Andersson's 2007 EP Youth in Asia. Let me establish independence right from the start by saying that the tired pun of the title, and the amatuerish-looking artwork on the cover of the CD, does nothing to inspire confidence in the quality of the music within. Before listening, one gets the impression of a jaded Vietnam vet with delusions of talent.

    One couldn't be more wrong. Gavan Andersson is a justly famous working guitarist who has played with many of the who's who of Australian rock. He currently tours with Andy Cowan, a blues man's gig to die for. This is his first solo recording, and his reputation alone makes it worth a listen. From the first slide notes of the first track Layin' The Rails, Andersson establishes firmly that his reputation is built on fact rather than hype. Tasty and restrained slide work dominates the track.

    The real surprise is that Andersson has a nice seen-it-all gritty mid-range blues voice, with the ability to deliver a line and pull you into the story of the song. The lyrics make it an odd mix. From words like “Tennant Creek” and “Oodnadatta” we know we are on an Australian rail-laying team, but the accent and style make it sound like an American rail-drivin' song. This kind of cross-cultural mix, reminiscent of the earlier days of Australian rock and blues, is evident on several tracks. No matter, it still works.

    The programmed drum tracks are jarring at first. On such a blues-laden recording, one almost expects the inimitable warmth of a real drummer with real feel. That being said, the drum tracks are tastefully done, wisely downplayed, minimal and unobtrusive. Although the album is competently recorded, it doesn't have the sheen and warmth of a top studio album, which is a pity because Andersson's performance deserves better.

    The second track shows a wider range, with a touch of Steely Dan in the sophisticated chordal structure, and a biting satire on the current parlous state of television. It's nicely set off with some well-judged sax work from Jimmy Sloggett. Tracks are generally uncluttered, going for groove and the odd tasty lick. These are blues ballads, providing a setting for the lyric rather than extended solos (though there are one or two very nice keyboard excursions). The third track Strangers Hands features some sprightly Hammond work from Andy Cowan.

    It should be noted that Andersson is not just a singer/guitarist. He plays not just banjo, mandolin and bass, but also has a nice harmonica style, and even makes the odd excursion on flute. It would be nice to hear more from this acerbic, knowing performer. He deserves top-notch production, real drums and above all a wider audience.

    (Peter Haydon - The Dues - MUA Online Magazine, July 2007)


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