MILTOWN STOWAWAYS – Strong and True 1983

One of the great, if slightly weird, New Zild songs from the first half of the 1980s.

Some would call it a golden era for NZ Music, a lot of time time it was more a rather grubby yellow colour, though that grubbiness was despite rather than because of the music.

This is a lovely mix of styles – jazz, ska/reggae, and a hint of Stax-Volt soul.

And that vocal! There is something very ‘strong Kiwi sheila’ about the contralto – is that the right term? – tones of the lead singer.

This came out around mid-1983. Picked up the EP in the Whakatane rekkid store, use to play it on Saturday mornings while I washed my work shirts in a bucket.

Happy days.

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