It began simply. I wanted to write a post about how under-appreciated Peter Allen is as a songwriter, with particular emphasis on his early balladeer stuff, but I hadn’t heard much of it. So, I thought, I’d better check out the albums he made in the early 1970s, just in case they’re lousy. Should be easy to find them, right? Peter Allen is a pretty significant artist in Australian annals, and he had a couple of major hits in the USA as both performer and songwriter. Plus there’s that musical. So I ought to have little trouble hunting down his early albums.
Nothing on itunes except compilations and that musical. Ooh, a karaoke version!
Not much on amazon either. A lot of compilations, and that musical. Oh, there’s I Could Have Been a Sailor. And his first self-titled effort. But where’s Tenterfield Saddler? I really want to hear that album Tenterfield Saddler.
I could find some blogger who’s posted it for download, or go to some Russian website of dubious legality, but I want to hold it in my hands. eBay?
Wait, I work casually at 666 ABC, and there’s a huge record library there! Into the car, kids!
What do you mean the online catalogue is undergoing scheduled maintenance? That’s unAustralian! I’ll never find a specific album in that huge bloody collection.
Hmm-hm-hum-hm, shush kids, I won’t be much longer, hm-hm-not-the-boy-next-door. Ah …
Now, in a perfect world, there would be an inner sleeve with rustic artwork depicting the actual Tenterfield saddlery …
But wait, there’s no LP in this sleeve! The LP is in this other sleeve!
What the hell? Jeff Porcaro? Bi-Coastal? I Still Call Australia Home? Where is Tenterfield Saddler, dammit? Let’s look at the actual LP …
At last. I had read on the wikipedia entry that Allen’s original albums are hard to find. Wikipedia wasn’t kidding.
A review will follow.