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CD1 : Songs From The Living Room -- Buy here
WELLINGTON HEADS: Songs From The Living Room This is a fun, well presented offering featuring three musicians who "boast a proud musical pedigree" according to their bio. Neil worboys, Geoff Keith and Bill Wood are all instrumentalists, vocalists and songwriters of impressive standing who have been playing around Wellington for past 5 years. This disc, recorded at Wellington's Braeburn Studios, is a blend of rock, blues, folks, jazz and rock 'n' roll. There's lots of great guitaring, loads of great guitaring, loads of vocal harmonies and energy to spare! Joined by drummer Kieran Monaghan (and Bredan Davies-Patrick on two tracks), Wellington Heads sound like they know what they're doing and are having the times of their lives. The name of the CD was chosen as that was where the songs developed. It's refreshing to hear mature musicians playing with intensity of a teenage garage band but with finesse and style. The 11 original songs are well written, well recorded and well performed. Check them out next time you're in the Capital Available from Slowboat Records and Smoke CDs or c/160 Britomart St, Berhampore, Wellington. Peter Dent - New Zealand Musician (VOL 9 NO. 6 JUNE/JULY 2001.)
CD2 : Spin the Same -- Buy here
The Wellington Heads second album "Spin the Same"
Engineered and produced by Marcus Wilson and the Wellington Heads, this new album is a collection of "blue jazz" music recorded live to tape using vintage recording gear. Mostly originals, the music was recorded in two Wellington locations: Elizabeth St Chapel, a large old central city church, and at Breaker Bay Hall, right on the southern coast. Particular effort was made to capture not just the unique nature of the Wellington Heads music, but also the atmosphere of each of the venues. The music recorded this way encompasses the variety of line-ups of the band: from the quiet, intimate 3-piece of Neil, Geoff and Bill, through to the 6-piece line-up with additional members Nick van Dijk (trumpet, trombone), Damien Furlong (trombone) and Greg Harrison (drums), and all points in between.
CD3: Midnight Down in the Jungle -- Buy here
WELLINGTON HEADS: Midnight Down in the Jungle.
New Zealand Musician Vol. 12 No. 9 June/July 2006
A full-on R&B opening track heralds a great album. These are a collection of original songs by vocalist and guitarist Neil Worboys, multi-instrumentalist Bill Wood, and bassist Geoff Keith. The album was recorded using vintage analogue gear, and may sound even better for it. Not too many tracks in and Im thinking Tom Waits not just for the sounds but for the diversity of styles and arrangements as well. Nice fat guitar sounds and punchy horns keep the vibrancy level high as we move through swing numbers and even some approaching rockabilly. The playing is slick and the band is tight, trumpeter Michael Taylor contributes some great horn arrangements (trumpet, sax and trombone). As good as this album is, you just know they're going to sound so much better live. - Mike Moroney
Review-NZ Musician Vol 15 No. 1 June/July 2009
By Bing Turkby
Smoky bluesy jazz (and more) from a core trio of accomplished Wellington musicians, with various talented friends roped in to add pizzazz. In just the first three tracks you get an idea of the scope of the songwriting skills of the core members Neil Worboys, Bill Wood and Geoff Keith. It goes from Calloway-style scat, a brisk rhythm and hot guitar and sax solos, to ‘baby-done-left-me’ slow blues territory, and then into a doo-wop intro and the big band swing feel of Hot Blue Jazz. The album is divided into sides one and two, complete with vinyl-meets-needle crackle at the start and finish. The band felt they had two strong sets to present and I agree. The end of Side 2 is an eerie ’60s country-pop number where the narrator’s lover takes off with a trombone player from the Manawatu. Crikey, that’s pretty specific! I’m off home to hide my horn (as it were…). The song has a great Some Velvet Morning atmosphere with haunting horns and tremolo guitar. In The Palace of Dreams is all Italian lounge, complete with what I assume are actual Italian lyrics, and not just a collage of words like ‘paparazzi’. Dreamy trumpet solos intertwine with wispy slide guitar. Alan Norman takes a Louisiana-style accordion solo on Over This Line – bravo! And what a beautifully anguished sax solo on the Waits-esque title track – I think that’s Jabin Ward. The playing here is top-level at all times, the Heads sound like they would indeed show you a great night on the town.