Ross Ryan and Spectrum at the Trades Hall Bar

By • Jun 24th, 2007 • Category: Australian, Music, Through The Past Darkly

Ross Ryan AND Spectrum, that’s what the email read.
CD Launch. OK?
At a bar… where do I sign.

Seriously though, how often do you get to spend an evening with two of your old favourite acts and a bunch of friends. I also finally picked up a small digital recorder that I had been reading about for months and thought this would be the perfect excuse er opportunity to use it.

Ross was first up and accompanied by Nicolas Lyon (fiddle and bass) and Ken Stephenson (guitars, banjo, mandolin, any bloody thing with strings on it) who was having a great old time with short sharp succinct lead breaks and tasty discreet backings (Ian and I decided we hate him… Just kidding Ken).

Ross did a selection of material from the re-released “My Name Means Horse” album sprinkled through the set, 606, Orchestra Ladies and the infamous “horse song” I Am Pegasus as well as some more recent material, he even played “Chase The Ghosts Away” which is one of my favourite tracks and with Ken playing on the banjo it was pretty damn fine. The set was a bit loose and the guitar was was too far down in the mix for my taste, but a good time was had by all.

Here is Ross Ryan and Co. playing “Where Are You Now” recorded live at The Trades Hall Bar on my new toy.

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They hijacked Robbo to play drums and it rockets along at the end.

This brings us to the Spectrum part of the evening. Spectrum have re-released (after 30 something years) their “Part One” album. The Spectrum line-up for the night was Mike Rudd (vocals, guitars, harmonica), Bill Putt (bass guitar), Peter ‘Robbo’ Robertson (drums) and Daryl Roberts (keyboards) and was everybit as good as the original 30 years ago. We were treated to songs like I’ll Be Gone, Esmeralda, Some Good Advice, We Are Indelible, Launching Place, Fly Without Its Wings, Superbody, and Its A Shame also recorded live at The Trades Hall Bar on my new toy.

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Spectrum at Trades Hall Bar

My favourite memories (or whatever I am passing off for memories.. imagined urban legends?) of Spectrum all seem to revolve around Carlton and Fitzroy. The very best night I saw them play was at a Melbourne Uni Student Building Gig (it must have been around 1972(?) before the antiwar occupation, it was a small crowd and they were just amazing, they truly ripped my head off. Of course in Fitzroy the fabled TF Much Ballrooms, I wish I could remember more. And to round off the evening we had Hugh McSpedden supply an era appropriate lightshow , the only thing that was missing was the smoke machine. Come to think of it, the other thing missing was the “smoke”.

So did I have a good night? You bet.
Should you go and pickup a copy of the CD’s. You bet.
Do I like my new Zoom H4 recorder… oh yes, it’s amazing. (There is a related post at Thatchspace)

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  1. Um, yes, sorry about the mix! Mike insisted on using his own PA instead of the in-house one, so it was one of those “move the faders, run to the back of the room to check the sound, run back and adjust, run to the back to check…” – I think you get the picture!

    Listening back to your Zoom H4 recording (nice box!) I agree about the guitar being too low. Bummer. I was too stoned to care by then, but that’s what you get for using a deaf sound engineer 🙂

    Sorry I missed you & Jools at the show.

  2. Ah yes the “sneaker” mix. They are always fun. Sorry I missed you as well, Ross said you had already left when I caught up with him after the show.

    I had a good night. And Yes, the Zoom H4 really is a cute toy.

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