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Waves: an oral history, part 1


On Record Store Day in 2013, a long-overdue reissue of an album first released in 1975 by the Auckland band Waves finally hit record stores and online sites. When the self-titled album was originally issued it was embraced with considerable affection. It peaked at No.6 on the New Zealand album charts and the band were working on new material for their second album when industry machinations thwarted the band, resulting in Waves calling it a day in 1977.

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Waves: an oral history, part 2


Before recording their debut album, Waves had done the rounds and approached record labels, including the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic (WEA) conglomerate fronted by managing director Tim Murdoch. At that point Murdoch had been less than interested. After the band’s success on Direction Records, that changed. 

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