They were the hottest live band in Wellington in 1970, and in 1971 made fans up and down the two islands with their tour of universities, and they even made a well-received album, but just a few years later, Highway were already fading from memory.

The brief story of Highway didn’t re-emerge until NZ Listener critic Nick Bollinger included the self-titled Highway in his book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums (2009), after which it got its just deserts: a handsome CD reissue.

Highway: George Barris, Jim Lawrie, Phil Pritchard, George Limbidis and Bruce Sontgen
Photo credit: Jim Lawrie Collection
Highway: From left George Barris, Bruce Sontgen, George Limbidis, Jim Lawrie and Phil Pritchard.
Jim Lawrie with Highway
Highway at Monsalvat, Eltham, Victoria, September 1971: Phil Pritchard, Jim Lawrie, George Limbidis, Bruce Sontgen and George Barris
The 1971 self-titled Highway album
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Earlier in 1971 they recorded their only single, ‘The Time Is The Time’/’What You’re Doing To Me’, thoughtfully included on the reissue.

Their album was recorded in just two nights at Wellington’s HMV studios.


George Barris - guitar

Phil Pritchard - guitar

George Limbidis - bass

Jim Lawrie - drums

Bruce Sontgen - vocals

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