Hi folks. Two weeks ago a big box full of off-air recordings of TV music shows turned up at the local tip recycling shop, mostly audio, but some video too. I rescued the tapes containing Australian material. The shows are Sounds Unlimited, Countdown, Don Lane, Reg Lindsay, Rock Arena, and Kulture Shock, and the tapes were recorded 1978-85. I think the most interesting recording is Sounds Unlimited from October 1978 because some of the announcements and at least one of the adverts are there as well as the music. Anyone know what's left of Sounds Unlimited in the archives?
This sounds VERY intriguing
Not a lot is left of Sounds Unlimited int he archives at all, most is destroyed
That's a great find. Audio is often more likely to survive than video but neither turn up very much, particularly 70's.
I do know that Donnie Sutherland was very disappointed to learn that almost all of Sounds was wiped at Channel 7. There are only a few episodes of his late night show - After Dark - remaining.
If you get in contact with Donnie he will be very pleased to know that something has survived. I am sure he would love a copy of whatever you have found.
Wow! Sounds fantastic.
Would defintely be worthwhile contacting the ABC/Rage to see what they can salvage.
Look forward to perhaps seeing some of the content aired next Rage retro month.
I can certainly help out in getting the audio tapes transferred if need be, I do that kind of work almost every day and have done so for many years.
Thanks. I should point out that the video tapes, containing an episode each of Rock Arena and Kulture Shock, date from 1984-5, the rest is on audio cassette. Nothing from Countdown before 1981, so no missing material there, I guess. The Sounds Unlimited/Sounds/Sounds Hits audio is from October 1978, May 1980, September 1981, and October 1981.
Sue, is it possible to get the video footage from you. I can pay you, please email me?!?!?!?!
A real shame there's no earlier Countdowns. What a find that would have been!
The Sounds stuff sounds fantastic. As someone suggested, I'm sure Donny Sutherland would love to have a look through them.
I'll be in touch with you via the email address on your posts and see what I can do in getting transfers done for you - recovering from an operation at the moment but will be in touch over the next fortnight :)
Oops, I've discovered that the first tape has "Rock Around The World", not "Rock Arena". That's what comes of checking stuff in fast play! There seems to be bits of three "Rock Arounds", and also stuff from "Freeze Frame".
I've checked through the October 1978 C60 cassette of "Sounds Unlimited", and it's all one show, with Graham Bonnet as the guest artist. He performs "Only You Can Lift Me" and "I Can't Complain", it's great, and the audience goes bonkers. There's a couple of adverts, one for Bette Midler's "Old Red Hair Is Back" ("9.30 Thursday on Channel 7!"), and the other for K-Tel's "Disco Fever". There's also a couple of Ol' 55 songs, perhaps these were studio performances too. The overall sound quality is rough but listenable, probably recorded by putting a mike in front of the TV speaker. Can anyone pin down the date of this show?
OMG, even better! Rock Around The World with Basia!!! Sue, PLEASE, I need to copy these!!!!!!
Jason, I can send you the VHS tapes themselves once I've copied the bits I'm interested in. There's three of them, nine hour's worth, all music-related, and mostly stuff from SBS.
Graham Bonnet was obviously very busy that day! Excellent research, Bob. Thanks!
Guru, do most of your TV Weeks list who's hosting Countdown? Anymore from the 70's episodes/hosts of the episodes that are wiped? Love to know who else hosted Countdown from the lost episodes.
Many Thanks for this.