From time to time guest contributors come on board at Off The Tracks. The longest running is Jon McLeary’s Ghost of Electricity: War Stories a weekly series of guest posts that has been going for over two years now. There have been occasional guest posts by Jeremy Taylor of Slow Boat Records and Michael Ross via his Radio Nowhere column and there have been one or two one-off guest posts too.
I’m happy to welcome the latest guest columnist and I think it’s a fun topic too that should be of interest to readers here. Toby W. McWilliams will be writing a series of Retro Record Reviews. Toby’s main era/area of interest is music between 1965-1980. He might write about some albums that were recorded even early than 1960 and he might write about some that were released into the 1980s but that 15 year “classic rock” and “classic pop” space – taking in everything from the rise of hippie culture through disco and heavy metal and electronic music – is where so many of the classic albums came from.
Toby’s columns will include the well-known and some slightly obscure albums. Albums that are in your collection already and ones you might now be tempted to check out for the first time – or to hear with a fresh perspective.
Toby sent me one of his record reviews – it’s his hobby, his passion – and I wanted to get him on the board more regularly. So please join me in welcoming him to Off The Tracks. I hope you like his Retro Record Reviews. Debuting shortly here at offthetracks.co.nz.
Toby W. McWilliams is 14 years old and attends Western Springs High School in Auckland. His main interests are composing music and writing about music. Toby’s dad is musician Edmund Cake, and his mum is Auckland University lecturer and academic writer Amy West.