Mark Williams, Greatest Hits (1977)
I missed the Mark Williams buzz – the first time around at least. I was there for the “comeback” – Show No Mercy and then fronting Dragon (he does a good job, it’s a tired old act now though, they’re a Tribute Act to Themselves, nothing more). I did catch up with the news that Williams was a big star. And there were radio staples I got to know – most obviously Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life. But he left New Zealand for the greener pastures of Australia – as many did back then. It was an impossible existence being any sort of star here, back then, in the mid-1970s. You were mocked for thinking you were something. You were adored on a creepy, mouth-breather-y, stalker level. There was no in-between – you were either too big for you boots, or someone wanted to lick your boots. Awful. And so he was gone. And this greatest hits comp covers the early wonder years. The recent Heed The Call album – a compilation of some of NZ’s shining moments in disco and soul from the 1970s – makes a bit of a call/cry for Williams. It was a nice reminder. Discogs tells me this goes for around $70 – someone told me recently they’d been looking for it for ages. Another guy I know had a copy for sale for $30 or $35. I picked this up for $2. Which makes me smug-af right now. No mercy shown.
Sample Track: A House For Sale
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