Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The Seekers Farewell The Golden Jubilee Australian Farewell Tour 2013

Album: The Seekers Farewell 

The Golden Jubilee Australian Farewell Tour 2013



Artist: The Seekers

Label: Decca Records


9/10

The Seekers are a very well loved band both in Australia and all over the world. The longevity of their music lies in catchy tunes and boundless optimism. This is music designed to lift your spirits and unashamedly so. No wonder they are still regarded as music royalty and the tributes and praise from stars such as Olivia Newton-John have come flooding in for this album.  At the forefront of the album as always, there is the voice of Judith Durham. This is the voice of a strong woman with a distinctive and pure pitch with its vocal roots in jazz as well as folk. 

The Iconic 60's hit, 'Georgy Girl' effortlessly invokes the spirit of The Sixties and the equally classic 'The Carnival is Over' tugs at a certain nostalgia for a carefree time. Both of these hits were penned by Tom Springfield (Dusty's brother)
The Seekers talent is their ability to take folk music to a whole new level. When you are listening to their hits you are transported back to an era of Flower Power and a happy sixties vibration. Whatever your taste in music you can't help but have a deep respect for The Seekers as they competed for chart hits alongside the Beatles and The Rolling Stones throughout this prolific time in music. 

The stand out track for me on this album is 'I am Australian'



'I came from the dream-time
From the dusty red-soil plains
I am the ancient heart
The keeper of the flame
I stood upon the rocky shores
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I've been
The first Australian
I came upon the prison ship
Bowed down by iron chains
I bought the land, endured the lash
And waited for the rains
I'm a settler, I'm a farmer's wife
On a dry and barren run
A convict, then a free man
I became Australian
I'm the daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman 
On the long and dusty road
I'm a child of the Depression
I saw the good times come
I'm a bushie, I'm a battler
I am Australian
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth, we come
We'll share a dream and sing with one voice
"I am, you are, we are Australian"
This is just an extract of the full lyrics by Songwriters Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton. The lyrics stirred my senses, I felt proud of Australia and I am not even Australian! 

This particular live album captures the audience love and enthusiasm for the band and creates a beautiful atmosphere. Fans will be delighted by this Golden Jubilee album.

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