Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Label: Aztec Music
Aztec Records presents the first comprehensive career overview of Brisbane-born entertainer ROSS D. WYLLIE. The Complete Collection compiles all the singles Wyllie recorded for Sunshine, Festival and Fable records between 1967 and 1972 - including the classic #1 hit 'The Star' written by Johnny Young - and adds two previously unreleased live recordings from Festival Hall in 1994. Other memorable highlights on this engaging compilation include Wyllie's versions of Young's 'My Little Girl' and 'Do the Uptight', Brian Peacock's 'Smile', Ray Stevens' 'Funny Man' and Randy Newman's 'He Gives Us All His Love'. All are classy pop productions that still enthral to this day.
Wyllie came to prominence in 1967 as the exuberant comp re for the iconic and fondly remembered pop show Uptight, a weekly three-hour music series screened on ATV Channel O in Melbourne. Alongside The Go!! Show - and long before the ABC's Countdown set a new benchmark during the 1970s - Uptight was the show to watch, featuring many of Australia's greatest stars of the 1960s pop scene.
Wyllie was also at the forefront as a recording artist, making an indelible impact in October 1969 when he took 'The Star' all the way to #1 around the country. Johnny Young was a hot song writer at the time, with Russell Morris having taken his song 'The Real Thing' to #1 the previous May. 'The Star' was a dramatic ballad elevated by a soaring string arrangement from John Farrar (who went on to work with Olivia Newton-John, Hank Marvin and Cliff Richard).
Re-mastered by Gil Matthews. Packaged in a deluxe digi-pak and 20 page booklet with liner notes and rare photos.