Ayers Rock - Big Red Rock

Legendary 1974 Album Remastered + Bonus Tracks on CD

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Big Red Rock is the debut album by Australian jazz fusion and progressive rock band Ayers Rock, originally released in November 1974 via Mushroom Records.

Ayers Rock, an Australian jazz fusion and progressive rock band formed in 1973, were one of the first bands to sign with Australian independent label Mushroom Records.

Big Red Rock was recorded in one, live-in-the-studio session at Armstrong Studios, Melbourne in September 1974. Mark Kennedy told Margaret MacIntyre of Rolling Stone Australia, "Doing the album live was an experiment really and it seemed to work."

Despite the brief nature of the recording, the band was well prepared and the album stands as a fine example of musical skill and technique combined with song writing brilliance. This is where jazzy pop and blues rock textures meet jazz rock explorations and trippy soundscapes, where the band’s sound coalesced into a cogent whole.

Ayers Rock could move from one style to the next with consummate ease. From the silky, jazzy pop of Lady Montego (issued as a single), into the tough blues rock of Nostalgic Blues which glides into the Frank Zappa Hot Rats styled jazz rock of Crazy Boys and onto the jazz fusion magnificence of their version of Weather Report’s Boogie Woogie Waltz.

The band also explored trippy soundscapes in the evocative title track Big Red Rock where treated sax solos and wah-wah guitar emulated the didgeridoo, calling to mind the vast, forbidding landscape of the Red Centre.

The album was released via Mushroom Records in Australia and their manager Michael Gudinski visited the US to promote his roster of talent and managed to get Ayers Rock signed to A&M Records, resulting in the Big Red Rock being released in the US and UK on this label. The band toured the US playing to large crowds and this helped pave the way for the next wave of Australian Rock Bands to break into the US market.

The members of Ayers Rock that recorded this album were:

  • Chris Brown – guitars, vocals
  • Jimmy Doyle – guitars
  • Duncan McGuire – bass
  • Mark Kennedy – drums
  • Col Loughnan – saxophones, flutes and keyboards

The album peaked at #32 on the Australian Albums charts.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Lady Montego , Goin’ Home , Crazy Boys , Nostalgic Blues , Big Red Rock and Boogie Woogie Waltz.

This Compact Disc is an Aztec Records reissue of the original album with 5 bonus tracks, housed in a deluxe digipak, featuring digital remastered audio by Gil Matthews and colour booklet with liner notes by Ian McFarlane, pressed in Australia.








Lady Montego



Talkin' 'Bout You



Goin' Home



Crazy Boys - The Hamburger Song



Nostalgic Blues



Big Red Rock



Boogie Woogie Waltz



Get Out To The Country



Bonus Tracks Non-LP Singles:


Rock 'n' Roll Fight (Going On)



Sorrowful Eyes


Live Bonus Tracks:


Morning Magic (Sunbury 1974)



Boogie Woogie Waltz (Reefer Cabaret 1975)



Gimme Shelter (Reefer Cabaret 1975)


SKU 0934334403919
Record Label Aztec Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number AVSCD075
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 11 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 November 1974
Barcode # 0934334403919
Shipping Weight 0.0900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition CD, Remastered Audio, Bonus Tracks, Deluxe Digipak, Colour Booklet, Remastered by Gil Matthews
Format CD
Genre Rock
Genre Jazz
Genre Jazz Rock
Genre Progressive Rock

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