Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Auckland band the Embers had a residency at the Shiralee nightclub in the central city and were a go-to backing band for artists like Jimmy Sloggett, Ray Woolf, Lou and Simon and many others.
There was certainly considerable talent in their revolving door line-up. At various times the great guitarist Doug Jerebine (aka Jesse Harper), bassist Yuk Harrison (too many bands to mention, but notably the Brew later with Jerebine), pianist Mike Perjanik and producer Glyn Tucker (the Gremlins) moved through them.
As an instrumental band however their career – and the genre – skidded to a sudden halt when the Mersey sound arrived.
The re corded two albums, their self-titled debut in '63 and the posthumous The Embers Dig Doug (intended as a Jerebine solo album), both now released together on the Frenzy Music label.
That's where this track is lifted from, their second single (b/w The Man From Laramie, neither on the debut but on the collection).
It's fairly straight-ahead but polished and professional, and it's worth sticking around for the final flourish.
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