|MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975||Record Labels|
Date: ca. 1969 - ca. 1972
Ownership: Gus McNeil
Production / distribution: Festival
The shortlived Generation label was established in 1969 by singer, publisher and producer Gus McNeil, former lead singer with '60s Sydney band Gus & The Nomads and The Artist Formerly Known As "The Wild Man of Sydney Rock". Gus also established the influential independent publishing house Cellar Music, whose roster included Greg Quill and Mike Rudd.
As far as is known, Generation issued only seven singles and at least one LP -- its numbering (GE-004) suggests earlier releases, but these are yet to be identified. The inaugural release in 1971 was the only single by Sydney band Aesop's Fables.
Generation's best known and most sigificant releases were the two singles and the LP by legendary Melbourne band Company Caine. Their debut LP was subsequently re-issued (in remixed form) in 1975 on McNeil's shortlived Real label. Never officially re-released on CD and consequently much bootlegged, the legendary Product has become one of the most celebrated and collectible albums of the period and original copies now change hands for large sums.
The only other known Generation releases were by ex-Aesop's Fables guitarist Les Stacpool, Happening '71 host Jeff Phillips and solo artist Al Head, who scored a minor hit with "Oh Mamy Blue".
|GE-001||Feb. 1971||Aesop's Fables||'Little Yellow Pills"
|GE-002||Sep. 1971||Company Caine||"Trixie Stonewells Wayward Home For Young Women"
"It's Up To You"
|GE-003||1971||Jeff Philips||"Movement Of Love"
|GE-004||1971||Al Head||"Oh Mamy Blue"
|GE-005||Nov. 1971||Les Stacpool||"Down by the River"
"Don't Go Away"
|GE-006||1971||Company Caine||"Dear Carolyn"
"Now I'm Together"
|GE-007||1972||Al Head||"Walk The World Away"
|GELP-004||Nov. 1971||Company Caine||A Product Of A Broken Reality|
References / Links
Thanks to David Tresize for the label image
Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares: Australia (Borderline Books, 1995)