Alan Galbraith Profile

Simon Grigg
26 Jan 2018

In the 1960s New Zealand recording studios embraced the art of record production for the first time. Prior to that, records in New Zealand were largely made on rudimentary equipment by recording engineers whose primary role was to balance the sounds made by musicians in the studio.

However, dedicated producers such as John Hawkins at Zodiac, Wahanui Wynyard at Astor, Viking’s Ron Dalton and Jimmie Sloggett from James Productions (all in Auckland) helped revolutionise the recording process, inspired in large part by people like Joe Meek, George Martin, Phil Spector, the Motown producers and Shel Tamly. In Wellington the changes were driven by the UK-owned HMV company, whose management underwrote a team of fulltime in-house producers from 1965 onwards and equipped these increasingly skilled men with more and more sophisticated studios, where they created a decade of finely honed pop music which the nation purchased in substantial quantities. Many of their artists became household names as part of a thriving singles-driven pop industry, the equal of which New Zealand has not seen. Indeed, the recordings from the HMV and, later, EMI studios in Wakefield Street and Lower Hutt still stand as some of the perfectly realised recordings ever made in New Zealand.

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The Real Thing: Alan Galbraith (rear) and Ken Murphy
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Alan Galbraith in HMV's studio on his first day as a full-time producer in 1970
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The Real Thing: Alan Galbraith and Ken Murphy
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A newspaper clip after winning Studio One in 1971
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Playdate magazine, July 1966 - Mr. Lee Grant's new solo career and Alan Galbraith joins Sounds Unlimited
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An EMI publicity shot for the 1974 single 'Homburg' with the new ARP synth front left.
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Producer Alan Galbraith, Clive Cockburn (ex-The Avengers) and Dave Hurley, 2016
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The first Alan Galbraith songwriting credit to appear on a release, as the B-side to The Avengers' 'Love-Hate-Revenge' in 1968.
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Mark Williams - Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life (live, 1981)
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Alan with FoxBox Guitars.
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A starring role for Alan Galbraith in NZ’s first rock opera, Jenifer, in 1971.
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A 1960s HMV publicity shot
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Alan Galbraith with Alastair Riddell and US producer John Boylan during John’s lecture visit to NZ 1974.
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Sounds Unlimited: Paddy Beach, Reno Tehei, Mike Findlay, Johnny McCormick, Bernie Findlay and Alan Galbraith
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Mark Williams - It Doesn't Matter Anymore (1977)
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Sounds Unlimited: Bernie Findlay, Paddy Beech, Mike Findlay, Johnny McCormick, Alan Galbraith, Reno Tehei.
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The Silhouettes (L to r: Ian Mills, Alan Galbraith, Gary Stewart, Dick Brough) 1964
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Alan Galbraith in the studio with Highway, 1971
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The last lineup of The Silhouettes with Dave Hurley, soon to join The Breakaways, drafted in to replace Dick Brough for Summer Season 1965.
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Sounds Unlimited aboard the luxury cruise liner Ellinis, bound for London
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The Tone Rangers: Jeff Kennedy, Al Fergus, Diana Beaufort, Alan Galbraith and Simon Morris in 2005
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Alan Galbraith performs with The Avengers at Ali Baba's, Cuba Street, Wellington.
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The Real Thing publicity flyer from the Galaxie in Auckland.
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Alan Galbraith - Courtenay Place - from the album Silverfox, directed by Peter Avery, shot by Waka Attewell, edited by Matt Grindlay.
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Composer Alan Galbraith and arranger Brian Hands with the tape of 'The Old Man' after the song had won the NZBC’s Studio One songwriting competition in 1970.
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Alan Galbraith with his first "real" guitar circa 1964
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The first credit "Produced by Alan Galbraith" to appear on a record, in 1969 from Wellington soul band, The Wedge.
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Alan Galbraith signing his producer contracts with Annie Whittle and Mark Williams at EMI 1975.
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Burning bridges! The interview with Alan Galbraith about EMI, 1972.
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HMV recording artist Alan Galbraith all a-frill circa 1970
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Alan Galbraith in a publicity shot for P&O Shipping Lines before setting sail on The Southern Cross to the UK, 1972.
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Alan Galbraith performing at Wellington's The Place, circa 1966.
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Rockinghorse - Thru the Southern Moonlight (1974)
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Sounds Unlimited aboard the luxury cruise liner Ellinis, bound for London. The new band was (rear) Ben Kaika on bass, Paddy Beach, (front) Johnny McCormick, Alan Galbraith, Reno Tehei.
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Cover shot for the Silverfox album, 2010
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Alan Galbraith recording lap steel guitar in an alley, Wellington 2010
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Dale Wrightson and Alan Galbraith performing The Shadows at the Mandalay Ballroom in the 1980s.
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