Nearly 2000 tracks from the archives of Stebbing’s are readily available on Spotify, in themed compilations. Digitised by Stebbing’s engineer Steve McGough, these include many rare tracks from the Stebbing, Zodiac and Key labels, featuring artists as diverse as Esme Stephens, Julian Lee, Mavis Rivers, and Johnny Granger from the 1950s, to recordings by Murray Grindlay, Hello Sailor, and Th’ Dudes in the 1970s. There are many unreleased tracks on the compilations, which are a musical treasure trove to explore.
Below are links to the Spotify compilations of the Zodiac and Key years; earlier collections from Stebbing are embedded at The Zodiac-Stebbing Archive Series page. Also on Spotify are complete albums by Key acts such as Th’ Dudes, Hello Sailor and the Inbetweens.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 1: Then Rock 'N Roll Hit New Zealand. Includes Herma Keil and the Keil Isles, Eddie Howell, the Bob Paris Combo, Red Hewitt, the Ray Woolf, Morgan Clarke, and Bill Sevesi.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 2: Polite Company. Includes the Kini Quartet, Bill & Boyd, Anne and Jimmy Murphy, Ray Woolf, Lou & Simon, and Eddie Howell.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 3: Kick Up Your Heels. Includes Rim D Paul, Jimmy Sloggett, Bob Paris, Fia Chaplin, Max Merritt & the Meteors, Eddie Howell.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 4: Raving At the Galaxie. While not live recordings, this is a knock-out compilation of bands that played at the Galaxie, among them the La De Da’s, the PleaZers, the Action! and the Underdogs (whose unreleased ‘I'm a Crosscut Saw’ is terrific).
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 5: Takin' It Easy at the Galaxie. More studio recordings from regulars at the Galaxie, including the La De Da’s, the PleaZers, the Action! and the Underdogs.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 6: Gentle Songs for Gentle People. Middle-of-the-road recordings by acts such as Rim D Paul, Esme Stephens, Claude Papesch, Nancy Harrie, and Peter Posa.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 7: Best of Toni Williams. A broad selection of tracks, including ‘Moon River’, Dylan’s ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’, and Williams’s 1975 hit written and produced by Peter Posa, ‘Rose Can I Share a Bed With You’.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 8: Māori Melodies. Includes the Howard Morrison Quartet, the Apaapa Sisters, the Kini Quartet, Ken Eru and His Geysertones, Kahu Morrison, and Lou & Simon.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 9: Drag Strip. Great rock’n’roll from Freddie Keil, Jimmy Sloggett, the Bob Paris Combo, Max Merritt & the Meteors, Red Hewitt & the Buccaneers, and the Keil Isles.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 10: For the Glamour. Lush pop from Rim D Paul, Tommy Adderley, Fia Chaplin, the André Lavalle Trio, Bill & Boyd, and Lou & Simon.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 11: Twang! Hits from the heyday of guitar instrumentals, with Peter Posa, Graeme Bartlett, Maurie Chan, Gary Bayer, Ben Tawhiti, and the Mystics.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 12: A Decent Life. Family friendly tracks by acts such as the Apaapa Sisters, Ray Woolf, Silvio De Pra, Owen Griffiths, Ray Woolf, and the Syncrotones.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 13: Psychedelic Summer. Take a day trip with Shane, Gene Pierson, the Hi-Revving Tongues, the Surfires, the Dallas Four, Troubled Mind, the Gremlins, and Sandy Edmonds.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 14: Rusty Greaves Sings. Early 60s country and western, with tracks such as ‘The Auctioneer’, ‘Mule Skinner Blues, ‘Hilly Billy Ding Dong Choo Choo’ and ‘She Taught Me to Yodel’.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 15: Novelty Numbers. Musical mirth in the gramophone era: ‘Down the Hall on Saturday Night’ by the Human Instinct, ‘The Kiwi Train’ by Rod Derrett, ‘I Love Onions’ by Sandy Edmonds, and ‘Daddy Sang Bass’ by Vision.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 16: Rave Up. Cut a rug with the Four Fours, Sandy Edmonds, the Rayders, the Gremlins, the Merseymen, the Mods, the New Sounds, and the Sierras.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 17: Love Is All I Need. Rockin’ romance from 60s acts such as Allison Durbin, Tommy Adderley, Sandy Edmonds, Freddie Keil, and Dave Miller with the Byrds.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 18: Super Good Feeling. Pop from the Yandall Sisters, the Face (with Mark Williams), Karma, the Arch, Gene Pierson, and TV newsman Tom Bradley.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 19: Tough Enough. Beat groups such as the Four Fours, the Sounds, Dave Miller and the Byrds, and the Soul Agents.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 20: Sixties Party. Rock’n’roll for a 60s teenage dance party: the Merseymen, the Freddie Keil Five, Bill & Boyd, and Ray Columbus and the Invaders’ ‘Long Tall Sally’.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 21: Untold Stories. Early 70s light rock from Fresh Air, Littlejohn, Murray Grindlay, the Tongues, and Hot Ash.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 22: Once Upon A Time. 1960s’ pick’n’mix from Sandy Edmonds, Tommy Adderley, Allison Durbin, Jimmy Sloggett, Yolande Gibson, and Max Cryer and the Children.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 23: Kids. A time machine to simpler days of the 1950s, with the Alderton Family, Athol Coates, Bill Langford – and 1ZB’s Merv Smith with ‘The Fell Engine’.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 24: Ku-Pow. Twanging guitar instrumentals collection, with Ray Columbus and the Invaders, Peter Posa, Gary Bayer, Graeme Bartlett
Zodiac Heritage Series,Volume 25: Songs in the Life of Key. Stebbing’s Jervois Road studio in its 70s heyday: Th’ Dudes, Headband, the Totals, Hello Sailor, Jacqui Fitzgerald, and Golden Harvest. Plus, a curiosity: Southern soul from visiting US singer Kim Tolliver.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 26: Beyond the Fields. Smooth easy-listening pop and country music from the late 60s and early 70s. Among its standouts are tracks from Toni Williams's 1969 LP Country Tracks, which features his velvet vibrato on hits songs of the period such as 'Little Green Apples' and 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix'. There are four rare Patsy Riggir songs, and several by the telegenic Yolande Gibson.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 27: Choral and Brass. To rock’n’roll ears, what New Zealand listened to when it was closed on Sundays. But recording Auckland choirs and brass bands was an important part of Stebbing’s business, and a community service.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 28: Souvenirs. Rarities from the 1960s, with the Keil Isles, the Kavaliers, Bob Paris, and others. Of special note, Rim D Paul’s ‘Theme from Inspector’, Bob Paris on vibes in ‘Rock for Lionel’, and a lovely rendition of ‘King Tawhiao’ by Danny Robinson with Ben Tawhiti and His Islanders.
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 29: Secret Love. Tommy Adderley’s mirror-image rendition of ‘It’s Not Unusual’ kicks off a collection strong on cover versions (Jimmie Sloggett’s Midnight Cowboy theme, Gray Bartlett’s ‘Thunderball’, the Raydars’ ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’)
Zodiac Heritage Series, Volume 30: Lipstick Power. Highlights the first solo recordings from Dave Dobbyn, after hours in Stebbing’s with producers Rob Aickin and Ian Morris. A celebration of Rob Aickin's later productions, Lipstick Power also features Broken Dolls (‘Joie de Vivre’), rock’n’roll revivalists The Teddy Boys, and vocal group Southern Transit.
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