Highway Profile

Gary Steel
25 Aug 2013

They were the hottest live band in Wellington in 1970, and in 1971 made fans up and down the two islands with their tour of universities, and they even made an album, but just a few years later, Highway were already an obscure memory, their record remaindered for $1.99 in superette bargain bins.

The brief story of Highway didn’t re-emerge until NZ Listener critic Nick Bollinger included the self-titled Highway in his book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums (2009), after which it got its just deserts: a handsome CD reissue.

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The 1971 self-titled Highway album
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Listen To The Band
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Highway at Monsalvat, Eltham, Victoria, September 1971: Phil Pritchard, Jim Lawrie, George Limbidis, Bruce Sontgen and George Barris
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Highway: George Barris, Jim Lawrie, Phil Pritchard, George Limbidis and Bruce Sontgen
Photo credit: Jim Lawrie Collection
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Jim Lawrie with Highway
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Highway: From left George Barris, Bruce Sontgen, George Limbidis, Jim Laurie and Phil Pritchard
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Members:

George Barris - guitar

Phil Pritchard - guitar

George Limbidis - bass

Jim Lawrie - drums

Bruce Sontgen - vocals

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Trivia:

Earlier in 1971 they recorded their only single, ‘The Time Is The Time’/’What You’re Doing To Me’, thoughtfully included on the reissue.

Their album was recorded in just two nights at Wellington’s HMV studios.