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Dubbo, a large provincial city in New South Wales, Australia, provided one exception to the rule that most bands in Australia originate from the large state capitals. Perhaps this helps to explain the Reels, whose musical direction has been erratic, however brilliant. Based around Dave Mason (vocals) and Colin ‘Polly’ Newman (keyboards/saxophone) with Paul Abrahams (bass), John Bliss (drums) and Craig Hooper (guitar), the band was the first to utilize backing tapes, organize a national tour by train and to do a show based solely on requests, gathered by the band before the show. The band began as a quirky post new wave outfit achieving notice with the single and album ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ which remains their outstanding song. National success came with an album of MOR covers, Beautiful, marketed by the K-Tel label on television, but by 1978 the band was reduced to a duo, performing with backing sequencers and a computer. Their 1988 album consisted entirely of covers of well-known Australian bands. The band’s two homeland hit singles have been a straight cover of Burt Bacharach’s ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ in 1982 and a slow whimsical version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ in 1986.
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Track List: Beautiful

1. This Guy's In Love (With You)

2. Where Is The Love

3. True Love

4. Prefab Heart

5. La Mer

6. Cry

7. Return

8. Chinese Song

9. Last Night (I Didn't Get To Sleep)

10. Science Is Golden

11. He'll Have To Go

12. The Last Waltz

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Track List: Quasimodo's Dream

1. Quasimodo's Dream

2. Shout And Deliver

3. After The News

4. According To My Heart

5. Depression

6. Colorful Clothes

7. For All We Know

8. Media Themes: Smokey Dawson Show, Rupert Murdoch, Ohira Tour

9. Cancer

10. Dubbo Go Go

11. Kitchen Man

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Track List: Reelin'

1. Mess O'Blues

2. Luxury

3. Reelin'

4. Hiway

5. Baby Get Back To Me

6. Wish Ya Woulda'Tol'Me

7. If You Don't Want Me

8. One More Heartache

9. Baby Please Don't Go

10. Can't Catch Up With Myself

11. Not To Worry

12. Could Be Love

13. See You Soon

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One of Australia’s most respected pop bands of the ’80s with their origins in country New South Wales city of Dubbo, playing music meant appealing to a broad cross section of the community.

Early musical influences ranged from Steely Dan to Burt Bacharach not easily evident on their 1st two albums which saw the bands musical prowess mixed with current trends of 80s new wave pop. The stand out single being ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ voted by APRA in the top 10 most influential song

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