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The Rootin' Tootin' Luton tracks:

Hermit McDermitt; I See Red; Next Exit; Semi-Detached; Hypnotised; Marooned; Carried Away; Serge (Late In Rome); Frenzy; Evelyn; Betty; Message Boy; She Got Body..;Mind Over Matter; Hollow Victory; Famous People; Holy Smoke; Miss Hap; Straight Talk; Home Comforts; Animal Lover; Remember When; Abu Dhabi; Livin' it Up

These are the songs on a recording labelled "Luton" lent to me by Mike Chunn.

Some of these recordings were released on B-sides and various compilations.
Other songs were performed live in '77-'79 but weren't released on record.

Someday someone at Mushroom (or Raven?) will recognize the musical value of these great recordings and finally release the Luton album.

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Jeremy's dead right when he said perhaps somebody at Raven might have recognised the value of re-releasing some or all of the Rootin' Tootin' Luton sessions. I would have thought Other Enz was the perfect opportunity, and I was sure that some Luton material would appear there.

So it's kind of a shame that it didn't, although I'd rather have Other Enz than not.

Is there a bootleg out there with the Luton demos on there? I'd love a copy! I've since tried looking for the demos on Napster but to no avail. Nevermind.
I didn't realise Mind over matter was a Split Enz song - I got a live version by Crowded House off Napster. I thought it was an unreleased Ch tune, but listening to it now I can definitely tell it's a Split Enz tune.
The original Canadian release of Frenzy (on vinyl and tape) is almost half made up of Luton tracks. I believe the following are all from the Luton sessions:

Hermit McDermitt
Holy Smoke
Semi Detached
Carried Away
Mind Over Matter
Livin' It Up

I'm not sure if this was Canadian-only or if the US edition also had these.

Now that I think about it, I should make MP3s of these before my tape breaks and I lose these... :-/


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