The Mutton Birds: Flcok
By Emma Philpott
From more than a decade of songwriting, this best of collection also documents flight path of the Birds, from 1990's Dominion Road (used as an audition song for potental drummers in Auckland) through tours of Australasia and relocation to Europe and to key songwriter Don McGlashan's return to New Zealand. Intricately laid out liner notes create a potted history with anecdotes, photos and scraps of set lists held together by McGlashan's wry humour. There is one new track, a cover of the Sneaky Feelings song Not to Take Sides, recorded somewhat appropriately with band members on both sides of the world after the group's submission in the late '90s. While the very familiar Dominion Road, Nature and Anchor Me are among the 18 songs featured here it's the less well known pop songs which are the treats. With a slice of New Zealand in all of them this is an album that should be sent overseas to bring back OEers.