Various: Channel Z Presents the Coleman Sessions
By Claire Nelson
The Coleman Sessions first began as a series of simple live recordings in the radio station studio before moving on to York Street Recording Studios. They have been good radio and this compilation is appropriate - a line-up of some of the country's best acts playing their songs the way they were meant to be played. Some stick to the trusty formula of those tunes we know and love, others play outside the square and give a gutsy, fun performance you would only hear at a live gig. Certain bands sound better in a live environment, and Pluto prove this, giving their much-loved Stick With It a chance to stretch its legs. Pacifier's (well John Toogood's) acoustic version of Run has already got people raving and this album is worth it for those and Goldenhorse's gem, Describing Song alone. Alongside the usual radio favourites like the Feelers, Tadpole and Elemeno P, you can find Sommerset, Jester, P-Money and the Black Seeds strutting their stuff on this all-round satisfying compilation. You can't help but feel there was a lot of fun involved in making this - all for the love of bloody good NZ music.