Hello Sailor: When Your Lights are Out
By Simon Sweetman
The Liberation Blue Acoustic Series takes well known Kiwi and Aussie acts and provides the forum for them to revisit some of their finest moments acoustic-ly. These stripped back recreations are newly recorded and it may well be that some of the acts find a new audience thanks to this project. Hello Sailor were one of NZ’s finest musical prospects in the 1970s and 80s; quintessential bar-rockers with Dylan-esque quality to their story-song lyrics, and in front man Graham Brazier they had a viable successor to Jim Morrison’s crown. ‘When Your Lights Are Out’ is essentially an alternative greatest hits and there are some nice surprises. New Tattoo is transformed from a one-note rocker to a clever pop song of some subtlety; to think all it needed was a change of clothes! Of course Gutter Black will be known anew to any watchers of TVs Outrageous Fortune. And then there are gems Latin Lover and Blue Lady book ending this fine set list of pop-rock tunes. The band have continued to gig regularly over the years and are back on the road to commemorate this release with plenty to celebrate.