Coalrangers: The Harbour Light Sessions
By Mike Moroney
Each December for the past seven years, the Coalrangers have gathered from both sides of the Southern Alps to play their annual 'Office Christmas Party' - a concert and night of dancing at the Harbour Light Theatre in Lyttleton. This is a selection of tracks recorded at these sessions, including four new originals from the 2002 gig. The Coalrangers are a South Island institution, a fantastic country rock band spanning two generations. Long before their appearance in the movie Magic and Rose, their Karamea Cowboy was a NZ country classic. There's a stoical Coaster feel to everything they touch and even their cowboy-reggae numbers are not out of place here. From the opening bars of Callin', there's a distinct sense that there is a solid history behind this band. Guest appearances from Dave Maybee and Paddy Long sit perfectly in the mix. If you don't have a Coalrangers CD in your collection, this is a good place to start. And if you do, you'll definitely want this one too!