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The Great New Zealand Songbook (2CD + 100 Page Book)


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4.69% of people buy The Great New Zealand Songbook (2CD + 100 Page Book) and The Great New Zealand Cookbook ~ Hardback ~ Murray Thom.

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"Buy the CDs, pass on the book"
3 stars"
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The CDs really are a prerequisite for any self-respecting kiwi-music-lover.

However, in this case you're paying an extra $60 or so just for the book. Yes, it's kinda cool and gives good insight to the songs, but not worth how much extra you have to pay.

Having said that, I got it for a mate living overseas and it makes for a special gift if you want something more than just the double CD.

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"Disappointing in all areas"
2 stars"
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As an older person the songs are obviously recent ones and the songbook covers the recent period and therefore cannot claim to be a NZ Songbook. I purchased the book as a gift and the receiver was also diappointed.

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"No idea why your delivery staff left package behind my car rear "
1 stars"
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Can't understand why your delivery staff left my package on drive way behind my car rear tyre!! It's so dangerous to be crashed when I reverse my car next day or be taken by other people… Luckly, my family walked back from outside and found one package there around 7:05pm. I was at home 5:45–7:05pm, but no guy knocked at door and call me then, I think whatever he should leave customer package near by main door at least, rather than left customer package on their drive way especially dark comes after 6:00pm sundown…


This strictly limited deluxe set of 'The Great New Zealand Songbook' includes a 100-page journal of handwritten lyrics, photos and memorabilia, contributed by the artists themselves - the coolest Kiwi music coffee table book ever, and the music that goes with it!

After attending the Split Enz Vector Arena concert in March 2008, Murray Thom (the creator behind this unique project), turned to his son and said that they had just heard the "The Great New Zealand Songbook". That was the birth of a project, which from the outset, encapsulated more than just the music.

The final result is this two CD set, featuring 42 of New Zealand's favourite recording artists - including Split Enz, Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Supergroove, Bic Runga, Shihad, Dragon, Opshop, Evermore, Brooke Fraser, The Chills, Ladyhawke and many more, performing a selection of the best New Zealand music from the''Last Century' and 'This Century'.

The iconic front cover art of Charlie 'The Four Square Man' holding a guitar is an original work by acclaimed New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell and was commissioned specifically for this release.

Historically, the music business has had a strong link with great design. Double albums with gatefolds with the most incredible artwork and inner sleeves that told an entire story, along with complete lyrics from every track to read and appreciate; they really were works of art. It was with this in mind that each artist was approached to contribute handwritten lyrics, photos and memorabilia which is showcased in the 100-page hardback journal as a double page spread for each artist. It really is a treasure.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Tihore Mai - Moana & The Tribe
  2. Give It A Whirl - Split Enz
  3. Whaling - DD Smash
  4. Dominion Rd - The Muttonbirds
  5. Why Does Love Do This To Me- - The Exponents
  6. How Bizarre - OMC
  7. Taller Than God - Strawpeople
  8. April Sun In Cuba - Dragon
  9. Sinner - Neil Finn
  10. Break In The Weather - Jenny Morris
  11. Sitting Inside My Head - Supergroove
  12. Heavenly Pop Hit - The Chills
  13. Counting The Beat - The Swingers
  14. Nature - The Fourmyula
  15. Drive - Bic Runga
  16. Slice Of Heaven - Dave Dobbyn & Herbs
  17. Gutter Black - Hello Sailor
  18. Home Again - Shihad
  19. Venus - The Feelers
  20. For Today - Netherworld Dancing Toys
  21. Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House
Disc 2:
  1. Welcome Home - Dave Dobbyn
  2. Get Some Sleep - Bic Runga
  3. It's Too Late - Evermore
  4. No Ordinary Thing - Opshop
  5. Damn The River - The Phoenix Foundation
  6. Cool Me Down - The Black Seeds
  7. Arithmetic - Brooke Fraser
  8. Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane
  9. For A While - Stellar*
  10. Not Many - Scribe
  11. Bathe In The River - Hollie Smith
  12. Wandering Eye - Fat Freddy's Drop
  13. Swing - Savage
  14. Dreams In My Head - Anika Moa
  15. Out Of This World - Tim Finn
  16. Maybe Tomorrow - Goldenhorse
  17. Better To Be - Liam Finn
  18. My Delirium - Ladyhawke
  19. Sophie - Goodshirt
  20. Home - Annah Mac
  21. Pokarekare Ana - Margaret Urlich
Release date NZ
April 30th, 2009
Thom Music
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