Product Code: HSD 1032
Artist: Quincy Conserve
Origin: New Zealand
Label: EMI (1973)
Format: LP and 7"
Availability: In Stock
Condition:
Cover: VG+
Record: VG+
Genre: U

Tasteful

Very smart clean album with the 7" having minor marks housed in a good gloss cover showing minor shelf wear.

The Quincy Conserve was formed in Wellington in  late 1967 by Malcolm Hayman. Malcolm was an extremely talented musician who had  already been on the music scene for twelve years by that stage. Hayman was only 15 years old  when he arrived in Wellington in 1955 as a member of the Maori Hi Fives showband. The following year the singer-guitarist formed the Trademarks, long-time residents at the Mexicali, a  popular nightspot owned by American expatriate Harry Booth. The Trademarks were very popular, and after four years of constant playing, queues formed to  see them every time they played. Over the years, 30-odd musicians passed through  the ranks of the Trademarks, before Malcolm disbanded the group in 1961.  The Trademarks owed more than a little to the Maori showband tradition,  where Hayman had learnt his licks, but the group gave Wellingtonians their first  taste of rock'n'roll. One member of the Trademarks was Rodney "Dody"  Potter, who was later a member of the Keil Isles and Dallas Four.

Following the demise of the Trademarks, Malcolm  spent 18 months at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, followed by two  years on the Australian-Pacific cabaret circuit with a variety of bands. Malcolm  was a severe diabetic and in 1965, during a residency in New Caledonia, he came  down with tuberculosis, spending the next 14 months in a Noumea hospital. He  returned to Wellington in the middle of 1966 and formed a new band called the Soundells.

The Soundells had a  residency at the Downtown Club in Wellington and at the end of 1967 they were  enticed to go to Auckland to play there. They accepted the offer, but Malcolm  decided not to go. Now without a resident band at the Downtown Club, owner Roy  Young had enough faith in Malcolm to give him a budget to recruit, equip and  rehearse a new band for his club. Malcolm immediately tried the rhythm section  of Sounds Unlimited, who had just dissolved, but at rehearsals found that  they were not appropriate. He then started scouring the countryside, looking for  the best musicians, with a promise of a regular gig and a steady wage.

Malcolm recruited bass player Dave Orams from the Underdogs, keyboardist Rufus Rehu from the Quin Tikis, another previous member of Sounds Unlimited, saxophonist  Johnny McCormick, and an inexperienced saxophonist, Dennis Mason. On drums was  Bryan Beauchamp, from Bari and the Breakaways,  but he was quickly replaced by another former Quin Tikis, Earl Anderson.

Rehearsals over, the Quincy Conserve debuted at the Downtown  Club in February 1968. They were one of the most talented and professional  groups to appear on the New Zealand music scene in the late sixties. They were  Wellington's first 'supergroup'. Ria Kerekere returned from the Soundells to provide some vocals for a little  while, and not long after they got going, Earl Anderson came down with hepatitis  and was replaced by Raice McLeod.