Music Review: Al Park Better Already — The Songs of Al Park

Al Park.
Al Park.

Christchurch has become a go-to destination for musicians for quite a while now. Well narrow that down to Lyttelton to be precise.

Even before Lyttelton became world famous, one name had already been established as a beacon and mentor for the next generation.

Al Park has been at the forefront of all things music out of Christchurch, in the halcyon days behind the counter at Echo Records while gigging endlessly around the city, and then opening Al's Bar which provided a home for fresh new bands and sounds.

On Better Already a bunch of today's luminaries pay tribute to the songwriting aspect of Al's life in music.

Jordan Luck, Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams, Adam Magrath, Barry Saunders and Helen Mulholland, and Janice Grey and Anita Clark demonstrate their affinity with the words and music gifted to them by Al.

All of the now established names in New Zealand music do more than justice to the songs that Al has crafted.

The level of musicianship is very high as they strut their stuff in Lyttelton's world famous Sitting Room studio.

Don't let this one fly under the radar. It's too good for that.

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