Essential New Zealand Albums

Music critic Nick Bollinger has spent thousands of hours listening to hundreds of albums over many years. Here he presents a selection of the very best records from Aotearoa.

Nick Bollinger's Essential NZ Albums

7:35 PM.Nick pops into the studio to explain what makes an essential New Zealand album ahead of his radio series.

Essential NZ Albums: Proud - An Urban-Pacific Streetsoul Compilation

4:10 PM.Proud was a 1994 compilation of South Auckland artists and it paved the way for OMC's worldwide hit, 'How Bizarre'. Nick Bollinger talks to Proud's producer Alan Jansson.

Essential NZ Albums: Split Enz - Mental Notes

4:06 PM.Though Split Enz made many successful records, they never made another as disturbingly brilliant as their debut Mental Notes. In this episode of Essential New Zealand Albums music critic Nick Bollinger discusses this landmark 1975 release.

Essential NZ Albums: Goldenhorse - Riverhead

11:55 PM.Goldenhorse reached number one in New Zealand with their first album - but not until two years after it was released. Nick Bollinger discusses this local classic, and speaks to Goldenhorse founder Geoff Maddock, for the series Essential New Zealand Albums. 1 September 2012.

Essential NZ Albums: Hello Sailor - Hello Sailor

4:00 PM.The release of Hello Sailor's first album was a sign that local rock had lost its innocence. In this episode of Essential New Zealand Albums Nick Bollinger discusses this smart and seedy Kiwi classic.

Essential NZ Albums: Herbs - Light of the Pacific

11:55 PM.Combining the influences of Bob Marley and the music of their Polynesian heritage, Herbs were pioneers of a Pacific reggae sound. Nick Bollinger discusses their first long-player Light of the Pacific in Essential New Zealand Albums.

Essential NZ Albums: Crocodiles - Tears

11:55 PM.The Crocodiles brought together some of the sharpest minds in Kiwi pop. In Essential New Zealand Albums, Nick Bollinger discusses the 1980 debut Tears.

Essential NZ Albums: The Islander - Dave Dobbyn

11:55 PM.There may be no artist who has made more essential New Zealand albums than Dave Dobbyn, and in this programme Nick Bollinger discusses his most quintessentially New Zealand one: The Islander.

Essential NZ Albums: Sunshine - Dragon

11:55 PM.Dragon was a New Zealand band that lived life in the fast lane of Australian rock'n'roll. The 1976 album Sunshine tells a slice of the story. Nick Bollinger discusses the disc in detail in this edition of Essential New Zealand Albums.

Essential NZ Albums: Introducing... Dinah Lee

11:55 PM.In 1964 20-year old Christchurch singer Dinah Lee stormed the national hit parade with her local variation on the Jamaican ska sound. In this programme Nick Bollinger discusses her debut, Introducing... Dinah Lee.

Essential New Zealand Albums: Che Fu - Navigator

4:00 PM.Che Fu's Navigator is an essential New Zealand album for its all-embracing fusion of soul, reggae, hip-hop and Pacifican sounds. Nick Bollinger discusses it in detail in this episode of Essential New Zealand Albums.

Essential NZ Albums - The Human Instinct Stoned Guitar

4:00 PM.Since its release at a budget price in 1970, The Human Instinct's Stoned Guitar has become recognized as a classic of psychedelic rock. Nick Bollinger discusses how it came about in this instalment of Essential New Zealand Albums. Adapted from the book 100 Essential Albums, by Nick Bollinger, published by Awa Press.

Essential NZ Albums: Sneaky Feelings - Send You

2:45 PM.In the Flying Nun scene of the early 80's, Dunedin's Sneaky Feelings stood out for their aspirations. In this programme of Essential New Zealand Albums Nick Bollinger discusses their first album, Send You, and talks to the record's producer Phil Yule. Adapted from the book 100 Essential Albums, by Nick Bollinger, published by Awa Press.

Essential NZ Albums - Fourmyula - Turn Your Back On The Wind

3:30 PM.For almost forty years one of the essential New Zealand albums remained unreleased and locked in a London vault. In this programme Nick Bollinger tells the story of the Fourmyula's great 'lost' recording, Turn Your Back On The Wind. Adapted from the book 100 Essential Albums, by Nick Bollinger, published by Awa Press.

Essential NZ Albums: The Mutton Birds

3:00 PM.In this chapter Nick Bollinger investigates the self-titled debut of The Mutton Birds, and talks to the group's found and songwriter Don McGlashan. Adapted from the book 100 Essential Albums, by Nick Bollinger, published by Awa Press.

Essential NZ Albums: True - Trinity Roots

4:10 PM.Few albums convey a sense of place like True, the debut of Trinity Roots. In the final programme of this series, Nick Bollinger discusses how this recording became inseparable from its location.