The Australian All-Stars‘s 1959 album – Jazz for Beach-Niks – was originally released on Columbia Australia and picked up for US release four years later by King subsidiary label, Bethlehem (and reissued 2013 in Japan), subject of the previous history piece. One can only presume Syd Nathan was trying to capitalize on the burgeoning surf sound via the misleading cover photo (strictly jazz – not a trace of surf).
Volume 1 = US release on Bethlehem in 1963
volume 2 = US release on Bethlehem in 1960
Vexingly, Bethlehem had already issued the Australian All-Stars sophomore album in 1960, three years prior to the US release of their first album. Are you confused?
“Decidedly” The Australian All-Stars 1960
Ruppli’s 2-volume King Labels recording sessions discography, sadly, is bereft of any information (“details not known”) about this release by The Australian All-Stars. Fortunately, Discogs has the musician credits, with the following players listed on both albums:
Freddy Logan: Bass
Ron Webber: Drums
Terry Wilkinson: Piano
Don Burrows: Saxes, Flutes & Clarinet
Dave Rutledge: Tenor Sax & Flute