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Could there be a singer in the annals of Australian rock and pop as under-rated and under-appreciated as LEO DE CASTRO? In a perfect world, the tenacious Leo De Castro would be recognised and justly celebrated as one of our major vocal talents. The man born Leo Kiwi Kino in Auckland, New Zealand (1949) was a musical giant of a man, blessed with the most soulful, gravelly-toned voice of his generation. Aztec Records presents, on Double CD, the first ever anthology covering the career of this astonishing performer, Leo De Castro & Friends. It’s time to rediscover the legacy of this awe-inspiring, talented figure.

The second disc comprises live recordings of Friends, circa 1972/73. Much of this material is previously unreleased and it’s particularly gratifying to hear the breadth, depth and sheer power the band brought to the stage at the Mulwala and Sunbury festivals and the Myer Music Bowl (the 3XY Moomba Concert, supporting the Aztecs, in