WARUMPI BAND ‘Warumpi Rock: Papunya Sessions 1982’ CD (*Also available on LP – contact us to order)

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Warumpi Rock 1982,  is the first ever complete release of the earliest known recordings of the iconic Warumpi Band. This new reissue of the earliest Warumpi Band recordings captures the group in covers mode, but far from being merely another archival curiosity, these covers are bursting with an energy and enthusiasm that came from being in a room playing music with friends.  

Cut live to two-track in a house in the band’s home community of Papunya, some 240 km’s northwest of Alice Springs (Mparntwe), the recording predates the Warumpis’ seminal first single “Jailanguru Pakarnu” and captures the band well before their classic anthems “Black Fella White Fella” and “Island Home” were written.

Indeed, just like the first Rolling Stones album, it is all covers (Chuck Berry, Beatles, Bob Dylan, a few classic country tunes and of course the Stones) – the instrumental track from which the collection takes its name is the only original – but this is no set of ordinary covers. 

It’s as rough as guts, seminal, and an intriguing insight into what was to come from this amazing band… as lively & genuine, a set of performances as you’ll ever hear.