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Jul 8, 2017 Sold Date
Jul 1, 2017 Start Date
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VERY RARE Australian PROMO LP RADIO SPECIAL from 1979  - Features Mark Evans (AC/DC)
Portrait/SAMPLER 8 

Late in 1976 Finch moved to Melbourne and supported a national tour by Supernaut.[1][6] In March 1977 Spencer left to replace Red Symons on guitar in Skyhooks.[1][3] Tony Strain left the band at the same time.[1] From April to July the band went through nine different members (including Sam Mallett, Skeeta Pereira, Gary Quince, and Graham Thompson) before Peter McFarlane and Orford were joined by Mark Evans (ex AC/DC) on bass guitar, Graham Kennedy on guitar and vocals, and Chris Jones on guitars.[1][3][6]The band signed to CBS / Epic Records and issued the single, "One More Time" in October.[6] They started recording material for their second album, Nothing to Hide, in the following month.[6] Dave Hinds (ex-Marshall Brothers, Rabbit) replaced Chris Jones (who joined Feather) on guitar and vocals in December.[1][3]

The band adopted a more hard rock style, and the next single, "Where Were You?" reached number 14 in Melbourne and number 33 in Sydney in February 1978.[1] Nothing to Hide (March) was produced by Peter Dawkins (Dragon) and provided a second single, the title track (May).[1][3] The Canberra Times' Luis Feliu opined that they continued to provide "punchy rock and roll and a bit of R and B, the British way ... However, Finch's style has now become overworked to the point of being uninteresting".[7] Finch signed with CBS's United States subsidiary label, Portrait Records.[1] Due to a Dutch band also called Finch, the Australian group were renamed as Contraband.[1]

In October 1978 Portrait issued Contraband's debut single, "That's Your Way" and Barry Cram (ex-Pantha, Avalanche, Russell Morris Band) replaced McFarlane on drums, who joined Swanee.[1][3] In May the following year an album, Contraband was released, which was also produced by Dawkins.[1][3] Some interest was generated in the US but the album was not successful in Australia. It provided two singles "Rainin' Again" (March 1979) and "Gimme Some Lovin'" (July) – which is a cover of The Spencer Davis Group 1966 single.[1] Earlier Finch material was re-released under the Contraband name.[3] However Portrait dropped them later in the year and they broke up

Mark Whitmore Evans is an Australian bass guitarist who was an early member of hard rock band AC/DC from March 1975 to June 1977. His playing featured on their albums T.N.T, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and '74 Jailbreak.[1] Evans has played for numerous other groups, sometimes on lead guitar, including Finch (a.k.a. Contraband), Cheetah, Swanee, Heaven and The Party Boys. 


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