CD released: Sep 17, 2021

1. Clouds
2. The "a" Thing
3. The "c" Thing
4. Supreme Love
5. World's The Way (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)
6. New Song (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)
7. Supreme Love (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)
Label: AZTEC
Cat No: AVSCD088
Barcode: 0934334409492
Packaging: CD Regular

In December 1973, guitarist Rob Mackenzie was awarded a travel and study grant by the
Australian Arts Council, under the auspices of Gough Whitlam's incumbent Labor government.
Mackenize had been playing in bands since the mid-1960s, most prominently in jazz fusion
band MacKenzie Theory whose mind-blowing performances had made them the heroes of the
Australian Underground rock scene of the day. Their appearances at the T.F. Much / Much
More Ballroom and the Sunbury festivals were legendary. The band's debut album, the live-in-
the-studio Out Of The Blue, had gained them an even greater following.
Mackenzie and electric viola player Cleis Pearce had only recently recruited a new rhythm
section of veterans Paul 'Sheepdog' Wheeler (bass; ex-Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs) and Greg
Sheehan (drums; ex-Blackfeather), but they decided to take advantage of the travel grant to
head to the UK. Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall was booked for the band's farewell
appearance, 15 May 1974. Mushroom Records arranged for engineers Graham Owens and
Colin Stevenson to be on hand with the T.C.S. mobile 8-track machine to record the concert.
By the time Bon Voyage appeared, Mackenzie and Pearce were living in London. To the
initiated it only offers a superficial glimpse into the band's live power. Nevertheless, it's an
intriguing album with epic tracks 'Clouds' and 'Supreme Love' at times sweet and dreamy, at
others frantic and chaotic. 'The "A" Thing' glides on a forceful groove and 'The "C" Thing' is
sprightly and funky.
"The band's music was predominantly improvisational." Mackenzie explained. "Every gig
would be different. The only constant was the bass. Everything else over the top - my guitar,
Cleis' electric viola - was improvised. So we had a basic structure for the songs and then we'd
work around that. It was almost like a psychedelic jam band. The first line-up of the band was
inexperienced in some ways. When Paul Wheeler from the Aztecs and Greg Sheehan joined for
the second line-up it was a much more professional band, more consistent. But that doesn't
mean that the first line-up wasn't any good. There were some nights when that line-up was
just as good as the second."

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