GITBOX: Pidgin for the group's chosen instrument, the steel-string acoustic guitar
REBELLION: A subversion of the orthodoxy in the guitar's native jazz/blues/rock tradition
Gitbox Rebellion emerged blinking into the public spotlight in 1988. Previously instigated by Nigel Gavin as a workshop for players of mixed experience, the group quickly outgrew its original brief. Technique improved rapidly, the pieces became more complex, and Gitbox Rebellion, the performance unit, was born.
Sounding better than ever, Rattle's first release was remastered, repackaged and reissued in 2011 to celebrate the label’s twentieth anniversary as NZ's pre-eminent art-music label. Exuberant and life-affirming, the music of Gitbox Rebellion is as finger-pickin' good as ever — Igor Stravinsky meets Pete Townshend only to find they have a lot in common.
released June 1, 1991
Gitbox Rebellion are:
Nigel Gavin, Kim Halliday, Jonathan Pease, Robert Hall, Tom Hanrohan, Tim Bowman, Russell Hughes, Tim Gummer, Wes Prince, Bodie Hermans, and Robert van der Laan
Directed and arranged by Nigel Gavin
Produced and engineered by Tim Gummer
Executive production by Keith Hill
Recorded and mixed at Progressive Music Studio, Auckland
Front cover artwork by Graham Gash
Booklet photo-montages by Steve Garden
Special thanks to Peter Hardie, Tony Geballe, Suzi Hawes and Crafties everywhere, Graham Gash, Chris Burt, the Kathy Pelly Maungarongo Trust, Joy Foote, and the QEII Arts Council
Remastered in May 2011 by Steve Garden at Garden Shed Music Studio, Auckland
Reissue design by UnkleFranc
"Gitbox make unique music and it is captured superbly on this immaculately packaged debut..."
- Graham Reid, NZ HERALD
"... original, challenging, and complex ... unique and rewarding ..."
- Michael Lynch, NELSON EVENING MAIL
"Beautifully recorded stops, starts, and surprises."
- Nick Bollinger, THE LISTENER