'Akilotoa - Anthology 1994-2006
The power of music never ceases to amaze, and that experience is enhanced when two of the finest voices in Australia are singing for you. Vika & Linda Bull have comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile, and emotionally charged vocal sounds on the Australian music landscape since their multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with The Black Sorrows in the late 1980s. And since that time, the sisters have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, rock, country, and the island music of their Tongan ancestry.
The 28 song anthology gathers tracks from Vika & Linda’s five studio albums and two live albums. ‘Akilotoa features the much-loved singles ‘When Will You Fall For Me’, ‘House of Love’, ‘We’ve Started A Fire’, ‘Hard Love’ and ‘Love Comes Easy’. Also featured is The Black Sorrows smash that featured Vika on lead vocals, ‘Never Let Me Go’ from the classic album Harley & Rose, The Black Sorrows’ highest-charting album.
‘Akilotoa showcases Vika & Linda’s remarkable voices, as well as Australia’s finest songwriters, including Paul Kelly, Stephen Cummings, Mark Seymour and Archie Roach, amongst many others. Many of the songs were written especially for Vika & Linda, including Paul Kelly’s ‘Be Careful What You Pray For’ and ‘To Be Good Takes A Long Time (To Be Bad No Time At All)’. The collection also celebrates the sisters’ Tongan heritage, with songs such as ‘The Parting Song’, ‘Grandpa’s Song’ and the title track ‘’Akilotoa’.
Vika & Linda – who were inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame in 2019 – are admired and respected as two of our finest singers.
“Having recorded and performed together for 35 years – including with the likes of Paul Kelly and Joe Camilleri – it’s no great surprise that the Bull sisters can make something tricky look and sound so easy,” The Australian said recently.
“Their voices combined sound salty-sweet,” Paul Kelly says, “and have that elusive twinned quality you only get when siblings sing together – two swallows swooping and spiralling in the air as if invisibly girded. Vika has great cut and articulation and can really open up the throttle. Linda is warm and mellow like honey. But they can switch roles. They can both be tough and tender.”
And as Kasey Chambers says, “Hearing Vika & Linda’s voices together is still one of my favourite sounds ever.”
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||VIKA AND LINDA|
|Music Genre||Pop & Rock|
|Music Genre Primary||Pop & Rock|
|Music Genre Secondary||World|
- 1. Hard Love
- 2. When Will You Fall For Me
- 3. House Of Love
- 4. We've Started A Fire
- 5. Sacred Things
- 6. Niney-Nine Years
- 7. I Know Where To Go To Feel Good
- 8. The Blue Hour
- 9. The Parting Song
- 10. Grandpa's Song
- 11. Princess Tabu
- 12. 'Akilotoa
- 13. I'm On My Way
- 14. Be Careful What You Pray For
- 1. God's Little Birds
- 2. Reach For You
- 3. If I Could Start Today Again
- 4. Feeling Good
- 5. Two Wings (Live)
- 6. Love Is Mighty Close
- 7. To Be Good Takes A Long Time (To Be Bad No Time At All)
- 8. Slow Train - Live
- 9. Who Rolled The Stone Away - Live
- 10. Tell The Angels - Live
- 11. Holy Waters - Acoustic
- 12. Love Comes Easy - Acoustic
- 13. Down On The Jetty
- 14. Never Let Me Go (with The Black Sorrows)
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