Dop May 2009, Wellington 100pp and 2 cds hardcover This strictly limited deluxe set of 'The Great New Zealand Songbook' includes a 100-page journal of handwritten lyrics, photos and memorabilia, contributed by the artists themselves -- the coolest Kiwi music coffee table book ever, and the music that goes with it! After attending the Split Enz Vector Arena concert in March 2008, Murray Thom (the creator behind this unique project), turned to his son and said that they had just heard the "The Great New Zealand Songbook". That was the birth of a project, which from the outset, encapsulated more than just the music. The final result is this two CD set, featuring 42 of New Zealand's favourite recording artists - including Split Enz, Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Supergroove, Bic Runga, Shihad, Dragon, Opshop, Evermore, Brooke Fraser, The Chills, Ladyhawke and many more, performing a selection of the best New Zealand music from the 'Last Century' and 'This Century'. The iconic front cover art of Charlie 'The Four Square Man' holding a guitar is an original work by acclaimed New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell and was commissioned specifically for this release. Historically, the music business has had a strong link with great design. Double albums with gatefolds with the most incredible artwork and inner sleeves that told an entire story, along with complete lyrics from every track to read and appreciate; they really were works of art. It was with this in mind that each artist was approached to contribute handwritten lyrics, photos and memorabilia which is showcased in the 100-page hardback journal as a double page spread for each artist. It really is a treasure.