Category: Australian independent label

Date: 1960s

Location: Elsternwick, Melbourne, Vic.

Ownership: Elwood Audio Services Transcriptions
(Bill Hawtin)


EAST Records (Elwood Audio Services Transcriptions) was a Melbourne independent studio and label run by Bill Hawtin (Hutgreen). Like most independent studios of the day, part of EAST's business was recording and pressing 'demo' and custom recordings for bands and singers, such as the unreleased Pink Finks acetate "Mercury Blues", pictured above.

The only commerically released single on EAST that we have identified so far is the debut Eighteenth Century Quartet single "The World Goes On" / "I'm Gonna Treat You Good" (EA-5005, July 1964) which was produced by Bill. 

EAST also released two LPs. The first, ca. 1964, was the album See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, by renowned folk performer (the late) Trevor Lucas, who subsequently moved to the UK, where he married Fairport Convention lead vocalist Sandy Denny.

The 1966 LP by Melbourne band The Swordsmen was also originally released on EAST; in recent years it has been reissued on CD by Vicious Sloth Collectibles.



Cat. # Date Artist Title
EA-5005 July 1964 Eighteenth Century Quartet "The World Goes On" / "I'm Gonna Treat You Good"
1965? The Pink Finks "Mercury Blues" / ?


Cat. # Date Artist Title
EAS-006 1964 Trevor Lucas See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
EASC-8 1966 The Swordsmen The Swordsmen

References / Links

Many thanks to Paul McHenry for additional information.

Ian McFarlane
Encyclopedia of Austraian Rock & Pop (Allen & Unwin, 1999)

Noel McGrath
Australian Encylcopedia of Rock (Outback Press, 1978)

Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry
Who's Who of Australian Rock (Five Mile Press, 2002)