Loyal (album)

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Dave Dobbyn Loyal AlbumArt.jpg
Studio album by Dave Dobbyn
Released 1988
Label CBS Records
Dave Dobbyn chronology
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale
The Dave Dobbyn Collection
Singles from Loyal
  1. "Love You Like I Should"
    Released: March 1988
  2. "Loyal"
    Released: July 1988
  3. "Defying Gravity"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Loyal is a 1988 album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn. After the Footrot Flats album, Loyal moved him further away from the pub rock of DD Smash and into contemporary pop rock. The album "confronts love, loyalty and the power of personal politics."[1] The album reached number 9 on the New Zealand music charts.[2]

The hit single Slice of Heaven from the Footrot Flats soundtrack was also included on the album, despite it being nearly two years old at the time of the album release. Dobbyn commented that the song fitted in with the general theme of loyalty.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Dobbyn.

No. Title Length
1. "Love You Like I Should" 3:32
2. "Ain't No Doubt (Someone's Life)" 3:42
3. "Defying Gravity" 3:58
4. "Hell Takes No Holiday" 4:26
5. "Stay" 4:40
6. "Loyal" 4:39
7. "Slice of Heaven" (featuring Herbs) 4:37
8. "I Wanna Know You" 4:09
9. "Little Zeroes" 4:19
10. "2 Fast Cars" 3:33
11. "Liberty Bound" 3:54
12. "Joy" 4:56


'Loyal' was awarded 'Best Album' at the 1988 New Zealand Music Awards. Dobbyn was also awarded 'Best Male Vocalist' (for the second year in a row).[3] In 2012 journalist Simon Sweetman suggested that the album cover was one of the five worst in the history of New Zealand music.[4]


  • Backing Vocals – Annie Crummer, Bunny Walters, Margaret Urlich, Mark Punch, Mark Williams, Wendy Matthews
  • Bass – Ian Belton
  • Drums – Mark Myer, Peter Warren, Ricky Fataar
  • Keyboards – Bruce Lynch
  • Producer – Bruce Lynch, Dave Dobbyn, Mark Moffat
  • Saxophone – Tony Buchanan
  • Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards – Dave Dobbyn
  • Written By – Dave Dobbyn


  1. ^ a b Burke, Chris. "The Likely Lad. Love and Loyalty". davedobbyn.co.nz. Rip It Up Magazine. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Loyal: Chart Listing". charts.org.nz. Charts.org.nz. 
  3. ^ "1988 New Zealand Music Awards". RIANZ. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Sweetman, Simon (22 May 2012). "NZ's worst album covers". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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Preceded by
Sensitive to a Smile by Herbs
New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year
Succeeded by
Safety in Numbers by Margaret Urlich