Universal Radio

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Universal Radio
Universal Radio Dragon.gif
Studio album by Dragon
Released June 1974
Recorded February 1974
Studio Stebbings Studio, Auckland
Genre Progressive rock
Length 48:00
Label Vertigo, TRC, Aztec
Producer Rick Shadwell
Dragon chronology
'Universal Radio
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Universal Radio is the debut album by New Zealand group Dragon released in June 1974 on Vertigo Records and produced by Rick Shadwell.[1][2][3][4] Universal Radio, along with their second album Scented Gardens for the Blind are in the progressive rock genre—all subsequent albums are hard rock/pop rock.[1][2][3]

On 2 July 2009, Aztec Music reissued Universal Radio with extensive liner notes, rare photos, and three bonus tracks. The first bonus track is a live recording from 1974 of their cover version of Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman", while the last two, "X-Ray Creature" and "Dinghy Days" are the A-side and B-side of Marc Hunter's first solo single released in 1973.

Track listing[edit]

1974 Vertigo[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Universal Radio" (Goodwin, M. Hunter, Thompson, Storey, T. Hunter) - 8:33
  2. "Going Slow" (T Hunter) - 6:16
  3. "Patina" (Goodwin, (Break Dragon)) - 11:47

Side 2

  1. "Weetbix" (Goodwin, T Hunter, Bedgegood, Abbot) - 2:55
  2. "Graves" (Goodwin, T Hunter, Reynolds, Thompson) - 6:56
  3. "Avalanche" (Goodwin, T Hunter, Reynolds, Thompson) - 11:08

2009 Aztec Music Reissue[edit]

  1. "Black Magic Woman" (Peter Green)[5] - 6:38
  2. "X-Ray Creature" (Graeme Collins, A Baysting)[6] - 3:06
  3. "Dinghy Days" (T Hunter) - 3:33
  • Note: On all releases tracks 4–6 segue to become one long track but are separated into three.

Liner Notes[edit]

1974 Vertigo[edit]

Universal Radio was recorded at Stebbings Studio, Auckland Late February 1974 Produced by Rick Shadwell Engineered by Tony Moan

The single "X-Ray Creature" b/w "Dinghy Days" was recorded at Mascot Recording Studios, Auckland May 1973 Engineered by Gary Potts


  • Ivan Thompson: Organ, Piano, Moog
  • Ray Goodwin - Guitars, Vocal
  • Marc Hunter - Vocal, Percussion
  • Neil Storey - Drums
  • Todd Hunter - Bass, Vocal

Dragon thanks

  • Paul Crowther for Moog
  • Tony for Fender Rhodes
  • All songs by Dragon
  • Liner and Cover Art by Dick Frizzell

2009 Aztec Music Reissue[edit]

Additional musicians

  • Graeme Collins - piano on "X-Ray Creature" (Collins was a founding member of Dragon but had left before Universal Radio was recorded)[1][3]
  • Herb Mann - lead guitar on "Dinghy Days"


  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Dragon'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "ARIA Hall of Fame - Dragon". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 22 May 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dragon". Bruce Sergent. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Miller, Chuck. "Dragon". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ ""Black Magic Woman" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ ""X Ray Creature" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 September 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • Dragon at Bruce Sergent's website: New Zealand Music of the 60's, 70's and a bit of 80's.