In New Zealand, 1968 was a notable year in which the Men's Eight won an Olympic's Gold Medal, the All Blacks beat France three-zip, and the Wahine disaster cast a long shadow throughout the country.

For local music it was a golden year, now being celebrated in a two CD set packed to the gunnels with memories.

It was the era of C'Mon which had leapt on to our screens the year before, providing a launching pad for local talent in a way we've never experienced before and since.

The two CDs contain a mammoth 58 Kiwi classics, including Larry's Rebels, the Simple Image, Alison Durban, Shane, The Avengers, Hi Revving Tongues, The Fourmyula, Sandy Edmonds, Mister Lee Grant, Tommy Adderley, The Chicks, Ray Columbus and dozens more.

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Looking at the titles on this compilation it sure is a trip down memory lane and a stark reminder that 1968 was a pivotal year in Kiwi pop music.

Put this on at a dinner party for those of a certain age and you'll definitely be flavour of the month and set off a chain of conversations as a result.