Forces Favourites

various artists forces favourites
Forces Favourites

This compilation was put together in the mid 80’s in conjunction with and to help raise awareness for the End Conscription Campaign. The ECC played an important role in dismantling apartheid by providing crucial emotional and strategic support to those men who rejected conscription on religious or political grounds, as well as acting as a conscientising force for the youth and parents.

How good was the ECC at its task? Ask the experts. General Magnus Malan described the ECC as “just as much an enemy of the Defence Force as the African National Congress.” Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok accused it of being “the vanguard of those forces that are intent on wrecking the present dispensation and its renewal”.

All of the bands featured on this album played at ECC concerts. Though some of them, like The Softies, The Facts and Nude Red weren’t overtly political by nature, the situation in the country couldn’t help but work its way into their songwriting. For other artists like Stan James, Jennifer Ferguson and James Phillips, reflecting the state of the nation was the dominant feature of their art.


  1. Pambere – Mapantsula
  2. National Madness – The Aeroplanes
  3. Potential Mutiny – Stan James
  4. Numbered Again – The Facts
  5. Shot Down in the Streets – The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  6. Don’t Dance – Kalahari Surfers
  7. Whitey – The Softies
  8. Don’t Believe – In Simple English
  9. Too Much Resistance – Nude Red
  10. Spaces Tell Stories – Roger Lucey
  11. Suburban Hum – Jennifer Ferguson
  12. Give Back Africa – ‘The Unband’

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Rhythm Online - South African Online Music Store

Rodriguez Gig in Detroit and possible Australian Tour in April 2010

Rodriguez has agreed to play an informal set on Monday, November 2nd at Donovan’s, in Detroit, around 10pm.

He will be playing solo and there is no cover charge. It is to help raise support and bring in patrons for the local business experiencing financial difficulties.

Donovan’s Pub
3003 W. Vernor Hwy

Additionally, there is also a tentative plan for Australia around the first week of April.

McCully Workshop Inc.

McCully Workshop Inc
McCully Workshop Inc


1. Why Can’t It Rain [4.12]
2. Hardcase Woman [2.34]
3. Ice Lover [3.05]
4. Four Walls [2.40]
5. Stargazer [2.48]
6. Rush Hour At Midnight [3.42]
7. Jackin’ Around [2.04]
8. Head For The Moon [4.00]
9. The Circus [4.00]
10. Years Of My Life [3.19]
11. Fast Car [3.41]
12. Séance [3.05]

Release information:
LP: June 1970, Trutone, STO 727
CD: February 2003, Merry-Go-Round Records,
a division of Beatball Music (Korea), BMRC-0001
CD: October 2009, Fresh Music, freshcd167


  • Tully McCully: Vocals, bass, guitar
  • Mike McCully: Vocals, drums
  • Richard Hyam: Rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Glenda Wassman: Organ, vocals
  • Ian Smith: Trumpet, flute, flugelhorn

Additional musicians:

  • Allan Faull: Lead guitar on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, ‘The Circus’, ‘Hardcase Woman’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Alan van der Merwe: Vocal harmony and organ on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Melanie Hyam: Vocal harmonies on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Rush Hour At Midnight’Produced by Billy Forrest

Buy this album from:
Rhythm Online - South African Online Music Store
Rhythm Online Music Store

Buy this CD from:
Fresh Music
Fresh Music

Sleeve  Notes:

“Of all the albums we’ve heard from South Africa this one scores top What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work.” — review on website.

The McCullagh brothers, Tully (born Terence on 31st May 1953) and Mike (born Michael on 7th April 1947), have been an integral part of the South African music scene for five decades now.

In 1965 they started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three. Richard had been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie. After a few personnel and name changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down (for a while) in 1969.

“I had my own studio in the garage since I was 12” remembers Tully. It was a single garage in the garden of their home in Plumstead, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The brothers’ father, radio personality Michael Drin (his stage name), painted the name “McCully Workshop, Inc.” on the garage wall. “McCully” was an easier-to-spell version of McCullagh and the “Inc.” was a tongue-in-cheek addition. “We had been playing music for 6 years” remembers Mike McCullagh. “In 1969 I was 22 and Tully was 16, along with Richard Hyam, his sister Melanie and Allan Faull the group started.”

“We all wrote our own songs”, continues Mike, “and we just took the best ones for the album. Tully wrote ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ in the middle of the night and this became a hit single putting McCully Workshop on the charts for the first time.” This song went to number 12 on the Springbok Radio charts in July 1970 and also reached number 13 on the LM Radio charts.“Why Can’t It Rain” drew the attention of the Gallo label, and they said they wanted an album. McCully Workshop signed probably the first independent licencing deal with a major label in South Africa.

Billy Forrest (born William Boardman in Kimberley in 1940) was the “top guy” at the time and was appointed as producer. He had recently had chart success with The Staccatos ‘Cry To Me’ and many others including The Dream Merchants and Quentin E Klopjager (one of his many pseudonyms).Tully remembers Forrest’s catchphrase at the time was “could happen”.

The “Inc.” album shows a variety of styles and influences including The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. “’Sgt Pepper’ was very important, as were the pop charts at the time”, recalls Tully.Another big influence, according to Tully, was The Moody Blues ‘Threshold Of A Dream’ which was released in April 1969. Echoes of Graeme Edge’s poems can be heard in Mike McCully’s spoken words during the moon landing-inspired ‘Head For The Moon’. A photo of the garage was used as the album cover. The photo was taken by Sigurd Olivier from the Argus newspaper and the cat’s name was Sirikit.

When asked to name his favourite song on the ‘Inc.’ album besides ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, Tully says without hesitation, ‘The Circus’. This song is an up tempo psychedelic pop-rocker with strong vocal harmonies, distorted guitar sounds from Allan Faull and great flute playing from Ian Smith. Asked about an interesting studio story, Tully remembers feeling a few tremors and stuff falling off the walls one day during recording. “Everybody got a fright and rushed outside”, says Tully, “we thought it was a passing train.” Turned out to be the Tulbagh earthquake of 29th September 1969. The sessions were done, but another song was needed to complete the album, so a studio jam called ‘Jackin’ Around’ was added. Great organ sounds from Glenda Wassman, and a drum solo play-out from Mike McCully.

Alan van Der Merwe was a music teacher friend of Mike’s and was responsible for the vocal harmony arrangements. Tully cites South African band ‘The Sandpipers’ as an inspiration. This folk quartet, which consisted of two girls and two guys, and not be confused with the US folk trio, released an album titled ‘A Bird in Hand’ in 1967.

After “Inc’

McCully Workshop, with the McCullagh brothers always at the core, released a number of albums over the years including “Genesis” and “Ages” and of course are best known for their big 1977 hit ‘Buccaneer’ . 40 years after those first recording sessions in late 1969, Tully is still involved in recording and runs his successful Spaced-Out Sounds Studio in Cape Town. Mike regularly packs out concert halls with his various nostalgic revue shows including ‘Sixty Something’, ‘Station 70’, ‘Music Of The Millennium’, ‘Country Classics’ and many, many others. McCully Workshop still perform live on occasion and their first hit ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ is almost always included in the set list.

Glenda Wassman later married Richard, and they formed the pop band Pendulum and had a big hit with ‘Take My Heart’ in 1976. Glenda then went on to major success worldwide with the all-girl group, Clout, who had a huge hit with ‘Substitute’ which went to number 2 in the UK in 1978. Allan Faull formed Falling Mirror in the late 70’s with his cousin Neilen Mirror (nee Marais).

The legends of South African pop and rock live on…

Brian Currin

Cape Town, September 2009

Ian Smith Glenda Wassman Mike McCully Richard Hyam Tully McCully

Family Tree
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McCully Workshop Family Tree - click for more info

Click here for the complete Family Tree
at the South African Rock Encyclopedia website.

Top Ten Tunes: 2008 [from]

Top 10 Songs of 2008

Rank Song Title Artist
1 I Kissed A Girl

Katy Perry

2 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
3 Low Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
4 Viva La Vida Coldplay
5 Disturbia Rihanna
6 Hot N Cold Katy Perry
7 4 Minutes Madonna & Justin
8 So What P!nk
9 Apologize Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
10 Womanizer Britney Spears

Channel24 Top MP3 Downloads

Jennifer Ferguson – Angel Fish

Hand Around the HeartSouth African alt. pop diva channels Kate Bush and Lesley Rae Dowling on this haunting opening track off her debut album ‘Hand Around The Heart’, which includes songs of frustrated housewives, army widows, teenage lust, dreams, fear and coping with it. Released on the seminal Shifty label.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Hip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It’s a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels’ Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

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The Buckfever Underground – I’m On Facebook, Now What

Limbs Gone BattyToast Coetzer (vocals, lyrics) leads his band of post-ontological rock outsiders deep into the belly of the phantasmatic beast on this stream of consciousness serenade about our contemporary condition. Off their brand new live album, ‘Limbs Gone Batty’.

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

“I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth,” serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings’ brand new CD, ‘Against All Odds’. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Niemandsland & Beyond!Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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New Holland – Something To Believe In

Bored by those Bellville Rock City stereotypes? Well, if this breezy new exclusive single off their forthcoming album is any indictaion, then these upwardly mobile Stellenbosch indie rockers are destined for the big time.

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Angelo – These Are the Times

TodayHunky Cape Flats soul brother gives fans of Danny K and Loyiso their smooth R&B fix on this uplifting urban contemporary jam about perseverance and positivity. It’s a funky midtempo Channel O and MTV Base jam off his new album, ‘Today.’

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The Aeroplanes – National Madness

A slice of classic protest pop from the ’80s. Definitely worth tuning into before you head off to the End Conscription Campaign 25th Anniversary Concert featuring the Rudimentals, Freshlyground and the once off Bright Blue reunion taking place over the weekend of Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November at Spier in Cape Town.

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Luna Paige with Chris Chameleon – Sunday In Japan

Wonderful LifeClassy Cape songbird shares this haunting indie folk pop gem off her forthcoming album. Charismatic crooner Chris Chameleon adds some of his ethereal vocalese to the trippy Eastern ambience.

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The Abbott Network – Shouldn’t Let Me

Soul, funky reggae, jazz, dub and pop rub shoulders on this fresh new dose of future fusion from the Mother City ensemble’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Chapter One’. Fans of Sade’s cool urban pop siren call, this gem’s for you.

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Top Ten Tunes: Roots Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

My top ten tunes that inspired one of my all-time favourite groups.

  1. Hoedown – Aaron Copland (composer)
  2. Toccata (Piano Concerto No. 1: Toccata Concertata composed by Alberto Ginastera)
  3. The Barbarian (based on Allegro Barbaro: Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49 composed by Béla Bartók)
  4. Pictures At An Exhibition – Modest Mussorgsky (composer)
  5. Fanfare For The Common Man – Aaron Copland (composer)
  6. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits (aka The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Black Spirits from Scythian Suite, Op 20) – Sergei Prokofiev (composer)
  7. Knife-Edge (based on Sinfonietta: Allegretto composed by Leoš Janáček)
  8. Jerusalem – Hubert Parry / William Blake (composers)
  9. Nutrocker (based on The Nutcracker Suite, op. 71a: March composed by Tchaikovsky and arr. by Kim Fowley)
  10. Rondo (based on Blue Rondo à la Turk composed by Dave Brubeck) note: not based on Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course some of my other favourites have been omitted.

Top Ten Tunes: Female-Fronted Symphonic Goth Metal

My top ten tunes from a style of rock that I really enjoy.

  1. My Immortal – Evanescence
  2. Ice Queen – Operatika
  3. What Have You Done – Within Temptation
  4. Martha’s Harbour – All About Eve
  5. Valkyrie Rising – Benedictum
  6. Angels And Demons – Eden’s Curse (featuring Pamela Moore)
  7. Survive – Fountain Of Tears
  8. Moondance – Nightwish
  9. Don’t Touch The Flame – Lullacry
  10. Peace Of Mind – Pariah Born

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course many of my other favourites have been omitted.

From The Vaults: SA Rock Digest, this week 10 years ago


[24th October 1999 – edited, 22nd October 2009]

The South African Rock Music Digest
is a free, subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar”
Segerman and delivered direct to your

Established January 1999



This e-mag is a discussion forum for rock and pop music —
South African and International — past, present and future.

As we hurtle towards the end of the year/decade/century/millennium
(pick one or all of the above), the Digest will become more erratic,
less regular, still irreverent and always éRocking!

Please note: All e-mail contributions to the SA Rock Digest need to be in plain
text, and with no attachments. Also, all e-mails in HTML format, in lowercase, or
all in CAPITALS, tend to take quite a while to fix, so will often be ignored.


Sincere apologies to the Rage website for the wrong address last issue.
Here’s where to find them:



As promised last issue here is some info on US prog-rockers, Fountain of Tears.

I’m writing about this band and their new independently released CD for 3 reasons:
1. They sent me their CD and I really like it.
2. To show South Africans that excellent bands all over the world struggle to get recognition, its not a uniquely South African malaise.
3. To show Digest readers that self-promotion through the Net is a viable proposition.

Jeff King

From its birth, the vision of Fountain of Tears has been to write original music that is refreshing, inspiring and stimulates the creativity and imagination of the listener. Founded in 1995 by Erik Ney and Jeff King, the success of this vision would require the perfect blend of personal, creative, and musical elements. This blend was achieved through the additions of Joe Daub and Mike DiDonato. While the music was initially written as instrumental, the members believed that by adding the right vocalist they would be able to reach a broader market. It wasn’t until December of 1997 that Anna DeRose was found as the voice that would compliment their sound.

Although the success of their former bands, Believer, Sacrament and Sardonyx had won them world-wide recognition in the thrash and metal genres, the members of Fountain of Tears had not fully tapped their musical potential. In order to retain creative control and to work at a relaxed pace, they began to write for their first independent release. This unique album features not only the vocal versions of the songs, but also the instrumental versions as they were originally written.

Like many groups consisting of talented and driven individuals, dedication to the project was tested through periods of hardship and uncertainty. Family commitments, careers, school, circumstances of life and conflicting schedules prevented the members from meeting more than once per week, and set-backs had considerably lengthened the writing and recording process. Final editing and mastering for the album was completed in early 1999, and the band, relieved and somewhat exhausted, held a listening party for a very enthusiastic audience.

As Fountain of Tears promotes its self-titled CD, Erik is married and in medical school; Joe is married, has a two year old son and races on a pro mountain bike team; Jeff holds a degree in Philosophy and is a provider of web and music services; Mike builds computers, manages a specialty printing shop and plays ice hockey; and Anna pursues her degree in textile sciences. Together they continue to write music that is emotional, powerful and memorable.

Brian Currin

Their sound is 90s progressive-rock/metal with female vocals. Haunting atmospheric keyboards swirl around the soaring vocals of Anna DeRose and are punctuated with sizzling guitar work. My only complaint is that the vocals seem a bit subdued in the mix, I really would have liked to hear Anna’s voice more clearly.

This CD has 10 tracks, the last 5 being instrumental versions of the first 5.

Album opener is ‘Survive’. Fans of SA band Fetish will love this one. Strong vocals and even stronger instrumentation.

‘She Wants To Be’ is a thundering piano-driven rocker with some stunning guitarwork.

‘The Sleeper’ is the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by Sheree Kunkle over a perfectly matched aural soundscape (the atmospheric keyboards I spoke of earlier). The tolling bell adds to feeling of eerieness. Don’t listen to this one late at night on your own.

‘Carousel’ starts with some gentle guitar then picks up speed and races along with no apparent end in sight…and then it ends far too soon (after 5 and a half minutes). Anna sounds very like Kate Bush on this track.

‘Real’ is a powerful rocker with determined drumming and pounding piano, similar in places to early Renaissance.

The instrumental versions also sound great in their own right. Jeff King’s piano is really incredible. Fountain of Tears are a group of talented musicians who deserve to do very well.

Listen to MP3s and buy the CD on their website:


Roger Glover

Last issue we posted Garry Smith’s review of the Deep Purple and Friends concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the 25th September.

Here is an insight from Deep Purple bassist, Roger Glover, reprinted here with his kind permission…

It has been a few weeks now, and time enough to put some perspective on
things. The two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall were, in a word, bloody great.
(yes, I know, that’s two words, so there’s no need to start threading about it, I’m a bass player, and Welsh, so I don’t know any better!) None of us could really have anticipated the feeling that we experienced together on those nights. What a joy. Thank you all, the most loyal and intelligent bunch of bananas any band could ask for. To stand there on that stage and be given the welcome that we received was truly unforgettable. We do love you, especially all you that work so hard on our behalf on the Net.

As you know, I am a fan of IP, SM, JL and IG, and I think that everyone
put in a stellar performance. I loved all the solo pieces. Working with
Ronnie [James Dio] after all these years was such a treat as well. In particular I would like to say how proud I am of Jon, who was not only inspired enough to write the Concerto in the first place, but to devote all his time and energy over the months before these dates to ensure that it all went swimmingly, as they say. Great job.

The five days of rehearsals were super; a lot of concentration, laughs,
nerves, memories, old friends, new friends, pizza. Big accolades for our trusty crew, along with various unsung heroes, all part of the team; Charlie Lewis deserves a special mention, a giant among men, talk about grace under pressure. Colin Hart, who has been with us since 1971, did a superb job under intense stress. Alison Hussey was indispensable. Moray and Louie, our sound and lights, and Rob on monitors, all did wonderful things. We stand in the spotlight but all the crew, every single one of them (including the ones that weren’t there but were with us on the tours over the last couple of years) deserve your applause. If it wasn’t for either you or them we’d still
be in a rehearsal room somewhere.

The other day I was recounting the events that led to the Concerto being performed again thirty years on, to someone who doesn’t know much about us, and as I related it I realized what a fantastic tale it is. The circumstances and coincidences that culminated in the shows on 25th and 26th September 1999 are quite magical; the manuscript for the Concerto being lost for all those years and then Marco De Goeij approaching Jon in Rotterdam last year after having spent two years of laborious detective work on the score and writing it out again; Paul Mann, Colin Hart’s nephew, who as a young boy grew up listening to the Concerto and dreaming of one day becoming a conductor; the LSO, one of the busiest orchestras in the world, having a free weekend; The Royal Albert Hall, just as busy, finding a free weekend; Ronnie Dio, Sam Brown, Miller Anderson, Graham Preskett, Steve Morris, Eddie Hardin, Dave LaRue, Van Romaine, all the singers, the Kick Horns, all being available and willing to offer their services in the name of the charity; and Deep Purple, a band in need of a special event to round off this touring season and a kick off towards the next album. Serendipity, a word that was invented for such occasions.

Anyway. When’s the next one?

Good luck,


{Editor: boy, I wish I had been there…
Maybe DP will come to tour South Africa again sometime?}

Visit The South African Deep Purple Website at:




I think WE SALUTE YOU by Reg de Beer was a spoken word song.
Trumpeter Murray Campbell (normally known for instrumental tracks) also roped in various people to record spoken vocal parts for his songs.

Chris Kimberley



A number of people have told me about meeting up with old friends, and making new ones, thanks to the Internet, e-mail and in some cases, this Digest.

Stephan Forster and Nigel Walsh got together in London and swopped LPs, CDs and tapes.
Stephan also met up again with Craig Ballen in San Diego recently. And Rene Mullenders and Bas Mollenkramer have met in Holland. Read on…


Last weekend I went to visit Bas Möllenkramer, the guy with the Flames website. He has quiet an amazing record collection including LP’s of Freedom’s Children, Hawk and Otis Waygood. On his Flames site he mentions the different pressings of each Flames album, he in fact owns a copy of each pressing. He has different pressings of various other LP’s as well including about 8 copies of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. He moved from the then Rhodesia in 1975 so he missed the whole Rabbitt hysteria though he’s quiet an admirer of Trevor Rabin’s guitar work. He actually saw him perform on stage with Yes (with the complete line-up). Well, I brought my ‘Rabbitt – The Hits’ CD along and introduced him to Rabbitt and he was impressed. I also brought along my ‘Best Of SA Pop’ CD’s and that brought back a lot of memories. He’s been looking for the Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ for years. He was also impressed with Lesley Rae Dowling’s first LP with ‘Grips Of Emotion’ on it. Another interesting LP he has is one of Jeremy Taylor with Spike Milligan. We didn’t listen to it but it must be quite something. I can go on and on and on about what I saw (and I didn’t even go through all his LP’s, that would take days).

Rene Mullenders

{Editor: I have that Spike Milligan and Jeremy Taylor LP. It was recorded at Cambridge University in December 1973. The funniest part, among a double LP of very humourous songs, stories and poems, is Jeremy explaining the words of ‘Ag Pleez Daddy’ to his English audience.}



I love the music from Africa. I have all the albums by Johnny Clegg,
I love Trevor Rabin (as I am Yes fan)…I love Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Oyaba.
Lately I ordered soundtrack from the TV series Shaka Zulu…

I told you already about my Treasure Island on the radio, it would be great if I could have news about music from South Africa weekly.

Thank You

{Editor: Now thats the type of “may I subcribe” letter we really like! Lukasz is a DJ on a radio station in Poland and he plays “beautiful music from all over the world”}



For my money, “Dog Detachment” and “Asylum
Kids” were THE business in the early 80’s.

Any idea of what ever happened to the Armstrongs? I’m sure Barney Simon would know. I used to work with them at CSIR in Pretoria. One of them was an MSc aeronautical engineer, and the other was working on a PhD in radar technology….if I remember correctly.

I’m in SA every 6 months or so. Do you know if their albums have been
re-released on CD? I would certainly buy!!

Mark Pratz



After numerous requests for info on the Dynamics, the Digest made contact with keyboardist Jimmy Florence (thanks to Jonathan Handley).

Jimmy is not yet on-line, but as soon as he is, we should receive some e-mails about the Dynamics, Extremist and all the other things he has been involved in. Watch this space!



During the past weekend I went on one of my regular nostalgia trips and came upon a recording I made of an interview which, after the re-release of ‘Astra’, Robin Clark of the then Radio 5 had with Julian Laxton. In it they play tracks off the album and Julian gives some very interesting information regarding the recording of ‘Astra’. After Julian’s mention of Mel, Mel and Julian, I just had to listen to the album again and as always found it a very good early Simon and Garfunkel (‘Wednesday morning 3:00 AM’ era) imitation. It is difficult to imagine Julian walking out of M. M. and J. into Freedom’s Children.

During the interview Robin Clarke mentions that he met Colin Pratley at a Hawk/Freedom’s Children concert at Durban City Hall and that by pretending to be the drummer of a fictitious band, got access to the concert via Collin. The mention of Colin Pratley in turn triggered Wildebeest and I was compelled to listen to the whole of ‘Bushrock 1’ recorded live at Upstairs (Sunnyside, Pretoria) on 28 Feb and 1 March 1981. One tends to forget the great sounds Wildebeest produced with the interaction between the frentic violin of Dave Tarr and driving lead guitar of Boet Faber. Can someone tell me where Dave and Boet were/are before/after Wildebeest? I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten that ‘Bushrock 1’ features ‘Slowly towards the North’ (as ‘Pofadder’), ‘The kid he came from Nazareth’ (as ‘Russian and Chips’) and ‘Tribal Fence’.

I often find myself using the stereotyped expression *they were well before their time* when referring to some SA talent in general and Freedom’s Children and Hawk in particular. But then what time would have suited them best to have entered the spotlight?


Dave Malherbe

Visit the Freedoms Children website at:

and Hawk is at:

and just to round it all off, Otis Waygood is at:

All part of the SA Rock Legends website
Where South Africa’s rock legends still live



I didn’t know Johnny Clegg is South African. I’ve heard (not seen) him & Savuka live back in 1988 somewhere in France while interrailing with Maarit (my wife). We were outside a big tent where he was performing, so we couldn’t see him, but the music was really relaxing. There were lots of people outside that tent, so the atmosphere wes great there, too.

And Trevor Rabin. I know Yes, too.

Heikki Heino



Now the good news is that I have been in touch with Tully McCully about the Mirror and he given me the go ahead to remaster the ‘Zen Boulders’ album for a release in early 2000…if this goes OK then it will see the emergence of ‘Storming of the loft’, ‘Fantasy Kid’, ‘Johnny calls the chemist’ and hopefully sometime in the not too distant future a new version of ‘Shattered’ (perhaps a title change) on CD.

One of the most pressing problems that I have is accessing the original album artwork, I’m going to try my old compatriots at Tusk (Gallo) but I’m not holding out too much hope. If I can’t find it I’m going to have to rescan a virgin cover (if that is possible….lets see…)

I’m also desperately trying to get hold of my fellow Brakpanian Lucien Windridge of éVoid in London.

Benjy Mudie

Fresh Music

Falling Mirror on the web at:



Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Petersen. I am from Cape Town, South Africa but currently living in Kentucky, USA. I came across your website last night and decided you might be the person to help me.

In the early 80’s, I was a member of the band Spirits Rejoice. I sang the song ‘Shine On’. I am now looking for a copy of the video that was made of this song by the SABC. Would you happen to know where I might get a copy? I tried the SABC a while back, and they were not able to help me.

Please let me know if you can help. I would appreciate it very much.

Paul Petersen



This superb Beatlesque track, recorded by the reformed McCully Workshop in 1998, would not be out of place on any Oasis album. That begs the question why Oasis sells millions of CDs and this track is ignored? Even by South African radio programmers!

‘She’ is one of 6 new songs on the 12-track ‘Buccaneer’ compilation CD released in 1998. The McCully brothers (Mike and Tully McCullagh) decided to rework some of their classic songs and record some new ones. They went into Tully’s renowned Spaced-Out Sound studios in Cape Town in 1998 and a while later they emerged with a freshened-up ’98 version of their 1978 chart-topper ‘Buccaneer’. The original late 70s band members, Richard Black (lead guitar and vocals) and Rupert Mellor (keyboards and vocals) were recalled to help flesh out these songs. Mike McCully played drums and Tully handled the guitar, bass and vocals while Kevin Gibson (drums) and ex-Falling Mirror guitarist Allan Faull helped out as well.

McCully Workshop have lost none of the spark that made them one of SA’s greatest pop/rock bands and ‘She’ is a great example of how good they still are at writing and playing catchy, listenable pop/rock songs.

Visit the McCully Website at:



Brian Currin

Think you can’t afford to have your own website? Think again!

It is actually very easy to design and host a website for very little cost using Internet magazines (like OTI and .Net) and some superb websites.

I am not a computer genius and basic HTML is about my speed, so I need all the help I can get. Here are some of the websites that supply free hosting of different web resources, if you don’t mind a banner ad or two.

Free Vote
Voting booths with very easy-to-use functions for both the booth owner and visitors.

a website search engine…brilliant…

Inside The Web

Inside The Web

message boards…you choose the colour scheme so it matches your site

The Counter
free visitor tracking, even invisible counters are available


Hosting Solutions

webhosting – free and unlimited space…no pop-ups or adverts on your pages…I read about this in .Net mag and its really great. The SA Rock Digest back-issues are archived at Crosswinds.

another great host site…adverts only appear on index page, not like those horrible Geocities pop-ups…ugh!
redirect addresses for those of us who can’t afford our own domain names.


a superb HTML editor

Free e-mail…and you can even check your normal POP mail through them.

There are a lot of others, but these are the ones I use the most…

Also Internet Cafés are great and reasonably priced so you don’t even have to own a computer or have a dial-up connection.

Café Vodacom in Milnerton Cape Town charges R15 an hour and the staff are very helpful and friendly and I go there often.

And don’t forget…


Gareth Sherwood, SA musician and computer nut, offers a design and hosting service for a very reasonable fee.

Use the Web, it’s the future of self-promotion…

Table Mountain Blues Summit – 2009

Table Mountain Blues Summit - 2009
The Biggest and Best Blues festival in the country is again making it’s home at the majestic Bloemendal Winehouse on the 28th of November 2009. This spectacular event is Presented by Combustion Technology and Boulevard Blues in conjunction with Fender with the hottest Blues/Rock bands coming together for 10 hours of non stop music that is live and direct.
Limited Tickets available – Book now at Computicket

The blues/rock acts gearing up to entertain all music lovers on the lawns of Bloemendal Winehouse are

These artists will be belting out the Blues and getting even the most jaded individuals up on their feet and rocking out.
Fender will be there with 3 of it’s endorsees: Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost and Richard Pryor
They will be giving away prizes including a brand new Fender Stratocaster Guitar!

There’s no doubt that these bands, a 30,000 watt P/A rig, rolling lawns, huge marquee, food & refreshments, plenty of free secure parking and the beautiful Bloemendal venue are going to be a treat that will be remembered for years to come.

Early booking is recommended as tickets are limited to secure the comfort of all the music lovers.
Bookings are open at Computicket on 083 9158000 or book online Click here
Tickets cost R160 and are limited, so book early to secure your place.
The venue is family friendly and children under 10 years old are free!

A special thanks to:

The Venue: Bloemendal Winehouse
M13, Racecourse Road, Durbanville, Cape Town.
Telephone 021 976 2682 or 083 4599748
Use Google Maps for directions or

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  • For some hip on-line pics taken at the Blues Summit 2008, check out Willem’s photos
  • Read the review by Aidan Harper
  • Read the review by Linda Evermore
  • Winston’s Jive Mix Up

    Winston's Jive Mix-up
    Winston's Jive Mix-up

    Winston’s Jive Mixup was indeed a mixup. It was 1986 when Mbaqanga saxophonist Winston Nyaunda joined up with Adam Reinecke, a folky groove guitarist to form a new Jive band. Winston had learnt his trade playing penny-whistle on the streets of Joburg, later touring with the Soul Brothers and Mahlatini & the Mahotello Queens, and then went on to lead the exuberant ska/mbaqanga outfit the Dynamics.

    The mid-80’s was a rough time in RSA, and there was a partying audience out there, needing to dance. Winston and Adam were joined by Hammond-Organist Sipho Duma steeped in Zulu traditional Maskande music, trombonist Jannie Hanepoot van Tonder fresh from touring with the African Jazz Pioneers, and violinist Melissa James. After various rhythm section shake-ups, ex-Dynamics drummer Steve Howells came to liven things up, and Jive Mixup soon became known as the liveliest live act around.

    The music was a true cross-over “mix-up”, with the band-members from diverse backgrounds collaberating to cover Mbakanga, Maskande, Jive and even a bit of Boeremusiek thrown in. There were legendary tours including performances at Jamesons & the Pool Club in Johannesburg, Indaba & the Mix in Cape Town, the Rainbow in Pinetown and CAW outside Durban.

    A gig with Jive Mixup was inevitably a 3-hour marathon with the audience trying to out-do the band, while the 3-piece trombone/sax/violin front-line showed off their semi-choreographed moves in between playing tightly arranged harmonies, and Winston’s haunting saxophone solos churning the major scale in a way that would make any blues-man proud.

    Available to download at

    Recent releases from Rhythm Records

    Recent  releases from the Rhythm Records label.

    Top Ten Tunes: Deep Purple

    Ten of my favourite songs by my all-time favourite group, Deep Purple.

    1. Smoke On The Water (live 1972, from Made In Japan) the song and album that started it all for me!
    2. When A Blind Man Cries
    3. Highway Star
    4. Child In Time
    5. Mistreated (incl Rock Me Baby) (live 1975, from Made In Europe)
    6. Strange Kind Of Woman (live 1972, from Made In Japan)
    7. Speed King (piano version)
    8. Burn
    9. Pictures of Home
    10. Black Night (unedited remix 1995)

    Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course many (many!) more of my other favourites have had to be omitted.

    Yes, I know all these songs come from between 1970 and 1975 and feature Ritchie Blackmore … so?

    Deep Purple On The Road

    On The Road

    A 4CD box set compilation of live tracks from around the world and through the years, compiled by The Deep Purple Appreciation Society and released in September 2001.

    ‘On The Road’ is a 4CD compilation of Deep Purple’s on stage history from the early days of the first Mk II line-up up to the Mk II re-union tour in 1993. Rather than dwell on what isn’t here (no Mk I stuff, nothing from the short-lived Joe Lynn Turner or Joe Satriani eras nor the much-longer and still current Steve Morse era), I have decided to take this box set track-by-track and try to give some perspective for the novice buyer and maybe even some interesting info for the serious collector (c’mon you know who you are).

    The first song on disc one is ‘Hush’ which was the set opener for the September 1969 ‘Concerto’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. ‘Hush’ was a #4 US hit for the Mk I line-up in 1968 and was originally written by Joe South of ‘Games People Play’ fame. ‘Hush’ has been in and out of Deep Purple’s set lists for years and has always been a popular song with the audience. The live version on this box set was previously released on the ‘Powerhouse’ compilation album in 1977. It was only previously available on CD on a Japanese compilation ‘New, Live & Rare’ released by Metal Mania in 1989.

    ‘Child In Time’ and ‘Wring That Neck’ come from a concert recorded on the 19th February 1970 at the BBC Studios in London for the BBC ‘In Concert’ series. The concert was broadcast on “The Sunday Show” on the 22nd February 1970. Both these tracks were previously released on the ‘In Concert 1970-1972’ album in December 1980 and on CD in April 1992. ‘Wring That Neck’ is an instrumental also sometimes known as ‘Hard Road’ and is extended here to over 18 minutes with some wonderful organ improvisations in the middle.

    ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Black Night’ are taken from the ‘Scandinavian Nights’ CD released in October 1988 (also known as ‘Live & Rare’ in some countries). This concert was recorded at the Stockholm Konserthus 12th November 1970. ‘Black Night’ was the encore and is a wonderful version especially considering this song wasn’t even a year old at the time. Great guitar/vocal interplay near the end.

    ‘Machine Head’ opening track ‘Highway Star’ was a work-in-progress-at-the-time song performed for the German Beat Club TV show on 1st September 1971. This version with some different lyrics was previously released on the Ritchie Blackmore retrospective album ‘Rock Profile Volume 1’ released in October 1989. The sleeve notes for ‘On The Road’ say that this is a longer version previously only available on the vinyl version of ‘Rock Profile’, but it is actually exactly the same length as previously released on CD and fades out early. ‘No No No’ is from the same German TV source and is the only official live recording released of this song from the ‘Fireball’ album and also fades out early, though the full-length song appears on the vinyl version of that ‘Rock Profile’ album and also on the ‘Shades (1968-1998)’ 4CD box set from Rhino in 1999.

    Moving on to Disc 2 which opens with a raucous version of ‘Speed King’ from the 1970 Stockholm concert mentioned above. “A speed king is somebody who can sing at 100 miles an hour” says Ian during this song and we believe him! The next 3 tracks, ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’, ‘Lazy’ and ‘Fireball’, are true rarities as they have never appeared on an official album release before. They are taken from the soundtrack of the ‘Scandinavian Nights’ video, which has nothing in common with the CD of the same title except the name! This video was filmed at KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark on 1st March 1972. ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’ moves along nicely and includes a vocal/guitar interplay which would become the trademark of this song in concert. ‘Lazy’ starts off lazily enough and then turns into a harmonica-driven R&B romp. ‘Fireball’ is done fairly straight and fast, but its nice to hear a version from this period as it had left the setlist by the time of the famous Japan concerts in August that year.

    We jump forward to the 1987 World tour and some more rareish tracks, though less rare now since the release in November 1999 of a 2CD version of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ (previously only available on vinyl and as an edited single CD). First up is the pounding ‘Perfect Strangers’ from California 23rd May 1987. Ian adds that closing line “I don’t want to taste your poison” from the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ album which he had sang on in 1970. This live version of ‘Perfect Strangers’ was previously released on the ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ live album, both on vinyl and CD in 1988.

    ‘Bad Attitude’ opens with Ian reciting “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”. This nursery rhyme seems very popular with the band as they have used it a few times in concert, sometimes even as an instrumental interlude (Listen to ‘Space Trucking’ from ‘Knebworth ’85’ for example). ‘Bad Attitude’ from the ‘House Of Blue Light’ album, was recorded live in Phoenix, Arizona on the 30th May 1987 and was on the original vinyl album but not on the 1988 CD version of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.

    ‘Space Trucking’ is disappointingly short for those of us who grew up on the epic version from ‘Made In Japan’, but this version recorded in Olso, Norway on 22nd August 1987 rocks, none-the-less. Not on the first CD release of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, but it did make a CD appearance on the ‘Knocking At Your Back Door’ CD compilation in 1991.

    ‘Dead Or Alive’ with its great blues-y intro was recorded in Milan, Italy on 4th September 1987 and was not even on the original vinyl, but only on the cassette version of ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and as a b-side of the ‘Hush 88’ single. By the way, ‘Hush 88’ was not actually a live version even though it appeared on the live album. It was a rehearsal recording from Hook End Manor in February 1988. ‘Dead Or Alive’ is a driving version with a brilliant organ solo and powerhouse drumming from Ian Paice.

    ‘Anya’ was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany on 16th October 1993 and was available on the ‘Come Hell Or High Water’ CD and video (and now DVD) releases. A strong and powerful song from ‘The Battle Rages On’ album before Ritchie decided to leave for good. Could have been a theme for a James Bond movie.

    Disc 3 is dedicated to Mk III and opens with the opening track from the ‘Live In London’ album, a rousing version of ‘Burn’ which was previously released on ‘The Compact Disc Anthology’ CD in 1991. ‘Live In London’ has only ever be released on CD in Japan (on Metal Mania in 1989), so ‘Burn’ and ‘Mistreated’ are at this time rare on CD (though a 2CD re-release is being planned). Both tracks were recorded 22nd May 1974 at the Kilburn Gaumont in London. ‘Mistreated’ really captures a blues feeling and David Coverdale’s voice is very emotional while Ritchie’s guitar is wonderfully melodic.

    ‘Smoke On The Water’ is up next; this and the next 2 songs ‘Going Down’ and ‘You Fool No One’ were recorded in April 1975 and are taken from the ‘Mk III: The Final Concerts’ double CD which is a companion set to 1976’s ‘Made In Europe’. ‘Smoke…’ is sung well by David and then Glenn Hughes gets into the act with some vocal warbling whilst Jon plays a snippet of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. ‘Going Down’, a Don Nix song recorded by Freddie King in 1971, was used as an encore number by both Mk III & IV and led into ‘Highway Star’, but ‘Highway Star’ is edited off here and instead the track segues straight into ‘You Fool No One’. ‘You Fool No One’ has a drum solo from Ian, and the song then leads out of the drum solo into the riff from ‘The Mule’ before closing off with a bit of blues guitar.

    Disc 4 features the Tommy Bolin-era Deep Purple aka Mk IV. The first 5 songs on this CD are all from the under-rated ‘Come Taste The Band’ album which is also the only Deep Purple studio album to feature Tommy Bolin. ‘Last Concert In Japan‘ was a sad attempt to document a live performance featuring Tommy Bolin from 15th December 1975 in Tokyo. ‘Last Concert…’ was not widely released on vinyl (strangely enough it was released in South Africa) and only ever in Japan on CD. In mid-2001, however, the full concert from which that album was taken was remixed, remastered and restored to its proper running order. Entitled ‘This Time Around – Live In Tokyo 1975’ it is a far better tribute to the memory of Tommy Bolin (who died 4th December 1976) and his contribution to the Deep Purple legacy. ‘You Keep On Moving’ and ‘Wild Dogs’ on this disc are taken from the ‘This Time Around’ CD and were also originally included on ‘Last Concert in Japan’.

    ‘On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat’ is a double live CD recorded at Long Beach California on the 27th February 1976 and is sub-titled ‘Live In California 1976’. 5 tracks from ‘Foxbat’ are included here: ‘Lady Luck’, ‘Love Child’, ‘Getting Tighter’, ‘This Time Around’ & ‘Stormbringer’. ‘Lady Luck’ rocks whilst ‘Love Child’ is really funky and features a Jon Lord synthesizer solo. ‘Getting Tighter’ is over 13 minutes long and includes some jamming in the middle which owners of the ‘Days May Come – The California Rehearsals’ studio outtakes CD will recognize as ‘Dance To The Rock & Roll’ and ‘If You Love Me Woman’.

    Though not credited on the CD cover, the instrumental coda to ‘This Time Around’ known as ‘Owed To G’ (“G” being George Gershwin) is actually included here. ‘Wild Dogs’ was a song on Tommy Bolin’s solo album ‘Teaser’ which had just been released when this live version was performed in Japan with vocals by Tommy. ‘Stormbringer’ rocks and then goes funky with a snippet from Sly and The Family Stone’s ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) with a slight lyric change to “thank you for letting us be with you”.

    The packaging is a hard slipcase containing the 4 CD’s and 12 collectors cards with photos of a band member on one side and a biography on the other. The booklet that comes with the set has been superbly written by Matthew Keen and is based on an article he wrote for Record Collector magazine in February 1998. Matthew goes through each of the live album releases in detail, even albums where tracks are not included on this box set, and all the album covers are shown. He also gives great info on how the set lists have changed through the years and around the world.

    Deep Purple: Space Truckin’ Round The World Live 68-76

    Info from The Highway Star: Classic Rock magazine reports that there is a new live compilation in the works by Purple Records, to be released in November 2009.

    Track list:

    CD 1
    1 Hush (Inglewood 1968)
    2 River Deep Mountain High (Inglewood 1968)
    3 Hey Joe (Inglewood 1968)
    4 Wring That Neck (Aachen 1970)
    5 Into The Fire (Stockholm 1970)
    6 Mandrake Root (Montreux 1969)
    CD 2
    1 Child In Time (Granada TV 1970) see video below
    2 Lazy (Denmark 1972)
    3 Strange Kind Of Woman (Denmark 1972)
    4 Burn (San Diego 1974)
    5 Mistreated (San Diego 1974)
    6 The Gypsy (Paris 1975)
    7 Lady Double Dealer (Paris 1975)
    8 Wild Dogs (Tokyo 1975)
    9 Love Child (Tokyo 1975)

    An eclectic compilation to say the least, it has ‘Space Truckin’ in the title, but this song is not included. Seems to be compiled mainly from albums released as part of the Sonic Zoom series.

    ‘Wring That Neck’ (all 20 plus minutes of it!) includes extracts and snippets from Lazy, Three Blind Mice, In The Hall Of The Mountain King, Rhapsody in Blue, White Christmas and Jingle Bells, in among the general noise and mayhem that I love so much from Deep Purple. The inclusion of the Christmas snippets is even funnier when you realize this show was recorded in July!

    In February 2009 I compiled a similar type of  collection for PT Music in South Africa, but they were not able to get the licencing sorted, so it will have to just exist as an iTunes playlist on my computer. I have listed it here as part of my Virtual Collection series.

    Deep Purple – Down The Road Of Golden Dust

    Live Across The World And Through The Years

    Single CD:

    1    Hush (Royal Albert Hall Sept 1969)
    2    Black Night (Stockholm 1970)
    3    Strange Kind Of Woman (Copenhagen 1972)
    4    Fireball (Copenhagen 1972)
    5    Burn (Graz 1975)
    6    Mistreated (incl Rock Me Baby) (Paris 1975)
    7    Smoke On The Water (Paris 1975)
    8    Love Child (California 1976)
    9    Highway Star (incl Not Fade Away) (California 1976)

    Double CD:

    Disc One

    1    Hush (Royal Albert Hall Sept 1969)
    2    Black Night (Stockholm 1970)
    3    Speed King (Stockholm 1970)
    4    Child In Time (London 1970)
    5    Into The Fire (Stockholm 1970)
    6    Strange Kind Of Woman (Copenhagen 1972)
    7    Fireball (Copenhagen 1972)
    8    Burn (Graz 1975)
    9    Stormbringer (Graz April 1975)
    10  Mistreated (incl Rock Me Baby) (Paris 1975)

    Disc Two

    1    Smoke On The Water (Paris 1975)
    2    Lady Double Dealer (Paris 1975)
    3    Space Truckin’ (Graz 1975)
    4    Lady Luck (California 1976)
    5    Lazy (California 1976)
    6    Love Child (California 1976)
    7    Highway Star (incl Not Fade Away) (California 1976)

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