New releases from Fresh Music

Wild Youth - A Leopard Never Change Her Spots
Wild Youth – A Leopard Never Change Her Spots

Released for the first time on CD is the long awaited retrospective of South Africa’s legendary original punk band, Wild Youth. This massive 23 track set includes all of Wild Youth’s late 70`s seminal singles, live and demo tracks plus several songs from the band’s alter ego outfit, The Gay Marines. Wild Youth are prominently featured in the film documentary “Punk in Afrika”, currently showing in key US and European film festivals.

Astral Daze 3 - Snapshots Of The South African Rock Underground
Astral Daze 3 – Snapshots Of The South African Rock Underground

Volume 3 of our acclaimed Astral Daze series find us in the company of some well known ‘underground’ bands (Freedom’s Children, Abstract Truth, The Bats) and some lesser known luminaries of the psych rock era (The Gentle People, Finder’s Keepers, 004’s, Wakeford Hart). The compilation is rounded off with some real classics including engineer Peter Pearlson’s 2011 remix of Hawk’s ‘Here comes the sun’ and Sharon Tandy’s psych collaboration with UK rockers Fleur De Lys.

Sun by Impi | 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

Sun – Impi (You’d be bats not to like it)

IMPI
IMPI

Impi, (not to be confused with John Kongos’ briefly lived band or Johnny Clegg’ seminal anthem) were mostly The Bats under a different name. To their ranks they added Sounds of Brass’ Peter Hubner, The Square Set’s Neville Whitmill and Hubner’s girlfriend Deni Loren. The group released one eponymously titled album which featured the track ‘Sun.’

Listening to it, one can see why The Bats chose not to release it under their usual name. It was far more prog rock influenced than most of their previous pop work and, perhaps they felt their fan base would not really like it. Starting out with a heavy beating drum (African rhythm), then weaving in a haunting pennywhistle before building up to the catchy chorus with a rich brass ensemble.

Unfortunately for The Bats, their alter ego did not really capture the hearts and minds of their pop fans, nor those of the progressive bands like Hawk, Abstract Truth and Freedom’s Children as the album did not do too well and faded into obscurity. Fortunately Benjy Mudie, the keeper of the South Africa rock flame, has just released the album on his Retrofresh label, so we are able to listen to ‘Sun’ and all the other tracks, and wonder why we didn’t go for it big time at the time.

John Samson

Where to find it:
Impi – Impi (2012), Retrofresh, FRESHCD 183

Lesley Rae Dowling’s debut album from 1981 now available to download

Lesley Rae Dowling - Digital re-issue
Lesley Rae Dowling - Digital re-issue

Tracks:

  1. The Spaniard
  2. Grips Of Emotion
  3. The Raven
  4. Somethin’ Goin’ On
  5. You
  6. Young Lochnivar
  7. Mama’s Leaving
  8. Oh, My Love
  9. Morocco
  10. Lady
  11. Sophistication

Release information:

1981, Warner Brothers Records, WBC 9020
2006, Fresh Music, freshcd149 (2LPs on 1 CD, with Unravished Brides)
2011, Next Music, digital re-issue

Review from SA Rock Digest #94, February 2001

The little lady with the big voice seemed to come out of nowhere, bursting on the radio in late 1981 with the powerful ‘Grips of Emotion’. The strength of this debut single meant that the album was one of the most eagerly anticipated on the local scene for a while. The final product simply entitled ‘Lesley Rae Dowling’ did not disappoint.

Masterfully produced by none other than Tully McCully, the album offered up 10 further tracks of the sultry, sexy rock that had made ‘Grips..’ so exciting. Dowling’s strong alto tones entwine themselves around the tight guitar playing of McCully, jostle for attention next to some slick guitar solo’s from the omnipresent Jethro Butow, or weave there way around her own well crafted keyboard playing.

She’s angry and seductive, reflective and mystical. She sings of the exotic (‘The Spaniard’ & ‘Morroco’) of the gothic (‘The Raven’) and the erotic (‘Grips of Emotion’). At times the album so sexually charged the album is almost a substitute for foreplay, yet she was somewhat of a recluse, seeming to shy away from public life. This was at odds with the strength of her voice and the upfrontness of her songs.

This must rank as one of the best debut albums by a South African artist, strong gutsy vocals coiled around a tightly produced backdrop of hard edged rock guitar and piano. The album is summed up in the title of the bluesy final track ‘Sophistication’.

John Samson, February 2001

Available to download from Rhythm Music Store

More info on the SA Rock Encyclopedia

South African Music – MP3

Gary Johnston wrote:

Greetings Brian, I am a fan of SA music, particularly 60’s & 70’s. Over the years I have collected a lot of MP3’s but am still missing some classics i.e
The Staccatos
Billy Forrest
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
The Gonks
The Dealians
Omega Limited
Bernie Brown
Neville Whitmill
The A-Cads

I would dearly love to obtain the music above and have no problem about purchasing these MP3’s but would like you to advise me how I can do this? Please help!
Thanks
Gary

Brian wrote:

Most of this music is very hard to find on CD and even more difficult as legal MP3 downloads.

Original vinyl albums can often be found at Mabu Vinyl.

More info on most of these artists can be found on the SA Rock Encyclopedia website:

60’s http://rock.co.za/files/sarock_legends_60s.html

and

70’s http://rock.co.za/files/sarock_legends_70s.html

Classic South African Rock Songs available to download

Many of my favourite South African Rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have been becoming available for download on Rhythm Music Store over the last while.

Here are a few of them, in no particular order:

Up-to-date list of South African albums available from Retro Fresh

Top Ten Tunes: Top MP3 Downloads at Channel24

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

HeuninglandIan Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

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» Read the Review · Listen

Jennifer Ferguson – Where You Gonna Be Tomorrow

“Love knows no colour” is the timeless message of this beautiful African folk pop ballad off the legendary SA songbird’s second album, ‘Untimely’, released on the Shifty label.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip 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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» Read the Review · Listen

Koos Kombuis – Die Groen Fokkol Song

“The problems facing Planet Earth are far more serious than whether we like Malema or not, or what people think of the new ANC leather jackets” says the iconic Afrikaans singer songwriter on this eco-friendly overhaul of his classic protest song about service delivery.

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» Read the Review · Listen

DJ MuZI.GP – Chemistry

Muzimania UnleashedHot new Gauteng DJ drops another choice Deep Soul House joint off his 15-track dance album, ‘Muzimania Unleashed’.

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No Friends Of Harry – Paint It Black

Legendary SA gothic rockers remind today’s disaffected skinny jeans jet set what real alternative music is all about with this fantastic cover of the Rolling Stones classic. Off their retrospective collection, ‘The Present Has Passed’.

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Dans Republic – Afrikaans

AfrikaansWhat happens when Afrikaans progressive rockers Foto Na Dans invite Flash Republic’s Tamara Dey, Ryan Dent and Craig Massiv to remix one of their unreleased tracks? Imagine Muse dropping a soul-drenched tab of electro dance while giving ‘Die Taal’ the thumbs up and you’re half way there!

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» Read the Review · Listen

Van Coke Kartel – Voor Ons Stof Word

Them Crooked Vultures get lost in Afrikaans garage rock translation on this suicidally hip new single about seizing the day from Francois Van Coke’s bad ass boys. Off their forthcoming album, ‘Skop Skiet en Donner’.

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Sterling EQ – Nkalakatha

NovaSA’s all-girl instrumental supergroup give Mandoza’s kwaito anthem a chic classical makeover on this sexy single off their new album, ‘Nova’.

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» Read the Review · Listen · Read more

McCully Workshop – Sweet Fields Of Green

Fans of early Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd are going to love this progressive pop rock gem off the South African legends’ recently-reissued 1971 album, ‘Genesis’.

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How can I sell my music online?

See Digital Music Sales

This is one of the questions I get asked very often by South African musicians.

In 2002 I was involved with creating the SAmp3. com portal for promoting South African music through free downloads. However there was no real way, at the time, to monetize these free give-aways.

In August 2006, I became a partner in starting Rhythm Online to sell MP3s to the world. This online store is now known as Rhythm Music Store (and also MyMusiek) and if you are a talented musician, published or unpublished, fill in the online electronic distribution agreement to have your tunes listed on Rhythm Online Music Store.

Would you like the world to hear and buy your music?

SAmp3. com can help you promote your music through channel24 and sell your MP3s to the world on the RhythmMusicStore.com.

And the best part is, there is no cost to you!

Music Sales:

If you wish to sell your music on RhythmMusicStore.com you will need to complete the easy online agreement.

All the information you need can be found there.

Currently Rhythm Music Store is only able to accommodate artists and labels with bank accounts in South Africa.

For selling MP3s on Rhythm Music Store we require a physical audio CD or CD-R for  for the following reasons:

  • Quality Control
  • Naming Convention
  • Creation of 30 second samples

Single songs are also fine (we list it as a album with only one track, and with its own artwork and blurb), but we still require the music to be supplied on an audio CD, please.

Postal address:
Rhythm Music Store
PO Box 399
Century City
7446
Cape Town

Physical address:

Brian Currin
c/o Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede Street
Gardens
Cape Town
[Click here for a map]

Free Promotional Give-aways:

Please contact:

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman:
email: sugar@samp3.com
Phone: 021-423-7635 (office hours)

We will need your song(s) on an audio CD or CD-R, mailed, couriered or hand-delivered to us, so that we can rip the mp3s. We will also need some info about the band/artist and your authorisation of our use of your tracks as free mp3 downloads. You need only supply one copy of each album for both Rhythm Music Store and SAmp3.com

For free promotional give-aways you can also email your MP3s to brian@samp3.com

By sending MP3s to brian@samp3.com you are authorizing them to be used as free downloads.

Please do not send MP3s for selling on RhythmMusicStore.com, please see reasons above.

Postal address:
SAmp3.com
PO Box 399
Century City
7446
Cape Town

Physical address:
Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede Street
Gardens
Cape Town
[Click here for a map]

Top Ten Tunes: Top Mp3 Downloads on Channel 24

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

HeuninglandIan Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

Koos Kombuis – Die Groen Fokkol Song

“The problems facing Planet Earth are far more serious than whether we like Malema or not, or what people think of the new ANC leather jackets” says the iconic Afrikaans singer songwriter on this eco-friendly overhaul of his classic protest song about service delivery.

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip 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….”

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

Gereformeerde Blues Band – Almal Moet Gerook Raak

Johannes Kerkorrel and his alternative Afrikaans pioneers shake off apartheid’s Calvinist shackles on this classic live cut about the healing wonders of the weed. Off the ‘Voëlvry Die Toer’ album.

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» Read the Review · Listen

Sterling EQ – Nkalakatha

NovaSA’s all-girl instrumental supergroup give Mandoza’s kwaito anthem a chic classical makeover on this sexy single off their new album, ‘Nova’.

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen · Read more

Dans Republic – Afrikaans

What happens when Afrikaans progressive rockers Foto Na Dans invite Flash Republic’s Tamara Dey, Ryan Dent and Craig Massiv to remix one of their unreleased tracks? Imagine Muse dropping a soul-drenched tab of electro dance while giving ‘Die Taal’ the thumbs up and you’re half way there!

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

Van Coke Kartel – Voor Ons Stof Word

Skop Skiet en DonnerThem Crooked Vultures get lost in Afrikaans garage rock translation on this suicidally hip new single about seizing the day from Francois Van Coke’s bad ass boys. Off their forthcoming album, ‘Skop Skiet en Donner’.

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

DJ MuZI.GP – Inhliziyo Yami

Rising Jozi star gives Mzansi house fans their fix with this contagious fusion of soulfully deep, hip shaking homegrown grooves featuring Zimkitha. Off his brand new 15-track dance album, ‘Muzimania Unleashed’.

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Ike Moriz – What A Wonderful World

Blue MoonClassy Cape Town crooner serenades us with a smooth jazzy rendition of Louis Armstrong’s beautiful ballad. Off his 8th studio album entitled ‘Blue Moon’.

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The Helicopters – Don’t Wanna Live In Hollywood

Enjoy this seminal slice of 80s SA new wave pop courtesy of singer/songwriter Bernard Binns and his band of Vereeniging New Romantic brothers. It’s an infectiously funky live version of their Top 10 hit, off the RetroFresh compilation album, ‘The Best Of The Helicopters’.

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McCully Workshop’s 1975 album ‘Ages’ re-issued on CD with 7 rare bonus tracks

McCully Workshop - Ages
McCully Workshop - Ages

Release information:
LP: October 1975, EMI-Brigadiers, EMCJ(L) 11512,
CD: February 2010, Fresh Music, freshcd170

Tracks:

 

  1. Avenue * (T McCully) [4.00]
  2. 1623 * (R Wilson) [2.07]
  3. You (T McCully) [2.54]
  4. I Walked Alone (R Wilson) [3.32]
  5. Carbon Canyon (R Black) [2.47]
  6. Blues In C Minor (T McCully) [5.15]
    recorded live at UCT in August 1975
  7. Step On Easy (T McCully) [2.40]
  8. Guinevere * (T McCully) [3.10]
  9. Goodbye Lonely Blues (T McCully) [2.55]
  10. The Plague (R Wilson) [2.55]
  11. In The Quiet Hours (R Wilson) [3.14]
  12. Forgot How To Smile (R Black) [2.35]
  13. Shingles (R Wilson) [3.40]

Bonus tracks on 2010 CD re-issue:

  1. Carnival (3.13)
  2. Got a good reason (2.51)
  3. I’m waiting (4.35)
  4. Inside (3.52)
  5. Rainbow Illusion (3.29)
  6. Gunpoint (2.54)
  7. Shamrock (2.50)

A selection of music reflecting different ages written and produced by McCully Workshop.

Musicians:

 

  • Mike McCully: Drums, vocals
  • Tully McCully: Vocals, bass, guitar
  • Richard Black: Lead guitar, vocals
  • Richard Wilson: Electric violin, mellotron, electric piano
  • Leon Morten: Organ, synthesizer

* These tracks are available to buy as MP3 downloads from RhythmMusicStore.com.

Comments:

Ages was released in 1975 and reflected musical styles from the different ages of music and various influences can be heard: Uriah Heep, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, etc. The vocal harmonies are superb throughout. ‘1623’ is a wonderful violin-led instrumental and the keyboard-dominated ‘Guinevere’ reached #10 on the LM Radio charts and the band even appeared on the very early days of South African TV playing this hit song.

Liner Notes for 2010 CD re-issue (uncut)
by Brian Currin

‘Ages’ is very much an album of its time, and it is also timeless. Released in October 1975, ‘Ages’ has many varied influences, and has a wide pop, folk, rock and blues appeal.

Before Ages

In 1965, the McCullagh brothers, Tully (born Terence on 31st May 1953) and Mike (born Michael on 7th April 1947) started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three. After a few personnel- and name-changes, they settled on McCully Workshop as they used to rehearse in Mrs McCullagh’s garage.

Their debut album ‘McCully Workshop Inc.’ was released in June 1970 and included the hit single ‘Why Can’t It Rain’. ‘Inc’ has been referred to as: “‘Sgt. Pepper’ influenced psychedelic music blended with R&B, garage punk tunes. Great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work.”

After the ‘Inc’ album there was a deliberate move to do something different and progressive. The musical vibe at the time of the ‘Genesis’ album in 1971 was very brass influenced with bands like Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Traffic pushing the boundaries of Jazz and Rock.

McCully Workshop spent the next three to four years changing line-ups and playing live gigs. They moved away from the Brass-Rock sound of the ‘Genesis’ album and embraced the keyboards sounds which were becoming more popular then. The band went into Advision Studios in Long Street, Cape Town with Tully as engineer and producer. ‘Ages’ was recorded using a Studer 1 inch 4 track recorder.

The Recording Of Ages

“’Ages’ is a sort-of concept album”, remembers Mike McCully. In the early 70’s, the promise made by the improvisational bands in the late 60’s, like Cream, Iron Butterfly, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and many others, had started to bear fruit.It was a time of rock music becoming really heavy and progressive, but also a time of the Singer-Songwriters and Folk Rock.

Medieval themes, Lord Of The Rings and ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ styles were the order of the day. Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman had released an instrumental album about the ‘Six Wives Of Henry VIII’, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow had sang about ‘The Man On The Silver Mountain’ and Uriah Heep celebrated ‘The Magician’s Birthday’.

Mike McCully says that when McCully Workshop used to perform live around that time, the set list would include their arrangements of classical pieces like Bach’s ‘Toccata in D Minor’, Grieg’s ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’ and Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ (better known as the theme to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey)’ alongside ‘Every Little Thing’ by The Beatles and ‘The Man From Afghanistan’ by Curtiss Maldoon. Quite an eclectic mix.

When asked about his favourite song on the ‘Ages’ album, Mike McCully says without hesitation: ‘I Walked Alone’. “This song had very difficult drumming, and I was influenced by Jim Keltner at the time. And the drumming on ‘Guinevere’ features double-tracked triplets”, continues Mike, “and live I used to play this with four sticks (a la John Bonham) for audio and visual effect.”

The album opener, ‘Avenue’ is a bass-driven rock track, which echoes ‘Salisbury’-era Uriah Heep, whilst ‘Carbon Canyon’ is an uptempo Steve Miller Band-influenced blues boogie with rollicking piano and cool guitar licks from Richard Black (born 9th December 1946) who had been playing guitar with various bands since the mid-60s. He had been in a rock power trio, Elephant, with George Wolfaardt (Abstract Truth) and Savvy Grande (Suck) and he brought his impressive rock credentials into McCully Workshop as a replacement to Bruce Gordon.

Black also brought his flute-playing skills to the ‘Ages’ album, and the flute adds an extra dimension to the Focus-inspired instrumental ‘Shingles’. ‘Step On Easy’ is influenced by Country Folk Rock, and would not have been out of place on a Stealers Wheel album. ‘Blues In C minor’ was recorded live at the Students Union Hall at the University Of Cape Town. It is a tongue-in-cheek improvisational live blues jam with Tully trying out his best Louis Armstrong impersonation. “It was a spoof song”, says Tully, “I would make up different lyrics every time I sang it”. Leon Morton’s organ-playing shines on this song.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer were a big influence on the recording sessions. Keyboardist Leon Morton loved Keith Emerson, Mike McCully rated Carl Palmer as a top drummer, and Tully McCully is a singing bassist, just like Greg Lake. Leon Morton used an Elka Rhapsody string synthesizer (also used by artists like Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream) extensively on the ‘Ages’ album, and the epic chords on ‘The Plague’ are thanks to this instrument.

Richard Wilson’s violin playing can be heard on a number of tracks on ‘Ages’ including a few of his own compositions. ‘1623’ and ‘Shingles’ are among Tully’s favourite songs on the album.’Great medieval sounds, mixed in with Irish jigs”, says Tully. “They were very much in the style of that hit single ‘Jig-A-Jig’ from 70’s prog-rock band East Of Eden. We even used to play that song at our live performances”.

Richard Wilson was also a classically-trained pianist and his playing can be heard prominently on ‘Guinevere’. This song is a powerful prog-rock ballad that reached the LM Radio Top Ten. The vocal harmonies of Crocodile Harris can be heard on this track and it was performed live during the early days of South African TV.

McCully Workshop always prided themselves on their vocal harmonies, and were influenced by bands such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Yes, The Beach Boys, Uriah Heep, The Moody Blues and The Beatles. “We were always well-rehearsed with our vocal harmonies”, remembers Tully. ‘Forgot How To Smile’ was penned by Richard Black and Tully wanted to try something different with the vocals, so he put them through a guitar phase pedal!

On the subject of strange effects, the echo chamber for this album was the 18 by 12 foot corrugated iron water tank on the roof of the studio building. “We put a speaker on one side, and two mikes on the opposite side to create echo and reverb effects” says Tully. “Then one day a storm came and blew the water tank across the road on top of the building next door!” Unperturbed they strung cables across and continued to use it.

After Ages

Leon Morton left to pursue a career in banking, and Richard Wilson formed the Wright Brothers with Crocodile Harris and they had a hit with Tully’s compositon ‘Silver Bird’.

Rupert Mellor joined on keyboards and their biggest hit ‘Buccaneer’ lay just around the corner.

A new McCully Workshop album titled ‘Work-In-Progress’ is due for release in 2010.

35 years after ‘Ages’ the Workshop is still open for business.

www.mccullyworkshop.co.za

Brian Currin

December 2009

Forthcoming releases from Retro Fresh

From Fresh Music

Expect the third and final chapter of the Otis Waygood story in February –1971’s “Ten light claps and a scream” comes complete with a rare bonus track recorded in the UK plus some newly discovered photos and an updated biography…also in the loop at the same time is the third McCully Workshop album, “Ages”, recorded in 1975 with several non album bonus tracks. This album rounds off the McCully’s prog rock period and features some great guitar and flute interplay – a must for Workshop fans!

February/March will see the release of the legendary Wildebeest album “Bushrock 1’, featuring Freedom’s Children drummer Colin Pratley and Jackhammer’s Piet Botha. Recorded live in 1981, the album has long been a progressive rock gem with it’s thundering African percussion, swooping Celtic violin work and psych guitars….Finally we have managed to secure the rights to The Third Eye catalogue and will release the bands three albums ,”Awakening” (1969) , “Searching” (1969) and “Brother” (1970) on one extended double CD. Hailing from Durban The Third Eye is Hammond driven prog rock at it’s best, included will be rare photos, B sides and retrospective liner notes from the band members.

In late March/April the mythical Hammak “Live !” album will make it’s CD debut courtesy of band members Keith Lentin and Anton Fig. Regarded as one of the finest ‘jam ‘ albums in SA rock music this album has been on fan wish lists for over a decade…Coming on like the bastard child of Rare Earth meets Grand Funk Railroad “There’s a light, there’s a way” by The Invaders is earmarked for the end of April. Originally a mid 60’s pop band The Invaders mutated into heavy rockers by the beginning of the 70’s and created one of the finest albums in that genre.

April/May – The third Hawk album “Live and well” will include all the original tracks plus some bonus songs, new photos and an updated biography. Joining that will be the long awaited double cd set of 60’s South African ‘beat’ music featuring the likes of The A-Cads , Staccatos,John E Sharpe,Tidal Wave and many more…

If you have any suggestions for future Retro releases please email fresh@icon.co.za

Selected Retro Fresh albums available to download at Rhythm Music Store

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