The History of RockFest Radio by Leon Economides


We’ve had many people enquiring about what The Rockfest is, and how it came about. The following intro will give you some idea of what/who we are, and what we do.

The Rockfest was born about 5 years ago.

When I approached the CEO of 1485AM Radio Today, Dr. Ivan May, with the view to presenting a classic rock show on the Rosebank-based community station, he was quite happy with the idea, and I started presenting a three hour show on a Friday night, repeated on a Wednesday night.

After having presented my show, dubbed “The RockIt Scientist”, for a few months on Radio Today, it dawned on me that there were a number of other presenters, all of whom were household names in their own right, whose talents and personalities were being wasted by them not being on air anymore, having been “discarded” by the major radio stations, who felt that they were either too “old”, or that their music taste and presentation was “old fashioned”. I had previous worked with Chris Prior, Phil Wright and Rafe Lavine on various other radio shows / stations since the early 80’s, and I thought that they would be very happy to be able to come back on air, onto a radio station that had no prescribed playlists or restrictions, and feature the music that made them so famous in South Africa. Dr. May agreed to this, and I approached Phil, Rafe, Chris and David Blood, all of whom were indeed happy to be on air, playing the music they love.

When the various shows started, from Friday through Monday, I called it The Rockfest. The idea of the concept was that you could listen to seasoned, knowledgeable, and in the case of the aforementioned four individuals, very professional presenters, featuring unplaylisted, unrestricted music, mainly in the jazz, blues and specifically, classic rock fields, thereby bringing back the glory days of radio when presenters had free choice of the music they wanted to play. The emphasis was on the music, but it also allowed the presenter’s personality and knowledge to be a factor in the presentation, unlike playlisted, formatted shows where the role of the presenter has been relegated to that of a “talking head”.

The Rockfest grew. After a while, I had brought on nearly 15 presenters, males and females, seven nights a week, all playing various forms of music, once again, free of restrictions. All the presenters were unpaid volunteers, doing it for the passion, and love, of music. The Rockfest became quite popular, and we staged three Rockfest gigs, at various venues, the intention being to market Radio Today and The Rockfest, as well as to highlight and promote South African artists / bands that, by virtue of the fact that they play non-commercial music, seldom get airplay in this country. The Rockfest on Radio Today came to an abrupt end in February 2009. Management ended it in a particularly cavalier and brutal fashion, but that’s another story!

Then, in early December 2009, The Rockfest found a new home, in 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. It happened just as quickly as it ended on Radio Today, and I approached many of the original Rockfest presenters, a number of whom have elected to come on board. Station manager Richard Jones and consultant Hanz Stricker have adopted the non-formatted playlist approach for the evening (Rockfest) presenters, and, once again, from 8pm til late, classic rock / progressive rock / alternative / metal / blues / 80’s rock and even 70’s disco, can be heard on the station, seven nights a week. There are a number of new presenters, many of whom have never been on radio before, but all the presenters have a common goal: to play the best possible music on 93.8FM, thus ensuring that the station is one of the very few in the country that caters for the more mature, discerning music lover who is tired of being spoonfed a daily diet of commercial pop, rap, R&B, etc, that forms the playlists of most other radio stations.

Each presenter is strongly encouraged to feature South African music on their shows, and, in many cases, the presenters are conducting interviews with South African bands / artists. The Rockfest is also going to be, in conjuction with Benjy Mudie, heavily involved in promoting the Monsters of Rock concert, featuring Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, in late April. I will be doing live and telephonic interviews with various band members from all three bands, on my RockIt Scientist show in due course. It’s also my intention to restart the Rockfest gigs, and I already have a large number of bands, known and not-so-well-known, that are keen to perform under the banner of The Rockfest on 93.8FM.

The Rockfest has a website / blog (, and many of the presenters’ playlists can be seen on the site. The interest in The Rockfest is starting to build up again, and we are all very grateful that Steve Milo, Richard Jones and Hanz Stricker have given us the opportunity, and the means, to get The Rockfest back on the road, and on the air.

There is also a strong possibility that 93.8FM will have audio streaming in the near future, and it’s the station’s intention to approach DSTV for an audio signal, thus affording listeners throughout the country the opportunity of hearing the broadcasts.

The Rockfest line-up on 93.8fm Midrand Stereo is currently as follows:


8 – 9pm – Linda Sue (80’s/90’s rock/metal)

9 – midnight – Leon Economides (classic/progressive/Latin rock/metal/brass rock/blues/folk/Southern rock/jazz)

Midnight – 02am – TBA


8 – 10pm – Ingrid Botha (classic rock/metal/AOR)

10pm – midnight – Lesley Wright (MOR/rock/80’s/70’s disco)

Midnight – 02am – Greg Tucker (Industrial/alternative)


8 – 10pm – Phil Wright (metal/blues/classic rock)

10pm – midnight – Jurgen Becker (classic rock/alternative/new wave)

Midnight – 02am – Renier Coetzee (classic rock/metal)


8 – 10pm – Tamara Jeunette (Industrial/alternative/goth/metal)

10pm – midnight – TBA ( possibly blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathy Raven – will confirm shortly – will feature SA rock/blues)

Midnight – 02am – Frank Heydenrych (classic rock/progressive/metal)


6 – 8pmRosemary Royeppen (classic rock/jazz/blues/funk)

8 – 11pm – David Blood (classic rock/blues/AOR)

11 – 01am – Mike Tymvios (classic rock/metal/80’s)


8 – 10pm – Max Aston (classic rock/progressive rock/folk rock/Southern rock)

10 – midnight – Aris Binikos (70’s disco/funk)

Midnight – 02am – Andre Durand (classic rock/metal)


8 – 11pm – Robert Laing (South African rock/metal/blues)

11 – 01am – Rick Gardiner (hard rock/metal)

Leon Economides (0824402836)

Rock Fest Update from Leon Economides

From Leon Economides


Yes, it’s been a while. Namely a few years. No comments from the peanut gallery.

You might recall that The Rockfest was terminated by 1485am Radio Today’s management, giving us less than three days notice, in February this year. It was a bit of a slap in the face for all the presenters who gave freely of their time, for over three years, and the lack of appreciation and support shown, and the way it was done, left many people feeling pretty embittered and annoyed. For many presenters, whilst being grateful to Radio Today for allowing them the freedom to play the music of their choice, it signalled the end of their short broadcasting “career”.

The Rockfest was basically put on “ice”, with very little chance of it being revived, given the strict playlisted format and programming (not to mention politically correct!) structure of most radio stations in South Africa.

It’s against this background that I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Prior, Phil Wright, Benjy Mudie, Melanie Walker, Rafe Lavine, David Blood, Leon Fourie, Robert Laing, Tamara Jeunette, Jurgen Becker, Lesley Chase, Rosemary Royeppen, Greg Tucker, Rui de Sousa, Adelle First, Bojan Andrejevic, Natalie Chapman, Nicole De Gruchy and Mark Vas for having been part of The Rockfest at various stages, and for sharing their music and talent with us.

In the three years and a bit that The Rockfest on 1485am was in existence, it had built up a pretty good reputation as a series of programmes in which all styles of music, from jazz to blues, from country to metal and prog, and from classic rock to folk, could be heard, seven nights a week. We had three Rockfest concerts at venues such as Tempos and The Rustic Theatre, featuring some of the best bands / artists in the country, namely Mel Botes, Ghapi, Clint & Co, Jonathan Martin, Band o’ Gypsies, Strange Brew, Agro, Radiation, Mantis, bassist Kai Horsthemke and his brilliant band, Three Foot Thang, Brad Cunningham, and a host of others, with the main objective being the promotion of South African bands as well as that of The Rockfest, and Radio Today. South African bands / artists were regularly featured and interviewed on The Rockfest, and all the presenters were encouraged to feature good, original South African music on their shows.

To cut a long story short, that all ended towards the end of February 2009. Some presenters, such as Chris Prior, Robert Laing and David Blood, remained with 1485. The rest of us resigned ourselves to the fact that it was great while it lasted, but, as is normally the case with rock shows on radio in South Africa, it was just a matter of time before the plug was pulled (I think it’s an affliction that seems embedded in the minds of the powers that be that anything that features real guitars, drums, keyboards, and that doesn’t feature the words “Yo!”, or “Was happenin??”, or has rap lyrics about some dildo with baggy pants and a backward facing cap letting the dogs out, or some “sounds like everybody else” R & B diva moaning as if she has an ice pick stuck in the back of her head, is a no-no on South African radio, especially if it’s presented by an “ethnically challenged” specimen of the masculine persuasion). Fortunately, Benjy, who had moved on to another radio station, and Barney Simon, one of the most respected and admired presenters in the country, together with Chris, David and Robert, kept the flag flying, so to speak. As did Shiloh Noone in the Cape.

Fast forward to the here and now….

A few weeks ago, I received a message to call Richard Jones. I had never met him before, but I had heard many good things about Richard in the past, mainly that he had a lot of experience in and on radio in this country, having worked on Capitol Radio and Radio 2000, and, more importantly, he was into music. Rock music. A truly rare breed: a station manager, with years of experience, into rock music! How great is that? Turns out that he also has the perfect face for radio. A marriage made in Heaven!

I called him back, and what he told me blew me out of the water: Richard had recently become station manager of 93.8FM Midrand Stereo, a community radio station based, oddly and cunningly enough, in Midrand. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s sort of midway between Joburg and Pretoria, hence the “mid” part….well, you get the drift. Richard wanted to know if I was keen on restarting The Rockfest. On a mandated ROCK station, with an FM signal and a pretty decent range (from some parts in Pretoria, through to the prime business areas of Randburg and Sandton, right through to the other side of the East Rand Mall, as well as to Fourways, Broadcares, etc), with a station manager of Richard’s calibre and reputation, and with total freedom to play any music as long as it has a rock slant / link / connection. Did you get that? I said R O C K, that dreaded word not normally used on South African radio for fear of being tied down on a bed of nails and forced to listen to hours and hours of mindless, nauseating R & B, Pop, Dance, Rap and other juicy bits that seem to make up the staple diet of almost every radio station in the country.

A few immediate questions / thoughts came to mind: Do snakes have hips? Do bears shit in the woods? Does puke always have carrots and peas in it, irrespective of what you’ve been eating? You get the drift, part 2.

Needless to say, a number of frantic phone calls and sms’s followed. I wanted to get as many of the original Rockfest people on board as I could, with the intention of starting immediately. Foreplay was not part of the equation. As you can see on the (almost complete) programming schedule below, quite a few of the original Rockfest people are on board, but there are also quite a few new people, many of whom have never done broadcasting before. Everybody has the same passion: to play the best possible music in the country, on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. As before, you can hear anything from metal to blues to 70’s disco (listen to classic disco tracks such as “Devil’s Gun” and tell me that hasn’t got serious rock links!). Two weeks into the new Rockfest, and some new kids on the block are already starting to shine!

As before, Brian Currin, who has started a blog for The Rockfest (, is as supportive and enthusiastic as ever, as are advertisers such as Look & Listen, who did not hesitate to come on board, and I want to say thank you to Howard Lazarus, CEO of Look & Listen, for his unfailing support, help and friendship.

We plan to restart The Rockfest gigs, and it’s our intention to have these at The Rustic Theatre, which is a fantastic indoor / outdoor venue with good food and plenty parking, with our “relaunch” possibly at the end of January / early February.

Each presenter has been encouraged to have their playlist for the week placed on the website / blog (I STILL have no clue what the difference between the two is!), so you will able to get an idea of the kind of music each presenter features on their show.

The station is offering extremely attractive advertising rates, up to the end of January 2010, with great benefits, such as one month FREE advertising, so if you would be keen to advertise on the station (and you would also be helping to keep 93.8FM alive and growing!), please contact either Richard on 0822212201 or station advisor Hanz Stricker on 0825613531. As Angus and the boys said: “You Want Rock? You Got It” – your help in keeping the whole thing alive would be beneficial for everyone.

Well, that’s it, for now. Don’t expect long newsletters every week – some of us work for a living! But you can certainly expect to see the playlists, at least, on the blog / website / whatever! You get the drift. Part 3.

This is for you, for us, for Rock ‘n Roll, for SA music, for non-playlisted radio shows. For the freedom to hear what YOU want to hear on the radio.

Thank you to all the guys and girls who share in the same dream and who will give of their time and energy, and who will share their passion.

Thank the Lord for people like Richard Jones and Hanz Stricker………

I wish you a very happy and blessed Christmas, and hope that the New Year will be safe, prosperous and successful for us all.


Leon Economides – The RockIt Scientist. Playlist: Monday 14 December 2009, 21H00 to Midnight

01. Home – Dreamer, from “Home”. 1972 – CBS Records

02. Titanic – Macumba, bonus track on “Eagle Rock”. 1974 – CBS Records

03. Jade Warrior – Eyes On You, from “Released”. 1972 – Vertigo Records

04. Randy Pie – Kitsch, from “Kitsch”. 1975 – Polydor Records

05. Lake – On The Run, from “Lake”. 1977 – CBS Records

06. Atlantis – Friends, from “Live”. 1974 – Vertigo Records

07. Keef Hartley Band – Sinnin’ For You, from “Halfbreed”. 1969 – Deram Records

08. Walrus – Who Can I Trust, from “Walrus”. 1970 – Deram Records

09. Alan Bown – Through The Night, from “Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal” (Island Anthology 1967 – 1972). 2005 – Island Records

10. If – Child Of Storm, from “If 3”. 1971 – United Artists Records

11. Annie Haslam & Magenta – Night And Day, from “Night And Day (4 track EP). 2006 – F2 Music

12. Quidam – Credo, from “Pod Niebem Czas”. 2002 – Rock Serwis

13. Doro – Herzblut, from “Fear No Evil”. 2009 – AFM Records

14. Mostly Autumn – Flowers For Guns, from “Glass Shadows”. 2008 – Mostly Autumn Records

15. Hawkwind – Orgone Accumulator, from “Space Ritual”. 1973 – United Artists Records

16. Beggars Opera – Passacaglia, from “Act One”. 1970 – Vertigo Records

17. 707 – A Sinful Woman, from “The Fourth Decade”. 2006 – Renaissance Records

18. RPM – A Legend Never Dies, from “RPM”. 1982 – EMI Records

19. Cobra – Blood On Your Money, from “First Strike”. 1983 – Sony Music

20. Malo – Dilo Otra Vez, from “En Vivo / Live”. 2005 – EMI Latin

21. Abraxas Pool – Baila Mi Cha Cha, from “Abraxas Pool”. 1997 – Miramar Productions

22. El Chicano – El Ojo Rojo, from “Latin Legends Live”. 1997 – Thump Records

This coming Monday night (21 Dec), I’ll be doing a four hour show, from 8pm to midnight, standing in for the lovely Linda Sue’s 8 to 9pm show, (she’s on leave). Joining me in the studio as a special guest will be guitarist Peter Hanmer, of Off The Edge and Clint & Co fame, from around 8.30 onwards. One of the country’s best guitarists, Peter has recorded some fantastic solo material as well as some world class music for Off The Edge. We’ll be featuring a number of tracks that can quite easily compare with some of the best guitar-based prog and hard rock music you’ll hear anywhere!

I was very fortunate to catch the dynamic Dilana, together with guitarist Erik, at The Rustic Theatre in Lonehill this week. This woman is phenomenal! She has a fantastic stage presence, is ridiculously talented as a songwriter, and has one of the most incredible voices. I interviewed her on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo last week, and, believe me, she pulls no punches! She has years of experience, having worked with the likes of Golden Earring, Metallica, Joe Cocker and others, and it shows. Toni Rowland, previously with the prog metal band Mantis, and who recently recorded a fantastic album with Ken Hensley of Toe Fat, Uriah Heep and Blackfoot fame, was also in the studio that night. They did a duet, accompanied by Erik on acoustic guitar, live on air. Wow – what a rush! Rumour has it that Dilana will be touring SA again sometime next year, and that our own Ingrid Botha might be getting involved in bringing Dilana out here.

By the way, the support act to Dilana was Dave (Sharpe) and Gabi. If you thought Dave Sharpe was good on keys (with Off The Edge), sax and bass, you should hear him on guitar! Gabi is a seasoned and very good vocalist, and they compliment one another perfectly.

Talking about Uriah Heep, you have no doubt heard that they will be visiting SA in May next year, together with (Andy Powell’s) Wishbone Ash and Deep Purple! At last – SA fans can finally be treated to some REAL rock, by some of the most respected bands in the world! (If you want to get REALLY sick, get yourself a copy of any Classic Rock magazine and take a look at the gigs page. When you see the famous and not-so-famous bands / artists, some of them playing at really small, innocuous venues, on any day of the week, it’s enough to make you weep!)

I’m in the process of finalizing The Rockfest line-up on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. There are still a few gaps, but these will be filled as soon as the various presenters come back from leave. As things currently stand, the line-up is as follows:


8 – 9pm – Linda Sue

9 – midnight – Leon Economides

Midnight – 2am – Kevin Flee


8 – 10pm – Ingrid Botha

10pm – midnight – Lesley Chase (starting mid January)


8 – 10pm – Phil Wright

10pm – midnight – Jurgen Becker

Midnight – 2am – Renier Coetzee


8 – 10pm – Tamara Jeunette

10pm – midnight – Kevin Stuart


6 – 8pm – Rosemary Royeppen

8pm – 11pm – David Blood

11 – 01am – Mike Tymvios (starting mid January)


8 – 10pm – Max Aston

10pm – midnight – Aris B


8 – 11pm – Robert Laing

11pm – 01am – Rick Gardiner

Please note that because of the festive season, some presenters are away and will not be able to do their shows. Their places will either be filled by other presenters, or automated playlisted music will be featured.

The Masters Of Rock Head South in 2010

From SA Music

Considered as one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, Deep Purple were listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s loudest band and ranked as number 22 on VH1s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. They incorporate many sounds into their rock music including classical, blues and pop. Deep Purple is still one of the hardest touring bands in the world and has continued to tour around the world since 1968. They’re most famous for their haunting hit – Smoke On The Water.

Deep Purple will be supported by Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.

The technically brilliant heavy rock band ‘Uriah Heep’ (taken from the character featured in the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield) have sold over 30 million records and have had 5 US Top 40 albums. Their debut in 1970 was a simplistic bass driven sound from electric folk to a direct harder appeal. Uriah Heep were at the forefront of a richly embossed, fastidious style of music later to be dubbed as progressive rock.

Andy Powell, Muddy Manninen, Bob Skeat, Joseph Crabtree make up Wishbone Ash, a British rock band who were hugely successful in the mid 70s. Their popular records include Wishbone Ash, Argus, There’s The Rub and New England. Wishbone Ash are considered one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Powell and Turner to be included in the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Tour Itinerary:


Friday 28 May 2010
Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg
Tickets from R275 to R500 (incl. service charges)


Sunday 30 May 2010
Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, Durban
Tickets from R272 to R426 (incl. service charges)

Cape Town

Tuesday 1 June 2010
Grand Arena Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World Cape Town
Tickets from R297 to R476 (incl. service charges)

Tickets available from Computicket outlets, and 083 915 8000.

Download Deep Purple Live In Montreux 2006 from

Some of the old dudes that rocked in 2009

Rod Stewart – Soul Book
Rod Stewart - Soul Book

I’ve always enjoyed Rod Stewart’s soul covers on his 70’s albums; ‘You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Man’, ‘If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right’, ‘I Know I’m Losing You’ and ‘You Send Me’ spring to mind. Now in 2009, this 64 year old recently released a great collection of soul covers ….  great album.

Favourite track: It’s The Same Old Song

Leonard Cohen – Live In London

Leonard Cohen - Live In London

In July 2008, then 73-year old Leonard Cohen recorded ‘Live In London’ which was released as a double CD in March this year. A superb collection of songs with incredible musical arrangements, linked by Leonard’s surprisingly lighthearted banter and continuous acknowledgment of the band.

Favourite Tracks: Hallelujah, Recitation (A Thousand Kisses Deep)

Bob Dylan – Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

I have never been a big fan of Bob’s vocal style, but he sure writes some awesome songs. On this album, featuring the two guys kissing on the cover (c’mon, look closer), he teams up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and produces some fine swampy, bluesy songs.

Favourite track: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’

Uriah Heep – Celebration (Forty Years Of Rock)
Uriah Heep - Celebration

Uriah Heep first appeared in 1970 with their ‘Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble’ album featuring the classic ‘Gypsy’. I was hooked, and am still a fan today.  They are still going strong, though guitarist Mick Box is the only original member.

2008’s ‘Wake The Sleeper’ is one of my albums of the last decade, and Uriah Heep recently released ‘Celebration’. This album features only two new recordings, the rest are newly recorded covers of their greatest hits. Not always a recipe for success, but these new recordings breathe new life into many of my old favourites, except for ‘The Wizard’, which just doesn’t seem to work.

Favourite tracks: July Morning (2009 recording), Look At Yourself (2009 recording)

Special Mentions:

U2 – New Line On The Horizon

Steve Earle – Townes

Neil Diamond – Hot August Night / NYC – Live From Madison Square Garden

Neil Young – Fork In The Road

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gods & Guns

Ian Gillan – One Eye To Morocco

My Favourite Rock Albums Of The Decade, 2000-2009

As a teenager in the 70’s, the album was the ultimate thing. I would spend long hours listening to Dark Side Of The Moon, Made In Japan, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Tommy, etc in their entirety and without interruption … except for turning over the vinyl, of course.

Over the last while albums have become less important to me, and the quick access to any tune in my iTunes library has changed the way I listen and enjoy my music. I also embrace the randomness of Smart Playlists.

However some great rock albums have managed to catch my ear this past decade, so here they are.

  1. Jack Hammer – The Pilgrim
  2. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
  3. Black Mountain – Black Mountain
  4. Tokyo Dragons – Give Me The Fear
  5. Operatika – The Calling
  6. Deep Purple – Rapture Of The Deep (Special Edition)
  7. Wolfmother  – Wolfmother
  8. Uriah Heep – Wake The Sleeper
  9. Bigelf – Cheat The Gallows
  10. Alter Bridge – Blackbird

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

Rock Of Ages Radio – Playlists for 5th & 12th November 2009

  • Playlist – 12th November 2009
    Benjy Mudie
    12 Nov 2009


    Artist Track Album Label Year
    Motley Crue Kickstart my heart Dr Feelgood Universal Music 1984
    Europe Gonna get ready Last look at Eden Next Music 2009
    Chickenfoot Turning left Chickenfoot Edel Records / Next Music 2009
    Mountain Mr Tambourine Man Masters of War Big Rack Records 2007
    Mastodon Crack the skye Crack the skye Reprise Records / Gallo Music 2009
    Living Colour What’s your favourite colour? Vivid Epic Records / Sony Music 1988
    The Isley Brothers Climbin’ up the ladder Go for your guns Epic Records / Sony Music 1977
    Eric Gales Cut and run The story of my life Blues Bureau Records 2009
    Jon Butcher Axis Writing on the wall King Biscuit Hour Live King Biscuit Records 1987
    The Headpins Breakin’ down Turn it loud Solid Gold Records 1982
    Coverdale / Page Shake my tree Coverdale / Page Geffen Records / Universal Music 1993
    Rush Limelight Moving Pictures Universal Music 1987
    Scatterbrain Down the road Scamboogery Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1991
    Wishbone Ash Vas Dis Wishbone Ash MCA Records 1970
    Big Brother & The Holding Company Joseph’s coat Be a brother Evangeline Records 1970
    Cream World of pain Disraeli Gears Polydor Records / Universal Music 1967
    Atomic Rooster I cant take no more Death walks behind you Sanctuary Records 1970
    Rhinoceros When you say you’re sorry Rhinoceros Elektra Records / Gallo Music 1969
    Otis Waygood Blues Band Fever Otis Waygood Blues Band Fresh Music 1970
    Humble Pie I don’t need no doctor Rocking the Fillmore A&M Records / Universal Music 1971
    AC / DC The Jack If you want blood you got it Epic Records / Sony Music 1978
    Blodwyn Pig See my way Getting to this BGO Records 1970
    Wild Turkey Butterfly Battle Hymn Mason Records 1971
    Jethro Tull Nothing is easy Stand Up Chrysalis Records 1969
    Blossom Toes Kiss of confusion If only for a moment Sunbeam Records 1969
    The Moody Blues Legend of a mind In search of a lost chord Decca Records / Universal Music 1968
    Caravan C’lu Thlu For girls who grow plump in the night Decca Records / Universal Music 1973
    Boys Club A whiter shade of pale Live from California Next Music 2008
    Creedence Clearwater Revival As long as I can see the light Cosmos Factory Fantasy Records / Universal Music 1970
    Dan Patlansky Namaste / Love City Move my soul Next Music 2009
    John Lee Hooker Funky Mabel Face to Face Eagle Records 2006
    Jeff Beck A day in the life Live at Ronnie Scotts Eagle Records / Next Music 2008
    Farryl Purkiss Man of alibi Fruitbats and crows Sheer Music 2009

  • Playlist – 5th November 2009
    Benjy Mudie
    5 Nov 2009


    Artist Track Album Label Year
    King’s X Looking for love Ear Candy Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1996
    Deep Purple Bloodsucker Deep Purple in Rock Harvest Records / EMI Records 1970
    Led Zeppelin Whole lotta love Led Zeppelin 2 Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1969
    Mountain Mississippi Queen Climbing Columbia Records / Sony Music 1969
    Jericho Featherbed Jericho A&M Records / Universal Music 1972
    Budgie Crash course in brain surgery In for the kill MCA Records 1974
    Buckcherry Highway star Rock Songbook Vol.2 Classic Rock 2009
    Lynyrd Skynyrd Skynyrd Nation God and Guns Roadrunner Records / DGR 2009
    Skunk Anansie Tear the place up Smashes and Trashes Just Music 2009
    Frost Welcome to nowhere Experiments in mass appeal SPV / Inside Out Records 2008
    Dream Theater A rite of passage Black Clouds and Silver Linings Roadrunner Records / DGR 2009
    Pink Floyd Money Dark side of the moon Harvest Records / EMI Records 1974
    Vanilla Fudge Shotgun Psychedelic Sundae Rhino Records 1968
    Triumph Be my lover In the beginning Universal Music 1978
    Freedoms Children Seahorse Galactic Vibes Fresh Music 1972
    Iron Butterfly In-a-gadda-da-vida In-a-gadda-da-vida Rhino Records 1968
    Badlands High Wire Badlands Atlantic Records / Gallo Music 1989
    Cinderella Shake me Rocked, Wired & Bluesed Universal Music 1986
    Fastway Misunderstood All fired up Columbia Records / Sony Music 1984
    Rainbow All night long Down to earth Polydor Records 1979
    Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever Great Gonzos Epic Records / Sony Music 1984
    Soundgarden Spoonman Superunknown A&M Records / Universal Music 1994
    The Black Crowes Hard to handle Greatest Hits Sony Music 1990
    The Rolling Stones Brown sugar Hot Licks Universal Music 1970
    The Fixx Saved by zero Greatest Hits MCA Records 1983
    Harry “The Hipster” Gibson Who put the Benzedrine …. Chemical Components Mojo Music 1946
    Ronnie Montrose Heads Up Open Fire Warner Bros / Gallo Music 1978
    Mike Slamer Perfect Circle Nowhere Land Frontiers Records 2006
    Proto-Kaw Melicus Gladiator The Wait of Glory SPV / Inside Out Records 2006
    Camel Sahara Rajaz Toff Records 1999
    Anthony Gomes Music is the medicine Music is the medicine Adrenaline Records 2006
    Dion Hoodoo Man Blues Son of Skip James Verve Records 2007
    The Hootchie Kootchie Men Lonesome traveller blues Live at The Basement Next Music 2008
    The Steepwater Band No good for me Brother to the snake Evangeline Records 2005
    Fairport Convention Meet me on the ledge Unhalfbricking Island Records 1969
    Santana Europa Amigos Columbia Records / Sony Music 1976

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


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

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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…

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)

Deep Purple – The Complete BBC Sessions

Deep Purple

Mark 1:
18.06.68 BBC Radio, Studio 1, Picadilly:

  • Hush
  • One More Rainy Day
  • Help

    25.06.68 BBC Radio, Studio 5, Maida Vale:

  • Hush
  • One More Rainy Day
  • Kentucky Woman
  • It’s All Over (no studio version)

    08.01.69 BBC Radio:

  • Interview with Rod Evans

    14.01.69 BBC Radio, Studio 4, Maida Vale:

  • Hey Boppa Re Bop (no studio version, early version of ‘The Painter’) – released on ‘The Book Of Taliesyn’ remaster [2000]
  • Emmaretta – released on ‘Deep Purple’ remaster [2000]
  • Wring That Neck – released on ‘The Book Of Taliesyn’ remaster [2000]
  • Hey Joe – released on ‘Shades Of Deep Purple’ remaster [2000]
  • It’s All Over (no studio version) – released on ‘The Book Of Taliesyn’ remaster [2000]

    11.02.69 BBC Radio, Studio 4, Maida Vale:

  • Emmaretta
  • Bird Has Flown
  • Hush
  • Hey Boppa Re Bop (no studio version, early version of ‘The Painter’)

    24.06.69 BBC Radio, Studio 5, Maida Vale:

  • Lalena – released on ‘Deep Purple’ remaster [2000]
  • The Painter – released on ‘Deep Purple’ remaster [2000]
  • I’m So Glad

    30.06.69 BBC Radio, Studio 5, Maida Vale:

  • The Painter
  • I’m So Glad
  • Hush

    Mark 2:
    11.08.69 BBC Radio, Studio 2, Aeolin Hall:

  • Ricochet (no studio version, early version of ‘Speed King’, includes guitar solo later used in ‘The Mule’) – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Bird Has Flown – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]

    29.08.69 BBC Radio, Studio 1, Picadilly:

  • Kneel And Pray (no studio version, early version of ‘Speed King’)
  • Child In Time

    28.09.69 BBC Radio, Studio 5, Maida Vale:

  • And The Address
  • The Painter
  • Child In Time
  • Kneel And Pray (no studio version, early version of ‘Speed King’)
  • Bird Has Flown

    31.10.69 BBC Radio, Studio 4, Maida Vale:

  • Speed King (includes some lyrics from ‘Kneel And Pray’) – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Living Wreck
  • Jam Stew (aka Jon Stew, instrumental studio version released on 25th Anniversary re-issue of ‘In Rock’) – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]

    21.04.70 BBC Radio, Studio 5, Maida Vale:

  • Hard Lovin’ Man – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Bloodsucker – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Living Wreck – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]

    23.09.70 BBC Radio, Studio T1, Shepherds Bush:

  • Jon Lord interview – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Black Night – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Grabsplatter – released on ‘The Anthology’ (LP only) [1985] and ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Into The Fire – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • Child In Time – released on ‘Listen Learn Read On’ 6CD box set [2002]
  • 70’s Compilation Albums that helped shape my music tastes by Brian Currin

    Growing up in the 70s, I discovered a number of bands, and their back-catalogues, through compilation albums. It surprises many people when I tell them my favourite Beatles album is the Red Album, for example.

    The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971

    The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971

    The South African version had a different track listing to the US release. Included ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’ for example, and omitted ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Wild Horses’.

    Track list for South African Album

    1. Time Is On My Side
    2. Little Red Rooster
    3. Under The Boardwalk
    4. Tell Me
    5. Heart Of Stone
    6. Play With Fire
    7. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    8. Get Off Of My Cloud
    9. As Tears Go By
    10. Mothers Little Helper
    11. 19th Nervous Breakdown
    12. Paint It Black
    13. Under My Thumb
    14. Ruby Tuesday
    15. Let’s Spend The Night Together
    16. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    17. Street Fighting Man
    18. Sympathy For The Devil
    19. Gimme Shelter
    20. Honky Tonk Women
    21. Midnight Rambler
    22. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)

    More info on Hot Rocks

    The Beatles – The Red And The Blue Albums

    The Beatles - The Red Album

    The Beatles - The Blue Album

    Two double albums, with every song a masterpiece. When these were re-released on CD in 1993, I bought them the day they came out. And though the whole of the Red Album could have been fitted onto a single CD, I didn’t mind paying full double album price. How many double CDs have so many classic chart-topping and million-selling songs on them? Worth every cent.

    American Graffiti (soundtrack)

    American Graffiti

    My introduction to rock ‘n roll history.

    The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards 1965-1975 (SA only release?)

    The Who - Pinball And Other Wizards '65-'75
    The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards ’65-’75

    Actually only goes up to 1971, despite the title, but a great collection, nonetheless.

    Deep Purple – Mark I and Mark II

    Deep Purple - Mark I & II
    Deep Purple – Mark I & II

    Brilliant collection, and this was the only place to find ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ for many years.

    Music Of Our Time

    Music Of Our Time
    Music Of Our Time

    A CBS sampler from 1971, that was sold cheaply. Amazing collection. Still one of my favourites. I’ve made an iTunes playlist with all these songs on.

    Golden EarringHearing Earring

    Golden Earring - Hearing Earring
    Golden Earring – Hearing Earring

    This was a compilation only released in South Africa and Holland, I think, which featured the best tracks from ‘Together’ and ‘Seven Tears’.

    Jimi Hendrix –  Sound track recordings from the film Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix - Soundtrack

    A compilation of various live tracks and interviews. My main introduction to the live experience that was Jimi Hendrix

    Track listing (interviews excluded)

    1. Rock Me Baby from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
    2. Wild Thing from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
    3. Machine Gun I from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
    4. Johnny B. Goode from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
    5. Hey Joe  from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
    6. Purple Haze from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
    7. Like a Rolling Stone from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
    8. The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock (August 1969)
    9. Machine Gun II (Band of Gypsys) from Fillmore East (January 1, 1970)
    10. Hear My Train A Comin’ (acoustic) from London (1967)
    11. Red House from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
    12. In From the Storm from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)



    Triple album collection from Glastonbury Fayre in 1971. A strange mixture of artists and genres that introduced me to bands like Gong, Pink Fairies and The Grateful Dead.

    The Continuing Saga Of The Aging Orphans

    Thin Lizzy - The Continuing Saga Of The Aging Orphans

    Great album, that helped me discover the early years of Thin Lizzy, though I already knew Vagabonds Of The Western World, which is still one of my all-time favourite albums.

    The Moody Blues – This Is The Moody Blues

    This Is The Moody Blues

    A double compilation album with all the songs crossfading into each other. Like Pink Floyd’s Echoes collection many years later.

    Suck It And See

    Suck It And See

    Double album sampler from Vertigo, this time. From Folk (Magna Carta) to Metal (Black Sabbath) and most places in-between. The South African pressing had a different track listing to the overseas version.

    Honourary mention

    Let The Good Times Roll (soundtrack)

    Let The Good Times Roll

    Not really a compilation but the soundtrack to a film of a live rock and roll revival, that I saw over and over again. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chubby Checker and others just blew me away. And the sampled soundbites from old TV shows, backstage comments and DJ introductions made it even better.
    My favourite place for vinyl and a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager is Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town.

    My Top Ten Favourite Rock Albums of All-Time

    1. Piet Botha – ‘n Suitcase Vol Winter (1997)

    Piet Botha - 'n Suitcase Vol Winter I first heard ‘Sien Jou Weer’ on radio KFM in Cape Town and I became an instant fan. I bought this album the same day. ‘Suitcase’ opened up a whole new genre for me: Afrikaans Rock, and I’ve never been the same since!

    I was so in awe of this album, of Piet Botha the artist and of songs like ‘Goeienag Generaal’, that I set up a small fan website for Piet and Jack Hammer (his English hard rocking alter ego). This website has now become the official Piet Botha website! Please visit:

    2. David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

    David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars We wore our hair like Ziggy, we bought the platform shoes, we tried to play guitar. Bowie was Ziggy and Ziggy was Bowie and he sang: “let all the children boogie”… and we did.

    There is a whole website dedicated to just this one album at:

    3. Deep Purple – Made In Japan (1973)

    Deep Purple - Made In JapanTHE classic live album from a classic rock band. “What a rip-off!”, I thought to myself when I first saw this album, “a double album with only 7 tracks on it!”. And then the energy in those 7 songs (the shortest being about 7 minutes) blew my mind, melted my speakers and drove my Methodist church organist father nuts. This album was my first introduction to Deep Purple and I was hooked for life. And they are still around, much to my father’s surprise, and possibly their own as well.

    In September 2001 a 4CD box set was released titled ‘On The Road’, which chronicles Deep Purple on stage across the years and around the world from 1969-1993. Full track list and review at: Deep Purple On The Road

    4. Genesis – Selling England By The Pound (1973)

    Genesis - Selling England By The Pound “Can you tell me where your country lies, said the Unifaun to his true love’s eyes” sang the plaintive voice of Peter Gabriel to open this album. I still have no idea what he was on about (or what he was on), but this pastoral, gentle progressive rock album captured my ears and my heart and will always be a favourite. Also contains the hit single “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe”). This was back in the days when Phil Collins was just a drummer…

    5. Golden Earring – Hearing Earring (1973)

    Golden Earring - Hearing EarringThis album was a compilation of tracks from 2 previous European-only releases: ‘Seven Tears’ (1971) and ‘Together’ (1972). As far as I know ‘Hearing Earring’ has never been released on CD, but it is one of my all-time favourite rock albums, so I eventually bought the CDs of ‘Seven Tears’ and ‘Together’ just to have all these great tracks.

    ‘Jangalene’ is a classic rock song with its long acoustic intro and then thundering full-tilt climax. This album goes from light to dark, soft to loud in an instant and is very comparable to the Deep Purple or Zeppelin stuff from the same era.

    6. Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)

    Jethro Tul - Aqualung “Sitting on a park bench watching all the pretty panties run”. No wonder our parents hated it. Jethro Tull at their hardest and rockiest. Before the self-indulgence of ‘Thick As A Brick’ and ‘A Passion Play’, this was the spirit of early 70s rock captured on one album. And ‘Locomotive Breath’ is on it… worth the price of admission alone.

    7. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The MoonI remember hearing this album when it was just another new release, “the new Pink Floyd album”, nothing more. Who would have guessed the impact it would have on future generations? Well my friends and I did, for one. We knew this was nothing like we had ever heard before: sound effects, spoken words, hidden messages, cool cover, a swearword (this was South Africa in 1973, remember?), songs flowing one into the other… and David Gilmour’s guitar, oh that guitar sound…

    Pink Floyd is still one of my all-time favourite bands and I have a fan site for them at:

    8. Ramases – Space Hymns (1971)

    Ramases - Space HymnsA Sheffield central heating saleman thinks he is re-incarnated as an Egyptian God. He gets his wife to sing with him, the fledging 10cc to play with him, and Roger Dean to paint the LP cover for him and produces a stunning work.

    From acoustic love songs with gentle flutes to sitars and rock guitars this album explores the themes of alienation, loneliness and searching with a particular “other-world” feel. Hard to find but well worth the search.

    9. Rodriguez – Cold Fact (recorded in 1969, first released in South Africa in 1971)

    Rodriguez - Cold FactIf you’ve heard of Rodriguez (and amazingly most of the world hasn’t), then you probably love this album like I do, so you don’t need me to tell you how good it is.

    In 2002 I was asked for my input for a re-issue CD, and Terry Fairweather from PT Music and Bill Robb from Robb Graphics allowed me the freedom to fix many mistakes with lyrics, track listings, etc, as well as including one of my personal concert photographs from the 2001 South African tour. ‘Cold Fact’ album producer, Mike Theodore, provided some valuable info, as did Gary Harvey, co-composer of 2 songs on the album. And Rodriguez, the original Sugarman, supplied a quote or 2 and a signature.

    10. Rick Wakeman With The London Symphony Orchestra – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974)

    Rick Wakeman - The Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Majestic sounds, choirs, synthesizers, the London Symphony Orchestra, narration of the Jules Verne classic by David Hemmings… this album was the ultimate fusion of rock and orchestra pioneered by Jon Lord (with Deep Purple) and Keith Emerson (first with The Nice and then ELP). Rick Wakeman – keyboard wizard? Oh yeah!

    And yes, the years 1971 to 1974 were probably some of the best years of my life, and thanks to music, the net, my children and friends I am still very much in touch with my inner teenager. “Too old To Rock and Roll” – never! “Too young to die” – damn right…

    Further reading

    Brian Currin’s Top 50 Rock Albums of All-time

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