SA Rock Digest Archives (1999-2004)

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4th BIRTHDAY EDITION
27 January 2003
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Special Christmas Bumper Edition
16 December 2002
SA Rock Digest Christmas Gig Guide 16 December 2002
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SAMP3.com launch edition
12 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #165 04 August 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #164
First Top 20 with all songs available as MP3s
29 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #163 22 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #162
Rodriguez 60th Birthday edition
08 July 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #161 01 July 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #160 24 June 2002
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1st MP3 chart
03 June 2002
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1st Issue with Free MP3
06 May 2002
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SA Rock Digest Issue #140
3rd BIRTHDAY EDITION
27 January 2002
SA Rock Digest Issue #139 21 January 2002
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SA Rock Digest 2002 01 January 2002
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28 January 2001
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SA Rock Digest Special Edition
(2001: A No More Space Odyssey)
01 January 2001
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first SA-only albums chart
29 October 2000
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first albums chart
13 August 2000
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first SA-only songs chart
30 July 2000
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03 January 2000
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Top Ten Tunes: 2008 [from Top10songs.com]

Top 10 Songs of 2008

Rank Song Title Artist
1 I Kissed A Girl

Katy Perry

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

http://www.top10songs.com/top10songsoftheyear.htm

Mabu Vinyl now in Rheede Street

Mabu Vinyl, the well-known music shop in Cape Town, will soon be celebrating its two-year anniversary in its more spacious new premises at 2 Rheede Street in Gardens. The shop is situated just off the corner of Kloof Street (next door to A&A Furnishers), and is just a “muffin’s throw away” from Vida e Caffé, the very popular nearby coffee shop in Kloof Street.

Mabu Vinyl carries a large selection of new and second hand items including LP records, 12” singles, 7” singles, 78’s, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes, videos, books, T-shirts, comics, magazines, and even a selection of refurbished turntables and hi-fi’s. Mabu Vinyl buys, sells and trades in all and any of these items. The shop also carries a range of independent CD releases by a range of South African artists.

Mabu Vinyl grew out of the well-known Kloof Street bric-a-brac store, Kloofmart, which was run for many years by Johan Vosloo in the premises now occupied by Vida e Caffé. Jacques Vosloo, the owner’s son, started the record store in the back section of Kloofmart before the store moved to its next premises a few shops away, next to the other well-known Kloof Street music shop, High Five.

Then in October 2003, Mabu Vinyl again moved further down the road into its next premises in Buitenkloof Centre on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel Streets. Soon after, Stephen Segerman joined Jacques in the store, adding a stock of CD’s, tapes, and DVD’s to the already huge selection of records that fills every corner of this eclectically decorated store.

The new Mabu Vinyl store has something for everyone with hundreds of 7″ singles, 12″ dance singles (for the many club DJ’s who frequent Mabu), and a broad range of rock, pop, jazz, soul, country, comedy, blues, soundtrack, South African and classical LP records. There is also a wide range of new and used CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and books, mostly at reduced or sale prices, and the shop has many regular customers who love to take a few hours to browse through the many music items on display.

Parking for the new Mabu Vinyl store is available downstairs in the Rheede Centre parking garage, or at the nearby Kwikspar or Lifestyle centres in Kloof Street.

website: http://mabuvinyl.co.za

SA Rock Digest: This Week 10 Years Ago

The SA Rock Digest was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock music between 1999 and 2004.

Here is the issue from 14 July 1999.

SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 24

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The SA Rock Digest is a weekly,
free subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and delivered
direct to your e-mailbox.

Subscribe, unsubscribe and
back issue information at
the bottom.

Established January 1999.

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INTRODUCTION
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The SA Rock Digest is a discussion forum for Rock music;
South African and International; past, present and future.

Read it, digest it, enjoy it, send in your comments
and tell your friends….

“Rock” is a very general term encompassing rock and roll,
pop, folk, rock, ethnic-rock, prog-rock, jazz-rock, country-rock,
soul, R&B, metal, indie, alternative, new wave, reggae, etc, etc.

Don’t get hung up…if you want to say something about the music
YOU like, go ahead, say it.

Contributions and comments:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/contactme.html

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NEWS
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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
by Sharon Gill and Steve Murdoch

JOSH SITHOLE, one of Cape Town’s best-loved musicians and a favourite of many South African music-lovers, died at his Gugulethu home on Sunday 20 June.

Sithole, a self-taught lead guitarist, began busking with the Kwela Kids in 1959 in Cape Town. In 1978 he went solo and played in venues around the country, thrilling audiences with his distinctive style. During the eighties he became known to Durban audiences through his various residencies at places like the Lonsdale and Westville Hotels.

Sithole was born in Rylands, but his family moved to Gugulethu during the era of forced removals. He was committed to his family and to passing on his skills to others. He turned down several overseas offers of contracts.

Everybody who knew him will miss him. Other musicians and people in the industry sang their praises of Sithole.

Music producer Henry Shields described him as a very influential and original player. “He is going to be missed by many people in the music industry. He was part of the musical landscape of Cape Town.”

Jazz vocalist Joe Schaffers described Sithole as a people’s person and a musician. “He could get through to everybody -even before people started talking about the ‘rainbow nation’. He could touch your feelings with his music and he was very original. It’s unfortunate he died before realising his dream of building a recording studio in Gugulethu where he planned to teach township youngsters music. He was very unselfish.”

Third Ear Music’s Dave Marks says that Sithole was possibly the hardest working musicians on the circuit, and one of the few true professionals. “The amazing thing about him was that he was the only non-white at the time gigging within the cocktail lounge and bar room circuit. It was unique. Blacks weren’t even allowed in those clubs, but when they tried to take Josh off the circuit, there was an uproar from the patrons. He played the kind of music that appealed to city folk.”

C & G Studios’ Don Clarke, says, “I think Josh probably missed his finest hour. Only now, with the focus on World Music, are we starting to attract international interest, and Josh would have been a perfect candidate for this.”

Sithole was supporting three disabled brothers at the time of his death. He leaves his wife and two daughters. He was buried at his Gugulethu home on July 4.

Article taken from the AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK website
http://www.air.org.za

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JOSH SITHOLE MEMORIAL CONCERT

The Barleycorn Music Club and Sterra Promotions are staging a “Josh Sithole
Memorial Concert” which will be held at the Riverclub in Cape Town on
Sunday 1 August 1999.

All bands that play have offered their services for free and all Money
raised will go to his family.

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COUNTING CROWS – LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

TOUR ITINERARY

August 4 Cape Town Bellville Velodrome
August 6 Durban Westridge Park Stadium
August 8 Sun City Superbowl
August 9 Johannesburg Standard Bank Arena

BOOKING EXCLUSIVELY AT TICKETWEB
http://www.ticketweb.co.za

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FETISH

2nd full length album is due for release mid – September……
recording starts July 17.

future GIGS :
OPPIKOPPI
Sunday 8th August, main stage
Monday 9th August, jazz stage

FETISH
mailto:fetish@iafrica.com
http://www.listen.to/fetishmusic

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SKYMINER

We’re also playing at The Planet this Friday the 16th, so haul out the moth-eaten jersey and check us out. “The Wax Tadpoles” (Ben Amato et al) are playing with us on Friday so you’ll get more for your money! The first band will start at 9.30 and the covert should be +/- 8 SA ront.

Cheers,
Cameron
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SONS OF TROUT

Sons of Trout will be performing @ diamonds and pearls
Friday 16th
corner lower main and station rd
Observatory – Cape Town

“Son of Trout”
mailto:info@sonsoftrout.co.za
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REQUESTS
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CHRIS PRIOR

one of the guys I spoke to said that Chris Prior is apparently
with Radio 702. Rumour has it anyway …

Ciao

Jon

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METALLIC SUNN

I’d like to know if there is anybody out there who used to follow a band
called Metallic Sunn? (they later became Museum).

The line-up was first:
Patrick Canovi (Guitar)
Adrian Bekker (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass)
Gary Smith (Drums)

They won the Cape Battle of the Bands with this line-up as “Metallic Sunn”.
The band then changed the name to “Museum”. This was about mid 1974.
That line-up was as I can remember it:
Patrick Canovi (Guitars)
Gary Smith (Drums)
Henry Barenblatt (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass) ????????

I’d like to try and get hold of Patrick Canovi, as I have something that he
might be interested in.

Cheers,

Peter
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FORUM
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CLASSIC SONG OF THE WEEK:

Locomotive Breath – Rabbitt (Ian Anderson)

Trevor Rabin: vocals, guitars
Errol Friedman: guitar
Fransua Roos: keyboards
Lou Forer: bass
Cedric Samson: drums

This Jethro Tull classic, from their 1971 “Aqualung” album, was re-recorded in South Africa by a session band and released in 1972 as a single under the name “Rabbitt”.
The flip-side was an instrumental titled “And The Planets Danced”.
“Locomotive Breath” was number 96 in the LM Radio top hits of 1972.
I guess you could say it was a runaway smash!

Patric van Blerk had engaged Trevor Rabin (then only 18 years old) on a session to play guitar on a version of Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath he had wanted to do. The recording session had Errol Friedman playing guitar (Ronnie Robot’s brother), Fransua Roos on keyboards (who did the arrangement), Lou Forer (from Suck) on bass and Cedric Samson on drums. The lyrics were “cleaned-up” for the SA censors: “his woman and his best friend” were now “travelling to the sun” and “the all-time winner” had got him by…”the hands”!

When Rabbitt re-recorded this track in 1975 for their debut Boys Will Be Boys! album, the original Jethro Tull lyrics returned; a very brave move at the time!

More at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/rabbitt_boys.html
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ON THE NET
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ROCK FILES

New additions to the SA Rock Files website include
cover scans for Freedoms Children’s Battle Hymn Of
The Broken-Hearted Horde and Simply Otis Waygood,
thanks to Mike Greeff.

Andrew King has supplied some info on In The Arena by Circus
and Searching by Third Eye. All additional information is most welcome.

Visit: http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarock_whatsnew.html
to see these updated webpages.

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RODRIGUEZ

New information continues to flow into the
Climb Up On My Music website on this “American Zero,
but South African Hero”.

Recently discovered is an album from 1972 by The Family Dogg
titled The View From Rowland’s Head featuring no less than 5 cover
versions of songs from Cold Fact including I Wonder and Crucify Your Mind.

The Family Dogg included among its members, one Albert Hammond…the old
“Peacemaker” himself.

Visit: http://www.rock.co.za/files/rodriguez.html
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CLASSIC REVIEW
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FREEDOMS CHILDREN – BATTLE HYMN OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED HORDE

Introduction [2.34]
Season [3.03]
Judas Queen [3.54]
Mrs. Browning [3.06]
Country Boy [2.58]
Your Fathers’ Eyes [2.26]
Eclipse [3.19]
10 Years Ago [5.55]
Kafkasque [3.25]
Boundsgreen Fair [3.16]
Mrs. Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died [4.34]

This album released in 1968 has all the wonderful excesses of early progressive rock; the deep “meaningful” poetry, spoken words, majestic organ-playing, sound effects, choirs, long guitar solos, etc. I love it!

The unusual Scottish/South African accent of Ramsay MacKay guides us through this album of contrasts. From the country sounds of “Country Boy” to the Traffic-style rock of “Judas Queen” this album does not let up for a moment. It rocks, it soothes, it challenges, it refreshes (thanks to the inclusion of an old Pepsi advert!).

A great album, yet to see the light of day on CD, if ever.

Visit:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/battlehymn.html
for more info and cover scans.
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NEW RELEASES
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DEEP PURPLE – TOTAL ABANDON

The new live CD and video recorded live in Australia in April this year is only available
on-line.

Go to: http://www.cybermusic.net/deep_purple/
and place your order.

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DISCO FEVER

Derek Smith from Gallo has compiled a 2CD set called Disco Fever which features some great South African disco/dance tracks from the 70s. These 2 discs are filled to the max with music…over 150 minutes of music, memories and magic.

Artists include HOT RS, Buffalo, People Like Us, Disco Rock Machine, Rouge, John Ireland and Neil Cloud.

Buy this CD, put on your platforms, grab your cherrie and take yourself on a magic carpet ride with the delta queen to the garden of Eden.

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STEVE KEKANA – THE ENGLISH ALBUM

A compilation by Derek Smith with liner notes by Malcolm Lombard. Includes all Steve’s great hits like “The Bushman”, “I Feel So Strong” (with PJ Powers), “Raising My Family” and “All I Need Is Here In Africa”.

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SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS – SURPASS THE POWERS

The new Springbok Nude Girls album, ‘Surpass The Powers’, has now been released. This 11-track album, which was produced by Kevin Shirley, is also being set up for an international release with some of the earlier Nude Girls’ singles tacked on. The previous Nude Girls’ single, ‘Blue Eyes’, is already on this album along with the new singles, ‘Giant Love Affair’, ‘Again, and ‘Un-Ez’.

— Stephen Segerman

WIN A CD!

Tell us how the Springbok Nude Girls got their name and you could win a copy of the new Springbok Nude Girls CD “Surpass The Powers” courtesy of Paul Thackwray of Sony Music South Africa.

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RADIO RATS – INTO THE NIGHT WE SLIDE

Jonathan Handley, in association with Andy Harrod of the One World online CD store, has re-released the seminal debut Rats album, ‘Into The Night We Slide’ on CDR. This limited edition CD with bonus tracks and revised artwork is available online at http://www.oneworld.co.za.

More at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/radiorats_night.html

Also coming soon is the Radio Rats 5th album Radio Ketamine…watch out for it.

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ONE WORLD MUSIC
http://www.oneworld.co.za

Andy Harrod (Mad Andy to his friends), announced recently that One World Music
now includes cover scans and track listings on their extensive website.

One World Music has everything from the new Springbok Nude Girls “Surpass The Powers” to the classic “Into The Night We Slide” by the Radio Rats.

One World has an extremely wide range of CDs including Afrikaans Volksliedjies, African Traditional music, music of the Kalahari Bushmen, Sounds of Nature, Kwaito, Johnny Clegg and a host of other genres, styles and artists. Also unique releases like Chris de Burgh’s “Live In South Africa” and the “Cosmos” TV series soundtrack CD which are very difficult to find anywhere else.

If its Made In South Africa and its on CD, then its available at One World.

Visit http://www.oneworld.co.za and remember SA Rock Digest members get a 5% discount off their purchases. Just put “digest member” in brackets behind your name when filling in the order form and they will do the rest.

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VOTING BOOTHS
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Visit these voting booths and cast a vote for YOUR favourites….

SA Classic Rock albums
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sarock

All-time Great SA Pop and Rock songs
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sapop

McCully Workshop albums
http://www.freevote.com/booth/mccully
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LINKS
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ROCK FILES
The online archive for the History of South African Rock
http://welcome.to/sarock

TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
Message Board for SA Rock
http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb311757

AMUZINE
African MUsic magaZINE
http://www.cd.co.za/

POWERZONE
The Hub of South African Music
http://www.powerzone.co.za/

ONE WORLD
Selling South African Music to the World
http://www.oneworld.co.za/

5% discount for Digest members!
Type “Digest Member” in brackets
after your name when submitting info.

INDIE MUSIC EXPLOSION
The Ultimate Independent Music Site in South Africa
http://www.indie.co.za/

GALLO MUSIC
Supporting South African Music
http://www.gallo.co.za/

BACKSTAGE
The Musician’s Resource
http://www.backstage.co.za/

THE GIG GUIDE
Whats on in Cape Town
http://www.gig-guide.co.za/

ZA@PLAY
What’s on in Cape Town and around South Africa
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/art/music/listing/music-ct.htm

SLY
Online magazine
http://www.sly.co.za/

STREET LEVEL RECORDS
Cape Town’s Independent Record Label
http://www.streetlevel.co.za/

MUSICADS
Free musical equipment classifieds ad website
http://www.twisted.co.za/musicads/

SA MUSIC DATABASE
Over 100 links relating to South African music
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JEFF BECK: CRAZY FINGERS
by Annette Carson

The first and only definitive biography of Jeff Beck – published in South Africa in January 1999 and available by mail order from the author. Trade paperback format,
256 pages, with a comprehensive discography.

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New Music Now: Gossip – Music For Men

After only one listen I am in love with this album. A variety of styles and influences abound here.  Fine Young Cannibals-style R&B with Electro-rock guitars and the vocals of Big Beth Ditto. Like Duffy on steriods … and that’s a good thing.
If you like Zebra & Giraffe and Flash Republic you will probably find some place in your heart for this.
Music for Men cover
Gossip - Music For Men
  1. “Dimestore Diamond”
  2. “Heavy Cross”
  3. “8th Wonder”
  4. “Love Long Distance”
  5. “Pop Goes the World”
  6. “Vertical Rhythm”
  7. “Men in Love”
  8. “For Keeps”
  9. “2012”
  10. “Love and Let Love”
  11. “Four Letter Word”
  12. “Spare Me from the Mold”

The Mabu Vinyl Mid-Winter Half Price Sale

Mabu Vinyl, the shop in Rheede Street in Gardens that sells all kinds of old and new stuff such as LP’s and 12″ and 7″ records, CD’s, comics, books, cassettes, DVDs, VHS videos, magazines, and more, is having a massive mid-winter, recession-busting, two-week half-price sale from Monday 22nd June till Sunday 5th July.

Sale Details:
Sale Dates: Monday 22nd June till Sunday 5th July
Shop hours: Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-6, Sunday 11-3
Shop Address: 2 Rheede Street, Gardens (off the corner of Kloof Street), Cape Town.

Contact Details:
Phone 021 423 7635
Email: mabu@sugarmusic.co.za
Website: www.mabuvinyl.co.za

Dan Hill Remembered

Inner Sleeve

Sounds Electronic and more…

Discography:

    Albums

  • Happy Days Are Here Again, CBS, ALD 6156, 1958
    First South African album to achieve “Gold” status for sales above 25 000 units.

    album

  • Kom Dans Vanaand, Unika, UNA 1506, No Date
    Dan Hill’s first Afrikaans album

    album

  • Sounds Electronic ’65, CBS, ALD000, Mono, 1965album
  • 45 EP, Sounds Electronic, CBS, EXP 2140, 1965ep
  • Sound Electronic ’66, ALD 6977, Mono, 1966
    Censored and uncensored front covers

    album album

  • Sound Electronic ’66, ALD 6977, Mono, 1966
    Bra on model printed “slightly too high”!

    albumpainted bra

  • Sounds Electronic ’66, ASF 1172, Stereo, 1966
    1st local CBS stereo album
    Censored and uncensored front covers

    albumalbum

  • Music To Watch Girls By, CBS, ALD 8033, Mono, 1967
    Censored and uncensored front covers

    albumalbum

  • Music To Watch Girls By, CBS, ASF 1188, Stereo, 1967
    Censored and uncensored front covers

    albumalbum

  • Sounds Electronic Four, CBS, ALD 8088, Mono, 1967
    Semi gatefold cover

    album

  • Sounds Electronic Four, CBS, ALD 8088, Stereo, 1967
    Semi gatefold cover

    album

  • Sounds Electronic 5, RPM 1001-S, No Date
    Gatefold cover

    album

  • Sounds Electronic 6, RPM, 1008-S, No Date
    Gatefold covers with censored/ uncensored inside covers

    albumalbum

    albumalbum

    albumalbum

  • Sounds Electronic 7, RPM 1025-S, No Date
    Gatefold covers with censored/ uncensored inside covers

    albumalbum

    albumalbum

  • Sounds Electronic 8, RPM 1045-S, No Date
    Semi gatefold cover

    album

  • Sounds Electronic 9, RPM 1045-S, No Date
    Gatefold covers with censored/ uncensored front and inside covers

    albumalbum

    albumalbum

    albumalbum

  • Sounds Electronic 10, RPM 1060-S, No Date
    4x Fold out front cover

    albumalbum

  • Sounds Latin, RPM 1033-S, 1969album
  • Bullseye, RPM 1065-S, No Date
    Fold out front and inside covers

    albumalbum
    albumalbum
    albumalbum

    Compiled by Tertius Louw.

Old guys rock!

Some of the current tunes that I am really impressed with, by some of the older statesmen of rock.

Sugar Man – Rodriguez, from the Daytrotter sessions, recorded 5 May 2009. Awesome.

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, from his new Live In London double CD. What a fantastic version, and the gospel-style Hammond B3 organ solo is amazing.

Light A Candle – Neil Young from Fork In The Road. Haunting and poignant.

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Bob Dylan, from Together Through Life. Rollicking, ‘Black Magic Woman’-ish boogie blues. Love it.

Queen Of the Supermarket – Bruce Springsteen, from Working On A Dream. A wall of sound production for what is essentially a sweet little song. Like The Kursaal Flyers ‘Little Does She Know’.

Jozi TownJack Hammer and Tidal Waves, from Highway 13. Jack Hammer celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year. This reggae track that closes last year’s Highway 13 album, speaks straight to the heart of xenophobia.

Magnificent – U2, from No Line On The Horizon. Magnificent? Maybe not, but very good? Definitely.

The Beatles Yellow Album (a virtual collection)

A selection of solo tracks from the Fab Four. Nothing unusual or rare here, just cool to have them all in one place.

The Beatles - Yellow Album
The Beatles - Yellow Album
1 Paul McCartney & Wings Maybe I’m Amazed
2 John Lennon with Elton John Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
3 George Harrison My Sweet Lord
4 John Lennon Stand By Me
5 Paul McCartney & Wings Listen To What The Man Said
6 Ringo Starr It Don’t Come Easy
7 George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
8 John Lennon Instant Karma!
9 Paul McCartney & Wings Junior’s Farm (radio edit)
10 Paul McCartney & Wings Jet
11 John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over
12 Ringo Starr You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful Your Mine)
13 Paul McCartney & Wings My Love
14 John Lennon Imagine
15 Paul McCartney & Wings Let Me Roll It
16 Ringo Starr Photograph
17 Paul McCartney & Wings Band On The Run
18 Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo
19 Paul McCartney & Wings Live And Let Die
20 John Lennon Give Peace A Chance
21 George Harrison Bangla Desh

Virtual Collections: The Beatles Green Album

The Beatles - The Green Album
The Beatles - The Green Album

A virtual collection (this could fit on a single CD) to complete the Red and the Blue album series. Starts with an early version of ‘One After 909’ and includes some early singles and songs not composed by the Beatles, then some classic album tracks and finishes off with the 2 “artificially-created” Beatles songs from the mid-90s.

(Originally appeared on Art Of The Mix in 2005)

1 The Beatles One After 909 (1960 rehearsal)
2 The Beatles Ain’t She Sweet
3 The Beatles Cry For A Shadow
4 The Beatles Twist & Shout
5 The Beatles I Should Have Known Better
6 The Beatles Rock ‘n Roll Music
7 The Beatles Words Of Love
8 The Beatles Long Tall Sally
9 The Beatles Slow Down
10 The Beatles You’re Going To Lose That Girl
11 The Beatles Bad Boy
12 The Beatles I’m Down
13 The Beatles The Word
14 The Beatles Doctor Robert
15 The Beatles Here There And Everywhere
16 The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows
17 The Beatles Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
18 The Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four
19 The Beatles Birthday
20 The Beatles Glass Onion
21 The Beatles Helter Skelter
22 The Beatles Happiness Is A Warm Gun
23 The Beatles Savoy Truffle
24 The Beatles I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
25 The Beatles Hey Bulldog
26 The Beatles One After 909
27 The Beatles Free As A Bird
28 The Beatles Real Love

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.

Shine On, Syd – A Tribute to Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd – Shine On, Syd [2006]
Shine On Syd

With Syd Barrett’s passing on the 7th July 2006, I decided to compile my own virtual collection (will fit on a single CD, I think) in honour of his music and influence. I included Pink Floyd songs that do not feature Syd’s playing, but that are definitely about him. I made a cover to look like an old cassette as if this really was a mixtape. And I thought Syd would appreciate looking at the world from a different angle.

  1. I’m A King Bee – Pink Floyd [02:56]
  2. Astronomy Domine – Pink Floyd [04:02]
  3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 2 [Syd’s Theme] – Pink Floyd [02:30]
  4. See Emily Play – Pink Floyd [02:48]
  5. Scream Thy Last Scream – Pink Floyd [04:32]
  6. Lucy Leave – Pink Floyd [02:47]
  7. Interstellar Overdrive (extract from January 1967 version) – Pink Floyd [04:50]
  8. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 4 [1st vocal section] – Pink Floyd [02:20]
  9. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd [05:09]
  10. Interstellar Overdrive (closing section) – Pink Floyd [02:31]
  11. Octopus – Syd Barrett [03:41]
  12. Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd [02:49]
  13. Bob Dylan Blues (demo) – Syd Barrett [03:05]
  14. Vegetable Man – Pink Floyd [02:22]
  15. Paintbox – Pink Floyd [03:22]
  16. Candy & A Currant Bun – Pink Floyd [02:38]
  17. The Scarecrow – Pink Floyd [02:04]
  18. Jugband Blues – Pink Floyd [02:54]
  19. Gigolo Aunt – Syd Barrett [05:39]
  20. Dominoes – Syd Barrett [04:00]
  21. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 7 [2nd vocal section] – Pink Floyd [01:24]
  22. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun – Pink Floyd [05:15]
  23. Bike – Pink Floyd [03:20]

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)

Revelations

Revelations
Revelations

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.

Top Selling CDs On Sugar Music April 2009

1 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1
2 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 2
3 SA Party – South Africa’s Greatest Hits (2nd edition)
4 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 3
5 Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez
6 Coming From Reality / After The Fact (2005 South African remaster)
Rodriguez
7 Live Fact
Rodriguez
8 Cold Fact (2005 South African remaster)
Rodriguez
9 Springbok Radio Top 40: Best of Volume 2 (3CD set)
10 The Warrior
Ipi Tombi featuring Margaret Singana

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: www.pietbotha.com

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: www.5years.com

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. www.deeppurple.co.za

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. www.rock.co.za/files/hearing.html

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. www.rock.co.za/jethrotull

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: www.rock.co.za/pinkfloyd

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. www.spacehymns.com

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. www.sugarman.org

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

Powerhouse Sods

Recently downloaded West, Bruce and Laing’s ‘Live ‘N’ Kickin’ album from LostTunes.com (cool place to download old obscure rock). Which inspired me to listen to some of my other favourite power trios from my Golden Age of Rock [1967 to 1974].

So here is a virtual compilation of live tracks by a few awesome power trios.

  • Are You Ready (live 1970) – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Powerhouse Sod (live 1974) including Jack Bruce bass solo – West, Bruce and Laing
  • Spoonful (live 1968) – Cream
  • Johnny B Goode (live 1970) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Machine Gun (live 1970) – Band Of Gypsies
  • Crossroads (live 1968) – Cream
  • Inside Looking Out (live 1970) – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Politician (live 1974) – West, Bruce and Laing
  • Toad (live 1968) including Ginger Baker drum solo – Cream
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (live 1969) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Hear My Train a-Comin’ (live 1970) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

If you enjoy Classic Rock, listen to Benjy Mudie’s Rock Of Ages radio show on UJFM. Read more at www.rock.co.za/rockofages

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