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Vagabond Show on Shelter Radio in Greece
Growing up in the 70’s, 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
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’.
The Beatles – The Red And The Blue Albums
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)
My introduction to rock ‘n roll history.
The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards 1965-1975 (South African only release)
Actually only goes up to 1971, despite the title, but a great collection, nonetheless. I have compiled an imaginary disc 3 to help fill in the gap.
Brilliant collection, and this was the only place to find ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ for many years.
A CBS sampler from 1971, that was sold cheaply. Amazing collection. Still one of my favourites.
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
A compilation of various live tracks and interviews. My main introduction to the live experience that was Jimi Hendrix
Track listing (interviews excluded)
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.
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
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
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.
Let The Good Times Roll (soundtrack)
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.
Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town is a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager.
A mix inspired by Sabaton’s album “The Great War” (to be released 19 July 2019) and the ultimate South African Border War song, “Goeienag Generaal” by Piet Botha.
I have also included “Jacob Klipkop” by Piet Botha, a song about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which I don’t believe has properly been addressed in the South African context.
“Battle hymns for the broken,
battle hymns for the misled”
– from “Battle Hymns” by Tom Morello
Marketing your business or services online means being visible where your potential clients and customers are spending their time.
Facebook, as just one example, is very popular and it is essential to have a presence there, and also to be engaged on a regular basis.
However there are many places that are specific to your industry and you need to find those places and engage there as well.
Tour guides, for example, should be creating profiles on:
Find the places that you would use to find a business or service like yours, and then create profiles and engage there.
Many of these type of industry-specific platforms allow the embedding of widgets on your website that will go directly to your profile. See the
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Sixto Rodriguez was born on the 10th July 1942, and his amazing story was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man”.
Rodriguez was influenced by a variety of artists including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Jefferson Airplane and many others. He has also been a great influence on artists from various genres and he has been covered by musicians in the Jazz, Reggae, House, Electronica, Hip Hop and Rock fields.
This exclusive Mixcloud Select mix is a small tribute to this great and humble man who has inspired many, many people worldwide including myself.
Read more about Rodriguez at http://www.SugarMan.org
Twitter and Instagram are like those newspaper headlines that you see on lampposts. Just a quick bit of news to encourage you to investigate more. Minute-by-minute information of what is happening right now.
Facebook is like a newspaper that you buy and scan through, picking out the interesting bits and throwing the rest away. Day-by-day information of what is happening in your world.
A Blog is like a magazine, that you read more thoroughly, and perhaps even keep for future reference.
A Website is like a coffee table book with lots of detailed information on a subject you are really interested in.
And all of this is so we can stand around our Virtual Braai and discuss topics that are close to our hearts.
Cuppa Web can help you make the most of all the Social Media tools that are available.
Well we’ve now seen all the charts for the first year of the 80s and it’s time for the annual round-up and to let you know who rocked our world in the first year of the new decade. It was a year in which the Rubik’s Cube first appeared, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe was elected as Prime Minister, the video game Pac Man was first released, we wondered who shot J.R. in the soap opera ‘Dallas’, John Lennon was killed in New York and Christina Aguilera was born. Metalheads will remember the year as one when AC/DC’s Bon Scott died and Iron Maiden released their debut album ‘Iron Maiden’. It was also the year when Red Sovine, who had seen 2 of his compositions chart on our top 20, died. The 2 songs were both covers of his hits done by Tommy Dell and they were ‘Teddy Bear’…
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Back in late March The Return of the Illicit Groove attended the Cape Town Jazz Festival in order ton report on and review the event. Whilst in Cape Town reporter Bob Hill also took the opportunity to visit other music venues as well as record stores. It was in one such store, Mabu Vinyl in Long Street, that Bob purchased apartheid and post-apartheid era Jazz from Cape Town.
Brian Currin (who is also part of the enduring story of the ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ artist Rodriguez) from Mabu selected a number of re-issued albums which typified the brilliance of Capetonian Jazz in the apartheid era and spoke at length about the contexts in which these albums were recorded; some in exile, some not.
Artists such as Bheki Mseleku, Bea Benjamin, Dollar Brand, Black Disco, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Pacific Express and Johnny Dyani are almost impossible to find on their original…
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My all-time favourite Piet Botha song. The closest song I have ever heard that captures my experiences and feelings about the Border War.
Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha / Jack Hammer (A Farewell to Army mates)
The border war in South West (as it was then) and Angola had a significant psychological effect of a lot of young white South Africans conscripted to go and fight there. These effects are still felt by many today and, until recently, was hardly ever spoken of.
In 1997, Piet Botha spoke of it and did so in powerful words against an angry guitar backdrop. The track appeared on his critically acclaimed album ‘‘n Suitcase Vol Winter‘ and talks of the war being fought for all the trappings of capitalism. It was fought for ‘Vir Harry Oppenheimer en al sy maats, Vir Rembrandt van Rijn en Alfred Dunhill, En die OK Bazaars, En die hele bloody spul by die SAUK, Julle was die oorlog vir die CIA.’ And…
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