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.
As promised, here is a summary of what happened in the 70’s on the SA charts. It was the only full decade of charts that we saw as the charts started in the mid-sixties (1965) and ran until the end of February 1989, just 10 months short of a second full decade.
There were 1,041 songs that saw chart action during the 70’s and based on the points system, here are the top 100 performing songs of the decade:
|1||I Need Someone||Alan Garrity||464|
|2||I Can See Clearly Now||Johnny Nash||448|
|4||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||Jessica Jones||391|
|5||We Believe in Tomorrow||Freddy Breck||376|
|6||Woman (Beautiful Woman)||Don Gibson||373|
|=7||Beautiful Sunday||Daniel Boone||363|
|=7||Sylvia’s Mother||Dr. Hook||363|
|=9||Nice to be with You||Gallery||359|
|=9||Mull of Kintyre|
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A Pink Floyd mix inspired by the September 2018 tour set list of “Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets” band.
Nick Mason, the drummer for Pink Floyd, formed his new band in 2018 to play pre-“Dark Side Of The Moon” psychedelic rock including many tunes from “The Syd Barrett Years”. They toured Europe in September 2018 and will be touring again in April & May 2019.
1. Interstellar Overdrive (live 1969)
2. Astronomy Domine (BBC TV)
3. Lucifer Sam
5. Obscured By Clouds
6. When You’re In
7. Arnold Layne
8. Vegetable Man
10. Atom Heart Mother (band version) excerpts
11. The Nile Song
12. Green Is The Colour (BBC)
13. Let There Be More Light
14. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (BBC TV)
15. See Emily Play
17. One Of These Days (from Pompeii)
18. A Saucerful Of Secrets (from Pompeii)
19. Point Me At The Sky (BBC)
20. Paint Box (single version)
21. Up The Khyber
22. Pow R Toc H (BBC)
23. Explosion (from Zabriskie Point) Careful With That Axe Eugene
24. Nick’s Boogie
A mix of just a few of my favourite rock songs from the 60’s and the 70’s.
Growing up in the 70’s in South Africa, I listened to the radio all the time (we only got TV in about 1976!) .
This mix, compiled mostly from old vinyl singles, features some of the songs I heard on the radio between 1973 and 1978. Most of them are obscure, and didn’t chart, but I remember them all with great fondness.
South African Chart History can be found at http://rock.co.za/files/sarock_charts.html
This is part of series called “First Five” which features tracks from an artist’s first five albums. I usually exclude the big hits and /or popular songs, but not always. Also I prefer not to include live albums or compilations, but sometimes I do.
Rick Wakeman albums featured in this mix:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII 
Journey to the Centre of the Earth 
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 
Lizstomania  soundtrack
No Earthly Connection 
Disclaimer: Piano Vibrations, an album of cover versions, released in 1971, is not considered a Wakeman album, even by himself, so I have not included it here.