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What Am I Creating? Artwork for Falling Mirror’s “Singles & Rarities” virtual collection

Falling Mirror – Singles & Rarities | Brian Currin, November 2022
Falling Mirror – Singles & Rarities | Brian Currin, November 2022

A re-creation of the artwork for the limited edition digital-only release “Singles & Rarities” which was available on Rhythm Music Store from 2008 to 2012. I compiled this virtual collection in 2008 and it was authorized by Tully McCully for downloading.

TRACKS

1. I Am The Actor (single a-side 1979) [3:29]
2. Makin’ Out With Grannie (b-side of “I Am The Actor” single 1979) [3:40]
3. Wish You Could Leave (single a-side 1979) [4:04]
4. Highway Blues (edit) [3:48]
5. Neutron Bop (single a-side 1980, b-side of “If I Was James Dean” single 1981) [3:01]
6. If I Was James Dean (single a-side 1981) [3:16]
7. As Sly As The Fox (single a-side France 1987) [4:45]
8. Encounter In A Takeaway Shop (b-side of “Johnny Calls The Chemist” single 1985, b-side of “As Sly As A Fox” single France 1987) [3:38]
9. Revolver Wolf (1985 version) b-side of “Makin’ Out With Granny” 12″ single 1985 [3:48]
10. Louise The Astronaut (Cosmic Night) b-side of “Let’s Paint The House Pink” single 1986 [5:19]
11. Let’s Paint The House Pink (single a-side 1986) [3:36]
12. Johnny Calls The Chemist (single a-side 1985) [4:40]
13. Camera Eyes [4:22] 1996 demo
14. Video Games [4:00] 1996 demo
15. Roses & Balloons [3:40] 1996 demo

See www.FallingMirror.com for more information.

Allan Faull and Nielen Mirror
Allan Faull and Nielen Mirror
Posted in Music Videos, My Favourite South African Songs, South African Music, Updates, What Am I Listening To?, What Am I Watching?

What Am I Watching? Johnny Calls The Chemist by Falling Mirror

Very rare original video, created by Tully McCully, can now been seen on YouTube by kind permission of Tully McCully and Benjy Mudie.

Falling Mirror – Johnny Calls The Chemist

Read more (a lot more!) on the obsessively detailed (even if I say so myself!) Falling Mirror website which is part of the South African Rock Encyclopedia.

Posted in My Favourite South African Songs, Playlists, South African Music, Updates, What Am I Listening To?

TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

What Am I Listening To? South African Rock!

Sugar Music

TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

A mix of South African rock tunes from between 1966 and 1979.

A few cover versions and lots of original tunes.

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Sugar Music Recommends…

Sugar Music

Image by Michael Currin

Part of a weekly (hopefully) series of recommended listening from the guys who bring you the South African Rock Music Digest and SugarMan.org. Some old, some new, some borrowed, some blues, and mostly South African.

Sugar Music Recommends…

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What Am I Creating? A Roger Dean Collage!

A collage of Roger Dean album covers from 1968 to 1977 (Just a small selection). I have been a fan of Roger’s fantasy art since I first saw the album covers for Space Hymns by Ramases and Fragile by Yes. Of course the music was cool too! A Roger Dean cover was pretty much a sure sign of good music.

Celebrating The Artwork of Roger Dean, 1968 to 1977
Celebrating The Artwork of Roger Dean, 1968 to 1977

Celebrating The Artwork of Roger Dean, 1968 to 1977

A mix of songs off some of the many, many albums that feature the artwork of Roger Dean, my favourite artist.

I created a fan site for Roger Dean way back in the late 90s. 

Track List

1 Beginnings by Steve Howe (from Yes)
2 The Dawn by Osibisa
3 Long Gone by Snafu
4 Indiana Wants Me by R Dean Taylor
5 I Just Want To Celebrate by Rare Earth
6 The Mexican by Babe Ruth
7 Wind Of Change (live 1973) by Badger
8 Nobody by Midnight Sun
9 Give Me Your Hand by Paladin
10 Blue Skies And Alibis by Gracious
11 Natural Avenue by John Lodge (from The Moody Blues)
12 Winter by Mckendree Spring
13 Powerhouse by Billy Cox’s Nitro Function
14 One Fine Morning by Lighthouse
15 The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep
16 Green And Orange Night Park by The Keith Tippett Group
17 Sundance by Greenslade
18 Race With The Devil by The Gun
19 Ruby Is The One by Earth & Fire
20 You Mystify by Clear Blue Sky
21 Breadfan by Budgie

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All The Facts!

I updated the SugarMan.org website today with information on two limited edition collections released in South Africa in 2005 and 2009. Both were titled “All The Facts” and I was involved with both projects.

Read all about them at http://sugarman.org/allthefacts.html

Posted in Cover Art, Music Research, Reviews and Interviews, South African Music, What Am I Listening To?

What Am I Listening To? Crossroads by Jack Hammer!

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – 13 Towns Vol 2
Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – 13 Towns Vol 2

On 22 December 2020 a live album was released by Piet Botha & Jack Hammer titled “13 Towns Vol 2“. This album had been recorded live on the road between 2017 and 2019 and followed the July 2020 release of Vol 1.

There are 10 tracks on this album, ending with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” inspired by the Jimi Hendrix version and including a drum solo by Paul van der Waal, given the nickname “Duke” because he always dressed so smart.

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – All Along The Watchtower (live)

However, there is an unlisted bonus track which caught me by surprise the first time. After a brief silence, Piet leaves the stage with the words; “I’ll catch you boys later”, then the rest of the guys led by Jacques (Jake Gunn) Groenewald jam on Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” obviously inspired by Cream’s 1968 version. Blistering guitar solo from Johnathan Martin. And there’s a short drum and bass duet from the powerhouse engine room of Paul and Tertius du Plessis (aka Bean), before it all winds down. “Se bietjie ou blues” shouts Jacques. Indeed!

Jack Hammer – Crossroads (live)

Piet Botha passed away on the 2nd June 2019, and the guys have continued the legacy and hard-gigging schedule. Now calling themselves The Jack Hammer Band they are releasing a brand new CD “Second Chapter” on 11th November 2022.