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What Am I Listening To? Animals!

Pink Floyd - Animals [2018 remix]
Pink Floyd – Animals [2018 remix]
Pink Floyd – Animals [2018 remix]

My favourite Pink Floyd album (yes really!), originally released in 1977, was remixed in 2018 and finally released on 16 September 2022.

Pink Floyd - Animals [1977]
Pink Floyd – Animals [1977]

For The Fans!

An obscure 8-track version of “Pigs On The Wing, part 1 & 2” linked by a Snowy White guitar solo.

Pink Floyd – Pigs On The Wing (8-track version)
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Silver Trees Cover inspired by Aynsley Dunbar?

The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [1969]
The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation [1969]
Abstract Truth - Silver Trees [1970]
Abstract Truth – Silver Trees [1970]

The story behind that fuzzy looking cover is that the photo was shot by a Swiss photographer who was in South Africa for a while, Teak Glauser, I believe. Teak had been part of the group that had looked after Timothy Leary in Switzerland while he was on the run at one point apparently.

Anyway, he had come up with a photo technique where on a colour photo everything would appear normal except for objects that moved – these would get a rainbow aura around them, really trippy stuff. So the album cover was shot making sure that we all moved at the critical moment. EMI however refused to spring for a colour photo so it ended up just looking blurred in black and white. Oh well … the good ol’ bad ol’ days…

Peter Measroch, from Abstract Truth
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What Am I Listening To? Dream Café!

Meet me at the Dream Café!

DREAM CAFE feat Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Grateful Dead, John Denver, Tim Buckley

Track List

1. Dream Café – Greg Brown
2. Up With The Sun – Instant Karma
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
4. Africa Blues – Doc MacLean feat Lungiswa Plaatjies
5. Africa’s Not For Sissies – Syd Kitchen
6. I’ll Remember You – Brian Finch
7. Light A Light – Janis Ian
8. Gospel Road – Johnny Cash
9. Follow Me – John Denver
10. You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
11. Brooklyn Roads – Neil Diamond
12. Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox – James Taylor
13. Gone To Pablo – Luka Bloom
14. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer – Joan Baez
15. Drivers License – Olivia Rodrigo
16. It Turns Me Inside Out – Willie Nelson
17. Souvenirs – Dan Fogelberg
18. Wings – Tim Buckley
19. Wondering Where The Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn
20. Jamaica Say You Will – Jackson Browne
21. Rock Me On The Water – Linda Ronstadt
22. I’m Not Gonna Beg – Natalie Merchant
23. As Though It Were A Movie – Peter Sarstedt
24. When You Walk In The Room – Cilla Black
25. You Can Leave Your Hat On – Three Dog Night
26. Mercy – Duffy
27. Loco De Amor (Crazy For Love) – David Byrne & Celia Cruz
28. Darby’s Castle – Kris Kristofferson
29. Come To Bed – Gretchen Wilson feat John Rich
30. No Regrets – Tom Rush
31. Before My Time – Bob Carpenter
32. Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
33. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot
34. Sugaree – Jerry Garcia
35. You Better Get It Before It Gets You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
36. A Little Cocaine – Lee Clayton

Image: based on a template from http://pixlr.com

More places where lost souls meet:
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/posts/the-places-where-lost-souls-meet-1/

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What Am I Listening To? Deep Purple!

LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded
LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded
LIVE & BLUE: DEEP PURPLE [South Africa 1996] Re-imagined and Expanded

A re-imagined and expanded mix of a live compilation CD released in South Africa-only in 1996.

Track List

  1. Speed King (live in Stockholm 1970)
  2. Child In Time (live in Stockholm 1970)
  3. Paint It Black (live in Stockholm 1970)
  4. Black Night (live in Stockholm 1970)
  5. Strange Kind Of Woman (live in Long Beach, California 1971)
  6. Burn (live in Graz 1975)
  7. Stormbringer (live in Graz 1975)
  8. The Gypsy (live in Paris 1975)
  9. Mistreated (live in Paris 1975) including Rock Me Baby
  10. Smoke On The Water (live in Long Beach, California 1976) including Georgia On My Mind
  11. Going Down (live in Springfield, Massachusetts 1976)
  12. Highway Star (live in Long Beach, California 1976) including Not Fade Away
  13. When A Blind Man Cries (live in Japan 1993)

Original CD

This CD was released in 1996 in South Africa by PT (Phase Two) Music with catalogue number RTFCD 100.

The first set of timings is taken from the inside of the CD cover, while the second is clocked by my CD player (note some of the big differences).

  1. Black Night [6.54 / 7.16] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  2. Speed King [10.20 / 10.31] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  3. Smoke On The Water [9.20 / 8.36] from On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat recorded live in California 27 February 1976
  4. Highway Star [8.18 / 7.05] from On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat recorded live in California 27 February 1976.
    Listed as Goin’ Down / Highway Star on cover, but does not actually include Goin’ Down. It does however include a snippet from Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away.
  5. Burn [7.23/ 6.28] from Mk III – The Final Concerts recorded live in Graz 4 April 1975
  6. Mistreated [13.00 / 11.29] from Mk III – The Final Concerts recorded live in Paris 7 April 1975.
    Includes a snippet from B.B. King’s Rock Me Baby
  7. Child In Time [17.25 / 17.34] from Scandinavian Nights recorded live in Stockholm 12 November 1970
  8. When A Blind Man Cries [3.33 / 3.30] from b-side of Never Before single 1972
    According to the sleeve, this is a studio recording from Stockholm 1970 featuring David Coverdale & Glenn Hughes!!! Which is completely wrong. It’s the ordinary studio version recorded during the Machine Head sessions and featuring the Mark II band. First album release was on the Mark I & II compilation.

Sleeve Notes:

During their thirty year history, DP have seen many personnel changes, but over the years each line up has added their own classic albums and live performances to the DP legend. This CD captures Mark 2 in Stockholm, Mark 3 in Europe and Mark 4 in California. The latter performance was long regarded as ‘The Holy Grail’ to DP collectors as it was the only great performance captured on tape with Tommy Bolin in the guitarist’s chair. As a bonus, the rare studio track ‘When a Blind man cries’ has been added to this CD capturing Purple at their most blue.

Deep Purple - Live And Blue
Deep Purple – Live And Blue

Review:

I wrote a review for this CD which appeared on the Deep Purple Digest Mailing List on 10th September 1998.

Deep Purple – Live And Blue (Out Of The Mists Of Time)

A review by Brian Currin, September 1998

This CD is a compilation of live tracks (and one studio release) released in 1996 in South Africa only. There are a number of mistakes in track timings, cover art and general info, but don’t let this distract you from a great listening experience. This CD is compiled from 3 Connoisseur Collection live CDs, plus the studio outtake (and b-side) “When A Blind Man Cries”.

All the live tracks are taken from:

  • Scandinavian Nights (recorded in 1970),
  • Mk 3: The Final Concerts (recorded in 1975) and
  • Live In California (1976, also known as On The Wings Of A Russian Foxbat)

According to the album cover, Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin are both left-handed guitarists (wait till Jimi hears about this!). This is the same photo as on Foxbat, just reversed and with a different logo style. The title on the cover is Live And Blue, but on the spine it says Out Of The Mists Of Time (and on the actual disc the title is The Deep Purple Connection!).

OK, let’s talk about the music which is why I wrote this review in the first place and why I listen to this CD so often. I bought this CD after already having all the other albums mentioned above, but I really liked the idea of a live compilation.

The CD opens with Black Night, which was the encore from Stockholm on the 12th of November 1970. A wonderful version especially considering this song wasn’t even a year old at the time. Great guitar/vocal interplay near the end.

This is followed by Speed King from the same show. This track “speeds” along and includes Ian Gillan telling us what a speed king is. (Someone who can sing at 100 miles an hour!)

Next up is Smoke On The Water from the Long Beach Arena, 27th February 1976. Whose says Tommy can’t play SOTW? (not me, anymore!). A superb version until Glenn Hughes starts his warbling, barely-recognisable version of Georgia On My Mind. Why did he bother?

Highway Star is the encore from the Long Beach show. A thundering track that includes a snippet from Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. Listed on CD cover as Goin’ Down/Highway Star, but Goin’ Down has gone!

Burn, the fast-paced show-opener from Graz in Austria on the 4th April 1975 with an excellent organ solo from Jon Lord.

The last Deep Purple performance with Ritchie until 1984 included this majestic version of Mistreated from Paris on the 7th April 1975. This powerful blues song still gives me cold shivers when I hear it and you would never guess that this was Ritchie’s last show. The snippet from BB King’s Rock Me Baby is handled well by David Coverdale.

Last live track is a long (17 minute) version of Child In Time from Stockholm in 1970. Meanders in places, but overall a great version.

The last track on the CD is the Machine Head outtake When A Blind Man Cries, originally only available as a b-side in 1972. In South Africa, however, this track became a big radio hit and was (and still is) extremely popular, hence it’s inclusion here, I guess. South African DP fans were thrilled that this track was included on their 1995 Masters Of Rock tour (A double bill with Uriah Heep). This song was also played “unplugged” in the studios of South Africa radio station 5FM by The Deep Purple Trio (Jon, Steve and Roger) as part of the same tour.

Well, there you have it, a great collection of live tracks and one of my favourite DP compilation albums.

Sometimes I program my CD player in this order for a better flow:

  • Speed King
  • Child In Time
  • Burn
  • Mistreated
  • Smoke On The Water
  • Highway Star
  • Black Night
  • When A Blind Man Cries (or leave off, since it isn’t a live track)

My overall rating is a very big 9 (including any live version of ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’ would have got it a 10!)

More…

Please also see my review of the 4CD Box Set Deep Purple On The Road.

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What Am I Listening To? Headlight Dreams!

Steve Louw – Headlight Dreams

Steve Louw released Headlight Dreams in May 2021. This Kevin Shirley-produced album has been nominated for a SAMA. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th August 2022. A new album is planned for release in November!

Steve Louw – Headlight Dreams
Steve Louw | credit: Jacqui van Staden
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What Am I Listening To? Minions!

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU [Soundtrack 2022] THE ORIGINALS, feat Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang

The original versions of the songs covered in the film “Minions: The Rise Of Gru”.

When in doubt I referred to www.SecondHandSongs.com.

For “Desafinado” I chose the first version that was released with English vocals.

As bonus tracks I have included other popular versions of selected songs as well as “The Changeling” by The Doors, which was the inspiration for “Funkytown”.

Track List

1. Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
2. Funkytown – Lipps Inc
3. Hollywood Swinging – Kool & The Gang
4. Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune) – Pat Thomas
5. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Cher
6. Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band
7. Goodbye To Love – The Carpenters
8. Instant Karma – John Lennon
9. You’re No Good – Dee Dee Warwick
10. Vehicle – The Ides Of March
11. Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
12. Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
13. Born To Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez
14. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel

BONUS

15. You’re No Good – Linda Rostadt
16. Black Magic Woman – Santana
17. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
18. Desafinado – Stan Getz & João Gilberto feat Antônio Carlos Jobim
19. The Changeling – The Doors

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What Am I Listening To? Surf Rock!

DRAGGIN’ & SURFIN’ [1964] | Discogs

A 1964 album by The Jalopy Five re-imagined as a Surf & Hot Rod compilation.
https://www.discogs.com/release/4549469-Jalopy-Five-Draggin-And-Surfin

DRAGGIN’ & SURFIN’ [1964] Re-imagined & Expanded, feat Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, The Surfaris

Track List

1. Drag City – Jan & Dean
2. Hey Little Cobra – The Rip Chords
3. Fun Fun Fun – The Beach Boys
4. Dead Man’s Curve – Jan & Dean
5. Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys
6. Wipe Out – The Surfaris
7. Surf City – Jan & Dean
8. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena – Jan & Dean
9. I’ve Got A Tiger In My Tank – Bobby & Bergen
10. The Whole Summer Through – The Jalopy Five
11. Tell ’em I’m Surfin’ – The Fantastic Baggys
12. Get Your Baggies On – The Bats
13. Summer Means Fun – The Fantastic Baggys
14. Bucket “T” – Ronny & The Daytonas
15. 409 – The Beach Boys
16. Wild Weekend – The Rebels
17. G.T.O. – Ronny & The Daytonas
18. Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornados
19. Gas Money – Jan & Arnie
20. Custom Machine – Bruce & Terry
21. Stick Shift – The Duals
22. Three Window Coupe – The Rip Chords
23. Little Honda – The Hondells
24. Move Out Little Mustang – Rally-Packs
25. Moon Dawg! – The Gamblers
26. Pipeline – The Chantays
27. California Sun – The Rivieras
28. Drag City – The T-Bones

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What Am I Listening To? Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life!

Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life
Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life

A mix of just a few of my favourite rock songs by South African artists from the ’60s to the ’90s.

Some big hits and some more obscure tunes.

Some cover versions and a whole bunch of original tracks.

More info on all these artists can be found at www.Rock.co.za

Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life!

Track List

1 Reflections (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) Of My Life by Neil Cloud feat Rene Veldsman
2 Buccaneer by McCully Workshop
3 Sex by Pressure Cookies feat Willem Moller
4 Conquistador by Circus
5 Samurai by Dr Jive & The Bluenotes
6 Here Comes The Sun by Hawk
7 Fever by Otis Waygood Blues Band
8 So Cold by Hotline feat PJ Powers
9 Astral III by The Invaders
10 Get It by Music Corporation
11 Race With The Devil by The Bats
12 The Boy & The Bee by Omega Limited
13 ZX Dan by Radio Rats
14 Jo Bangles by Baxtop
15 Jugular Jive by Norman Greenberg & His Joburg Horrorock Band
16 This Boy by Sweatband
17 As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) by Tribe After Tribe
18 Johnny Calls The Chemist by Falling Mirror
19 Wild Warrior by Arapaho
20 Better The Devil You Know by Stingray
21 Six String Razor by Mauritz Lotz
22 Nightmare by Peach
23 Street Of Love by Jack Hammer
24 Shadows by éVoid
25 Blue Wednesday Speaks by Abstract Truth
26 Playgrounds In Paradise by Finch And Henson
27 Lifeline by Rabbitt
28 Miss Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died by Freedoms Children

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What Am I Listening To? Rock Today With The Big Heavies!

ROCK TODAY WITH THE BIG HEAVIES [South Africa 1971] Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedoms Children
ROCK TODAY WITH THE BIG HEAVIES [South Africa 1971] Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedoms Children

A digital recreation of a 1971 compilation double album featuring three of the biggest South African bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s; Suck, Freedom’s Children and the Otis Waygood Blues Band.

Track List

1 War Pigs by Suck
2 The Whip by Suck
3 Wee Wee Baby by Otis Waygood Blues Band
4 1999 by Freedoms Children
5 You’re Late Miss Kate by Otis Waygood Blues Band
6 Fever by Otis Waygood Blues Band
7 About The Dove And His King by Freedoms Children
8 21st Century Schizoid Man by Suck
9 That Did It by Freedoms Children
10 The Kid He Came From Hazareth by Freedoms Children
11 Watch ‘n’ Chain by Otis Waygood Blues Band
12 Aimless Lady by Suck
13 The Homecoming by Freedoms Children
14 In The Sun by Otis Waygood
15 In Alan’s Car by Otis Waygood

More info on all these artists can be found at The South African Rock Encyclopedia

ROCK LEGENDS: SOUTH AFRICA feat Hawk, Abstract Truth, Otis Waygood, Freedoms Children, Suck
Otis Waygood
Freedoms Children
Suck
Astral Daze
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What Am I Listening To? Hammerhead Hotel!

Everything we do is psychotic… – Nielen Mirror, 1985

Hammerhead Hotel | photo: Michael Currin

A mix of South African tunes, inspired by the title track off the Falling Mirror album.

Hammerhead Hotel

Track List

1. Bus Station – Fly Paper Jet
2. Hammerhead Hotel – Falling Mirror
3. Alison – Dolly Rockers
4. Getting Better – Scabby Annie
5. Shock Time For Rock – The Popguns
6. Morrison Hotel – Jack Hammer
7. Werewolf In The House – Falling Mirror
8. Kamikasi – McCully Workshop
9. Mucking About In The Dungeons All Day – Radio Rats
10. Monster From The Bog – Psycho Reptiles
11. Bellville Rock City – New World Inside
12. Psycho Bitch – Toxic Shame
13. Boxstar Kitty – Three Bored White Guys
14. Blue Eyed Devil – Th’ Damned Crows
15. Psycho-Babble – Lancaster Band
16. Britney Spears – Tweak
17. Babydoll Blues – The Ragdolls
18. Psycho – Them Tornados
19. Woo Hoo! – Fire Through The Window
20. Baby Girl You’re Gonna Burn! – Peachy Keen
21. Drakilla – The Psykotix
22. Surfin’ With The Goth Gang – Martin Rocka And The Sick Shop
23. Krokodil – Retro Dizzy
24. Buccaneer – Moyawetu
25. Beethoven Is Dying – Koos Kombuis En Die Warmblankes
26. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother
27. Boomtown Hotel – Valiant Swart
28. Kitchener – Piet Botha
29. Praha Paradise (2007 version) – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr
30. Die Gipsy In Jou Oë – Anna Davel
31. Farewell To Gypsy – Bonekey