Based on a mixtape I created in 1990 to try and show the progression of rock & roll through hard rock to metal with a special emphasis on great riffs. I have mostly included songs that were released as singles rather than album tracks.
Inspired by the Deep Purple series of EPs and CDs titled “New, Live & Rare”, I made a mix of David Bowie songs in 2002 and then a Vol 2 in 2016.
And here is a mix of songs by the artists that Bowie listed on the back cover of his Pin Ups album, released in 1973.
Originally compiled in 1989 on a C90 cassette, this was part of a series of mine featuring some of the hits from rock history as well as tracks off a few of my favourite albums.
Artists include Rodriguez, Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Focus, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Xit, Shawn Phillips and many more.
This tape is on page 13 of book 7 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.
Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.
A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.
A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.
The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.
New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.
The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.
Ramblin’ Bones is the alter ego of Jay Bones, former front man for the popular South African ska band Fuzigish, here with his latest musical incarnation off Ramblin’ Bones & His Bloody Agents .
The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.
A track off Shifty compilation Shotdown which illustrates the label’s role in capturing and preserving a vibrant and important part of South Africa’s history of cultural resistance.
World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.
A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.
Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.
Released for the first time on CD is the long awaited retrospective of South Africa’s legendary original punk band, Wild Youth. This massive 23 track set includes all of Wild Youth’s late 70`s seminal singles, live and demo tracks plus several songs from the band’s alter ego outfit, The Gay Marines. Wild Youth are prominently featured in the film documentary “Punk in Afrika”, currently showing in key US and European film festivals.
Volume 3 of our acclaimed Astral Daze series find us in the company of some well known ‘underground’ bands (Freedom’s Children, Abstract Truth, The Bats) and some lesser known luminaries of the psych rock era (The Gentle People, Finder’s Keepers, 004’s, Wakeford Hart). The compilation is rounded off with some real classics including engineer Peter Pearlson’s 2011 remix of Hawk’s ‘Here comes the sun’ and Sharon Tandy’s psych collaboration with UK rockers Fleur De Lys.
Visit the Rodriguez website at www.SugarMan.org
Almost all the recent fan messages on the Sugarman.org website are from people saying they have never heard of Rodriguez before. Many even apologize for not listening to him in the 1970s.
I can’t remember when exactly I first heard ‘Cold Fact’. For me his music just always seemed to have been there. A number of the mixtapes from my teenage years show “Sugar Man”, “Rich Folks Hoax” and “I Wonder” as being from 1973/74 when I was about 14/15.
I was wrong, of course, but didn’t know that until much later.
A long time ago, I compiled a series of C90 mixtapes called The Story Of Rock, with all the information lovingly catalogued and hand-written in hard cover books.
Page 13 of Book 7 shows the track listing for “The Story Of Rock 1973 to 1974” and includes the following songs:
- Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers
- We Live – Xit
- Sugar Man – Rodriguez
- Radar Love – Golden Earring
- Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- The Ballad Of Casey Deiss – Shawn Phillips
- Rich Folks Hoax – Rodriguez
- We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
Other artists include Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, Yes, Focus, Chicago and more. And Rodriguez was the only one that got two entries! The next page shows “The Story Of Rock 1974 to 1976” and includes “I Wonder” alongside songs by Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Pink Floyd, Genesis, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Uriah Heep, Nazareth and others.
I am finding it impossible to imagine what it must be like to not grow up listening to his music alongside all those other well-known classic rock bands. I know I never heard him on the radio, but that wasn’t that strange as a number of my “Story Of Rock” artists didn’t get much radio play any way.
But that he wasn’t famous in the rest of the world, didn’t cross my mind. When I first discovered the internet during the 1996 Festive Season, I could find information on Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, however I could find nothing on Rodriguez. And that started me on a quest, that just seems to be continuously having happy endings.
Without trying to sound too melodramatic, I would not be living the life I do now, and earning my income from doing what I love, if it was not for Rodriguez and all the sparks that he ignited.