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.
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.
Originally compiled on a C90 cassette, this mix was inspired by the Music Of Our Time (1971 sampler) from CBS and the Suck It And See! sampler from Vertigo (1973). At the time, I called this tape Music Of Our Time Vol. 2, but the title of Music Of My Time seems more apt as it featured tracks from the albums that I was really into at that time, such as Revelations: A Musical Anthology For Glastonbury Fayre, Woodstock, King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Space Hymns by Ramases and others.
This tape is on page 20 of book 1 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.
A digital recreation of a C90 cassette that I compiled sometime in the early 80’s being my favourite tracks from the “Woodstock” and “Woodstock 2” albums. This is part of my “Remember The Mixtape” series. It is on page 33 of book 5 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.
Artists include Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Country Joe & The Fish and more. I also included Crosby, Still, Nash & Young’s version of Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock as the mixtape opening track.
A mix of acoustic songs from the late 60’s up to the mid-70’s. Artists include America, Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones, Bob Carpenter, Ramases, Gordon Lightfoot, Ralph McTell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles and a whole bunch more.
A mix of tunes from my teenage years featuring plenty of Glam Rock. Artists include David Bowie, Deep Purple, T Rex, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and a whole bunch more.
The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – 14 September 2016
On the 4th of October 2012, at age 53, I started something new in my life, presenting a two-hour blues show on the then brand new internet radio station, All Jazz Radio. Despite my reluctance founder Eric Alan encouraged me to give it a go, and here we are four years later!
As my father said recently; “you are just making mixtapes like you always did when you were a teenager, except now the technology has changed, and you are getting to share your love and passion for music with other people.”
I play an eclectic mix of Jazz & Blues, with a special focus on South African artists.
I call the show “The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show“ because I wander around the world of music picking up scraps of information from all over and everywhere.
The Vagabond Jazz & Blues show can be heard every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm (Central African Time) on All Jazz Radio.
Podcast from 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis
More podcasts at Mixcloud
Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd – Shine On, Syd 
With Syd Barrett’s passing on the 7th July 2006, I decided to compile my own virtual collection (will fit on a single CD, I think) in honour of his music and influence. I included Pink Floyd songs that do not feature Syd’s playing, but that are definitely about him. I made a cover to look like an old cassette as if this really was a mixtape. And I thought Syd would appreciate looking at the world from a different angle.
- I’m A King Bee – The Tea Set [02:56]
- Astronomy Domine – Pink Floyd [04:02]
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 2 [Syd’s Theme] – Pink Floyd [02:30]
- See Emily Play – Pink Floyd [02:48]
- Scream Thy Last Scream – Pink Floyd [04:32]
- Lucy Leave – The Tea Set [02:47]
- Interstellar Overdrive (extract from January 1967 version) – Pink Floyd [04:50]
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 4 [1st vocal section] – Pink Floyd [02:20]
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd [05:09]
- Interstellar Overdrive (closing section) – Pink Floyd [02:31]
- Octopus – Syd Barrett [03:41]
- Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd [02:49]
- Bob Dylan Blues (demo) – Syd Barrett [03:05]
- Vegetable Man – Pink Floyd [02:22]
- Paintbox – Pink Floyd [03:22]
- Candy & A Currant Bun – Pink Floyd [02:38]
- The Scarecrow – Pink Floyd [02:04]
- Jugband Blues – Pink Floyd [02:54]
- Gigolo Aunt – Syd Barrett [05:39]
- Dominoes – Syd Barrett [04:00]
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond, part 7 [2nd vocal section] – Pink Floyd [01:24]
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun – Pink Floyd [05:15]
- Bike – Pink Floyd [03:20]
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’.
Track list for South African Album
- Time Is On My Side
- Heart Of Stone
- Play With Fire
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- As Tears Go By
- Get Off Of My Cloud
- Mothers Little Helper
- 19th Nervous Breakdown
- Paint It Black
- Under My Thumb
- Ruby Tuesday
- Let’s Spend The Night Together
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- Street Fighting Man
- Sympathy For The Devil
- Honky Tonk Women
- Gimme Shelter
- Tell Me
- Under The Boardwalk
- Little Red Rooster
- Midnight Rambler
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)
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)
- Rock Me Baby from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Wild Thing from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Machine Gun I from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
- Johnny B. Goode from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
- Hey Joe from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Purple Haze from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
- Like a Rolling Stone from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock (August 1969)
- Machine Gun II (Band of Gypsys) from Fillmore East (January 1, 1970)
- Hear My Train A Comin’ (acoustic) from London (1967)
- Red House from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
- In From the Storm from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
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.