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Old guys rock!

Some of the current tunes that I am really impressed with, by some of the older statesmen of rock.

Sugar Man – Rodriguez, from the Daytrotter sessions, recorded 5 May 2009. Awesome.

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, from his new Live In London double CD. What a fantastic version, and the gospel-style Hammond B3 organ solo is amazing.

Light A Candle – Neil Young from Fork In The Road. Haunting and poignant.

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Bob Dylan, from Together Through Life. Rollicking, ‘Black Magic Woman’-ish boogie blues. Love it.

Queen Of the Supermarket – Bruce Springsteen, from Working On A Dream. A wall of sound production for what is essentially a sweet little song. Like The Kursaal Flyers ‘Little Does She Know’.

Jozi TownJack Hammer and Tidal Waves, from Highway 13. Jack Hammer celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year. This reggae track that closes last year’s Highway 13 album, speaks straight to the heart of xenophobia.

Magnificent – U2, from No Line On The Horizon. Magnificent? Maybe not, but very good? Definitely.

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The Beatles Yellow Album (a virtual collection)

A selection of solo tracks from the Fab Four. Nothing unusual or rare here, just cool to have them all in one place.

The Beatles - Yellow Album
The Beatles - Yellow Album
1 Paul McCartney & Wings Maybe I’m Amazed
2 John Lennon with Elton John Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
3 George Harrison My Sweet Lord
4 John Lennon Stand By Me
5 Paul McCartney & Wings Listen To What The Man Said
6 Ringo Starr It Don’t Come Easy
7 George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
8 John Lennon Instant Karma!
9 Paul McCartney & Wings Junior’s Farm (radio edit)
10 Paul McCartney & Wings Jet
11 John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over
12 Ringo Starr You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful Your Mine)
13 Paul McCartney & Wings My Love
14 John Lennon Imagine
15 Paul McCartney & Wings Let Me Roll It
16 Ringo Starr Photograph
17 Paul McCartney & Wings Band On The Run
18 Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo
19 Paul McCartney & Wings Live And Let Die
20 John Lennon Give Peace A Chance
21 George Harrison Bangla Desh
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Virtual Collections: The Beatles Green Album

The Beatles - The Green Album
The Beatles - The Green Album

A virtual collection (this could fit on a single CD) to complete the Red and the Blue album series. Starts with an early version of ‘One After 909’ and includes some early singles and songs not composed by the Beatles, then some classic album tracks and finishes off with the 2 “artificially-created” Beatles songs from the mid-90s.

(Originally appeared on Art Of The Mix in 2005)

1 The Beatles One After 909 (1960 rehearsal)
2 The Beatles Ain’t She Sweet
3 The Beatles Cry For A Shadow
4 The Beatles Twist & Shout
5 The Beatles I Should Have Known Better
6 The Beatles Rock ‘n Roll Music
7 The Beatles Words Of Love
8 The Beatles Long Tall Sally
9 The Beatles Slow Down
10 The Beatles You’re Going To Lose That Girl
11 The Beatles Bad Boy
12 The Beatles I’m Down
13 The Beatles The Word
14 The Beatles Doctor Robert
15 The Beatles Here There And Everywhere
16 The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows
17 The Beatles Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
18 The Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four
19 The Beatles Birthday
20 The Beatles Glass Onion
21 The Beatles Helter Skelter
22 The Beatles Happiness Is A Warm Gun
23 The Beatles Savoy Truffle
24 The Beatles I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
25 The Beatles Hey Bulldog
26 The Beatles One After 909
27 The Beatles Free As A Bird
28 The Beatles Real Love

My favourite place for vinyl and a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager is Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town.

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70’s Compilation Albums that helped shape my music tastes

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 

South African PressingThe Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971

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

  1. Time Is On My Side
  2. Heart Of Stone
  3. Play With Fire
  4. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  5. As Tears Go By
  6. Get Off Of My Cloud
  7. Mothers Little Helper
  8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  9. Paint It Black
  10. Under My Thumb
  11. Ruby Tuesday
  12. Let’s Spend The Night Together
  13. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  14. Street Fighting Man
  15. Sympathy For The Devil
  16. Honky Tonk Women
  17. Gimme Shelter
  18. Tell Me
  19. Under The Boardwalk
  20. Little Red Rooster
  21. Midnight Rambler
  22. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)

More info on Hot Rocks


The Beatles – The Red And The Blue Albums

The Beatles - The Red AlbumThe Beatles - The Blue Album

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)

American Graffiti

My introduction to rock ‘n roll history.


The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards 1965-1975 (South African only release)

The Who - Pinball And Other Wizards '65-'75
The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards ’65-’75

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.


Deep Purple – Mark I and Mark II

Deep Purple - Mark I & II
Deep Purple – Mark I & II

Brilliant collection, and this was the only place to find ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ for many years.


Music Of Our Time

Music Of Our Time
Music Of Our Time

A CBS sampler from 1971, that was sold cheaply. Amazing collection. Still one of my favourites.


Golden EarringHearing Earring

Golden Earring - Hearing Earring
Golden Earring – Hearing Earring

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

Jimi Hendrix - Soundtrack
Jimi Hendrix – Soundtrack

A compilation of various live tracks and interviews. My main introduction to the live experience that was Jimi Hendrix

Track listing (interviews excluded)

  1. Rock Me Baby from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  2. Wild Thing from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  3. Machine Gun I from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
  4. Johnny B. Goode from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
  5. Hey Joe  from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  6. Purple Haze from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
  7. Like a Rolling Stone from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
  8. The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock (August 1969)
  9. Machine Gun II (Band of Gypsys) from Fillmore East (January 1, 1970)
  10. Hear My Train A Comin’ (acoustic) from London (1967)
  11. Red House from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
  12. 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

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

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.

Honourary mention

Let The Good Times Roll (soundtrack)

Let The Good Times Roll

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.

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Top Selling CDs On Sugar Music April 2009

1 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1
2 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 2
3 SA Party – South Africa’s Greatest Hits (2nd edition)
4 The Best Of SA Pop Volume 3
5 Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez
6 Coming From Reality / After The Fact (2005 South African remaster)
7 Live Fact
8 Cold Fact (2005 South African remaster)
9 Springbok Radio Top 40: Best of Volume 2 (3CD set)
10 The Warrior
Ipi Tombi featuring Margaret Singana
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My Top Ten Favourite Rock Albums of All-Time

1. Piet Botha – ‘n Suitcase Vol Winter (1997)

Piet Botha - 'n Suitcase Vol Winter I first heard ‘Sien Jou Weer’ on radio KFM in Cape Town and I became an instant fan. I bought this album the same day. ‘Suitcase’ opened up a whole new genre for me: Afrikaans Rock, and I’ve never been the same since!

I was so in awe of this album, of Piet Botha the artist and of songs like ‘Goeienag Generaal’, that I set up a small fan website for Piet and Jack Hammer (his English hard rocking alter ego). This website has now become the official Piet Botha website! Please visit:

2. David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars We wore our hair like Ziggy, we bought the platform shoes, we tried to play guitar. Bowie was Ziggy and Ziggy was Bowie and he sang: “let all the children boogie”… and we did.

There is a whole website dedicated to just this one album at:

3. Deep Purple – Made In Japan (1973)

Deep Purple - Made In JapanTHE classic live album from a classic rock band. “What a rip-off!”, I thought to myself when I first saw this album, “a double album with only 7 tracks on it!”. And then the energy in those 7 songs (the shortest being about 7 minutes) blew my mind, melted my speakers and drove my Methodist church organist father nuts. This album was my first introduction to Deep Purple and I was hooked for life. And they are still around, much to my father’s surprise, and possibly their own as well.

In September 2001 a 4CD box set was released titled ‘On The Road’, which chronicles Deep Purple on stage across the years and around the world from 1969-1993. Full track list and review at: Deep Purple On The Road

4. Genesis – Selling England By The Pound (1973)

Genesis - Selling England By The Pound “Can you tell me where your country lies, said the Unifaun to his true love’s eyes” sang the plaintive voice of Peter Gabriel to open this album. I still have no idea what he was on about (or what he was on), but this pastoral, gentle progressive rock album captured my ears and my heart and will always be a favourite. Also contains the hit single “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe”). This was back in the days when Phil Collins was just a drummer…

5. Golden Earring – Hearing Earring (1973)

Golden Earring - Hearing EarringThis album was a compilation of tracks from 2 previous European-only releases: ‘Seven Tears’ (1971) and ‘Together’ (1972). As far as I know ‘Hearing Earring’ has never been released on CD, but it is one of my all-time favourite rock albums, so I eventually bought the CDs of ‘Seven Tears’ and ‘Together’ just to have all these great tracks.

‘Jangalene’ is a classic rock song with its long acoustic intro and then thundering full-tilt climax. This album goes from light to dark, soft to loud in an instant and is very comparable to the Deep Purple or Zeppelin stuff from the same era.

6. Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)

Jethro Tul - Aqualung “Sitting on a park bench watching all the pretty panties run”. No wonder our parents hated it. Jethro Tull at their hardest and rockiest. Before the self-indulgence of ‘Thick As A Brick’ and ‘A Passion Play’, this was the spirit of early 70s rock captured on one album. And ‘Locomotive Breath’ is on it… worth the price of admission alone.

7. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The MoonI remember hearing this album when it was just another new release, “the new Pink Floyd album”, nothing more. Who would have guessed the impact it would have on future generations? Well my friends and I did, for one. We knew this was nothing like we had ever heard before: sound effects, spoken words, hidden messages, cool cover, a swearword (this was South Africa in 1973, remember?), songs flowing one into the other… and David Gilmour’s guitar, oh that guitar sound…

Pink Floyd is still one of my all-time favourite bands and I have a fan site for them at:

8. Ramases – Space Hymns (1971)

Ramases - Space HymnsA Sheffield central heating saleman thinks he is re-incarnated as an Egyptian God. He gets his wife to sing with him, the fledging 10cc to play with him, and Roger Dean to paint the LP cover for him and produces a stunning work.

From acoustic love songs with gentle flutes to sitars and rock guitars this album explores the themes of alienation, loneliness and searching with a particular “other-world” feel. Hard to find but well worth the search.

9. Rodriguez – Cold Fact (recorded in 1969, first released in South Africa in 1971)

Rodriguez - Cold FactIf you’ve heard of Rodriguez (and amazingly most of the world hasn’t), then you probably love this album like I do, so you don’t need me to tell you how good it is.

In 2002 I was asked for my input for a re-issue CD, and Terry Fairweather from PT Music and Bill Robb from Robb Graphics allowed me the freedom to fix many mistakes with lyrics, track listings, etc, as well as including one of my personal concert photographs from the 2001 South African tour. ‘Cold Fact’ album producer, Mike Theodore, provided some valuable info, as did Gary Harvey, co-composer of 2 songs on the album. And Rodriguez, the original Sugarman, supplied a quote or 2 and a signature.

10. Rick Wakeman With The London Symphony Orchestra – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974)

Rick Wakeman - The Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Majestic sounds, choirs, synthesizers, the London Symphony Orchestra, narration of the Jules Verne classic by David Hemmings… this album was the ultimate fusion of rock and orchestra pioneered by Jon Lord (with Deep Purple) and Keith Emerson (first with The Nice and then ELP). Rick Wakeman – keyboard wizard? Oh yeah!

And yes, the years 1971 to 1974 were probably some of the best years of my life, and thanks to music, the net, my children and friends I am still very much in touch with my inner teenager. “Too old To Rock and Roll” – never! “Too young to die” – damn right…

Further reading

Brian Currin’s Top 50 Rock Albums of All-time

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Powerhouse Sods

Recently downloaded West, Bruce and Laing’s ‘Live ‘N’ Kickin’ album from (cool place to download old obscure rock). Which inspired me to listen to some of my other favourite power trios from my Golden Age of Rock [1967 to 1974].

So here is a virtual compilation of live tracks by a few awesome power trios.

  • Are You Ready (live 1970) – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Powerhouse Sod (live 1974) including Jack Bruce bass solo – West, Bruce and Laing
  • Spoonful (live 1968) – Cream
  • Johnny B Goode (live 1970) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Machine Gun (live 1970) – Band Of Gypsies
  • Crossroads (live 1968) – Cream
  • Inside Looking Out (live 1970) – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Politician (live 1974) – West, Bruce and Laing
  • Toad (live 1968) including Ginger Baker drum solo – Cream
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (live 1969) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Hear My Train a-Comin’ (live 1970) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

If you enjoy Classic Rock, listen to Benjy Mudie’s Rock Of Ages radio show on UJFM. Read more at

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Footstomping Music Vol. 2 from Rock Of Ages

Benjy Mudie on Rock Of Ages website

Finally after months of label negotiations we are almost ready to release Vol.2 – whilst the track listing is not entirely finalised you can count on the following classic bands and tunes:

  • Juicy Lucy – Who do you love
  • Trapeze – You are the music (we are the band
  • Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
  • The Guess Who – American Woman
  • Mahogany Rush – Talkin’ about a feeling
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not fragile
  • Spooky Tooth – I am the walrus
  • ZZ Top – Tush
  • Cream – Crossroads
  • Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi
  • Aerosmith – Same old song and dance
  • Cactus – Evil
  • May Blitz – For Madmen only
  • Montrose – Rock the nation… and more.

Expected release date is June 2009 and will be available through selected music stores (if you can call them that these days!) and autographed copies via the Rock of Ages website at

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Rock Of Ages on UJFM 95.4

Rock Of Ages PLAYLIST 19 April 2009
The Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band The intro and the outro All good clean fun United Artists/EMI 1967
AC/DC Fire your guns The Razor’s Edge Epic Records/Sony Music 1990
Altered State Made of gasoline Dos Warner Bros/Gallo Music 1993
Audioslave Show me how to live Audioslave Epic Records/Sony Music 2002
Lacuna Coil To the edge Karmacode Century Media/EMI 2006
The Answer Never too late Rise Next Music 2006
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Teach your children Déjà Vu Atlantic Records/Gallo 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd I ain’t the one Pronounced…. MCA Records/Universal 1973
UFO Doctor Doctor Phenomenon EMI Records 1974
Juicy Lucy Who do you love Anthology Sanctuary/Universal Music 1969
Gov’t Mule Perfect shelter Deja Voodoo ATO Records/Just Music 2004
King’s X Over my head Gretchen goes to Nebraska Atlantic Records/Gallo 1989
Long Song
Pink Floyd Set the controls for the heart of the sun A saucerful of secrets EMI Records 1968
Can Father cannot yell Monster Movie United Artists/EMI 1969
Dio Stand up and shout Holy Diver Universal Music 1983
Firewind Maniac The Premonition Century Media/EMI 2008
Killswitch Engage Holy Diver As daylight dies Roadrunner Records/DGR 2007
Judas Priest Jawbreaker Essential Judas Priest Columbia Records/Sony 1984
Focus Hocus Pocus Moving Waves Polydor Records/Universal 1974
Yes Roundabout Fragile Atlantic Records/Gallo 1972
Fleetwood Mac Oh Well Part 1 Greatest Hits Columbia Records/Sony 1969
Babe Ruth Wells Fargo First Base Harvest Records/EMI 1973
Jimi Hendrix Experience Stone Free Smash Hits Polydor Records/Universal 1967
Buffalo Springfield Mr Soul Buffalo Springfield Again Atlantic Records/Gallo 1967
Big Brother & The Holding Company Piece of my heart Cheap Thrills Columbia Records/Sony 1968
Moby Grape Omaha Vintage Columbia Records/Sony 1967
Mad River Amphetamine Gazelle Mad River Edsel Records 1968
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Polydor Records/Universal 1968
Comedy Slot
Cheech & Chong Unamerican Bandstand Big Bambu Warner Bros/Gallo Music 1978
Scatterbrain Sonata #11 (Rondo ala Turka) Scamboogery Elektra Records/Gallo Music 1991
Trapeze You are the music High Flyers Deream Records/Universal 1972
Santana Se a Cabo Abraxus Columbia Records/Sony 1970
Frank Zappa Dirty love Over-Nite Sensation Rykodisc Records 1973
Kevin Coyne Saviour Sign of the times Virgin Records/EMI 1975
The Chill Room
Thin Lizzy Still in love with you Live and Dangerous Vertigo Records/Universal 1978
Boys Club Whiter shade of pale Live in California Next Music 1998
The Hootchie Cootchie Men Lonesome traveller’s blues Live at The Basement Edsel Music Next Music 2008
The Derek Trucks Band I know Already Free Sony Music 2009
Patto You, you point your finger Hold your fire Repertoire Records 1971
Bruce Springsteen The Wrestler Working on a dream Sony Music 2009
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Die Campbells are Keeping It Country

A new double album called ‘Keep It Country‘ was released recently featuring a few country songs from Die Campbells previous albums and a whole bunch of new recordings including ‘I May Hate Myself In The Morning’ with Lianie May.

Die Campbells

Old country classics like ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and ‘Oh Lord, It’s Hard To Be Humble’ all get the unique footstompin’ Campbells treatment. These boys sure know how to get a party going. There are a few tear-jerkers as well including Kenny Rogers’ ‘Coward Of The County’ featuring Harry Campbell, Snr.

And if you are an old country music fan, Ray Dylan’s new album ‘Goeie Ou Country‘ gives new life to some great country songs including, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Heart’ and ‘Islands in The Stream’ in a duet with Elizma Theron.

Ray Dylan