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Sugar Music Recommends…

Sugar Music

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

Sugar Music Recommends…

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What Am I Listening To? A Vagabond Cafe Mix!

A melancholy mix that I created for an imaginary bar, “The Vagabond Cafe” in Nowheresville!

“Where lost souls meet.”

THE VAGABOND CAFE IN NOWHERESVILLE feat Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, U2, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley


1. 16 Rietfonteins – Des & Dawn Lindberg
2. Man In Black – Johnny Cash
3. Light A Candle – Neil Young
4. Black Coffee – Lacy J Dalton
5. Evening Over Rooftops – The Edgar Broughton Band
6. Die Heks Is Dood – Strab Colab feat Piet Botha
7. White Trash Beautiful – Everlast
8. It Turns Me Inside Out – Willie Nelson
9. A Little Cocaine – Lee Clayton
10. Everett Ruess – Dave Alvin
11. Society – Eddie Vedder
12. Almal Maak Haar Mal (acoustic) – Valiant Swart
13. Blues Vir Louise – Piet Botha
14. Something Blue – Neil Diamond
15. Motherland – Natalie Merchant
16. Gravedigger – Dave Matthews
17. Too Sick To Pray – Willie Nelson
18. Bittermaan – Spoegwolf
19. If It Be Your Will (live 2008) – Leonard Cohen with Neil Larsen and The Webb Sisters
20. Who Told You That (live 2018) – Mavis Staples
21. Loch Lomond (live 1987) – Runrig
22. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
23. Rose Tattoo – Dropkick Murphys
24. Saint Isabelle – Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman
25. Better Than This – Strab Colab
26. Hell Yeah – Neil Diamond
27. Terrified – Isaac Gracie
28. Beyond My Wildest Dreams – Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
29. Breyten se Brief – Jan Blohm
30. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
31. San Quentin (live 1969) – Johnny Cash
32. Blue Hotel – Chris Isaak
33. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Bob Dylan
34. Jack Of All Trades – Bruce Springsteen feat Tom Morello
35. The Maker – Daniel Lanois
36. ‘n Brief Vir Simone – Anton Goosen
37. Listening Wind – Geoffrey Oryema
38. I’m Not Gonna Beg – Natalie Merchant
39. Alrighty Aphrodite – Peach Pit
40. One – U2 & Mary J Blige

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What Am I Listening To? Imaginary Albums!

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Some of my favourite albums re-imagined.

King Crimson – In The Wake Of Poseidon [1970] Re-imagined

King Crimson – In The Wake Of Poseidon [1970] Re-imagined

Inspired by a website called Albums Back From The Dead, I offer my re-imagining of King Crimson’s “In The Wake Of Poseidon” as a double album. Tracks taken from In The Wake Of Poseidon (King Crimson, 1970), McDonald & Giles (1971) and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970).

Yes – Fragile [1971] Re-imagined

Yes – Fragile [1971] Re-imagined

One of my all-time favourite albums, re-imagined. “Catherine Of Aragon” by Rick Wakeman was originally titled “Handle With Care” and featured all members of Yes at the time, except for Jon Anderson.

Jethro Tull – God & Man [1972] A Passion Play re-imagined

Jethro Tull – God & Man [1972] A Passion Play re-imagined

An imaginary expansion of “A Passion Play” to be a double album. Inspired by a few threads on the Steve Hoffman Music Forums.

Brain Salad Surgery [1973] Resequenced

Brain Salad Surgery [1973] Resequenced

A resequencing (including bonus tracks) of one of my all-time favourite albums.

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Jethro Tull – God & Man (A Passion Play Expanded)

Who is God’s favourite rock star this week?

An imaginary compilation expanding “A Passion Play” as a double album.

Inspired by various threads on The Steve Hoffman Music Forums.

A Passion Play
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play

SIDE A: God & Theatre [21 minutes]

  1. The Big Top
  2. Scenario
  3. Audition
  4. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
  5. Sailor
  6. No Rehearsal

SIDE B: Man & Animal [22 minutes]

  1. First Post
  2. Animelee
  3. Tiger Toon
  4. Look At The Animals
  5. Law Of The Bungle, part 1 (Tiger)
  6. Law Of The Bungle, part 2
  7. Bungle In The Jungle

SIDE C: Man & Critic [22 minutes]

  1. Left Right
  2. Solitaire
  3. Critique Oblique
  4. Post Last

SIDE D: A Passion Play [22 minutes]

  1. Forest Dance
  2. The Foot Of Our Stairs
  3. Overseer Overture
  4. Flight From Lucifer
  5. 10.08 To Paddington
  6. Magus Perdé
  7. Epilogue
Jethro Tull – God & Man

“A Passion Play” was the follow-up album to 1972’s “Thick As A Brick”. Recording sessions originally took place at the Chateau d’Herouville Studios in France during 1972. These sessions were later dubbed “The Chateau d’Isaster Tapes” as Ian Anderson was unhappy with the challenges of the studio environment.

Back in the UK, Jethro Tull decided to start afresh, and the resulting album was released in July 1973 to less-than-critical acclaim.

This imaginary album is my attempt to reconstruct a double album that could have been released instead, using all available recordings.

Certain songs from the “Chateau d’Isaster” sessions had additional flute overdubs recorded in 1988 before being released on the “Night Cap” rarities compilation in 1993. In most cases I prefer these versions to the Steven Wilson remixes from 2014.

I left off “The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” (it should appear between “Forest Dance, parts 1 & 2) because it is only funny the first time you hear it, after that it is just jarring.


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Four Of My Most Popular Mixcloud Mixes

There are over 1200 mixes on my Mixcloud profile, that I have created over the years.

ROCK LEGENDS: TITLE TRACKS feat AC/DC, Deep Purple, The Beatles, David Bowie, Black Sabbath
WHERE THE PARTY AT feat Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Sugababes, Mis-Teeq, Jay Z, Destiny’s Child, Lil’ Kim
ROCK LEGENDS feat Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Golden Earring, Uriah Heep
SOUL FOOD feat Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke
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Selections from Vagabond’s World

A Spotify playlist of some of my favourite obscurities from the world of Rock.

Either obscure songs or songs off obscure releases by well-known artists.

This is a dynamic playlist, I will be adding to it every now and again. As the Spirit of Rock moves me.

Selections from Vagabond’s World

Please visit my original Vagabond’s World website, created in October 1997, which should give you some idea of why I chose certain songs.

You can also browse this blog for even more obscurities.

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What Am I Listening To? LET’S GET IT ON feat Deep Purple, Santana, The Moody Blues, Rodriguez, Ramases, Wishbone Ash

LET’S GET IT ON feat Deep Purple, Santana, The Moody Blues, Rodriguez, Ramases, Wishbone Ash

A few of the tunes (mostly lesser-known ones) that I was enjoying in the early to mid-’70s.

Photo: Magda Ehlers Photography

Track List

1. Let’s Get It On – Edgar Winter’s White Trash
2. Ma – Rare Earth
3. Lucy Was In Trouble – Wet Willie
4. No – Bulldog
5. Ride, Ride, Ride – Foghat
6. Things Yet To Come – Sweathog
7. Whatcha Gonna Do – Azteca
8. Persuasion – Santana
9. Weeping Widow – April Wine
10. Only Good For Conversation – Rodriguez
11. Quasar One – Ramases
12. Evening Over Rooftops – The Edgar Broughton Band
13. The Railroad – Grand Funk Railroad
14. Vas Dis – Wishbone Ash
15. For Madmen Only – May Blitz
16. Lady Eleanor – Lindisfarne
17. The Mexican – Babe Ruth
18. Magic Woman Touch – The Greatest Show On Earth
19. Lord Of The Ages – Magna Carta
20. Dear Old Battlefield – Incredible String Band
21. Carpet Of The Sun – Renaissance
22. Still… You Turn Me On – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
23. Book Of Saturday – King Crimson
24. When A Blind Man Cries – Deep Purple
25. Hope – Golden Earring
26. Alone In Georgia – Gravy Train
27. I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock ‘n Roll Band) – The Moody Blues
28. Parents – Budgie
29. Fantasy Satisfier – Spooky Tooth
30. MacArthur Park – Beggars Opera
31. Baby Night – Sweet Smoke
32. The House On The Hill – Audience
33. Crystal Brook – Fruupp
34. Rumplestiltskin – Rumplestiltskin
35. Julia – Pavlov’s Dog
36. It’s Only The World Said The Girl (live 1971) – Gong

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South African Rock Legends
South African Rock Legends

A list of South Africa’s Rock Legends compiled in July 2001, updated June 2008. I’ve also listed representative songs for each artist; either their most well-known song / biggest hit and / or my personal favourite.

Originally published on the South African Rock Encyclopedia

  1. The A-Cads – Hungry For Love, Roadrunner
  2. Asylum Kids – Fight It With Your Mind, Schoolboy*, No No No No
  3. Robin Auld – Baby You’ve Been Good To Me, Perfect Day
  4. Ballyhoo – Man On The Moon
  5. Baxtop – Jo Bangles 
  6. Big Sky – Waiting For The Dawn, Slow Dancing
  7. Piet Botha – Goeienag Generaal, Sien Jou Weer 
  8. Bright Blue – Weeping, Window On The World*
  9. Circus – Conquistador 
  10. Johnny Clegg – Kilimanjaro (with Juluka), Scatterlings of Africa (with Savuka)
  11. Dog Detachment – Waiting For A Miracle* 
  12. Lesley Rae Dowling – Grips Of Emotion, The Spaniard 
  13. Ella Mental – See Yourself (Clowns)* 
  14. éVoid – Shadows, Taximan* 
  15. Falling Mirror – Johnny Calls The Chemist, Making Out With Granny 
  16. Freedoms Children – 1999 
  17. Crocodile Harris – Give Me The Good News, Miss Eva Goodnight 
  18. Hawk – Here Comes The Sun 
  19. Hotline – You’re So Good To Me, So Cold
  20. John Ireland – You’re Living Inside My Head
  21. Jack Hammer – Street of Love, Sarajevo 
  22. Just Jinger – Sugar Man
  23. Koos Kombuis – Who Killed Kurt Cobain 
  24. Julian Laxton – Celebrate 
  25. Little Sister – No Man Shall Fall, Dear Abbie 
  26. Mauritz Lotz – Six String Razor 
  27. McCully Workshop – Buccaneer 
  28. Morocko – Bowtie Boogaloo
  29. Otis Waygood Blues Band – Fever
  30. Peach – Nightmare, Complicated Game*
  31. Rabbitt – Hold On To Love, Charlie, Hard Ride
  32. Radio Rats – ZX Dan 
  33. Margaret Singana – Tribal Fence
  34. Neill Solomon – Roxy Lady
  35. Stingray – Better The Devil You Know
  36. Suck – Aimless Lady
  37. Sweatband – This Boy* 
  38. The Spectres – Be Bop Pop,Teddy Bear*
  39. Tribe After Tribe – Damsel (As I Went Out One Morning)* 
  40. Via Afrika – Hey Boy*

* Tracks released on Rocking Against The System CD in March 2002.

South African Rock Legends

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