Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972
This real collectors item features 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks from the heyday of South African Psychedelic Rock. 16 of these tracks have never previously been released on official CD.
- The Whip - Suck
- Astral III - The Invaders
- The Boy And The Bee - Omega Limited
- Straight Ahead - Otis Waygood
- My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say - Abstract Truth
- The Eagle Has Landed - Dickie Loader With Freedom's Children
- You Keep Me Hanging On - The Flames
- Blurry Visions - Buzzard
- Fire - The Third Eye
- Predictions - Hawk
- Kafkasque - Freedom's Children
- Blue Machines And Dreams - Bryan Miller's Destruction
- The Mad Professor - John And Philipa Cooper
- Cathy Come Home - The Fireflies
- Morning Light - Tidal Wave
- Race With The Devil - The Bats
- Magic Dragon - The Idiots
- Birds Flying High - McCully Workshop
Tripping the light fantastic - Psychedelic South Africa 1968-1972
Although the South African rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies was not a major commercial success, it's participants heralded an exciting new age in South African rock and started a movement aimed at changing the musical tastes of fans in a spectacular way. Stadium concerts became the vehicle for feeding the youth with heavier rock sounds and behind studio glass were producers like Clive Calder, Billy Forrest, Graham Beggs and Selwyn Miller who acted as change agents to transform conventional pop into heavier 4 to 5 minute songs. The movement's struggle for recognition through airplay remained unanswered and only the true fans of rock knew about their existence.
Smashing instruments and 5 minute plus recordings were not everbody's cup of tea and neither did record companies go out of their way to market the rock revolution in South Africa.
Clive Calder, one of rock's premier custodians, had this to say in 1971: "Rock is the biggest thing in music today. It's the universal language of the young generation. A handful of bands produced highly creative music and young South Africa welcomed them with open arms. Gullible powers retaliated by banning or restricting their artistic influence and radio stations ignored them! But ROCK accepted them!"
Tertius Louw, June 2005