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RETRO FRESH is an imprint label dedicated to the preservation of classic South African pop & rock music of the last 30 years…each release, many available for the first time on cd, has been digitally remastered with bonus tracks including live, studio out takes, demos and unreleased songs. Where possible the original artwork has been retained but has been extended to include great pics, in-depth liner notes written by some of the country's leading music journalists, rare memorabilia and artist commentary. All releases are artist approved.

So from the Afro rock sounds of Hawk and the bluesy wail of Otis Waygood to the ethotronic funk of éVoid and the psychotic psychedelia of Falling Mirror RETRO FRESH brings you the best musical memories...


 

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Astral Daze 3.jpg Falling Mirror
Hystorical The recent rediscovery of Falling Mirror by legions of new media and fans led to an series of incredible sold out live shows, a film documentary and the realization by all and sundry of just how important Falling Mirror's unique music is to South Africa cultural heritage. To celebrate this awakening, and poignantly guitarist Allan Faull's untimely death during the recording of a new album, the release of “Hystorical” stands as a landmark to one of the most innovative rock bands of all time. It's the first retrospective to include songs from not only the band's 4 recognised albums but the first to feature key tracks from the mythical, hereunto commercially unreleased “Hammerhead Hotel” album. Sonically re-mastered by long time producer (and erstwhile 'fourth' band member) Tully McCully with artwork by drummer Patrick Humphries, “Hystorical” is a welcome addition to Falling Mirror's remarkable canon of work.
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Astral Daze 3 - Snapshots Of The South African Rock Underground 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.
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A Leopard Never Changes Her Spots 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.
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Impi Impi
Impi Rare sole 1971 album by African influenced progressive rock band which included members of The Bats and The Square Set; elements of pastoral flute / pennywhistle tinged folk mixed with psych guitar, jazz rock brass, soulful vocals and thundering percussion. Comparisons with Vertigo prog rockers Jade Warrior, early Gravy Train, Assegai and jazz rockers like Chicago and Greatest Show on Earth.
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Face To Face Hedgehoppers
Hey! UK beat combo's sole South African album, originally released in 1970 includes the No.1 smash “Hey” plus all the original LP tracks and 2 bonus songs. Elements of early psych meets West Coast with quirky pop tunes. A real collectors item.
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Face To Face Face To Face
Face To Face Face to Face's self titled debut album captured the eyes and ears of the pop public in 1984 with Number 1 hits like “Here we are“ and “Night of the long knives”. Released for the first time on CD, this reissue also includes their 1985 single “Too young b/w Sad but true” plus 5 bonus tracks from their unreleased second album.
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Flames The Flames
Ummm! Ummm! Oh Yeah!!! / That's Enough Throughout the '60s The Flames were South Africa’s biggest selling band: This double disc set highlights the band’s many hits from 1964 to 1966 and includes the “Ummm! Ummm! Oh Yeah” and “That's Enough” albums on Disc 1 and 16 non-album A & B sides singles on Disc 2. This release is a companion to the Retro best selling “Soulfire”/”Burning Soul” reissue.
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National Wake National Wake
National Wake Originally banned in 1981 by the apartheid government as seditious and inflammatory, National Wake's self titled sole album is a invigorating mix of punk, ska, African dub reggae and rock. Songs like “International News” and “Wake of the nation” echo the spirit of early Clash / Talking Heads and roar with unbridled energy, passion and fury whilst “Bolina” and “Supaman” draw on the revolutionary zeal of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh as influences. A must for fans of the aforementioned artists as well South African music collectors.
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Concert In The Park (DVD & CD) Various Artists
Concert In The Park (DVD & CD) 25 years ago Ellis Park hosted the biggest concert seen in South Africa featuring the cream of South African rock, pop and soul including Evoid, Via Afrika, Brenda Fassie, Juluka, Ellamental, Hotline and many more. Available for the first time on a combination DVD/CD release, Concert in the Park features 22 artist performances and bonus interviews. Relive the magic of Concert in the Park!
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The Flames - Burning Soul! & Soulfire!! The Flames
Burning Soul! & Soulfire!! The most famous South African group of all time, The Flames recorded these psychedelic soul rock albums in 1967 and 1968 and are officially released for the first time on one CD. Highly prized by 'beat'and early psych collectors worldwide.
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The Third Eye The Third Eye
The Third Eye Long acknowledged by psych-prog fans worldwide as one of the most important South African groups of that genre, Durban's The Third Eye recorded 3 landmark albums between 1969 and 1970. Gathered together for the first time on a double disc set are the three albums PLUS 6 newly discovered, unreleased studio tracks and rare singles. Packed with photos from the band’s archive and insightful, updated liner notes this release is the complete Third Eye collection.
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Hawk - Live And Well Hawk
Live And Well Originally released in 1974, Hawk's “Live and Well” is the band’s third and final release rounding off a trilogy of phenomenal Afro rock albums. This officially sanctioned reissue includes all the original songs plus 4 bonus tracks taken from the SA vinyl version of “Africa, she too can cry” and a rare live song from 1971. With updated liner notes, including the final days of Hawk as told by singer Dave Ornellas, plus never-before-seen photos and poster artwork, “Live and Well” is a must for fans of '70s progressive rock.
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Invaders Invaders
There's A Light There's A Way Released in 1971 and available for the first time on CD, “There's a light, there's a way” is The Invaders psychedelic/ prog-rock tour-de-force. Featuring the original line up with added input from Lionel Petersen on vocals and Spewey Pillay on Hammond organ, the album includes a blistering soul rock version of the Stones classic “You can't always get what you want” plus 2 bonus tracks.
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Lesley Rae Dowling Lesley Rae Dowling
Lesley Rae Dowling - 2 Albums On 1 CD - Split / When The Night Comes Unquestionably the finest singer songwriter in SA pop history, this is the second release in the reissue of her extensive catalogue: Combining her third and fourth albums including some of her biggest hits “Living without conversation”, “No time”, ”When the night comes’ and “Innocent child”.
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Wildebeest - Bushrock 1 Wildebeest
Wildebeest - Bushrock 1 Recorded in 1981, “Bushrock 1” is the sound of a truly African progressive rock band in full flight –thundering African percussion, hard rock guitars, swirling Celtic violin and soaring vocals all combine to form a heady musical brew. Wildebeest featured ex Freedom's Children drummer Colin Pratley, bassist Piet Botha (now fronting Jack Hammer) and violinist Dave Tarr. Tracks include unique takes on Freedoms's ‘The kid he came from Hazareth”, “Slowly from the north” and “Tribal fence”.
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McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop McCully Workshop
McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop Possibly one of the longest lasting bands in South African history, McCully Workshop have dominated music for over 4 decades. Gathered together for the first time is a collection of their greatest songs drawn from their multiple musical influences over the years including tracks from their prog-rock epics and pop rock chart material. Featuring “Buccaneer”, “Chinese Junkman”, ”Why can't it rain “, ’Avenue” and “Reaching for a dream”.
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SA Rock Gold - click for bigger picture SA Rock Gold
SA Rock Gold For the first time ever…a 59 track, 3 CD set of the cream of South African rock, from the early '70s through to the '90s….Killer tunes from the likes of Evoid, Tribe after Tribe, Stingray, Hawk, Baxtop, The Sweatband, Squeal, Freedoms Children, Ellamental, Wild Youth, Julian Laxton and many more.
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Rock Of Ages Presents Footstomping Music Vol 2 Finally it’s here….Footstomping Music Vol. 2 – 18 rip roaring, earth shattering classic rock tunes from some of the greatest rock bands of all time… compiled by yours faithfully it includes many tracks suggested by ROA fans over the past months. Go to www.rock.co.za/rockofages for more details.
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McCully Workshop - Ages Following on from their psych pop tinged debut “Inc” and the brass rock energy of “Genesis”, McCully Workshop reinvented themselves as progressive rockers on “Ages” with it's keyboard driven direction with elements of Celtic jigs and hard rockers. Includes seven previously unavailable bonus tracks, updated liner notes and photos.
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Otis Waygood - Ten Light Claps And A Scream The third and final Otis Waygood album found the band jettisoning it's blues roots entirely and embracing a harder rock sound with elements of jazz and reggae starting to creep in. “Ten light claps and a scream” includes all the original songs plus a rare 1977 bonus track, updated liner notes and some newly discovered UK photos.
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John & Philipa Cooper John & Philipa Cooper
John & Philipa Cooper - The Cooperville Times “The Cooperville Times” is unquestionably one of the rarest South African albums ever. Released in 1969, it's folk tinged psychedelia, featuring the whimsical vocals of John & Philipa Cooper with guitar by Julian Laxton, has been hailed by collectors worldwide as comparable to the legendary Mellow Candle or early Jefferson Airplane.
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McCully Workshop - Inc. The Psychedelic-Music.com website had this to say about McCully Workshop's 1969 debut album: "Of all the albums we've heard from South Africa this one scores top! What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work." – Includes “Why can't it rain”, ”Séance” and “The Circus”.
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Astral Daze 2 - More Psychedelic Gems From The South African Underground Welcome to Volume 2 of Astral Daze where we once again dip into the vaults of classic South African rock and pop , seeking out long lost psychedelic gems for your edification and earthly delight . Volume 2 finds the listener tripping the light fantastic with some familiar names like Freedoms Children, Abstract Truth, The Flames and McCully Workshop sitting comfortably alongside some lesser known artists like the weird and wacky Falling Mirror and Durban's finest, Finch and Henson. We have also included a couple of post 70's outfits like The Illegal Gathering, whose cassette-only album “The Voice of Nooit” is highly sought after and Robbi Robb's Tribe after Tribe who continue to make challenging rock music.
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Canamii Concept Originally released in 1980, “Concept” was the sole album by studio engineer/producer Phillip Nel and vocalist Claire Whittaker. Along with guitarist Paul Woodley, this keyboard driven prog rock album is comparable to early ELP, Curved Air and Renaissance with it's fusion flourishes and soaring vocals.
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McCully Workshop - Genesis Officially released for the first time on CD, McCully Workshop's legendary “Genesis”, is a prog rock concept masterpiece that is loosely based on the biblical book. Packed with psych guitars, brassy interludes ala early Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears and funky tracks like “Stone man” and “Red light city”, ”Genesis” is highly prized by collectors worldwide.
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Neill Solomon and the Uptown Rhythm Dogs - The Occupant Neill Solomon
Neill Solomon and the Uptown Rhythm Dogs - The Occupant Long hailed by critics and fans alike as one of South Africa's most experimental singer-songwriters, Neill Solomon's classic debut album is available on CD for the first time. A melange of folk, prog rock and pop with a dollop of Africa to boot, “The Occupant” includes “Roxy Lady”, “Magic man” and “Junk foods and disposable ladies”..plus 2 bonus songs and the long lost video of “The Stranger”.
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Slowly ... From The South - click for bigger picture Slowly ... From The South
Slowly ... From The South A 2 disc compilation of South African classic prog rock from 1970-2008 including many artists previously unavailable on CD. This official release is artist and label approved and has been re-mastered with rare artist photos and information. Highlights include Hawk's “Slowly towards the North suite”, Canamii's ‘Come and fly”, The Third Eye's epic “Awakening“ and many more.
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Duncan Mackay - Chimera Ex Cockney Rebel / 10cc keyboard wizard Duncan Mackay's classic 1974 debut album “Chimera’ is available for the first time. Re-mastered and approved by the artist with liner notes, rare photos and a bonus track, “Chimera” is essential for fans of keyboard driven prog rock in the vein of ELP and Rick Wakeman.
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Freedoms Children - Battle Hymn Of The Broken Hearted Horde Recorded in 1968 "Battle Hymn..." is the debut album by arguably South Africa's greatest psych rock band. In keeping with the experimental musical influences of the times the album is a melting pot of pastoral folk, quirky prog, psychedlic pop and beat poetry. Included in this first time officially sanctioned release is the rare track "My death". Also available by Freedom's Children - "Astra" and "Galactic Vibes".
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Spider Spider - Best Of The Tidal Wave The Tidal Wave were one of South Africa's foremost exponents of psych influenced pop music in the late 60's and early 70's with hits like "Spider Spider", "Mango Mango" and "With tears in my eyes". They also experimented with both brass and prog rock influences and although they existed for a relatively short time the band are regarded by many as the bridge between pop and the then developing 'underground' rock scene. This compilation gathers together, for the first time on one album, all the hit singles, b sides and rarities.
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Rock Of Ages Presents Footstomping Music For a limited period only Retro goes international with Footstomping Music - 17 high voltage, barnstormin', kick ass rock classics on one cd - featuring Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, Santana, Budgie, Free and many more .... order now! ... Listen to Benjy Mudie's Rock of Ages radio show every Thursday 8-midnight on Radio 2000. Go to www.rock.co.za/rockofages for more details.
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Wild Warriors - The Complete Arapaho What four bored guys did when the surf wasn't pumping in Durban made modern rock history – the extent to which none of them could quite believe.
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Various Artists - Jiving To The Weekend Beat Remember "Scatterlings of Africa", "Burnout","Jabulani", "Hellfire" and all the other 'hits from home'? Well if you want to get your 'jive' party pumpin' get "Jiving to the weekend beat" - 19 infectious South African Afro-Pop classics from Johnny Clegg, éVoid, Hotstix Mabuse, Mango Groove, Hotline, Via Afrika and many more ... a good time guaranteed for all!!!!!
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Album title - Once In A Lifetime Fronted by one of the greatest live performers of the time, Jon Selby, Petit Cheval ruled the pop/rock airwaves and stages of South Africa from 1984-86 with multiple hits including "Magical touch", "It was the wind" and "Once in a lifetime". Newly remastered, this definitive Petit Cheval compilation gathers together all the tracks from the band's two albums plus the debut single as well as new liner notes and rare pics from the band's archive.
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Rabbitt
Album title - Boys Will Be Boys (1975) Great rock bands are born young. Three decades ago, Rabbitt ruled South Africa for five short years, they were dazzling on stage, innovative in the record studio and a media phemoneon in the Press. Their debut album "Boys will be boys" includes the smash hit singles "Lifeline", "Charlie" and "Something's wrong with my baby" as well as 2 rare bonus tracks, extended artwork and comprehensive liner notes. Officially sanctioned by the band this extended version of the album is released on CD for the first time.
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Rabbitt
Album title - A Croak And A Grunt In The Night (1977) Great rock bands are born young. Three decades ago, Rabbitt ruled South Africa for five short years, they were dazzling on stage, innovative in the record studio and a media phemoneon in the Press. Their second album "A croak and a grunt in the night" includes the smash hit singles "Hold on to love", "Dingley's bookshop" and "Sugar pie" as well as a rare bonus track "Morning light", extended artwork and comprehensive liner notes. Officially sanctioned by the band this extended version of the album is released on CD for the first time.
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Album title - Scent Of Scandal (1984) Via Afrika's second, and final, album "Scent of Scandal" continues the joyous afrikan dub/dance pop of it's predecessor with songs like the slinky "Vice in Bombay", "Mimi Kama Kanga" and the illegally funky "Zanzibar" .... includes a jivey live version of "Hey Boy" - recorded at the famous Concert in the Park in 1985.
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Lesley Rae Dowling
2 Albums On 1 CD - Lesley Rae Dowlng / Unravished Brides Since her debut in 1980 Lesley Rae Dowling has been simply called "The Voice", she is without question one of the finest female singers of our generation. Coupled together on one CD are her first 2 classic albums "Lesley Rae Dowling" and "Unravished brides" and includes the hits "The Spaniard", "Grips of emotion", "I'm a woman", "Fallen angel" and many more - 23 songs in total. A perfect companion to "Conspirare" (The best of).
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Astral Daze

Various Artists - Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972 This real collectors item features 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks from the heydays of South African Psychedelic Rock. 16 of these tracks have never previously been released on official CD.

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Asylum Kids

Album Title - The Complete Asylum Kids
Born at a time when South Africa seemed on the fringe of perpetual madness, Robbi Robb, Dino Archon and Steve Howells took to stages around the country and voiced through song what the world was hungry to hear.

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Abstract Truth

Album Title - Silver Trees & Totum
The band Abstract Truth existed only for a very short time, but it was a time of super-creativity. They played a fusion of blues, folk, jazz and Eastern music and lifted South African pop of the early 70's from the syrupy blare of bubblegum music to new heights of progressive rock.

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Urban Creep

Album Title - Urban Creep
Mixing elements of folk, Zulu jive, Celtic reels and driving rock Urban Creep burst out of Durban in the 90's with a sense of vitality, energy and fearlessness that infected audiences countrywide with their irresistible music ... Recently remastered with bonus live tracks "The Best Of Urban Creep" gathers together the band's choicest tunes including, "Tightroper", "Fly", "Universe Unwound" and their signature jig "Sea Level".

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Freedoms Children

Album Title - Astra
Hailed worldwide as the the seminal South African 70's psych classic album "Astra" features the definitive Freedom's lineup: Ramsay MacKay, Julian Laxton, Brian Davidson and Colin Pratley .... remastered with 3 bonus tracks, definitive making-of liner notes and newly discovered rare pics ... Includes "The Kid He Came From Hazareth", "Medals Of Bravery" and "The Homecoming". This is the only authorised release of "Astra".

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Spectres

Album Title - Vox Populi
In the annals of South African 80's pop history very few bands shone so bright as The Spectres. With a handful of timeless pop classics like "Teddy Bear" and "Be Bop Pop", an amazingly photogenic, articulate and talented lead singer and a reputation as one of the best live acts of the time, The Spectres' "Vox Populi" gathers together, for the first time, the band's entire recorded output plus bonus tracks and rare pics.

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Hawk

Album Title - Africa She Too Can Cry
The mighty Hawk's second album, recorded in the UK and originally released by Charisma Records in 1973. This officially sanctioned release includes all the original vinyl tracks, 2 songs from the "Live and well" album PLUS some rare gems "Orang Outang", "Kalahari Dry" and "Mumbo Jumbo". Digitally remastered "Africa, She Too Can Cry" is a must for all connoisseurs of Afro progressive rock.

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Tribe After Tribe

Album Title - Power
Fronted by the radical and uncompromising rock vision of guitarist Robbi Robb, Tribe After Tribe were one of the hardest hitting rock bands of the mid to late 80's. 'Power' is their debut album which was released in 1985 and includes all the original tracks as well as three newer "bonus" tracks courtesy of Robbi Robb. TAT have gone on to greater things in the U.S., releasing several critically acclaimed albums. If it's challenging and inventive music that you are looking for then look no further than 'Power!'.

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Celtic Rumours

Album Title - Slow Rain - The Complete Celtic Rumours
One of the highlights of the vibrant South African music scene in the mid 80's was without doubt Celtic Rumours. Bursting out of Durban at the turn of the decade the band were inspired by the then emerging 'New Romantics' musical movement that produced artists like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, etc. "Slow Rain.." brings together for the first time, on one cd, both of the band's albums "This Day" and "Greed".

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Rocking Against The System 2

Various Artists
The companion to 2001's best selling Vol. 1, Rocking Against The System 2 focuses on the exciting and highly creative 90's featuring 19 slices of rock heaven! Subtitled "Democracy Rocks!" the album includes hits from Springbok Nude Girls, Squeal, Naked, The Usual, Sugardrive, Fetish, Henry Ate, Amersham and Just Jinger as well as some rarities like BWorld and the pre-Boo outfit Blue Chameleon.

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Otis Waygood

Album Title - Simply Otis Waygood
"Simply Otis Waygood" was the band's second album that saw the blues based sound of their debut mutate into a more acid rock direction. The songs are longer and structured to allow for more improvisation on tracks like "In the sun" and "The Messenger". This reissue includes six bonus tracks from their third and final album "Ten light claps and a scream".

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No Friends Of Harry

Album Title - The Present Has Passed
N.F.O.H. can rightly claim the mantle of the first and most influential of the 'alternative/goth bands', for years they stood alone as the spokespersons for disillusioned white youth tired of the pop fodder dished out by radio. "The present has passed" is the definitive NFOH retrospective and includes all their classic songs.

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Radio Rats

Album Title - Into The Night We Slide
They had more drummers than Spinal Tap; they combined punk's raucous energy with melodic tunes about off-the-wall subjects; and they released one of South Africa's greatest rock albums - 'Into The Night We Slide'. Ladies and Gentleman... the Radio Rats.

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Cherry-faced Lurchers

Album Title - Live At Jamesons
Jameson's made The Cherry Faced Lurchers. When the band got a residency there in 1984, it was the moment at which a rather ramshackle band pulled itself together. By July 1985, when Lloyd Ross of Shifty Records put Live at Jameson's down on tape, they were an extraordinarily tight three-piece with a repertoire of songs exceptional for their strength - and their rollicking sense of fun.

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Sweatband

Album Title - Lank Sweat!
"Lank Sweat" brings together for the first time on disc not only all the original tracks from the classic "No Sweat" album but seven tracks from the unreleased second album, all digitally remastered in the true Retro tradition... and its on these tracks that he can hear just how far the Sweatband had progressed from the original album… songs like "Down in Africa", "Just an emotion" and "Nobody else" are a gigantic quantum leap in every department and further underscores the fact that in John and Wendy the band had a songwriting team and dynamic live duo that was the equal of any major international group. So here it is ... the ultimate and complete Sweatband retrospective ... Lank Sweat 'bru!

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Helicopters

Album Title - The Best Of The Helicopters
Formed in Vereeniging in the early 1980s by singer/songwriter Bernard Binns, The Helicopters burst onto the SA music scene with the infectious hit song Mysteries & Jealousy. Signed to WEA Records by industry stalwart Benjy Mudie, the band went on to have numerous Top Ten hits which included Whisper Your Secret, Only For You and Don't Want to Live in Hollywood.

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Album Title - Uncomplicated Dreams
Fusing elements of rock, pop, theatre and mime into a unique and heady musical brew. Ella Mental trailblazed their way through the mid 80's with great songs like "See yourself (Clowns)", "Pressure" and "Magic Mother"…who can ever forget their phenomenal live performances! Digitally remastered and available for the first time on CD the band's debut album"Uncomplicated Dreams" includes all the original songs plus the rare 12" e.p. tracks, the stunning live performance of "See yourself (Clowns)" at 1985's Concert in the Park and a pair of new songs from the band's archive.

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Album Title - Galactic Vibes
The most influential South African rock band of the psychedelic era and perhaps of all time - renowned for their live extended aural exploration of rock, early electronica and tribal rhythms. Long sought after by collectors worldwide and finally officially released "Galactic Vibes includes the jaw dropping live version of "The Homecoming" plus "1999", "Seahorse", "That Did It" and more ... some great rare pics and liner notes included.
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Album Title - Zen Boulders / Storming of the Loft
Long hailed as one of the most innovative rock groups of the 80's, Cape Town's Falling Mirror released two albums in late 1979/80. Here together for the first time on one album are the debut "Zen Boulders", including the hits "I am the Actor" and the original version of "Makin' out with granny" twinned with the followup epic"The storming of the Loft" which features "If I was James Dean", "Neutron Bop" and the chilling "We build a big fire". If you are fan of the Mirror then this 2 on 1 release is just up your street!
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It was the 80's in South Africa ... in the midst of political and cultural oppression there was a musical revolution happening and some of the greatest rock 'n pop music of the decade was being made: 18 fab bands including Tribe after Tribe, Ellamental, éVoid, Petit Cheval, Spectres, Via Afrika, Helicopters, Asylum Kids, Psycho Reptiles, The Dynamics and more. 18 bands ... 18 great songs all on "Rocking against the system".

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Album Title - On loan for evolution
Cheeky, trashy, sleazy, fired up post punk from four teenage girls and a guy who defined the 'new wave 'explosion of the mid 80's....best remembered for their fired up live shows and a handful of classic pop hits like “Its so luvverly”, “A lot of things”, ”Nightmare” and their wickedly edgy version of XTC's “Complicated Game”. All the hits are included plus an unreleased gem in “Out of tune”, the proverbial ton of rare photos and liner notes by the band's then manager Graham Boynton.
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Album title - Time to SUCK (1970)
The loudest, most controversial and obnoxious revolutionary fist-in-your-face rock album of the early 70's. Suck's rapacious musical rampage through a conservative South Africa in 1970 is stuff that legends are made of!... "Time to SUCK" is all howling feedback guitars, explosive drumming, an axe-wielding bassist and muscular vocal antics.
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Album title - Here comes the Rot... (1986)
éVoid's second album "Here come the rot...", was recorded in London in 1986 and includes all the original gems like "Dance the instinct", "Fashion War" and "Sgt Major" plus an additional five bonus tracks including "Kwela Walk" and "Telem and Godon". The artwork has been extended to include tons of new pics from the band's extensive photo archive plus updated liner notes. This digitally remastered reissue is the perfect companion to the band's timeless debut album.
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Album title - In the Arena (1977)
Circus were one of the most exciting live progressive rock bands of the mid 70's. In lead singer Bernie Miller the group had a showman that rivaled Jagger, Freddy Mercury etc... add some of the hottest players in the country and some great songs like "Speed Queen", "Long legged lady" and their heartstopping version of "Conquistador" and you get an album that 26 years later still sounds as majestic as it did back then. Digitally remastered by the band themselves and packed with rare photos and incisive liner notes.

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Album title - Best Kept Secrets
No one who was around in the turbulent mid 80's could ever forget the powerful stormtrooping pop of Dog Detachment. Culled from their three albums with added rare tracks "Best kept secrets" is the best of a band that did not believe in compromise. This reissue is boosted by the inclusion of several additional songs in MP3 format plus stacks of great pics, in perspective liner notes and stunning artwork.
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Album title - Johnny calls the chemist (1985)
Never available before on CD "Johnny Calls The Chemist" is perhaps Falling Mirror's finest work... brooding, dark and slightly unhinged lyrical imagery fused with some of the most searing rock guitar this side of the universe. Songs of madness, obsession and alienation not to be listened to in the dark, alone! Includes the classic title track plus an unreleased track, two in-studio demos and for Mirror fanatics... the rare "Johnny…" video clip as a enhanced feature.
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Album title - The Dynamics (1982-1986)
It's time to switch on and jive ... again! Musically, The Dynamics were fun, jubilant and refreshing , blending post-punk ska and hard-edged new wave with African township mbaqanga and inflections of rhythm 'n blues, soul, mainstream pop rock and more. This 18 track retrospective includes all the band's anthems: the inimitable "Thugs", "Siyabonga", "Pot Black" and "This weekend" plus informative liner notes and tons of fabulous pics from the archives.
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Album title - Conspirare - The very best of.. (1980 - 1994)
Before Tori Amos, PJ Harvey and Tracy Chapman there was Lesley Rae Dowling…With a voice that could melt ice and songs that painted aural landscapes Lesley Rae is perhaps the finest singer songwriter ever produced in this country.Conspirare brings together 18 songs spanning two decades including the hits "The Spaniard"; "Living without conversation", "Possession", "Grips of emotion" and "Innocent child".
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Album title - Otis Waygood Blues Band (1970)
They were invaders from the North and they set South Africa alight with their unique barnstorming brand of high octane blues rock.. they were Otis Waygood and rock was never the same again! Digitally transferred from the original vinyl their seminal debut album includes classics like "You're late Miss Kate" , "Watch 'n chain", "I cant keep from cryin'" and their burning version of "Fever". This reissue features three bonus tracks as well as a fascinating essay by noted author Rian Malan plus newly discovered photos.
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Album title - African Day (1971)
"It's dark and still in the chief's village protected by the mountains of the great southern regions of Africa"... so began the greatest Afro rock epic concept album ever made. Hawk's debut album is music that legends are made of with it's fusion of acoustic music with African rhythms. This reissue includes the 17 minute title track, "Kissed by the sun", their evocative version of "Here comes the sun" and four bonus live tracks from 1971 plus the usual rare photos and in depth liner notes.
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Album title - Via Afrika (1983)
Via Afrika's debut album was one of the most innovative and frontier blazing pop albums of the times and has been digitally remastered by the band's vocalist/leader Rene Veldsman : all the storming tunes are here including the timeless "Hey Boy:, "Chiggi Chiggi" and the stompin' title track. Featured on this reissue are the rare US 12" remixes as well as an additional non album track "A rose is a rose"…also included are liner notes and previously unpublished photos of the band.
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Album title - éVoid (1983)
Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes éVoid's classic album features all the massive hits that made them the hottest pop band of the decade ; "Taximan" , "Shadows" , "Junk Jive", "I am a fadget" and "Urban Warrior". This reissue is boosted by the inclusion of an additional five bonus tracks including three new songs plus an extensive essay on the band as well as fabulous rare photos from the éVoid archive.
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