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UC337a/b – 60s (mostly) Uncomped – South African Beat Combos


The starting idea was to make a compilation of African Beat Groups, and that’s when I found Marq Vass and his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Marq-Vass-Southern-African-Music-Collectibles-251922131233/. Together with yt keurspel (Leon Rossouw), he must be the top connoisseur of the South African Beat scene, and most all of the tunes of this double set come from them. Apart from the A-Cads, The G-Men and The Kynd, all combos I selected have never been compiled and many were completely unknown to me (before Marq Vass, that is).
I admit South African groups often are kind of watering down the sound, but to my ears their simple versions sound … cool, and I can’t get enough of such. I thrown a few groups from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the mix, as they too are “Southern Africa”, right? All tracks are chronologically ordered, but do not fear, 1968 did not mean Chicago or Uriah Heep, not in SA, at least. I’m happy I found some band pix and just a little info I put in my booklet (tho’ all musician’s names, stunningly!). ‘nuff said, I hope you dig the Bundu Beat, boys and girls! (…and yes, I think you’ll agree that this music is a fine early example of mixing black and white, in an apartheid system…)

CD#1
01/ Rockets - In Orbit - ZA
02/ June Dyer - Short fat Fanny - ZA
03/ Rousers w/ Tony Blight - Money Honey - ZA
04/ Zombies - Let's Have A Party - ZA
05/ Zombies - Alright alright - ZA
06/ Johnny Gibson - Ya Ya - ZA
07/ Zombies - Alright alright - ZA
08/ Ricky & Martinets - Lonely Avenue - ZA
09/ Ricky & Martinets - Stagger Lee - ZA
10/ Ricky & Martinets - Untrue - ZA
11/ Ramblers - I Want You Near Me - RHOD
12/ Shekels - Like A Rolling Stone - ZA
13/ A-Cads - Candy Man - ZA
14/ A-Cads - Honey I need - ZA
15/ Jody Wayne - Hooray for Hazel – ZA
16/ Invaders - Chief Sleeping Bull - ZA
17/Invaders - No money no honey - ZA
18/ Beau Brummels - My little Girl - ZA
19/ Brackets - My Babe - ZA
20/ Brackets - She's my Summer Girl - ZA
21/ Lunar Five feat. Bernie Brown - Gimme some lovin' - ZA
22/ Lunar Five feat. Bernie Brown - Louis, Louis - ZA
23/ Anchor Beat Group - I'm Your Man - ZA
24/ Anchor Beat Group - Lallah (Please Come Back) - ZA
25/ Anchor Beat Group - What a Day - ZA
26/ Mad Munks - You've Got Me Humming - ZA

CD#2
01/ G-Men - Let's go steady - ZA
02/ G-Men - I love the girl next door - ZA
03/ G-Men - Tell me one more time - ZA
04/ Chequers - Bundo Beat - RHOD
05/ Chequers - Give Me A Chance - RHOD
06/ Meteors - Roll over Beethoven - ZA
07/ Jets - Dance of Love - ZA
08/ Trend - Knock on my Door - ZA
09/ Kynd - Dancing in the Street - ZA
10/ Vedettes - Please Don't Feel Too Bad - ZA
11/ Ad-Libs - Shotgun Wedding - ZA
12/ Ad-Libs - Behind the Door - ZA
13/ Group '66 - I'm a believer - ZA
14/ Group '66 - Save me - ZA
15/ Falling Leaves - I can't control myself - ZA
16/ Falling Leaves - Can I get to know you - ZA
17/ Gonks - Nobody But Me - ZA
18/ Crescendoes - Oh! What A Fool - RHOD
19/ Etonions - Gates of Eden - RHOD
20/ Bits & Pieces - Z - ZA
21/ News - Why do - ZA
22/ News - Wild Face - ZA
23/ Missiles - What's The Matter With My Baby - ZA
24/ Third Eye - Fire! - ZA
25/ Wild Things - Mr. Pitiful - ZA
26/ Wild Things - Finger in my Eye - ZA

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