Slowly From The South: A Compendium of South African Progressive Music (Retro Fresh)


Slowly From The South is a double-disc of South African prog from 1969-2009. Annoying keyboards, jazzy song structures, over-the-top solos, faux-classical pretensions and ear-piercing vocal histrionics are just some of the musical indulgences on display. There’s a few bearable songs from the genre’s 1969-1971 infancy: “Stone Man” by McCully Workshop and “Awakening” by The Third Eye, both of which get a pass for rocking harder than anyone else (although, at nine and thirteen minutes, they’re too long), and Tidal Wave’s languid “Get It Out Of Your System” is close enough to ’60s psychedelia that you won‘t mind giving it a few spins; but outside of those three songs this is a heinous collection of bad ideas.

 

Tracklisting:

Disc 1

1. Duncan McKay’s Chimera – Morpheus (edit) 8.38

2. Abstract Truth – Original man 3.40

3. Hawk – Slowly towards the North 15.05

4. Canamii – Come and fly 4.55

5. Impi – Sun 5.27

6. The Kalahari Surfers – Grensvegter 6.24

7. McCully Workshop – Stone man 9.47

8. The Square Set – Boys and girls together 6.35

9. The Tidal Wave – Get it out of your system 2.29

10. The Invaders – Ocean of peace 4.22

11. Steve Linnegar’s Snakeshed – Tao Ch’ang Wu Wei 4.38

Disc 2

1. Assagai – Telephone girl 4.25

2. The Third Eye – Awakening 14.00

3. Freedom’s Children – About the dove and his King 3.34

4. Wildebeest – Hottentotsgot 4.02

5. Otis Waygood – In the sun 8.12

6. éVoid – Urban warrior 5.43

7. Ramsay MacKay – Saint Judas 5.10

8. Rabbitt – And the planets danced 3.49

9. Falling Mirror – Theme from a dream 3.18

10. Jack Hammer – Tribal fence

11. Off the Edge – Grandfather Time 6.37

12. David’s Confession – Sometimes 9.49

13. Neill Solomon – Magic Man 4.45

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