Astral Daze: Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972 (Psychadelia/Heavy Rock) [Album/Review]


Year: 2019
Genre: Psychadelic Pop/Rock
Label: Take it Acid is

This collection brings together rarities from artists like Abstract Truth, Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedom’s Children, John & Philipa Cooper, McCully Workshop and Hawk, as well as lesser known acts like Buzzard, The Fireflies, The Idiots, Tidal Wave, and The Invaders.

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 four to five minute songs. The movement’s struggle for recognition through airplay remained unanswered and only the true fans of rock knew about their existence.

This really is a really great collection, and I had no idea about this Psychedelic South African scene, but I’m glad to have discovered it. I’m always on the hunt for obscure music scenes from all the corners of the world.

More or less all tracks are fantastic, but if I had to chose three I’d go with Suck ”The Whip”, Buzzard ”Blurry Visions” and Hawk ”Predictions”. This compilation was released on CD in 2006 by Fresh Music, and now in 2019 it’s the first release on Take it Acid is, so I’ll be sure to have my open if they release more odd stuff.