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Reviewed by Mrs Alet Potgieter from Gauteng on 24 July 2006
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This is the best true South African I have ever heard. It has come to the stage where I do not want to get out of my car while the CD is in. A must in any CD collection not just South African music.
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Reviewed by George from Pretoria, South Africa on 22 November 2012
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Reviewed by Jonathan from South Africa on 27 March 2013
I’ve never come across such a comprehensive collection of South African Pop on any album before. And even if you don’t remember all of them, the compilations all contain notes on the songs and the artists, which makes for great reading while you “refresh” your mind of a time gone by. You really get to grips with the wide range of musical influences in the country over a period of decades, and you’ll hear how far we have actually come since the very early hits made it to the airwaves.
You’ll know Bright Blue’s “Weeping” and Evoid “Shadows” and even Lesley Rae Dowling is there with the “Spaniard”. Little Sister and Mango Groove are here too. But then there’s Squeal (Remember them?) Slam Factory and Celtic Rumours, and Sons of Trout (Not on CD since “Get the Funk Out” magazine disappeared). And then there’s suddenly Jeremy Taylor, 4 Jacks and a Jill and we jump to Henry Ate, Lucky Dube, Coleske and Sugadrive. What about Dennis East? (I still have a vinyl single of his that came free with a Talk Magazine) and there’s Watershed, and MarcAlex. And then there are singles I’ve been trying to get on CD for aaaaages. Like Julian Laxton’s “Blue Water” (I have it now) and Pocket Lips “It’s Incredible”… yes I had them on tape… most of them recorded off the radio onto a TDK 90min cassette, so now it's a joy to have them in digital at last.
Someone took a long time assembling these songs into this collection as it stands. No its not a greatest hits of SA Music, but its close. But the music is stronger than that, it gives you a glimpse into another time of South African history, you’ll remember where you were when you listened to these songs, when they first came out and what was happening in our country politically, and socially. You’ll remember the POP Shop, the old OK Bazaars Music bar, Personality Magazine, and pictures of pin-up girls with stars covering their breasts. You’ll remember border duty, Ford Cortinas and simulcast on “Radio Twee Duisend” TV shows. Yes its amazing what a bit of nostalgia does for you, and for that, this collection is priceless.
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