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Fleadom’s Children

 

Fleadom's Children 1st 7-single and Pop Gear article

Fleadom's Children 1st 7-single and Pop Gear article

“With Forrest handling production duties, Freedom’s Children entered the studios that summer and proceeded to lay down four tracks in one session. Understandably, the label went with what it thought were the two strongest cuts for the band’s debut single, issued towards the end of 1967. On the a-side was a raw cover of Tony Colton and Ray Smith’s “The Coffee Song”, which Cream had also recorded, initially for inclusion on their debut album Fresh Cream. Nestled on the flip, meanwhile, was the band’s tribute to The Rolling Stones, a bristling version of “Satisfaction” with a heavy guitar work out courtesy of Laxton and Henson. A rare outing at the time, the single is now almost impossible to find but fortunately both sides have recently turned up as bonus tracks on Fresh Music’s digitally remastered Astra CD.

Aficionados of the band, however, are still waiting to hear the two remaining tracks from that session, which were duly rounded up for the group’s second Troubadour single, issued a few months later. Credited again to Fleadom’s Children, the single comprises an outstanding version of The Yardbirds’ “Mr, You’re A Better Man Than I” (composed, incidentally, by Mike Hugg of fellow South African, Manfred Mann’s group) backed by a cover of The Fleur De Lys’ “Mud In Your Eye”. While the a-side was a relatively well known number (and later covered by dozens of bands, most notably The Sons of Adam in California), the flip seemed an unusual choice, especially as The Fleur De Lys were hardly household names.” (Source: Nick Warburton)¬†

Billy Forrest wrote on 27 March 2012:

I remember recording all four tracks but whether the second single was ever released slips my mind. Gallo Archive would have it because Trutone bought Troubadour around 1970 and that purchase included the entire Troubadour Catalogue.

MVFB comment: We¬†believe all the Troubadour tapes were ‘dumped’ after the Gallo take-over.

Tertius & Marq

 

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1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

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Pop Gear SA – First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue - Editorial

Pop Gear SA - First Issue - Editorial

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Pop Gear SA, Vol 1, no 8, August 1966

In 1966 Billy launched a Music Magazine called POP GEAR SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists and it featured only South African artists on the front cover : The Bats / Jody Wayne / Emil Dean Zoghby / John Sharpe & The Squires / The 004s / other

Jody Wayne on cover of Pop Gear, August 1966

Jody Wayne on cover of Pop Gear, August 1966

Pop Gear, page 3

Pop Gear, page 3

Pop Gear, p 19 : Leemen Hit Despite Ban
Leemen Ltd

Leemen Ltd

Leeman Ltd. - Under My Thumb

Leeman Ltd. - Under My Thumb

(All scans provided by Billy Forrest)
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