The complete works of Zambia’s legendary garage, psych, prog, funk, afro-rock ensemble, 1972-1977. Witch’s five albums and rare 7” tracks presented as a 6 LP box set, restored and remastered from the original tapes. Contains a 16 page booklet with never before seen photos and ephemera, extensive liner notes and annotation, and an interview with bandleader “Jagari” Chanda. By the mid 1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times: self-imposed, single party rule; a decline in prices for the country’s largest natural resource, copper; conflict in other countries on Zambia’s borders. This is the environment in which the Zamrock scene that flourished throughout that decade emerged. As Now-Again showed in their previous investigation into the genre (Rikki Ililonga and Musi-O-Tunya’s ‘Dark Sunrise’, NA 5067) fuzz guitars were commonplace,driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated, musical themes were often bleak and bands largely sang in the country’s constitutional language, English. Although Witch is the best known Zamrock ensemble – and although they succeeded in releasing five albums in Zamrock’s golden years – they never made an impact on the global scale in, say, the way afro-beat maestro Fela Kuti did. Travel to – and within – Zambia is expensive and the markers for the Zamrock scene are now few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers survived the AIDS epidemic that decimated this country. Witch’s musical arc is contained to a five year span: The band’s first two, self-produced albums - released in unison with the birth of the commercial Zambian recording industry – are exuberant experiments in garage rock, and are as influenced by the Rolling Stones as they are James Brown; their third album, ‘Lazy Bones!!’, is the band’s masterpiece –a dark, brooding psychedelic opus that makes equal use of wah-wah and fuzz guitars, that relies as heavily on the stomping feel of hard rock as it does the syncopation of funk; the band’s last two albums – recorded after the band toured with Osibisa – make use of traditional Zambian rhythms and folk melodies and are the most “afro-rock” of Witch’s oeuvre. This set presents each album as it was originally issued and groups together all the band’s 7” single tracks – regardless of the era in which they were recorded and issued – on a sixth disc.
Introduction / In The Past : A1. Introduction A2. Home Town A3. You Better Know A4. Feeling High A5. Like A Chicken B1. See Your Mama B2. Thatʼs What I Want B3. Try Me B4. No Time C1. Living In The Past C2. Young Lady C3. Chance C4. Itʼs Alright C5. Iʼve Been Away D1. I Like The Way I Am D2. The Only Way D3. Smiling Face D4. She Is Mine D5. Mushed Potatoe
Lazy Bones!! : A1. Black Tears A2. Motherless Child A3. Tooth Factory A4. Strange Dream A5. Look Out B1. Havoc B2. October Night B3. Off Ma Boots B4. Lazy Bones B5. Little Clown
Lukombo Vibes : A1. Thou Shalt Not Cry A2. Bleeding thunder A3. Devilʼs Flight A4. Blood Donor B1. Nasauka B2. Evening B3. Kangalaitoito B4. See – Saw
Including Janet : A1. Janet A2. As Days Go By AA3. Ntendelakumbi 4. In Flight A5. Nazingwa B1. Silverlady B2. Anyinamwana B3. Mama Feel Good B4. The Way I Feel
Collected 7” Tracks : A1. Talking Universe A2. Evil Woman A3. Sweet Sixteen A4. Up The Sky B1. Toloka B2. 81st Crowd Confusion B3. Foolʼs Ride B4. Chifundo
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