Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD)
Their debut album, ' McCully Workshop Inc. Great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD).
This hit single featured a fiery guitar solo by Allan Faull who went on to form the eclectic Falling Mirror with his cousin Nielen Marais. The follow-up to 'Inc' was the album ' Genesis ' released in June This was a concept album based on the book of Genesis from Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD) Bible and included a number of long tracks with sub-sections, typical of other prog-rock albums of the time. The follow-up single 'Birds Flying High' actually the flipside of 'Rainbow Illusion'recorded during the 'Genesis' sessions, but not included on the album, peaked at 9 on the LM Radio charts.
The original vinyl of 'Birds Flying High' has proved elusive, so a re-recording has been used for this 'Best Of' compilation.
Crocodile Harris born Robin Grahamrecorded the haunting pop classic 'Miss Eva Goodnight' Springbok 5, April which was written by the McCullagh brothers and featured the musicianship of all the then current McCully Workshop members. Tully McCully produced this single and played on it. Black had been playing since the early 60's in bands like Rigar 5 and the Nu-Trends. The vocal harmonies are superb throughout. The 4 th McCully Workshop album, ' Workshop Revisited ', released in late shot them to prominence when it introduced South African fans to the hits 'Buccaneer' and 'Chinese Junkman'.
Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD) follow-up single 'Chinese Junkman' entered the charts in March and peaked at number 9, spending a total of 8 weeks in the top However on the Radio 5 charts it followed 'Buccaneer' to number 1. The next single which was released in was the non-album track 'Villa Muddy Water' which unfortunately did not chart. They were famous for their comedy, ripping off many of the politicians and sportsmen of the day.
On Saturday nights McCully Workshop were the resident dance band, and on Sunday nights wonderful renditions of classic progressive rock tunes could be heard. Of course no dancing was allowed on a Sunday in those dark days, so the audience had to just sit and listen Available to buy as MP3 downloads from Rhythm Records. Available on CD from One World. This CD, released in Januaryfeatures 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks 16 of which have never previously been released on official CDs before.
McCully Workshop is arguably one of South Africa's finest pop rock bands. They started way back in the 60's, dominated the South African airwaves in the 70's, continued through the '80's and '90's and in the 21 st century are still going strong. This retrospective CD contains their January release 'Reaching For A Dream' alongside all their hits and some classic album tracks.
When asked about their beginnings, vocalist, bassist and producer Tully McCullagh had this to say: "My brother, Mike, who plays drums and myself would play around and record ourselves in the lounge, I was about nine at the time.
We recorded a track called 'Swinging Time' with some other friends when I was thirteen and sent it to a record company. The track didn't get anywhere but it was quite interesting. We grew a bit more and when I was sixteen we started a band called McCully Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD) and a whole string of other bands and I started a garage studio.
Hyam had previously been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie. After a few personnel- and name-changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down for a while in and they called themselves the McCully Workshop because they used Avenue - McCully Workshop - The Best Of McCully Workshop (CD) rehearse in Mrs McCullagh's garage. Glenda Hyam then went on to major success with the all-girl group, Cloutwho had a worldwide smash hit with 'Substitute', which went to 2 in the UK in Their debut album, ' McCully Workshop Inc.
Great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work. The McCullagh brothers, Tully born Terence on 31 st May and Mike born Michael on 7 th Aprilhave been an integral part of the South African music scene for five decades now. In they started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three.
Richard had been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie. After a few personnel and name changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down for a while in It was a single garage in the garden of their home in Plumstead, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. McCully Workshop signed probably the first independent licensing deal with a major label in South Africa. A photo of the garage was used as the album cover.
McCully Workshop spent the next three to four years changing line-ups and playing countless live gigs. It was a time of rock music becoming really heavy and progressive, but also a time of the Singer-Songwriters genre and Folk Rock.
Quite an eclectic mix. It is a tongue-in-cheek improvisational live blues jam with Tully trying out his best Louis Armstrong impersonation.
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