Freedoms Children – Galactic Vibes

Tracks

  1. Sea Horse (Laxton/Davidson) [4.13]
  2. The Homecoming (MacKay) [15.55] live version including drum solo
  3. That Did It (Laxton/Davidson) [3.47]
  4. Fields And Me (Laxton/Davidson) [5.50]
  5. The Crazy World Of Pod: electronic concerto (Laxton) [2.00]
  6. 1999 (Mackay) [4.03]
  7. About The Dove And His King (Barry Irwin) [3.41]

Bonus track on 2002 Official CD:

  1. 1999 (extended version) [6.21]
Freedoms Children – Galactic Vibes

Musicians

  • Julian Laxton: Guitar
  • Colin Pratley: Drums
  • Barry Irwin: Bass
  • Brian Davidson: Vocals
  • Ramsay Mackay: bass on “The Homecoming”

Release information

LP: 1971, Parlophone, PCSJ (D) 12075
CD: May 2002, RetroFresh, freshcd 126

In the 18 months I worked at EMI South Africa the group I believed the most in was Freedom’s Children——this is with the line up of Julian Laxton, Colin Pratley, Ramsay Mackay and Brian Davidson. In fact I believed so much in them that I came close to leaving EMI to manage the group full time with a view to trying to get them to London to “make it” on the world stage, so to speak. In those days, however, there were all sorts of obstacles with work permits, UK Musicians Union, SA Exchange Control, etc, not to mention the fact that I was only 23, had no capital and had virtually no contacts anywhere outside of SA……..so nothing came of this particular “dream” and sadly the limitations of their having to try and evolve creatively within the narrow confines of the SA music scene at that time, coupled with personal differences some of the members were having, ultimately led to the disintegration of what in my opinion was then and probably still is today (30 years later) the only SA rock group that given the right circumstances in the right geographical location, could have become an internationally successful rock band just by being themselves and doing what they did.

Clive Calder, January 2002

Read more at The South African Rock Encyclopedia

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