Various Artists - Welcome To Zamrock! and Wells Fargo - Watch Out! (Now-Again, 2017)
Help! I've been Zamrocked. Just kidding, it's all good...I had some PayPal money burning a hole in my (virtual) pocket so I decided to spring for these reissues from the good folks at Now-Again Records. I couldn't decide on vinyl or CD so I went for the bundle of both formats; while I like having the permanent vinyl copy in the collection it is also attractive to have the convenience of the CD's to listen while driving - normally a digital copy would do but these come with huge booklets with informative liner notes and photos. Plus they just look amazing in the long box CD format.
These reissues tell the story of rock music as it was picked up on by local musicians in Zambia (formerly the British ruled Northern Rhodesia) hence Zamrock; a similar scene developed in Zimbabwe with Wells Fargo a prominent band in the former colony of Southern Rhodesia. In a twist of irony too delicious to be imagined, rock & roll develops in America partly from music styles created by descendants of slaves brought from Africa and brought into middle class homes by Chuck Berry, Little Richard and others; picked up on by white kids in the U.K. (many huge fans of the blues) it evolves again and in this heavier incarnation (as played by groups like Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, and the Rolling Stones), it inspires young Africans to pick up their guitars and rock out (even in some cases imitating their idols by taking stage names like Jagger and Richards). Some extraordinary music and an incredible story here, what a world we live in that thanks to globetrotting cratediggers we can now experience this music that you would never likely have even heard of when I was a kid and your musical world extended as far as the radio and TV (or a record store, if you were lucky)! #vinyl#records#nowplaying#nowspinning#vinylcommunity#instavinyl#vinyligclub#vinylcollection#vinyljunkie#africanmusic#worldmusic#zamrock#nowagainrecords#cratedigging#psychrock#hardrock