Here is a trippy bit of raga folk prog, titled “Molecular Delusions”, by Ramases, a man named Martin Raphael who believed that the Pharaoh told him he was his re-incarnation in a vision. The 1971 album Space Hymns featured all four members of 10cc, and Dorothy Frost (aka Selket). This track is particularly interesting for its modal group vocals and prominent sitar throughout, not to mention the insane lyrics. Vertigo 1971.
SUNCOKRET was a former Yugoslav acoustic folk rock band from Beograd. The
band was formed in 1975 by Bora Đorđević (vocals and acoustic guitar),
Nenad Božić (vocals and acoustic guitar) and female singers Snežana
Jandrlić and Vesna Rakočević. After releasing the single “Kara Mustafa”, Bilja Krstić and Gorica Popović became
new Suncokret members.The band released several successful singles, some of them inspired by old folk songs. Their debut album “Moje bube” was released in 1977.
Singer guitar player John Donoghue started out as a youth in the Wellington area playing in skiffle and rock and roll bands. In 1970 he joined Dizzy Limits as they got a gig travelling to London on The Northern Star, coming back on the Southern Cross. On their return Dizzy Limits renamed themselves Timberjack and released “Come To The Sabbat” a song by Britain’s Black Widow which made it to #7 on the charts. The band seemed set for glory but soon disbanded.
John continued to perform in the 1970s as Timberjack Donoghue and also performed with Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band and Human Instinct. His “Album The Spirit of Pelorus Jack” won the Rata Award for New Zealand album of the year. In 1984 he was a founding member of The Warratahs and later would play with The Puha Bandidos………….
While many of our 1960s rockers faded into the mainstream in the final stretch of the 20th Century, Donoghue just kept on rolling. He started out in early 1960s Miramar skiffle group The Vultures, which became The Crescendos, then The Strangers (with future Avenger Eddy McDonald) and Cheshire Katt. Then he headed to London in 1970 with The Dizzy Limits, who changed their name to Timberjack on the return journey. Donoghue kept on playing guitar and bass in a long progression of groups, and won awards for classical and jazz works.
After a brief stint in Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, where he wrote the hit ‘Miss September’, Donoghue joined the Auckland-based Human Instinct from 1972 to 1975, producing three albums: A Timberjack-Donoghue solo release and New Zealand Album of The Year, Spirit of Pelorus Jack (1973); Human Instinct’s The Hustler (1974) and Timberjack Donoghue from 1975, backed by Wellington’s Redeye.
In 1986, Donoghue formed country rockers The Warratahs with Barry Saunders and Wayne Mason and stuck around long enough to record their first album Only Game In Town, before departing in 1988 to work as a studio engineer in Wellington….Audio Culture…………
John Donoghue “Spirit Of Pelorus Jack"1973 New Zealand
Tracks Song for a Princess Regrets and Things Like an Old Time Movie Hardly Been Worthwhile Spirit of Pelorus Jack Be My Friend Song for Vanda A Worm’s Eye View of Blackpool A Pretty Song Geraldine
Timberjack Donoghue "Donoghue” 1975
Tracklist A1 Insurance Man A2 Gypsy Dream A3 Sea Of Dreams A4 Lullaby B1 Riverboat Lately B2 Requim For County Gaul B3 Turn On De Light B4 Empty Rooms
1971 Timberjack: Come To The Sabbat/Epilogue - Ode ODE 18 #7 1972 Dahli Mohammed/Song For Vanda - Ode ODE 29 1973 Sprirt of Pelorus Jack - Ode ODE 56 1974 Requiem For County Gaul/Regrets And Things - Ode ODE 575 1975 The Insurance Man/Gypsy Lady - Ode ODE 584
1973 Spirit of Pelorus Jack - Ode SODE 40 1975 Donoghue - Ode SODE 66
1973 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Miss September (Donoghue)/Bulldogs - EMI HR-508 #2 1974 (LP) The Human Instinct: The Hustler - Zodiac ZLP 1051 1973 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Televisi0n Mama 1988 (LP) The Warratahs: Only Game In Town - Pagan PAL 1032 #14 - Pagan PAL 1032 #14 1993 (7") Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band: Tokyo Rose
Terry Riley’s 1967 visit to Sweden and his work with these musicians when they were still just young ones in High School resonates here, and you get a weird and vibrant mixture of Riley, the Third Ear Band, bits of free improvisation and ancient Swedish folk music all blended into an excellent, droney whole. In the final analysis, Arbete Och Fritid must be counted among the most important Swedish groups of the 1970’s.