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The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa

July 8, 2013


the flaming souls -soul time cover

Only a few studio-albums and a bunch of rare 7″ singles  are known. In addition to the information found on electricjive I add the lp ‘Soul Time’ by The Flaming Souls as today’s post.  This obscure group definitely deserves a higher ranking in popularity.

The Flaming Souls were produced by Teal record scout West Nkosi and members included Simon Twala, Philip Malela, Gerald Khoza, Herman Fox, Kenny Mosito and Condry Ziqubu. Their sound is based on a slow jam of groovy organ, guitar and funky drums, drifting loosely to the style of American counterparts like Booker T & MG’s with clear references to Newport jazz as well. Hence a title like ‘Newport Soul’ or the remake of ‘Take Five’. But it is  ‘Monks Beat’ that steals the show in this category.

the flaming souls -soul time back

‘Soul Time’ contains a selection of moody instrumentals and grooves that breathe African soul, jazz ala Jimmy Smith or Monk Higgins, even the instrumental organ-based period by James Brown pops up, when he recorded for Mercury/Smash Records.

Different South African indepent labels like Up, Up, Up and Atlantic City have released the group’s recorded output but only locally,which might explain why their records are so unknown and hard to get nowadays. Surprisingly in 1969 , ‘Soul Time’ was released in South Africa on Number One Records, a sub-division of the budget label MFP, Music For Pleasure.  Essential album that I like to share here today.

the flaming souls -soul time label 1

the flaming souls -soul time label 2

‘Soul Time’ by The Flaming Souls -Number One Records N.9022 (33YE 1005)-South Africa

Next post ;;;;; The Flaming Souls -Oh Darling 1969 Atlantic City 

4 comments

  1. Fantastic find Eddie – thanks for sharing


    • it is indeed a great find and the music grows on you with every listen.
      Great jazz flavored instrumental LP. Watch the next post as well! Cheers, always a pleasure to hear from you


  2. Thank you for sharing the music of The Flaming Soul. It was great listening to the old tiome favorites. I am looking for one of their Album Titled She’s Gone. Any idea where I can find it or listen to the entire Album again? Please email me details at wmadikhai@msn.com


  3. Hi working on a video and trying to find out licensing rights for some of the Flaming Soul’s songs, there is very little information on this any help would be much appreciated. Regards Jono



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