Discography

"... wat a wonderlike lewe ..."

MP3s

  • Russian and Chips (demo) - Jack Hammer
    In 1970 Freedom's Children released the classic 'Astra' album which included the Ramsay Mackay-penned 'The Kid He Came From Hazareth'. (The SA government of the time insisted they change Nazareth to Hazareth - to quote Ripley's: "believe it"!). In 1981 Wildebeest featuring Freedom's drummer Colin Pratley, Boet Faber, Karlien van Niekerk, the late Dave Tarr on violin and one J.P. Botha (better known nowadays as Piet Botha), recorded this song live as 'Russian And Chips' and released it on the 'Bushrock 1' album. This version has long been a part of Piet Botha and Jack Hammer's live repertoire featuring Jonathan "The Kid" Martin on lead vocals. And here is a recent demo recording of Jack Hammer's version of 'Russian and Chips'/'The Kid He Came From Nazareth' which just might appear on the new Jack Hammer album scheduled for April 2004.
    [SA Rock Digest, September 2003]
  • Wheel Of Fortune - Raven
  • Bossies - Wildebeest
  • Sampler 1 - Piet Botha
    Sien Jou Weer, Suitcase Vol Winter & Laat Die Wiel Rol
  • Sampler 2 - Jack Hammer
    January's Son, Welcome To Azania & Sarajevo
  • Goeienag Generaal (live) - Piet Botha & Jack Hammer The Days Of The Generals
    The real story behind the Border War - not for sensitive listeners. And if you would like to read the real and previously untold story get 'The Days Of The Generals' by Hilton Hamann, published by Struik (Zebra) from Kalahari.net. [SA Rock Digest, August 2002]
  • Die Son Kom Weer (demo) - Piet Botha
  • Bok en Spring (demo) - Piet Botha original version of 'Slagtersnek'
  • Slagtersnek - Piet Botha
  • Headlines (demo) - Jack Hammer
  • Kitty (demo) - Piet Botha
    An achingly beautiful song. Strong. Humming with a restless rhythm and soundless tears. I want to bawl, it's stuck in the back of my throat, but this song is so bloomin' deep, it hurts. That dark rough voice with "Ek was nog baie myle weg van Leeudoringstad" and the femme fatale materialises in "En sy kom met die sekelmaan, hierdie een maak die lug blou, hierdie een het al 'n leeu geskiet sonder 'n scope..."
    [Carina Laubscher, SA Rock Digest, August 2003]

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  • Sien Jou Weer - Jack Hammer at Oppikoppi 1999 (15sec mpeg video clip; 340Kb). Courtesy of PTA-online.


Singles, EPs & Albums

Raven Wheel Of Fortune - Raven
Tracks:
Wheel Of Fortune/ The Horseman
Release info:
7" single: 1979, Third Ear Music, 3 EZ 013
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Wildebeest Bushrock 1 - Wildebeest
Tracks:
Tribal Fence/ Bokslaai/ Russian And Chips/ The Horseman/ Pofadder/ Living Drummers/ Here We Go Again/ Hottentotsgot/ No Time In The City
Release info:
LP: 1981, Rap Records, SRLPC10
CD: May 2000, Pofadder,
licenced to Wildebeest, WILD022
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Bushrock2 Horings Op Die Stoep - Wildebeest
Tracks:
Bossies/ Hottentotsgot/ Horings Op Die Stoep/ Mynhope in die Bosveld
Release info:
EP: 1983, Graffiti, 12 Wild (C) 001
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Jack Of All Trades Jack Of All Trades -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
January's Son/ Love You More/ Gypsy Wind/ Lupatlana/ Cameron Road/ Babylon/ Station/ White Dove/ Running for Shelter/ Good, Good Feeling
Release info:
LP: 1987, Third Ear Music, 3EE 100
CD: not released
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The Judas Chapter The Judas Chapter -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Bourbon Street/ The Master's Call/ Jack of Hearts/ Good Friend of Mine/ Must Have Been Dreaming/ Mr Riley/ Fort Lauderdale (Ballad of Andrť Stander)/ Kingston Bay/ Orion
Release info:
LP: 1990, GMP (Gallo), BL 714
CD: not released
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Ghosts On The Wind Ghosts On The Wind -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Street Of Love/ Welcome To Azania/ Midnite Angels/ Someone Who Looks Like You/ The Fisherman/ One Train Running/ Start All Over Again/ Same Old Stranger/ Keep On Missing You/ Someone To Love/ Who Will Feed The Lion
Release info:
CD: 1994, Inhouse Records, INH 160 CD
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Death Of A Gypsy Death Of A Gypsy -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Codename Ruby/ Big Six Blues/ January's Son/ Ancient Heart/ Gypsy's Lament/ Sarajevo/ Saint Adrian/ Death Of A Gypsy/ For The Turnstiles/ Child/ Cocaine Blues/ Time/ Big Six Blues (alternate version)
Release info:
CD: 1996, Wildebeest Records, WILD001
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Suitcase Vol Winter 'n Suitcase Vol Winter -
Piet Botha
Tracks:
Donkermaan/ Sien Jou Weer/ Marilyn Monroe/ Suitcase Vol Winter/ Van Tonder/ Die Kind/ Goeienag Generaal/ Klein Bietjie ReŽn/ In Die Transvaal/ Staan Saam Burgers/ Gipsey In Jou OŽ/ Kom Huistoe
Release info:
CD: 1997, Wildebeest Records, WILD 005
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Jan Skopgraaf Jan Skopgraaf -
Piet Botha
Tracks:
Jan Skopgraaf / Haiku Vir Rooijan/ Blues Vir Louise/ Loftus Versfeld/ KankerreŽn/ SlawereŽn/ Allesverloren/ Van Tonder deel II/ Boomstraat/ Laat Die Wiele Rol/ Riemtelegram
Release info:
CD: November 1999, Wildebeest Records, WILD 019
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Anthology Anthology - Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Fort Lauderdale/ January's Son/ Sarajevo/ For Annette/ The Fisherman/ Codename Ruby/ Keep On Missing You/ RSVP/ Street of Love/ Good Friend Of Mine/ April/ Station/ Liberty/ Must Have Been Dreaming/ Welcome To Azania/ Gypsy Wind
Release info:
January 2000, Wildebeest Records, WILD 020
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Bootleg Bootleg -
Piet Botha and Jack Hammer
Tracks:
The Game/ For Annette/ Child/ Fort Lauderdale/ Blues Vir Louise/ Northern Sky/ Klein Bietjie ReŽn/ Goeienag Generaal/ Liberty/ Midnite Angels/ Suitcase Vol Winter/ Van Tonder/ Tangerine/ Welcome To Azania/ Runaway Train/ Donkermaan/ Cocaine Blues
Release info:
1 February 2001, Pofadder Records
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Die Hits Die Hits -
Piet Botha
Tracks:
Vandat Jy Weg Is/ Wind En Weer/ Slagtersnek/ Klein Bietjie ReŽn/ Die Kind/ Suitcase Vol Winter/ Sien Jou Weer/ Marilyn Monroe/ KankerreŽn/ Staan Saam Burgers/ Blues Vir Louise/ Donkermaan/ Loftus Versveld/ Van Tonder/ Jan Skopgraaf/ Laat Die Wiele Rol/ Verslag
Release info:
CD: October 2001, EMI, CDEMIM (WLM) 010
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Die Mamba Die Mamba -
Piet Botha
Tracks:

Warm Heuning/ Bye Bye My Darling/ Man Met Kitaar/ Die Mamba/ O My Heiland/ Al Die Stede/ Skielik Somer/ Die Gemmerbroodman/ Bordello/ Bosveldpad/ Herfsgedagtes/ Kitty/ Jacob Klipkop/ Jeffreysbaai (instrumental)
Release info:
CD: June 2003, Rhythm Records, RR042
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Live at the Nile Live At The Nile -
Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Disc 1: Liberty/ Sien Jou Weer/ Russian And Chips (Freedoms Children/ Wildebeest)/ Die Mamba/ Last Fair Deal Going Down (Robert Johnson)/ The Fisherman/ Blues Vir Louise/ G8/ Llandudno Blues #13/ April/ Good Friend Of Mine/ Bye Bye My Darling
Disc 2: Sarajevo/ Goeienag Generaal/ RSVP/ Bordello/ Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)/ Man Met Kitaar/ Headlines/ The Station/ Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)/ Kitty/ Suitcase Vol Winter/ Riders On The Storm (The Doors)
Release info:
CD: July 2004, Wolmer Records, F1000292
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Imaginary album cover by Brian Currin, July 2004 Gypsies & Ghosts: 25 Years of
Piet Botha
Tracks:
Wheel Of Fortune^/ Russian & Chips+/ Bossies+/ January's Son/ Street of Love/ Sarajevo/ Sien Jou Weer*/ Goeienag Generaal*/ Blues Vir Louise*/ Riemtelegram*/ RSVP/ Fort Lauderdale (1999)/ Vandat Jy Weg Is*/ Die Mamba*/ Jacob Klipkop*/ Kitty*/ Morrison Hotel/ The Pilgrim
Release info:
Imaginary CD compiled by Brian Currin, July 2004 - which may or may not ever be released!
All songs by Jack Hammer except *Piet Botha, +Wildebeest & ^Raven


The Pilgrim The Pilgrim -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
G8/ The Pilgrim/ Headlines/ Morrison Hotel/ Lady Amber/ Rock Steady (with Tidal Waves)/ Russian and Chips (aka The Kid He Came From Nazareth)/ Bury Me/ Mozambique/ Tribal Fence
Release info:
April 2005, Wolmer, F1000408
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Live and Rare Live And Rare -
Piet Botha
Tracks:
Goeienag Generaal/ Sien Jou Weer/ Suitcase Vol Winter/ Llandudno Blues #13/ Wheel Of Fortune/ Bossies/ Fort Lauderdale/ Die Son Kom Weer/ Bok en Spring/ Kitty/ Kitchener/ Die Mamba/ Man Met Kitaar/ Skielik Somer/ Headlines/ Russian And Chips/Souls Of Africa
Release info:
May 2005, mp3-only album
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TuksFM Sessions TuksFM Sessions -
Jack Hammer
Tracks:
Highway To The Sun /Mozambique (re-recording)/ Lonely Hearts / Morrison Hotel (re-recording)/ Sail Away (Neil Young cover) / Slowly Towards The North (Freedom's Children cover)
Release info:
February 2006, Wolmer
Musicians: Piet Botha: vocals, guitars, piano, organ, harmonica/ Tonie van der Walt: vocals, guitars/ Tertius du Plessis: bass/ Paul van de Waal: drums

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