Abstract Truth - 1970 - Totum

4.0 out of 5 starsexcellent
By Bill on Amazon.com

This is a 1970 album by Abstract Truth, a band from South Africa.

The band features a lot of sax, and flute, but this is not the driving blues of early Jethro Tull or Bloodwyn Pig. Abstract Truth are far more laid back, almost trance-like. The CD carves a quiet groove and stays there.

But there is a lot of subtance here, and this group will make a mark given a chance. You can listen intently, or play it a few times and let the quiet groove wash over you.

Fantastic, dark cover of Donnovan's "Fat Angel."

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Psychedelic folk-rock with some raga influences filtered via George Harrison, that's the name of the game on Abstract Nova's debut album. A rock band singing broadsides against racial segregation like Oxford Town was no rarity in the 1960s, though it was a dangerous game to play in South Africa. One can only imagine that Abstract Nova survived through obscurity, since the album seems to have fallen through the cracks somewhat, perhaps due to the sometimes unremarkable cover versions. However, when the band get into a groove and go off on a flight of fancy, special things happen, so it's worth a listen if you like a fat dose of 1960s in your early 1970s folk-rock.

Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Jersey Thursday (3:47)
2. Coming Home Babe (6:32)
3. Oxford Town (4:09)
4. Fat Angel/ Work Song (10:16)
5. Summertime (5:40)
6. Scarborough Fair (3:44)
7. Parchman Farm/ Moaning (2:57)
8. Ain't Necessarily So/ Take Five (10:02)
9. Total Totum (Acid Raga) (5:10)

Total Time 52:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Ken E Henson / guitar, sitar, vocals
- Robbie Pavid / percussion
- Brian Gibson / bass, vocals
- Sean Bergin / sax, flute

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