1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Otis – November 5

Otis – November 5 (A date to remember)

November 5

November 5

Okay, this is a bit of an obscure one. Not too many people would have picked up on the album 617 when it was released circa 1998, but it was an album worth getting and none more so than for the opening track ‘Otis’ which has the subtitle ‘A Renegade Lift’. Now the subtitle could be read as a reference to the Otis Elevator company, but also be construed to what the song does to you as it really lifts one.

It starts off pleasantly with a jangly guitar and Abraham (he who is November 5) but quickly builds to the grand chorus with a pleasant piano adding its voice to the overall effect. Tuneful and powerful, this should have been a hit, but somehow got missed. It’s worth trying to find the whole album, but in particular this track.

Where to find it:

617 – November 5 (Independent Release)


Amuzine 7 June 1999

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