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Astral III – The Invaders

Astral III – The Invaders

There's A Light There's A Way

There’s A Light There’s A Way

Uitenhage. Now who would have thought anything great would come out of there. But something did and that was Johnny Burke and his mates who formed the group the Invaders. Starting out as the Astronauts in the early 1960s, they had a few line-up changes as well as a name change and soon were setting the South African music scene alight with songs such as ‘June’, ‘Ice Cream And Suckers’ and ‘Shockwave’. In 1968 they scored a number 16 hit on the Springbok Radio top 20 with ‘Chapel Of Dreams’.

Three years later came another chart entry with ‘There’s A Light There’s A Way’ which was backed by ‘Astral II’, a song also worth checking out, but it doesn’t have the clout of ‘Astral III’. From the first chords of mark III of the ‘Astral’ songs you are hit by    searing guitars, pounding drums, dense Hammond organ and soaring vocals. The song is full on and in your face, not dissimilar to early heavy metal offerings from Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. A little over 2 minutes into the song, there is a blistering minute long guitar solo from Joey Moses that Jimi Hendrix would have been proud of.

It is not surprising that this track found its way onto the first Retro Fresh ‘Astral Daze’ compilation. It is one of the great rare tracks from those heady days when South African musicians were just beginning to ROCK!!!

Where to find it:
Astral Daze – Various Artists, RetroFresh (2005), FRESHCD148

There’s A Light There’s A Way – The Invaders, MVN (1971), RetroFresh (2010), FRESHCD173

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One thought on “Astral III – The Invaders

  1. Elvis Bedessy on said:

    Hi,
    I am looking for a song called Julia that was very popular in the early 70’s. It was not by the Beatles, however, it had a disco beat to it. The lyrics started something like:

    I love you can’t you see,
    I like all the things you say to me
    I like the way you walk
    And all the things you talk
    Oh oh Julie Julie Julia
    ……(cont)

    Are you able to help me with the singers name and where I can get this track

    Thank you

    Elvis Bedessy

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