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The Boy And The Bee – Omega Limited

The Boy And The Bee – Omega Limited

Astral Daze - Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972

Astral Daze – Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972

The Boy And The Bee

Omega Limited – The Boy And The Bee

Sometimes, but not very often, the b-side of a single (or a Bee Side in this case) can garner as much, if not more, interest than the A-side. One wonders just how many record companies have cursed using such a strong song for ‘filler’ when they could have released it as a separate single and doubled their profits. Way back in 1970, the powers that be at Polydor records in South Africa must have been having these thoughts.

They had bunged ‘The Boy And The Bee’ on the b-side of ‘Tchaikovsky 1’. The single sold well, getting to number 3 on the SA Top 20. But some people took to enjoying ‘The Boy And The Bee’ as much as they did Tchaikovsky. And it’s not surprising when one listens to this dense slice of power rock with a strong vocal performance and blistering guitars, culminating in a brilliant rendition of the Flight Of The Bumble Bee performed on guitar. The song should have been a hit in its own right.

Fortunately, those guys at Retrofresh remembered this and included it on the first in the all-important ‘Astral Daze’ series of CDs that has been mining the rich vein of ‘lost’ SA rock.

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

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2 thoughts on “The Boy And The Bee – Omega Limited

  1. Originally released by Gun as “The Sad Saga Of The Boy And The Bee” in 1968.

  2. Brandon Platt on said:

    I can’t download this-disappointed

    Rgds

    Brandon

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