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Robin Auld with Z-Astaire, 40 years on

  On the 4th of April 2024 we reissue Robin Auld's debut album for Mountain Records. Titled Z-Astaire, the name that was subsequently taken on by his backing band. (c) Songwrights Publishers             First issued in 1984 this mini-album contained only songs written by Auld and the album established him as a pop songwriter in his home country of South Africa (SA). Recorded in Cape Town by producer Kevin Shirley, Z-Astaire was the first album to feature the line-up of Robin Auld on lead vocals and guitar, Murray Anderson on keyboards, Michael Bush on drums and Robert Hack on bass.    The band went on to have multiple top ten hits produced by Shirley for Mountain Records in mid eighties South Africa.  The first album has a variety of influences, from the west coast rock of "Going Down" and "Baby you been good", to the art rock sound of "Violent stairs" and  "Cleaning up my act"  which became a live staple. The latter will be the pl
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End of music carrier distribution in South Africa - Press Release

 Our flagship label, Mountain Records has finally ceased sales of physical product being distributed in southern Africa. For our many different artists it is the end of a long history of selling music on physical formats in the territory. Future releases and the current catalogue will be available in digital distribution and a small quantity of CDs and LPs that are still in our Hamburg warehouse will be available in Germany, essentially on mail order. There will be some exceptions where Vinyl and possibly CD might be used on new releases as well. In 1980 a division of EMI UK, EMI South Africa (SA) took on the label through their CCP Records department, releasing the debut releases of our Cape Town based projects. These included Dave Nissen , the first artist to be on Mountain Records and the debut album of David Kramer . These were followed by amongst others, Robin Auld and Z-Astaire, Edi Niederlander, Amampondo, Robbie Jansen   - well over a hundred albums (and even more singles) by

Jasper's Acolytes - new EP

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