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Bles Bridges - The English Album

2008-04-18 17:09
Now the purists may feel post-humously betrayed by Bles’ foray into English music, but there are plenty of good reasons to buy the aptly titled English Album:

  1. 1. For when the G-Unit comes over on Sunday (that’s grandparents, guys).
  2. 2. If you are the G-Unit.
  3. 3. To sell on Ebay in twenty years’ time. Bles is already worth up to $50 on vinyl.
  4. 4. To ward off the undead. Ghouls can’t slow dance.
  5. 5. To prove to your English relatives that you’re down with the language.
  6. 6. To woo die dames if you are sent back in time.
  7. 7. To ‘borrow’ style tips from the lover himself. Start with a faded green leather jacket.
  8. 8. If you hated The Platters’ inferior original version of “The Great Pretender” and you reckon Freddy Mercury is just a besembek wimp.
  9. 9. In case someone puts a gun to your head and says “prove you’re South African”.
  10. 10. Because Bles knows best.

Too many people treat music like newspapers: rapidly consumed and thrown away without a thought for posterity and the bigger picture. Tragedy, say I. CDs are documents, they are stories about our past and present, and deserve a much longer shelf life.

The English Album may be a departure from Bles’ usual vernacular, but as a historical recording it says more about the South African music landscape than your Prime Circle CD ever will.

- Niel Bekker

History, heritage and so much heart. This is the music Vernon Koekemoer makes love to.

D PRETORIUS 2008/04/17 9:15 AM
Is Bles the boss? Please leave Bles alone. He is not with us anymore. His music will always stay in my heart, but why cant the people leave the dead alone.
Mich 2008/04/17 9:52 AM
Nuts Are you smoking your socks ?
s.coertze 2008/04/17 10:47 AM
found it I think they eventaully have found the weapon of mass destruction
Laura Harris 2008/04/17 12:05 PM
MS 5 love his albums
Aart 2008/04/17 2:11 PM
Bles Bridges - The English Album Excelent as usual with his voice
Carlin 2008/04/17 3:48 PM
There is a reason... There is a reason nobody has tried to fill the gap left by Ge Korsten and Bles Bridges. Thank the Lord for small mercies.
Carli 2008/04/17 3:59 PM
Carli No comment on Bles but I do like: 'CDs are documents, they are stories about our past and present.' Well said and very true.
Sharl 2008/06/28 10:48 PM
"The English Album" Bles is a true South African music legend. He has a remarkable voice. These recordings are fantastic.
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