An EP compiled from Strawberry Rain’s essential Zamrock reissue of Salty Dog via our subscription service, Now-Again Deluxe!
We’re pleased that we were able to broker a license for our friends at Strawberry Rain Records – they behind the Benny Soebardja Lizard Years anthology that we told you about last year – for this important Zamrock album from bandleader and graphic designer Norman Muntemba.
According to an interview Strawberry Rain’s Jason Connoy conducted with Muntemba, we find that Salty Dog was a three piece, modeled after the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Their name? Well, it wasn’t a reference to Procol Harum: Muntemba wanted to base the band around the concept of the force of life, so Salty Dog was chosen: Zambian slang for sperm. Their self titled album was the eighth release on the Zambezi imprint, the same label that released WITCH’s landmark Lazy Bones!! But unlike Lazy Bones!!, Salty Dog is one of the most obscure Zambian titles from the era – a rarity amongst rarities. This has been a shame for aficionados, as the album is a beautiful combination of psychedelic, blues and folk songs, all with a Zamrock twist, and with many songs sung in English.
As a bonus for their release, Strawberry Rain pressed up the non-lp single that was released before the album: “Sunday Morning Sunshine.” This release is limited edition and comes in a handsome paste on cover, full of photos and liner notes written by the band. We here at Now-Again are happy to present this preview of the album as an EP of our four favorite songs. If you like what you hear, go out and support our pals at Strawberry Rain and help them on their mission to release some of the best, lost music from the global canon.