This is the third album by The Movers. It seems as if their first three albums were all titled "Greatest Hits" and featured a variety of tracks from singles recorded and issued in 1969 and 1970.
The liner notes of the Dutch single She Loves You maintains that the group was formed in 1969 (June) by keyboardist Sankie Chounyane and producer David Thekwane. Though Rob Allingham points out that they were discovered and first recorded by producer Hamilton Nzimande. Furthermore the liner notes of their second LP, Greatest Hits Volume 2 actually state that Kenneth Siphayi formed the group in Alexandra. Siphayi's image is featured predominantly on the back cover of this LP.
According to Max Mojapelo, the group included Sankie Chounyane, Oupa Hlongwane, Norman Hlongwane and Sam Thabo, though the lineup would shift throughout the seventies.
This album also features two vocal tracks: Searching Soul with Dinah Mbatha, sister of Lucky Mbatha, the vocalist for The Drive; and Hopeless Love with Blondie Makhene. View more about Makhene here.
Others that performed with the group at various times included Philip Malela, Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Shange, Rammy McKenzie, Jabu Sibumbe and Lloyd Lelosa.
Finding a chronology and discography of The Movers is proving to be quite difficult. The earliest single in the flatinternational archive, Danny's Corner (City Special, CYB 67) dates from 1969 and is also featured on what appears to be another compilation LP, titled just The Movers. This album was issued on Teal's budget series "Music for Leisure" also in 1970.
Most of The Movers early albums were pressed on Teal's City Special label which also issued other albums by them including: Greatest Hits (CYL 1003), Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1970, CYL 1004), Greatest Hits Volume 3 (1970, CYL 1006), Greatest Hits Volume 6 (1971, CYL 1011) Sleep Out Baby (1972, CYL 1013), Greatest Hits Volume 10 (CYL 1020) Black Reggae, Repeat After Me (1974, CYL 1029), Bump Jive, Bump Jive No.9 (CYL 1035), Jacaranda Phata Phata (1975, CYL 1037) to name but a few.
View their second LP Greatest Hits Volume 2 at Electric Jive.
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