The reissue of anything vaguely psychedelic and not featured in a Baby Boomer movie can now welcome South Africa’s Abstract Truth to the fold.
“Totum” was the first of two albums released during 1970 and mostly features covers of Donovan, Dylan, Gershwin and Simon & Garfunkel. There’s a lot of hand percussion and the flute takes a pretty central role to the tunes.
It’s jazzy and kind of limp. If the beatnik from “Animal House”, you know the one that was playing guitar on the staircase? If he started a band in 1970, I get the feeling it wouldn’t be that far off. Not very challenging, possibly a way to cash in on the popular songs of the era. I mean, how easily was it to get Donovan records in South Africa in 1970? 3/10 -- Andrew Murdock Livingston (3 February, 2010)