Freshwater was formed in New Zealand by guitarist Murray Partridge, who was the only constant member of the band during its lifetime. They came to Australia in May 1969. They signed with the W&G label, for whom they cut two pop singles, issued later in the year "Together, Till the End of Time" (August) and "Son of A Lovin' Man" (October).

They took on more progressive direction in 1970, influenced by the likes of Cream, Traffic and Hendrix, and in May that year they released the highly collectable single "Satan" / "Satan's Woman" on the Caesar's International label (established by the owners of the Caesar's discotheque and management group - see previous blog posting of Maple Lace.)

The single was a double sided "concept" suite, inspired by the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders, carried out by the "Manson Family". The A-side was written by organist Peter Sheehan and the B-side by Murray Partridge. ("Satan's Woman" is anthologised on Raven's essential Aussie progressive rock compilation Golden Miles). The flip side has not been issued officially on CD.

The title and subject matter were sufficient to send the radio stations into a spin and there were calls for the single to be banned, but it still managed to reach #28 on the Sydney charts.


Aug. 1969
"Together, Till the End of Time" / "It's In Your Power" (W&G 8200)

Oct. 1969
"Son of A Lovin' Man" / "People Gotta Live Together" (W&G 8208)

May 1970
"Satan" / "Satan's Woman" (Caesar's International CP-001) (#28, Sydney)

Nov. 1971
"I Ain't Got Time" / "Hello Sunshine" (RCA Victor 101944) (#19, Sydney)

Here is the extended Tom Mix version of "Satan" which originally was 3 mins 7 seconds. It now goes a more progressive rock length of 5 mins.


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