Pacific Express

Pacific Express

Pacific Express was a South African funk/jazz outfit that has been regarded as "Cape Town's answer to 'Earth Wind and Fire'".

Originally formed in the 60's by bass player Paul Abrahams and guitarist Issy Ariefdien (who were previously together in a soul outfit called The Pacifics), it was after the arrival of pianist Chris Schilder in 1975 that the band took on a jazzier sound and built a reputation that spanned the entire sub-continent. As a sort of "jazz school" for many young performers from the Cape Flats, players have included Basil Coetzee, Robbie Jansen, Jonathan Butler, Barney Rachabane, Stompie Manana, and others.

Managed by Patrick Lee-Thorp, they released three albums ("On Time", "Expressions" and "Black Fire"), with the single "Give A Little Love" striking a huge hit.


Pacific Express Discography Tracks


Pacific Express Black Fire (Album) EMI South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
Pacific Express On Time (Album) Gull (2) France 1978 Sell This Version
GULP 903 Pacific Express Expressions(LP, Album) Gull (2) GULP 903 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GUL 1010 Pacific Express Give A Little Love / Dream(7", Single) Gull (2) GUL 1010 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
GUL 1013 Zayn Adams* And Pacific Express Zayn Adams* And Pacific Express - The Greatest Love Of All(7", Single) Gull (2) GUL 1013 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
GUL 1014 Pacific Express You've Got It All(7", Single) Gull (2) GUL 1014 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
MOUNT 208 Pacific Express Do The Boogie(7", Single) Mountain Records (2) MOUNT 208 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
Misa Negra VS Pacific Express Misa Negra VS Pacific Express - Afrika Underground Excursion (EP) Counterpoint Records US 2002 Sell This Version


MFP 55042 Pacific Express Pacific Express Collection(LP, Comp) Music For Pleasure MFP 55042 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
MOU7513 Pacific Express Anthology Part 1(CD, Comp) Mountain Records (2), EMI MOU7513 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
MOU7514 Pacific Express Anthology Part 2(CD, Comp) Mountain Records, EMI MOU7514 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version

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