Sunday, 7 March 2010

Golden Earring: Back Home / This Is The Time Of The Year (1970)

to continue my mini series of dutch psych-prog of last week, please now enjoy a fantastic 45 by the most famous dutch rockers ever! no, radar love was NOT their best song, to me it is one of their most boring songs at all. before having the aforementioned hit, golden earring did some pretty fine harder and less hard rock numbers, always regognizable with the flute playing which was somehow characteristic for several dutch rock and garage bands. this records is a single release from their self-titled album from 1970, which also is my personal favourite.
the a-side, back home, is one of those harder numbers, similar to les variations or early slade, but very far from later glam rock. a perfect example for how a flute and hard rock fit together, and a great early 70s rock number in general, definitely a must-hear.
this is the time of the year is the 45s flipside and much calmer, but basically following the same style. it is a nice example for the earrings skill for soft slightly melancholic rock ballads. all in all this single gets full five out of five stars in my rating, it is just great. the only flaw youll have to cope with here is the slightly scratchy vinyl, but perhaps you like to take this one as a kind of teaser to get you some appetite for their fantastic album this 45 derives from – get it with their other marvelous records at mustanghardrock.
a little trivia to finish this post: golden earring, who started off as the golden earrings in 1961, is the worlds “oldest” band, because they were founded one year before the rolling stones and persisted since, without any breakups and reunions.

interesting links:
official website
golden earring on rateyourmusic
golden earring on

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  1. avatar TheCMichel said:

    Ididn't know Golden Earring were Dutch… I'll try this. Thanks a lot!

  2. avatar The Bomber said:

    nice one…but i think im speaking for all when i say that these guys got their golden hours in back in the 60s uhgh?

    (translate x golden earring: arito/s dorado/s)

  3. si si, los 'aritos dorados' son los mas estupendos! dioses holandeses de beat…
    estoy de acuerdo, sus tiempos mejores eran en los 60 – y no me gusto radar love para nada, por supuesto. pero hacian algunas cosas muy bienes en los anos tardes de los 60 (y, como ese 45, en el ano 1970 tambien) – no puedo mencionar todas las canciones de estos anos que me gustan, porque estan tan muchas! mi favorito actualmente esta hurry hurry hurry, de 1968.

    please excuse my awful spanish, it has been a long time since i had to write or say something in that language (and sorry for all those anos, my keyboard doesnt have the n with with the little swung dash above it).
    thanks for commenting!

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