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Monday, 9 August 2010

Q65: Sexy Legs / There Was A Day (1970)


 
its quite a while ago now that i posted some nederbeat here, right? so here we go with another record by my favourite dutch rockers q65. although this still is “neder” it is not really beat anymore, neither id call it garage rock.
the a-side is a solid, driving blues rock number, that gets a lot of its drive from bielers rough vocals like from the first garage recordings four years ago. a tough number, five stars worth!
the flipside, ‘there was a day’, is much more sophisticated. a slow, pensive ballad about changes in life and the challenges of marriage – that become easy with the supporting power of love: “and i like it, because my wife, is very good for me.” very beautiful, and of course also five stars worth. dig it!

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Finally got ’round to listening to this. The a side is a good blues-rocker for sure, but it’s the b-side I find so striking — rock-n’rollers celebrating marriage while acknowledging it’s difficulty! Rather unusual! The first minute is very much English …

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

De Maskers: Brand New Cadillac / Because I’m In Love (1965)


 
last dutch act for tonight, here are de maskers (aka the masks) without zz, of whom they got rid in 1965, the year they cut this very 45. i thought i ought to post this now, as jancys amazing maskers-series on wings of dream was “killed” a couple of weeks ago (small hint: it is still available with the google cache when you search for it).
the a-side is really got beat-cover if vince taylors rock&roll; classic brand new cadillac, really worth checking out. the flipside, because im in love, is the weaker track on this single and the only reason i gave it three instead of four stars. this track can be annyoing, but perhaps you will like it just that way, please try out! so much for nederbeat now, a french mini series is to follow soon…

interesting links:
more maskers at wings of dream!
the maskers on rateyourmusic
zz & the maskers on last.fm

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Motions: It’s The Same Old Song / Someday Child (1966)


 
another dutch group, this time more into the direction on nederbeat. ill be honest, this is not one of my favourite records (see rating), the vinyl is scratchy and had its center pushed out wrongly , so it was slightly moving on the turntable which gives an awful sound – no good rip at all, but i tried my best! apart form that the actual cover sleeve is missing (the picture you see here is taken from the web). but maybe therell be some readers who have nostalgic feelings for this recording. what is interesting about this 45s a-side is that it has a theme similar to under my thumb, that makes it sound a little more “serious” if you can say that. the b-side is equally awful, if not worse. its trashy, sweet 60s pop trying to sound like beat music but never gets there, especially those “la la la la la…” backing vocals soon become annyoing.
however, if you should like this one, let me know – otherwise let me know how you dislike it!

interesting links:
more motions at pablos garage music blog!
the motions on rateyourmusic
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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 …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

After Tea: A Little Bit Today, A Little Bit Tomorrow / Blues Ride (1969)


 
the last dutch nugget for tonight, heres a killer 45 by late 60s after tea. the a-side is a quite elaborated number that alternates between almost sinister psychedelic guitar licks and somewhat more popish vocals. not 100%, but still a very good song.
the b-side, however knocks it all off. a slow, killing blues number that continues that “sinister” feeling that i described the a-sides guitar theme with. a six minutes psychedelic blues blaster, this stuff is well worth checking out, as it comes very close to the style of brainbox and such likes, definitely far away from lemon coloured honey tree and showing the bands developement away from beat and sunshine pop toward some harder and more progressive sounds.
so much for now, you may expect slightly less posts from now on as my holidays are over and my studies start again, so free time is limited now, as is my time for working on this blog. please come and visit the site despite that, i will not be gone completely! see you next weekend with some mixed-bag stuff…

interesting links:
after tea on myspace
after tea on …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Brainbox: Down Man / Summertime / Dark Rose (1969)


 
in addition to the epic album posted here before, heres a three-track-ep by dutch brain-busters brainbox (dont be confused by the “maxi single” writing on the cover, this is a 7″ ep). the most important track here, as it is the only non-lp track, is down man, the opening number. it is slow, it is intense and its just haunting, sure one of their best songs ever. the guitar work in this track is just how id define psychedelic – unworldly, surreal and seemingly levitiating it flows into your mind like a gentle, uplifting (acoustic) trip. the singers high and desperately screaming vocals add some emotional effect to this amazing composition.
i see i am drifting away in high praises, but please do listen to it and enjoy it yourself. i wont discuss the other two tracks, because as the vinyl showed some weird behavior while playing those (because the whole in the middle of the record wasnt punched corretly it would lurch around on the turntable producing an awful yowling sound – i just wonder why the first track played without any problem). for this reason i took the other two tracks from the rip of …

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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Brainbox: Brainbox (1969)


 
i have announced this quite a few times, but finally here it is – and certainly one of my personal favourite albums, so i hope you will appreciate it as much as i do. i may proudly present you one of the finest pieces of vintage dutch psych, the lone and selftitled album by brainbox, the group that made jan akkerman famous. as i already said this is a hell of an album and this rip is especially gorgeous as the vinyl has virtually no scratches at all and you can enjoy a very clean and fantastic sound.
brainbox are mainly remembered for their cover of george gershwins summertime, included on this lp as ‘summertime (from “porgy and bess”)’, that appears on many psych compilations nowadays. there are countless cover versions of that song, almost every band has played it and mostly also recorded it. brainbox version (which you can also find on the TFR jukebox) is slow, organ driven and has a deep and capturing atmosphere – a real masterpiece that you should not miss! another really fantastic track on this album is the opening number, dark rose. more vivid than summertime and almost ferocious it …

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Q65: I Despise You / Ann (1966)


 
this is the third release of my beloved dutch garage rockers, but it is also one of their weakest ones, i must admit. especially the a-side is very primitive (in a boring sense), repetitive and the instrumental parts have a wall-of-sound character. the whole song doesnt offer many surprises, but nevertheless shows the groups humble beginning very well.
the b-side, ann, however is quite far off the usual q65-style. a soft and slow love ballad with some moody harp playing. not really “garagy”, but nice – 60s pop, so to speak. all in all this 45 has more historical than musical value, but perhaps you like it better than i – so check it out!

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Jolita / Jolita (Instrumental) (1968)


 
another 45 by dutch boogie woogie hero rob hoeke and his r&b; group, the flipside being an instrumental version of the a-side, a tribute to manfred mann (though i must admit that ive never heard this song by mann before, i must look out for it).
jolita is a nice and sweet pop song, but the female backing vocals can get on ones nerves after a while, thus i prefer the instrumental version. what is even nicer about this 45 is the lovely fold-out psychedelic paper sleeve of which i made scans from the in- and outside. the text on the inside unfortunately is in dutch, so i dont understand a word, otherwise id have typed it here of course (if someone could translate this for me, id be just grateful!).
the song itself is credited to manfred mann and mike hugg, thats why theres a picture of mann on the inside and his name on the outside. now this is whats so clever about the cover design: on the front it says “manfred mann” in big letters and “manfred mann played by rob hoeke r&b; group” underneath. if you turn the record around, you have …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Try To Realize / It Won’t Be Long (1968)


 
heres something very special for you: the greatest r&b; pianist of holland and beyond, rob hoeke and his r&b; group. theyre truely one of my favourite dutch acts and their sound is like they just had invented the boogie woogie. maybe their most famous, and i must admit also one of their very best songs is margio, a 66 a-side, of which i will trying to get hold someday, but until now i only got of their 45s, and heres the first of them.
i had some problems ripping the a-side, at least it sounds very weird, but i made sure that there was nothing wrong with my turntable so perhaps it was recorded that way. try to realize is a psychy pop number, rather untypical for the usual hoeke style. well, its not outstanding but ok, so it gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
the b-side sounds a little scratchy im afraid, but at least we got some genuine rhythm & blues here. it wont be long in fact is a cooled-down slow blues based on hoekes groovy piano playing, well worth hearing. as i see it this one rather should have been …

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Friday, 18 December 2009

After Tea: We Will Be There After Tea / Lemon Coloured Honey Tree (1967)


 
same country, new band. here we have a cute little record by a short-lived dutch group called after tea. theyre maybe not as outstanding as gtolden earring or q65 or perhaps shocking blue, BUT, what is so interesting about this single: the a-side we will be there after tea was recorded and successfully released by the spencer davis group a year later (it was to be their last hit before steve winwood left them for traffic, followed by blind faith with eric clapton), and as all that tea drinking stuff and so on is all so very british, i had always thought that the dutch guys covered that song from the spencer davis group and had named themselves after the song. now that i had this 45 in my own hands, i found out that the song is credited to hans van eijck and ray fenwick, and not winwood or any other member of the spencer davis group, and that it was released before the spencer davis / winwood version (the german beat group the rattles also released a version of that song in 1968, which makes it even more confusing).

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Q65: The Life I Live / Cry In The Night (1966)


 
this was the second release by q65, and i dont hesitate to call the tremendous b-side cry in the night the best song they ever made. bielers frenzy vocals and the haunting guitar riff make this track an excellent showcase of dutch beat from the 60s, that doesnt need to stand back behind compatriot successes like shocking blue or golden earring.
the a-side, the life i live, is a little calmer but none the less a fantastic piece of mid 60s european garage. it is even a little more into psych-beat than into plain garage, if there wasnt the raunchy blues harp providing the craggedness of a genuine basement tune.

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Q65: You’re The Victor / And Your Kind (1966)


 
here we have the debut single of the amazing dutch garage / nederbeat group q65. it is not as great as their following releases, but a nice garage tune nevertheless. the fast beat and pacing rhythm of the a-side fits great to the r&b-style; blues harp work accompanying willem bielers grooving, resonant vocals.
the track though suffers a little from too much treble and some noise due to the condition of the vinyl (sorry, i tried my humble best to remaster it). the b-side sounds a little better, but not significantly.
and your kind is slower and more leisurely than its flipside, but still very catchy – youll soon be singing along to this cute little beat number.

interesting links:
q65 official website
q65 on rateyourmusic
q65 on last.fm

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