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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

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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