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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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