venerdì 29 aprile 2016

REPOST : Crystal Circus - In Relation To Our Times (2001 Akarma Records) 1968 (REQUEST)

Biography : Crystal Circus put out an extremely Strawberry Alarm Clock-sounding single in 1967, "In Relation (To Our Times)"/"Merry-Go-Round," and an entire album of mostly unreleased material credited to the band surfaced on CD in 2001. The Strawberry Alarm Clock connection was not coincidental, since Crystal Circus recorded for the same label, All-American, on which the Strawberry Alarm Clock had first recorded. Also, Crystal Circus were produced by Bill Holmes, who also worked on recordings by the Strawberry Alarm Clock. Certainly "In Relation (To Our Times)" closely approximates the sound of "Incense and Peppermints" without sounding too explicitly derivative. Its B-side "Merry-Go-Round" is a poppier effort, with sunshine pop harmonies and production not much unlike those on Turtles records of the period. The Crystal Circus CD In Relation to Our Times includes these and ten other songs, and was said to be an untitled 1968 album that had gotten to the pressing stage, but was never released. The album's actually decent pop-psychedelia, again in the mold of the Strawberry Alarm Clock. In fact the argument can be made that it's rather more solid than the Strawberry Alarm Clock's own LPs, though it's lacking a classic on the order of "Incense and Peppermints." 

While not a major find, this collection of material -- all previously unreleased, save the two songs ("In Relation (To Our Times)" and "Merry-Go-Round") from their 1967 single -- isn't at all bad pop-psychedelia. It's rather like finding an unreleased Strawberry Alarm Clock album that might make a decent candidate for the best LP that group ever made, had it borne the Strawberry Alarm Clock billing. Indeed, the Strawberry Alarm Clock influence is pervasive, especially on "In Relation (To Our Times)," but also on "Don't Say I Didn't Warn You," which sounds like the ultimate cross between the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the hardest-rocking sides by Paul Revere & the Raiders. Most of the other songs have nice, bouncy tunes with major/minor melodic alternations; pleasing sunshine pop harmonies; and appropriately psychedelic organ, fuzz guitars, trippy orchestration, vocal distortion, and odd effects. The lyrics might be superficially far-out, but again, impressions like those recorded in "Circus and Zoo World" are a good complement for this kind of candy pop-psych. Occasionally, they get into more of a straightforward garage-ish hard rock-soul blend, like on "Never Again," but it's the more ethereal and poppy numbers that stand out. Review by Richie Unterberger

01.In Relation (To Our Times) 2:24
02.Don't Say I Didn't Warn You 2:32
03.Girl Like You 2:12
04.Sittin' & Thinkin' 2:08
05.Twisted Conversation 3:38
06.Merry-Go-Round 3:26
07.Circus And Zoo World 2:49
08.Never Again 3:15
09.Castles (In The Sand) 2:58
10.Sweet High 2:51
11.The Difference Between Us 2:26
12.The World Of Seas & Rivers 4:33

Bruce Turner - Guitar, Vocals
Greg Munford - Guitar, Vocals
Bob Feldman - Bass, Vocals
Jack Bielan - Keyboards, Vibes, Vocals
Gary Solomon - Flute, Sax, Vocals
Terry Rae - Drums, Vocals

domenica 24 aprile 2016

Fields - Fields (2002 Fallout Records) 1969

Biography : A single self-titled album -- that's what the California power trio Fields left behind in 1969. Guitarist Richard Fortunato, bassist Patrick Burke, and drummer Steven Lagana had been deeply influenced by Cream, by the sound of things. Fields recorded this slab for UNI with producer Bill Rinehart (formerly of Emitt Rhodes' Merry-Go-Round). The first four cuts are solidly in the hard and heavy blues-rock terrain, with twinges of psychedelia tossed in the opening "Elysian Fields" and "Jump on You," two standouts with lots of great guitar work. Things begin to change a bit on "Sun Would Set," where the wasted psychedelia takes precedence over the rough and tumble; even with the Raelettes on backing vocals and the spaced-out wasted lyrics, it's still guitar-drenched and driven into the red so the impressionistic touches are hardly noticeable. Side two is comprised of a single cut -- "Love Is the Word" is nearly 19 minutes long and is one of those utterly ambitious and crazy experiments that actually worked, with bluesed-out acid rock guitar, whomping basslines, and a skittering though steady snare and shimmering cymbals. An overdriven organ enters the picture and then comes the fuzz. After about five minutes of power soloing, a Stax-inspired soul riff is established, the horns come pushing their way in, and we're off to the races. Along with the band, Northern soul chanteuse (courtesy of Motown Records) Brenda Holloway and the Raelettes come in from outer space and enter the groove, making this a full-blown psychedelic-soul tune that never, ever gives up its groove, grease, or grit. The vocals here are almost as deliriously powerful and lusty as the screaming six-string and overblown bass groove. Thank the gods that the Fields' LP has been dusted off, remastered, and reissued by Fallout on CD. Simply amazing. Review by Thom Jurek

01.Elysian Fields 3:44
02.Bide My Time 4:39
03.Take You Home 3:04
04.Jump On You 3:25
05.Sun Would Set 5:23
06.Love Is The Word 18:42

Patrick Burke - Vocals, Bass
Richard Fortunato - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Steve Langana - Vocals, Drums
Brenda Holloway - Back Vocals

venerdì 22 aprile 2016

Boxer - Below The Belt (2012 Esoteric Recordings) 1975

Biography : Below the Belt was the debut album by Boxer, released on the Virgin label in January 1976. The album attracted less attention for its music than for its cover art. Photographed by Alex Henderson with graphics by Richard Evans, the cover featured model Stephanie Marrian spreadeagled and naked but for a pair of shoes, with a man's arm reaching up between her legs and his boxing-gloved hand hiding her genitalia. The back cover at first showed Stephanie in complete full-frontal nudity, but later pressings covered her up with the band's belt-styled logo. The cover was completely re-designed for the US market using the band photo from the inside of the UK gatefold cover. The lineup on this album is a live show quartet with keyboardist Chris Stainton brought in during the recording sessions. Wiki

Approximately two years after the breakup of Patto, Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall reunited in 1975 to form Boxer along with Keith Ellis on bass (Van Der Graaf Generator, Juicy Lucy, Spooky Tooth, et al.) and Tony Newman on drums (Sounds Inc., Jeff Beck Group, Kevin Ayers, et al.). Keith and Mike were in Spooky Tooth together.  Mike left that band after a year and began working as a promotions man for Good Ear Records, owned by Mike's manager, Nigel Thomas.  Nigel would also become Boxer's manager and give them their name.  Ollie and Tony were playing together touring with Kevin Ayers, and when the touring stopped they got Mike to quit the record biz and form a new band.
This time the music Mike and Ollie brought to the table was straight-ahead rock that reflected little of their Patto past, except for possibly some of the songs on the unreleased Monkey's Bum album. The band released it's first album, "Below The Belt", in 1975.  "All The Time In The World" was released as a single with a great non-LP B-side titled "Don't Wait".  They recorded a great second album called "Bloodletting" that would for some reason not be released until 1979. Very little of the Boxer story seems to be documented, especially about the breakup of the original lineup.  Sometime in late 1976, Halsall is said to have quit the band.  But somehow Boxer's management ended up in possession of the band's equipment, including Ollie's guitars (as late as 1981, Ollie still didn't own an electric guitar of his own).  This is just hearsay, but the story is that the band was very deep in debt with Nigel Thomas, and he held on to all their equipment.  Then Nigel's company was liquidated, and Ollie's guitars were likely auctioned off by the official receivers.  Where is Ollie's white Gibson Custom SG now? Mike put together a new lineup of the band to record one more Boxer album in 1977 called "Absolutely".  The new lineup band consisted of Mike, Chris Stainton on keyboards, Tim Bogert on bass/vocals, Adrian Fisher on guitar, and Eddie Tuduri on drums.  The album is not as raw and rocking as the first albums, but there are some fine moments of musicianship and songwriting on this album.  The Randy Newman-esque song "Everybody's A Star" was released as a single.  This album would be Mike's final release before passing away in 1979 with lymphatic leukemia (cancer of lymph glands). They did some BBC sessions, and their tours, at least for the original lineup, were critically acclaimed.  Their first LP cover did get them some attention through controversy.  Many seem to remember their first album cover, even if they never did heard the contents.  But, as is typical of the Patto story, Boxer did not achieve a great deal of attention or success.

01.Shooting Star 3:59
02.All The Time In The World 4:27
03.California Calling 4:45
04.Hip Kiss 2:58
05.More Than Meets The Eye 5:25
06.Waiting For A Miracle 5:06
07.Loony Ali 3:58
08.Save Me 3:36
09.Gonna Work Out Fin 5:57
10.Town Drunk 5:17
Bonus Track
11.Don't Wait (Single B-Side) 3:14

Keith Ellis - Bass
Ollie Halsall - Guitar and Keyboards
Tony Newman - Drums
Mike Patto - Keyboards and Vocals
Chris Stainton - Keyboard

mercoledì 20 aprile 2016

REPOST : Gleemen - Gleemen (Digipack Remaster) 1970 (REQUEST)

Biography : The Italian band Gleemen was created around 1965 in Genoa and played in some festivals making covers of Beatles and Stones in diversified versions. In 1970, they decided to release their self titled album led by a well-known figure in the progressive Italian scene, Pier Nicolò "Bambi" Fossati, tremendous guitar player and a huge fan of Hendrix. Fossati besides being a talented guitarist, has a wonderful voice and also, shared stage with Van Der Graaf, Santana and Uriah Heep. Actually, Gleemen is nothing less than the embryo of the great band Garybaldi, established in the same year of the release of this album and had the same formation but with some more progressive vein in their compositions. This made Garybaldi became one of the most important bands of the Italian scene in the early '70s. This record is quite atypical to what we are used to when it comes to 60s, a bit strident guitars, with strong influences to the master Hendrix, dueling by wonderful and energetic passages of Hammond, creating a pretty damn psychedelic atmosphere. Not to mention the perfectly prowess of the lead drummer conducting the band. Absolute highlight for track "The Confusione Dei" which brings excellent guitar passages followed by the beautiful voice of Fossati and a Hammond tone quite different but wonderful! Here's an atypical audition to what we are used when it comes to Italian Progressive Rock and i´m quite sure that everyone will be surprised with this innovative album for the time. The record gets to a near perfection when the issue is psychedelic rock.

01.Farfalle senza pois 3:11
02.Shilaila 4:15
03.Spirit 6:16
04.Chi sei tu, uomo 6:46
05.Un'amica 4:37
06.Bha-tha-hella 3:06
07.Clackson 3:56
08.Dei o confusione 3:32
09.Induzione parte 1 e parte 2 3:56
10.Divertimento 2:43
Bonus Tracks
11.Martha Helmut 4:09
12.Corri, Corri, Corri 4:00

Maurizio Cassinelli - drums, vocals
Bambi Fossati - guitar, vocals
Lio Marchi - keyboards
Angelo Traverso - bass

mercoledì 13 aprile 2016

Aerovons - Resurrection (2003 RPM Records) 1969

Biography : The Aerovons' story sounds like a fairytale, and in most respects it was a fairytale come true, except for the anticlimactic and grim ending. It was probably the dream of millions of teenage American boys to meet the Beatles and record at Abbey Road Studios in the late '60s. The Aerovons, unlike virtually every other such band, did so. Personnel instability intervened, however, and the group only got to issue a couple of rare singles before splitting up. They did record an entire album of promising material heavily influenced by the late-'60s Beatles, which finally saw release on CD in 2003.

The Aerovons were formed in 1966 in St. Louis, and in late 1967, guitarist/pianist Tom Hartman recorded a demo of his composition "A World of You" at the instigation of his mother. The demo was heard by a representative of Capitol Records, and though he offered the group a session in Los Angeles, Hartman's mother told him the band wanted to record in London. In early 1968, the still-young Aerovons -- Hartman was 16 -- flew to London to play their demo for EMI. EMI was impressed enough to sign them when Hartman and his mother returned to London in August 1968, and the Aerovons even got another offer at the time with Decca. The whole band came back to London in March 1969 to record.

Over the next few months the group cut about an album's worth of material at Abbey Road. Unsurprisingly considering the surroundings, and considering that the Beatles were the group's heroes anyway, the material sounded much like the Beatles did circa 1967-1969, though on the lighter side of what the Beatles themselves came up with. More surprisingly, the album was produced by Hartman himself, who also wrote most of the songs laid down in the studio. Though the sessions were quite well-produced and well-arranged, with some of the settings also reminiscent of the late-'60s Bee Gees or (more distantly) Hollies, the songs were still too derivative to have stood much chance of making a big mark had everything been issued at the time.

In a perfect world, perhaps such a young group should have been given some more time to hone a more original sound. It was and is an imperfect world, however, and before an album could even be released, fate intervened to end the Aerovons' brief career. The sessions had themselves been done as a three-piece, although they'd come over to London as a quartet, when guitarist Phil Edholm left before recording began. Shortly after returning to St. Louis in mid-1969, drummer Mike Lombardo left. EMI, concerned about the personnel shifts, canceled the album, and the band split up shortly afterward, though a couple of rare singles were issued on Parlophone in 1969. Hartman did a single for Bell in 1970 before abandoning the record business to go to college, though he later got into writing music for television, radio, and film. The Aerovons' canceled album was issued on CD by RPM in 2003, with both tracks from a non-LP single, a demo, and an unreleased song added as bonus cuts. Review by Richie Unterberger

01.World Of You 2:31
02.Resurrection 3:04
03.Say Georgia 2:20
04.With Her 2:23
05.Quotes And Photos 2:34
06.Words From A Song 3:51
07.Bessy Goodheart 2:00
08.Something Of Yours 2:22
09.She's Not Dead 2:48
10.The Years 1:38
11.Everything's Alright 2:49
12.The Children 5:06
13.The Train (Single A-Side) 2:56
14.Song For Jane (Single B-Side) 2:37
15.Here (Unreleased Song) 2:18
16.World Of You (Demo) 5:07

Tom Hartman - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Mike Lombardo - Drums
Phil Edholm - Guitar
Billy Lombardo - Bass
Bob "Ferd" Frank - Guitar
Johnny Arthey - String Arrangements

venerdì 8 aprile 2016

REPOST : Aqua - Aqua (Garden of Delights) 1972 (REQUEST)

Biography : Aqua were founded in Kassel in 1972. They played progressive rock like it was at fashion at those times, thus with a lot of organ. In 1972, too they recorded four self-written songs for to show to promoters and record companies. Though they couldn't make a record company to become interested they got a lot of gigs. Thus, they themselves released a 7" single in 1978, already more smoothed out. In 1981 they did an LP which already was mainstream, like it was up to date, then. The number of copies released was 1000 for each record. The here available CD contains the until now unreleased four songs of 1972, both tracks of their single, and according to the demand of the artists two songs from the LP which still show some progressive influences.

Krautrock in the 70's played not only in the major cities, not only in Berlin,Munich, Dusseldorf,but also in the province. Krautrock that was not only Tangerine Dream, Amon Düül or power plant, which was also Dom,Electric Sandwich,Join In,Kalacacra,Mammut,Morpheus and like the rest of them ... All over Germany there were a lot young musicians,who by the Spirit Krautrock were infected and their more or less own version of progressive rock dared. One of those bands that just was not managed were,was Aqua from the northern province of Hessen Kassel metropolis.The roots of Aqua date back to 1968. 1972 met namely musicians of the bands Inaction and Praeludium Magnum to start the formation Aqua. In the 70s Aqua were then one of the most popular Kassel live acts,alongside such evocative names such as rat poison or Hugo's Rockhoppser. At a recording contract was not enough,but already in the first year took aqua on a 4-track tape recorder,a demo tape with four pieces on. These form the core of this Garden of Delights Publication. In addition,is still the only single included from 1978,with single does not mean that Aqua were now represented in the charts,but that they were selling this at their concerts. Finally,the CD contains two pieces of the LP from 1981 Sexy Boy. In 1984, the band broke up then.

The two songs on the LP,however,are less interesting for the Krautrock fans. When the LP was released at that time was the disappointment in the camp of Aqua Fans also quite large ,since the sound as with many other bands of those years had significantly flattened compared to the 70s and the jazz rock,herbaceous,psychedelic elements of the Aqua- sounds had given an orientation to a more pleasing,easy proggigen Soft Rock. However,the two pieces contained at least make the best of this Musical misconduct dar.

The single reflects the previous phase of the band, which was characterized by organ -heavy hard rock,and can possibly think of Uriah Heep. This impression aroused the band quite well towards the end of the 70s with their live performances.

However, the real gem of this CD are the first four pieces that reflect the full demo from 1972 ! The sound quality here is a bit muffled,but audible. And what you hear here, confident and musically,is the more successful bands early 70 not according to: a herb rocking,sometimes organ - guitar -dominated times sound with elements of jazz and psychedelic rock. The vocals of Klaus Borucki acts somewhat plaintively.

A unanimous verdict is due to the different origin of the material collected years hardly leave. This CD dyed another white spots on the map of Krautrock in the 70s. For me personally,this publication,however,was a special pleasure,because I so far only the LP Sexy Boy knew. There,unfortunately,a rather sterile picture of the band was given that I had personally met as a rousing live act at some concerts late 70s. To so gratifying that finally a treatment of the history of Aqua exists that knows how to convince both musically and by the design of the booklet is here. For here, Garden of Delights its standard remain faithful and give detailed background information on the band's history,from form record covers and offer a good range of band photos. A recommendation for the collectors! Review by adamus67

01.Bolero (1972)
02.Soul of my soul (1972)
03.Tempest (1972)
04.There is a place (1972)
05.Going my way (1978)
06.Teenage feelings (1978)
07.No use to live on (1981)
08.No more love (1981)

Martin Ulrich - guitar
Martin Grosskurth - keyboards
Klaus Borucki - vocals
Georg Rober - bass
Bernd Billhardt - drums
Jorg Wiesner - keyboards, vocals
Wolfgang Eckhardt - bass, vocals
Roy Kaleve - drums, vocals
Mike Fajgel - vocals
Jurgen Steinbrecher - bass, vocals

giovedì 7 aprile 2016

REPOST : Tetragon - Agape (Garden of Delights) 1973 (REQUEST)

Biography : German act Tetragon was a short-lived outfit that was formed following Ralph Schmieding's departure from the trio Trikolon. The remaining members Hendrik Schapper (organ, trumpet) and Rolf Rettberg (bass) hooked up with Jürgen Jaehner (guitars) and Achim Luhrmann (drums); and decided that a new band name was a better option than the continued use of their former moniker. The band set up a primitive recording facility in an old farm, and had to record live the tracks that were featured on their sole album "Nature", which was released in 1971. Soon after Tetragon folded, but the strength of their album has seen to it that it has been rereleased several times over the years.

01.Stage Fright Train 6:53
02.Agape 13:27
03.Hurry On Down 6:49
04.A German Western 10:35
05.Freedom Jazz Dance 9:44
06.For Example 16:40

Norbert Wolf - Bass
Joachim Luhrmann - Drums
Jürgen Jaehner - Guitar
Hendrik Schaper - Keyboards

martedì 5 aprile 2016

REPOST : Tripsichord - Tripsichord (Akarma Digipack) 1970 (REQUEST)

Biography : The Tripsichord Music Box (name shortened to "Tripsichord" circa 1970) was one of the many San Francisco bands managed and produced by self-styled psychedelic svengali Matthew Katz despite a slim body of recorded work that stands among the most atmospheric and cosmic to emerge from the Bay Area scene in the post-Summer of Love era, they are sadly best-known as one of the so-called "fake Grape" units unleashed on unsuspecting audiences after Katz lost control of his former protégés, the legendary Moby Grape. Originally dubbed the Ban, Tripsichord Music Box formed in Lompoc, California in 1963  the group was founded by singer/guitarist Tony McGuire, bassist Frank Straight, keyboardist Oliver McKinney, and drummer Randy Guzman (sometimes credited as Randy Gordon to avoid conflict due to his parents' management of the act). According to the book Acid, Fuzz & Flowers, the Ban signed to the Brent label to release their lone single, the garage rock stomper "Bye-Bye," splitting soon after when McGuire was drafted to serve in Vietnam; the remaining threesome then recruited singer/bassist David Zandonatti, with Straight moving to lead guitar. Rechristening themselves the Now, they relocated to Los Angeles, sharing Sunset Strip stages with local acts including the Seeds and the Strawberry Alarm Clock before signing to Milton Berle's Embassy label for the 1967 effort "I Want." The single attracted little attention, however, and the Now relocated to San Francisco. There they connected with Katz, who essentially discovered Jefferson Airplane along with Moby Grape, Katz soon signed the band to his San Francisco Sound label, rechristening them the Tripsichord Music Box. In late 1967 the group recorded three tracks "You're the Woman," "It's No Good" and "The Family Song" -- later included on the Fifth Pipedream: The San Francisco Sound, Vol. 1 compilation. When Moby Grape severed ties to Katz, he laid claim to their name, forcing Tripsichord Music Box to play a series of live dates under the Moby Grape aegis, the deception ultimately prompted McKinney to quit the band in 1969, with guitarist Bill Carr signing on in his place. Around this same time, Zandonatti's high school friend Ron McNeeley also began sitting in on vocals, and after a 1969 single, "Times and Seasons," Tripsichord dropped the "Music Box" from their name in time to cut their sole full-length, a self-titled cult classic issued in 1970. Their dark yet ethereal music found few takers, however, and the band relocated to Utah, splitting when Zandonatti and McNeely joined the Sons of Mosiah, a Mormon musical troupe managed by future U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. Ironically, Guzman later played drums in a legitimate incarnation of Moby Grape. Review by Jason Ankeny

01.On the Last Ride 4:43
02.We Have Passed Away 2:45
03.Black Door 2:56
04.The New Word 4:40
05.Son of the Morning 5:35
06.Short Order Steward 5:05
07.The Narrow Gate 3:36
08.Fly Baby 6:26
09.Everlasting Joy 4:19
Bonus Track
10.You're the Woman 3:35
11.It's not Good 3:10
12.Family Song 8:27
13.Times & Seasons 3:23
14.Sunday the Third 3:19

Randy Guzman - drums
Frank Straight - guitar
Dave Zandonatti - bass
Oliver Mckinney - keyboards and organ
Bill Carr - vocals
Ron McNeely - vocals

lunedì 4 aprile 2016

Graeme Edge Band (feat. Adrian Gurvitz) - Kick Off Your Muddy Boots (2008 Esoteric Recordings) 1975

Biography : A solo album from a drummer is rarely cause to celebrate, for invariably it arrives stillborn. But Kick Off Your Muddy Boots is a solo set from Moody Blues' skin basher Graeme Edge in name only, and instead is really a showcase for the Gurvitz brothers, or more precisely singer/guitarist Adrian. Edge contributed only three songs to his set; the dreamy "Lost in Space," the introspective "Have You Ever Wondered," and dramatic "Somethin' We'd Like to Say," providing very tentative links to the Blues' own sound. The rest of the album, composed by Adrian Gurvitz, goes very much its own way. The fabulously funky instrumental "The Tunnel" flies furthest from the mothership, while a guesting Ginger Baker edges Edge into the shadows on the Chicago blues spectacular "Gew Janna Woman," the set's apotheosis. "My Life's Not Wasted" is nearly as epic, meandering from funk to blues, soul to orchestral overkill in one fell swoop. Swinging from the C&W-tinged rocker "Shotgun" to the sunny California-styled "Bareback Rider," Muddy Boots treads into as many musical pastures as possible, with the bonus "We Like to Do It" (the band's 1974 single) tossing ragtime into the mix. Keyboardist Mickey Gallagher provides excellent work throughout, his lovely soundscapes and delicate melody lines providing a perfect foil to Gurvitz's soaring leads and hefty riffs. The rhythm section is strong of course, but in the end, this is Gurvitz and Gallagher's show from start to finish, and what a show it is. Review by Dave Thompson

01.Bareback Rider 5:16
02.In Dreams 5:12
03.Lost In Space 4:41
04.Have You Ever Wondered 5:09
05.My Life's Not Wasted 2:59
06.The Tunnel 2:10
07.Gew Janna Woman 4:16
08.Shotgun 4:12
09.Somethin' Wed Like To Say 3:37
Bonus Track
10.We Like to Do It 4:05 (A-side of single)

Graeme Edge - Drums
Adrian Gurvitz - Guitar
Paul Gurvitz - Bass
Mickey Gallagher - Keyboards

sabato 2 aprile 2016

Barry Hay (Golden Earring) - Only Parrots, Frogs & Angels (1999 Lost and Found) 1972

Biography : Barry Hay is the lead vocalist of Golden Earring, one of the most popular Dutch rock bands of the 20th century. In addition to his decades of output with Golden Earring, he released solo albums from time to time. Born August 16, 1948, in Faizabad, India, he moved to the Netherlands at age ten. In 1967 he joined the lineup of Golden Earring (then known as the Golden Earrings), a Dutch rock band based in the Hague that had been founded in 1961 and that had made its recording debut in 1965. The Hay-fronted lineup experienced decades of international success. The band evolved stylistically with the changing times, most notably progressing from psychedelic rock during the late '60s to hard rock in the 1970s. Best known stateside for their 1973 rock radio classic "Radar Love" and their 1982 early MTV staple "Twilight Zone," Golden Earring were one of the first European rock bands to tour the United States and did so repeatedly over the years. While only moderately popular internationally, the band scored several chart-topping hits in the Netherlands: "Dong Dong Diki Diki Dong" (1968), "Back Home" (1970), "Radar Love" (1973), "Twilight Zone" (1982), and "When the Lady Smiles" (1984). As a solo artist, Hay released full-length albums including Only Parrots, Frogs & Angels (1972), Victory of Bad Taste (1987), and The Big Band Theory (2008). Among these solo album efforts, Victory of Bad Taste spawned the minor hit single "Draggin' the Line," while The Big Band Theory, featuring the Metropole Big Band, was the most successful from a commercial standpoint, reaching number two on the Dutch albums chart. Review by Jason Birchmeier

01.Xeña 8:41  
02.Sometimes Three Times 6:15  
03.Oh Lordy I'm Gonna Try 5:01  
04.Roll Another Rock 4:44  
05.I Want To Be With You 5:43  
06.Did You Really Mean It? 4:40  
07.Once Upon A Time 6:36  
08.March-Xeña 0:45
Barry Hay - Vocals, Guitar, Sax
Jan Hollestelle - Bass
Hans Hollestelle - Guitar  
Louis Debij - Drums  
Frank Van Der Kloot - Guitar  
Ron Westerbeek - Organ  
Herman Van Veen - Violin, Vocals
Patricia Paay - Vocals
Robert-Jan Stips - Keyboards, Electronic Effects  
Jose Van Iersel - Vocals  
Gonnie Van Dijk - Vocals
Cesar Zuiderwijk - Bongos
Dick Vennik - Sax 
Snowflake Strings - Strings
Harry Van Hoof - Organ, Harpsychord


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