Get the greatest hits instead. Hard rock isn't a close genre for me, but I sort of like, if only for a little bit, the catchy energy here. The audience was a mix of old and young alike, all there to witness an iconic band. Every time i listen to this album i always want the album to be as good as these two tracks. Rinus Gerritsen works both in the percussion section as a bassist and as the keyboardist, both of which he excels at well. By 1969, the rest of the lineup had stabilized, with lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Barry Hay and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk. But there is a real question that should be asked, and that is to who do we owe an album with such great musicianship? Please be aware of the fact that besides cdsingles also maxi-cdsingles are released but in this overview only cdsingle label numbers are used.
First you get all the well known material and in full versions e. But while they attempt to get a hook out of the somewhat simple rock melody, it just doesn't come up with anything that catches your attention. Other tracks like 'Song of a Devil's Servant' in particular are a great change of pace and help to shift the tone of the album in crucial moments. A concise one would still take up much space. No pop to be found at all, heavier guitars playing to be found. There is nothing particularly wrong even with these lesser tracks.
Compositions seem more streamlined and focused on making shorter radio-friendly songs, although lengthy prog passages are not entirely abandoned. This soon builds into a nice, floating instrumental with a jazzy melodic line provided by an electric piano when the rhythm kicks back in. And they're still a vital musical force! Good thing is that all the songs are their originals; there are no covers here, but unfortunately few of them break any new ground. This album followed the then-popular Dutch garage pop style which would be coined 'nederbeat' in reference to merseybeat, a genre which heavily influenced the Netherlands' music culture at the time , but in a whole wasn't very groundbreaking. That one has 'Twilight Zone! There is a large amount of albums to choose material from yet the group make great decisions throughout and the fans go wild for favourites such as 'Another 45 Miles' and the classic 'Holy Holy Life'.
One of their all-time classic tracks, 'When The Lady Smiles' proved popular on an international scale, yet thanks to a risque video involving vocalist Barry Hay making out with a nun the single failed to repeat their previous North American success. The group has existed in some entity since the early 60s and although the lineup has changed over the years, the main goal of the band does not seem to have changed and this means there has been consistency in their releases despite the fact numerous albums will have been recorded with various other musicians. North America Golden Earring have enjoyed an awesome career that began during the early days of the 1960's and is still going strong. It should be noted that the 'progressive' part of this was vastly dwarfed by the much more popular clear-cut blues rock sans lengthy and ostentatious compositions, and there was a much lower number of bands who would foray into this particular direction than those who would just rock in short bursts. I do admit that it is nice to hear the acoustic guitar take the lead and have a synth solo included in there, but, again, you wonder where the pay off is.
Then of course the title track, a 19 minute version of the famous 1966 hit from the Byrds. The song itself isn't bad though with its somewhat funky vibe. Over 25 albums plus 6 live including unplugged. Singles with the same title have often been released in many countries on different labels and with different label numbers. While originally forming under the name The Tornados and soon later The Golden Earrings a name taken from an instrumental by English group The Hunters , the band went through name changes, dropping 'the' in 1967 and the 's' in 1969, finally reaching simply Golden Earring. Well, standing tall above and beyond the call of duty are two tracks that are absolutely phenomenal and i'm sure any homo sapien who has listened to classic rock radio stations will recognize at least one of these tracks instantly.
And there's notably less cheese than in the 80's hard rock averagely. Get the greatest hits instead. The album starts off with what looks like a classic prog track at over 7 minutes. The most prolific tracks on this album I believe are the last two. Already on the way up to stardom in Europe, 1973 becomes their big year. It sounds a lot like 'The Who' without the enthusiasm.
The ultimate goal is to make the discographies here at Heavy Harmonies as complete as possible. In 1963, as the band found out that there was an older British band called The Tornados, they decided to change their name into The Golden Earrings after a Peggy Lee song. If you should have additional info or a correction please e-mail me! Golden Earring continued this style for a few years, akin to how The Guess Who continued relying on merseybeat for several years until their sound change ironically, The Guess Who made their debut and had a tonal shift at practically the exact same time as Golden Earring , until eventually they shifted into another genre growing in popularity at the time- progressive hard rock. But the 90's era is completely another case. So here is a brief overview : Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague by 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbour, Rinus Gerritsen. The new wave cedes into a rockin' chorus, an acoustic guitar segment and then delves into a satisfying symphonic rocker building up the tension until it crescendoes lasting a satisfying 9 minutes and 20 seconds.
Here's probably the best place to start. Collecting this information took me years of research and even untill today new information is found. The rest of this album is occupied by unremarkable generic rock tracks, whose occasional good solo on saxophone strangely, not by Barry Hay but by a guest musician , piano or guitar cannot redeem a true value. Their name was from a song originally sung by Marlene Dietrich in 1947 and a hit for Peggy Lee in 1948, with which they opened their concerts. It reached number 9 on the music charts in The Netherlands.
Not bad but not quite my taste. But, there were many progressive classics in the meantime, namely in this album, they were 'Nomad' and 'Violins'. After a return to the vocal melody finishes, the music travels into psychedelic territory with some odd effects. You can use this info the determine and research your own copy of a single and find out which country it is from. It's a good album, just not really essential however.