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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Golden Earring - Moontan (1973 dutch, superb classic hard rock with prog shades, japan remaster)



"Moontan" is probably their best album, consisting of lengthy tracks where their boogie-based hard rock was fused with progressive elements. Several passages on the album includes flute, strings, brass and moog, and this together with the length and complexity of the songs makes this a lot more than your average boogie hard rock. 

The only exceptions are the straightforward and light rockers "Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)" and "Just Like Vince Taylor". The best-known song here is of course their signature track "Radar Love" and this is one of the classic rock songs of the '70s. It's basically a quite simple hard rocking tune, but it also features an instrumental mid-part with moog and horns. 

The opening number "Candy's Going Bad" is another hot rocker, but the band again shows their taste for sophistication as the track slows down to a very relaxed and pleasant instrumental-part at the end with a quite weird moog-solo. "Vanilla Queen" is for me the highlight on the album. It starts as a melodic song before it turns into a very tasty instrumental part where the electric guitar plays a beautiful solo over the acoustic chords that drives the track forward, and then finally builds up to grandiose and symphonic finale with lots of strings and powerful brass. 

Absolutely superb. "Are You Receiving Me" is another winner, featuring a great jam in the middle with atmospheric flute and more great brass, and the whole thing just increase in intensity and energy before it finally returns to the main theme of the song. "Moontan" can be counted as a classic of '70s rock with progressive tendencies, and comes highly recommended for everyone who likes that kind of stuff!


Tracks
1. Candy's Going Bad  – 6:12
2. Are You Receiving Me  (John Fenton, Hay, Kooymans) – 9:31
3. Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)  – 4:24
4. Radar Love  – 6:23
5. Just Like Vince Taylor  – 4:33
6. Vanilla Queen  – 9:16
7. Big Tree, Blue Sea  – 8:15
All songs by Barry Hay and George Kooymans, except where noted

Golden Earring
*Rinus Gerritsen - Bass, Keyboard
*Barry Hay - Flute, Vocals
*George Kooymans - Guitar, Vocals
*Cesar Zuiderwijk - Drums
*Bertus Borgers - Saxophone
*Eelco Gelling - Guitar
*Patricia Paay - Vocals

The Golden Earrings
1966  Winter-Harvest
1968-69  Miracle Mirror
1969  On The Double

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3 comments:

kobilica said...

Superb album from one of the best band from holland.Absolutely highliht to me,with album"GOLDEN EARRING"-same...

Lamz said...

This version takes the US MCA Hoffman remaster and combines it with the Holland Red Bullet version. Having owned both of the prior versions I liked the Red Bullet as far as mastering and having the same tracks as the original vinyl. The Hoffman mastering I did not like as it turned the bass down. I like this Japan version as it has mastering similar to the Red Bullet. Thanks!

Phil Gordon said...

Excellent! A much-underrated band. Sounds better than my old cd, so thanks Marios! 'Switch' and 'To the hIlt' are also great.