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4 stars Kayak's sixth album, 'Phantom Of The Night' is the first album with lead-singer Edward Reekers. The original vocalist, Max Werner, moved to the drumkit, replacing Charles Louis Schouten, who played drums on the fifth record 'Starlight Dancer'. The brother of the band's leader Ton Scherpenzeel, Peter Scherpenzeel, became the new bass-player, replacing Theo de Jong and the new band added two female back-vocalists: Irene Linders (Ton's wife) and Katherine Lapthorn (Peter's girlfriend back then).

The new Kayak became less inspired by symphonic rock and started to write more accessible (and shorter) songs. This was one of the first albums that were recorded in the famous Dutch 'Wisseloord Studios' in Hilversum. The band's biggest hit-single to date, 'Ruthless Queen' (no. 3 in the Dutch charts) features on this album. Most of the songs are quite strong, especially 'First Signs Of Spring' [beautiful melodic ballad], 'Daphne' [most symphonic track on the album] and 'Phantom Of The Night' [another ballad, similiar to 'Ruthless Queen' but more haunting]. The song 'The Poet And The One Man Band' even contains a nice synthesizer-solo! Most of the other songs are poppy, but the band plays very well and especially the vocals of Reekers are worth listening to.

The worst thing about this album is the sound-quality and mix.. The instruments sound very thin and soft. The follow-up to this album, 'Periscope Life' from 1980, sounds way better, although the songs are less interesting.

One more thing: The album-cover and tracklisting mentioned here are from the American version of the album. The original cover-art features a woman standing in the dark with a microphone-standard in her hand, and contains a different running order: Side 1: Winning Ways / Keep The Change / Ruthless Queen / Crime Of Passion / First Signs Of Spring / Side 2: Daphne / The Poet And The One Man Band / No Man's Land / Journey Through Time / Phantom Of The Night.

Not the best album of Kayak, but at least their bestseller. Strange enough, you can only buy this album on CD in combination with two others (Starlight Dancer and Periscope Life) as the cd-box 'Three Originals'.

| 4/5 |


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