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Golden Earring


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5 stars Okay I understand the difference between a PROG review vs Basic Album Review. Mine will be a basic rock album review as it relates to GE albums.

I assume anyone reading this is thinking about getting this album since they are interested in GE. I am a GE fan. I have over 20 of their albums and have been a fan since about 1982. Cut was the their first album I ever heard by them. I have most of their releases from 1970 and on. I do not love every song by GE. In fact there are almost entire albums I cannot listen to (To The Hilt is my least fav album by them). I write this review in 2012. It is not a review of how it fared in 1982 but rather - is it listenable now?

With this mind -- my review. (1 to 5 stars.)

Overall notes. CUT is one of my favorite GE albums. I think as a whole the album shows how much they learned in the 70s about making music. They had done all the experimental lead flute, jazzy, prog, extra long stuff and got it out of their system. By 1978 they turned to more AOR rock songs. 1978-1989 is my favorite era of the band. They spent time developing each of these songs. They all have very distinctive grooves and I don't confuse GE with any other band.

1 - THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT. Rocker. This is a song with a "gang vocal". As Barry sings the main vocal at times the rest of the guys join in to sing the counter lyric. "YEAH", "BULLSHIT", "CONFESS". etc I find the song structure excellent. There are sections with horns which add to the feel of the song. This song and "Clear Night" from NEWS sounds very similar and I generally play them back to back in play lists. 4/5

2 - FUTURE. Bluesy Rocker. I love this song. I belt out the chorus at the top of my voice every time I hear it. "Its gonna happen in the Future...Ohhhh ohhhhhh ahhhhhhh ohhhhhh". I find this song very catchy. GE went through several stylistic changes. This song fits right in with their 1980-1986 song structure. 5/5.

3 - BABY DYNAMITE. Light Rocker. Great grove on this song. I like how unrushed the song is. The ending coda lasts for over a minute with bass / drums and guitar flourishes. its classic 80s GE.

4 - LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Rocker. Again the guys get into a great grove. Bass and drums working to keep it thumping along. Barry and George do 2 part harmony, which I love. Like the previous song the ending is a nice long play groove with some "nah nah naaaaaah" ending vocals. 5/5

5 - LOST AND FOUND. Light Rocker. Another great groove starts things off. Barry handles the main singing with George handling the counter point vocals. I love their songs in this style. 5/5

6 - TWILIGHT ZONE. Rocker. I'm sure everyone has heard this song at least a million times. It was all over the radio and MTV in 1982. I first GE by this song. One of their best groves. This song has classic George guitar riffs and flourishes. Some great gang vocals which was part of their 80s sound. On the long album version there is a great middle section with bass and drums followed by George's lead guitar coming in and riff'ing the hell outta the song. The band surges on and right back into the main chorus. Most people know GE by Radar Love or Twilight Zone. And then another extending ending. 5/5

7 - CHARGIN' UP MY BATTERIES. Light Rocker. I really like the lighter side of GE. Its George handling most of the vocals. The rhythm section is again carrying this song on. Its so catchy. One of my favorite GE songs ever. 5/5

8 - SECRETS. Rocker. Not for everyone. I admit I was thrown back the first time I heard this song. Its not your typical song structure (sounds like bird calls in the middle there?). I have learned to listen to this song. Only because of the hundreds of times I played this album. DO NOT Judge this album based on this song. I think the band had put the first 7 songs down and just jammed out this song out. You will need to be hardcore fan to appreciate it. 2/5

DSpitzer | 5/5 |


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