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Live, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1
1. De Houten Bruiloft / The Wooden Wedding (5:27)
2. De Smid / The Blacksmith (8:43)
3. Tango (5:42)
4. De Tol / The Toll (5:52)
5. Thin Air (2:31)
6. Syldavishe Wals / Syldavian Waltz (5:27)
7. Amsterdamse Grachten / The Canals of Amsterdam (2:27)
8. De Klopjacht / The Hunt (5:15)
9. Andante Poco A Poco Presto Ma Non Troppo (5:26)
10. Nieuwe Nederlandse Dansmuziek / New Dutch Dance Music (4:26)
11. De Emigrant / The Emigrant (9:57)

CD 2
12. De Eerste Dag Na Je Vertrek / The Day You Left (25:47)
13. Oost West Express / East-West Express (5:35)
14. Aiofe (7:40)
15. Sofia's Voorspel / Sofia (4:35)
16. Circus (8:23)
17. Variaties Op Een Dame / Variations on a Lady (11:15)

Total time: 124:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Sylvia Houtzager / violin, sopranino-violin, cello-violin, Salvi concert harp, Hohner accordion, amadinda, anklung, lyra, wooden shoes
- Peter Weekers / silverflute, bassflute, piccolo, panpipes, bass-panpipes, sampogna (South American panpipes), uilleann pipes, bambooflute, tin whistle, amadinda, marimba, congas, steel drum, pebbles, wooden shoes, suitcase-accordion, milk bottles
- Erik Visser / double-neck guitar, resonance guitar, 6 s. guitar, tanburu, 12 string guitar, 5 string banjo, sitar, timpani, wooden shoes
- Stan Stolk / double bass, acoustic bass guitar, gong, snare, wooden shoes

Releases information

CD Masters 8042-040
MC Masters 8042-035
CD Gold Music 2320022

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Review by Bonnek
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4 stars This is one of those few live albums that justify their money's worth. And how! This double album does not only serve as a 'best of Flairck' collection but also as a very best of performances! The sound is crystal clear as on their studio albums, the playing impeccable and the intensity and dynamics of the songs are pushed to their absolute limits.

I'll try a short description of their sound since most of you possibly are not familiar with this Dutch acoustic folk prog band. Flairck usually consists of 4 classically trained musicians that play long and intricate instrumental suites based on European and Eastern folk music. The instrumentation has a firm basis of (virtuosic) acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar. The main melodic instruments are the violin and a range of flutes you sure didn't know existed. They bring the typical mix of invigorating energy with the melancholic mood that makes most folk music so attractive. I find it hard to come up with bands that sound like them. The acoustic guitar and flute combination doesn't stray too far from Jethro Tull in an acoustic moment. But that is not doing them full justice.

Just try to pick up this double CD because there's not a second of the 2 hours of music collected here that you would want to be different.

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4 stars A truly best of by Flairck. There is no points of releasing a greatest hits album when you get your band together and give it all in a live setting. In particular; when you take a long and hard look at your impressive long career and choose the best of the best to play that evening/those evenin ... (read more)

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