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2.33 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Thruth About Arthur (2:54)
2. Circus Will Be In Town In Time (3:25)
3. Crystal Heaven (3:50)
4. Sam And Sue (1:41)
5. I've Just Lost Somebody (3:05)
6. Mr. Fortune's Wife (3:15)
7. Who Cares? (3:44)
8. Born A Second Time (2:38)
9. Magnificent Magistral (2:43)
10. Must I Cry? (2:16)
11. Nothing Can Change This World Of Mine (3:21)
12. Gipsy Rhapsody (3:19)

Total time 36:11

Bonus tracks on 2009 reissue:
13. Sound Of The Screaming Day (2:53)
14. She Won't Come To Me (2:32)
15. Together We Live, Together We Love (3:09)
16. I Wonder (3:37)
17. Remember My Friend (2:59)

Line-up / Musicians

- Barry Hay / vocals, flute, guitar
- George Kooymans / lead guitar, vocals
- Rinus Gerritsen / bass
- Jaap Eggermont / drums

Releases information

LP Polydor ‎- 184 120 (1968, Netherlands)
LP Music On Vinyl ‎- MOVLP613 (2012, Europe)

CD Polydor ‎- 843 135-2 (1990, Netherlands)
CD RPM retrodisc ‎- Retro 854 (2009, Europe) With 5 bonus tracks

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GOLDEN EARRING Miracle Mirror ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(16%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (47%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Chris S
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2 stars More late sixties pop driven tunes with only the occassional hint of prog leanings. Similar to the Byrds, early Strawbs with a bit of folk or even early David Bowie! Barry Hay's vocal very much prominent and apparent even back in 1968. There are many pleasant tracks, interspersed flute playing and accoustic work. Hints of pop psychedlia on Mrs. Fortune's Wife, the cleverly crafted Born A Second Time and the uncannily Davied Bowiesque Must I Cry. Again great flute work supplied by Barry Hay. I would recommend this work for completionists only and those seeking similar progressive material to early Bowie. The music stays true and shows hints of more powerful music to come from this highly prolific band.
Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars IMO, there is a major line-up change for this third ''Golden Earring'' album. Barry Hay is taking over the lead vocals and won't pass them to any other one so far. It is a major improvement for sure.

This album also sounds more achieved than their first two. The ''Beatles'' filiation is almost gone for now. The band sounds finally more personal (even if ''Circus.'' still sounds somewhat Beatles-ish).

It would of course being a nonsense to consider this album as groundbreaking for rock music, but again: you should consider the continental-European rock scene in those remote days to acknowledge that those Dutch guys were rather promising even if the worse is also present on this album ('' Crystal Heaven'').

Some songs are quite tranquil or childish (''Sam & Sue'', ''I've Just Lost Somebody''). It is a given that the best of ''Golden Earring'' has not yet arrived. But most of big names didn't mature in '68, right?

Some tracks do show some interesting angles like the Far-Eastern ''Mr. Fortune's Wife'' and the elaborate ''Who Cares''. More in . ''The Who'' style to be honest. But I wouldn't complain. Would you? Probably one of the best songs out of this album. Remember: 68 was the year of release!

This album is more elaborate, better constructed than their first two. Some fine fluting (''Born A Second Time'') could almost sound prog, but don't be too close looking to the genre we all love even if it might sound to the early Tull.

Don't get me wrong: this is not a great album. Not even a good one IMHHO. But it deserves a listen, no doubt. Let's not forget the start of Barry. ''The'' Golden Earring voice for the decades to come.

Two stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Their third studio album, following Winter-Harvest a year before, Miracle Mirror is a real sign of the times on the international music scene. Perhaps gone are the days of Pop-Rockin' Nederbeat for Golden Earring, and here we are, in full(er) Psychedelic swing. Our album starts with the slow, ... (read more)

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