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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Candy's Going Bad
2. Are You Receiving Me
3. Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)
4. Radar Love
5. Just Like Vince Taylor
6. The Vanilla Queen

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Line-up / Musicians

- Rinus Gerritsen / Bass, Keyboards
- Barry Hay / Vocals, Flute, Sax, Guitar
- George Kooymans / Guitar, Vocals
- Cesar Zuiderwijk / Drums
Guest Musicians:
- Patricia Paay / Vocals
- Eelco Gelling / Slide guitar
- Bertus Borgers / Sax

Releases information

LP Polydor 2925 017 (1973 The Netherlands)
LP Track/MCA Records 396 (1974 USA) (with different cover and track listing)
MC Polydor 3205 027
CD Polydor 847 931-2

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3.99
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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(29%)
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Review by Queen By-Tor
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars We've got this thing...

Most people know Golden Earring for their big hit Radar Love made popular from everything from huge amounts of airplay to appearances on The Simpsons and the like. Of course the band had many, many songs beyond that, despite how many people actually knew this fact, Moontan is their 9th album as they were founded sometime in the early 60s. The album itself has far better moments than just this one song as well, and people who are familiar with it often call it the band's most progressive album. Looking at the track listing that ProgArchives has for the album it's pretty easy to see that the American version of the album is completely different than other versions of the album. But it's impressive none the less.

Playing an excellent mixture of progressive rock and pure classic hard rock, this album can really catch your ear off first listen. Of course it opens with the hit tune, Radar Love, the pounding mini-opus with a driving bass and emotional voicing - and if you've only ever heard parts of this song and think it's a simple pop song do yourself a favor and really listen to it the first time you listen to this disc in its entirety, because it is very impressive in its whole form. Other songs on the first side prove to be just as impressive, and hey, there's only two of them. Candy's Going Bad is probably the most simple composition on the album, but it's still a good, lengthy hard rocker with an interesting story attached to it that makes it a worthy addition to the album. However, this is just where the album starts getting good, as from here on out no song will dip down bellow 8-minutes. Vanilla Queen is the next on the bill and it starts with a good 2-minutes of spaced out intro before it actually moves into the more hard rocking aspects. It falls back into a trance-like state just over the half way point and then takes a turn for the psychedelic once more as it moves into the brass and instrumental sections of the song.

And yet, the best is still to come as we move into the second side of the album. Big Tree, Blue Sea is disturbingly absent from the non-American version of the album, which is a shame, because this is likely the album's best individual song. Folk influences are abound in melody, but also in that Jethro Tull-like flute that's used throughout. Sweeping keyboards give a typically progressive sound to the album as well as it moves through some moments that could have been taken strait from Genesis's Trespass in their haunting tranquility, before moving back into moments of pure hard rock. An excellent number that does justice to owning one half of the second side. Are You Receiving Me is the final track by the American listing and also the longest. This one is powered by a Captain Beyond-like guitar riff and some excellent percussion, once again it moves through several moods, speeds and tones without ever slowing down the momentum of the track. This pulls together the final track of the album and makes for a satisfying finish.

If you've ever wondered about the reason for including Golden Earring on the Archives this album is probably not the only reason, but it serves as a great example. Multiple instrumental passages, complex arrangements, lengthy tunes, changes in speed and tone throughout each song - all the elements are there, and it even includes things like keyboards, flutes and brass instruments just to keep the people happy. Everything comes together so very well, and based on this one album it's actually a little difficult to see why the band wasn't added earlier.

All that aside, this is certainly an album worth getting. Any progressive fan will be able to appreciate this album to a very large degree, and if you're going to be getting further into the band this is probably the best way to start. In terms of 'progressive-ness' this one ranks among the classics, and in terms of quality it does just the same. 4 stars out of 5 for a very impressive album that's worth repeated listens. Make sure you check it out, because it's certainly worth the investment.

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Posted Monday, February 02, 2009

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars To most of the people who've heard of GE outside The Netherlands, this is probably through this album, but not under this wild cover. Returning to a more GE style (as in Seven Tears instead of Together), the group really put all of the chances behind them, and even used of nudity in that gothic cabaret dancer. Needless to say the artwork did not cross the borders easily (especially the WASP borders), but when it didn't, publicity stunts were managed and a different cover was used (one of an earring hanging from an ear), but the GE name made headlines, followed by an unlikely international hit called Radar Love. While the album named Moontan appeared more or less at the same time in the western world, it presented different track lists in different countries, some even boasting the oldie (but goodie) Big Tree, Blue Sea (from Walls of Dolls) to make this discovery album even stronger, but I will speak of the Dutch release.

As rapidly mentioned above GE returned to longer tracks, since it allowed them to exploit their real tightness and some really fine instrumental interplay and there are a couple beauties here, namely the 9-mins+ Are You Receiving Me?, where Barry Hay blows some real fine winds (his sax tone is slightly reminiscent of VdGG's Jaxon) and even a good accordion break while later Kooymans rips a mean solo, and Rinus' bass rules underneath it all. Another huge success is the strange and stuffed Vanilla Queen (the dancer on the sleeve?) with its weird synth slowly climbing up and down the sound barrier, while the middle section (with Kooymans' solo) is yet another beauty (GE was on top of its game), before veering downright odd with these female interventions and bringing back the music with distant strings and brass section to cap it all off. Very impressive, these guys outdid Alquin, E&F and came close to master like Focus and Finch or even Supersister.

OK, you've all heard the excellent driving anthem radar love, so I won't spend anymore time on it, except to tell you that drummer Cesar jumped from behind his kit over it to land in front during this track in concert, and while I don't think he still does in his late 50, this was one of those rare stunts that only Iggy Pop could've bettered. The rest of the album is generally good but lacks the spectacular aspects of these three tracks, although the US copies remedies to this by including Big Tree, Blue Sea, thus making the album a killer. But the original version of this album is a tad less brilliant but remains a must for 70's prog fans.

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Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review by Seyo
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4 stars Moontan is largely considered to be the peak of the EARRINGS career and probably the most progressive album they recorded.

This can be attributed in the first place to three phenomenal extended heavy-prog songs: big hit Radar Love with its irresistable hook, wonderful multi-part composition Are You Receiving Me with its epic structure and some really nice jazzy sax soli and the symphonic sounding Vanilla Queen. I am especially attached to the second one, whose main theme with chorus contains a memorable riff that was used as a soundtrack on a TV sport show (Sportski pregled) in former Yugoslavia in my youth. Candy's Going Bad starts as an excellent arena-rock arouser while in the second part it melts into an instrumental prog ambience. Vince Taylor is an average rock tune which proved later to be one of their strongest live acts.

The only really negligable track is Suzy Lunacy, without which I might consider giving the all 5 stars rating. This review relates to the original Dutch release with above mentioned 6 tracks.

Everything considered, Moontan is a very good album that I can recommend to all prog lovers and especially to those who like hard rocking of the classic rock period. Not a full masterpiece but its best moments still sound today as fresh as before.

PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

P.A. RATING: 4/5

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Posted Friday, March 20, 2009

Review by ZowieZiggy
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5 stars This was the first GE album I came in contact with back then. And it was quite a shock, I must say.

Some legendary tracks are featured here, and this album will be the showcase for their great live performances. From basic pop songs in their early days, the band has now evolved into a great hard- rock style tinted with special prog flavours (keys, flute, sax).

This album in a pure enchantment from start to finish. The catchy opening track ''Candy's Going Bad'' is a dual song: nicely rocking during the first half, it turns out into a psyche tune which holds a lot from the early Floyd. No more, no less.

The album goes on with the long ''Are You Receiving Me'', which is somewhat similar in structure. Barry Hay shows his musician facet perfectly during his sax parts. Maybe that this track is a bit over- extended, but again, it indicates that this band is much more than just a hard-rock band (this aspect is much more prominent during their live sets).

''Suzy Lunacy'' is probably not the best song from this work: a pleasant and straight pop-rock song. Still, the musical arrangement are above average.

What's coming next is absolutely brilliant. The whole of the original B-side, I mean. To have imposed the long ''Radar Love'' as a single (with no edits) was probably not evident in those days. Over six minutes of wild, yet beautiful hard-rock music. A musical delight, even after 35 years.

The band gets back to easier stuff with the revival ''Just Like Vince Taylor''. A nice homage to this rock'n'roll man.

The conclusion of this album couldn't have been better. Another long song which is IMHHO one of the best that they have ever written. Hypnotic theme, wild beat at times, infectious intro, passionate vocals, catchy chorus. The recurrent intro is absolutely splendid.

In the same way that Led Zep could do, the song evolves into some sweeter acoustic passages and builds up crescendo into another formidable instrumental part. A fantastic song indeed.

Five stars for this great rock album (but I'm biased, I confess).

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Review by Chris S
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5 stars Moontan is without question one of the progressive highlights of the 70's decade. An emphatic studio release with it's own identity in terms of sound. Golden Earring could not have gone higher than with Moontan. A mix of hard rock, psychedelia and straightforward pop makes for a highly satisfying listening experience.

Notably the world famous Radar Love stands out likea homing beacon ( excuse the pun) as far as commercial success goes,let's be honest, there are very few ' foot tapping' rock songs that can come close to being so effective in getting you up and groovin. There a not many people who have not heard this song before .It is so far reaching in popularity even almost forty years on. ' Candy's Going Bad' makes for a great opening song again pointing at one of GE's strengths namely the vocal department. ' Are You receiving Me' and 'Suzy Lunacy' are next and provide a great mix of good old fashioned rock and pop psychedlia. The highlights after the groundbreaking ' Radar Love' though has to be the closer ' Vanilla Queen' which to this listener marked one of the highest points musically for this band.

In summary this was a landmark release, musically, lyrically and vocally very much on top of it's game. An essential album for anybody seeking out those epic releases from way back when.Golden Earring managed to release at least one masterpiece.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3,5 realy

Moontan is considered the most acomplished GE album from their career, both musicaly and comercialy. Most of the listners, the ones not so familiar with GE catalogue overall and for those who progressive rock is a daylife style, consider this album a milestone of the ,70 music. To some point I,m agree, is one of the best , if not the best they ever done but I,m still more attracted to Walls of dolls then on this one, but this is seconded for sure in many ways. Despite the comercial succes of the album, to me they manage to become realy great on only couple of pieces like on The Vanilla Queen, without hesitation the best piece of the album and the most proggiers they ever done and Radar love, a hit that make them giants in thst period, the rst of the tracks are ok g good for sure, but they have that mainstream and accesible attitude, a thing that was not available on their selftitled album from 1970 aka walls of dolls. This album besides a very strong cover art is not in particular very exciting overall release, realy why is considered better then Together or Wall os dolls. Besides the good rocking tunes like Are You Receiving Me and Suzy lunacy, not mentioning here the last tune The vanilla queen, this album is fairly ok and nothing more, I think is little over rated IMO. Sometimes this album in manner of composing and atmosphere is similar with second album of Capability Brown (the one with red zipper lips on front cover) if any of you know this band, and I know some of you do, that mid comercial prog rock with catchy rock songs and energic moments. So, while is a good album to my ears, Moontan always remains a hit and miss album for me, and I,m not going witht he crowd and saying that is a masterpiece or something alike, is a fairly good album for sure with at least couple of songs being great, one of then a prog gem The vanillan queen and the other Radar love as major hit, the rest are nothing more then ok tunes.

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Radar Love... and the rest!

"Moontan" is the best album from Golden earring featuring their most famous compositions especially th song that appears on countless rock compilations, 'Radar Love'. The guitar riffing and grooving rhythm is one of the most recognised rock anthems in the history of rock.

On this, their 9th album, there is a psychedelic heaviness in Golden Earring's music and all is enhanced by the lead vocals of multi instrumentalist Barry Hay who plays flute, sax and guitar. George Kooymans, is the main guitarist for the band. Rinus Gerritsen is on bass, and Keyboards to ensure the sound is always motoring along on a hook, and he is helped by the wonderful drumming of Cesar Zuiderwijk. Golden Earring certainly had a winner on their hands with this lineup and this album. In fact this is the one album that catapulted the band to worldwide success, and they were a one hit wonder in most countries, despite releasing many albums after "Moontan".

There are great songs on "Moontan". 'Candy's Going Bad' is a terrific opener with superb riffing and vocals. 'Are You Receiving Me' and 'Suzy Lunacy' are psychedelic and heavy, and then there is the extended version of 'Radar Love' which is far superior to the radio edit, with an extended guitar solo and that awesome pumping bassline. 'The Vanilla Queen' closes the album on a high note which is the proggiest song on the album and one of the most famous for the band and a live favourite.

To conclude, the album "Moontan" was a milestone for the band and still stands the test of time in being one of the greatest rock albums of the 70s.

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Posted Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Review by Sinusoid
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5 stars This thing is not just ''Radar Love''.

Many newcomers to the band have heard the driving guitar proto-metal song ''Radar Love'', which laces itself with horns and synths halfway through, as their first Golden Earring tune. I happen to know longer a song they did in the 80's called ''Twilight Zone'', but then I heard ''Radar Love'', got turned on to this album and became hooked on the rest.

I practically know the entirely of MOONTAN from memory/by heart, so that means something in my variably expanding music collection. That instantaneous quality that good hard rock can give its listeners is right here, but there are plenty of eccentricities and depths to the tunes to the point where it bends backwards right into prog rock. Even if we get a boogie shuffle in ''Suzy Lunacy'' and a nod to the Rolling Stones in ''Just Like Vince Taylor''.

''Radar Love'' and ''Candy's Going Bad'' are the face-pounding hard rock tracks that give the album its edge; I already discussed ''Radar Love'', but ''Candy's Going Bad'' functions in similar terms excepting the last few minutes which diverge on a jazzy groove. The prog in the mix are the two nine minute excursions, and both deliver in both prog rock and hard rock. Both epics get strong when the instrumental sections are laid out, even if not much solo-y stuff is happen. Climaticizing these epics is crucial, and Golden Earring more than deliver especially on the sax-driven rising climax of ''Are You Receiving Me'', the overall best track on the album.

Those with the North American version are lucky enough to get a proggier version of MOONTAN, opting to extend an earlier epic ''Big Tree, Blue Sea'' (heavy Jethro Tull influence here) in favour of the two four minute songs. In either case, if you need a great album in the ''Prog Related'' section, get MOONTAN. The quality of the songs far surpasses my usual expectations of prog rock to the point where it's a firm essential.

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2012

Review by Epignosis
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2 stars This album from Golden Earring has many enjoyable elements that would appeal to lovers of progressive rock. It also has many moments that won't. I like several moments here (and two songs), but I'm not convinced that this is a prog-related masterpiece.

"Candy's Going Bad" Wah pedal, organ, and energetic vocals give a hard rocking performance. The ending features a groove of guitar harmonics, piano, and eerie sounds.

"Are You Receiving Me" Psychedelic guitar leads into a thudding bass and drum riff that sits underneath a solid vocal harmony. The brass and vocals are powerful, but the interlude is especially cool. Golden Earring has a solid bass player, and that comes into play in the middle of the track, which features bizarre guitar and light cymbal work. The saxophone is a great addition here.

"Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)" This is a typical blues rock tune, like what ELP would interject into their albums.

"Radar Love" My favorite song from Golden Earring is admittedly such because of FM radio. It's a great song with vocals that are just so much fun to sing along to on the road with a gripping little bass line. I love the shuffling drums, the thudding bass, the bluesy guitar leads, the soulful vocals, and the wonderful interlude. Had a lot of fun with this one on the road.

"Just Like Vince Taylor" A 1950s rocker, this may make one do the twist despite the Elvis similarities revolving around a tragic death.

"The Vanilla Queen" This last song is somewhat psychedelic, but mostly another straightforward rocker. It features a swell twelve-string guitar interlude. The lead guitar is high and up there. There is a bizarre middle section, with vocal strangeness all about. A bass and guitar comes in after. The final section is the most progressive element of the album, and perhaps the most appealing..

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2012

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4 stars There are(at least) two versions of Moontan. The later UK version has the tracks listed here. The original UK version (which I own, having bought it on the day it was released!) has the track order 1 Radar Love 2 Candy's Going Bad 3 Vanilla Queen 4 Big Tree Blue Sea 5 Are You Receiving Me. It ... (read more)

Report this review (#756390) | Posted by Hercules | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Golden Earring's Moontain is the peak of Golden Earring's carriere by delivering the hit-single Radar Love. The music fits well into the art-rock scene like David Bowie. In fact the Golden Earring was the most famous band around this time coming out of the Netherlands. The quility of the songs on ... (read more)

Report this review (#622840) | Posted by the philosopher | Monday, January 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This was Golden Earring's most distinctive album which also presents the main elements that made music extraordinary in the 70's. The songs are basically hard rock with prog touches, some with long instrumental passages which seem to be jams where the musical ideas are hugely developed between ... (read more)

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