Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography



Crossover Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Kayak Lyrics / Try to Write a Book album cover
2.10 | 2 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Write a review

Buy KAYAK Music
from partners
Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

A. Lyrics (3:40)
B. Try to Write a Book (2:00)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ton Scherpenzeel / keyboards
- Pim Koopman / drums, percussion
- Johan Slager / guitar
- Max Werner / vocals, percussion
- Cees van Leeuwen / bass

Releases information

7" vinyl single. Imperial 5C 006-24 691.

Thanks to Matti for the addition
Edit this entry

Buy KAYAK Lyrics / Try to Write a Book Music

More places to buy KAYAK music online

KAYAK Lyrics / Try to Write a Book ratings distribution

(2 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (50%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

KAYAK Lyrics / Try to Write a Book reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Matti
2 stars Even though KAYAK from Netherlands had some symphonic prog flavours especially on their earliest albums, their music had very clear pop tendencies right from the start, and naturally the pop side pretty much took over from prog during the seventies. Perhaps one could use the term symphonic pop with keyboard-oriented bands such as Kayak, Supertramp, The Alan Parsons Project, ELO, certain phaces of Procol Harum, etc. The A-side song of this single comes from Kayak's debut album See See the Sun (1973).

'Lyrics' sounds rather sweet - I mean, actually really too sweet - as a highly melodic song with an emphasis on piano. It's not exactly sentimental or emotional, more like playful and witty. The fast-paced notes keep jumping up and down. I'm not fond of it, because of the zaccharine taste.

The B-sider 'Try to Write a Book' wasn't originally included on the album, but appears on the reissue of it. My initial reception was "What a silly little song with horrible singing", but it deserves a closer listen. It's only two minutes short and yet it manages to be quite progressive. It has some resemblance to the psychedelic side of The Beatles ('I Am the Walrus', etc.). It has a monotonously beating but funnily twisted rhythm pattern. Luckily it's not plain humour music, just mock-serious black humour and wit. In the end, this song is slightly more interesting than the sweet 'Lyrics'.

Two stars will do, without any speculation whether the single would be a valuable rarity if you saw it on sale (possibly so).

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of KAYAK "Lyrics / Try to Write a Book"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.