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Halfway the Seventies the Dutch progrock formation PLACKBAND was founded with this line-up: Kees Bik (vocals, Mellotron), Ronald Brautigam (guitar and vocals), Michel van Wassem (keyboards and vocals), Albert de Keijzer (bass and Moog-pedals) and Tom van der Meulen (drums and percussion). PLACKBAND were 'local heroes' but gradually they became more and more known and PLACKBAND even appeared on the national Dutch radio. Unfortunately musical disputes lead to the demise in '82. Until then they never got the opportunity to record an album, only a single entitled "Seventy Warriors/Some Party" (from '78, nowadays a collector's item). In 2000 PLACKBAND reunited and released in the original line-up the live-CD "The Lost Tapes", including all their best songs. Two years later PLACKBAND released the album "After The Battle" and a single entitled "Remember Forever", including the new title track and the two songs from the single "Seventy Warriors". The sound of PLACKBAND is a tribute to mid-GENESIS, very warm, melodic and with strong vocal harmonies, lush keyboards and powerful guitarwork. In 2004 singer Kees Bik was replaced by Karel Messemaker, he knew Ronald and Michel from the Dutch formation NOVEMBER, the successor of PLACKBAND. Full circle!

The live-CD "The Lost Tapes" is very mid-GENESIS inspired and is based upon strong guitar - and keyboardplay but Ronald integrates a harder-edged sound and Michel showcases at some moments his jazzy background. The compositions are pleasant with many changing climates, the lyrics often have a humoristic undertone. Critical notes concern the not optimal sound quality (but above bootleg level) and the vocals, not everybody is pleased with Kees Bik's voice. I don't mind about the fact that he sounds at some moments a bit powerless because I like his dramatic outbursts, it matches with the music in my opinion. The album "After The Battle" is a strong progrock album, at an almost un-Dutch professional level! After many rehearsals PLACKBAND re-recorded their best material and some new songs, including a few instrumentals. The CD showcases the skills of Ronald (beautiful twanging guitars and volume pedal along exciting fiery solos) and Michel (from sumptuous choir-Mellotron till nice synth flights and swinging clavinet), supported by the impressive Moog Taurus bass pedals and a solid rhythm-section. "After The Battle" is a real treat for the mid-GENESIS fans. In fact, this album should have been released in the late Seventies but 'better now than never'!

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3.03 | 9 ratings
The Lost Tapes
2000
3.54 | 24 ratings
After The Battle
2002

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3.64 | 14 ratings
Visions (DVD + CD)
2006

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1.95 | 3 ratings
Remember Forever
2002

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 After The Battle by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.54 | 24 ratings

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After The Battle
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''The Lost Tapes'' was just the initial flame for the absolute Plackband reunion.After 18 years the original crew of Bik, Brautigam, De Keijzer, Van Wassem and Van Der Meulen got back together with the official return date being the concert of the 23th June 2000 at "de Boerderij" in Zoetermeer.After negotiations with four different companies Plackband secured a deal with the Xymphonia label and released the single ''Remember forever'' in 2002, followed soon after by their fist ever full-length album of the group, ''After the battle'', recorded at Holland Spoor Studios in The Hague.

Always attracted by the vintage GENESIS sound, Plackband offer a nice, melodic and fully symphonic-oriented Progressive Rock, highlighted by the changing modern and analog keyboards and the harmonic approach of the group.They do sound extremely similar to compatriots US, filling their style with warm vocal lines and both dramatic and softer instrumental textures.The band was not afraid anymore to produce proggy and long compositions with a fair amount of Mellotrons thrown in and of course the needed contemporary sound of synthesizers.The guitars remain slightly in the background, delivering both light electric and more atmospheric, acoustic themes, somewhat in an 80's Neo Prog vein, and the arrangements in general lack GENESIS' unparalleled richness, yet they are always in the right direction.The work of Michel Van Wassem is however absolutely satisfying, leading the music to beautiful, symphonic grounds with plenty of grandiose plays and orchestral passages.

The dream became true for Plackband, 25 years after their starting step.Old-school GENESIS-like Symphonic Rock with bits of more modern stylings, which has nothing new to add in a saturated scene, but it is played with passion and talent.Recommended.

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 The Lost Tapes  by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.03 | 9 ratings

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The Lost Tapes
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Review by apps79
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3 stars Veteran Dutch outfit,formed in 1977 in Hauge,which became more mature through a small number a gigs in the Netherlands and even recorded an EP with two songs in 1978.A record company was interested in the band,but pushed them towards a more commercial sound.The members denied and this was PLACKBAND's end (in 1982).A reunion at the dawn of the new millenium brought the tape of their last performance at ''De Paap'' in Hague on Christmas Eve 1981,which was remastered and released as a private pressing in 2000.

STYLE: Pure Symphonic Rock in the old GENESIS tradition with influences from both 70's era's.They present also a good amount of fairly complex interplays,some jazzy traces here and there and a slight early 80's neo-influence,but the music focuses strongly on the expressive vocals and refined melodies.Guitars are full of HACKETT-like sounds,while keyboardist Michel van Wassem had to be a big fan of TONY BANKS (take some listens on his work on moog).

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: GENESIS for 90% of the album plus a hidden FOCUS/YES impact on their sound.

PLUS: Very good orchestrations,decent record quality, series of delicate melodic parts and good instrumental interplays,the singer has an OK voice,without being exceptional or copying Gabriel's vocals as many GENESIS wannabees,a few fantastic keyboard passages.

MINUS: Total absence of originality.Parts of the album good could have been easily on a GENESIS album without even noticing it.Also a better singer could have easily given the band the appropriate lift.

WILL APPEAL TO: Die-hard fans of vintage GENESIS and followers of calm Symphonic and Classic Progressive Rock in general.

CONCLUSION/RATING: 3.5 stars,a quite good album of Classic Progressive Rock with a few excellent parts.

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 After The Battle by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.54 | 24 ratings

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After The Battle
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars PLACKBAND formed in 1977 and had some success in their home country of The Netherlands but broke up in 1982. They reformed in 1999 and released this particular album "After The Battle".

"The Battle" opens with gentle guitar and synths before the music stops and we can hear the sounds of war going on. Drums and synths start to take over, and we get some nice guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. More sounds of a battle to end it. "After The Battle" is the longest track at 11 minutes. Synths build as raw guitar melodies take over until we have a full sound. Synths are prominant. This sounds really good actually. Mellotron samples after 2 1/2 minutes. Vocals arrive for the first time on the record 3 minutes in. Guitar solo 6 1/2 minutes in. Lots of mellotron after 10 minutes as the sound gets heavier, but the most mellotron rolls in to end the song. "See The Dwarf" opens with drums and synths. Guitar after a minute as drums and vocals follow. More synths later. "Sleeping Warriors" sounds like orchestral sounds and synths. "End Of The Line" features nice solid drumming throughout. Vocals a minute in. Mellotron after 3 minutes and the guitar that follows sounds great. Some crazy synths to end it.

"Death And Lost Glory" is less then a minute of what sounds like flute, gentle guitar and synths. "Ghost Town" opens with a catchy synth / drum melody. Vocals then mellotron that comes and goes. "The Hunchback" is my favourite track on here. It's a pleasant, mid-paced tune with vocals, drums and synths standing out. Bass 3 minutes in is prominant. Mellotron before 6 minutes. Piano comes in as the melody changes a little. Guitar before 8 minutes. Passionate vocals and mellotron end it. "Sign Of The Knife" features more orchestration early. Great sound 1 1/2 minutes in as the guitar lets go. Synths then take over as the bass throbs. It gets a little heavy after 5 minutes. "There Come The Warlords" is mellow to begin with. Some orchestration follows. A heavy beat takes over as synths join in. Marching style drums to end it.

I should mention that Andy from PlanetMellotron believes the mellotron on this record are samples. The orchestration passages I believe are also samples. Good album, but nothing special.

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 After The Battle by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2002
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After The Battle
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Plackband has had a strange journey since their debut. It must be one of the first neo-prog band in the world I guess, since they started in the mid seventies to play their music but never released any album in their early days.

But to read that this album is considered as a masterpiece by several reviewers is rather unexpected for me. First of all, this album contains three songs of a previous compilation "The Lost Tapes". So, we get half of lost "Lost Tapes" again served on this release. I wonder whatever masterpiece resulted of such a treatment!!

The intro of "After The Battle" is based on "The Apocalypse" part of "Supper's Ready", sounding as if Banks would sit on the background and play with the band with some harder attack solo (like in "Slippermen" or "In The Cage"). As soon as the vocals enter the scene (around the third minute), the listener starts a YesJourney but with very much less feeling. This song is drawn from the roots of these two bands but it really falls short. Only a long and not very inspired song.

During "See The Dwarf", we are transported from the "Wind & Wuthering" sessions to the genuine "Marillion" work. So typical Rothery guitar sounds.This song is also a disappointment since it quickly turns out to be pop oriented. I admit that there will be some good keyboard parts, but nothing from the outer space.

"End Of The Line" is the first of the three songs already released. Take the beat of "Squonk" and the closing of "Entangled" which is included during the middle part and you'll get the picture. Not bad but not original for a ? cent.

The very short instrumental brings us into "Stagnation" ("Trespass") for almost a minute. Very pleasant but short and not personal.

This album is a deception for me. I have seen the band live recently (October 2007) as opening act for "The Musical Box" in Amsterdam. Their short set (half an hour) was pleasant and I was looking forward to discover more music from the band but when you listen to "Ghost" which is the weakest song here, you can just press next.

Would you like some "Cinema Show" sounds ? Just listen to "The Hunchback" (the second song already featured on "Lost Tapes". I guess that by now, they found them back.).

Let's face the truth : this is not a great (even not a good) album. The best song out of it is "Sign Of The Knife". Can you believe that it doesn't as "The Knife ? It was already my favourite number on "Lost Tapes". Forget about the bonus tracks and there is only one rating I can think of. Two stars.

I must have listened to a different album than most of the reviewers here. But I don't think so.

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 After The Battle by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2002
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After The Battle
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by beebs

4 stars Taking the best from middle-period Genesis and weaving it into a blend that is like a strange cousin, Plackband came up with something very palatable to the prog-loving ear. While instrumentally alot similar kinda like post-Gabriel Genesis, the vocalisings are practically unique. 'Sign of the Knife' is my favorite track, with Kees' voice rising and falling on the same word in what seems his unique characteristic. The instrumentation is tight, melodic in that Genesis-vein, and many of the guitar phrasings sound very similar to Steve Hackett. Definitely has a place in any progressive rock-lover's collection.

4.5 stars.

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 The Lost Tapes  by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2000
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The Lost Tapes
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars If ever you would like to take a journey into the "Genesis" world, "Plackband" might well be for you. I only discovered this Dutch band recently while I was attending a show of "The Musical Box" (a fantastic "Genesis" tribute band) in Amsterdam. Plackband" was the support act and their short half an hour set was rather convincing and pleasant to listen to for an old nostalgic as I am (which is the case of 100 % of the crowd attending such concerts).

Actually, several tracks of this album are quite influenced by the masters to say the least (a bit too much IMO). The opener is also a kaleidoscope into the giant's repertoire : some notes of "I Know What I Like" to start, demonstrative vocals a la PG (in the style, not in the voice), fully Banks oriented keyboards and a Hackett solo. And the song get back to "I Know what I Like" at the end. All this in eight minutes! Another example being "End Of The Line" for instance. A clone of "Squonk".

"The Good Earth" is the longest song featured on this live album which was recorded long ago. It is probably the most personal one, but too much extended with passionless soli.

My favorite song out here is "Sign Of The Knife". It opens on a long and sweet instrumental part, fully Gabriel-esque vocals this time and lots of emotional symphonic breaks. The last song "Seventy Warriors" is the most rocking one. The lead singer will introduce to song in Dutch and tells us that it was a self-released single by the band. Tony Banks seems to be a guest here on the synthesizers.

"Plackband" is not a very original band of course, but once in a while it is pleasant to listen to this work. You have to accept though that the sound of the masters is "borrowed". Due to the old age of these songs (late seventies), this album belongs more to the symphonic genre than the neo-prog one.

Three stars.

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 Remember Forever  by PLACKBAND album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
1.95 | 3 ratings

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Remember Forever
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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2 stars This is a CD-single that was released as a free single in a package with the Dutch progrock magazine iO Pages. If you don't know Plackband and listen to the song Remember Forever you will be very confused when you listen to the other two tracks (in the Early Eighties released as a vinyl single) because the first is commercial crap and the other two are tasteful arranged, very dynamic prog songs. Especially Seventy Warriors sounds very pleasant and it was also a 'stage favorite', often extended on stage to more than 10 minutes with strong solo work on guitar and keyboards. If you want to check out this CD- single, I recommend to search for the original vinly single on E-Bay! Rating 2,5. By the way, I just got an e-mail from this Dutch progrock formation that they will continue as a four piece without a singer (the guitarist and keyboard player will do the vocals) and make music more in the vein of the acclaimed UK band Frost (Plackband toured with Frost in the UK).


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 The Lost Tapes  by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars Dutch Prog Nostalgia Part Three. In the second half of the Seventies I was becoming a huge Genesis fan, this is still my favorite progrock band. One day a schoolmate asked me to join him on a concert, given by the band of his brother who played bass. According to his enthousiastic stories, this band should be a must for symphonic prog fans! Well, from the first moment I watched Plackband I was in love with their wonderful, 24-carat symphonic prog sound: Moog Taurus bass pedals, ARP Pro Solist synthesizer, Mellotron M400 and guitarwork with often use of the volume-pedal, this was Heaven for 70-77 Genesis fans! Plackband got a huge cult-following and they even did a concert that was broadcasted on the Dutch radio. Unfortunately Plackband never released an album, only the single Seventy Warriors, nowadays a collector's item. Thanks to the efforts of Dutch proghead Jerry Van Kooten (from the Dutch Progresive Rock Page), this live CD was released. It contains all the 'classic' Plackband songs from the Seventies, including the dynamic The Good Earth (great soli on guitar and keyboards), the compelling The Hunchback featuring singer Kees Bik his 'stage antics, the exciting Sign Of The Knife and the 'crowd pleaser' Seventy Warriors'. The sound quality is not optimal, the vocals by Kees Bik will not be everybody's cup of tea but if you love 70-77 Genesis inspired prog, you should give this live CD by Plackband (recorded in 1981) a try!



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 Visions (DVD + CD) by PLACKBAND album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.64 | 14 ratings

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Visions (DVD + CD)
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The first line-up from Plackband existed between 1977 and 1981, then they disbanded due to the usual problems like musical disputes and lack of money and interest from record companies. While other Dutch symphonic rock bands like Differences, Taurus, Ywis, Cirkel and Arkus succeeded to release a LP in those days, Plackband only managed to release the single Seventy Warriors. But in the late Nineties the band members started to meet each other again, everybody was super enthousiastic and one decided to re-found Plackband. And what a contrast: during their early years Plackband released only that single and now, after their re- union, the band has released the CD The Lost Tapes (a concert from 1981) in 2000, a CD-single entitled Remember Forever in 2001, a new CD After The Battle (with some re-recodings) in 2002 and this week the eagerly awaited DVD/CD entitled Visions, how prolific in comparison with the poor early years!

The lion share of the DVD contains a concert recorded in November 2004 featuring new singer Karel Messemaker. Plackband showcases their huge potential, what a professional and inspired band! We can enjoy their wonderful mid-Genesis inspired symphonic rock sound. But Plackband was more than a copycat, at some moments they added distinctive elements like the pleasant vocal harmonies, a jazzy flavor by keyboard player Michel Van Wassem and a rocky approach by guitarist Ronald Brautigam. Especially in the long first track The Battle/After The Battle delivering a great solo on the ARP Pro Solist synthesizer, a powerful and catchy guitar riff and a fiery wah- wah drenched solo on guitar. Drummer Tom Van Der Meulen does a decent job and the bass work by Albert De Keijzer is very flowing, he is a very underrated musician. Singer Karel Messemaker his voice is very similar to Peter Gabriel (he even has that hoarse 'timbre'), in the covers Red Rain and Carpet Crawlers he sounds excellent! Almost 1,5 hour Plackband treats us on strong renditions of their 'classics' See The Dwarf and Hunchback with great Mellotron samples, fat Moog Taurus bass pedals notes, sensitive electric guitar and fluent synthesizer runs. In The Good Earth is a captivating instrumental jam in which Ronald (subtle build-up solo) and Michel (exciting pitchbend driven synthesizer soli) show their skills. Way more than Genesis, their heroes, Plackband on stage played a lot of improvisations, extended soli and sursprising musical ideas, you can witness these distinctive elements on this DVD/CD. Plackband also delivered some less known songs like Little Minds, Pillow and Blue Flashes In The Red Light District but the 'total chemistry' is during the final song, 'stage favorite' Seventy Warriors: Michel plays a flashy synthesizer solo, Ronald a very compelling guitar solo and both gentlemen deliver exciting improvised interplay, their combination of skills and pleasure reminds me of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush, almost emotional to watch this!

The extra's on the DVD are the tracks Visions Of Another Life (featuring the distinctive voice of Kees Bik and dia-images of the young died fan Paul Jeczek) and L'Enfant Du 92ème (with beautiful vocals from the recent singer Koos Sekrève), the docu The Making Of Visions Of A Concert and the 'collage' Guests that contains pictures from Plackband die-hard fans like Jan Vrolijk and Jerry Van Kooten. This set also includes a CD that contains the concert from 2004 in De Boerderij and a 16-page booklet with wonderful, often nostalgic pictures.

IN MY OPINION THIS DVD WILL APPEAL TO MANY MID-GENESIS FANS AND SYMPHONIC ROCK AFICIONADOS, WHAT A WONDERFUL DVD/CD SET FROM THE MOST OVERLOOKED DUTCH SYMPHONIC ROCK BAND!!



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 After The Battle by PLACKBAND album cover Studio Album, 2002
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After The Battle
Plackband Neo-Prog

Review by Wickie

4 stars This is definetly the best band from The Netherlands of all time. I mean, off course Alquin, Kayak, Supersister and all those 1980's neoproggers and 1990's Arjen Lucassen's projects are pretty good to listen to, but the Plackband never let me down for one single bit and or beat.

The sound this group is creating originated way back in 1977, songs like After the Battle, See the dwarf and Seventy Warriors came withing a few months, and you cannot - I repeat CANNOT - compare Plackband with Marillion. You can compare Marillion with Plackband. I mean when I played the Bside of Misplaced Childhood a few hours after its release, way back in 1985, Plackband's drummer Tommie was visiting me and he and I couldn't believe our ears: exact the same melody and countermelody as the ancient Plackband song Ghost Town (written in April 1980!)

Nevertheless: all of you enjoy this big moment in the space time continuum of the progressive rock multiversum!

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