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SUPERSISTER

Canterbury Scene • Netherlands


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Founded in 1967 in The Hague, Netherlands as "Sweet OK Sister" - Active 1970-1975, 2000-2001 and 2010-2011
Reformed in 2019 as "Supersister Projekt 2019"

SUPERSISTER had a sound very much in the Canterbury scene, and if I had to compare them to another band it would with no doubt be CARAVAN. They blend their own Dutch ideals and a touch humor into a unique mixture of progressive rock. Plenty of flute or sax or both can be heard weaving in and out of the varied organ and piano. Influences from FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION, some WIGWAM (lots of organ) and from THE SOFT MACHINE (especially from the time when THE SOFT MACHINE was a trio) can be heard.

"Present From Nancy" (1971) is a incredible debut-album featuring greats tracks, lots of flute and distorbed organ and a vocalist who sounds quite a bit like Richard SINCLAIR. "Present from Nancy" and "To the Highest Bidder" are generally the recommended starting places and work your way forward. One of the absolutely best groups from the Dutch progressive rock scene.

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4.05 | 258 ratings
Present from Nancy
1970
4.27 | 309 ratings
To the Highest Bidder
1971
3.97 | 162 ratings
Pudding En Gisteren [Aka: Pudding & Yesterday]
1972
3.55 | 129 ratings
Iskander
1973
3.29 | 85 ratings
Sweet Okay Supersister: Spiral Staircase
1974
3.71 | 59 ratings
Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus
2019

SUPERSISTER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.58 | 21 ratings
Supersisterious
2001
3.56 | 9 ratings
Long Live Supersister!
2013

SUPERSISTER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.15 | 12 ratings
Sweet OK Supersister
2006

SUPERSISTER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.74 | 20 ratings
Superstarshine vol. 3
1972
3.33 | 3 ratings
Startrack Vol. 1
1973
3.00 | 5 ratings
Iskander / Spiral Staircase
1990
3.88 | 8 ratings
Present from Nancy / To the the Highest Bidder
1990
3.40 | 5 ratings
Pudding En Gisteren / Superstarshine
1990
2.84 | 13 ratings
m.a.n. (Memories Are New)
2000
3.65 | 7 ratings
Universal Masters Collection
2002
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dreaming Wheelwhile
2012

SUPERSISTER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 4 ratings
Fancy Nancy
1970
3.50 | 4 ratings
No Tree Will Grow
1971
3.25 | 4 ratings
A Girl Named You
1971

SUPERSISTER Reviews


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 Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

4 stars What a pleasant and welcome addition to this bands discography. I like that Robert Jan Stips who I believe wrote a lot of Supersisters music included the sound he had developed in the band Nits here.

Memories are New IV is a reference to a Nits song and is a chill opener with really neat breaks away from the main idea of the song.

Track 2 has a great keyboard opener and the classic lazy echo vocals of Robert Jan Stips. The contrast between singing and keys is fantastic.

Sister Talk 1 is a brief interlude of vibes, yeah it's pretty,

For You And Nobody Else is a cool song and the longest on the album. It features some sublime catchy vocals and violin. One of the highlights of the album for me. A lot of the song has this sublime chamber feel and just exudes character throughout.

Max Eco is a pro nature song that I find to be of average quality. It isn't bad but isn't good.

Hope To See You There Again is a cool instrumental with atmospheric leads over a thumping drum groove.

Yellow Days is a three part song clocking in at four minutes, absolutely beautiful. Opening with a section sort of keeping up the vibe of the previous track it sounds like a full band effort, full attention to the composition. The second part contains vocals and is keys/violin with haunting singing.. The final part is an electronic section that came as a total surprise and oddly enough works very well.

Sister Talk 2 is like the it's previous instalment. It's an interlude y'know?

Next Door Movie opens with Marimba and alongside brass forges a cool instrumental.

Cuckoo is a sillier number, it's got this over the top female choral part that I really dislike yet also has a majestic spoken word piece. I get the meaning behind this song is why it sounds like it does but I care about sound over meaning and it's not worth it for me. I would prefer this song as like a digital bonus track.

Hope To See You Again ends the album with slow drumming and dramatic violin. An effective closer.

Overall one of the best things about this album in my eyes is how despite being short songs these are still well developed changing/engaging songs. I don't think anything on this album is below average and when the music is at its best it is absolutely excellent.

 Iskander by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.55 | 129 ratings

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Iskander
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

3 stars My middle favourite Supersister album, Iskander. This album moves in a different direction than the previous three which is a welcome change as that style had reached a dead end with pudding en gistereen. Here Supersister presents a delectable mostly instrumental affair. The closest sounding band to this is definitely National Health, specifically their second album. That being said both bands sound like their own band, Iskander uses the Saxophone to great effect alongside the Nadaswarm to create timeless music befitting the story of a great conqueror such as Iskander.

Overall this a great album, no duds just great music. A shame they didn't continue on with this kind of music, who knows what masterpiece could have been made.

 Pudding En Gisteren [Aka: Pudding & Yesterday] by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.97 | 162 ratings

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Pudding En Gisteren [Aka: Pudding & Yesterday]
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

2 stars A step backwards.

To the highest bidder is great, this is not.

The opening is a short Supersister song that changes midway into a deeper/darker song with a narrator providing rather lame narration. The second song is not a song, although It's potentially my favourite track on the album. Psychopath is no 3 and is a another short song with vocals that are again delivered in a meh manner, not as bad as radio, 3/5. The fourth song is where the album begins getting bad. It consists of deep drones for minut after minute with a small respite then back to the ambient. The last song is by far the worst and why this album get 2/5. It is a sprawling mess of 20 minutes that is arduous to get through. No beauty to be found, all the stereotypes about this kind of music come true, riff salad, excessive length, terrible.

 To the Highest Bidder by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.27 | 309 ratings

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To the Highest Bidder
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

5 stars This album is beautiful.

Initially I considered this to be 4/5 as the first two tracks didn't speak to me. The second side was jaw dropping instantly and had me check out the bands discography. Energy is the perfect long track, angular sections, soul tingling vocals amazing. Higher is arguably the best short song I've ever heard, again breathtaking. Now, the first two songs are not what I was looking for when I fist tried this album which is why I rated it 4/5. I was looking for music to satiate a specific itch, which was unsatiated by the first two songs which caused me to write them off immediately after hearing the second side. Fortunately the good music shone through my lapse in judgment, the songs make this album 5/5 by having their own character. A girl named you transcends jazz and progressive rock, just fantastic, I don't know what I used to hear this song sounding like. The second song I initially found dull. Then I found myself singing it a lot, memorable and the aaahhhs in it are haunting, lovely track.

All in all I love every song here and they complement one another so well. 5/5, highly recommended. Oh the bonus track "Groupies Of The Band" is hilarious btw.

Canterbury Sound Score 4/5, I think Supersister started out with a straight up Soft Machine clone debut but progressively moved away from that with each album, really finding their own voice that reminds me of Avant Pop at times (The High Llamas, Testbild, Etc)

 Present from Nancy by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.05 | 258 ratings

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Present from Nancy
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The excellent debut album of these young lads brings us partly very energetic and frenetic Canterbury sound but also touches of classical music. The closest connection would be Soft Machine around 1969 but Supersister had slightly less jazz feeling, were more accessible, less academic, and had classical music elements. I like fast pieces better, be it the fast-paced title track that has all a Canterbury listener can long for - irregular rhythm, leads by multiple instruments, great flute/keyboard and certain psychedelic tone. "11/8" is another frenetic busy track especially for the drummer/bass and some keyboards. Organ is used similar to the way Soft Machine did. This track shines through with progressive rock explorations beyond Canterbury and it is a pity that it only lasts 3 minutes. "Mexico" has a clear Soft Machine influence with vocals and fast-paced second half.

Shorter tracks are of lesser importance but a good change to cool down.

"Dona Nobis Pacem" is like by a different band and style - a solemn reflective piece with almost a religious atmosphere, completely owned by keyboards - Hammond, organ, synths. It does not fit the album really.

 Present from Nancy / To the the Highest Bidder by SUPERSISTER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
3.88 | 8 ratings

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Present from Nancy / To the the Highest Bidder
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars I used to erroneously believe that another Dutch band (Earth and Fire) were some kind of funk band, and that this Dutch band was a disco band fashioned after Rick James! ;-) So much for questionable choices in band names.

First, the negatives: The cd cover art here is lousy, and you get basically zero information in the liner notes about the band or the making of these albums; that would have been a nice plus. But I don't mark off for it...

The big positive is that you get two fantastic albums (probably the band's two best) in one affordable package. And this is a band that should be known to all progressive lovers. If you're a fan of Canterbury bands like Caravan and Hatfield & the North, this should please you. Lots of flute and sax, and the vocals are well done - I'm not even a huge fan of the wackier or "avant garde" stuff out there, but I do find this band a joy to listen to. There's a fair amount of dissonance and jazzy rock moments, especially on the "To The Highest Bidder" half of the cd. That second album seems to be a little more mature or thought out, but I love the way the first album ("Present From Nancy") sort of segues seamlessly from track to track. This is very fun progressive music with a surprising show of virtuosity and songwriting. Find it cheap someplace and give yourself a "present to the highest bidder"!...

 Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Robert Jan Stips is the founder and key composer, keyboard player, and singer of the early Canterbury band, SUPERSISTER. Once he left the band around 1974 (to join GOLDEN EARRING--after their world-wide hit album, Moontan with the monster hit, "Radar Love") it didn't take long before the band disintegrated. Here, in 2019, Robert Jan reveals a collection of songs that are either holdovers from that early 1970s period of his life or recent compositions that demonstrate how deeply the SUPERSISTER spirit has held steadfast within him. Many of these songs are refreshing in their upbeat, fun, and beautiful melodies, reminding one of just how special those 1971-73 Supersister albums were.

1. "I Am You Are Me / Transmitter" (4:44) (10/10) 2. "Memories Are New IV" (3:26) (8.5/10) 3. "For You And For Nobody Else" (7:59) (12.5/15) 4. "Sister Talk 1" (0:44) (4/5) 5. "Max Eco" (3:00) (8.25/10) 6. "Hope To See You There Again" (5:28) cool song that plays out like a cinematically emotional Post Rock song. (9.25/10) 7. "Yellow Days" (4:31) (10/10) 8. "Sister Talk 2" (0:35) (4.25/5) 9. "Next Door Movie" (3:12) another nice soundtrack song (8.5/10) 10. "Cuckoo" (3:58) live one room stage recording? Too goofy--though I like Robert Jan's narrative in the second minute. (7/10) 11. "Hope To See You Again" (1:24) (5/5)

Total Time 39:01

B/four stars; a welcome contribution from one of the early leaders of the Canterbury sound and a nice addition to any prog lover's music collection.

 Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Supersisterīs founding member Robert Jan Stips rescues his heritage and re-models the early days of the Dutch band featuring an eager and talented guest list of collaborative musicians to accomplish his task.

How will Supersister sound in 2019? Was the question & guideline to this 11 track Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus.

To answer the question up front, this resuscitated and updated Supersister sounds as fresh, original, inventive, diverse and fun as their 70īs releases were. So to put the finger in the wound this is not just a rehash of old formulas, opposite to that the whole concept turns into a revindication of Supersisterīs musical language relevance in the Progressive Music catalogue and a gentle reminder of what Prog music should be aiming for to start with.

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 Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars "Sweet OK Sister" was a band founded in 1967 in the Netherlands. They changed their name to Supersister later, but were still the same band. Considered part of the Canterbury Scene, they had a sound similar to "The Soft Machine" and "Caravan". The band originally released 5 full length albums between 1970 and 1974. Since that time, two of the original members have passed away, but, original founder Robert Jan Stips has recently decided to release a new album in March 2019 (the vinyl version was released in early April 2019) under the name of Supersister Projekt 2019 which harkens back to the original sound of the band. These are all new songs, 11 total with a run time of 39 minutes, with individual tracks ranging from 0:44 to 7:59. Robert provides the keyboards and vocals, but there are many musicians joining him in this new album, which is called "Retsis Repus".

Right off the bat, you get that somewhat minimal, somewhat dissonant and somewhat odd sound with the Progressive Folk and Canterbury sound, each instrument is easy to hear and distinct. Minimal percussion, interesting vocals and harmonies, and fuzzy guitars give it all that retro sound in the first track "Memories Are New IV", but the clarity of it all makes it current. Then there is that layer of jazz that permeates the music, you'll hear that clearly in the piano led "I Am You Are Me/Tramitter". The sound here is bright and there is a instrumental section in this that is long enough to let all of the solos breathe, most of them being piano or synth solos.

"For You and For Nobody Else" (the longest track on the album) continues with the jazz orientations, as expected, but has the inclusion of brass this time around, and very airy vocals. The tempo slows down later and meanders along in a nice way with violin, brass and piano creating a pastoral feel. The tempo alternates back and forth several times with the percussion staying mostly far in the background. "Max Eco" is a complex and more rock style than the previous track, but still with the odd melodies and progressive style. The vocals might be a little strange to a listeners that haven't had much experience with this style of music as they are somewhat dissonant and definitely not your standard fare which in a way reminds one of the complexity of "Comus", but much smoother sounding (it is progressive after all). "Hope to See You There Again" is a nice, almost blissful, instrumental (mostly anyway) which makes me feel like I'm flying above the clouds.

"Yellow Days" goes back to the jazz feel, but even with the strings and brass and the odd fuzzy synth, it still has that nice, smooth sound. Soft vocals come in after 2 minutes as everything turns quite minimal and pensive. "Next Door Movie" is another instrumental led by some interesting brass and string exploits with a xylophone also having it's own say. Progressively complex, yet smooth and airy at the same time. "Cuckoo" is a witty track with harmonized vocal layers and silly spoken words and sung lyrics. "Hope to See You Again" ends the album with a nice lushness.

Canterbury lovers will enjoy this album for it's strangenss and unpredictability and prog lovers will enjoy it's complexity. There are defintately legitimate ties to the sound of other Canterbury bands like Comus and Gong, but the overall sound isn't quite as choppy as those bands as there is this airiness and smoothness to the music in this album. But I still think it will appeal to fans of those bands, like myself. I feel it just misses the 5 star mark, but it definitely is an excellent album that seems to get better the more you hear it. Highly recommended to fans of the genre.

 Present from Nancy by SUPERSISTER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.05 | 258 ratings

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Present from Nancy
Supersister Canterbury Scene

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars There are so many bands hailing from the Netherlands and so many of them are extraordinarily good, at that. I mean, look at Focus or Mr. Albert Show or Earth & Fire or Ekseption, to name but a few. One of the really great and inventive of these was Supersister. This band made a grand and spectacular journey among the grassy knolls of the progressive landscape. One could argue that they seemed to adopt alot of elements from the Canterbury scene and I suppose that wouldn't be an unfair statement to make. However, their identity and sound is certainly recognisable as one of their own.

On this, their first, album they draw an almost equal amount of influences from jazz, rock and (not the least) psychedelic scene and thus creating a very juicy, loud and complex piece of progressive rock. The opening "Introductions" is a nice jazzy track with great flute and piano over energetic drums. A fine way to open up an album, if you ask me. The title track introduces more jazzy complexity with a prominent piano. The fuzz bass makes a great complement to the "clean" sounds of piano and drums. It's a wonderful piece of jazzy prog. Things go decidedly proggy in a grand way on "Memories are new (Boomchick)" which is also great. The oddly named "11/8" is a wonderfully weird affair that's filled to the brim of odd time signatures (hence the title) and sounds. It would be a fitting soundtrack to a horror movie where someone is chased through the dark by whatever creature you prefer. "Dreaming wheelwhile" offers some breathing space and is a lovely, beatiful flute driven (and no, not in a Tull-ish kind of way) piece. And then it's time for some pure fun. "Corporation combo boys" opens up with some doo wop style vocals but goes in to a distorted pop fashion with a few crazy ideas thrown in just for the heck of it. "Mexico" is utterly brilliant. Just stunning! Beautiful, powerful and omnipotent it stands as a giant amidst the tracks on the album. "Metamorphosis" is probably the most powerful of the tracks. Distorted, with oppressive drumming and chaotic vibes it is a treat. To celebrate their native land I suppose they thought it funny to include a cover, but not in the sense you think. "Eight miles high" by Golden Earring sounds, with it's 26 seconds, like nothing you've heard before. The closing track, "Dona nobis pacem", is a fitting way to end this album, on a quiet (almost) note. It's like you would enter a medieval monastery and find the monks exercising a psychedelic workout using a prominent organ and some other effects and inventing (at the end) circus music. (If you listen to it you will know what I mean.) It is here where the psychedelic elements come to the fore. A bit like Pink Floyd interpreting the music of a distant age.

I find this album to be quite challenging but in a good way, as it is supposed to be. There is alot to discover and while my first listens circled round the idea of putting things in order, working stuff out and finding some order in a seemingly chaotic album I eventually came to the conclusion that this is a truly wonderful album. It is very much of it's time, since it incorporates so many psychedelic elements but having said that it is important to stress the progressive geniuses at work here. If you're into Canterbury, jazz-rock or, simply put, great progressive rock I think you might want to lend your ears to this slice of great dutch cheese.

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