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    Posted: July 03 2007 at 09:55
Who preferred between these three Dutch masters?

I vote for Trace... But for me is really hard to choose...!!! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 10:37
all of them are fine musicians, esp. jan akkerman (focus)
but i personally have no use whatsoever for any of these.
progressive rock and rural tranquility don't match. true or false?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 11:25
I went for Trace, but I love all 3.

I would have included Solution as well, possibly my favourite Dutch band. I also feel that Golden Earring are close enough to prog to get in these archives. Songs like Vanilla Queen are very progressive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 13:30
Saw Focus with Return To Forever live in Montreal in 1973 and Ekseption with Maneige opening in 74. No trace of Trace live anywhere. But Akkerman and crew rule the dutch proggy seas, in my humble yet seasoned opinion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 14:28
Focus on Focus to Focus better.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 16:13
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 16:26
Ekseption, but I need to get some more Trace albums sometime. (Rick van der Linden is seriously underappreciatedUnhappy)


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2007 at 18:48
Only really heard Focus...so them!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 08:39
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 08:44
Only ever heard Focus. In fact actually saw Focus in concert in the CAFE at university in Melbourne. One of the few prog groups that made it to Australia.Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 12:11
Not hrd to choose at all: Focus
 
Had you included Finch.... I might have hesitated a secoind then still voted Focus
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 12:14
Focus. But not far behind them are Trace. i really dig them
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 14:18
No originality from me either: FOCUSThumbs%20Up
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 17:35
Never tried out Trace yet. I like both Focus and Ekseption, but I prefer Focus. I think they're one of the best prog bands ever. Still, I need to listen to more of Rick van der Linden's output. Did you know that the director of the London Symphony Orchestra actually thought that Rick was even a more professional musician than Keith Emerson?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 19:21

A few years ago I did some interviews with Japanese progrock bands like Gerard and Ars Nova, I was stunned by the fact that they mentioned Rick van der Linden as their keyboard hero at the same level of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman so my vote goes to Trace, check out their eponymous debut CD, one of the highlights of Dutch progrock history Clap

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 20:16

As much as I want to give Trace more votes, I have to go with Focus, true Dutch masters.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 20:50

Post Script: Prompted by this thread, I went off in search for more Trace and Ekseption releases. During the search I discovered that Rick Van Der Linden died 18 months ago. Man, that's tragic. Rest In Peace Rick - your music lives on. Cry



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2007 at 21:02
Originally posted by erik neuteboom erik neuteboom wrote:

A few years ago I did some interviews with Japanese progrock bands like Gerard and Ars Nova, I was stunned by the fact that they mentioned Rick van der Linden as their keyboard hero at the same level of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman so my vote goes to Trace, check out their eponymous debut CD, one of the highlights of Dutch progrock history Clap



great album indeed... but Hamburger Concerto tops all

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as much as I would vote to vote for Trace as well.
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