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MOONTAN

Golden Earring

 

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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).

ZowieZiggy | 5/5 |

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