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A complete bio of this group would take up a few pages. A concise one would still take up much space. This is one of the rock groups, that along with the Stones and Status Quo have been around for over 4 decades. And they're still a vital musical force ! So here is a brief overview :
Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague by 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbour, Rinus Gerritsen. Originally called The Tornados, the name was changed to Golden Earrings, when they discovered that The Tornados was already in use by another group.Their name was from a song originally sung by Marlene Dietrich in 1947 and a hit for Peggy Lee in 1948, with which they opened their concerts.
They achieve their first success in 1965 with "Please Go," as a pop rock band with Frans Krassenburg as lead singer. It reached number 9 on the music charts in The Netherlands. Their next single "That Day",went up to # 2 on the Dutch charts, stopped only by the Beatles "Michelle". Come 1968, they top the Dutch charts for the first of many times with "Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong," a song that spread their name through Europe.
By 1969, the rest of the lineup had stabilized, with lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Barry Hay and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk. As with many late 60s groups, they find themselves looking for their own style for several years before settling on straightforward hard rock, initially much like that of the Who, who invited them to open their 1972 European tour.
From '69 and their first tour in the U.S., through their Europeen treks in the early 70s, the group slowly builds up a following. By '71, they are a regular presence on Dutch charts, and are starting to climb up the ladder in Germany. They sign on to the Who's Track label, which released a compilation of Dutch singles, Hearing Earring, helping the group break through in England. Already on the way up to stardom in Europe, 1973 becomes their big year.That most driven of driving songs is released on the world. Golden Earring have grabbed the golden ring with "Radar Love" and the album "Moontan". They hit the American market for long tours with such acts as Santana, the Doobie Brothers, & J Geils. The world seems theirs. But the lack of a follow-up hit ensured that their popularity remained short-lived in America, even though they remained a top draw in Europe over the rest of the 1970s, as their singles & albums continue their success. 1982 saw a brief American comeback with the...
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2.16 | 12 ratings
Just Earring
1965
1.75 | 14 ratings
Winter Harvest
1967
2.24 | 17 ratings
Miracle Mirror
1968
2.45 | 19 ratings
On The Double
1969
3.74 | 51 ratings
Eight Miles High
1969
3.85 | 46 ratings
Golden Earring (AKA Wall Of Dolls)
1970
3.52 | 45 ratings
Seven Tears
1971
3.30 | 37 ratings
Together
1972
3.94 | 98 ratings
Moontan
1973
3.02 | 44 ratings
Switch
1975
3.11 | 41 ratings
To The Hilt
1976
3.11 | 37 ratings
Contraband
1976
2.49 | 18 ratings
Grab It For a Second
1978
2.83 | 19 ratings
No Promises... No Debts
1979
2.60 | 21 ratings
Prisoner Of The Night
1980
3.19 | 26 ratings
Cut
1982
2.53 | 17 ratings
N.E.W.S.
1984
3.10 | 11 ratings
The Hole
1986
1.61 | 12 ratings
Keeper of The Flame
1989
1.95 | 18 ratings
Bloody Buccaners
1991
2.40 | 11 ratings
Face It
1994
2.45 | 11 ratings
Love Sweat
1995
2.73 | 12 ratings
Paradise in Distress
1999
3.10 | 11 ratings
Milkbook U.S.A.
2003
3.72 | 16 ratings
Tits 'N Ass
2012

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

4.01 | 22 ratings
Live
1977
3.33 | 9 ratings
2nd Live
1981
2.61 | 8 ratings
Something Heavy Going Down (Live From the Twilight Zone)
1984
2.66 | 14 ratings
The Naked Truth
1992
4.14 | 7 ratings
Naked II
1997
3.67 | 6 ratings
Last Blast From the Century
2001
4.00 | 7 ratings
Naked III Live in Panama
2006

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Hits Van De Golden Earrings
1967
4.03 | 10 ratings
The Continuing Story of Radar Love
1989

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 Switch by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.02 | 44 ratings

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Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars To follow-up artistically and commercially successful "Moontan" was not an easy task, but GOLDEN EARRING managed to make an interesting but also an uneven album. The band seemed determined to not repeat the formula of the previous LP and even the catchy cover artwork seemingly shows a former showgirl beauty of "Moontan" stripped down to a skeletal marionette figure. Yet, the band line-up was enlarged to include a second guitarist and a keyboard player, so the sound is arguably richer and produced better then ever before. Compositions seem more streamlined and focused on making shorter radio-friendly songs, although lengthy prog passages are not entirely abandoned.

For my taste "Switch" contains three excellent tracks. Instrumental "Intro" provides nice atmosphere alternating between a slow tempo spacey part and a more hard rocking section that follows. There are subdued vocals repeating the Latin phrase "Plus Minus Absurdio" in a more instrumental effect. The title track invites us to a more familiar GE territory with its groovy sound based on irresistible twin guitars boogie rocking and fine Hay's singing. "Kill Me" almost anticipates a gloomy post-punk with its dark and foreboding rhythm. When I first heard the vocals I was reminded of Peter Murphy's baritone invoking Bela Lugosi several years ahead with his BAUHAUS. Also, guitar effects are wonderfully used. With its 6,5 minutes duration it is a song most resembling a sort of prog rock, along with the "Intro".

The rest of the album is not on par with these three gems. Slightly funky "Love Is a Rodeo" starts with a guitar chord or riff that would be later perfected on the future hit "Mad Love's Coming" off "Contraband" LP, but multi-vocal chorus is not very effective here. Another song that was perhaps composed to act as the album's hit single is reggae-tinged "Tons of Time" opening the B-side of the vinyl. It is a nice melodic track with good organ and synth backing, that would probably get more attention had it been released around 1979-80 during the post-punk ska revival and emergence of commercial "lover's rock" branch of Jamaican music. The rest of this album is occupied by unremarkable generic rock tracks, whose occasional good solo on saxophone (strangely, not by Barry Hay but by a guest musician), piano or guitar cannot redeem a true value.

What "Switch" seems to confirm is that GOLDEN EARRING had trouble with composing a quality album-length material, and that despite offering some brilliant moments (mostly to be found on the A side of the LP), many tracks sound as fillers. That said, this album is still a good one. There is nothing particularly wrong even with these lesser tracks. It is just that from the prog rock perspective (even if GE are not considered a "true" representative of the genre) there is much left to be desired.

PERSONAL RATING: 3,5/5

 Winter Harvest by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1967
1.75 | 14 ratings

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Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars "Winter-Harvest" shows the Dutch beatsters' confidence to build upon their unremarkable debut. However, most of the album is still heavily steeped in the British beat sounds of the Beatlemania circa 1963-64, thus making it a bit old- fashioned for the revolutionary 1967 when it was released. Good thing is that all the songs are their originals; there are no covers here, but unfortunately few of them break any new ground. For me the best moments are those leaning on the then also quite popular R'n'B style - such as "In My House" and "You've Got the Intention to Hurt Me" - where Kooymans on guitar and Gerritsen on keyboards (and bass) display considerable talents on their respective instruments. In these moments GOLDEN EARRING suggests, in a way similar to the early the WHO, their future hard- rocking bursts. But, it is still a long way to go until reaching their recognizeable style of the early 1970s and in the process they also had to to recruit Barry Hay to feature on vocals and reeds in order to complete their songwriting and performing line-up. "Winter-Harvest" is therefore not recommended for casual listeners, while GOLDEN EARRING completists would probably find several songs of interest on this LP as a curiosity to remind of their humble beginnings.
 Eight Miles High by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.74 | 51 ratings

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Review by aglasshouse

4 stars You know, I've been an active seeker of 60's and 70's music for a while now, and through this experience I've come to realize just how many bands came into being during the late 60's hard rock boom, specifically 1968, 1969, and 1970. Of course you have the obvious like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Atomic Rooster, etc., but underneath these goliaths there existed a massive scene full of bands that, while being of similar caliber, often were to remain shrouded in obscurity and eventually fade into the musical ethos. There were countless bands to name that were considered a part of this, one of my personal favorites being the Dutch-based Golden Earring.

Golden Earring came about in 1961, but didn't come to surface until 1965 with their debut "Just Ear-rings". This album followed the then-popular Dutch garage pop style (which would be coined 'nederbeat' in reference to merseybeat, a genre which heavily influenced the Netherlands' music culture at the time), but in a whole wasn't very groundbreaking. Golden Earring continued this style for a few years, akin to how The Guess Who continued relying on merseybeat for several years until their sound change (ironically, The Guess Who made their debut and had a tonal shift at practically the exact same time as Golden Earring), until eventually they shifted into another genre growing in popularity at the time- progressive hard rock. It should be noted that the 'progressive' part of this was vastly dwarfed by the much more popular clear-cut blues rock sans lengthy and ostentatious compositions, and there was a much lower number of bands who would foray into this particular direction than those who would just rock in short bursts. Nonetheless Golden Earring took this road and in 1969 released an album titled Eight Miles High which, adorned with dried clay-covered hands reaching for floating rings, would serve as the band's biggest breakthrough in eight years.

A mess of distortion, abstract ad-libbing and twisted songwriting, Eight Miles High is perhaps one of the best examples of albums of the era. Not only does it break boundaries for Golden Earring as an outfit, it also presents a fantastically insane balance of cheesy psych and booming intensity. The most prolific tracks on this album I believe are the last two. 'Everyday's Torture' is a mysterious, haunting chantey of a desolate soul who, although speaking in pretty blatant terms, has lost hope in the idea of love, and is accompanied by a fantastic one-two punch of a hook and an equally fantastic guitar solo. As the closer we have the title track, staggering in at a massive runtime of nineteen minutes. Although a recounting of the entire track would be a bit too labor-intensive, I will say that the track goes through a variety of phases that include but are not limited to: hearty blues rock, wicked drum solo, an insanely distorted guitar solo (VERY distorted), and much, much more. Other tracks like 'Song of a Devil's Servant' in particular are a great change of pace and help to shift the tone of the album in crucial moments.

But there is a real question that should be asked, and that is to who do we owe an album with such great musicianship? The musicians, of course. George Kooymans as a vocalist channels a lovechild hybrid of Ian Anderson and Jim Morrison, making for the ideal 60's voice. On the flip-side his guitar-playing as previously mentioned is heavy, crushing and intense, and sometimes rather meek and distant (when played in a steady balance these two styles work wonders). Rinus Gerritsen works both in the percussion section as a bassist and as the keyboardist, both of which he excels at well. Sieb Warner, a one-time drummer for Golden Earring makes his sole appearance on this album, never to return, which is a shame because he is highly talented, seen especially during his solo on 'Eight Miles High'. Of course Barry Hay should be mentioned as he does a good job backing up Kooymans as rhythm guitar and backing vocalist, making the overall sound much fuller.

If you're looking for a zesty, above-average example of what the British, or in this case Dutch 60's blues scene could deliver you, I say look no further than Golden Earring's Eight Miles High.

 Moontan by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.94 | 98 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars It's hard to believe that some bands have been around since the beginning of time, well rock 'n' roll time that is. GOLDEN EARRING is one of those bands who have literally been cranking out albums since the days when The Beatles were launching the British invasion to the Americas and they are still kicking around well into the 21st century albeit slowing down on their prolific discography. The band actually formed way back in 1961 in The Hague, Netherlands as The Tornados but soon changed to The Golden Earrings due to the former already being taken. 'The' was dropped in 67 and the plural 's' went bye-bye in 69. As you can imagine with a band's lifespan lasting over a half a century that the lineup would change significantly but vocalist / guitarist George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen who handles bass and keys have been around for the entire GOLDEN EARRING ride through the decades, centuries and yes even millennia!

While new bands were springing up by the second in the early 70s, by the time 1973 came around GOLDEN EARRING were releasing their 9th studio album MOONTAN which just so happens to be their most successful and most praised of their entire career worldwide although they were quite popular in their native Netherlands scoring an impressive amount of hits. While i'm not an expert in the GOLDEN one's discography i have heard a sampling of the singles and MOONTAN seems pretty much like business as usual for the group. Basically GOLDEN EARRING was the Dutch answer to the Rolling Stones and MOONTAN displays these hero worship tendencies perfectly right from the get go with the bluesy rocker 'Candy's Going Bad' that could easily pass as a B-side Stones track back in the day when the English music scene was hot and indubitably impacted their European neighbors to the east. Also obvious in the influence department from time to time is The Who, most clearly heard on the 'Just Like Vince Taylor' track.

Personally i find GOLDEN EARRING to be a somewhat mediocre band of only marginal interest. Everything i've heard from them (with a few exceptions) is quite derivative of the British invasion scene (Stones,Beatles, Who, Kinks) and you'd be hard pressed to even know they were Dutch unless you knew their history. So what in the world makes MOONTAN such the wonderful and the most celebrated album of their career? Well, standing tall above and beyond the call of duty are two tracks that are absolutely phenomenal and i'm sure any homo sapien who has listened to classic rock radio stations will recognize at least one of these tracks instantly. I'm talking, of course, about 'Radar Love' (can't help but hear the bass line when you read this, can you? :P) This of course was their hugest of hits charting in many countries worldwide and has even been covered a gazillion times by bands like U2, Sun City Girls, White Lion and even Def Leppard! OMG :o 'Radar Love' was their turning point when they finally learned how to tell a story with a clever bass line that was backed up by interesting musical interplay and brilliant with all kinds of twists and turns that make the track dance circles around the surrounding tracks.

The other outstanding track on MOONTAN is 'Vanilla Queen' with utterly brilliant oscillating synthesizer intro that was new wave before the term ever entered the vernacular and creates one of the most addictive melodies of their entire career and thus is my absolute favorite Golden Earring track EVERRRRRRR!!!!!! The new wave cedes into a rockin' chorus, an acoustic guitar segment and then delves into a satisfying symphonic rocker building up the tension until it crescendoes lasting a satisfying 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Every time i listen to this album i always want the album to be as good as these two tracks. Everything else just seems so uninspired compared to these gems of rock history. It doesn't help that 'Radar Love' has been played TO DEATH on the radio! It's almost like they've never recorded any other single. Personally i find this album overrated and don't enjoy listening to it. Unfortunately GOLDEN EARRING's most raved about album and my experience with their singles doesn't invite me to explore their music more. However, the two best tracks on here are brilliant but can be found on any greatest hits packages as well. Two brilliant classic tracks, many decent but uninspiring tracks. For me NOT worthy of being listed as #32 in Q & Mojo's '40 Cosmic Rock Albums' of all time. Get the greatest hits instead. That one has 'Twilight Zone!'

 The Continuing Story of Radar Love by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1989
4.03 | 10 ratings

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Review by uduwudu

4 stars If you need to start and maybe finish your Golden earring representation in your music collection this is probably the best start. First you get all the well known material and in full versions e.g. no single edit of Twilight Zone here.

Earring are not a prog rock band in the vein of classical fusion but they do have some sophisticated moments. She Flies on Str\tange Wings is both Part 1 and 2 if you ever had the single. I think I had quite a few from many, many years ago. But Strange Wings is a rocking, lyrical, dramatic intricate number.

I've no problem (don't want to be a snob) with arena rock in which Earring really belongs. Classic rock is a sales format not a style and arena hard rock is the Golden Earring area of expertise. So a couple of the last few numbers fit into this category.

The album works as a brief (2LP or 1 CD) introduction to Earring. Possibly a 2 or 3 Cd anthology might be more appropriate to get a picture of the band's work. However, this is a fine compilation and if you were not aware it was one you'd think you were listening to one fantastic effort. Which it is.

Oh by the way, if you want a little more Earring for your pleasure I'd throw in the '77 Live album as well; it underlines the very high quality arena rock standard, and this one emphasizes the generally best writing. Here's probably the best place to start.

cheers

 Seven Tears by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.52 | 45 ratings

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Review by FragileKings
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3 stars This was one of those bands I first became acquainted with in the 1980's when their song and video "Twilight Zone" received a fair bit of airplay for a while. Not bad but not quite my taste. I never knew that the song "Radar Love" was also by Golden Earring, but that song was never totally my taste either.

It was a surprise to me to find this band on PA, but given that many bands of the early seventies ventured into the progressive rock zone there is probably a good reason for their inclusion. Seeing a familiar name, I decided to check out Golden Earring by listening to samples of their music on iTunes. My choice for a first-time purchase: "Seven Tears".

The band's seventh album, "Seven Tears" includes seven songs, each with a distinct style and approach. Rock based to be sure, Golden Earring don't venture too far from just plain and simple good rock songs; i.e. the prog factor is pretty low, thus their place here as only prog related must be considered. Nevertheless, it's a fairly entertaining album with at least one stand out track. If you listen to nothing else, give "She Flies on Strange Wings" a run through. It's the longest track and includes a slow beginning, a terrific rock groove with a bit of swing to it, some great mixing of the bass guitar, a slow and spacey middle part with synthesizer, and a rocking conclusion with saxophones. This is a rock and roll band stretching out and doing something more with their music.

The rest of the album never achieves this level of adventurousness; however, as a rock album it's quite good. "Silver Ships" begins with some acoustic guitar and flute. It keeps to a slow and easy pace with electric guitar and organ joining along with bass and drums. At times it has a bit of an American rock feel to it. "The Road Swallowed Her Name" is a straight ahead hard rock song that fits in very nicely with the burgeoning hard rock genre of the day. This was one of the songs that sealed the deal for me to buy this album first. "Hope" reminded me of Jefferson Airplane in a way, perhaps because of the passionate vocals and acoustic guitar. The song turns electric and includes saxophones, too. "Don't Worry" opens with bass and piano and has a really cool bass groove with a bit of swagger going on. It's funky and hard and the bass and piano lead the music until the guitar solo.

Side two opens with the aforementioned "She Flies on Strange Wings", the real showcase song of the album. Next is "This is the Other Side of Life", which starts with a backwards spoken line that says "Uh, this is the other side of life" in a silly accent (I found this out by putting the song in a music application for iPhone that can play songs backwards). It's a weird number with an odd beat and peculiar vocal style, and again strong piano and bass. "You're Better off Free" is slightly blues-based but features a lengthy guitar solo backed with a simple organ melody. The wah-wah effects remind me of a Uriah Heep guitar solo. It's a good closing song for the album.

Once again, not much progressive rock here but a varied and enjoyable album with some very good songs and one standout track that should please a good number of progressive rock fans. For a prog-related album, I give it a very high three stars.

 N.E.W.S. by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1984
2.53 | 17 ratings

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Review by stefro
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2 stars One of the few Dutch rock groups to truly break the big time(e.g. North America) Golden Earring have enjoyed an awesome career that began during the early days of the 1960's and is still going strong. Incredibly, all four members have been with the group since the early days, with founding members George Kooymans(guitar) and Rinus Gerritsen(bass, keyboards) augmented by vocalist and lyricist Barry Hay, who arrived in 1968, and relative newcomer Cesar Zuiderwijk(drums), who joined the fold in 1970. Their early albums took in Nederbeat, pop and Beatles-influenced psychedelia before the onset of the 1970's saw the group move towards a meatier and more experimental progressive rock style. As the decade continued the quartet began to streamline their sound, producing the seminal FM rock staple 'Radar Love' - from from hit 1973 album 'Moontan' - in the process building up a large and loyal following throughout Europe whilst also cracking North America. Like many other major rock groups of their generation the 1980's would pose a multitude of challenging changes, yet Golden Earring seemed to handle this arduous period better than most. Now known for their sleek hard-rock approach and catchy hit-singles, Golden Earring would again hit paydirt with 1982's 'The Twilight Zone' and the brilliant 1984 single 'When The Lady Smiles'. One of their all-time classic tracks, 'When The Lady Smiles' proved popular on an international scale, yet thanks to a risque video(involving vocalist Barry Hay making out with a nun) the single failed to repeat their previous North American success. The parent album, 'N.E.W.S.', found the main writing partnership of Kooymans and Hay attempting to insert coded satirical references regarding such lofty topics as the cold war into their slick hard-rock formula, yet for all the metallic grinding, snazzy synthesized squalls and heavy percussive rhythms 'N.E.W.S' is remarkable only for its excellent lead-single. However, like most Golden Earring albums, 'N.E.W.S.' still managed to shift a substantial amount of units, topping the Dutch album chart and proving a big hit in both Germany and Scandinavia. Progressive rock fans may want to delve a little further back into the group's lengthy discography to find Golden Earring at their challenging best(albums such as 'Eight Miles High', 'Seven Tears' and 'Moontan'; all released between 1968 and 1973) though those in love with fist- pumpingly anthemic eighties rock should look no further than 'When The Lady Smiles'. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013
 To The Hilt by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.11 | 41 ratings

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Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars I became quite fascinated with Golden Earring after hearing MOONTAN for the first time, so I wanted to satiate my desire to hear more of them. Somehow, TO THE HILT first caught my eye, and it's still taking some time for my ear to catch up.

The classic four of Golden Earring has been updated to include Robert van Stips, formerly of the proggy Dutch group Supersister. That would incline that TO THE HILT is aimed to be a proggier record than what came before it in Golden Earring's history, and I can hear that. That is, except that MOONTAN exists, and I feel that album had as much to do with prog as this one. Interestingly enough, there are huge traces of American boogie rock that shape this album too. Again, from the band that wrote ''Suzy Lunacy'', it shouldn't be too surprising; it's the only style I can categorise the title track with. But it sounds like the band really didn't know how to approach the style of TO THE HILT; it sounds like a weird hybrid of boogie and prog.

This is a strange record to describe. Most of the songs have a good bounce/rhythm to them, but not in any prog or climactic building sense. ''Why Me'' and ''Sleepwalkin'' are rich in funk textures (with the wah bass in the latter), and are groovy enough to stay afloat. ''Facedancer'' happens to be my overall favorite track, mostly in its acoustic rhythm, but it's still hard to categorise. The prog attempts are in ''Nomad'' and ''Violins''. ''Violins'' aims to be the epic closer of the album, but lacks power. ''Nomad'' does a better job at this with the standard rhythm of the album in the first half, then taking a Floydian atmospheric turn for the better.

This is a rather confusing album that never gains any traction musically. Discover early 70's Golden Earring before taking a risk with TO THE HILT. Even a keyboardist from a Cantebury- sounding band can't elevate the prog potential into something masterful.

 To The Hilt by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.11 | 41 ratings

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Review by DSpitzer

1 stars Okay I understand the difference between a PROG review vs Basic Album Review. Mine will be a basic rock album review as it relates to GE albums.

I assume anyone reading this is thinking about getting this album since they are interested in GE. I am a GE fan. I have over 20 of their albums and have been a fan since about 1982. Cut was their first album I ever heard by them. I have most of their releases from 1970 and on. I do not love every song by GEI write this review in 2012. It is not a review of how it fared in 1976 but rather - is it listenable now?

With this mind -- my review. (1 to 5 stars.)

Overall notes... GE is deep in the 70s world of prog. I think this is their attempt to stand out from YES and KING CRIMSON and related acts. I first discovered this album in about 1985. I became a GE fan based on their early 80s albums and decided to delve into their back catalog. I wanted to like this album. I gave it several listens through. I just could not get into it. At all. This is my LEAST FAVORITE GE album. I wanted to find something to like about this album but it just does not have repeat listening value.

1 ? WHY ME. Light Rocker. Its very funky. Keyboards are more obvious. I felt middle section with the keyboard is very nice. The chorus of "why me" seemed very weak. I only listen to this song once every few years out of nostalgia and then put it away. 1/5

2 ? FACE DANCER. Light Rocker. Acoustic song with Key Boards again. I cannot get into the light airy vocals. I like it when GE gets a little more of an edge in their songs. I found the repetitive guitar part was annoying. The last 2 minutes are very cool. 2/5

3 ? TO THE HILT. Rocker. I do not like this song. It appears unfinished, lazy and by the numbers. 1/5

4 ? NOMAD. Rocker. Its bland. Where are the cool melodies I came to appreciate from the band. There is a cool key board ? guitar exchange in the middle and leads to the long fade out. Its kinda space rock. Of the album, this song I will play somewhat often and the only reason I don't just get rid of the whole album. 3/5

5 ? SLEEPWALKING. Rocker. Another bland start. I wish they would have had more of a catchy chorus. There is some nice guitar and bass parts but not worth the effort. 2/5

6 ? LATIN LIGHTING. Rocker. The guys tried to get some rock and roll going on this. There is a cool guitar riff that is repeated often but it does not save an otherwise boring song. 2/5

7 ? VIOLINS. Funky rocker. This song is over 10 minutes. Okay this song is really two songs in one. 1st half is another boring bland mess. I cant get into it. I usually don't bother. But if you can make it to the 5min 15sec mark there is a distinct shift in the song. It fades out and back in and a nice groove starts up. There are violins (as the title suggests) and its quite enjoyable song. Why they couldn't just make two songs is beyond me. I know? artist integrity. First half of song is 1/5. The second half is 4/5. Just not sure its worth the first 5 mins to get to the end.

 No Promises... No Debts by GOLDEN EARRING album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.83 | 19 ratings

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Review by DSpitzer

4 stars Okay I understand the difference between a PROG review vs Basic Album Review. Mine will be a basic rock album review as it relates to GE albums.

I assume anyone reading this is thinking about getting this album since they are interested in GE. I am a GE fan. I have over 20 of their albums and have been a fan since about 1982. Cut was their first album I ever heard by them. I have most of their releases from 1970 and on. I do not love every song by GE. In fact there are almost entire albums I cannot listen to (To The Hilt is my least fav album by them). I write this review in 2012. It is not a review of how it fared in 1979 but rather - is it listenable now?

With this mind -- my review. (1 to 5 stars.)

Overall notes... GE leaves the Prog world of the mid-70s and decides to go mainstream. If mainstream is not for you, that's fine. I got these albums and dove in. This album contains some good music. It's a little funny to hear how the boys phrase certain songs as English is not their native language. There are 11 songs on this release. The last song appears to be an unfinished tune they were going to add to another piece or couldn't figure out a good lyric. Try as they did they couldn't get the recognition they wanted.

1 ? HEARTBEAT. Rocker. The guys go for a little hard rock pop song. It's got nice twangy guitars and at just 3 minutes should have made some impact. Unfortunately they still had some keyboard and guitar parts that just seemed a little strange to American tastes of the day. Still listenable today though. 4/5

2 ? NEED HER. Light Rocker. This compares to the songs on their next album. I like the long guitar parts and Barry's vocals. Nice mix of acoustic and electric guitars. Should have been a minor hit. 4/5

3 ? SELLIN' OUT. Light Rocker. This song has some great potential. It just needed a better hook in the chorus. George is on main vocals and there is a great ending wail that he's good at. I wanted this to be better. 3/5

4 ? SNOT LOVE IN SPAIN. Funky Rocker. Okay I'm turned off by the lyric with "snot" in it. The bridge leading to the chorus is weak. The chorus is also weak. There is some nice harmonica in this one. I find myself skipping one a lot. 2/5

5 ? SAVE YOUR SKIN. Rocker. This is one of those songs that continues to build up steam for the first couple of minutes and then jumps into a great groove. George and Barry share vocals. The middle section is very cool. It seems to jump back in time to MOONTAN for a bit and then right back into the main song. At almost 7 minutes it's a highlight of this album. 5/5

6 ? D'LIGHT. Rocker. Straight Ahead Rock N Roll. Nice lyrics and great guitar solo in the middle. 5/5

7 ? TIGER BAY. Rocker. One of those songs that just does not do it for me. It's got a pleasant enough groove but leaves me flat. This song needed better lyrics. I skip this one most times. 2/5

8 ? WEEKEND LOVE. Pop Rocker. One of my favorite GE songs. Sure it sounds a little poppy but it's got the right hooks, acoustic and electric guitar blend, vocals. After hearing this song how can you not sing along. Barry and George sing 2-part lead vocals. 5/5

9 ? DON'T CLOSE THE DOOR. Rocker. Its kinda bluesy, great guitar. I wish it had better developed lyrics. Not a real fan of this one. 2/5

10 ? DON'T STOP THE SHOW. Rocker. This song seemed like the boys wanted to write a song that they could sing at concerts to get the crowd up and on their feet. Its concert hall ready to play at the end of the set just before the final encore. It's decent enough. Not a highlight though. 3/5

11 ? BY ROUTES. Instrumental. This is a little ditty by the band. It appears to me that it should have been a middle and bridge section of an unfinished song. It's nice but leaves you asking "where's the rest of the song." 4/5

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