Golden Earring – Moontan

ARTIST: Golden Earring

TITLE: Moontan

YEAR RELEASED: 1973

CHART ACTION:  #12 US

SINGLES: Radar Love (#13 Us, #7 UK), Candy’s Going Bad (#91 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no.

LINEUP: George Kooymans, Rinus Gerritsen, Barry Hay, Cesar Zuiderwijk. Eelco Gelling and Bertrus Rogers also appeared.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: On their NINTH album, longtime Dutch band breaks through.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Going from Beatle-esque popsters to psychedelic popsters to prog rockers usually wasn’t a career path that many bands took. But this quartet (who solidified in 1970, added a few members here and there, and stuck together as a foursome until 2019, sidelined only by illness) stuck together, and their movement towards prog and rock, with long songs built on riffs and movements, finally got them ears outside of the Netherlands. 

“Radar Love” was the cut that got them noticed, of course, and it was an irresistible radio song. However, the record was more than just that. The opener, “Candy’s Going Bad” was a great exercise in wah-wah guitar, dramatics, and an ending coda that put the story of Candy to bed. Most of the other tracks were long excursions, showing the versatility of the band, and yet they weren’t just jams for jams sake.

It’s not perfect. A couple tracks aren’t as well thought out as the others, which hurts the record a tad. However, it’s more than just “Radar Love”, and should be enjoyed as a unit.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Candy’s Going Bad” is on a compilation called The Long Versions, however, they chose a live version that is SHORTER than the album version. Long? Hmpf.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: They had other albums released in the US, but they were released and soon forgotten over here. So when this was released in the US, MCA scrapped two tracks (one understandable, the other…not so much) and added a track from their 1970 self-titled album – which WAS released in the US.

 GRADE: A- If you like “Radar Love”, you’d really like most of this.

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