Category: Golden Earring

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.

Golden Earring – On the Double

220px-On_the_Double_(album) ARTIST: Golden Earrings
TITLE: On the Double
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: None – here at least.
SINGLES: Just a Little Bit of Peace in My Heart
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you were in the Netherlands around that time.
LINEUP: George Kooymans, Rinus Gerritsen, Barry Hay, Jaap Eggermont
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Dutch popsters move toward psychedelic and rock with an album that covers a lot of styles.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Golden Earrings (soon to drop the final ‘s’) made their bones in the Low Countries by finding out what was hot in the UK and aping that style. Here, they cover a vast array of sounds that were emanating from Britain in a double album that was wildly popular in the Netherlands.

We know Golden Earring by just a couple songs, and the move towards the style of “Radar Love” is evident here. Before this, though, they were very much Beatles oriented (or aping) pop-rockers churning out singles galore that went psychedelic for a while before recording this album.

There’s some silliness here (“Pam Pam Poope Poope Loux” – which probably means something more in Dutch than whatever I know). It’s not a very thematic album, though. It’s just 19 songs of all kinds of styles, some with strings, some with horns. Some have acoustic guitars, and “Songs on a Devil’s Servant” rocks like you know they could.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: From 1965 to 1969 they had 12 singles hit the Top 20 in the Netherlands, including one #1 in “Don-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Ki-Dong”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: C+: It’s fair-to-middlin’ as generic late 60’s rock goes. Some cuts stay, some cuts go.