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.