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  • Audio CD (22 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Colour
  • Label: Gonzo
  • ASIN: B00BPR389W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the most successful of the first generation of European rock festivals was Kralingen Music Festival. Held less than a year after Woodstock its line-up was a stellar mix of the upper echelons of both British and American rock royalty including Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Byrds, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and the headlining Pink Floyd. The festival was filmed for a movie, usually known as Stamping Ground, which amongst other things featured a very young Al Stewart performing a very assured Zero She Flies, Jefferson Airplane at the height of their magickal powers performing a medley of White Rabbit/The Ballad of You and Me and Pooniel, and, of course Pink Floyd doing a monumentally groovy Saucerful of Secrets. But quite a lot of music was recorded that wasn't in the film, and people purchasing this very very cool 2CD 1DVD set will also be the proud owner of more live material from Pink Floyd, (Set your controls..) and some immeasurably rare artifacts from folk such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dr John, Family and The Byrds in their most under-rated incarnation.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
As a historical document this is a nice package, 2 CDs and a DVD the CDs are mainly a rejigged into some order version of the DVD content, so approximately 90 minutes of music.
Some great performances many known from previous releases such as `Psycomania' and `Stamping ground' which I had on video.
The Video quality is acceptable I think this has gone back to some early print of the show, but it's not a high definition transfer, and there are occasional digital artefacts to my mind though care has been taken to source a good print it could have been better. That said this is the best picture quality I have seen for the performances I have. The sound is horrible though Dolby digital at its worst sucking life from the performances, why do companies insist on using Dolby when for music certainly straight LPCM could be used at no cost (There is room on the disc for this even at CD bit rates)?.
The CDS are much the same possibly using the same source as the sound is fluffy with occasional dropouts like it's a transfer from the original film stock rather than from Master tapes.
Gripes and grumbles aside this is nice to have but not essential even if you are a Pink Floyd Jefferson Airplane Family or T-Rex fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles 0151 on 19 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I am being generous with the rating. Terrible sound, terrible dvd footage. The only redeeming feature is the rarity of some of these live performances.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By martin brindley on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
the case was broken when delivered. being a Triple C.D its hard to replace this case but I do like the music
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
"Should Be Titled HOLLAND POP 1970......" 4 May 2013
By John H. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well this FINALLY was released and my copy came in the mail today (7-5-13). My original 3 star rating has been lowered to two, more on that later. Here's some background on the festival from my original pre-review......

This festival was actually called HOLLAND POP or the Kralingen Music Festival since it was held in the Kralingen neighborhood of Rotterdam, Holland on the June 26, 27 & 28, 1970. Approximately 120,000 attended and it has often been billed as the European answer to Woodstock. A 100 minute video of some of it, STAMPING GROUND, has been around on and off since the days of VHS and features performances by Al Stewart, Dr. John, Family, T. Rex, Jefferson Airplane, The Flock, It's A Beautiful Day, Country Joe McDonald, The Byrds, and it's main calling card, Pink Floyd. A couple of performances (Floyd, Airplane, Family, Byrds, Dr. John, IABD) were also used in the rare Japanese LaserDisc 'PSYCHOMANIA' (not to be confused with a few films with the same title), a documentary on psychedelic music that originally aired on British cable TV. Some film clips are available on YouTube. The quality of STAMPING GROUND is fair at best and is only watchable due to the great music performances, although it's heads above the DVD debacle included with Akarma's Glastonbury Fayre Festival set. Anyone raving about the Glastonbury DVD must be working for the company! The company releasing this, GONZO Productions, have released some great decent looking DVD's including their The Lost Broadcast Series and YES: Union Live, to mention a few. Here's the track list from the GONZO site:

DVD: 1. Santana - Gumbo , 2. Al Stewart - Zero She Flies , 3. Canned Heat - Human Condition , 4. The World's in Tango/So Sad , 5. Quintessence - Giants , 6. Jefferson Airplane - Won't You Try Saturday Afternoon , 7. It's A Beautiful Day - Bulgaria , 8. T.Rex - By The Light of the Magical Moon , 9. The Byrds - Old Blue , 10. The Flock - Big Bird , 11. Soft Machine - Esther's Nose Job , 12. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit/The Ballad of You and Me and Pooniel , 13. Santana - Savor/Jingo , 14. Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets.

CD #1: 1. Cuby & The Blizzards - Dust My Blues , 2. Canned Heat - Human Condition/So Sad , 3. Livin' Blues - Big Road Blues , 4. Al Stewart - Zero She Flies , 5. Quintessence - Giants , 6. East of Eden - The Sun of East/Irish Theme , 7. Country Joe - Freedom , 8. Dr John - Mardis Gras Day , 9. Family - Drowned in Wine.

CD#2: 1. CD2 Santana - Gumbo/Savor/Jingo , 2. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit , 3. Jefferson Airplance - The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil , 4. It's a Beautiful Day - Wasted Union Blues/Bulgaria , 5. T.Rex - By The Light of the Magical Moon , 6. The Byrds - Old Blue , 7. The Flock - Big Bird , 8. Soft Machine - Esther's Nose Job , 9. Pink Floyd - Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun , 10. Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets.

Interesting footnote courtesy of Wikipedia: "The Festival became an influential event, as it was the actual beginning of the Dutch tolerance policy towards marijuana. The many present undercover cops did not arrest any of the users or small traders: it became clear that there were just too many, and all of them peaceful......"

The three discs come in a clear chubby case with an eight page booklet. It mentions in the booklet that some of the DVD performances were previously released as STAMPING GROUND or in some parts of Europe, LOVE AND MUSIC. The film transfer is darker than previous releases, but the color, both over-saturated and faded is way better than the 'STAMPING GROUND' DVD or the aforementioned 'PSYCHOMANIA' LaserDisc. There is also no significant damage. Unfortunately GONZO has cropped the original 4:3 aspect ratio so the picture will fill the 1:85 screens of widescreen TV's, cutting off a third of the original frame on top and on bottom. The sound is passable, but far from the quality found in say, the original 'WOODSTOCK.' The audience applause levels are obviously boosted at the end of most performances. In between and during the musical numbers there are the expected usual shots of the audience, festival grounds, bare-breasted women, drug use and several psychedelic tours of Holland. Because the groups are playing on a smaller and covered stage there are more close-up shots than usual, and with GONZO's cropping the face-filled screen gets kind of old and annoying after awhile.

The best performance in the film by far is SANTANA's, their smokin' percussive set must of inspired the cameramen, it's also the best filmed performance. It's great to see the late Al Wilson from CANNED HEAT performing his then unreleased "Human Condition," and Bob Hite lays down the boogie (after some deep tokes) with "So Sad (World's In A Tangle)" from their progressive blues classic 'FUTURE BLUES.' Fans of UK raga-rockers QUINTESSENCE will finally get to see their boys in action and we see Marc Bolan and Mickie Finn on the cusp of T. REX's electric rock breakthrough. AL STEWART is still in his early folkie stage, but you can't miss that distinctive voice. COUNTRY JOE performs his own "Oh Freedom" which won't make anyone forget RICHIE HAVENS inspiring title-in-common-only original. THE BYRDS' ode to their favorite canine, "Old Blue" suffers from a poor mix, as do many groups, especially IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE are OK, but the clip of their manager fending off a question about their fee by praising the festival is classic. Grace Slick's black fishnet top and leather skirt combination ain't too bad either. DR. JOHN, in his gumbo/voodoo phase, performs the rollicking NOLA chestnut "Mardi Gras Day," bringing the crowd to their feet and out of their THC stupor for a while. Also waking the dead, FAMILY's Roger Chapman gives an example of how his voice can strip paint. UK jazz-rock legends SOFT MACHINE spritely romp through an invigorating "Esther's Nose Job," but unfortunately their 24-Hour Technicolor Dream compatriots don't fair as well. PINK FLOYD's rote performances of "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and "A Saucerful Of Secrets" don't add much to their legend. I never thought in my WILDEST dreams that I would EVER see Chicago's THE FLOCK perform "Big Bird" from their woefully underrated STONE (in more than one sense of the word) classic jazz-country-prog-rock mash-up 2nd album 'DINOSAUR SWAMP!' For this alone it's worth every penny to ME!

The legitimate Italian DVD release is currently the cheapest copy of the original film available at the moment but it's a Region 2 PAL DVD meaning you need a multi-region player to view. The brief interview with Jefferson Airplane's manager is dubbed in Italian. Compared to the Gonzo release, the picture is granier and the colors are faded showing that Gonzo used digital noise reduction software. Their DVD's over saturated color has to be the result of a color correction program. The Italian DVD looks much more natural, but you do wish the color was better. The biggest difference is that the 'STAMPING GROUND" DVD is full screen with at least a third more picture information on top and bottom proving definitively that Gonzo cropped the picture. The increased picture frame makes all the performances more natural and enjoyable. You get to see faces and bodies instead of constant flailing arms and nasal passage close-ups. The appearance order of the performers is basically the same except PINK FLOYD's is not split in two like on the Gonzo disc. The clip of QUINTESSENCE is missing from the Italian import and it's end credits state that the film is the "U.S. Version." The print Gonzo used was probably one of the European versions. The sound on both is a toss-up, the Italian DVD is somewhat clearer with more high end and the Gonzo DVD is muddier with more bass. If Gonzo had left the picture full-screen and let up a little on the computer corrections they would have had a superior product opposed to a flawed mess.

There are only three music performances on the CD's that are not on the DVD, all the rest are exactly the same as on the film soundtrack. It would have been nice if they skipped these musical repeats and opted for additional performances of different material performed over the three day festival. CD #1 starts with CUBY & THE BLIZZARDS, a Dutch Blues Band then popular in their country and parts of Europe. Any similarity between their "Dust My Blues" and the indelible Robert Johnson/Elmore James classic "Dust My Broom" is completely intentional. Track Four, "Big Road Blues" is by another of the best Dutch blues bands, LIVIN' BLUES. I guess the film's producers didn't think their homegrown talent would go over in other countries. It's really a shame that EAST OF EDEN's fifteen minute plus medley "The Sun Of East/Irish Theme" was not included on the DVD. The UK prog-jazz group's complex rhythms along with Dave Arbus' probing violin excursions make this a highlight of set's musical performances. It is also one of the best recorded. Even though slightly clearer and nuanced compared to the DVD soundtrack, the music on CD #1 is still over-compressed with a thick coat of noise reduction, but if you think that's bad, wait until you get to the second CD. In the Comment Section below, LedMan writes, "Most of the tracks are riddled with static, and diginoise...sound(ing) like they are taken from AUD sources." Unfortunately I must concur, but I think what we are hearing is how damaged the material is to begin with. Someone probably screwed up and released CD #2 without the compression and noise reduction. LedMan also "hope(s) word gets back to Gonzo and they reissue this faulty disc." I could be wrong, but although that would be the right thing to do, I wouldn't hold my breath. Gonzo, prove me wrong......

If you are looking for 'WOODSTOCK' or 'MONTEREY POP' type quality, dream on, and as I stated before the singing, blowing, sweating, concentrating, grimacing close-ups get nerve-wracking after a while. I'm giving it two stars since there are a few, and only a few, transcendent musical performances and some very rare video footage. The second CD is a complete washout. Usually any document that's at lest watchable from these heady days is OK with me, but in this case if it wasn't for my love of THE FLOCK I'd sell this in a heartbeat.......
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
buyer beware 23 July 2013
By rimos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What seemed like a magical group lineup is betrayed by the god awful sound. They must have taken it from the camera. I wish they would have bought a better camera. The sound has little dynamic range and little detail to vocals and band.It just sounds rasty. Is this a CD or a transister radio, you know the one that used to fit in your pocket.Can you say "fade"? The producers couldn't. Songs are chopped off! It creates a jarring non flow.Its like a bootleg gone bad.Another $20 I'll never see again.For completists only!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
DUTCH WOODSTOCK = HOLLAND POP! 10 Oct. 2013
By Smrz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Holland Pop was a 3 day musical festival held at the Kralingse Bos (Kralingse Forest) in Rotterdam on June 26, 27, and the 28th, 1970. The festival was supposedly The Netherland's version of Woodstock. This new release includes 2 cd's and a 97 minute dvd that captures the many highs of the 3 day festival. The 1st cd is over 53 minutes, while the 2nd cd is almost 58 minutes long. An older version of this festival goes by the name of "Stamping Ground". Although there were many good groups who played at the festival, this release is hindered by poor sound as well as poor camera work. The saving grace of the whole festival was the excellent performances turned in by most of the groups. You have to really listen hard to hear the performances, but once you do so, you will be rewarded. Despite the rain, an estimated 120,000 stoned festival goers showed up for the big party. And party they did, as witnessed by the camera work on the dvd, which focused as much on the nude bodies, dope-smoking, and love-making, as it did on the groups, themselves. The musical highlights included a blistering set by Santana, who played "Gumbo"/"Savor" & "Jingo". All excellently performed but hard on the ears, even with digital noise reduction. Al Stewart turned in a fine performance of "Zero She Flies", while the rarely recorded group Quintessence turn in a fine version of "Giants". Canned Heat, which features a rare performance by Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson doing "Human Condition", which is then followed by Bob Hite, joining the crowd to take a few "tokes", while performing "The World's In A Tango/So Sad". Marc Bolan, just about ending his days with T.Rex, does a very good version of "By The Light Of The Magical Moon". It's A Beautiful Day, who perform during a rainstorm, play an excellent set featuring "Wasted Union Blues" & "Bulgaria". Great performance by David LaFlamme playing a very trippy violin. The Jefferson Airplane perform fine versions of "White Rabbit", "The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil", and "Won't You Try Saturday Afternoon". Another rare appearance is turned in by East Of Eden, who play an excellent version of "The Sun Of East/Irish Theme". From Chicago, we get an excellent version of "Big Bird", by The Flock, who are also very rare to find in concert. And moving into a Jazz-Prog-Rock direction, we get Soft Machine, led by Robert Wyatt & Hugh Hopper, playing a fine version of "Esther's Nose Job". Other groups who participated are Pink Floyd, The Byrds, Country Joe, and Family, led by the strong vocals of Roger Chapman. All in all, the performances were very good to excellent. It's indeed unfortunate that the cd sound and poor camera work, probably done by "stoned" photographers, only undermined the fine performances by the artists. Still, however, the set captures a very special moment in time. It could have been so much better, but the original masters were not in the best of condition to begin with. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! SMRZ!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
OK ....just OK...BUT.... 15 July 2013
By Barry P. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes,there are multiple problems with this if you are an audiophile,or only want perfect film pictures. BUT I can't imagine how this film could be "fixed" when it seems that it's dated "camera shots" were mostly filmed with "extreme" close-up on performers(possibly by "stoned" camera operators?) and ....as others have said ,the film crew did a better job getting the audience documented than showing any full-shots of performers "head-to-toe". Beyond that this is a fun old film of hippies getting their party on with classic bands....some of which were woefully little documented elsewhere. So,I'd say if you can stand bad camera angles and some distortion in the sound ,you will be entertained by many shots of the crowd smoking dope getting nude and grooving to the sounds of Pink Floyd(edited cuts and no full songs here),It's a Beautiful day(much more raucious than I'd have guessed),The Flock,Canned Heat,Dr. John(I wish there was more of this...),Family,and a wonderful little Tyrannosaurus Rex piece(that especially looks and sounds cool!).

Yes,lots of smoking,nude gals,great bands....all seemingly documented by a wacked-out camera crew on slightly grainy film stock at too close an angle ,in the case of the band shots. The sounds are a bit warm and distorted,but not overly. The CDs have been sourced from the soundtrack itself in most cases....except for a few bands that didn't make the main movie. This ,to me, is the largest mistake here. If this were just a DVD with no added cost of the CDs....or false promise (un-stated,but "hoped for" on my part) of clear and perfect sounds separately produced,then I'd be a bit more forgiving.

It's a shame the Floyd and Soft's music is edited. Those band's complete cuts would have made this a Godsend.

Getting over that, it still has some "fun factor" for the sheer "hippies going wild" aspect of the whole thing. Approach with caution ,and buy knowingly only.
Wow, It's A beautiful Day and The Flock, you dont see them on DVD's very often. 6 Sept. 2014
By Stephen J. Huerta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The fact that It's A Beautiful Day and The Flock are on this DVD was worth the price of admission. Come on, you NEVER see
It's A Beautiful Day or The Flock on any DVD sets, not to mention Canned Heat and an excellent Santana set. Oh, I almost forgot, Family, one of those obscure British hard rock/prog bands that only gave you the audio on the "Message To Love"
the Isle of Wight Festival" DVD, is actually shown onstage rocking out with Roger Chapman, excellent. And the Jefferson Airplane set is pretty hot. These are my opinions, and I like this Dutch Woodstock.
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