Dutch band Shocking Blue are primarily known for Venus and the indian flavoured instro Acka Raga both of which can be found on their debut 'At Home'. Fronted by the mysterious beauty Mariska Verres, a non smoking tea lover with a lustrous mane of black hair that was in fact a wig, her voice often draws comparisons with Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick.
Despite failing to yield a second 'Venus', Scorpio's Dance, their second album improves considerably on their debut. Highlights include 'Daemon Lover' - a slow, burning 6 minute epic that Grace & Co. could have learned from. Scorpio Dance is Morricone and doesn't suffer for it. 'Little Cooling Planet' has a tough beat with strong percussive work & features the harder side of Verres. 'I Love Voodoo Music' begins with a sweet, folky Verres vocal then erupts into a frenetic bongo workout with jungle sounds. The 1 clunker here is the rollicking, good time cover of Hank Cochran's Sally Was a Good Old Girl that however much you wish it won't improve with each listen.
4 bonus tracks: including the quasi 'In A Gadda Da Vida' sounding 'Send Me A Postcard' & the bouncy pastoral 'Pickin' Tomatoes.' which had it replaced Sally Was A Good Old Girl would have made a perfect album.
The package would have benefitted from liner notes and more importantly pictures of Mariska Verres who wigged or not is what latched me onto the band in the first place.