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on 17 December 2000
Here is another undeservedly forgotten album.
Even though it got to Number 4 in Holland back in 1969, this first Shocking Blue album is largely forgotten today, the only track that does ring a bell to some people being VENUS, and even that because it was covered by Banarama (quite poorly at that!).
It's a shame, because this solid, energy-packed album does include a number of interesting and original compositions featuring the attractive vocalist Mariske Veres at her best. Her melodious deep voice sounds different on every track: from powerful and assertive on "Long and Lonesome Road" reinforced by heavy guitar riffs to plaintive and sensual on "I'm a Woman" accompanied by gentle sitar.
If you like sitar, you will enjoy "Acka Raga", and for an expressive solo go to "Love Machine" - both courtesy of the band's founding member Robbie van Leeuwen. "Poor Boy" opening at a strange tempo is another tribute to Robbie van Leeuwen's guitar - the interaction of the bass and the solo guitar reaches its peack in a cascade and then unexpectedly falls silent - the sound engineer failing to add on Part 2 with Mariska's most lyrical contribution (the full version was later released on Shocking Blue: The Third Album).
The last four tracks weren't originally included into the album, being sides B to the group's first four singles, which may explain a certain difference in their styles.
This is unmistakebly Shocking Blue's best album,
which deserves to be included into the Top Hundred Albums. So if you are into the Sixties' music and melodious female vocals, you stand a good chance of having a groovy hour enjoying this amiable group.
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on 27 November 2015
I bought the LP when it came out in early 70s for the hit 'Venus'. The other tracks I enjoyed just as much even though these were not commercial and catchy like 'Venus' and not really to my taste at the time.
I sold all of my LPs about 10 years ago and have been meaning to replace 'Shocking Blue at Home' with the cd.

And so I have. And my first impressions? "Just as I remember it and the sound quality is very good." With the experience of age and appreciation my music tastes are diverse now and I enjoy this album more than ever and look forward to listening to it again and again.. It's one of those rare but excellent albums. I have tried to find other albums, even by Shocking Blue that are very similar but as yet not found any.
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on 10 March 2010
After reading the only review of this album on amazon(which is over 9 years old), i decided to give this c.d. another listen.What a good move that was, I had never realised what a sensational album this is.Love buzz was covered by nirvana, venus is sublime, as is its b side hot sand(abonus track).Long lonesome road and love machine also stand out.But the best thing is every track is strong and the album flows. A true late 1960,s classic.
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on 28 December 2015
The sound is not the same like the original repertoire label,that I had the cover colours the same problem.
Some tracks are more higher than others. The Shocking Blue is a great band but this edition don't justified it.
Poor sound.
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on 10 July 2015
Order received, I am very happy. Thanks to all!
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on 23 January 2016
bought for a mate
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