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When the music hits the brain.
on 5 October 2015
To me, Golden Earring have, for much of the time, been one-hit wonders from the early 70s when I bought their "Radar Love" single, after seeing the promo film of them performing it on "The Old Grey Whistle Test". Despite Whisperin' Bob rather sneering at the band, I loved it. It was only many years later when I discovered Dutch rock station Arrow Classic Rock (used to be on medium wave/AM - now can get it on internet) that I realised that some of unfamiliar rather storming numbers they played were most likely by Golden Earring. "Twilight Zone" was a particular favourite.
This collection starts with 60s era stuff recorded as "The Golden Earrings" on the first half of the first CD. Some of these are quite engaging, others forgettable. They seemed to have a Spinal Tap type career development if missing out the "Listen to the Flower People" stage. Of the rest of the material, for those less familiar with this band's output, it is probably fair to say that "Radar Love", with its thundering drums and screaming/soloing guitars, is a little atypical. Much of the other material is far lighter and more 'poppy' in style, although there is plenty here to like. Other favourites here are "She Flies on Strange Wings", "Bombay", "Weekend Love", and "Burning Stuntman".
The insert with the CD is somewhat 'minimalist' in info contained. Neither dates of release nor source albums are given for the tracks. 'Red Bullet' have put out some vital re-issues of Dutch bands' albums from the 70s forward, but they could put a bit more into this aspect.