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Not a great album in its original form
on 24 May 2009
Along with Together, this is the album you have to buy if you want Hearing Earring on CD, issued originally in 1973 as a Best Of the two (and never reissued on CD), only a year or so after Together. This may seem slightly strange until you hear both the original albums in their entirety. Simply put, neither is particularly great.
It's the same four stalwarts, namely George Kooymans (guitars and second vocal), Barry Hay (vocals, flute and sax), Rinus Gerritsen (bass, moog and other keyboards) and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion), but you can tell that George Kooymans, who wrote nearly all tracks, hadn't quite attained his full potential as a songwriter. But re-compiling the good tracks as they appeared on Hearing Earring yields a good solid set and, despite their vintage, the result is worthy of recommendation to fans of the Dutch rock scene of the early seventies. So buy both and enjoy.
The required track listing is Jangalene, All Day Watcher, She Flies On Strange Wings, Avalanche Of Love, Silver Ships, Brother Wind, Hope and 1000 Feet Below You.