Drama

Discography

Drama (1972)

Drama

Drama (incl Mary's mamma)
Drama
(1972)
Tracks:
  1. Dreamed I was the president (T. Schellekens) [4:46]
  2. I'm your hoochie cookie man (W. Dixon) [7:51]
  3. No doctor (F. van der Kloot) [2:29]
  4. Melodrama (Drama) [4:30]
  5. Smile or yell (R. Eduard) [6:59]
  6. Tell the world I'm coming (U. Grün) [2:57]
  7. Brains or not (R. Eduard) [6:31]
  8. Give up and go (R. Eduard) [2:29]

CD bonus tracks: 

  1. Down (R. Eduard) [3:08]
  2. Hard to believe (Drama) [5:18]
  3. Daddy won't let me (R. Eduard) [3:04]
  4. Everywhere (U. Grün) [3:27]
  5. Mary's mamma (P. Koelewijn, P. Schoonhoven) [3:20]

Musicians:

  • Ton "Shell" Schellekens: Drums
  • Polle Eduard: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Uly Grün: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Guitar, vocals
  • Frank van der Kloot: Guitar, vocals

Guest: Sascha van Geest: Flute on track [8]

Information:
Produced by Hans van Oosterhout (except track 13 which was produced by Peter Koelewijn).
Engineered by Erik Bakker and Henry Bentson.
Recorded at theGTB Studios, The Hague, Holland.
Sleeve design by Jan H. van Uden.
The bonus tracks are a- and b-sides of singles.

LP Phonogram 6413021 (1972)
LP Phonogram 6413028 (1972, including Mary's mamma)
CD Pseudonym CDP-1046 (1997)

Review:
I must admit, the music of Drama is more rock than progressive. On the other hand they did have progressive influences, but most of all they did have Frank van der Kloot. He was a young and brilliant guitarist which makes this band just a bit more interesting than some of the bands that were in the same space of time.

So what about the music. The album opens with a heavy track Dreamed I was the president which has a typical seventies sound and a great guitar solo. This is followed by the superfluous blues cover I'm your hoochie cookie man. Again the guitar is good, but the more interesting tracks are the slow, early progressive No doctor and Melodrama, a song that is built up to a wonderful guitar outburst. Side B continues with the cheerful Smile or yell and the (excusez le mot) rockballad Tell the world I'm coming. One of the better tracks is the dynamic Brains or not. The album ends with acoustic guitar and wonderful flute playing, by Supersister's Sascha van Geest. A nice early progressive effort with great guitar work.

The bonus tracks are singles they released, which show their ability to create good melodic rock tracks. But when you listen to Mary's mamma, it is not hard to understand why the band hated this song. It is terrible, awful and has nothing to do with the music they really make.

(Dutch Progressive Rock of the Seventies)

Melodrama (2013)

Drama
Melodrama
(2013)
Tracks:
  1. Dreamed I was the president (T. Schellekens) [4:49]
  2. I'm your hoochie cookie man (W. Dixon) [7:56]
  3. Melodrama (Drama) [4:33]
  4. Everywhere (U. Grün) [5:02]
  5. Brains or not (R. Eduard) [6:36]
  6. No doctor - part I (F. van der Kloot) [3:40]
  7. No doctor - part II (F. van der Kloot) [1:34]
  8. No doctor - part III(F. van der Kloot) [4:19]
  9. Give up and go (R. Eduard) [2:31]
  10. Lifetime (R. Eduard) [3:35]

Musicians:

  • Ton "Shell" Schellekens: Drums
  • Polle Eduard: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Uly Grün: Hammond organ, Mellotron, Guitar, vocals
  • Frank van der Kloot: Guitar, vocals

Guest: Sascha van Geest: Flute on track [9]

Information:
Produced by Hans van Oosterhout.
Engineered by Erik Bakker and Henry Bentson.
Recorded at theGTB Studios, The Hague, Holland.

Tracks [4,6,7,8,10] are previously unreleased demo tracks. The other tracks are from the Drama album.

LP Pseudonym (2013)

Drama Melodrama

Singles

Down/Hard To Believe

Down (R. Eduard) [3:08]
Hard to believe (Drama) [5:18]

Philips 6075 129 (1971)

Daddy won't let me (R. Eduard) [3:04]
Everywhere (U. Grün) [3:27]

Philips 6075 133 (1972)

Mary's Mamma / Mademoiselle Mary's Mamma / Mademoiselle

Mary's Mamma / Mademoiselle Mary's Mamma

Mary's mamma (P. Koelewijn, P. Schoonhoven) [3:20]
Mademoiselle

Philips 6012 228 (1972)

Mary's Mamma

Mary's mamma (P. Koelewijn, P. Schoonhoven) [3:20]
Bring Back The Money

UK R 49 (1972)

Stop That Now/Bring Back The Money

Stop that now
Bring Back The Money

Philips 6012 315 (1973)