Avalanche was a project by multi instrumentalist Jan Blom from Gouda. With the help of a few other musicians they recorded an album. It was recorded with the help of a technician on only four tracks in a school in The Hague. 500 copies of the album were released. Although there were plans to record another album, the band ceased to exist. Daan Slaman would later join Pinpoint.
Perseverance Kills Our Game
Produced and mixed by Sjako van der Speld
Engineered by Hans Heeres
Recorded at the De Zespunt in Moordrecht, Thomas Moore MAVO Den Haag and Raam 123 Gouda during September/Oktober 1979
LP Starlet 10036 SL (1979)
CD Guerssen GUESSCD05 (2015)
LP Guerssen GUESS144 (2015)
These tracks were recorded in 1975 (1 - 11) in Kuinre and in 1976 (12-13) in Emmeloord. The tracks were mastered at Studio Last Horizon.
In 1969 Bluesband Crusade was formed. After some time, like many other blues groups, Crusade changed their music to Progressive Rock.
In 1973 the band consisted of Cleem Determeijer (keyboards), Willem van der Wall (guitar and vocals), Pjotr Jurtschenko (flute and vocals), Henk Bol (bass guitar and vocals) and Mels Bol (drums). Also in 1973 they signed an exclusive contract with the famous Paul Acket Agency and even appeared at the Holland Festival of that year. In 1974 they started recording at the Rainbow Studios in The Hague. These sessions were to produce a first single and an album. Due to the world wide oil crisis this was, unfortunately, never to be. The disappointment eventually led to the break up of the band.
Danger is an experimental jazz-rock trio that released an album as a private pressing. It contains two side long improvisations reminiscent of Soft Machine. The recording was made during a rehearsal and is fully improvised. The only thing that was added later is the voice on side two.
Recorded by Bob de Lange.
Cover by Paul de Nooijer.
Recorded January 17, 1973 at the Paard van Troje Studio, Den Haag, The Netherlands
LP COW RCS 315 (1973)
In the mid sixties the band Goldstar Brothers was formed by singer Andre Groote, guitarist Henk Groote and drummer Ben Groote. Later they changed their name to G-Brothers and finally to Geebros. They were joined by organ player Lol Nijhuis, who was replaced by Henny Backers in 1968. The music was somewhat psychedelic. In 1969 their musical interest changed and they choose yet another name: Crying Wood. By this time they made heavy progressive music.
The bandtoured intensively and even recorded an album in 1970, which was called "Back to the mountains". Apparently this album was only released in Canada. The music on it is heavy with hints of Focus and Pantheon. Shortly after recording the album, the band fell apart. In 1974 the band is reformed by Ben Groote in 1974. Other members are: Cor Lievers (keyboards), Jan Veldkamp (guitar) and Gert Kozijn (bass guitar). Although the band records several demo's, a proper release was never made. Several line up changes follow, and the band finally ends in 1976.
Recorded at GTB studios, The Hague
Fragile was an obscure band that played a heavy, twin guitar rock. They choose this name as a tribute to the band Yes, who had released an album by the same name. The music of Fragile is not unlike Cargo or Wishbone Ash. The band saw the light around 1972. They recorded an album in 1974 but it was not released until 1976. After the album was released their rehearsal location, including their equipment, was burnt down. This didn't make them stop performing, but eventually they did disband the band due to lack of income. In 2004 their album was released on cd.
Produced by Ben Donkelaar
Recorded at Flower Tree Studio
LP Private pressing LLP6729 (1976)
CD Estrella ER42121 (2004)
Ernst Kersting and Cees de Visser formed a duo under names like Abandoned Elephant, 11 Phant, Ellef-Fant and finally Ellufant. Kersting played his self build organ and de Visser played drums and a sort of echo machine played . Their music was very much improvised and during live performances tracks could last for about a half hour to three quarters of an hour. In 1972 they recorded a live album on behalf of Release, an organisation to help drug addicts. From this album 150 copies were made.
Recorded live on April 7th, 1972 at Ruimtes Situatie Centrum, Rotterdam.
Engineered by Koos Groeneveld
Produced by Lou Thiel
Cover by Fred Julsing
LP Discothiel (1972)
Project of composer Cees van Aanholt putting this band together for recording his music. After many changes and due of lack of time, Tamalone disbanded in 1981. The name Tamalone is taken from the charracter Tamalone (I am Alone) from the book- A tramp in Love- (1904) from the early 20-s century writer Arthur van Schendel. The story tells about the freedom of dreaming, unwanted love afairs and putting dreams above reallity. After Tamalone van Aanholt played in Blade Runner. Paul Pijman died in 1984.
LP Crossroad 279.109 (1979)
Recorded in the Crossroads Studio in Oss, The Netherlands
Released in 500 vinyl copies.
Although this is an album made under the name of Wisse Scheper (ex Act of God), it is often
referred as the band Topaz. The members met at the Groningen Conservatory. One of them is drummer George Snijder, who used to play in
At one of their practice sessions in Bartlehiem, they were heard by producer Ruud Jacobs and they signed a contract at CBS. In 1972 album is recorded. In the same year Snijder and Faulhaber are replaced by drummer Klaas de Vries and guitarist Eef Albers. The latter would record with Focus.
By the time it was 1973 the band had already come to an end. In interviews Scheper told he was recording a solo album withe the brothers Hollestelle on bass and guitar and drummer Debije, but this album was never released.
LP CBS S 64817 (1972)
Engineered by Jan Audier and produced by Chris Hinze.
Arranged by Wisse Scheper
Recorded at Soundpush Studios, Blaricum, The Netherlands.
Voiz originates from Franeker and is a band that play a sort of blues with progressive influences and religious lyrics. They started under the name His Masters Voice and the members where Koop Hofman (bass guitar), Sietse Kuipers (guitar), Bauke Sijtsma (guitar), Jacob Sijtsma (drums) and Herke Tichelaar (guitar). The music they play is folk rock with religious lyrics. As time goes by, they change their style to more progressive music. The line up is also changing, they are joined by Ivo de Jong (flute) and Jan Idzenga (bass guitar). When they were invited to record an album for the Grapevine lable in Eastborne, England they changed their name to Voiz. After some personnel changes the band evolved into Bonnie & the Boerema's. At this time the music was more soul and ska.
Produced by Pete Yates-Round
Recorded at ICC Studios, Eastbourne
Mastered at The Master Room, London
Engineered by Andy Kidd
Sleeve design by Phil Johns
LP Disaster Electronics (1978)
The Rotterdam based Swinging Soul Machine changed
its name to Machine and started to play a kind of hardrock with
progressive influences. Singer John Caljouw came from the
legendary band Dragonfly. Machine existed from 1970 to 1972 but was also revived from 1973 to 1974 by
Content and Warby. New members were Jaap Schoonhoven (guitar), Michel Marion (bass guitar), Marc Holland (drums), Nico Doorduyn (vocals) and Andre de Wendt (vocals, guitars).
As singles "Lonesome tree / Mohammed street" (Polydor 2050 017) and "Rainmaker / Say goodbye to your friends" (Polydor 2050049) were released.
LP Polydor 2441020 (1970)
CD Synton DWPD2052
CD Dwarf / Perceptions Records PDLP (2002)
Produced by Jaap Eggermont
Engineered by Erik Bakker
Photography by Richard Henning and Michael Walmsley
Ton Vlasman, born in Rotterdam, created a psychedelic folk album in 1970. The album was recorded in one-and-a-half day and was released on the Amsterdam-based Flame Record label, an independent run by Don Peijters. His brother played in the legendary formation The Sound of Imker. The album sold badly at the time. In 1974 Vlasman surfaced under the name Flashman.
Sleeve by Leendert Le Duc
LP Red Fox RF 623 (1970)
CD Red Fox (2004)
CD Estrella Rockera
Marakesh is a band that came from Dordrecht and was formed in 1970 by Jan Plomp (drums), George Amelung (guitar, vocals), Wijnand Zijlmans (guitar, vocals), Zeeger Roobel (alt sax) and Dick de Jong (tenor sax). During their existence they suffered many line up changes. In 1976 they recorded an album. It consisted of long, dreamy symphonic tracks with jazzy influences. After the album was released, the band changed more towards a jazz rock band. In 1978 the band ended. One track of this new direction ended up on the sampler "Drechtstreek": Hot Flushes.
Henk Zijderveld went on to Carry Load and Ronnie Willemse became a member of Nightbird. Wout Prins went to Deadline and Pitches but eventually became the owner of a recording studio and Evert Houtman played in several bands, one of them was Deadline.
Produced by Marakesh, Jan Ridderinkhof and Rudolf Kuipers
Engineered by Bas de Zwart and Henry Winter
Cover by Erik Houtman, photography by Onno Houtman
LP Mirasound MS5023 (1976)
CD Paisley Press PP120 (2016)
Progressive rock band that starts in 1975 ends in 1983 and resurfaces as US in 1998. In the beginning Jos Wernars, Paul van Velzen and Ernest Wernars played Moody Blues and Steely Dan covers, but soon they worked on their own material. An album was released in 1979. After the release of the album Eeken left the band and new singer Tom de Jong joined the band. After a short tour de Jong and Goebertus left the band. They didn't find a new keyboard player, so Wernars took this role. Later new guitarist Nico Bakker and vocalist Ton van Kesteren entered the band. But after a few gigs the new memebers left, leaving the three original members behind. Lack of money made them sell their equipment leading to the end of Saga. In 1998 the Saga threesome started to play music again under the new name US, releasing several albums.
To whom it concerns
LP UAP-004 (1979)
Sustain is a progressive rock band that existed from 1976 until 1982 and recorded two albums. They started as a quartet, but were joined in 1977 by a sax player to become a quintet. The first album was released in 1978. In 1980 they changed their name to Sustayn and made more popular music. With this formation an album was released in 1981.
LP UAP-002 (1978)
Time for a change
LP VLP 198168 (1981)
Engineered by Jaap Brunner
Produced by Sustayn, Jaap Brunner and Jelmer van Knijff
Recorded and mixed October and November 1981 at Ballad Sound Studio, Vuren, The Netherlands
Children of Jubal were a psychedelic rockband from Surhuisterveen. The music was experimental with influences from Pink Foyd and Soft Machine. The band formed in 1967 by Geert van der Velde (drums and vocals), Harry Moltmaker (bass guitar) and Anne Weening (guitar). At the time they were known as First Edition. They changed their name in 1969 when they discovered that there already existed a band with that name. Around the same time Weening was replaced by Teake Beukema. During this period they played their on material with titles like 'Tuin Der Lusten' and 'The First Trip to Brother Bell'.
They were also joined by Sietze Pultrun who became their technician. In 1971 they found a new drummer in Eric Dam, which meant that van der Velde could focus on his vocal skills. In 1972 Beukema left the band because he needed the time for his study. That year Yntze Heida joined the band as guitarist. This would be the most successful formation. They also recorded two songs for a split album (together with Pugh's Place and Rick - Dave). In 1974 the band got rid off Pultrun and they named themselves simply Children. The music became more straight forward rock. In September 4 1976 they performed a 10 year jubilee concert in De Lawei in Drachten, playing music from all incarnations of the band. In 1979 the band ended. In 1999 they performed for a reunion concert in Drachten. Heida went to the band Bee Brunett and played in Timmi Ritmo. He is currently active in Rubber Soul, a Beatles revival band.
Child in time - Live
Produced by Wobbe van Seijen
LP Universe 1087320 (1972)
The tracks by Pugh's Place were recorded during their farewell concert at the Pow-Wow (in Leeuwarden) in September 1971. The track by Rick and Dave is a studio recording. The Children of Jubal tracks were recorded May 18 1972 in a studio in Leeuwarden. They were broadcasted for the local radio station RONO in the program Frij Pik on June 21 1972.
Zoo was a melodic progressive rockband from the town of Groningen. They are formed in 1970 when the band
Spring changed its name. From the original members only Eddy Meyer and Bert Veldkamp remained. They were joined by Gerhard Jeltes and Robbie Pwa, who used to play with Wisse Scheper. Zoo released several singles before they recorded an album in 1973.
In 1974 Zoo ends. Bass player Bert Veldkamp joins Kayak, a few others start the new group Kangaroo. During their existence they release four singles.
Produced by Richard du Bois
LP CNR 541645 (1973)
The medley "Dedicated to you all" consists of the following tracks: We can work it out, Norwegian wood, Day tripper, Baby you're a rich man, Got to get you into my life and Eight days a week.
(sources: Oor Popencyclopedie, Private Dutch, Album sleeves,