Windy Corner

Biography

Windy Corner was a band from Amsterdam that played in a folky, psychedelic rock style. The band was formed in the late sixties. They consisted of Wim Vree (organ and guitar), Rob Braam (guitar), Kees van Weegberg (drums) and Wim Steevels (bass guitar). All stringed musicians also provided vocals. They didn't play many performances. They were very into DIY, not only recording their self written music but also building and adjusting their equipment and instruments.

Two albums were released. The first was released during their active career, the second long after the band disbanded. In 1973 Wim Vree had to go abroard for a few years and the band decided to record an album. They found a company called Deroy Sound Services in Carnforth (Lancashire, UK) to press 100 copies of the album. Unfortunately, due to strikes and shortage of oil - used to create vinyl - the albums were shipped in 1974 to Holland. The cover of the album has a picture of the rehearsal room. In 1998 they were asked to compile another album with tracks that were recorded during the same session that produced the debut album.

Guitarist Robby Morgen died in 2007.

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Discography

The House At Windy Corner (1973)

Windy Corner (LP)

Windy Corner (LP)

Windy Corner (CD)

The House At Windy Corner (1973)

Tracks:
  1. Song From The Very North (Windy Corner) [7:05]
  2. Blinkered Man (Windy Corner) [3:11]
  3. Staring Face (Windy Corner) [6:31]
  4. Waiting To Fall Back Asleep (Windy Corner) [3:25]
  5. The Palace Of Twelve Phases (Windy Corner) [16:22]
  6. Sitting On A Throne / Wind Is Blowing / A Hedge Of Thorns (Windy Corner) [5:21]

Musicians:

  • Wim Steevels: Bass guitar, vocals
  • Wim Vree: Organ, guitar, vocals;
  • Robby Morgen: Guitar, vocals
  • Kees van Weegberg: Drums

Information:
Engineered by Hans Redel
Cover photo by Hans Redel
Recorded on January 22 and 24 in 1973 live at the Windy Corner rehearsal room on two tracks

LP Deroy Der 977a-61 (1973)
LP Sommor SOMM017 (Spain) (2014)

Review:

Something of an enigma in the collector's circles, this quartet had 100 copies of The House At Windy Corner printed on the British Deroy label (known for releases by Complex). Their ambitious and intricate long instrumental passages remind me of the British underground group Sindelfingen (their Triangle) and the more understated and meditative improvisations of the San Francisco-bands Mad River (first album) and Grateful Dead (1968-70). Windy Corner's home recordings were generally quite strange and highly rewarding for those seriously into the "more intellectual" underground sound. 56 minutes of unissued two-track recordings from 1970 to 1976 were recently issued.

( Asbjornsen, Scented Gardens Of The Mind)

This hitherto rarity was originally pressed up by Deroy Sound Services, a bespoke tape-to-disc business in Carnforth, Lancashire, ideally suited to manufacturing 100 copies of an album from a Dutch quartet with such idiosyncratic demands that they hand-built much of their equipment, designed their own sleeve and played vintage guitars of notorious unreliability but boundless atmospheric quality. No matter: this is high-class DIY rather than a botch job, and the music has immense charm, mixing acoustic drive with some fabulous Gibson and Hofner picking.

Composed in 1973, but not released for a year because of strikes and the oil crisis, songs such as Staring Face and the progressively inclined Palace Of Twelve Phases are powered by Wim Vre and Rob Braam with plangent fervor and instrumental élan; the somewhat tentative nature of the lyrics can be overlooked. Considering they seem to have recorded the album for a few Guilders and a packet of fuse wire, the results are spectacular, partially reminiscent of Ditchling’s Ithaca combo in terms of adventure, but otherwise unique and self-contained.

When the albums were posted back to Holland at a cost of £1.95, Windy Corner were offered five extra copies at a pound each. They declined. The original is worth a bit more than that now.

( Max Bell, Record Collector)

Lost Garden (1998)

Windy Corner

Lost Garden
(1998)

Tracks:

  1. Light and darkness (Windy Corner) [10:11]
  2. Falling unknown (Windy Corner) [14:26]
  3. Tell me (Windy Corner) [4:07]
  4. Symphony of the Lost Garden (Windy Corner) [28:14]

Musicians:

  • Wim Steevels: Bass guitar, vocals
  • Wim Vree: Organ, guitar, vocals;
  • Robby Morgen: Guitar, vocals
  • Kees van Weegberg: Drums

Information:
Engineered by Hans Redel
This album contains tracks recorded during the same sessions that produced the debut album but also from other rehearsal sessions between 1970 and 1976.

CD Buckley Records (1998)