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Album Review

This 1973 outing is the album that raised Golden Earring to an international level of popularity, primarily on the strength of the hit single and enduring radio favorite "Radar Love." However, there is much more to this album than just that hit. In many ways, Moontan is like a summation of everything the group had learned on their first three albums. It presents a similar combination of prog epics, heavy rockers, and songs that combine both elements, but everything is raised to a new level of inspiration and polish. It starts with a bang thanks to "Candy's Going Bad," a piece that starts off as a thunderous, pounding rocker but transforms midway into a bluesy instrumental mood piece. Other highlights include the hit single "Radar Love," a relentless rock tune with a left-field instrumental break in which tribal drums duel with a big band-style horn section, and "Just Like Vince Taylor," a guitar-slinging slice of boogie rock that pays tribute to the fallen rock idol of the title. The album also includes what may be the group's finest prog effort in "Vanilla Queen": this classic builds from pulsating, ominous verses dominated by synthesizer into a hard-rocking chorus and also throws in a stark acoustic guitar midsection before climaxing in a frantic band jam augmented by blaring horns and an ever-spiraling string section. Despite the album's overall strength, not every song reaches these heights: "Are You Receiving Me?" recycles some hooks from the group's past classic "She Flies on Strange Wings," and the twangy country-pop of "Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)" is a little too poppy to gel with the rest of the album. However, even these tunes benefit from tight arrangements and a spirited, totally committed performance from the group. The result is an album that retains its power today. In the end, Moontan is a necessity for Golden Earring fans, and a worthwhile listen for anyone interested in 1970s rock at its most adventurous. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi

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Sometimes its one tune that hooks you into a band, Vanilla Queen was one such track on Tommy Vances Radio 1 Rock Show in 1981. It was an accident because I was taping the show (wait - no I wasn't if there is anyone from licensing reading this) and on play back this weird pulsating synth with a riff that just kept getting higher and higher totally got me. Plus who or what the hell were they singing about ( Marilyn Monroe ?). Anyway, copies of the album were like dragon's teeth at that time and it wasn't until a holiday in Amsterdam that I got to buy a gatefold sleeve copy in a second hand store and loved all the other tracks nearly as much, especially rockers like "Candy's Going Bad" which doesn't need explanation, and no its not about fresh Belgian chocolates. The other tracks alternatively rock, noodle or embarrass in ways only 1970's Europeans could. Hey, its either you or its not, no apologies or excuses.

Radar Love

Just as good now as it was back then listening to it at school through the guitar amps - drum beat gets me every time. Best yet my kids think this is great (and new)!!! Go figure a real band with real instruments.

Clang - Am I Being Picky?

I'm a bit disapponted that this collection doesn't mirror the original 1973 release of the album, particularly missing 'Big Tree, Blue Sea', the actual version of which I haven't been able to recapture (the version on the album Golden Earring isn't the same one), but otherwise, if you've only ever heard Radar Love, treat yourself because there's far more to the band's music than just that track.


Formed: 1961 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known in the U.S. for their hard rock material, Golden Earring have been the most popular homegrown band in the Netherlands since the mid-'60s, when they were primarily a pop group. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist George Kooymans and bassist/vocalist Rinus Gerritsen, then schoolboys, in 1961; several years and personnel shifts later, they had their first Dutch hit, "Please Go," and in 1968 hit the top of the Dutch charts for the first of many times with "Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong,"...
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