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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

Customer Reviews

actually, Titanica...

this is the original version of the lp that came out in the Netherlands; the way the band intended it... 'Big Tree, Blue Sea' was only the US-only MCA version; the label stuck that song (originally on the self-titled 1970 lp) as the label here thought 'Vince' & 'Suzy' were weak.

Seek out the original version of this gem

One of my favorite albums of all time, but do yourself a favor and get the original version with "Big Tree, Blue Sea" instead of the throw-aways "Suzy Lunacy" and "Just Like Vince Taylor." It will definitely make the album sound more complete when you listen all the way through. I would appreciate it if Itunes would put the original version on here. Nice job on the original, US banned, cover though. This is indeed pulsing, hard rock at its most progressive. Hard rock in space.

Golden Earring Moontan

We got to see Golden Earring open for "The Who" in Feb 1974 at Madison Square Garden, in New York. The Who were doing 4 shows that week there. Mon and Tues then Thurs and Fri. We got good seats for Monday Evening. Golden Earring opened that night and blew the place away! They were amazing that night. Everybody loved them. We ran out the next day for the album. We played the hell out of that album! By the way. The Who were so bad. They got BOOED off the stage after 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Keith Moon was so drunk he kept dropping his drumsticks. People began throwing bottles at the stage after the band was gone. The drums got beat up bad!


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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