Monday, July 10, 2006

Les Baroques- Les Baroques['66 Dutch Beat]

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excellent dutch beat
this is an excellent vinyl rip

you may think whats so special about this band
well they play quite variable music on one album
garage rock,blues,folk and pure popmusic
their second album(Barbarians With Love) seems to be quite
hard to find

allmusic bio:

One of the strangest and best Dutch bands of the mid-'60s, Les Baroques always seemed out of synch with the real world. They had a French name, a lead singer with an obviously anglicized pseudonym (Gary O'Shannon, real name Gerard Schoenaker), and played R&B-tinged pop-rock with odd streaks of European folk tunes and corny orchestral arrangements. Their reputation hinges chiefly upon their first four singles and self-titled 1966 LP, all recorded with O'Shannon before the singer left the group at the end of 1966. At his best, O'Shannon could sound like a less polished, neurotic version of Van Morrison, delivering songs that, like much Dutch beat of the mid-'60s, were sullen and minor-keyed. Les Baroques took this moodiness to extremes, however, in cuts like "Silky" and "Summer Beach," which had a dreamlike sheen and forlorn, doomed atmosphere. At other times, they espoused an earthier, R&B-based sound more in line with some British groups of the time, especially in the sharp organ riffs; "She's Mine" closely approximates Them's ballads, while "O, O, Baby Give Me That Show" is a good Animals clone.

"Such a Cad," a weird punky number that was, like several of their 45s, embellished with bassoon (!) fills, was a big Dutch hit in 1966. But after one more fine single, the typically inscrutable "I'll Send You to the Moon," O'Shannon had to leave the band for military service. Les Baroques did continue for five more singles and a second LP with Michel van Dijk as lead singer, but it wasn't the same, although the first two singles with this lineup, "Working on a Tsing Tsang" and "Bottle Party," were acceptably twisted pop numbers.




Blogger M47 said...

I want to listen to this one. Indeed a strange name for a Dutch band. The band first had other names like MODERN TEENAGE QUARTET en HURRICANE COMBO. Michel van Dijk later joined Alquin I think.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

Didn't hear this for a long time, so it's more "a trip through memory lane". But I remember they had a nice, original sound; not great, just for fun imho. :-)

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Karel said...

Thanks for this great post but
where's the link to download?

10:33 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

its the 192 kbits word
thats the link,its clickable

11:25 PM  

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