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  • Audio CD (July 21 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002PAU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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1. Radar Love
2. Candy's Going Bad
3. Vanilla Queen
4. Big Tree, Blue Sea
5. Are You Receiving Me

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Import only 180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing. 2009.


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Format: Audio CD
Purchasing an import copy of _Contraband_/_Golden Earring_ the other day, the clerk at the counter closely inspected the song lists. "Wow, no Radar Love." Too bad the Earring had the misfortune to actually pack an entire album's worth of fantastic music onto _Moontan_, because the bulk of the population never got past track one. (Okay, you can hear _Vanilla Queen_ from time to time on classic rock radio - but only during the enlightened hours of the evening.) This is the American pressing of this album, which contains "Big Tree, Blue Sea" whose original version is on _Golden Earring_, and leaves out "Suzy Lunacy" and "Just Like Vince Taylor" along with the racier cover art on the European pressing. "Blue Sea" is a fantastic, musically adventerous track by itself, almost exactly anticipating _Heavy Horses_ era-Tull by a full five years! Having indulged themselves and surprised the listener with the extremes of their artier tendencies, there are blasts of dense hard rock ("Candy's Gone Bad"), complex riffing and generous quantities of strings and well-used horns ("Vanilla Queen"). And then there's the single; its much easier to digest after all these times in the context of the rest of the album. Im constantly surprised how much this band's best output has been ignored by reviewers when considering great music in this decade; you could fit it into prog-rock or hard rock categories in equal parts. Or as another reviewer put it, the ultimate driving album. THE album to own by this band.
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Format: Audio CD
The only shame about this CD is that it doesn't come with the packaging of the original European LP. (This had a very attractive woman on front and back, together with some excellent concert photos inside.)
This is just a fantastic rock album. Hardly a moment of it is sub-par. It has no pretensions to be anything other than a thumping good listen, although that is not to say that it is all guitar riffs. Both tracks 2 and 3 feature some good synth arrangements from bassist Rinus Gerritsen (apologies if I have misspelt the name, which is missing from my CD). The drumming of Cesar Zjuiderwick (apols again for the spelling) is excellently recorded.
When this first came out, the British pop papers wrote of a Dutch invasion. Focus had just released the currently deleted Focus III, and Hocus Pocus was doing well as a single. In terms of musicianship, Focus were probably the stronger, but Earring completely outrocked them.
Twenty-seven years on, I personally don't feel this album has dated. Radar Love will always be a classic. But as a driving song, it is actually bettered by the last track, Are You Receiving Me.
The follow-up album, Switch, was a bitter disappointment. Indeed I have never found an Earring album that comes close to this one, which remains in my all-time top ten.
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Format: Audio CD
More than 20 years ago, a friend of mine proposed an exchange: "...your Ten Years After album for my Golden Earring album, if you want..." A good deal, at that time I did not know about 'Moontan' and the band who played 'Radar Love'. But, let me tell you, I really enjoyed that record. I used to regret my old copy of 'A Space In Time' to the point that, later, I bought a new copy; still, after all, it was a good deal, because that Golden Earring disc was and will always be a truly great record. Each song is a gem. Musical beauty. Truth. The sound is not flawless, yet it is overcomed by the technique, the genius of the musicians. Progressive Rock, mixed with some jazz, folk, and even hard-rock elements, that's how is 'Moontan' to me. The sonics of the cd reissue is, according to my copy, a coherent replica of the goode olde LP.
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This early Disc of the Dutch band Golden Earring was originally released in 1973 and was an immediate hit in North America even though there were very few tracks on the LP. Such was the strength of the track "Radar Love". Moontan made MCA a great deal of Money and more or less made Golden Earrings future in North America. Other tracks such as "Candy's going Bad " and "Vanilla Queen" are also great. This is a Classic among LP's and it is hard I believe to find a few People who have not heard of Golden Earring, Older Brothers / Sisters, or Parents have been playing this for so long now that it simply has become an Icon of Rock and a lack of this in any collection definitely shows up...Spigomars
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Format: Audio CD
Could be the best rock album ever. This is a very underated group in the states. In Europe they are huge. Every song a masterpiece, In fact to me the famous Radar Love while awesome is not the best track on this album. That distinction goes to The Vanilla Queen. This is a timeless classic and the best place to start for anyone wanting to discover this exceptional band. One thing of interest, despite the better sound and the original album cover that the import boasts I like the U.S. release better. The import omits Big Tree Blue Sea, contains two other not so great tunes, and the rest are in a different sequence.
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Format: Audio CD
This album contains some of the most hauntingly beatiful guitaring, in my opinion, ever captured on vinyl. While the very famous track Radar Love is not bad at all, it pales into insignificance next to tracks like Vanilla Queen and Candy's Goin' Bad. The latter, especially, has a riff that is simply momentous. Vanilla Queen is a striking piece of music, clocking in at just under eight minutes, and the guitaring on this, as well as Big Tree Blue Sea is breathtaking. Great Album from a great Dutch band, even is guitar-driven rock is not your thing, this will certainly make you listen twice.
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