The occasion for these re-interpretations is the launch of a new series in the Music On Vinyl catalogue: the Dutch Vinyl Masters, a growing range of almost 50 Pop and Rock albums by Dutch artists. On Nov 19, we add eight albums to the Dutch Vinyl Masters series of artists such as Golden Earring, Earth & Fire and Cuby + Blizzards. The eight kick-off albums are pressed onto red, white and blue vinyl in a limited edition and include an exclusive insert with the 'new' Night Watch.
Why the Nightwatch? These music Masters can be compared to the Art Masters of the Golden Age, and that's why Music On Vinyl decided to introduce them to one another in this campaign. Rembrandt's members of the Night Watch, Vermeer's Milkmaid and Girl With Scales and Frans Hals' Cluveniers are happily familiarizing themselves with copies of Dutch Vinyl Masters.
We will unveil the Masterpieces on our website and Facebook page next week. Feel free to share with your friends!
Check out this video from our pressing plant. Get up close to the birth of red, white and blue Dutch Vinyl Masters vinyl!
After five years performing in and around The Hague The Golden Ear-rings finally released their debut album Just Ear-Rings in 1965, being the start of an impressive career. The album features the song "Please Go", the first single of the band.
Miracle Mirror is Golden Earring's third album and is recorded after the band made a few changes in their lineup. This meant that Miracle Mirror is a very different album than its two predecessors. One thing that the three albums do have in common is that they are all very much reflecting what's going on in the British music scene at that moment. In case of Miracle Mirror this means that psychedelia dominates, like the folkie "Gipsy Rhapsody", the blues-influenced "Must I Cry?" or the grand scale pop number "Crystal Heaven". After 45 years this album still sounds spot-on and has gracefully worn the test of time!
Hailing from The Hague's blossoming '60s rock scene, Earth & Fire were already a well-known Prog group in The Netherlands before they broke through internationally. Their early psychedelic influences range from Led Zeppelin to Jefferson Airplane, with some touches of Focus's Prog prowess and Shocking Blue's sound, show on their debut album Earth & Fire (1970). The Music On Vinyl issue comes in a matchbook style.
First live album from the Kings of the Dutch Blues scene (who also purportedly played a stint as Van Morrison's backing band) that hasn't seen a vinyl re-issue since 1973. With special guest Alexis Korner.
Dutch Prog Rockers Alquin delivered their first album Marks in 1972. Marks contains eight songs that prove the musical force of this young group who at the time were still in their University attending days. However influences of Pink Floyd and Roxy Music are apparent, Alquin succeeded in shaping their own style. Sometimes Jazzy, there are even Folk influences on this varied album. Highly recommended record.
Influenced by The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Boudewijn De Groot and his lyricist Lennaert Nijgh wanted to create the ultimate hippie album. This resulted in Picknick (1967) on which they heavily experimented with psychedelic lyrics and music. The album cover is designed by the Dutch artist Marijke Koger who was the ultimate visionary of hippie aesthetics. Amongst others she created album art and costumes for The Beatles and painted Eric Clapton's and George Harrison's guitars. She also painted the mural on the theater that debuted the musical´Hair´ and the murals for The Beatles´ Apple Boutique.
Kayak is a well known Prog group from the Netherlands that released multiple albums during the '70s. The band is influenced by bands like Yes, Genesis and Queen, the latter for which Kayak opened a tour in 1974. The band recorded Phantom Of The Night in 1978, introducing a new singer. Their move toward a more Poppy sound is apparent on this album, featuring simpler time signatures, synthesized sounds and clean vocals. Biggest hit proved "Ruthless Queen", a slow paced staple on Dutch radio.
De Dijk (literally translated: Dyke or Levee) is a Dutch band that sing in Dutch since the early '80s. They enjoy huge popularity in Holland and Belgium, showcasing poetic lyrics and catchy Pop songs. Niemand In De Stad (Nobody In The City) is their fifth album, recorded in 1989.