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Golden Earring – To The Hilt (1976) – Lp

Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the “s” was dropped in 1969).













Artist:  Golden Earring
Title:  To The Hilt
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2310436

On To the Hilt, Golden Earring fully gives themselves over to the prog rock tendencies that they had toyed with throughout the 1970s. The resulting album has a strong prog feel but lacks the characteristic sound and the solid material that defined the group’s best efforts to that point. The band puts in a typically energetic and thunderous performance, but their strong instrumental chops can’t overcome the self-indulgent nature of much of the album’s material: “Why Me?” and “Latin Lightning” are a few of the potentially interesting songs on To the Hilt that are undercut by dull, overlong sections of jamming. Said songs also lack the tight arrangements and the sudden, surprising instrumental twists that made the group’s past epics so interesting. The album’s rigorous pursuit of a full-blooded art rock sound results in this album lacking the distinctive, easily identifiable sound that infused Golden Earring classics like “Radar Love” or “She Flies on Strange Wings.” Despite these problems, some good songs shine through. The album’s best songs tend to be the shortest ones: “Facedancer” is a strong rocker built on an interesting blend of synthesizer and acoustic guitar and the title track pursues a galloping country-rock groove that made it a favorite in concert. However, high points like these are separated by long stretches of complex but faceless jamming that makes To the Hilt a chore to get through. As a result, this album is virtually guaranteed to leave the casual listener cold and can only be recommended to the most hardcore of Golden Earring fans.


Side one
1.  Why Me?   (7:15)
2.  Facedancer   (4:08)
3.  To The Hilt  (3:06)
4.  Nomad   (7:06)

Side two
1.  Sleepwalkin’   (5:00)
2.  Latin Lightning   (7:15)
3.  Violins   (10:20)


Golden Earring – Live (1977) – 2Lp

Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the “s” was dropped in 1969).

golden earring - live












Artist:  Golden Earring
Title:  Live
Year:  1977
Format:  2LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2335175

This 1977 double-album opus represents Golden Earring‘s entry into the series of live albums that were so popular in the late ’70s. At this point in its career, the band’s live sound had a newfound sense of power, thanks to the addition of second guitarist Eelco Gelling. Indeed, classics like “Radar Love” and “She Flies on Strange Wings” benefit from a newfound complexity and energy that stems from the energetic guitar interplay between Gelling and George Kooymans. Golden Earring‘s new double-guitar sound also allows the group to overhaul some of its material in new and interesting ways. For instance, “To the Hilt” is transformed from the short country-flavored tune that appeared on its similarly titled studio album into a stomping, twin-guitar epic in the live arena. The downside of Live is that the group sometimes gets carried away with its newly refurbished sound and allows some of the tunes to degenerate into pointless noodling: “Mad Love’s Coming” drives its hypnotic riff into the ground by overextending itself a few minutes too far and the group’s fire-breathing remake of the Byrds‘ classic “Eight Miles High” undercuts its considerable energy by dragging the song out to ten self-indulgent minutes. These criticisms aside, Live remains a solid portrait of the group’s live act at this juncture of its career and further benefits from a sharp, full-blooded sound (the engineer was future U2 producer Steve Lillywhite). All in all, Live isn’t an album for the casual fan, but is likely to keep the group’s following entertained.


Side one
1.  Candy’s Going Bad  (5:00)
2.  She Flies On Strange Wings  (7:13)
3.  Mad Love’s Comin’  (9:45)

Side two
1.  Eight Miles High  (10:00)
2.  Vanilla Queen  (12:40)

Side three
1.  To The Hilt  (6:40)
2.  Fightin’ Windmills  (8:00)
3.  Con Man  (10:00)

Side four
1.  Radar Love  (12:00)
2.  Just Like Vince Taylor  (7:00)

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