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Fossil Evolution (Belgium) / Fossil Evolution - Biography
« on: November 19, 2015, 06:33:55 AM »
The story of Fossil Evolution started nearly 40 years ago when 5 young guys from East Flanders (Belgium) formed the band Isopoda. Nucleus of the band were the two brothers Dirk and Arnold De Schepper, Geert Amant (later succeeded by Luc van Hove), Marc Van Der Schueren and Walter De Berlangeer. The band were often referred to as the 'Belgian Genesis'. They released two albums between 1978 and 1982 before disbanding. In 2004 Isopoda reunited shortly for a couple of live concerts.

The reunion however was short lived although they kept in touch and in 2013 Isopoda reunited again. This time the band line-up was extended with two of the three sons of Arnold. Some months before, Arnold had started a band with his sons, Arne (drums), Maarten (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Wouter (guitar, vocals). Luc Vanhove would have joined their band but he sadly passed away in 2013 and the line-up was completed by one of the boy’s school friends Pieter De Groeve (keyboards). Fossil Evolution was born.

The music of Fossil Evolution is based on the symphonic progressive rock of the 70's and the neo-progressive rock of the 80's. But the adolescents added their own influences to the music. The music is a beautiful blend of progressive rock with, pop, rock and jazz. The band started off live in a packed venue in their home town before writing and recording for their first album.

Originally intending to record an EP the band recorded 4 songs. After signing to their label it was decided that a full album was going to be released. 'World in Motion' was released on 24 October, 2014. The artwork is based on pictures made by guitarist Maarten and his mum Hilde. So you can say this is really a family album! The album consists of 5 original tracks and 1 fully reworked adaptation of the Isopoda classic 'Considering'.


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Isopoda (Belgium) / Isopoda - Biography
« on: November 18, 2015, 04:19:48 PM »
Isopoda is one of the best prog bands Belgium ever had. The first time I got to know them was in 1978, with the release of the album Achrostichon.
Their music is very melodieus and with good vocals and a good musical base with guitar, flute and keyboard as the leading instruments.
Some critics say, that they are making music in the vein of Genesis and Camel.

Achrostichon contains 6 tracks:

1. Acrostichon (9:20)
2. The Muse (7:31)
3. Watch The Daylight Shine (5:19)
4. Don´t Do it The Easy Way (12:03)
5. Considering (7:58)
6. Male And Female (4:43)

The line-up for this album was as follows:

Geert Amant - keyboards, strings, backing vocals
Walter De Berlangeer - guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Arnold De Schepper - lead vocals on track 2 and 6, bass, guitars, percussion, flute, backing vocals
Dirk De Schepper - vocals & percussion
Guido Rubrecht - organ on track 2 and 6
William Souffreau - backing vocals on track 6
Marc van der Schueren - drums, percussion


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Grobschnitt (D) / Grobschnitt - Links & Info
« on: November 18, 2015, 03:19:15 PM »
Grobschnitt is a krautrock band from Germany, who´s most active period was between 1972 and 1989.

Between 2008-2010 there was a short comeback, with the release of a new single and some live performances, captured on three live CD´s.

More on Grobschnitt can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):


Grobschnitt Website: http://www.grobschnitt.rocks/index.php/en/

Grobschnitt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Grobschnitt-404503436397978/?ref=hl

Grobschnitt on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/eroc-9

Grobschnitt on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=131

Grobschnitt on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grobschnitt

Grobschnitt on German Rock Lexicon: http://www.germanrock.de/alt/g/grobschnitt/index.htm


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Grobschnitt (D) / Grobschnitt - 79:10
« on: November 18, 2015, 02:47:40 PM »
In march this year, the German krautrock band Grobschnitt released 79:10, a compilation consisting of a 17CD´s boxset, containing all the albums released between 1972-1989, plus 7 hours of bonus material.

Albums in the box:

Grobschnitt (1972)
Ballermann (1974)
Jumbo (1975) (English)
Jumbo (1976) (German)
Rockpommel’s Land (1977) – 2CD
Solar Music Live (1978) – 2CD
Merry-Go-Round (1979)
Volle Molle (1980)
Illegal (1980)
Razzia (1982)
Kinder und Narren (1984)
Sonnentanz (1985)
Fantasten (1987)
Last Party Live (1990) 2CD

Check http://www.grobschnitt.rocks/index.php/en/box-set for more.


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A few weeks ago, Steve Hackett released 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. 'Premonitions' is released on 23rd October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

'Premonitions' comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.

"I'm pleased that Steven Wilson has done several new mixes in both surround and stereo" - Hackett has declared - "The box set will also contain a number of live shows from the era. I've enjoyed being involved with this comprehensive trip down memory lane. There's also a substantial booklet containing a lot of background info along with many wonderful Armando Gallo shots, and Roger Dean has painted a beautiful picture for the cover. For me it's a proud souvenir that highlights those years. I'll play plenty of this early work at shows in the autumn which will include some numbers not played live for many moons, like 'Icarus Ascending' and 'Star of Sirius' plus all time faves such as 'Every Day' and 'Spectral Mornings'."

Hackett's two most successful albums from the Charisma era, Please Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings, will also be re-released separately in a deluxe expanded version with 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson in 2016. Both records were previously reissued in 2005 as expanded single disc sets.

2015 marks 40 years from the release of Steve Hackett's first solo record Voyage of the Acolyte; He was the first member of Genesis to release a solo album, before leaving the band in 1977. Hackett's musical career has been blooming over the past four decades, establishing him as a loved icon and pioneer of the genre. His current studio album Wolflight was released in March to critical acclaim, charting at 31; it's the first studio album of new material since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011 and explores past and contemporary cultures in a revolutionary journey.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with 19 UK shows on the 'Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour', where fans will have the opportunity to relive the Charisma years while discovering the guitarist's more recent work, together with a selection of Genesis tracks previously unheard live.

Information was taken from http://www.hackettsongs.com/news/newsGeneral77.html


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Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery Band (SRB) - Live in Rome
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:50:59 AM »
A while ago a friend of mine lended me his copy of the Steve Rothery Band Live in Rome 2CD/DVD-set.

Live in Rome features SRB during their second gig ever. Their first appearences was the Plovdiv gig from 2013, which is also available on CD/DVD.

Live in Rome is devided in three sets, with the first one being "The Ghosts Of Pripyat"-set, featuring six of the seven tracks from Steve´s solo album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" runs for a little more than an hour. All the tracks are real nice instrumentals, with Steve Rothery in great shape. Luckely the music style is different from Steve´s Marillion works, but the guitar sound is very recognizable.

Steve is accompanied by some great musicians, being:

Riccardo Romano -keyboards
Dave Foster -guitar
Yatim Halimi -bass
Leon Parr - drums

The setlist contains:

1.Morpheus - 10:04
2.Kendris - 08:02
3.The Old Man Of The Sea - 12:14
4.White Pass - 11:40
5.Yesterdays's Hero - 11:03
6.Summer's End - 11:15

The only song missing from Steve´s album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" is the title track itself.

The second set is a short set of Marillion songs played by the Steve Rothery Band, with the addition of Manuela Milanese (vocals on Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice) and
Allessandro Carmassi  (vocals on Afraid Of Sunlight, Easter). This set runs for around 21 minutes on the DVD and 27 minutes on the CD.

Manuela Milanese is new to me, but she has a real nice voice (with a slight Italian accent), which fits in perfectly in Waiting To Happen & Sugar Mice.

Alessandro Carmassi is the vocalist of a Marillion tribute band called Neverland, so he´s is used to sing the Marillion. He does a real good job on Afraid Of Sunlight and Easter.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Waiting To Happen - 06:20
2.Afraid Of Sunlight - 07:12
3.Easter - 07:21
4.Sugar Mice - 06:06 (CD-only)

The third and last set consists of three songs played by the Italian prog band RanestRane, with the addition of Steve Rothery on guitar. Riccardo Romano, who is playing keyboards with the Steve Rothery Band, is the keyboardplayer of RanestRane, so that explains the contribution of this Italian band.
 
This set consists of Marillion´s "Cinderella Search" and two songs from RanestRane. This set runs for approx. 18 minutes.

The tracklist of this set is as follows:

1.Cinderella Search - 06:40
2.Materna Luna - 07:46
3.Monolith pt. 2 - 03:47

Overal this is a real nice release. At some points the camerawork looks a bit amateurish and unfortunately there is no 5.1 surroundmix.

But I must say, I really like this one.

Obiwan


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Steve Rothery (UK) / Steve Rothery - Links & Info
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:24:34 PM »
Steve Rothery is best know as the original guitarist and longest continous member of the band Marillion.

In 2013 he announced his first solo album "The Ghosts of Pripyat", which was realised through crowdfunding.
In order to perform this album live on stage, he formed the Steve Rothery Band (SRB).

More details on Steve Rothery & Band can be found at:


Steve Rothery Website: http://www.steverothery.com/

Steve Rothery on Marillion dotcom: http://marillion.com/band/rothery.htm

Steve Rothery on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteveRotheryOfficial

Steve Rothery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/steverothery

Steve Rothery on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2090204348/steve-rothery-the-ghosts-of-pripyat

Steve Rothery on Bandcamp: https://steverothery.bandcamp.com/track/morpheus-2

Steve Rothery on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=11846


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Caravan (UK) / Caravan - Biography
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:35:58 AM »
A short biography, copied from the original post by Melo the Prog Goddess.

Caravan was formed in Canterbury, England in 1968 by Pye Hastings (guitar/ vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/ vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums). The four had previously played at various times with a local band, The Wilde Flowers, which also featured Kevin Ayers and future Soft Machine members Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper.

Caravan was the first UK act to sign with American label MGM/ Verve and their debut album, entitled 'Caravan' was released late in 1968. It was favourably received by the critics and the debut single, Place of My Own was described as having a 'gripping compulsion' with 'scintillating organ work'. John Peel played the album regularly on his radio show 'Top Gear'.

A second album saw a move from Verve, as they had closed down their rock/pop division and Decca took up the cause. September 1970 was the release date for 'If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You'. At this time relationships within the band were strong. They got on well and they looked on course to succeed as a band.

Still together as a unit, the band recorded 'In the Land of Grey and Pink' which was released in September 1971. By now a loyal fan base was developing and they were playing some prestigious gigs, for example in front of 250,000 in Rotterdam. The album was described as 'virtually faultless' and the band looked set fair for national and international recognition. At this crucial point, Dave Sinclair decided to leave. As Pye Hastings explained, 'Dave was developing faster than the rest of us and I think he was getting frustrated at seeing other bands of dubious talent getting greater financial reward. The management must have been beside themselves: the band were getting somewhere, a new album is released and the main player decides he is off.'

Steve Miller came in as a replacement for Dave: he had been recommended to Richard Sinclair by Phil, Steve's guitarist brother. This line up did not go down so well with fans who saw a change to a jazzier feel based around Steve's piano- orientated keyboards. This style dominated the next album release, Waterloo Lily, released in May 1972. No longer was Dave's unique keyboard sound- based around his Hammond organ- in evidence. Even Pye's older brother Jimmy Hastings appeared to be surplus to requirements, appearing only on 'Love in Your Eye' on sax and flute, the bulk of this work going to Lol Coxhill.

It was no surprise when the line up disbanded, leaving Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan to pick up the pieces and decide whether to carry on. A change of direction resulted with the addition of Geoffrey Richardson on viola. The line up was completed by Welshman Stu Evans on bass and the well travelled Derek Austin on Keyboards. No album was released by this version of Caravan, although they toured extensively, including a series of dates in Australia, accompanying Slade, Lindisfarne and Status Quo. The reissue of this album on Universal in 2001 does include versions with the Evans/ Austin line up, including a completely new track, 'Derek's Long Thing'.

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Caravan (UK) / Caravan - Links & Info
« on: October 24, 2015, 06:32:57 AM »
Some new links for info on Caravan:


Caravan Website: http://officialcaravan.co.uk/

Caravan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCaravan

Caravan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialcaravan

Caravan on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/officialcaravan

Caravan on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=460

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Jan Akkerman (NL) / Jan Akkerman - A Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 01:38:39 PM »
Jan Akkerman - A Biography by Wouter Bessels

Imagine a guitar player who played with musicians like Claus Ogerman, Alan Price, Herman Brood, Peter Banks, Charlie Byrd and Ice-T. You won't be guessing anybody else than Jan Akkerman. During his nearly 50-year career, he did almost anything a musician could possibly do. Even now in 2003, he has been developing himself towards new musical fields with a sheer enthusiasm which is so typical for all his projects so far.

Jan was born on Christmas-eve of 1946 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He picked up a guitar for the first time at the tender age of 5. Jan's father was a guitar player himself, while his mother encouraged him to play the accordion. Luckily, he later definitely chose to pick up the guitar, although he also can play keyboards and even the saxophone. As a teenager his interests turned from classical music into rock 'n roll, so at an early age he played in local bands like The Friendship Sextet (his first band), The Shaking Hearts and Johnny & His Cellar Rockers.

The 'Cellar Rockers' turned into Johnny and The Hunters, and later on The Hunters. Akkerman wrote 'The Russian Spy and I' which featured the famous lick that definitively set his name in the music business. During the last few months of The Hunters, Jan recorded his first solo album 'Talent for Sale' in 1968, with Sidney Wachtel on drums and Ron Bijtelaar on bass. This album featured some Rhythm & Blues-standards, as well as some compositions of his own. This release marked the end of the 'early years', in which he also did studio sessions for a Dutch band called 'The Cats' and on several other Dutch acts (like Unit Gloria, The Buffoons and The Blue Diamonds), for most of which he was not credited,His famous quote on this issue :"Mind over matter? Well ,I don,t mind and that doesn,t matter."

In 1969, Jan was asked to play the guitar parts (and Hammond organ) on an album by vocalist Kazimierz (Kaz) Lux. Together with Pierre van der Linden on drums and André Reynen on bass, this recording project turned into the band 'Brainbox'. Their one and only album was released at the end of 1969 and was immediately regarded as a Dutch progressive rock classic one. Featuring covers like 'Summertime', 'Sinner's Prayer' and 'Scarborough Fair' (alongside several compositions of their own), Akkerman arranged the cover-versions in a very original way and played some marvelous guitar parts on his Gretsch White Falcon.
Akkerman left Brainbox at the end of 1969.

Between 1970 and 1976, Jan was a member of 'Focus", the band that became popular all over the world. During the Focus-years, Jan released two solo albums. In 1972, 'Profile' was released, which featured one side of heavy progressive rock called 'Fresh Air' with the help of his Focus-band mates drummer Pierre van der Linden and bass player Bert Ruiter. Side two of 'Profile' was mostly acoustic, with Jan playing the alto-lute on a couple of tracks. His third album 'Tabernakel' was recorded in the US with the help of the well-known arranger George Flynn. A logical follow-up to 'Profile', Jan again played the lute, alongside keyboards, guitars and his electric sitar. Both 'Profile' and 'Tabernakel' were very successful outside the Netherlands.

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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - The Vision the Sword and the Pyre
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:07:02 AM »
Some news taken from Eloy´s website:

Over the last 15 years Eloy´s Frank Borneman has been working on a rock opera dedicated to Joan of Arc. The next step will be taking this opera on the road.
In addition to the large choirs and orchestral sounds, Frank will also be supported by Eloy, making the work part of the band's core discography.

The music for "La Vision l'épée et le bûcher" or "The Vision the Sword and the Pyre" will even be sung in two languages for the live appearances. The show will also go on the road in Germany under the title "Die Vision, das Schwert und das Feuer", with lyrics in German.
It goes without saying that this project presents an enormous challenge, especially for Frank as the author of the content. As such, fans will have to wait patiently for the music to be released on CD. Only then can work begin on the stage production – as soon as the financing has been secured and the cast for each version is in place.

Being an Eloy fan way from the early seventies, I hope to get a chance to see this show on the road somewhere.

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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - Historical Overview
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:45:07 AM »
Copied from the original entry by Melo the Prog Goddess on the old bazaar.

"The name Eloy is based on the book "Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. Wells describes in his book the situation of mankind about 800.000 years later, and Eloy is a human race in his story. The Eloy in Wells' story have made a new start with the help of the time traveler. In a way, it was a new beginning for the human race. German rockbands in the late 60's played mainly covers from other bands instead of playing their own compositions. Record deals for German bands were absolutely rare and German bands generally were considered to be second class bands in their own country. At that time it was a strong effort for a German band to come out with only their own compositions. It was a start into an unknown future, and from this point of view, comparable to the human race in Wells' story. That is why I got the idea to name the band Eloy.

I started to play in the early 60's, inspired by bands like The Shadows and American rock'n'roll singers, and later The Beatles. I found the other musicians of Eloy by chance, but I felt from the beginning that this would be a longtime project!"

1969: Eloy is formed. Initially it is a school band, whose repertoire inclued songs by The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Who and Cream.

1970: Eloy wins the first prize at a newcomer competition and they recorded two of their own compositions for a single which is released on an independant label. ( Daybreak/Walk alone )

1971: Eloy's first LP (self-titled) is recorded in the "Stars-studio" (Hamburg) and released.

"From the beginning, we tried to find a very special style, influenced by progressive rock music. Of course, it took time to find an individual identity. In the beginning, we had with lead singer Erich Schriever, guitar and keyboard player Manfred Wieczorke, and me, 3 composers in the band. I got the leadership of the band after Erich left us in 1972. He was very good, qualitywise, but not willing to do the step to a professional. Furthermore we had some problems with him, while playing live. He was no entertainer at all, too politically-oriented and not visionary enough. At that time I was only the guitar player in the band. When Erich left overnight, I had to replace him for a couple of gigs and so I played guitar and sang. At that time, we intended to find another lead singer to replace Erich, but that wasn't that easy in the early 70's. The first two concerts with me as a singer turned out to be more successful than ever before! In the end, we decided that I continue to sing. Helmut Draht on drums was replaced by Fritz Randow.

Like every other band we had problems at the beginning to coordinate all ideas, but at the time of our first EMI album, "Inside", everybody in the band was agreeing on playing in a progressive style."

1973: "Inside" released on EMI's Harvest label. First tours supporting English acts like Beggars Opera or East of Eden.
- The song "Future city" reached the topten of some american radio-stations.
- The single "Daybreak" was released (B-side: "On the road")
- Wolfgang Stöcker left the band. Luitjen Janssen replaced him.

1974: "Floating" released. This album was recorded at night - at the same time as the Scorpions recorded their album "Fly to the rainbow", because Rudolf Schenker arranged Frank Bornemann for the production of their album.

1975: "Power And The Passion" released with second guitarist Detlev Schwaar. It reaches sales figures of 30.000.

"The reason for the break-up of the band in 1975 was mainly the way of working, plus the style of the music. I personally wanted to continue the way of Eloy with concept-albums and a mixture of symphonic arrangements, atmospheres and rock structures. Some members of the band didn't agree with this concept. Manfred Wieczorke changed to the band Jane, mainly for financial reasons, as Eloy was in an awful financial state after a lot of trouble with our manager Jay Partridge.

In 1976, I had to reform the band totally and found musicians in my hometown, who were sharing my vision regarding the future of Eloy. It was also the first time that I was accepted as the producer of the band, and so I could realize everything I had in mind.

Klaus-Peter Matziol is very individual and creative, and his way of playing gave Eloy a very special push. Jürgen Rosenthal came not only for drumming, but also wrote the lyrics for three albums : "Dawn" (together with me), "Ocean", and "Silent Cries And Mighty Echoes" (together with me). His way of playing the drums was influenced by Neil Peart and Bill Bruford, and also gave Eloy a special accent of the rhythm parts. Detlev Schmidtchen moved from the guitar to the keyboards and tried to replace Manfred in every way. He was excellent! These two musicians have a common spirit. With this line-up, Eloy became the most successful rockband in Germany.

In that period, the financial situation was better than ever before, so we could do whatever we wanted to do. To record an album like "Dawn", with a string orchestra, would cost much more money nowadays ! The inspiration in the lyrics to our albums was mostly the world we live in, and I usually use fantasy or science-fiction stories to bring out what I feel. Except for some lyrics by Jürgen Rosenthal, I wrote most of the songs, arranged and produced them all. Crediting the band collectively for writing the music was only a way to give every member of the band the same amount of money."

1976: "Dawn" sells 150.000 copies

1977: "Ocean" sells 200.000 copies. In german charts better than Genesis or Queen.

1978: "Eloy Live", a double-livealbum is released (due to technical problems not a complete live-album).

1979: "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" sales surpass "Ocean"


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Eloy (Germany) / Eloy - Links & Info
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:43:37 AM »
Eloy is a German "Krautrock" band, which has been active since 1969 - present.

More on Eloy can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):


Eloy´s Website: http://www.eloy-legacy.com/

Eloy on MySpace: https://myspace.com/official4eloy

Eloy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Official4Eloy

Eloy on ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/Official4Eloy

Eloy on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=97

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Kayak (NL) / Kayak - Links & Info
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:32:41 AM »
Kayak is a progressive band from the Netherlands, which has been active since 1972.

More on Kayak can be found in the other topics in this board and on the following website(s):


Kayak´s Website: www.kayakonline.nl

Kayak on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kayak/209230952473801

Kayak on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/kayak/id24990441

Kayak on Proggnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=162

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Kayak (NL) / Kayak - Biography
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:21:59 AM »
The History of Kayak:

1967-1972

line up: Ton Scherpenzeel, Ron van de Werff, Chiel van Praag, Pim Koopman

Kayak's roots are in the Dutch town of Hilversum, where founding members and neighbourhood friends Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboards, bass guitar) and Pim Koopman (drums, guitars) played together in several bands like Balderdash (1967) and High Tide Formation (1970, pictured above). Guitarist Johan Slager played in HTF's final line up until the group disbanded in 1971. That same year Ton, Pim and Johan began to record a number of demos (a project called 'Ten Ride Ticket') and occasionally played live (as Alta Quies). Around this time both Ton and Pim started studying at the Hilversum Music Academy, where fellow student Max Werner joined forces with Ton and Pim by lending his unique voice to their musical efforts. Ton's main classical instrument was the double bass, Pim and Max both studied percussion. When bassplayer Cees van Leeuwen (replacing Frenchman Jean Michel Marion) completed the first line up, the group that was to become Kayak managed to get a recording contract with EMI- after being dismissed by Phonogram who had an initial interest in the band, even recorded some demos with them, but in the end let go when Ton and Pim refused to record other material than their own.

1972-1974

line up: Max Werner, Pim Koopman, Cees van Leeuwen, Johan Slager, Ton Scherpenzeel

Kayak was launched by EMI and manager Frits Hirschland as a new supergroup, although the individual members were hardly 20 years old, had little experience as a live band and basically had not proven anything in the music business other than having an original and stubborn mind of their own. The first two albums, "See See the Sun" and "Kayak II" delivered three modest hits ("Lyrics", "Mammoth" and "Wintertime"), but more importantly made Kayak's name as a talented young band with a growing progressive following.

1974-1976

line up: Ton Scherpenzeel, Pim Koopman, Bert Veldkamp, Johan Slager, Max Werner

In 1974 bass player Cees van Leeuwen decided he couldn't combine his university studies with the hectic tour and recording schedule of the band, and left. He was replaced by Bert Veldkamp. In this lineup the band recorded its third album, "Royal Bed Bouncer", which generated another modest hit single, "Chance for a Lifetime." If the first two albums showed an even balance between the two main writers of the band, Pim and Ton, RBB showed Scherpenzeel at a creative peak. The band kept on touring and by 1976 was an established top act on the Dutch/Belgian music scene. A row between manager Hirschland and EMI lead to the departure of the group from EMI. It turned to Phonogram, the same company that in 1971 had refused to sign the band. With LP number four, "The Last Encore", Pim Koopman found himself solidly back in the writer's chair with Ton. The first big setback came later that year, when Pim left the band. Bass player Bert Veldkamp also quit, so within two months the band lost its complete rhythm section and one of the group's main songwriters.

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