2.15.2008

Les Baroques: Such a Cad (The Complete Story of Les Baroques, 2cd set)

SUCH A CAD ALSO AS COMPLETE COLLECTION
ALBUM REVIEW (am)

This two-CD set, which is all but impossible to find outside of Holland, includes every track Les Baroques ever released, with the exception of their final B-side, 1968's "Pardon Me, I Think I'm Falling in Love." It should stand as the definitive record of one of Holland's best 1960s bands, but is marred by some imperfections. First, there's no getting around the fact that the material comprising disc two — all recorded after the departure of original lead singer Gary O'Shannon — is far inferior to the first half of the set. Second, there are no liner notes whatsoever (in Dutch or English), although at least there's a discography and a listing of the personnel in the three lineups the band went through between 1965 and 1968. In addition, some of the mixes are different from those heard on vinyl releases, and not necessarily better; the Them-like "She's Mine," their finest song, is missing the horns for some reason, for instance. Nonetheless, disc one, covering the era in which O'Shannon was lead singer and principal songwriter, is a standout in the annals of Continental 1960s rock, with its twisted, somber variations of the organ-R&B-pop sound of Them and the Animals. Other than the singles "Working on a Tsing-Tsang" and "Bottle Party," disc two could be the work of a different band, as Les Baroques plod through mediocre blue-eyed soul, pleasantly unmemorable wee flower-power tunes, and sub-British pop/rock variations.

AMAZING COMPILATION... ALL SONGS RECORDED IN STUDIO ARE HERE ! ! !

LINK 1st CD: SUMMERBEACH
LINK 2nd CD: OH ! ! ! LOOK HOW SWEET ! ! !
COVERS: COMING SOON....

6 comments:

MisterManiac said...

Thanks...always wanted to hear this band, so now I have the chance! Keep up the great garage posts.

Qwerty said...

Great CD! Thanks for th post. Can you post the artwork too?

Anonymous said...

Thanks from Holland





Sixtie Lover

Anonymous said...

"Silky" & "Summerbeach" are two of my favorites. I've wanted good copies for a long time. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the collection, what I've sampled sounds great.

You have a really nice looking site. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

better check it out friends... THERE IS A 2 CD SET WITH PARDON ME I THINK I'M FALLING. with a different cover and corrected booklet! jurrah for the Baroques guys!!

strychnine said...

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