Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cosmic Dealer - Crystallization (1970-73 holland, standout psych blues rock)



Formed in Dordrecht in 1968, Cosmic Dealer were one of the most gifted Dutch bands to emerge from Holland's rich psychedelic scene. Their only album, 'Crystallization', has come to be regarded as an underground classic with copies changing hands among collectors for ungodly sums of money. 

Allying powerful heavy rock with softer acoustic sections, along with some sublime three-part harmonies, the album is reminiscent of the Pretty Things' 'Parachute'. Highlights include the magnificent 'Child Of The Golden Sun', the West Coast-flavored 'If There Is Nothing Behind The Hills', and the mesmeric title-track, which demonstrates that psychedelic rock was still very much alive and well in the Netherlands in 1971. 
Tracks
1. Daybreak (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 2:06
2. If There Is Nothing Behind The Thrills (B. Van Der Pol) - 1:17
3. Child Of The Golden Sun (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 3:45
4. Swingin' Joe Brown (B. Van Der Pol) - 3:40
5. I Had A Friend (F. Poots, J. Reijnders) - 3:57
6. Crystallization (Cosmic Dealer) - 5:52
7. The Scene (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 2:43
8. The Fly (B. Van Der Pol) - 3:00
9. One Night (D. Bartholomew, P. King) - :46
10. Find Your Way (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 2:22
11. Flying In The Winter (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 3:33
12. Head In The Clouds (Curtis, Gun) - 3:34
13. Illusions (J. Reijnders) - 1:58
14. The Scene (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 2:46
15. Child Of The Golden Sun (F. Poots, B. Van Der Pol) - 3:48
16. Head In The Clouds (Curtis, Gun) - 2:34
17. Winterwind (We'll Be Walking) (F. Poots, A. Noce Santoro) - 3:50
18. Don't You Know (Footprints In The Sand) (F. Poots, L. Leendertse) - 4:16
19. Child Of Sorrow  (E. Boender) - 3:34
20. Sinner's Confession (J. Reijnders, K. De Blois) - 4:49
Bonus Tracks 14-20

Cosmic Dealer
*Frans Poots - Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
*Bas Van Der Pol - Guitar, Vocals
*Jan Reijnders - Guitar, Vocals
*Angelo Noce Santoro - Bass Guitar, Vocals
*Ad Vos - Drums, Percussion
Demo Tracks 17, 18
*Frans Poots - Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
*Jan Reijnders - Guitar, Vocals
*Angelo Noce Santoro - Bass Guitar, Vocals
*Ad Vos - Drums, Percussion
*Leen Leendertse - Guitar, Vocals
Bonus Tracks 19, 20  Recorded In 1973
*Jan Reijnders - Guitar, Vocals
*Angelo Noce Santoro - Bass Guitar, Vocals
*Ad Vos - Drums, Percussion
*Ed Boender - Guitar, Vocals
*Kees De Blois - Vocals

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