The Tee Set

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Betcha didn't know that the Tee Set had no less than 21 Dutch hits in the '60s and '70s. They're all here on this single-disc compilation, which also adds a couple of late-'60s singles by singer Peter Tetteroo. The packaging is exemplary -- lengthy liner notes, reproductions of numerous vintage 45 sleeves, and a Tee Set family tree. The fact remains that nothing sounds as good as the one song which made it in the U.S., "Ma Belle Amie," which is included, of course, along with its soul-rock follow-up "If You Do Believe in Love," which just missed the U.S. Top 40. Otherwise, it's not terribly distinguished stuff, regardless of its considerable success in its homeland. It incorporates bits of blue-eyed soul, pop-rock, bubblegum, and progressive without adding up to anything too arresting, with the occasional tinge of something out of the ordinary, as in the Eurofolk-flavored "A Sunny Day in Greece," or "What Can I Do," which sounds like a mongrel of Eric Burdon and the Four Tops. RPM's Emotion compilation, which concentrates on their earliest and most R&B-influenced recordings, is actually a better listen, although it doesn't include "Ma Belle Amie."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:27
2 2:20
3 3:15
4 2:59
5 2:43
6 1:57
7 3:07
8 2:30
9 3:44
10 3:17
11 3:22
12 2:29
13 3:34
14 2:57
15 2:49
16 4:17
17 3:18
18 3:30
19 4:01
20
3:56
21 2:43
22 2:43
23 4:29
24 5:29
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