Getrommel in de Nacht, written for a play by Bertold Brecht, is one of Breuker's earliest recorded examples of his writing for the theater. True to Brecht's (and his own) political leanings, he draws much of his inspiration from leftist workers' songs, going so far as to quote several of them, including Carlos Puebla's "Hasta Siempre." Though much of the work is fairly straight and sober, there are a few more lighthearted gems that illustrate Breuker's amazing melodic talent, especially the ironically lovely "La Valse de la Bourgeoisie." The mandolin of Tonny Pels is also featured on some tracks, giving them a flavor not usually associated with Breuker. A few other themes appear here that would resurface in subsequent years as part of the repertoire of the Kollektief.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick