Ro-d-y-s

Just Fancy

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Though two of the tracks ("Just Fancy" and "Gods of Evil") on the Ro-d-ys' first LP had been issued as the group's third single, the other ten songs only appeared on this release in the 1960s . More than most 1967 rock albums from Holland or elsewhere, it's a bit of a jumble of styles. Some of it reaches back to the raunchy side of the British Invasion; some of it strains to take some inspiration from psychedelia; and some of it is in the quasi-vaudevillian mode of the fruitier wing of U.K. psych-pop. Whether or not Ray Davies was a conscious influence on Ro-d-ys songwriter Harry Rijnbergen, the 1967-era Kinks is certainly the British band they resemble most, though simultaneously with greater eclecticism and far less striking songs. A cut like "Bad Baby" sounds very much like the early Kinks or, to take a more obscure reference point, the much less famous but quite good British Invasion band the Sorrows. Yet while a Kinks-like bash is heard to some degree in many of the tracks, "Waiting for a Cloud-Burst" seems to be aiming for an early Hendrix-like vibe in some of its guitar lines and lyrics, though the Ro-d-ys aren't quite heavy enough to get there. By contrast, "When You Hear This Song" is like the Kinks at their most vaudevillian, while "Just Goes On" and "I Still Got You" sound a little like a punkier Spencer Davis Group. A dense Procol Harum-like organ, however, motors the pensive "Gods of Evil," and period wistful orchestration enters into the frame on "Destination," which is probably the best track on this erratic album.