Golden Earring

On the Double

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Golden Earring's 1969 double LP (since reissued on a 66-minute single disc) is a competent rendering of a wide variety of period rock styles. It's far from being a counterpart to The White Album, though. It's just ordinary, late-'60s rock, certainly more accomplished than most bands working in non-English speaking countries at the time, but not of high distinction, either. There's riff-driven material hinting at the direction they'd pursue more extensively in the 1970s (especially on "Songs on a Devil's Servant"), Continental-flavored acoustic folk balladry, singer/songwriter-flavored folk-rock, good-time hard-rocking pop/rock ("Goodbye Mama"), classical-tinged pomp rock, rather nice soul-pop ("I Sing My Song"), and self-conscious music hall parody. They could have fit into the opening slots of big-name rock bills without many suspecting they were of non-Anglo origin, but nor were they going to be upstaging many headliners. It's merely adequate, without standout songs or an individual flavor.

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