The White Ladies

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It was painfully obvious that the group Trace was already a memory as this final release was being recorded. Keyboardist Rick van der Linden, its founder, is the only remaining member from either of Trace's previous two records. This LP is a dreadful concept album, van der Linden's musical interpretation of an old Dutch legend about "The White Ladies," which dates from the Middle Ages. Van der Linden recruited a few associates from his old band Ekseption, including bassist Cor Dekker and drummer Peter de Leeuwe, as well as additional musicians. But Harry Schafer's narration is stifling, and singer Hetti Smit's vocals are forgettable, as is all of the original music. The leader's reworking of classical compositions by Beethoven is also of little help. Following this recorded fiasco, it is safe to say that Rick van der Linden and Trace sank without a trace. Skip this turkey.

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