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27 Jan 2017

Wally Tax (The Outsiders) "Love In" 1967 Dutch Psych Folk Rock solo Lp

Wally Tax (The Outsiders)  "Love In" 1967 Dutch Psych Folk Rock solo Lp
Recorded in the summer of 1967, at the height of The Outsiders’ Dutch popularity, this unconventional solo album finds Wally Tax abandoning raw rock and roll for a lush, romantic set of ballads. Only released in Holland and Germany at the time, it has gone on to become a considerable rarity, and makes its long-awaited CD debut here, complete with background notes…………… 

Wally Tax was one of Holland’s most iconic rock & roll performers in the 1960s and ‘70s, first earning fame as the lead singer with the band the Outsiders and later making a name for himself as a solo artist and a songwriter. Wladimir Tax was born in Amsterdam on February 14, 1948; his father was Dutch, and his mother was Romany of Russian heritage. Tax claimed that he learned English from American soldiers stationed in Amsterdam, and that he used to help them pick up girls; when the first wave of rock & roll began to make itself heard in the Netherlands in the late ‘50s, Tax became an immediate fan, and learned to play the guitar and the harmonica. After Buddy Holly died in early 1959, Tax said he had a dream in which he saw himself starting a band that would be infused with Holly’s spirit and pick up where he left off. With or without Buddy’s ghostly guidance, Tax and guitarist Ronnie Splinter helped form Jimmy Revon & the Outsiders in 1960, when they were both just 12 years of age. By 1964, the combo had evolved into the Outsiders, and they made their recording debut a year later. In the mid-'60s, the Outsiders were one of Holland’s most popular and innovative rock & roll acts, playing a powerful blend of rock, R&B, pop, and folk-rock, and they earned a reputation as one of the nation’s wildest live bands while enjoying a string of hit records. In 1967, with the Outsiders’ popularity at its peak, Tax began pursuing a solo career, producing a solo album called Love-In a year before the Outsiders released the album C.Q., widely regarded as their masterpiece. While it became an acknowledged classic years later, C.Q. was initially a commercial disappointment, and in 1969 the Outsiders broke up. Tax wasted no time starting a new band, Tax Free, with Outsiders’ drummer Lendert Busch; the group traveled to New York City to record their debut album, and Tax claimed that Jimi Hendrix and Tim Hardin stopped by for jam sessions during the recording sessions. Tax Free’s first and only album, featuring a mix of Dutch and American musicians, didn’t fare well commercially outside of the Netherlands, and the group soon parted ways. Tax resumed his solo career, working with a number of existing bands during the '70s rather than forming a new combo of his own; his collaborators included the groups Bamboulee, Watermen, and the Mustangs. While Tax scored a number of hit singles during the 1970s, by the end of the decade his career was in a slump and he’d developed a growing addiction to alcohol, as well as an unpaid tax bill with Dutch authorities due to poor financial management. In the 1980s, Tax re-launched himself as a songwriter, penning hits for a handful for Dutch acts including Champagne and Lee Towers, but the death of his longtime girlfriend Laurie Langenbach in 1984 took a heavy toll on Tax. In 1987, Tax was invited to perform with American garage rock band The Lyres for a Dutch concert recorded for VPRO Radio (a song from the concert, “Touch,” appears on the group’s album A Promise Is A Promise), and in 1997 The Outsiders staged a successful reunion tour, but otherwise Tax spent most of the 1980s and ‘90s out of the spotlight and struggling with his drinking problem. Wally Tax died on April 10, 2005, and friends and admirers staged a pair of benefit concerts to cover his debts and pay for his funeral, which helped remind Dutch music fans of the depth of Tax’s 
Wally Tax is justly known mostly for his work as the lead singer of the Outsiders, Holland’s finest 1960s band (and indeed a good candidate for one of the finest 1960s bands to emerge from any non-English-speaking country). In 1967, while the Outsiders were still at their peak, he started a side career as a soloist who saw the release of one LP, Love-In, as well as a couple of non-LP singles. Love-In is a curious, uneven affair, not least because the Outsiders were known for pretty raw, almost punky hybrids of British Invasion R&B, pop, and folk-rock, paced by Tax’s oft-raunchy vocals. By contrast, Love-In is a gentle, orchestrated pop album that showed a much more subdued, poppy side to Tax’s singing and songwriting. Tax sings in a rather lower and more crooning style than he used on the Outsiders records, and the songs are contemplative, sentimental, and occasionally even vaudevillian. Actually, it’s not bad at all, but the production often goes overboard into overdone fruitiness. The best numbers are the most serious ones, where the backing almost sounds like it’s trying to emulate the full-bodied orchestral pop/rock swell of a Dusty Springfield session. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” which is an entirely different song than the Dusty Springfield song of the same title, and “You Didn’t Call Me” are melodramatic standouts in that respect. Other tunes, like “Last Night” and “It’s Not Important to You,” aren’t that different from his folk-rockish Outsiders outings, except for employing much gaudier pop orchestration. Unfortunately, some numbers are trifling happy-go-lucky pieces. Flatulent horns afflict both good and bad songs; “Let’s Forget What I Said” is grating in its emulation of pre rock vaudeville; and the insertion of fluttering bird noises between the tracks might not be to everyone’s taste. At its best, though, it’s got an engaging melodic moodiness. It’s worth seeking out by Tax/Outsiders fans, though it’s quite rare…………….. 

Wally has sung. Wally has sung very well, with his whole personality. Mysteriously, he hits something deep within. Bert Paige has written the arrangements. Bert has written very well. He feels exactly what it’s all about, as though he were no more than 18. And what an expert! Albert Kos has engineered. Albert has engineered very well. He knows the technical possibilities and uses them. You look and he has done it already, precisely in the right mood. It’s terrific to work with such men. Thanks, lads!’ – 
by Tony Vos, producer 

In the summer of 1967, at the height of The Outsiders’ success in Holland, Wally Tax decided to record a solo album. Far from containing the heavy R’n’ B that his band specialized in. Love In showcased a softer side to the singer, consisting of string-laden ballads with birdsong between the tracks. Its title was inspired by an American-inspired Love-In that had taken place in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark earlier in the year, attracting 40,000 people, and it was produced by saxophonist Tony Vos, who also worked with Cuby and The Buzzards, Ekseption and other local acts. Tax later commented: “I am a romantic, and I love the orchestra; I loved recording those romantic songs.” 

The LP was released in Holland that September, and on the 30th the American trade publication Billboard announced: 'Phonogram has released an LP by Wally Tax, the lead singer with The Outsiders, who signed for Philips last year. The album is selling well in Holland and Belgium and a single from the LP, Let’s Forget What I Said, entered the Dutch Top 20 this week. The album will be released in Germany by Philips.’ The German issue, which appeared in October, had some slight differences to the Dutch issue: its sleeve was laminated, Tax’s name on the front was in purple and not red, and the notes on the back cover were by the writer Heike Doutine, and not TV producer Rob Touber (whose contribution to the Dutch issue Tax was unhappy with). 

Sales were mediocre, but Tax - who passed away in 2005 - stood by the album in subsequent years, stating in 1987 “I loved doing these songs. They had been in my heart for such a long time when Philips said "You can do 'em”. I loved it (still proud of 'em). The other Outsiders were opposed, but since I never let somebody tell me what to do, I told them to play with me or go f*ck themselves.“ 
CD Liner-notes………….. 

A1 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
A2 Let’s Forget What I Said
A3 The Dream
A4 I’m Not Important To You
A5 Last Night
A6 You Didn’t Call Me
B1 I’ve Been So Good To You
B2 I’m Not To Blame
B3 Standing At The Crossroads
B4 Can’t Forget About You
B5 The Games We Play 

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