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29 Mar 2017

Galaxy-Lin “Galaxy-Lin” 1974 Dutch Prog,Art Rock

Galaxy-Lin “Galaxy-Lin”  1974 Dutch Prog,Art Rock

When guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen felt exhausted from the schedule of his main band Shocking Blue, a quite famous NederPop/Psych act of the 60’s, he decided practically to exit the band and form this Galaxy-lin project in 1974, bringing along Rudy Bennet on vocals, Hugo van Haastert on mandolin, Peter Wassenaar on bass, Peter Rijnvis on drums and ex-Ekseption Dick Remelink on sax/flute.Robbie van Leeuwen himself handled also the mandolin and produced the band’s self-titled debut, which came out on Polydor in 1974.So, two mandolin players in the same band point undoubtfully to a quite original sound and Galaxy-lin were exactly that, a band that could create easy-listening tunes with bucolic extensions due to the dual use of mandolin and the melodic/psychedelic overtones.Robbie was the undisputed leader of the band, but basically this album would pass without notice if it wasn’t for Dick Remelink, who’s presence adds an intricate touch to the album, a slight jazzy vibe with beautiful sax licks and some interesting solos.Otherwise this work stands out for the decent melodies and clean voices, but the content is far from progressive.A different proposal on Jazz/Folk Rock with its good and bad moments….by………apps79 ………

Galaxy-Lin were a side project of Dutch superstars Shocking Blue, and is a mix of progressive rock and vocal pop tracks. One unique aspect is the use of mandolin as a lead instrument. The vocal tracks are more commercial in nature (of course they are) and tend to drag the album down a bit. But the instrumentals are particularly well written (especially ‘Utopia’). The band were to improve on their 1975 followup “G”….by…..ashratom ……….

The band’s second and final release for Polydor came in the form of 1975’s “G”. While clearly intended as a full band collaboration, the album again spotlighted van Leeuwen who served as producer and was credited with penning virtually all of the material. So what did this one sound like? Well, anyone hoping to hear Shocking Blue-styled pop-rock was liable to be disappointed. Recorded without electric guitars, the collection found the band exploring a bunch of genres including stabs at English folk (their cover of Bert Jansch’s 'Hunting Song’), material with a jazz-rock edge that showcased sax/flute player Remelink’s contributions (I Know My Baby’’), and a couple of more commercial, pop-oriented tracks ('Long Hot Summer’). Side two was given over to a pair of extended instrumental suites ('Bizarre Medley’ and 'Ode to the Highways Medley’) that were simply too adult contemporary jazzy to sustain much interest. Unfortunately, at least to my ears little on the set made a lasting impression. …Bad Cat………

Bass – Peter Wassenaar 
Drums, Bells [Tubular] – Peter Rijnvis 
Engineer – John Sonneveld 
Flute, Saxophone – Dick Remelink 
Mandolin – Hugo Van Haastert 
Photography – John Sonneveld, Marc de Nood 
Producer – Robby Van Leeuwen* 
Vocals – Hugo Van Haastert, Rudy Bennet* 

Travelling Song 5:08 
Boy For Sale 2:58 
Mean Love 4:47 
Rain And Snow 5:23 
Utopia 5:31 
I Look At My Watch 5:33 
Curiosa 6:30 

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