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8 Aug 2017

Barry Hay (Golden Earring vocalist ) “Only Parrots, Frogs and Angels” 1972 Holland Prog Rock



Barry Hay (Golden Earring vocalist ) “Only Parrots, Frogs and Angels” 1972 Holland Prog Rock 
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In the summer of 1967, Barry Hay joined the Golden Earrings. In the '70s he also made two solo albums, of which Only Parrots Frogs and Angels is the first. Especially strong tracks include the beautiful "I Want To Be With You", "Sometimes Three Times", and "Oh Lordy, I'm Gonna Try", all featuring powerful lyrics. Hay shows he's a true story teller, elevating the album to near-Rock Opera heights.
Barry Hay was born in Faizabad, India to a Dutch Jewish mother and a Scottish father. He moved to the Netherlands at the age of eight to live with his mother. He lived in Amsterdam and later in The Hague.

In the summer of 1967, he joined the Golden Earrings, replacing Frans Krassenburg. Hay created the cover art for some of Golden Earring's albums. He has also made two solo albums, Only Parrots, Frogs and Angels (1972) and Victory of Bad Taste (1987).

Only Parrots Frogs and Angels is Barry Hays first solo album. Especially strong tracks include the beautiful "I Want To Be With You", "Sometimes Three Times", and "Oh Lordy, I'm Gonna Try", all featuring powerful lyrics. Hay shows he's a true story teller, elevating the album to near-Rock Opera heights.


Barry Hay is the lead vocalist of Golden Earring, one of the most popular Dutch rock bands of the 20th century. In addition to his decades of output with Golden Earring, he released solo albums from time to time. Born August 16, 1948, in Faizabad, India, he moved to the Netherlands at age ten. In 1967 he joined the lineup of Golden Earring (then known as the Golden Earrings), a Dutch rock band based in the Hague that had been founded in 1961 and that had made its recording debut in 1965. 

The Hay-fronted lineup experienced decades of international success. The band evolved stylistically with the changing times, most notably progressing from psychedelic rock during the late '60s to hard rock in the 1970s. Best known stateside for their 1973 rock radio classic "Radar Love" and their 1982 early MTV staple "Twilight Zone," Golden Earring were one of the first European rock bands to tour the United States and did so repeatedly over the years. 

While only moderately popular internationally, the band scored several chart-topping hits in the Netherlands: "Dong Dong Diki Diki Dong" (1968), "Back Home" (1970), "Radar Love" (1973), "Twilight Zone" (1982), and "When the Lady Smiles" (1984). As a solo artist, Hay released full-length albums including Only Parrots, Frogs & Angels (1972), Victory of Bad Taste (1987), and The Big Band Theory (2008). 

Among these solo album efforts, Victory of Bad Taste spawned the minor hit single "Draggin' the Line," while The Big Band Theory, featuring the Metropole Big Band, was the most successful from a commercial standpoint, reaching number two on the Dutch albums chart. .............by Jason Birchmeier..



After George Kooymans, Barry Hay has now come to the market with a solo LP. It is well-known that Barry's musical contribution to the Golden Earring can not now be called big, because most pieces are from George's hand. Who has listened to this LP will understand why that's the case, because the music of "Only Parrots Frogs & Angels" is not genuine Earring music. Barry has listened to this album as well as the likes of the musicians like Hollestelle, Louis Debij, Ron Westerbeek (very nice in "Xena"), Patricia Paay, Herman van Veen (I'm better off Playing violin), Cesar Zuiderwijk (very soon on bongo's) and Dick Vennick. Two names I would like to name separately, because they are largely responsible (although directed by Barry of course) for the overall musical image of this disc, that of guitarist Frank v. D. Kloot (Drama) and Pianist Robert Jan Stips (Supersister). 
Barry has put 7 songs on this album, all worth the effort to listen. Especially the more romantic, like "I Want To Be With You" and "Sometimes Three Times", I really like it. "Oh Lord, I'm Gonna Try" is also a very nice song with a very strong meaning. The more heavy listeners come to their dreams with the incredibly strong "Roll Another Rock". 
Occasionally, certain pieces are filled with fine-tuned orchestral work, especially for "I Want To Be With You" for an excellent effect. 
Making lyrics is not such a problem for Barry, though, because they may be all, especially "Once Upon A Time" is very strong. In addition to the completely illegible text of "Xena" on the outside of the cover, everything can be read inside. Hole designer Bob Lens has made a colorful collage of everything and everyone who contributed to this album. With this first solo LP, Barry has proven to have more capabilities than he has ever heard in the Earring. I look forward to the next with excitement. .......................Ruud - Music Express 1972...







Musicians 
*Barry Hay - Vocals, Guitar, Sax 
*Jan Hollestelle - Bass 
*Hans Hollestelle - Guitar 
*Louis Debij - Drums 
*Frank Van Der Kloot - Guitar 
*Ron Westerbeek - Organ 
*Herman Van Veen - Violin, Vocals 
*Patricia Paay - Vocals 
*Robert-Jan Stips - Keyboards, Electronic Effects 
*Jose Van Iersel - Vocals 
*Gonnie Van Dijk - Vocals 
*Cesar Zuiderwijk - Bongos 
*Dick Vennik - Sax 
*Snowflake Strings - Strings 
*Harry Van Hoof - Organ, Harpsychord 



Tracks 
1. Xeña - 8:41 
2. Sometimes Three Times - 6:15 
3. Oh Lordy I'm Gonna Try - 5:01 
4. Roll Another Rock - 4:44 
5. I Want To Be With You - 5:43 
6. Did You Really Mean It? - 4:40 
7. Once Upon A Time - 6:36 
8. March-Xeña - 0:45  

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