sexta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2019

Bintangs - Blues On The Ceiling (1969)

In ‘61 brothers Frank and Arthy Kraaijeveld started the Bintangs in Beverwijk, mostly known because of its smelly and smoking steelworks. Initially they were playing Indo-Rock, at that time in the Netherlands a popular form of music styled by expatriates from Indonesia. Bintang means ‘Star’ in the Malaysian language and is also the name of a well-know beer brand in Indonesia, hinting at the star in the logo of Heineken, its owner in the ‘colonial’ days of Dutch East India. The Bintangs soon switched to a raw R&B style, strongly influenced by artists like Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, comparable to the music of British bands like The Pretty Things and The Rolling Stones. The similarities in their repertoire and in the voices of Bintangs vocalist Gus Pleines and Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger earned the band the nickname ‘The Dutch Rolling Stones’…

Early 1966 the Bintangs released their first single You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover, a Bo Diddley song. A series of modestly successful singles followed. All extremely collectable these days for fans of Dutch Garage Rock a.k.a. Nederbeat. The first Bintangs album Blues On The Ceiling got released in 1969. That record was well received.


Gus Pleines - guitar, vocals
Jan Wijte - harmonica, flute, guitar
Frank Kraaijeveld - bass, vocals
Aad Hooft – drums


01. Smokestack Lightning (Chester Burnett) 2:13
02. Louisiana (Muddy Waters) 4:10
03. Fighting A Losing Battle (Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee) 3:52
04. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy (Willie Dixon) 3:07
05. Still A Fool (Muddy Waters) 6:26
06. Little By Little (Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector) 2:27
07. Blues With A Feeling (Walter Jacobs) 4:32
08. St. Louis Blues (William Christopher Handy) 6:14
09. My Babe (Willie Dixon) 4:20
10. Blues On The Ceiling (Fred Neil) 4:10
11. It's All Over Now (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) 3:17

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