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|Earth & Fire|
Song of the Marching Children
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Dutch Rock band's 1971 album featuring six bonus tracks. Earth And Fire are legends of the Dutch Rock scene, first making an impression with their debut single "Seasons" in ... more »
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Dutch Rock band's 1971 album featuring six bonus tracks. Earth And Fire are legends of the Dutch Rock scene, first making an impression with their debut single "Seasons" in 1969. They quickly established themselves as an international act thanks to the excellence of their material and the powerful vocals of Jenny Kaagman. In 1971 the band released arguably their finest work, Song of the Marching Children, a Mellotron soaked masterpiece that was a major selling album throughout Europe. Esoteric.
Only one of the great prog albums from the Netherlands
BENJAMIN MILER | Veneta, Oregon | 05/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When people think of Dutch prog rock, the first band that comes to mind is Focus, especially here in America since that band had a big hit over here with "Hocus Pocus". Of course, there were many more prog rock bands coming from Holland, and Earth & Fire is one of them. The band featured female vocalist Jerney Kaagman and was capable of creating some wonderful prog rock, while releasing many singles that became pop hits (at least in Europe). 1971's Song of the Marching Children is their second album and also their best, as far as I'm concerned. By this point, as well as the Hammond organ, the band now included a synthesizer and Mellotron which really benefitted the band's sound. It's also a concept album about reincarnation. The highlights on this album include "Carnival of the Animals", "Storm & Thunder" and the side-length title track. The title track was originally released as a single near the beginning of 1971 (the flip side of the single to "Invitation"), but on this album, it was not only re-recorded, but extended in to a prog rock epic, complete with lots of great Mellotron work and several different themes. Truly one of the greats of Dutch prog rock, to say the least. Another song worth mentioning is "In the Mountains", it's an instrumental piece that bears such an uncanny resemblance to Focus (listen to this song and listen to "Focus III" off the album by the same name and you'll be very surprised). Even guitarist Chris Koerts sounded just like Jan Akkerman here. The original Dutch Polydor LP comes with a gatefold with some really trippy artwork inside (later pressings apparently didn't come with the gatefold). There was also a German version of this album called Memories/Song of the Marching Children, which was released in 1972 and included not only the whole album, but also "Memories", a Mellotron heavy song that was originally released as a single in 1972 and of course, not included on the original Dutch LP. Anyway, if you enjoy the sound of the Mellotron, like prog rock with female vocalists, or like European prog in general, then you shouldn't go without this album!"
The "Dutch Renaissance"?...
Squire Jaco | Buffalo, NY USA | 09/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"O.K., there are at least as many moments on this cd where you think you are listening to another Dutch band - Focus; but more often than not, it is the great English band Renaissance that will spring to mind, especially because of the very beautiful Jerney Kaagman's reminiscent vocals. (At times, she also sounds a lot like Mariska Veres from the band Shocking Blue!) Earth and Fire's "Song of the Marching Children" is a very good album, with generous use of the organ, but some nice mellotron as well (in the title track in particular). The music is very warm and melodic, with ever-changing moods. The original album was somewhat short, but with 3 bonus tracks now included (and they're very good as well), this is a cd of acceptable duration (45 minutes). Definitely an essential album from the Dutch prog arena, along with their follow-up "Atlantis". After that, they began to lose their progressive touch... Start with this one.
I value interesting music that is played and recorded well. This cd's rating was based on:
Music quality = 8.1/10; Performance = 8.7/10; Production = 9/10; CD length = 8/10.
Overall score weighted on my proprietary scale = 8.4 ("4 stars")