Showing posts with label Earth and Fire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earth and Fire. Show all posts

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Storm and thunder - Earth and Fire

When the Dutch band Earth and Fire first started out, there was a definite symphonic rock vibe to their work. It is perhaps most obvious on this early single, 'Storm and thunder', which sounds nothing like the pop hits they would have from 1976 onwards.

'Storm and thunder' was released in 1971 as the second single from their second album 'Song of the marching children'. It was a hit in the Netherlands, peaking at number 6 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 5737
Found: Flea market, Rijswijk, April 6, 2015
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Storm and thunder' / 'Lost forever'

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Weekend (Remix '88) - Earth & Fire

Some time ago, I bought a compilation cd of Earth & Fire's greatest hits, and it came with a remix of their biggest hit 'Weekend'. I didn't realise - although I probably should have - that this remix version was released as a single at the time of that album release.

The remix sounds decent enough, it certainly updates the sound to the year 1988, but it wasn't a chart success for the band. Not that they were still together: Earth & Fire disbanded in 1983. After this single release the band regrouped a year later, releasing just one more album: 'Phoenix'.

My collection: 7" single no. 5393
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Weekend (Remix '88)' / 'Weekend'

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Wilde and exciting - Earth and Fire

In August 1970, Earth & Fire had their third top 5 hit in the Netherlands with 'Wild and exciting'. It earned them a performance in the first ever screening of the Dutch television show Toppop, the chart show that started in September 1970 and remained a prime time hit until well into the Eighties.

'Wild and exciting' delivered exactly what the title promised - at least in those days, when rock was still something relatively new. The track sounded a lot like Earth & Fire did in those days, a far cry from the much tamer pop hits they would produce a decade later.

My collection: 7" single no. 4766
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Wild and exciting' / 'Vivid shady land'

Monday, 5 April 2010

Love is an ocean - Earth and Fire

'Love is an ocean' was another single taken from Earth & Fire's 1981 album 'Andromeda girl'. The song was written by Bert Ruiter and lead singer Jerney Kaagman.

The single, released in February 1982, failed to reach the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4738
Found: Record fair, Rijswijk, April 5, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Love is an ocean' / 'You'

Friday, 1 January 2010

Invitation - Earth and Fire

When you hear the later hits by Earth & Fire and compare it with this 1971 single, you cannot believe it's actually the same band. The line-up has changed over the years, but the music has done so even more.

'Invitation' was released in February 1971 and peaked at number 5 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4353
Found: Record mania, Amsterdam, December 30, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Invitation' / 'Song of the marching children'

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

French word for love - Earth and Fire

Jerney Kaagman, Bert Ruiter, Ton Scherpenzeel, Age Kat, Ab Tamboer and Jons Pistoor got together in 1989 and reunited as Earth & Fire. The group had been inactive for five years, but decided to record a new album together and see if they could recapture the amount of success they'd had throughout the Seventies and early Eighties.

'French word for love' was the first single from what would be their final album 'Phoenix'. The single did not reach the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 1114
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, November 17, 1989
Cost: 6 guilder
Tracks: 'French word for love' / 'Gemini'

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Twenty four hours - Earth and Fire

'Twenty four hours' was the last top 20 hit for Earth & Fire in the Netherlands. It was the first single taken from their 1982 album 'In a state of flux', released in November 1982.

The single reached number 13 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4104
Found: Empire Records, Den Haag, October 17, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Twenty four hours' / 'Strange town'

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Jack is back - Earth and Fire

The second single from Earth & Fire's 1982 album 'In a state of flux' was the radiofriendly 'Jack is back', an unpretentious pop song from the band that had slowly moved away from their progressive rock roots.

The single reached number 29 in the Dutch Top 40. Although all three singles from 'In a state of flux' reached the Dutch Top 40, it was also the last album by the band - until a reunion album in 1989, that is.

My collection: 7" single no. 430
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 29, 1986
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Jack is back' / 'Hide away'

Friday, 11 September 2009

Dream - Earth and Fire

In October 1981, after a year's absence from the charts, Earth and Fire released their single 'Dream'. It was the first single from their as-yet-untitled new album. When it was released, it was called 'Andromeda girl'. Two further singles, 'Tell me why' and 'Love is an ocean' were released from that album, but neither reached the Dutch Top 40.

Thus, this single was the only successful release, peaking at number 27 in November 1981. The B-side 'Jerney's day off' sounds like an original title for the instrumental version of 'Dream', but instead it is an original instrumental track.

My collection: 7" single no. 1384
Found: All that music, Leiden, February 22, 1991
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Dream' / 'Jerney's day off'

Monday, 7 September 2009

Fire of love - Earth and fire

'Fire of love' was the first single release by Earth & Fire after their number one hit 'Weekend'. Like that song, this one was taken from the album 'Reality fills fantasy'. It has always been a track which left me wondering what could have happened after the fade out. The guitar solo is intriguing and leaves the listener wanting more.

The single was less successful, however, stalling at number 23 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 772
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, March 16, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Fire of love' / 'Season of the falling leaves'

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Weekend - Earth and Fire

I'm proud to say that I never understood what was sexy about Jerney Kaagman, but back in 1979 most of the Netherlands was in raptures about this woman and her blue suit, when she performed 'Weekend' in Toppop, the weekly chart show where Earth & Fire promoted their single from the album 'Reality fills fantasy'.

'Weekend' became a number 1 hit in the Dutch Top 40, their biggest hit since 1972's 'Memories'. The 'sexy' Kaagman is now a botox-filled expressionless old witch.

My collection: 7" single no. 3287
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, February 24, 2001
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Weekend' / 'Answer me'

Sunday, 16 August 2009

7 8th Avenue - Earth and Fire

I have no idea what a 'Gate to infinity' is, but it is the title of Earth & Fire's 1977 album. Filled as usual with symphonic rock tracks and some more commercial-sounding hits, it was a reasonable success in the Netherlands.

The single '7 8th Avenue' was drawn from the album and reached number 18 in the Dutch Top 40. I can remember this song from my childhood and never understood the title until I heard about streets in America being actually named after numbers.

My collection: 7" single no. 559
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1986
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: '7 8th Avenue' / 'Dizzy raptures'

Thursday, 30 July 2009

What difference does it make - Earth and Fire

Although Earth & Fire started out as a symphonic rock band, in the second half of the Eighties they started to lean more and more towards disco-oriented singles. 'What difference does it make' is one of those songs that showed early signs of this change in direction.

The audience seemed unsure whether they liked this, as the single was only the second one to miss the top 10 in the Dutch Top 40, reaching number 12. Personally, it's still one of my favourite Earth & Fire tracks.

My collection: 7" single no. 595
Found: All that music, Leiden, February 16, 1987
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'What difference does it make' / 'What difference does it make (instrumental)'

Monday, 20 July 2009

Thanks for the love - Earth and Fire

'Thanks for the love' was another hit single for the Dutch band Earth & Fire. It reached number 8 in the Dutch Top 40.

The B-side is an interesting one: it contains excerpts of the band's album 'To the world of the future', released a year earlier. The voice-over, Radio Veronica's DJ Lex Harding, explains that 'too few people know this album' and that the band 'has worked a half year on the album'. Back then, that was pretty impressive. These days bands need years of course...

My collection: 7" single no. 1371
Found: Concerto, Amsterdam, January 3, 1991
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Thanks for the love' / 'Excerpts from 'To the world of the future''

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Only time will tell - Earth and Fire

'Only time will tell' was the second single taken from Earth & Fire's 1974 album 'To the world of the future' and the first of their hit singles not to reach the top 10 in the Netherlands. The single peaked at number 12, which may be explained by the slightly more complicated 'stop/start' structure of the song.

The track still sounds epic, like most of the band's work in the Seventies. I discovered the single a decade after its release and was immediately hooked.

My collection: 7" single no. 862
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 2, 1989
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Only time will tell' / 'Fun'

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Love of life - Earth and Fire

Throughout the Seventies, the Dutch band Earth and Fire had symphonic rock tendencies interspersed with modern keyboard sounds. This is probably illustrated best by 'Love of life', which is a song that almost sounds like Eighties synthpop - but not quite.

It was another big success for the band, peaking at number 2 in the summer of 1974.

My collection: 7" single no. 1237
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, May 25, 1990
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Love of life' / 'Tuffy the cat'

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Memories - Earth and Fire

Earth & Fire debuted in 1970 with the single 'Seasons'. The single made an immediate impression and peaked at number 2 in the Dutch Top 40. But it would take the band two years to improve on that success: 'Memories', released in April 1972, was the band's first single to reach the number one position.

'Memories' was taken from the album 'Song of the marching children', an album that was released in a beautifully illustrated gatefold sleeve, as advertised on the back of the sleeve of this single.

My collection: 7" single no. 2731
Found: September 7, 1996
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Memories' / 'From the end till the beginning'

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Maybe tomorrow, maybe tonight - Earth and Fire

While Jerney Kaagman is best known in the Netherlands for the static expression on her face thanks to an overkill of botox treatments these days, she used to be the singer in a successful Dutch band called Earth & Fire. The group started out in the early Seventies as a progressive rock outfit, tending more towards pop as the Eighties came along.

'Maybe tomorrow, maybe tonight' was released in 1973 and shows a successful blend of the two genres. Slightly bombastic but very effective, this single peaked at number 3 in the Dutch Top 40 in April 1973.

My collection: 7" single no. 1138
Found: All that music, Leiden, December 28, 1989
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Maybe tomorrow, maybe tonight' / 'Theme from Atlantis'


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