15 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the second album from the Dutch group Shocking Blue and the first to feature their remarkable singer Mariska Veres. The original vinyl version of the album featured a slightly different line-up but subsequent versions were solidified with the first eleven tracks here and the four bonus cuts. Most of the songs were written by the band’s main instrumentalist Robbie van Leeuwen. The arrangements range from the tight garage-band attack of “Boll Weevil” to the sensual strut of “I’m a Woman” to the quick-throttle of their worldwide hit “Venus.” “Acka Raga” is a superb sitar-based tune. “Long and Lonesome Road” throws in a dense, powerful keyboard and a damaging drum assault. “California Here I Come” has a seductively exotic feel for a band from the Hague in the Netherlands trying to make the connection to the sun and fun of California’s shores. “Love Buzz” was covered by Nirvana, further building Shocking Blue’s reputation for future generations. “Hot Sand” is apocalyptic power. A brilliant psychedelic garage-rock album with pop appeal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the second album from the Dutch group Shocking Blue and the first to feature their remarkable singer Mariska Veres. The original vinyl version of the album featured a slightly different line-up but subsequent versions were solidified with the first eleven tracks here and the four bonus cuts. Most of the songs were written by the band’s main instrumentalist Robbie van Leeuwen. The arrangements range from the tight garage-band attack of “Boll Weevil” to the sensual strut of “I’m a Woman” to the quick-throttle of their worldwide hit “Venus.” “Acka Raga” is a superb sitar-based tune. “Long and Lonesome Road” throws in a dense, powerful keyboard and a damaging drum assault. “California Here I Come” has a seductively exotic feel for a band from the Hague in the Netherlands trying to make the connection to the sun and fun of California’s shores. “Love Buzz” was covered by Nirvana, further building Shocking Blue’s reputation for future generations. “Hot Sand” is apocalyptic power. A brilliant psychedelic garage-rock album with pop appeal.

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Ratings and Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Prockersunite ,

A must for true music fans!

This band is very dynamic and presents you with authentic and original songs you can't refuse.

True Diva of funk and rock ,

love buzz from shocking blue

its kind of that they became here in the states a one hit wonder so many more then just venus gems on there debute lp here ...and use of sitar and such amazing lead singer get it
and a decent price for once i tunes too.....
love buzz awesome 69 song .... love machine and others
check it for real if your into different late 60s sounds
\m/

bob bobblaw ,

Venus

maybe the most underrated song of the late '60's . . . .

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