• motions The Golden Years of Dutch Pop Music: A&B Sides (180g vinyl double LP, £25.50)

    label: Music On Vinyl

    The Dutch city of The Hague earned the honorary title of being the Liverpool of The Netherlands, thanks to the success of The Motions and many more bands during that time. The Motions with singer Rudy van den Berg, who renamed himself Rudy Bennett, guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, bassist Henk Smitskamp, drummer Sieb Warner were the pioneers as they had the best songs and mastered their instruments like no other. In 1965 they scored an instant classic hit with the pop song “Wasted Words” in the Dutch Top 40, after that the success continued with “Why Don’t You Take It”, “The Same Old Song” and a sung plea to legalise drugs “Tonight Will Be Stoned”. The debut album Introducing The Motions was released in 1965 as a classic example of Nederbeat and for their next in England recorded album Their Own Way, they got help from the mysterious frontman of The Walker Brothers, Scott Walker. Included here are also three solo songs by Rudy Bennett “How Can We Hang On To A Dream”, “Amy” and “I’m So Proud” plus a fine selection of B side singles. MOST IMPORTANT A SIDES, “IT’S GONE”, “YOU BOTHER ME”, THE HIT “WASTED WORDS”, MEMBER RUDY BENNETT’S SOLO HIT “HOW CAN WE HANG ON TO A DREAM” A SELECTION OF B SIDE SINGLES “I’VE GOT MISERY AND MANY MORE POP SONGS.

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