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01 	Love Is In The Air 	
02 	Ooh Wee There's Music In Me 	
03 	What You Gonna Do 	
04 	Whisky Don't Wash My Brains 	
05 	Little Maggie 	
06 	Jail My Second Home 	
07 	What's Wrong Bertha 	
08 	League Of Angels 	
09 	Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu 	
10 	That's Allright 	
11 	Crazy Drunken Man Dreams 	
12 	Beggarman 	
13 	Hold Me, Hug Me, Rock Me 	
14 	Where My Baby's Gone 	
15 	Lusi Brown Is Back In Town 	
16 	Fix Your Hair Darling

Bass Guitar – Klaasje Van Der Wal
Drums – Cornelis Van Der Beek
Guitar – Robbie van Leeuwen
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Fred De Wilde

 

Often dismissed as one-hit wonders, the Shocking Blue proves that the namesake Dutch band was more than just one (blockbuster) song. The collection, drawn mostly from their 1968-1969 material, is a satisfying psychedelic-pop listen from start to finish -- at least for those who think "Venus" deserved to become an international chart-topper. Although the song, covered with equal success by Stars on 45 in 1981 and Bananarama in 1986, was their only one to make a significant impact on the U.S. pop charts (number one in 1970), the album also includes Dutch hits "Send Me a Postcard" (the first from the new lineup), "Long and Lonesome Road," and "Mighty Joe." (It's been said that "Venus" is the only song in the history of the Billboard pop charts to hit number one three times.) It could be argued that this collection is all you really need as far as Shocking Blue is concerned. Although they wouldn't officially break up until 1974, the hits had pretty much dried up by 1972. Their first Dutch hit, "Lucy Brown Is Back in Town," is the only really notable omission here as it was recorded by the original lineup, before Fred de Wilde was replaced by sultry German-Hungarian Grace Slick-soundalike Mariska Veres -- who quickly became the group's best-known asset (as much for her strong voice as her striking looks). Although it wasn't a hit for the original band -- it wasn't even released as single -- Nirvana would cover "Love Buzz" to fine effect on their 1988 debut, Bleach. ---Kathleen C. Fennessy, AllMusic Review

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01. Venus
02. Shocking You
03. Send Me A Postcard				play
04. Long And Lonesome Road
05. Demon Lover
06. Hot Sand						play
07. Never Marry A Railroad Man
08. Blossom Lady
09. Inkpot
10. Never Release The One You Love
11. Hello Darkness
12. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

 

Formed in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, the Dutch quartet Shocking Blue originally had a lineup of VanLeeuwen on guitar, lead vocalist Fred DeWilde, bass player Klaasje Van der Wal, and drummer Cornelius Van der Beek, and the initial configuration of the band had a minor homeland hit with “Lucy Brown Is Back in Town” a year later in 1968. Things really got moving, though, when DeWilde was replaced by sultry singer Mariska Veres, whose sexy presence and solid singing brought the band a second Netherlands hit, “Send Me a Postcard,” and then a huge international smash with “Venus” in 1970 after the group had signed to Jerry Ross' Colossus Records imprint. Although Shocking Blue's albums (1968’s Shocking Blue, 1969’s At Home, 1970’s Scorpio’s Dance, 1971’s 3rd Album, 1972’s Inkpot, 1972’s Attila, 1973’s Dream on Dreamer, and 1974’s Good Times) featured progressive rock elements and inventive arrangements thanks to VanLeeuwen's writing and production skills, the band was essentially marketed as a pop singles unit, and while they scored several subsequent hits in their homeland, none of the group’s releases approached the massive saturation success of “Venus.” Veres left Shocking Blue in 1974 to pursue a solo career, and while there have been various reunions and different touring incarnations of the band over the years (including a version fronted by Veres in the '90s), its creative history ended then. VanLeeuwen later re-surfaced in the folk/jazz group Galaxy-Lin, while his most famous composition, “Venus,” continued to see play on oldies stations. Veres died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 59. --- Steve Leggett, allmusic.com

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