Friday, January 8, 2021

Ro-D-Ys - Earnest Vocation (1968 holland, wonderful swinging beat with baroque shades, 2013 remaster)

Earnest Vocation, released in 1968 by Philips, is probably the Ro-D-y’s finest hour. While history primarily remembers the Outsiders, Q65, The Golden Earrings, the Motions and Group 1850, there were many other excellent rock groups from the Netherlands such as Sandy Coast, Supersister, Bintangs, Cosmic Dealer and of course this group, the Ro-D-y’s.

Harry Rijnbergen, the band’s chief songwriter, was also lead guitarist and vocalist of the Ro-D-y’s. His vocals sound like a cross between Roy Wood and Ray Davies. What set these songs apart from Rijnbergen’s peers are the sophisticated lyrics - remember English wasn’t his first language and unique song structures – they simply do not sound like anything I’ve heard. Of the twelve tracks on this LP, only one of them falls short of the mark, the music hall dud Everytime A Second Time. 

There are many highlights though which include the dynamic phased rocker Easy Come, Easy Go, the weird psychedelia of Dr. Sipher and the bouncy Let It Be Tomorrow. Some tracks feature strings and brass such as the complex title cut while others betray a strong european folk influence – check out the bridge of album opener Unforgettable Girl or the folk rock track No Place Like Home. This is definitely one of the better Euro psych albums I’ve heard, a minor classic worth seeking out.

Also worth checking out is the Ro-D-y’s debut album, Just Fancy from 1967 which is nederbeat pop/garage but a strong effort nonetheless with many highlights. The group also released many fine non LP singles throughout the 60s. 
by Jason Nardelli
1. Unforgettable Girl (Single Version) - 2:51
2. Isn't It A Good Time - 2:09
3. Love Is Almost Everywhere - 3:09
4. Robinetta - 2:59
5. No Place Like Home - 4:19
6. Everytime A Second - 3:26
7. Earnest Vocation - 4:54
8. Easy Come, Easy Go - 2:34
9. Look For Windchild - 2:33
10.Let It Be Tomorrow - 2:13
11.Dr. Sipher - 3:14
12.Peace Ants - 3:51
All songs written by Harry Rijnbergen

*Harry Rijnbergen - Guitar, Vocals
*Joop Hulzebos - Guitar, Keyboards
*Wiechert Kenter - Bass, Trumpet, Vibraphone
*Bennie Groen - Drums 
*De Schuyt - Organ
*Jan Vennik - Saxophone