Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: The Outsiders - CQ (POWERFUL PSYCHEDELIC HOLLAND 1968)

20 February 2009

The Outsiders - CQ (POWERFUL PSYCHEDELIC HOLLAND 1968)


the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR,front"THE OUTSIDERS - CQ" (POWERFUL PSYCHEDELIC HOLLAND 1968)

"The Outsiders" were a Dutch band from Amsterdam that were a part of the Nederbeat scene and sang entirely in English.
OUTSIDERS's lineup consisted of "Wally Tax" on vocals, "Ronnie Splinter" on lead guitar, "Appie Rammers" on bass guitar, "Tom Krabbendam" on guitar and "Leendert 'Buzz'Busch" on drums.
"Frank Beek" would later replace "Appie Rammers" on bass guitar from 1968-1969.
CQ (Polydor special 236803) is their third and final record, which sold poorly upon release but has since become regarded as a cornerstone of Psychedelic Garage Rock.

the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR"THE OUTSIDERS"'"CQ" (an expression used by amateur radio enthusiasts) featured the new line-up, with "Frank Beek" contributing organ and piano as well as bass and all group members doubling on percussion and backing vocals.
The resultant LP, "CQ" stands up as a staggering achievement.
Recorded on an eight-track and produced by "The OUTSIDERS", the stylistic range of the material, the rich variety and maturity of the lyrics and the sheer POWER and vitality of the music makes this one of the finest LP's of its era.


"The OUTSIDERS"' "CQ" touches on a number of different styles of rock music.
There is a combination of Fast paced R&B with a Punk edge similar to early "Pretty Things", eerie experimental material (check out the title track "CQ"), space rock that recalls "Syd Barret"-era "Pink Floyd", and Folk-Rock.
"The OUTSIDERS' CQ" is a very Psychedelic album, in fact it is one of the Best Psychedelic albums ever made.

the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,MISFIT,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR,feedbackThe combination of POWER, aggression and beauty is still quite stunning after more than thirty years.

the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,MISFIT,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR,relax,songbookThere isn't a weak song on CQ.
Particular highlights are "Zsarrahh", "Happyville", "Man On A Dune", "The Bear" and "Doctor".

the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,MISFIT,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR,relax,songbook,q65,relaxThe guitar of "Ronnie Splinter" on the latter track is awesomely POWERFUL and innovative.

the_outsiders,cq,1968,psychedelic-rocknroll,WALLY_TAX,RONNIE_SPLINTER,BUZZ,MISFIT,AMSTERDAM,NEDERBEAT,POLYDOR,relax,songbook,q65,relax,rainman,q65If you like Psychedelia but you also love the power of "The MC5" and "Teenage Head" era "Flamin Groovies" I think you will like "The OUTSIDERS - CQ" very much.

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In "Richie Unterberger"'s 1998 book "Unknown Legends of Rock 'n Roll", "The Outsiders" were referred to as "not just the finest Dutch group of the 60s, but the finest group from a non-English speaking country, period".

IN MEMORY OF WALLY TAX 1948 - 2005

see also "The Outsiders Beat Legends - Photo Sound Book"

2 Comments :

Anonymous said...

WOW. This is awesome. I am going to play it on the radio.

Paul said...

Hi, This album is a MUST and one of the greats of the 60's...I had the pleasure of spending time with the band at the Purple Weekend in Leon a few years ago and Frank was a great guy.
This release comes highly recommended.