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Royal Bed Bouncer Import

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Reissue of the third album by Holland's top prog rock band.Originally released on the Janus label in 1975, it containsthe original cover art, all 10 of the original cuts and nine bonus tracks, 'Alibi', 'Mountain Too Rough', 'Woe And Alas', 'Mouldy Wood', 'Lovely Luna', 'Forever Is A Lonely Thought', 'Still Try To Write A Book', 'Give It A Name' and 'Bulldozer' (Demo). A total of 19 tracks, all digitally remastered. 1994 release.

1. Royal Red Bouncer
2. Life Of Gold
3. You're So Bizarre
4. Bury The World
5. Chance For A Lifetime
6. If This Is Your Welcome
7. Moments Of Joy
8. Patricia Anglaia
9. Said No Word
10. My Heart Never Changed
11. Alibi
12. Mountain Too Rough
13. Woe And Alas
14. Mouldy Wood
15. Lovely Luna
16. Forever Is A Lonely Thought
17. Still Try To Write A Book
18. Give It A Name
19. Bulldozer(Demo)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B0000071B4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
25 years after it first came out, the third (and best) album of the Dutch progressive rock band Kayak remains as enjoyable as ever. From the opening sounds of the title track through classics such as Life of Gold and Chance of A Lifetime, each track shows the band at its peak creativity and performance. The 9 bonus tracks are primarily tracks from their first albums "See See The Sun" (tracks 11-12) and second album "Kayak" (tracks 14-15-16), as well as some B sides of various singles. This reissue is a companion piece to a compilation (not available anymore) simply called Kayak (not to be confused with their second album of the same name). These 2 CDs essentially put all of Kayak's materials of the EMI years (their first 3 albums, plus various non-albums singles) out on 2 (separate) CDs. As amply demonstrated by the other reviews on this album, Kayak (era 73-75) is a widely under-recognized progressive rock band and this album shows why. A must for every fan of progressive music!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter V. Salsedo on February 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1975, the progressive rock category hardly existed and was defined more in terms of the Rock/Jazz fusion of the time and less in terms of the subsequent New Age, Cybermusic that now defines this category. So even while Kayak may have been one of the early forerunners of Prog and embraced that evolution in subsequent albums, the comparisons with what has ensued really does an injustice to this particular album, which goes far beyond the scope and limitation of any such classification. Comparisons with Kayak's contemporaries of that time such as Yes and ELP derive from comparisons of Kayak's keyboardist, Ton Scherpenzeel, with Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. But the comparisons end there. A more apt comparison needs to be made to its contemporaries in terms of musical themes and ideas expressed mainly in the lyrics but carried through beautifully in the music. On that score, Kayak was much closer to the pop/rock of Pink Floyd, the Who, and, dare I say, the Beatles. Royal Bed Bouncer is about terrorism (title track), exodus (Chance for a Lifetime) and romance (Life of Gold). It is a humorous and adventurous album. It succeeds in a more concise way of expressing these themes and ideas than does Pete Townsend's "Lifehouse" project or Roger Water's "Amused to Death". But, anyone who is a fan of Terry Gilliam's film "Brazil" would love this album. To be clear, this is not a rock opera, but it has that same quality in the way that concept albums like "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" have in terms of evoking a romantic musical imagery and philosophy. In short, it kind of makes you think, perhaps in a profound, but not a complex way, that we do not live in the best of all possible worlds; except maybe when we are listening to music like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant Dutch Prog Rock band from the 70's. This has been one of my fave LP's for over twenty years. Funny, smart lyrics, hauntingly beautiful melodies. Piano-based classical and hard rock, with shocking guitar slashes and tidal drums. One great song after another. Wacky, yet heart-warming vocals, tender and catastrophic arrangements, dazzling keyboards. Hasn't paled with time. For ELP, Yes, Genesis and EuroRock fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CR on April 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can hardly begin to give praise to this album; I don't know where to start. First of all, Ton sherpenzeel's ability to write complex and sophisticated music while still making it accessible and catchy is phenomenal. Songs like the title track show sherpenzeel's keyboard prowess (in the solo) and songs like Chance For a Lifetime show his ability to write technically demanding classical influenced passages with much to offer true prog fans. Life of Gold and Bury the World boast typical prog keyboarding to create wonderful backgrounds but Kayak still keeps things rock based with strong guitar work in songs like Said No Word. Lyrically, the album also has a lot to offer. The Humor typical of prog-rock albums is present in several occasions. Perhaps the most important thing about this album is that it is catchy. Hardcore prog fans might shy away from the pop-based aspect of Royal Bed Bouncer, but ultimately, that's what makes this prog album accessible and memorable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Straddling the fence between Beatlesque power pop and progressive rock (a unique combination at that), the Dutch band Kayak could pack more musical punch in a four-minute song than most "serious" prog-rockers could dish out on an entire album side. Blessed with a great vocalist, a keyboard player who could out-twiddle any other keyboard wizard of the era, and an exceptional guitar player, Kayak produced this grand masterpiece of pumped-up power-prog that starts with a bang and never lets up. Unfortunately, Royal Bed Bouncer was totally ignored by radio and record buyers back in '75. They released three more albums (in the U.S.) which all garnered a similar lack of enthusiasm. Too bad - this band deserved better. Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
So you've exhausted the back catalogue of Yes, Genesis, Crimson, ELP, and you're wondering -- what next? Then you need some Kayak, m'friend.
I didn't even know about these guys until a few years ago, but I've really gotten into their early albums. The other reviews here cover it pretty well... this release is a bit more pop than the 1st two, but it packs a wallop. And since it's more accesible, it's probably the best album of theirs to buy first.
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