Flairck - Live In Amsterdam
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 1,77 Gb
Label: Polydor/2679 098 | Release: 1980 | Genre: Progressive-Folk
This is a ‘nostalgia trip’ for me, since the band was founded in the second half of the Seventies I have seen fellow Dutchmen Flairck at least 10 times during the tours of the albums Variaties Op Een Dame (1978), Gevecht Met De Engel (1980) and Circus (1981), mainly in the wonderful venue Diligensia in my hometown The Hague. Every concert was a captivating and adventurous musical journey with virtuosic skills on a wide range of instruments and .. some fine Dutch humor (the Belgians can also enjoy it). This live 2-LP (1980) is a perfect registration of the Flairck sound featuring many exciting improvisations and extended solo work. The one moments you hear warm 12-string guitars and soaring flute, the other moment propulsive acoustic rhythm guitar and powerful acoustic bass, blended with swirling panflute (very omnipresent) or violin. The one moment it’s folk (from Celtic to Eastern Europe), the other moment jazz, classical or a blend of several styles with lots of shifting moods and great solos on many instruments. The great thing about Flairck is that the skills are from excellent to virtuosic but the music contains a lot of emotion, it never sounds too clinical.
I still feel honoured that I have seen this awesome progressive folk formation many times on stage, I hope this era will be captured on a DVD. My conclusion: highly recommended and a good start to discover the unique Flairck sound in the late Seventies and early Eighties, later their musical direction changed, not always my cup of tea.
Review by erik neuteboom, progarchives.com
A1 Oost-West Express
A2 De Stoomwals
B2 De Eerste Dag Na Je Vertrek
C1 April 3rd / De Vlinder
C2 Voorspel In Sofia
D1 Variaties Op Een Dame
Arranged By – Flairck (tracks: A1, B1, C1)
Engineer – Albert Kos, Jaap De Jong
Flute [Dwarf Flute, Alto Flute, Bamboo Flute], Piccolo Flute, Panpipes, Bagpipes [Uilleann Pipes], Spinet – Peter Weekers
Guitar [6- And 12-string], Sitar, Panpipes – Erik Visser
Guitar [Classical], Acoustic Bass, Panpipes – Hans Visser
Music By – Erik Visser (tracks: A3, B1 to D1), Peter Weekers (tracks: A1, A2, C2)
Photography – Fernando Von Teylingen
Producer – Cees Schrama
Violin, Harp, Panpipes – Sylvia Houtzager
Recorded on the evening of the 31st of March, 1980 in the Nieuwe dela Mar Theater in Amsterdam.