Solution – …It’s Only Just Begun… (1980)

FrontCover1Solution were a Dutch progressive rock band that existed from 1970 to 1983, during which time they released six studio albums and one live album. They incorporated jazz, rock, pop and soul influences, becoming more commercial on their fifth and sixth albums.

Their first eponymous LP comprised mainly instrumental pieces, complex yet repetitive in structure, with bassist Peter van der Sande singing on one track. He was succeeded by Guus Willemse around the time of its release, and immediately the band began recording more vocal songs; three of the tracks on second album Divergence featured lyrics.

The third album Cordon Bleu (1975) was released on Elton John’s own label named The Rocket Record Company, as was its follow-up Fully Interlocking (1977). Both albums were produced by John’s producer Gus Dudgeon, and featured a crisper sound and more concise songwriting.

Despite some criticism for a more commercial direction, the next two albums, …It’s Only Just Begun… (1980) and Runaway (1982) continued this trend. The two title tracks from these albums became hit singles in Europe.

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Solution split in 1983, playing a final concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and releasing a double live album. They have since regrouped (in March 2006) for two concerts at Panama, Amsterdam (released as a DVD in July 2007), while a triple CD compilation (The Ultimate Collection, comprising almost every track they released) was issued in 2005. Also, a 1976 pairing of Solution and Divergence (simply titled Solution) was reissued by EMI in February 2007, featuring “Fever” (left off the original CD edition) and “Divergence”, the studio version of which was omitted from The Ultimate Collection in favour of the 1983 live recording.

..It’s Only Just Begun… is the fifth album by the Dutch symphonic rock group Solution. It was released in 1980 on CBS Records.

Solution signing the conract with CBS Records in 1979:
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Recorded in their native country the Netherlands, …It’s Only Just Begun… was the first Solution album to be self-produced, though they were assisted by Phil Dunne, who had engineered their previous albums Cordon Bleu and Fully Interlocking.

Five of the seven tracks had vocals, with only “Captain Willie” and “Logic” completely instrumental. Guesting on the latter piece was Jan Akkerman from fellow Dutch band Focus.

…It’s Only Just Begun… charted in the Netherlands on 5 April 1980, reached #12 and spent 13 weeks on the chart. The title track also became a hit when released as a single. Its B-side was an instrumental version, which has not been made available on CD.

“On My Own”, “Mirror”, “Logic” and “It Happened in September” were included on the 2006 compilation The Ultimate Collection; “Captain Willie”, “100 Words” and the title track appeared in live form. (wikipedia)

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And even this album is much more in acommercial direction then in their early Prog-Rock period, it´s still a good album, especially the instrumental parts … and Tom Barlage is in a great form … listen to his saxophone !

SinglesPersonnel:
Tom Barlage (flute, saxophone, percussion, keyboards)
Willem Ennes (keyboards, background vocals)
Hans Waterman (drums)
Guus Willemse (vocals, bass)
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Jan Akkerman (guitar on 04.)
Nippy Noya (percussion on 02. – 04., + 06.)

Booklet1Tracklist:
01. On My Own (Waterman/Barlage/Ennes/Akkerman) 6.40
02. Captain Willie (Ennes) 5.31
03. Mirror (Of Your Life) (Barlage/Willemse/Ennes) 8.36
04. Logic (Barlage/Ennes) 7.21
05. It Happened In September (Willemse/Ennes) 5.27
06. It’s Only Just Begun (Waterman/Barlage/Willemse/Ennes) 4.59
07. 100 Words (Willemse) 4.01

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