Sweet d’Buster – Friction (1978)

frontcover1“Friction” – an album released in 1978 by the Dutch group Sweet d’Buster. The collective was formed three years earlier and, most interestingly, they have included in its membership the former musicians very badsome commands such as: Golden Earring, Chain of Fools and Supersister! In Sweet d’Buster joined forces Bertus Borgers (vocals, saxophone, previously consisted of Mr. Albert Show, Sail and Watermelon), Paul Smeenk (guitar), Herman Deinum (bass, ex. Party Chain Of Fools), Hans Lafaille (drums, and this of Chain Of Fools) and Robert-Jan Stips (vocals, organ, percussion, ex. Supersister party and Golden Earring).
• Performed Sweet d’Buster quirky mix of funk, progressive and hard rock real hard and enjoyed popularity in native land. Their songs the band chose to perform in English, they have shown on his ring debut album (released in 1976). To record their second album, “Friction”, they say, it took almost half a year! Maybe that’s why meticulous audiophiles immediately rated it much higher than the debut. Group clearly progressed, but along with this confusion began with changes in the composition. Releasing the live album “Gigs” and third album “Shot Into the Blue” (1979) musicians dispersed to other teams (according to the information on alexgitlin.com, it happened at the end of 1980).
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 Two favorite tracks to choose from Sweet d’Buster’s “Friction” was released in early 1978, is actually impossible. On this album nine magnificent pieces. The band grew out of two solo projects (which Bertus Borgers – sax and that of Robert Jan Stips – keys), was “Friction” came out, a well-oiled music machine. Especially the work of Paul Smeenk – guitar provided the swinging – at abutting funk sound. But the rhythm tandem Herman Deinum – bass and Hans Lafaille – drums, since 1966 in Blues Dimension played together, provided a solid foundation. About a month after I had bought this album, I was present at a concert of Sweet d’Buster in Almelo. And live when they drove very energetic live testament to how good they were responding to each other. That concert was much better than what gets on their live album “Gigs” would appear.
• The opener “Friction”, Angel is a true overture, beautiful swinging and thrusting. With Can not Buy Me Love is just a small step back, but Sweet d’Buster’s design makes this Beatles song into a real experience. Hard Stone Jungle swings again like a train at the end Still Believe begins quietly – to catch our breath, but quickly picks up this laid back soulfull song you. With Money Song is the A side of this LP soulfull swinging closed.
• And then begins side B. Stir Up The Fire begins quietly, but gradually the fire higher and higher stoked … until … Ahhh, what a beautiful piece. With Smash the Mirror – a piece of R.J. Stips about Elvis among others – is a step backwards. I’ve Gotta Know brings the swing slowly back to a good preparation for the next piece to finish.
• And that is: It Takes a Lot of Time (To Let All The People Know). It is a R.J. Stips classic of his first solo album “Never Greens”, but in a more swinging Sweet d’Buster package. All burn audible to their contribution. A wonderful finale of this five-star album!
In other words: That´s what I call music ! And if you likeDutch groups like Focus or Alquin … you should listen !
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Personnel:
Bertus Borgers (vocals, saxophone)
Herman Deinum (bass)
Hans Lafaille (drums)
Paul Smeenk (guitar, vocals)
Robert Jan Stips (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals)
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background vocals:
Josee Van Iersel – Meike Touw
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Tracklist:
01. Angel (Borgers/Deinum) 5.19
02. Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon/McCartney) 4.47
03. Hard Stone Jungle (Borgers/Smeenk) 5.03
04. Still Believe (Borgers/Smeenk) 4.05
05. Money Song (Borgers) 3.45
06. Stir Up The Fire (Borgers/Lafaille/Stips) 5.41
07. Smash The Mirror (Link/Stips) 4.12
08. I’ve Gotta Know (Link/Smeenk) 5.47
09. It Takes A Lot Of Time (To Let All People Know) (Deinum/Stips) 4.48

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