Trace – Same (1974)

FrontCover1Trace was a Dutch progressive rock trio founded by Rick van der Linden in 1974 after leaving Ekseption. They released three albums before merging back into Ekseption.

In 1973, after releasing their album entitled Trinity, the members of the band Ekseption asked Rick van der Linden to leave the band. At this time Ekseption were quite famous which led Philips, their record-company, to give van der Linden the opportunity to find a new band.

In January 1974 van der Linden started rehearsals with Peter de Leeuwe, who had been playing drums with Ekseption before. The pair split up again soon after, since van der Linden considered de Leeuwe to lack in skill. De Leeuwe was replaced in February by Pierre van der Linden (a second-cousin of Rick), who had left Focus in October, 1973. To complete the trio, Rick finally asked Jaap van Eik, a self-taught musician considered to be one of the best Dutch bass players, to join the band. Originally named Ace (in the tradition of Cream and Flash to highlight their supergroup status), they had to change the name to Trace when they discovered a British band had already trademarked the name.

On 9 September 1974 the trio released their first, self-titled album. Their second album, Birds was released on 1 January 1975, and featured future Marillion drummer Ian Mosley. A third album, The White Ladies, was released in 1976 with Rick van der Linden being supported by all of the former members of Ekseption save trumpeter Rein van den Broek. In 1978 van den Broek rejoined the group which effectively became Ekseption once again. (by wikipedia)


Trace (1974). Left to right: Jaap van Eik, Pierre van der Linden & Rick van der Linden

Listening to Trace’s first album, it’s like a war. Notes sprawling and tearing up your inner ear like bullets fired straight out of a smoking machine gun.

Lightning Bach style, super tight bass/drum interplay. It’s Emerson Lake & Palmer…but without the gigantic ego, the lyrical bullcorn and the awful by-product filler that every album’s filled with.

Some bands are just TOO COMPETENT to write a page of history (and therefore, being understood) and Trace is one of the leader in this sad but mind-boggling category maybe with Echolyn or Par Lindh Project.

In fact, the product is purely an exercise, so it’s not accessible and therefore, dispensable. In no way these guys thought they would carry on or reform on day on the sake of making a few dollars. Because this band probably made some money by doing marathon concerts. Hard working, not physically attractive (Rick van der Linden looks like an anorexic Leif Ericksson) and ridiculously perfectionnist…dude, this record is tough to swallow and needs time to digest to full appreciation.

This is a major kick in Rachmaninov’s…er, piano I guess. (by Menswear)


The inlets from the original LP from 1974

Jaap van Eik (guitar)
Pierre van der Linden (drums)
Rick van der Linden (keyboards)


01. Galliarde (Italian Concerto BWV 971 in F Major)/Polish Dance (Bach/Traditional) 6.07
02. Gare le Corbeau (v.Eik) 2.02
03. Galliarde Italian Concerto BWV 971 in F Major)/Polish Dance (Bach/Traditional) 4.55
04. The Death Of Ace (from: Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg) 5.13
05. The Escape Of The Piper (R.v.d.Linden) 3.08
06. Once (R.v.d.Linden) 4.11
07.Progression (R.v.d.Linden) 12.02
08. A Memory (Traditional) 3.54
09. The Lost Past (P.v.d.Linden) 3.27
10. A Memory (Traditional) 1.40
11. Final Trace (R.v.d.Linden) 3.55
12: Progress (single A-side) (R.v.d.Linden) 4.08
13. Tabu (single B-side) (R.v.d.Linden) 4.16




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