A BANDA SHOCKING BLUE FICOU FAMOSA COMERCIALMENTE COM A MÚSICA "VENUS" QUE VIROU UM DOS GRANDES HITS DOS ANOS 70!! ESTE É O SEU SEGUNDO ALBUM E MERECE ESTAR ENTRE OS VENENOS!! NESTE DISCO OS CARAS COMBINARAM MUITO BEM O POP COM ROCK PSICODÉLICO!! FICA EVIDENCIADO O EXPERIMENTALISMO DA BANDA NESTA DISCO COM A PRESENÇA DE INSTRUMENTOS EXÓTICOS COMO A SÍTARA, FUZZ GUITAR E O BELO VOCAL FEMININO DA CANTORA "MARISKA VERES"!! A MAIORIA CONHECE O SOM DA BANDA SHOCKING BLUE ESCUTANDO SUAS COLETANEAS ONDE TINHA APENAS SUAS MÚSICAS MAIS COMERCIAIS, MAS ESTE ALBUM É MUITO BOM, DIFERENTE, COM UM SOM MAIS MADURO, CONSISTENTE E BEM ELABORADO!! O MELHOR DISCO DA BANDA CERTAMENTE!! OBVIAMENTE COMO É O MELHOR É O MENOS CONHECIDO!! A NÃO SER PELA FAIXA 6 "VENUS" O MAIOR HIT DA BANDA!!
The music has a good vibe with a combination of 1960s pop, rock and psychedelia and the presence of sitar, fuzz guitar and the beautiful vocals of Mariska Veres.
The group charted a world-wide hit with the song "Venus," which reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. This was an entirely different song than Frankie Avalon's 1959 hit of the same name. Before the breakthrough of "Venus," the group had a minor hit in 1968 with "Lucy Brown Is Back In Town". Once Mariska Veres took over the vocals two bigger hits followed, "Send Me A Postcard" in 1968/69 and "Long and Lonesome Road" (often mistakenly named as Long Lonesome Road) in 1969. "Hot Sand", the flip-side of "Venus" was also heavily plugged on Dutch radio.
Many more Dutch hits followed: "Mighty Joe" in 1969/70. In 1970 "Never Marry a Railroad Man" (flip-side "Roll Engine Roll") and "Hello Darkness". In 1971 "Shocking You", "Blossom Lady" and "Out of Sight Out of Mind". In 1972 "Inkpot" and "Rock in the Sea". "Eve and the Apple" in 1972/73 and finally "Oh Lord" in 1973. None of these songs charted in the US, however.
In 1974 female singer Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo career. Her only solo hit was "Take Me High" in 1975. From the 1990s, Veres toured with a new group under the Shocking Blue banner, with permission of her former bandmates. On December 2, 2006 Dutch news service ANP reported that Mariska Veres had passed away from cancer at 59.
1 Boll Weevil 2:40
2 I'll Write Your Name Through the Fire 2:56
3 Acka Raga 3:07
4 Love Machine 3:19
5 I'm a Woman 3:00
6 Venus 3:06
7 California Here I Come 3:16
8 Poor Boy 4:50
9 Long and Lonesome Road 2:48
10 Love Buzz 3:44
11 The Butterfly and I 4:03
12 Harley Davidson (CD Track)(*) 2:39
13 Fireball of Love (CD Track)(*) 3:00
14 Hot Sand (CD Track)(*) 2:37
15 Wild Wind (CD Track)(*) 2:11