Bintangs – Genuine Bull (Deluxe Edition) – 2CD

Bintangs – Genuine Bull (Deluxe Edition) – 2CD

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Bintangs’ classic album Genuine Bull was first issued in 1975.  Produced by Steve Verroca and recorded in Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, the lp is usually considered one of the best by a Dutch band.  Exile On Main Street must have been a major inspiration for these guys but I also hear, more distantly, the primitive, tribal sounds of Link Wray, Captain Beefheart and Dr. John etched deep within Genuine Bull‘s grooves .  The album’s foundation is blues-rock (a medium Bintangs would never stray from) but this fine lp’s tense guitar playing and angst fueled vocals will also appeal to garage-rock and proto punk fans.  The first three tracks of Genuine Bull show off this lean, hard rock attack and the world is a better place for it.    The guitar work on Stone’s inspired gem “Hobo Man” is imaginative, “Insight Inside Out” is a raw garage rock/hard rock shouter, and “Agnes Grey,” one of the LP’s finest numbers, is downright epic.  Other tracks such as “New Orleans, New Orleans” and “Biyou Woman” stand out for their evil hoodoo swamp rock thang.   And while the latter description might sound strange knowing this band hails from the Netherlands,  Bintangs make their odd stew of American roots music work for them in spades.  Also of note is “Do John,” another swampy rhythm & blues number with a killer Bo Diddley beat, greasy harp and stellar guitar solos.   Genuine Bull is loaded with great moments like these; there’s plenty of character to be found here. Bintangs have never really received their due.  This Genuine Bull DeLuxe version (double disc) by Corazong is highly recommended as it includes tons of extra tracks and rarities