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Solution - 1977 Fully Interlocking

ARTIST: Solution
ALBUM: Fully Interlocking
LABEL: Rocket Records
SERIAL: 5C 062-99506
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1988, CBS (France), 461051 2


LINEUP: Guus Willemse - lead vocals, bass * Tom Barlage - keyboards, flute, sax, percussion * Willem Ennes - keyboards, dlectric & acoustic piano * Hans Waterman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Give Me Some More * 02 Carousel * 03 Sonic Sea * 04 Free Inside * 05 French Melodie * 06 Empty Faces * 07 Run Away * 08 Divergence * 09 It's Only Just Begun

I have said it before and I'll say it again, the Dutch created some of the best progressive rock of the 'golden age' hands down. The list is long, with Solution's early albums ranking as some of the best the country has delivered, but following the group's third album 'Cordon Bleu', Solution seems to lose favor among prog rockers and this album seems to be the culprit. Why? More on that later since I think it's a fine album and one prog snob's junk is another melodic rock fan's treasure.

The Songs
First of all, let's get the cards out on the table. There are only two vocal tracks on 'Fully Interlocking'. 'Give Some More' and the closing 'Empty Faces' are very good recalling early Ambrosia at their prog rock best and oddly enough are the two tracks most reviewers back in the day and currently dislike the most. Hard to imagine? The fusion tracks are uniformly excellent recalling Camel circa 'Breathless' (my favourite Camel album) and some of their early 80's stuff, so what's not to like? Well, many lay blame on superstar producer - the late Gus Dudgeon responsible for producing Elton John's best known works and for Solution it was guilt by association. Any move to commercial acceptance was seen as sell out and 'Fully Interlocking' never stood a chance.

In Summary
Oddly enough this album was released in U.S in 1981 on the Great American label. My guess is news that former Traffic member Jim Capaldi had joined the group led to an advance release of 'Fully Interlocking' to capitalize on the possibility of a move to America, or at least some success overseas. While the 'Runaway' album generated a hit single with the title track in Holland, the album was never released in the U.S since the band broke up a short time later and the folks at Great American were left with a five year old album and no band to promote. Rock N' Roll.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on September 04 2007 00:55:21
I guess I've never heard anything by this band from Holland. I remember a band called the Nits that had a good one out .
#2 | Eric on September 04 2007 13:53:17
'I guess I've never heard anything by this band from Holland'

That's why GD is here!clap

The Nits featured RJ Stipps from Supersister and later of Golden Earring. A fun pop band with several releases.Thumbs Up
#3 | jefflynnefan on September 04 2007 23:26:31
Yes- That's why I'm here! GD is truly a great site! I never made that RJ Stipps connection to the Nits. clap
#4 | gdazegod on October 01 2008 21:43:33
I have this album available as a fileshare. Refer the Forums Download Links section.
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