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Earth And Fire - 1981 Andromeda Girl

ARTIST: Earth And Fire
ALBUM: Andromeda Girl
LABEL: Vertigo
SERIAL: 6399 271
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1988, Polydor, 835084-2


LINEUP: Jerney Kaagman - lead & background vocals * Gerard Koerts - keyboards, background vocals * Ronnie Meijes - guitar * Bert Ruiter - bass * Ab Tamboer - drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Eddie Conrad - percussion * Fred Leeflang - sax * Ed Reekers, Max Werner, Jan Leenders, Lisa Schulte - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dream * 02 Singer In The Rain * 03 Andromeda Girl * 04 What More Could You Desire * 05 Tell Me Why * 06 Love Is An Ocean * 07 You * 08 From Shore To Shore * 09 Just One Chance

Given how popular Earth And Fire were in their home base of The Netherlands, it's astonishing how unsuccessful they were in the rest of the world. With Annie Haslam from Renaissance and Curved Air's Sonja Kristina, lead vocalist Jerney Kaagman became one of progressive rock's early and unfortunately rare female sex symbols and over the course of their career Earth And Fire charted numerous hit singles which has been a bone of contention among hardcore prog fans who shrug off an impressive body of work that with each consecutive release became increasingly commercial.

The Songs
This brings us to Earth And Fire's seventh album 'Andromeda Girl'; a spin dizzy mixture of pop and disco styles hot on the heels of 1979's 'Reality Fills Fantasy' LP. That album yielded their biggest hit 'Weekend'; a candy-coated confection and a perfect excuse for the hairy hoards of prog elitists to hurl Hobbit turds the band's way. Clearly most of this record was written with the successes of that song in mind as Earth And Fire's ambitions seemed to lock in like a laser beam on ABBA's gazillion seller 'Voulez-Vous' as a blueprint for hits. Dance floor ready, tunes like first single 'Dream' while catchy, barely scratched the Dutch top 30 while the Leo Sayer-esque 'Tell Me Why' and the pulsating 'Love Is An Ocean' were picked as follow-up 45's, they were sadly two years too late, receiving little or no air play. Disco was dead and apparently Earth And Fire didn't read the obituary. The title track is as close as the album gets to anything progressive clocking in at nearly twelve minutes, although it doesn't gel like previous attempts at multi-movement epics with a sound in places uncannily similar to the modern and lavish pop meets classical world of diva Sarah Brightman.

In Summary
Do I like it? Absolutely, I'm always a pushover for Euro proggy pop tunes and the following 'In A State Of Flux' released in 1982 and their final album 1989's 'Phoenix' which included Kayak's Ton Scherpenzeel as a member of the band are terrific as are the two Jerney Kaagman solos all of which are unbelievably out of print. There are several compilations available and easy to find and Esoteric have reissued their early catalog so buy everything you can find, sit back and enjoy. On a down note the once vibrant Kaagman is suffering from Parkinson's disease which understandably nixes any possible Earth And Fire reunion.

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#1 | gerard on April 16 2015 21:02:42
Former Earth and Fire drummer Ton van der Kleij passed away yesterday. He was 66 years old. Van der Kleij played on albums such as 'Song of the marching children' and 'Atlantis'.
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