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President, The - 1983 By Appointment Of..

ARTIST: President, The
ALBUM: By Appointment Of
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2001, Sony (Japan), ESCA 7870


LINEUP: Okkie Huysdens - vocals * Pim Koopman - keyboards, drums * Bas Krumperman - guitars * Frank Papendrecht - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hot Blooded Lady * 02 Workin' Girl * 03 Makin' Millionaires * 04 Don't Put Me On Hold * 05 Turn Me On * 06 That's The Way That It Is * 07 You're Gonna Like It * 08 Only Once Is Enough * 09 Outland * 10 Goin' Places

Early slice of Dutch AOR/West Coast, combining the talents of two excellent musicians and producers in Huysdens and Koopman. They were also involved with the band Diesel who released the very US flavoured 'Watts In A Tank' album a few years previous, and had a minor hit in the US Top 40 with 'Sausalito Summer Nights'. With The President however, the sound is very laid back, and moves into the same territory occupied by the likes of I-Ten, early Toto and to a lesser degree Airborne.

The Songs
There are 10 tracks on offer here, while the songs on Side 1 are all very cruisy, and don't get the excitement levels going much, though it is quite pleasant to listen to. Opener 'Hot Blooded Lady' does not exactly do justice to the title musically, being very much a laid back West Coast flavoured workout, same with 'Workin' Girl' and 'Makin' Millionaires'. Things crank up a bit on Side 2 with the fabulous Paul Bliss penned 'That's The Way That It Is', made popular by Uriah Heep on their rather awesome 'Abominog' opus the year before. 'You're Gonna Like It' sounds like a Zappacosta track played over a Toto backbeat, while the album finale 'Goin' Places' has a similar funky electric feel similar to the more commercial work of Narada Michael Walden (in particular his albums 'Dance Of Life' from 1979 and the fantastic 'Victory' album from 1980).

In Summary
Not as rocky as people have made it out to be, again an album which is definitely in the West Coast camp. The President released the 'Muscles' album a few years later in 1985, which was much better with stronger songs and all round appeal.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 22 2008 12:05:56
Why does this album sleeve somehow remind me of Nantucket???! Cool
#2 | kim_hp on April 20 2012 22:40:02
I would disagree that "Muscles", while a great album, is so much better than this...this is more AOR'ish, while Muscles was more high-tech/pop-oriented. I like 'em both,the only negative perhaps that the vocals are slightly accented but overall they nailed the US AOR/Westcoast sound of the day on this release. Great production too and the guitarist can really play.

Oh and by the way, I think "Muscles" is from 1985.
#3 | dangerzone on April 21 2012 09:19:22
I think this is a great album too, plenty of melodic appeal, especially 'Goin' Places' and 'Turn Me On.'
#4 | gerard on December 13 2014 00:24:43
Nice album! Pim Koopman was one of the great names in Dutch music! Sad to see that three of the four musicians mentioned above have already passed away. Both Koopman and Papendrecht died in 2009, Okkie Huijsdens passed away earlier this year, in September 2014.
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