BZN


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  line up 1  (1965-66)

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuijp -- bass, backing vocals

- Evert Woestenburg -- guitar

- Gerrit Woestenburg -- drums, percussion

 

  line up 2  (1966-67)

NEW  - Jan Keizer -- drums, percussion (replaced 

  Gerrit Woestenburg)

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuijp -- bass, vocals

NEW - Jan Veerman -- vocals

- Evert Woestenburg -- guitar

 

  line up 3  (1967-69)

NEW - Jaap Sombroek -- drums, percussion (replaced Jan Keizer)

- Cees Tol -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing vocals

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuijp -- bass, vocals

- Jan Veerman -- vocals

- Evert Woestenburg -- guitar

 

  line up 4 (1969-74)

- Jan Keizer -- drums, percussion, vocals

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

- Jan Veerman -- vocals

 

  line up 5 (1974-76)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

NEW - Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion (replaced Jan Keizer)

 

  line up 6:(1976)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

NEW -  Maria Lindwina Kwakman (aka Maribelle) -- vocals

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

- Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion 

 

  line up 7:(1976-84)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

NEW - Anny Schilder -- vocals (replaced Maria Lindwina Kwakman)

  --   vocals

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

- Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion 

 

  line up 8:(1984-1988)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

NEW - Carola Smit -- vocals (replaced Anny Schilder

- Cees Tol (RIP 2018) -- lead guitar, banjo mandolin, flute, backing

   vocals

- Thomas Tol -- rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

- Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion 

 

  line up 9:(1988-2003)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

- Dick Plat -- keybaords

NEW - Carola Smit -- vocals (replaced Anny Schilder

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

NEW - Dirk van der Horst (RIP 2004) -- guitar (replaced Cees Tol)

- Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion 

 

  line up 10:(2003-2007)

- Jan Keizer -- vocals, drums, percussion (replaced Jan Veerman)

NEW - John Msijer -- guitar (replaced Dirk van der Horst)

- Dick Plat -- keybaords

- Jan Tuyp -- bass

- Jack Veerman -- drums, percussion 

 

 

 

- Band Zonder Namen

- BZN'66

- Canyon (Dick Plat)

- The Daschshunds  (Dirk van der Horst) 

- Dizzy Man's Band  (Dirk van der Horst)

- Double Trouble (Carola Smit)

- Drukwerk

- Jan and Anny (Jan Keizer and Anny Schilder)

- Left Side (Dick Plat)

- Mon Amour (Jack Veerman)

- Next One (Dirk van der Horst)

- Anny Schilder (solo efforts)

- Take Five (Dirk van der Horst)

- Tol & Tol (Cees and Thomas)

- The Tophit Brothers (Dirk van der Horst)

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  The Bastard

Company: Negram

Catalog:  NQ 20048
Year:
 1971

Country/State: Voldendam, Holland

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: --

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 3558

Price: $90.00

By my count, this Dutch band released a staggering 43 albums between this1971 debut and 2007 (when the formally called it quits).  Admittedly, many of those were "best of" and compilation sets, but that's still an amazing catalog.  Even more surprising, this was one of those Dutch bands that seemingly got no traction during the mid-'70s Netherpop explosion.

 

Formed in 1965, the BZN imprint stood for Band Zonder Namen (translated as "Band Without a Name").  By the time the Dutch Negram label got around to releasing their first album, they'd already released a half dozen singles and gone through a number of personnel changes.  Produced by Dick Beekman, 1971's "The Bastard" featured drummer Jan Keizer, guitarists/brothers Cees and Thomas Tol, bassist Jan Tuyp and singer Jan Veerman.   With Thomas Tol and Jan Tuyp responsible for the majority of original material, compared to the earlier singles, musically the album found the band shifting their focus to a more rock-oriented sound.  Not to imply they were following Black Sabbath into the hard rock realm, rather exemplified by songs like the title track, 'Delirium', 'Bad Bad Woman' and 'Rock and Roll Woman' Veerman upped the growling vocals while the Tol brothers ramped up the guitars, while still keeping their creative feet comfortably in the pop realm.  Admittedly 'The Man In the Wood' and 'She's Back Again' went against the grain, spotlighting a more pastoral sound.  Perhaps Fairport Convention fans would find it entertaining, but these  tracks didn't do much for my ears.  In spire of those isolated mis-steps, the end result was an enjoyable album which at its best had kind of a Hollies / Golden Earring / Shocking Blue vibe.

 

"The Bastard" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) The Bastard   (Thomas Tol - Jan Tuyp) -     rating: *** stars

It took me a couple of years to figure out how to aptly describe the title track ...   Imagine The Hollies having a bad hair day.    Seriously, in spite of the aggressive title (guaranteed to limit airplay) and some confusing lyrics, this was basically a pop song hiding behind a slightly raucous rock arrangement (with a nice Cees Tol guitar solo giving it an extra star).

2.) Dizzy Miss Lizzy  (John Lenon - Paul McCartney) -     rating: *** stars

Yeah, their rocked-up cover of the classic 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' wasn't half bad (certainly better than the majority of warmed over covers).  The tuneful lead guitar gave the song a Shocking Blues pop quality that was quite enjoyable.   Actually the writing credits were the song's biggest surprise.  I'm pretty sure Larry Williams would be surprised to learn this was a Lennon-McCartney composition.  

3.) The Man In the Wood   (Thomas Tol - Jan Tuyp) -   rating: ** stars

Hum, the focus on Cees Tol's flute and the folk flavor was unexpected.  The tune was certainly pastoral, but I can't say I found 'The Man In the Wood' all that appealing.   It was also one of the songs where Veerman's heavily accented vocals jumped out at you.

4.) Delirium   (Thomas Tol - Jan Tuyp) -    rating: *** stars

Always wondered if this was meant as a tribute to the beer Delirium Tremens  ...   The pretty acoustic guitar opening was blatant mis-direction with the song quickly morphing into a nice little rocker with one of the album's most tuneful guitar solos.

5.) Bad Bad Woman   (Thomas Tol - Jan Tuyp) -    rating: *** stars

The album's second single, the rocker 'Bad Bad Woman' has always reminded me of something Slade might have recorded.  Yeah, a little short in the originality department, but I always liked the song's churning guitar riff.  (Just my opinion, but the non-LP flip side 'Sir John' would have been an even better "A" side.)

- 1971's 'Bad Bad Woman' b/w 'Sir John' (Negram catalog number NG 248)

 

(side 2)

1.) Second Autumn   (Thomas Tol - Cees Tol - Jan Tuyp) -   rating: **** stars

With a catchy folk-rock melody 'Second Autumn' displayed the band best attributes including their nice harmony vocals and the Tol brothers guitar chops (Cess on acoustic, Thomas on electric).  This one gets my nod for the albums best performance. The tune actually reminds me a bit of classic mid-'60s Kinks.

2.) She's Back Again   (Thomas Tol  - Cees Tol - Jan Tuyp) -   rating: ** stars

'She's Back Again' found the band dipping their creative toes back into a folkier sound.  Pass.

3.) Searching   (Thomas Tol - Cees Tol - lJan Tuyp) -     rating: **** stars

With a awesome Cees Tol solo, exemplified by the rollicking 'Searching', they really were at their best when they upped the rock quotient of their songs.  Another tune that would have made a better single than the two Negram tapped.  

4.) Rock and Roll Woman   (Thomas Tol - Cees Tol - Jan Tuyp) -    rating: *** stars

Thankfully we were spared another cover of The Buffalo Springfield song, though this Slade influenced rocker wasn't particularly impressive.  The slide guitar leads were okay. Perhaps because of the Slade-ish sound, the tune was tapped as the leadoff single.

- 1971's 'Rock and Roll Woman' b/w 'Just Fancy' (Negram catalog number NG 229)

5.) Wilhelmus (instrumental)   (traditional - BZN)   rating: ** stars

Hum, I don't remember putting on a Manheim Steamroller album ...

 

 

The band have a website, but it is in Dutch: http://www.bzn-online.com/Public/Whatsnew.aspx?lang=en 

 

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