maandag 23 maart 2015

Pim Koopman

Pim Koopman was very active after he left Kayak. Of course he had his own bands Diesel and The President, but he also was a fulltime producer for other artists. The list is endless, here is a completely random selection to give you an idea... Want to see more? Check the new website!
Michael Robinson: Table For One (CD, 1998, produced and co-arranged by Pim)

Vitesse: Rosalyn (single, 1982). One of Vitesse's biggest hits (nr. 16 in Holland), produced by Pim. Also featured on LP "Incomplete Works And Other Hits", partly produced by Pim.
The Clarks: Back To The Future - History Mix/Tell Me Where To Find You (single, 1990, co-produced with 'teammate' Jeroen Englebert, b-side written by Pim and Jeroen)

Lucy Steymel: Three's A Charm (LP, 1982, produced/arranged. Including the singles "I Love You's",  "Hitch Hiker" and "You're Breakin My Heart Woman")
Sandy Coast: The Eyes Of Jenny/It's My Time Now (single, 1980, produced/arranged). Reached nr. 15 in Holland.
Jimmy Soulier: First Sight (single, 1985, produced)

Pussycat: Blue Lights (LP, 1981, produced and arranged, includes the singles "Teenage Queenie" (nr. 33 in Holland) and "Une Chambre Pour La Nuit" (nr. 16))
Pussycat: Light Of A Gyspy (single, 1984. Produced by Pim)
Powerplay: One Summernight/You're So Special (single, 1985, produced)

Flavium: Nobody Knows You When You're.../You Just Closed The Door (single, 1981, produced). No Kiddin' (LP, 1979, produced and arranged by Pim).
Patricia Paay: A Dime A Dance/Out In The City, and Saturday Nights (singles, 1981, produced and arranged)

Partner: Throw It All Away/A Song May Tell (single, 1979), Running Around/I'll Be Waiting For Your Love (single, 1979), On Second Thoughts (LP, 1979), Get It Right/The Sky Is The Limit (single, 1980). All produced by Pim.
Hansje: Automobile (single, 1979, producer/arranger)
Alides Hidding: Hollywood Seven (single, 1980, produced), Time Bandits (feat. Alides Hidding): I'm Specialized In You (single, 1982, produced), How Does It Feel (single, 1983, produced). 'Specialized in You' got to nr. 2 in Holland, 'Hollywood Seven' reached nr. 26.
Sugar Lee Hooper: Toeters & Bellen (CD, 1996, produced, co-wrote 11 songs)
Valensia: Valensia (CD, 1993, producer/arranger, percussion, backing vocals). The single 'Gaia'reached nr. 2 in Holland!

José: I Will Follow Him/If I Could Be Near You (single, 1982, reached nr. 1 in Holland and Belgium! Pim produced and arranged the single, and also wrote the b-side), The Good Times/Say No More (single, 1982, producer/arranger, wrote b-side), Time Goes By/Lonely Without You (single, 1984, producer/arranger, wrote b-side)
Robby Valentine: The Magic Infinity (CD, 1993, produced, played some percussion and piano). The singles 'Megaman' and 'No Turning Back ' became hits in Holland.


maandag 16 maart 2015

Camel with Ton Scherpenzeel

Ton with Camel, 1984

Ton with Camel, 2014
Camel is a British progressive rockband, whose debut album was released in 1973. Just like Kayak, Camel has seen band members come and go. But there is one constant factor in the band: singer/guitarist/flautist/composer Andrew (Andy) Latimer.

Around 1978, Kayak and Camel both had Janus Records as their American record company. Thus, Andy Latimer got to know Kayak's music. In 1983 he asked Ton Scherpenzeel to join Camel. Ton played on three studio albums: Stationary Traveller (1984), Dust And Dreams (1991), and Rajaz (1999). The album Stationary Traveller features one track that Ton wrote: a short instrumental called 'After Words'.

Ton can also be heard on the live album 'Pressure Points'. He played two tours with Camel: Europe 1984 and the farewell tour of 2003 (which turned out to be a 'farewell' for just 10 years...). And in 2014, he hastily stepped in for a European tour, when Camel keyboardist Guy LeBlanc was unable to perform due to illness. Ton is also part of Camel on their upcoming European tour.
Camel 2014: Jason Hart, Colin Bass, Denis Clement, Andy Latimer, Ton Scherpenzeel
Though it was a strange experience for Ton not to be the 'leader' of the band, and just play other people's compositions, he has always stated that he is very proud that he belongs to the Camel family! And it also lead to a collaboration with Camel singer Chris Rainbow on Ton's solo album 'Heart Of The Universe'. An album to which Andy Latimer also made a contribution.
Camel discography with Ton Scherpenzeel
Camel Tourbook 1984
In 2000, Kayak released the CD 'Close To The Fire'. On the track 'Full Circle', the guitar solo was played by Andy Latimer.
2003: Andy Latimer, wearing a Kayak t-shirt on stage
Live in 1984

Paradiso Amsterdam, 2003 Farewell Tour

Paradiso Amsterdam, 2014 'Retirement Sucks'-Tour

zaterdag 8 november 2014

Ton Scherpenzeel on Silhouette CD

In november 2014, Dutch prog band Silhouette released their album "Beyond The Seventh Wave". Ton Scherpenzeel is credited as a guest, playing Moog synthesizer.

Last year, Silhouette singer and guitarist Brian de Graeve was a guest on Ton's solo album "The Lion's Dream". 

zaterdag 17 augustus 2013

Edward with Tom Parker

In 1990, Edward Reekers was one of the singers in "The Commandments", a successful project of composer, producer, arranger and conductor Tom Parker. Edward was joined by his colleagues Anita Meyer, Rob de Nijs and Amy Vanmeenen. A CD was released, and quite a few TV-performances were given.
Three singles were released featuring Edward's vocals: 'Loving Only You', 'Take Me Home' and 'Sunday, Sunday'.

In Germany, Tom Parker released another CD with Edward as a singer. As a member of the 'European Sound Project', Edward sang 6 songs on the album "Das Europäische Wunschkonzert". Edward sang on Gefühle Der Nacht, Sailing, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Morgen, Michelle and Mull Of Kintyre.
For the Dutch market, the record company simply put a sticker -not in a very professional way- over the front of the booklet, changing the name 'European Sound Project' into 'Tom Parker'...
On YouTube you can find a clip of a performance on German television.

donderdag 17 januari 2013

Ton (and many others) on 'Charles Darwin'

If memory serves me right, I think Ton Scherpenzeel already said something about it back in 2010, but the actual album was released in 2012: 'Charles Darwin' by French outfit XII Alfonso. This 3-CD album about... indeed, Charles Darwin features Ton on keyboards in the track 'Mysterious Illness'.

To call the Darwin-project ambitious would be an understatement; the sax in 'Mysterious Illness' is played by John Helliwell, of Supertramp-fame. But Ton and John are just two of an impressive list of guest artists. To give you an impression:

Maggie Reilly (singer with Mike Oldfield), Tim Renwick (Pink Floyd 'in concert'-guitarist), Mickey Simmonds (Fish a.o.), Ian Bairnson (guitar) and David Paton (bass) from The Alan Parsons Project, and Francis Dunnery (ex- It Bites). And many more... Not bad, eh?

vrijdag 6 april 2012

Protest song...

In 2003, Dutch comedian Harrie Jekkers wrote a song against the Government of Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The singer was Peter Groot Kormelink, and Ton Scherpenzeel played "all instruments". Probably, it was keyboards only, trying to sound like a fanfare orchestra. Ton doesn't see this recording as a highlight in his career. In fact he sort of wiped it from his memory. Having just bought and played the single, I can understand why...