Classic(al) Rock from Holland

in Daily Programme

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 24 October, 2007

Today’s extended broadcast features classically-influenced rock from the 1970s, in the form of music by the talented Dutch keyboard player Rick van der Linden, who sadly died earlier this year.

Van der Linden is remembered primarily for his two bands, Ekseption and Trace. Classically trained, Rick van der Linden was initially very much influenced by Keith Emerson and The Nice, but his band Ekseption took the concept of classical-influenced rock a great deal further. Going on to form Trace, the first of whose two albums was released in 1974, this approach is taken to perhaps its highest point in the rock world.

Little-known outside Holland and Germany (though the first Trace album did receive airplay in the US), Rick van der Linden’s work deserves a wider audience. We are playing the first six Ekseption albums (in which van der Linden was involved) plus both Trace albums — now with metadata, so you know what we’re playing!

For more on Rick van der Linden, visit the Ekseption web site or read his Wikipedia entry here.


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