Contraband is the 1976 album released by the Dutch Rock band Golden Earring.
GOLDEN EARRING is one of the oldest Rock bands from the Netherlands and was founded in 1961 in the city of "The Hague". initially this band was called "Golden Earrings" and they dropped the 's' in 1969. The band was formed by Rinus Gerritsen and George Kooymans joined by Barry Hay and Cees Zuiderwijk, this formation has been stable until today (with some breaks in between ).
This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.
The album: "GOLDEN EARRING - Contraband" was produced by: Golden Earring for Red Bullet Productions , John Kriek, Damon Lyon-Shaw (Trivia; Lyon-Shaw also worked on the 1976 album "Blue For You" by "Status Quo ")
Sound Engineer: Robin Freeman (Trivia: Robin Freeman worked also on the albums for Highway Chile and Phoney and the Hardcore)
Sound Mix: John Kriek, Steve Lillywhite, Damon Lyon-Shaw
Cutting Engineer: Melvyn Abrahams
Art direction and Artwork: Koos Van Oostrom
Rock, Pop-Rock, Nederbeat
Polydor 2344 059
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
1976 Made in Germany
Biography of: Robert Jan Stips is a highly talented and versatile Dutch musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. Born on 4 December 1950, in The Hague, Netherlands, Stips has had a significant impact on the Dutch music scene and has garnered international recognition for his contributions. With a career spanning over five decades, Stips has showcased his exceptional skills across various genres and has been an influential figure in the progressive rock and pop music scenes.
Stips' musical journey began in the late 1960s when he formed his first band, Supersister. As the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and main songwriter for the group, he helped shape their unique sound, characterized by complex arrangements, witty lyrics, and a fusion of jazz, rock, and classical influences. Supersister achieved considerable success, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, including "Present from Nancy" and "To the Highest Bidder", and captivating audiences with their energetic live performances.
Following the disbandment of Supersister in 1974, Stips embarked on a diverse and illustrious career, collaborating with numerous renowned artists and bands. He became a member of the Dutch progressive rock band Golden Earring, lending his keyboard skills to their music and contributing to their albums "Contraband" and "Prisoner of the Night". Stips also collaborated with the legendary English musician Robert Fripp, known for his work with King Crimson, resulting in the creation of the album "God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners".
In the 1980s, Stips formed a new band called Sweet d'Buster, which explored a more pop-oriented sound. The group achieved considerable commercial success, releasing albums such as "Friction" and "Gigs". Stips also contributed his talents as a keyboardist and songwriter to other Dutch bands like Transister and Nits, further establishing his reputation as a sought-after musician and collaborator.
As a solo artist, Stips released several albums, showcasing his abilities as a singer-songwriter and exploring different musical styles. His solo work includes the albums "Egotrip", "Greyhound", and "Rum & Coca Cola". Each release demonstrated Stips' versatility, as he seamlessly transitioned between genres and experimented with innovative sounds and arrangements.
In addition to his work as a performer, Stips has made significant contributions as a composer for film, television, and theater. He has composed music for numerous Dutch films and theater productions, infusing his compositions with his distinctive style and musicality.
Throughout his career, Stips has received recognition and accolades for his contributions to the music industry. He was honored with the Edison Award, the most prestigious music award in the Netherlands, and has been recognized as one of the most influential Dutch musicians of his generation.
Patricia Paay ( full-name: Patricia Anglaia Margareth Paaij ) is a Dutch multi-talented singer, tv-host, glamour model and sister of the singer Yvonne Keeley. Since 1966 Paay has released many singles, and released in 1977 the album "The Lady Is A Champ", she also performs as background singer on the album "Contraband" by "Golden Earring".
EMI Holland – 5C 064-25737 , 1977 , Netherlands
Patricia Paay is a Dutch singer, radio host, glamour model and "bekende Nederlander" today best known for her amorous affairs. This album "The Lady Is A Champ" is the second full-length album by Patrica and was released in 1977. The production of it was in the hands of Jaap Eggermont ( "Stars On 45" ).Show Details