18/8/16 – Supersister – To The Highest Bidder – 1971

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Supersister To The Highest BidderYou have to be a serious Prog head to know about Supersister, so as I played this record today, I thought I might share it, but in order not to scare you off I am posting the second tracks from side 1 and side 2 first.  To The Highest Bidder was Supersister’s second album released in 1971. These first two tracks might be more accessible to those of you that are not into Progressive time signature changes and long instrumental passages but may want to slowly venture into the world of Progressive Rock.

Although Supersister are Dutch they are associated with the Canterbury scene sharing a playful complexity with the likes of Egg, Hatfield And The North, Soft Machine and Caravan. Mainman Robert Jan Stips is the keyboard player, vocalist and writer of all the songs on the album. Whenever I hear seventies Progressive acts I always prefer them to most Neo-Prog bands, virtuosity is present in both eras but the warmth of the sound is often lost in contemporary bands in the genre.

I recently bought a vinyl reissue of the album (perhaps from the eighties) at the Night Of The Prog festival where I played with Anekdoten in July this year. The album had a small tear on the cover and is not the original gatefold but for 10 Euros and in such excellent condition I couldn’t leave it behind. Although Supersister were a classic Progressive band, Stips later joined and or produced and played with two legends of Dutch music in other styles, Golden Earring and The Nits, forming many of his own bands on the way to and beyond his collaborations.

In 2011 Supersister’s bassist Ron van Eck passed away. I’m not aware at this point of the status of flautist Sacha van Geest or drummer Marco Vrolijk. Enjoy it or ignore it, either way unless you are a major Prog head, you’ve never heard of Supersister.



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