Formed : 1965 // Baarn, Netherlands
Disbanded : 1969
Members : Frank Muyser (guitar, mouth organ, saxophone), Gerard Schoenaker (vocals), Hans van Emden (guitar), Raymond van Geytenbeek (vocals, drums), René Krijnen (keyboards), Robin Muyser (bass), Bart Terlaak (drums), Ferdi Karmelk (guitar, vocals), Jan Dankmeijer (bass), Michel van Dijk (vocals)
One of the strangest and best Dutch bands of the mid-'60s, Les Baroques always seemed out of sync with the real world. They had a French name, a lead singer with an obviously anglicized pseudonym (Gary O'Shannon, real name Gerard Schoenaker), and played R&B-tinged pop/rock with odd streaks of European folk tunes and corny orchestral arrangements. Their reputation hinges chiefly upon their first four singles and self-titled 1966 LP, all recorded with O'Shannon before the singer left the group at the end of 1966. At his best, O'Shannon could sound like a less polished, neurotic version of Van Morrison, delivering songs that, like much Dutch beat of the mid-'60s, were sullen and minor-keyed. Les Baroques took this moodiness to extremes, however, in cuts like "Silky" and "Summer Beach," which had a dreamlike sheen and forlorn, doomed atmosphere. At other times, they espoused an earthier, R&B-based sound more in line with some British groups of the time, especially in the sharp organ riffs; "She's Mine" closely approximates Them's ballads, while "O, O, Baby Give Me That Show" is a good Animals clone.
"Such a Cad," a weird punky number that was, like several of their 45s, embellished with bassoon fills, was a big Dutch hit in 1966. But after one more fine single, the typically inscrutable "I'll Send You to the Moon," O'Shannon had to leave the band for military service. Les Baroques did continue for five more singles and a second LP with Michael Van Dijk as lead singer, but it wasn't the same, although the first two singles with this lineup, "Working on a Tsing Tsang" and "Bottle Party," were acceptably twisted pop numbers.
Группа образовалась в 1959 году в городке Baarn,в Голландии и выступала под названиями Modern Teenage Quartet и Hurricane Combo. В 1965 году они меняют название на Les Baroques и записывают несколько очень неплохих синглов. В начале 1966 года сингл ''Such a Cad''попадает в top 40 Голландии,а через два месяца ''I Know'' возглавляет чарт и становится самым известным хитом группы.
Группа в это время играет американский garage с фузующей гитарой и отличным органом. Осенью 1966 года выходит первый одноименный альбом группы и призван в армию певец Gerard Schoenmakers. Альбом возглавил голландский хит-парад и был популярен в Германии,Бельгии и ещё некоторых европейских странах.
А в группе начались проблемы с составом,в составе прошло за два года более 15 человек. B 1969 группа распалась. Оставшиеся участники образовали группу ISLAND.
The Complete Collection, although featuring entirely different artwork, is musically identical to the 1995 two-CD set Such a Cad: The Complete Story of Les Baroques. It contains every track Les Baroques ever released, with the exception of their final B-side, 1968's "Pardon Me, I Think I'm Falling in Love." It should stand as the definitive record of one of Holland's best 1960s bands, but is marred by some imperfections. First, there's no getting around the fact that the material comprising disc two -- all recorded after the departure of original lead singer Gary O'Shannon -- is far inferior to the first half of the set. In addition, some of the mixes are different from those heard on vinyl releases, and not necessarily better; the Them-like "She's Mine," their finest song, is missing the horns for some reason, for instance. Nonetheless, disc one, covering the era in which O'Shannon was lead singer and principal songwriter, is a standout in the annals of Continental 1960s rock, with its twisted, somber variations of the organ-R&B-pop sound of Them and the Animals. Other than the singles "Working on a Tsjing-Tsjang" and "Bottle Party," disc two could be the work of a different band, as Les Baroques plod through mediocre blue-eyed soul, pleasantly unmemorable flower-power tunes, and sub-British pop/rock variations. Like Such a Cad: The Complete Story of Les Baroques, this has no liner notes in either Dutch or English, although this has a slightly more detailed discography than the 1995 set.
На этом диске представлено практически все творчество группы.