Alquin – Nobody Can Wait Forever – Used LP
In the 1970s, so many bands seemed to come out of Sgt. Pepper without sounding anything like the Beatles, with a mix of head rock and bubblegum power pop...and by 1974 so much had happened that bands were often twice removed from 1967, this Dutch outfit showing possible different influences on different selections...and quite a variety of subject matter that it gets a bit entertaining, especially once you hit "Wheelchair Groupie" which focuses on well, you guessed it, a glam groupie in a wheelchair (c'mon people, people first, disability second) which is so absurd and unintentionally funny (hey she had polio, and that's not funny) and at the same time so thoughtful and tender and inclusive! that cut starting off with hints of a Alice Cooper Group influence and then a mix of Kiss and the Partridge Family, and another cut that sounds like it's influenced by both Lou Reed and the Allman Brothers, NYC southern-fried rock! other cuts perhaps influenced by Wishbone Ash, Sugarloaf, and Todd Rundgren. I probably would have never bothered listing this, because like many of these so-called neo-progressive outfits (probably a media tag rather than their own) while they trim the excess of junk like side-long suites, they also push toward pomp rock territory, but underneath the progressive elements lurks the potential to be a noteworthy power pop outfit if they just reel in all that junk and inject it deeper into the drive and rhythm of the songs, and I knew someone else would get a kick out of a song about a "Wheelchair Groupie". (with the object of her affection featuring "golden hair and silver pants," I wonder if the girl in the wheelchair is in love with the raw power of Iggy Pop...probably not (as I think of a few others that fit that description) but that's what I like to imagine in my mind. - winch
"Dutch band Alquin released four studio albums in the early to mid-'70s, initially playing prog rock influenced by Pink Floyd and Roxy Music. However, by 1975's Nobody Can Wait Forever (the only Alquin album released in the U.S.), the band turned to a more varied style. The original group comprised guitarist/vocalist Ferdinand Bakker, vocalist Job Tarenskeen, bassist Hein Mars, drummer Paul Weststrate, and horn player Ronald Ottenhoff; Michel Van Dyke joined the band as lead vocalist in 1975. A live album appeared in 1976, and the best-of Crash! was released a year later. Bakker and Tarenskeen played in the new wave outfit the Meteors in the late '70s and early '80s."
"Dutch prog rock band from Delft, founded at the end of 1971 from the ashes of Threshold Fear. Released a handful of trendsetting albums: Marks (1972), The Mountain Queen (1973), Nobody Can Wait Forever (1975), Best Kept Secret (1976) and Live On Tour (1976). In 1977, the year they were voted Best Dutch Band by the readers of leading music paper OOR, they split up."