O.P.M.C. — “Easter Song”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 9, 2023


790) O.P.M.C. — “Easter Song”

Richie Unterberger says that this yearning and affecting folk-rocker “sounds like the late-’60s Hollies trying to go a little folkier.” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/amalgamation-mw0001282367) “Hey, come on home for Easter.”

Discogs calls O.P.M.C.* a “Dutch hippy blues-folk band”. (https://www.discogs.com/artist/918956-OPMC). Unterberger dismissively elaborates:

Teun van der Slikke and Scotsman Barrie Webb were the pair behind O.P.M.C., who issued an obscure album in Holland that’s variously dated as having been released in 1970 and 1971 in different discographies.

Though this is usually classified as a Dutch rock album by the few collectors who are aware of it, this early-’70s LP in fact seems like a more natural emulation of British (and sometimes American) folk-rock music than many such productions of the era from Continental Europe. In this case, there’s a good reason for that, as O.P.M.C. featured the talents of a Scotsman (Barrie Webb), along with those of Teun van der Slikke. The LP is fair, though not outstanding, folk and folk-rock with a moody streak and a stylistic unevenness that almost create the impression of being the work of more than one artist. . . . It’s an undoubtedly diverse effort that lacks distinction more due to its average material than its eclectic scope.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/opmc-mn0002120051/biography, https://www.allmusic.com/album/amalgamation-mw0001282367

Hey, Richie, I think O.P.M.C. is fairly outstanding!

Soundolm adds

O.P.M.C. centered around Barrie Webb and Teun van der Slikke with different line ups during their existence. . . . Even ex-Outsiders’ legends Leendert Busch and Appie Rammers were at once among the O.P.M.C. line up! Amalgamation was their first LP, released in 1970 and featuring a mix of psychedelic folk, drugged-out spacy guitar and haunting melodies that some sources have considered to be vaguely reminiscent of Love’s Forever Changes.

“These two young men could have had the music world at their feet. If you listen the songs on this OPMC album, it will become apparent to you that they both loved the Beatles, yet they still managed to make their own style of music with ‘A little help from their friends'” · Robbie Dale Robinson (Admiral MBF. Retired)**


* Soundolm tells us that O.P.M.C. stands for “Oldest Professional Music Company”, “as they were living in the famous Amsterdam Red Light District in those days”. (https://www.soundohm.com/product/amalgamation-3)

* * “Robbie Robinson . . . better known by the name Robbie Dale and nicknamed The Admiral, was a British radio disc jockey who was the chief DJ of Radio Caroline during the 1960s.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Dale)

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