Dutch Treat - Tranquility LP+7"


Label: 678

Release Date: July 19th, 2024

1977: In the middle of the era of punk groups, up-tempo music, high-energy rock and a mini rock-'n-roll revival, a record with the cheeky title Tranquility by the group Dutch Treat has come onto the market. A record - as the title suggests - that exudes tranquility. The record is a serious product by five of Holland's best-known and most-talented studio musicians: Jan Huydts, Wim Essed, Hans Hollestelle, Louis de Lussanet and Steve Boston.

Jan Huydts: ‘We want to make music that brings people peace and tranquility. We are a recording group. We like each other. We are just close friends. The idea was to make non-aggressive music with aggressive instruments like synthesizers and electric guitars. You may even call it background music, maybe with a double meaning.’

Wim Essed in 2024: 'After decades it is still amazing that in all their diversity the pieces on this album fit together so well, taking the listener on an instrumental road trip through rainy as well as sunny landscapes.'

'When we had finished the original recording, the first and only issue was marketed by Polydor records, in quite a modest edition, instigating an equally modest success. Nowadays many more can get access through the web and Tranquility has since found a certain following and cult status, as the original record got harder to come by and more expensive on the second-hand market. So people started to ask for a reissue, which we can at last and proudly offer, bonus material included!'

Tranquility by Dutch Treat was recorded, mixed and mastered between October 1976 and January 1977 at Procom Studio in Kirchhellen, Germany.

Remastered from a direct transfer from the original master tape in August and September 2023 by Fritz Fey (original assistant engineer) at Double-D Mastering, Oberhausen, Germany.

180 gram high quality pressing.

Limited edition first pressing comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes a 32 page scrapbook & bonus 7" single.

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