Ekseption ‎– Ekseption

Philips ‎– 873 003 UBY
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 The 5th
Arranged By – EkseptionWritten-By – L. v. Beethoven*
A2 Dharma (For One)
Written-By – J. Tull*
A3 Little X Plus
Written-By – Ekseption
A4 Sabre Dance
Written-By – A. Khatchaturian*
A5 Air
Arranged By – EkseptionWritten-By – J.S. Bach*
B1 Ritual Fire Dance
Written-By – M. De Falla*
B2 Rhapsody In Blue
Written-By – G. Gershwin*
B3 This Here
Written-By – B. Timmons*, J. Hendricks*
B4 Dance Macabre Opus 40
Written-By – Saint-Saëns*
B5 Canvas
Written-By – B. Bennet*

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"Ekseption's idea to record well-known classical themes started in 1968, when the group visited a concert of a British group called The Nice. The six boys were impressed by the way The Nice mixed pop and classical music.
A few weeks after the concert Ekseption was invited to play with one of the finest symphony orchestras in Holland - the North Holland Philharmonic - at a big festival in Haarlem.
The obvious man with Ekseption to handle this project was 22 year old pianist Rick van der Linden, who is also one the promising young classical pianists in Holland. Rick, who finished Conservatory and has played piano recitals with well-known orchestras, started to arrange several classical themes for the festival.
Some weeks before the event, however, Ekseption was told that the orchestra refused to perform with a pop group. That part of the festival was cancelled, but Ekseption stuck to the idea and decided to use the arrangement of Beethoven's "The 5th" for their new record.
"The 5th" was an instant smash hit and stayed for seven weeks in the national Top Ten. This LP was the result of requests for more 'classical pop' from Ekseption's many fans."

1st pressing. Can be identified from the runout matrix number ("1" after the Y), writer's credit of A2 on label and sleeve (J. Tull instead of I. Anderson/C. Bunker) and it comes in a flipback sleeve. Also, the font used for the Philips name on the labels is the old, thick (or bold) font; on subsequent pressings, the font used for the Philips name are clearly thinner [see and compare label images].

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BIEM MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1): AA 873 003 1Y 1 670 114
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2): AA 873 003 2Y 1 670 115

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PHS 600-334 Ekseption Ekseption(LP, Album) Philips PHS 600-334 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
PH 6856014 Ekseption Classic In Pop(LP, Album) Ex Libris PH 6856014 Switzerland Unknown Sell This Version
873.003 BY Ekseption Classic In Pop(LP, Album) Philips 873.003 BY France 1969 Sell This Version
65 648 Ekseption "Classic In Pop"(LP, Club) Philips 65 648 Austria Unknown Sell This Version
92 857 Ekseption Classic In Pop (LP, Comp, Club) Philips 92 857 Austria 1970 Sell This Version



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August 4, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
"Ekseption" and "Classic in Pop" are not the same recordings under a different name. Tracks A3, A4, B1, B4 are different titles and/or have different durations. By copying one release to another many errors occured. I uploaded a screenshot of an iTunes playlist with rips of 2 of these releases to the master release.