Holland (3)Hans Brinker Symphony

Label:Polydor – 2050 071
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Symphonic Rock


AHans Brinker Symphony
Written-ByF.C. Haayen*
BThe Silverfleet (De Zilvervloot)
Arranged ByC.M. Schrama*
Written-ByF.C. Haayen*, J.P. Heye*, J.J. Viotta*

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Made in Holland (rim-text)

Matrix/runouts are stamped including plant identifying information.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: B.I.E.M.
  • Pressing Plant ID: 670
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 2050 071.1 W
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 2050 271.1 W
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 2050 071 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 2050 071 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): AA 2050 071 1W 1 670 111
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): AA 2050 071 2W 1 670 111
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): AA 2050 071 1W 1 670 114
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): AA 2050 071 2W 1 670 112

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Hans Brinker Symphony (7", 45 RPM, Single)Polydor2050 071Belgium1971
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Hans Brinker Symphony (7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Stereo)Polydor2050 071Germany1971
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Hans Brinker Symphony (7", 45 RPM, Single)Polydor2050 071GermanyUnknown



  • GoodNF's avatar
    An exceptionally weird single, the A-side based on a Dutch language children’s song that was turned into a multi-part mini-rockopera. How did it come this way? I devoted a significant part of my life to find this out; I could almost write a novel about it (maybe someday I will). What follows, are the things I know; they might not be accurate though. Any help clarifying the plot is welcome; feel free to post your reply.

    During the Summer of 1970. Dutch pop music was getting attention all over continental Europe, most notably Germany. Dutch media association AVRO collaborated with a German colleague (Bavaria?) to set up a TV show named “Beat Behind The Dikes”; during this one-hour show, the cream of the crop of Dutch pop music would be heard. The videos to the songs were already there or in the making; what the show needed was an incendiary finale.

    The idea was to arrange the 13 participating bands on a stage each. The 13 stages (4 red, 5 white and 4 blue, which are the colours of the national banner of The Netherlands) would float on the water. They were arranged in the shape of a twin-arrow, with the white stages forming the long line and the other colours aligned at each side of it. As the North Sea was considered too turbulent, the Gooimeer was chosen as a recording location.

    The line-up of the bands is still not 100% known to me. Apparently, there are three different line-ups. First is the collection of bands who recorded video clips of their recordings that were used during the TV-show. Second is the collection of bands that actually populated the 13 stages at the Gooimeer. And third is the collection of bands that are actually heard on this single. And there might even be a fourth line-up, but more about that later.

    Even in 2017 when I am writing this, I never saw the original 1970 TV show, and was unable to find a stream of it. So I cannot tell which bands were actually in the show. However, I managed to track down a video stream of the original video clip. The stream runs 5:20 and ends with credits in German: “Popmusik Aus Holland”, followed by a list of bands.

    This list appeared to be both incomplete and inaccurate. When tracking down the members of the supergroup named Holland, I ran into different listings, but none of the listings featured members of Amsterdam, Sandy Coast and Tee-Set. They must have been in the TV show (as they are end-credited in the video), but were not seen on any of the 13 stages.

    The TV show was broadcast December 30th, 1970. I started to wonder if the audio track was actually recorded during the video sessions that Summer. Why would someone keep that recording shelved for nearly half a year? It could have been a massive Summer hit when released immediately. It can be assumed that the actual audio recording was done in December and superimposes a clip edited from the available video footage shot at the Gooimeer during Summer.

    More confusion arose when the single was actually released, during the first days of 1971. No time duration was given, neither on the Dutch, nor on the German release. I tracked down several charts databases and found out that the single’s A-side ran 4:29. So what one hears on the single is either an edit or early fade of the audio recording heard in the video clip, or an entirely new recording.

    The confusion came to a climax when I was browsing for digital formats of this song. All CD versions out there were running 5:20. I did not encounter a 4:29 version of the song, so what I hear on CD was not the original single version. The supergroup “Holland” did not release an album, though. Eventually, I found a 5:20 version on a double album that could be the source of the recording. However, the album was credited to a different Dutch supergroup named “Musicians Union Band” (both bands share members but other artists were only part of one of both).

    The plot was partially solved when I looked into the inner sleeve of the MUB double album, which lists the members of both supergroups. So I know two line-ups. What remains unsolved: who were on the 13 stages of the video clip? As an example: the video clip features members of the Dizzy Man’s Band and The Shoes, but they are not specified in the Holland line up. And Chris Koerts can be seen playing acoustic guitar in the video but is only credited as a vocalist. As I said earlier, any help is welcome in providing information.


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