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During the weekend of August 30th to 31st, 1969, a number of musicians from various bands active in the region of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, performed in a club in Mannheim, Germany. Some of the band members from "Moses and the Scouts" and "Dirty Underwear" discovered that they had much in common in terms of musical ideas and decided to form a new band - with Broer Bogaart drums and congas, Tom Fautubun bass, Eric Lintermans guitar, Bonki Bongaerts organ, Bertus Borgers saxophone and vocals and Inez and Moses performing as extra solo vocalists. After some rehearsals, and on the way to the first gig, there wasn't a name yet for the new band. To tease the shy roadie, Albert, it was decided to call the band "The Mr. Albert Show" and despite Albert's protests, the name was never changed. After recording the new written repertoire on a cassette, Bertus and Moses hitched a ride to the Red Bullet record company. Willem van Kooten, the big boss, immediately decided to offer the band a four-year record contract, which the band members signed without any hesitation.

In the spring of 1970, we recorded the first Mr. Albert Show LP in the GTB studios in The Hague, The Netherlands, one of only two eight-track studios existing in The Netherlands at that time. In just three days, all recording and mixing were done under the supervision of our producer, Peter Koelewijn. During recording, Moses decided to leave the band and to launch himself into the field of management. Red Bullet released the single, "Wild Sensation" and to our surprise, the single climbed to number seventeen on the charts. This rapid success led to numerous live gigs being booked. Inez, who had sang some important vocals on the first LP, was somewhat overwhelmed by it all and decided to leave the band to focus on jazz guitar. Inez was initially replaced by Floortje Klomp, but after a few months we decided to go as a five piece band. We were close-knit - we inspired one another and we poured energy into our live performances. We got a lot of fans throughout The Netherlands who loved our progressive music and extravagant appearance.

In 1971, the second LP, "Warm Motor", which was also produced by Peter Koelewijn, was released and perfectly reflected the band at that time. However, Red Bullet was unable to lift a single from the LP, as the songs were too long, the band no longer had a female vocalist and the music was too freaky. The band was focussing on the new trends of the time and exploring music from around the whole world, i.e. Jazz, Underground, African, Indian and much more. We wanted to be actively involved in the cultural and social developments that were actually taking place and coming up with appropriate singles wasn't exactly part of our daily interests. As a result, the first signs of friction arose between the band and the record company. As a compromise, additional recordings were made in order to be able to release a single, e.g. "Show Me Your Tongue", but in 1972, we broke all ties with Red Bullet. We continued to play, but still had two years remaining on our contract, rendering the band members unable to sign up with another record company. We decided to go our own separate way and on September 29th, 1973, The Mr. Albert Show gave their last performance at "de Effenaar" in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Bertus Borgers, November 2002

Special thanks to Bertus Borgers and Peter Koelewijn
for their great support

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Act of Love
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King Horse
Don't worry
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