1. Rainman – 2:33
2. Natural Man – 4:02
3. Don’t – 2:43
4. Vicious Circle – 2:42
5. Don’t Make Promises (Tim Hardin) – 2:44
6. You Will Be Freed By Me – 2:25
7. Money Means Nothing At All – 2:40
8. Get You To Come Through – 5:29
9. She Told Me So – 3:28
10.They Didn’t Feel – 4:00
11.The Joy That Is Inside – 3:04
12.The Bird (Bonus track) (Frank Nuyens) – 3:16
All songs by Frank Nuyens and Jay Baar except where noted
*Frank Nuyens – Vocals, Acoustic, Electric, Bottleneck Guitars, Bass
*Philip Peters – Keyboards
*Piet Kuyters – Piano
*Enno Velthuys – Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
*Dick Beekman – Drums
*Jay Baar – Drums, Maracas, Vibes
*Francois Content – Flute, Cowbell
*Co Co – Congas
*E. Stoffel – Acoustic, Electric Guitars
*Eugene Farago – Drums
*H. Staalmeester – Bass
Recorded in 1971, “Rainman” was co-produced by Cuby ‘n’ the Blizzards drummer Dick Beekman and Nuyens. All tracks co-written by Nuyens and Q65 drummer Jay Baar (there’s one cover), far from the Q65-styled R’n’B or psychedelia.
Musically material such as the title track, ‘Don’t’ and ” the collection leans towards laidback singer/songwriter faire; albeit with electric backing. In spite of a fairly heavy accent, Nuyens had a nice voice that was well suited to the material. Individually most of the tracks were quite good, boasting strong melodies with Nuyens occasionally throwing in a tasty guitar solo (‘Naturel Man’ – his spelling).
Originally released only in Holland,this is the first and only solo album by Frank Nuyens in close cooperation with band mate’s Q65 drummer Jay Baar. For these Q65 lovers I must warn that stylistically there is little to find of a Q65 association (although I didn’t hear their work later than the 60s).
By this time, Frank had already left Q65 for a while, and together with Jay he had played before with Kjoe and after Q65 also one year with Circus, but he felt he wanted a platform for his own songs, so with all the time and investment he got he took the opportunity to record this album which was meant to reach the English, I think especially the American market. The album is co-produced by Cuby & the Blizzards drummer Dick Beekman.
It is a well hung together song album, a strong collection of, often gentle, songs with nice rock arrangements. A moody blend of folk, pop and psychedelia, with some blazing guitar leads. “Natural Man” has small American/Nashville associations and progressive touches on flute and electric guitar solos. “Don’t” is a beautiful song which sound more like folk-pop like Donovan, led by acoustic guitar and Spanish acoustic guitar while “Get you..” directs slightly towards Al Stewart’s pop reaching abilities during the same years. The only cover is a song from Tim Hardin, “Don’t Make Promises”, in well done, and more up tempo and poly-rhythmic accompaniment than the original. Tim Hardin was a popular choice to cover, but the choice tells also something of the direction what he wanted to achieve. Only the last track is a bit weak ending for an overall really fine song album. The only other single track which he recorded is also included.
After this project, he played almost two years with the group Lynx, who recorded one single which was never released. After this he played with the Red White and Blue band (with Supersister drummer Herman van Boeyen), who recorded another LP. Later 70s groups with more singles were the Cuby & Blizzards and The Freelance Band.