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File:Golden Earring - Moontan.jpg
Studio album by Golden Earring
Released July 1973
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock
Length 40:19
39:41 (US version)
Label Track, MCA, Polydor
Producer Golden Earring
Golden Earring chronology
Alternative cover
United States release cover
United States release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Moontan is an album by Dutch rock band Golden Earring, released in 1973. It contains the radio hit "Radar Love", and was voted best Dutch pop album ever by readers of music magazine Oor in 2008.[2] In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came #32 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[3]

According to Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, while recording their fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Tony Iommi suffered from writer's block and was not able to produce any riffs, which had been the main body of the band's songs. After listening to the Moontan album, something happened and Iommi wrote a riff that ended up being the main riff of title song "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".

Track listing

All songs written by Hay and Kooymans except where noted.

Original track listing (European/UK version)

  1. "Candy's Going Bad" – 6:12
  2. "Are You Receiving Me" (John Fenton, Hay, Kooymans) – 9:31
  3. "Suzy Lunacy (Mental Rock)" – 4:24
  4. "Radar Love" – 6:23
  5. "Just Like Vince Taylor" – 4:33
  6. "Vanilla Queen" – 9:16

U.S. track listing

  1. "Radar Love" – 6:24
  2. "Candy's Going Bad" – 6:12
  3. "Vanilla Queen" – 9:20
  4. "Big Tree, Blue Sea" – 8:13
  5. "Are You Receiving Me" (Fenton, Hay, Kooymans) – 9:32

This is also the track listing on the original UK vinyl release (see above), as well as on early U.S. LP pressings (Track/MCA 396). The U.S. version of the album was originally issued with the UK "exotic dancer" cover, but this was quickly withdrawn and replaced with the "earring" cover depicted at right.


Additional personnel


  • Producer: Golden Earring
  • Executive Producer: Fred Haayen
  • Engineer: Pieter Nieboer
  • Arranger: Golden Earring


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 12

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Candy's Going Bad" Pop Singles 91
1974 "Radar Love" Pop Singles 13


  1. Guarisco, Donald A. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-08-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "50 Years Of Dutch Pop Music". 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2012-08-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.

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