Thursday, April 12, 2012

RENE AND HIS ALLIGATORS - In The Mood (1962-1966)

RENE AND HIS ALLIGATORS - In The Mood (1962-1966) (1999)

1999 CD ROTATION 546052.2

RENE AND HIS ALLIGATORS = The Beach Boys (1957-1958) > The Rocking Sensation Boys (april 1958 - november 1959) > The Alligators (november 1959) > Rene and the Alligators (December 1959 - 1967) > The Alligators (1967) > The Dimples (aug. 1968 - 1968) > Toby Collar (1968 - 1977) 


01 - In The Mood
02 - Guitar Boogie
03 - La Comparsa
04 - Sweet Georgia Brown
05 - My Happiness
06 - Two Guitars
07 - 12Th Street Rag
08 - Telstar
09 - Black Swan
10 - Wham
11 - Gipsy Rock
12 - Counter Point
13 - Eurovision Rock
14 - The Alligator' Dance
15 - Theme From Limelight
16 - Heisser Sand
17 - Granada
18 - Rinky Dink
19 - Bonanza
20 - Danse Vise
21 - Bust Out
22 - Let's Do The Slop
23 - She Broke My Heart
24 - I Can Wait
25 - Quite A Lot Of Things
26 - Laughing In The Rain



One of the best instrumental guitar groups in the history of the Dutch pop history have undoubtedly been Rene and the Alligators. Solo Guitarist Rene Nodelijk on 9 August 1942 in The Hague was born in Van Kinsbergenstraat (later living in the Crispijn, Marnix, First Braam, Bali Strait and Vaillantlaan). At the address Crispijn Street 5 started it all. Raised in the South Park neighborhood he went with his friends Jaap Berkhout, Rudy Racz (both Indian) and Reyn Rozenberg with cheap Spanish guitar to the Scheveningen beach to impress girls, calling themselves ........ THE BEACH BOYS. In the autumn of 1956 saw Rene and his mates Bill Haley & The Comets in the movie "Rock Around The Clock". The sensational rock & roll in this film made such an impression on the boys that they later decided to start a rock band.

In April 1958 THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS established. Rene herein began with his first self-built electric guitar. They used old radios and amplifiers. Electric basses were not yet known in Europe and Rudy Racz used a tea chest with a broomstick and a wire coming. They had borrowed from the skiffle bands. Rene also began singing in the group. First the hits of Bill Haley and Little Richard but later the Elvis repertoire. He was not only geпnteresseerd in rock & roll but also musicians like Benny Goodman (clarinet) and Eddy Calvert (trumpet). The first performance of THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS took place during a school of the Han Stijkel School at the Waldeck Pyrmontkade in The Hague on 27 June 1958 (source: Reyn Rozenberg). It was the time of the Indo straps. Sometimes mixed with Dutch - like THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS - but all with an Indian base. On the many talent shows they met. Rene also began to dye his hair black, so everyone thought he was an Indian boy, but he wanted his especially big black crest on Elvis Presley seem. In the Christmas issue of Tuney Tunes (december 1960) was a full page photo of Rene included, which reports that the rocker was born in The Hague under the rustling palms in sunny Indonesiл. In the TT from January 1961, however, this quickly put right.

On 24 September 1958 in room "Amigo" (Rue Neuve, The Hague) an election held for the "Dutch Elvis Presley". Rene Nodelijk was third, with his yellow silk jacket - borrowed from Johnny Leeuwarden (Johnny Lion). From this festival a few minutes in the newsreels archives preserved. Rene Nodelijk sang "Jailhouse Rock". The RSB also occurred in the pavilion of the roller rink in the South Park (rock & roll dance club of Willy Wissink). In September 1959 Rene professional wanted to work with Hugo on the Jagt. The remaining members of the SSF were initiated by Reyn Rozenberg on 29 September 1959 under the name THE REBEL ROCKERS.

In November 1959 a conflict arose between the two singers Rene Nodelijk and Rein de Vries. The remaining band members continued with Rein de Vries as THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS. Rene then started his own band and from that moment came the Alligators. The inspiration came from the rock'n'roll hits of Bill Haley See You Later Alligator. This name was proposed by the mother of Rene. George was a friend of Comello Rene and he also acted for a while as his "bodyguard" in that hectic period between rival rock & roll bands. Besides George Comello attended the Hague fishmonger van der Kraats, his son Richard was a jazz drummer and through the mediation of George, Richard van der Kraats the drummer for the Alligators. Hans Emmerich (guitar) and Ton Schattelijn (piano, clarinet), two acquaintances of Rene at the conservatory and made the first occupation of the Alligators complete.

On November 28, 1959 they made their debut at a major talent, which was organized in the city auditorium in Vlaardingen. Existed when the Alligators 2 weeks, and promptly won - thanks to a guitar solo by Hans Emmerich - the 1st prize with a beautiful arrangement of the traditional Russian Two Guitars (in 1962 also put on the plate). It began with a classical piece and then went into rock'n'roll. They wore while lovely purple shirts (bought at HEMA) and the effect of the stage lighting on it was beautiful. They won the cup and left 2 renowned competitors behind. THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS played that night Red River Rock, a recorder and the Rotterdam Indo-OETY & his band were very REAL ROCKERS rant: like lying on the floor playing and they had a huge volume for that time. Everyone expected that ййn would be, but they were second. During the 2nd performance of the band at the Clubhouse on the Boerhave Street (late 1959) was the name changed to Rene and the Alligators. Rene then had another carriиre as a singer in mind, hence the addition of his name.

Rene graduated Trade ULO, followed for 2 years a classical violin and guitar training at the Hague Conservatory and then spent six years as a professional training at the Royal Conservatory of Music (guitar and violin). One study, which he never finished because of the many act as a professional musician with the Alligators. At the end of 1959, Rene by record company Phonogram invited to the guitar party itself to play on the song Sugar Bowl Rock for Fontana single by Paul Gimbel (the famous NEDL. tennis champion), she preferred still a young rock & roll guitarist over a session musician. Gimbel was himself high geлindigd during Elvis impersonation contest on May 28, 1959 in Amsterdam. Won by Pim Maas Ria Valk. A photograph of the couple in the studio in January 1960 appeared in the music magazine Tuney Tunes, the name of the guitarist with the big black crest and white guitar was still not listed, we arrived back until later.

Rene played in that season on a big white Egmond guitar and in the course of 1960 we see him in pictures with a typical flat Egmond model. Mid-1960s following the Framus guitars and from 1961 there is also a photo showing Rene seen with a flat Hofner guitar and Dynacord echo. Rene began at that time at home guitar lessons to aspiring young guitarists, some of whom later turned up in The Hague famous beat bands. Guitarist Roelf Backus (ex-The Raylettes and The Groovy's) wrote his reminiscences of old t Scheveningen and told ao ..... in 1963 I got guitar lessons from Rene of the Alligators. For f 7.50 per hour, he came to see you and you got home privйles. From him I learned for the first Indo-driving style of play: the Indo-Rock ..... Rene also taught at the music of Bas van Rest on the corner of the Westeinde and Vleerstraat. Bass would at a later stage also the manager of Rene and the Alligators are.

In 1960, Pim Veeren the first bassist in the band and accompanying guitarist Ton van de Graaf (†) was the successor of Hans Emmerich (founded his own band THE ricochets on guitar) at The Alligators and was for many years a solid force. In the summer of 1960 and the Alligators were Rene their first recordings for CNR make. Rene told in 1975 in the TROS radio Prints by Tom Mulder wonderful anecdote about the following: .... Yes, that was laugh though. We had a mobile studio CNR first in Gooiland Hotel in Hilversum recorded the instrumental part. What a hassle that was, nobody would ever get over his head in such a way to work. They trudged themselves with mud the whole installation, aluminum screens. And for that one picture! They were all studio musicians who played on the leaf. Was unique in that their bass player and bass player played the same party together. I played lead guitar in Hilversum. (The Alligators were not allowed to participate) We have a whole day and night repeated. The recording of me singing in a large church would later be incorporated in Rotterdam. It took days to complete the installation again from Hilversum to Rotterdam across. When my voice was not good and my English is not. They tried a Dutch text for me, but that did not work out, so I've sung English anyway. This album is a joke has become. Halfway suddenly you hear the bass no more and then suddenly hard and primitive. Boy, the young was funny, but it has cost them thousands. One song was So Mad own piece and the other Knockin 'On Your Window, what Robin was just where my father had made an English text.

In the period December 1960 t / m in February 1961 and the Alligators Rene played in Germany. They started in Kaiserslautern. H alverwege Mr. Pelosi wanted the month of Bernhardseck Hanau necessarily have the Alligators. Hanau was still played in January 1961 . In that period also saw Rene the Tielman Brothers play at the Jolly Bar in Hanau. He had already seen at work on 3 January 1960 in the Dome Room of the former zoo at the Hague Koningskade. Rene took a lot of inspiration in their way of playing and repertoire. In February 1961 she worked for another month contract in the famous RR Weindorf Club in Frankfurt am Main.

In Bernhard Eck in Hanau, they were relieved by the then inexperienced CRAZY ROCKERS, February 15, 1961 that their German adventure started. Pim Veeren she had with the old Opel Kapitдn Pelose of the owner in The Hague retrieved. He drove back to Hanau in the 4-seater car with 7 men + installation + Wed drum personal belongings. Especially to mention is that Pim Veeren in 1963 and obtained his license in 1965, the German version!

They stayed with the band members Rene and the Alligators in a youth hostel. Rene and his men would go back again to Holland, bassist only their Pim Veeren preferred to remain in Germany play. The Dutch Henny Aschman drummer of THE CRAZY ROCKERS had soon got homesick and Sidney Rampersad arranged so that Pim per 1 March 1961 as a bass player now came to him play.

Back in the Netherlands disappeared in early 1961 their saxophonist Leo van Oostrum (to THE ROCKIN 'SENSATION BOYS) from the ranks and Rudie Schoonewelle came in March 1961 by the Alligators as the new bassist. Together with Rene Nodelijk (lead guitar), Ton de Graaf (rhythm guitar) and Richard van der Kraats (drums) was now the occupation which arise in the near future, most recordings were made. They are now more focused on the instrumental work in the style of The Shadows and The Ventures. A certain Indian Eddy W. van Hemert, former officer of the public welfare, the group had already seen in action several times including in Voorburg and in the South Park. He was impressed by their performance and on his advice was a band and who ended up shooting at record company Phonogram. He became their manager and thanks to his meddling Rene and the Alligators were invited to a recording studio in Hilversum to appear before making a plate.

The four numbers after much deliberation, in consultation with recording engineer Jan de Winter were eligible for inclusion were: Gipsy Rock (own arrangement of Rene, based on a rhapsody of Johannes Brahms), The Alligator's Dance (own composition Rene ) My Happiness (new arrangement of the Connie Francis hit from 1958) and Theme From Limelight-Rock (rock melody arrangement of this film, also known as Terry's Theme from 1951 by Charlie Chaplin). The recording session lasted five hours. The songs were released in quick succession delivered 2 singles and appeared on EP in the autumn of 1961. Kwa sound had something in the songs themselves from the sharp metallic sound of the English group and NERO The Gladiators. Later also revealed that their instrumental Rene Entry Of The Gladiators playing live in that period. The music press responded very positively to these productions and terms like 'alligator cracking', 'rock-of-the-top-shelf "and" four guys who are not inferior to what other countries come to rock header' should they then not grumble .

In the spring of 1962 went Rene and the Alligators on Fender Jazzmaster guitars and amps play. The youth magazine "Teenager Call" organized on 25 May 1962 a big dance show in the domed hall of the Hague Zoo. Besides including The Jumping Jewels and The Bibits occurred Rene & the Alligators there and provided the accompaniment of the singer Lenie Rennes. On July 16, 1962 they made ??their TV debut at the AVRO in the program "New Harvest". They played as Guitar Boogie. With their perfect guitars and equipment they appeared back in the studio for their third single. They were so quick with the shots of Heisser Sand (German hit for Mina and later for Anneke Grцnloh with Burning Sand) and Granada (not the popular song by Augustin Lara, but the unknown march composition Josй Lara) that Jan de Winter said nтg if she had two pieces. That was Guitar Boogie and In The Mood. It was their best selling single and one of the monuments of the Dutch pop history.

Around september 1962, and the Alligators Rene back in the studio together with THE TELSTARS, a duo that consisted of Pete and Pete Goossen Oomen, two Leiden law students. Drummer Richard van der Kraats could not attend due to holiday and would play an invader. That was Bill Zech, who Rene basgitaarles got, but when he for the fun of the drums by Richard vd Kraats once tried it, this proved to Rene is enough to take to the studio. It was recorded a cover of Brian Hyland Sealed With A Kiss   and True Love , with a very spicy accompaniment. The drumming of Wim Zech fell by recording engineer John the Winter so popular that he Rene suggested to him a place as drummer in the band to offer. Richard vd Kraats this was obviously very disappointed and wanted to immediately leave the box, but he was by members of THE BLACK JETS approached to come to their drumming. That he has done over a year, until the mid-1963 as a professional band went to Germany. Richard saw that he was not sitting and then for years in his herring stall opposite the old Hema finding.

At the request of the record late 1962 the band recorded a cover of Telstar , The Tornados of the massive worldwide hit for a French EP. The solo of the organ was Rene expertly arranged into a guitar and it can be said of their cover of Rinky Dink , a number of organist Dave "Baby" Cortez. 

During the next studio session in early 1963 were 2 songs recorded Rene who for years played during live shows. The previously mentioned Two Guitars with the beautiful classical intro and then the rocking guitar gear and La Comparsa , with a very beautiful and unique arrangement of Rene. The version of solo guitarist Jan de Hont he with ZZ and MASKS a year later would record but quickly grew into a classic, so that the splendid performance of Rene tend to be overlooked. Bonanza and Danse Vise were released soon afterwards included. Wim Zech was his exceptional talent soon again demonstrate at the next session, with Sweet Georgia Brown (with drum solo) and Black Swan were included. Black Swan was another adaptation of a classical piece - Tchaikovsky's ballet music Swan Lake. In England this issue in January 1963 by THE COUGARS previously recorded and released as Saturday Nite At The Duck Pond . Both versions are differently arranged.

In season 1963/1964 and the Alligators Rene played every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 20.00 to 24.00 in the Pavilion of the South Park, organized by dance club "The Alligators". Also guitar bands like THE NOISE MAKERS, THE captors and THE SOLIDS and many others who played at dances. In the same period was also appearing regularly in La Gaitй (Grote Markt) in the old Circus Building in Scheveningen and Yvonne Bar Dancing at the Stationsweg.

Rudie Schoonewelle stepped end of 1963 the band (he would return a year later) and was replaced by the Rotterdam bassist Peter la Haye. Peter was right in the studio early 1964 to work for the recording of the single Wham! (cover of Lonnie Mack) and Bust Out (cover by The Busters - Arlen 1963). Perfect shots with remarkably tight drums and driving guitars. In the same style followed Counterpoint (from Ventures LP Twist Party Vol.II) and Let's Do The Slop (Tielman Brothers live repertoire). It was created with a single THE TELSTARS - with polyphonic Beatles' song in Is not Gonna Kiss Ya (composition by James Marcus Smith aka PJ Proby for The Ribbons and previously covered by The Searchers on their first LP and EP from 1963) and Sally Ann. THE TELSTARS were discovered by Eric von Aro, a German show producer and wife of Caterine Valente, he was impressed by their performance of Is not Gonna Kiss Ya and let them occur in the very popular Caterine Valente Show. There was a contract for the Decca label and THE TELSTARS + Rene and the Alligators were invited to Berlin in a German studio 2 songs in the style to come beat us. That were the songs: Tu Mich Nicht Weh and Lass Die In Lou Ruh . In Hilversum, in the spring to the single included - We Know and He's Your Lover . In the autumn of 1964 brought Eric von Aro them back to Germany and became the new cast (Ed Bekking on rhythm guitar and Rudie Schoonewelle back on bass) recording of the 2nd German single from THE TELSTARS made ??- Mach Mit Mir Holiday and Nur Fьr Mich .

Also, they worked in 1964 with the LP 5 seconds of Woof - with built overdubbed applause and presentation by Herman Stok. Especially for the LP was Nodelijk composition Alligator Beat entered and took the accompaniment in the song The Smallest (In 't Green Valley,' t Kleine Dal) DE'S FOURYO on their behalf.

In June 1964 left Ton van de Graaf and Peter la Haye (to The Condors - Rotterdam) the Alligators. THE SPECIAL FIVE were at that moment shattered Andrei Serban and their bassist and guitarist Leo Bennink were going to play Rene. During that time, often on Monday occurred in the Piccadilly (Long Legs) together with the AC band THE SWALLOWS (an imitation band Rene and the Alligators, with brothers Tony and John Pelle on guitar) and there were jam sessions with various musicians who audiences. Andrei Serban remained until the autumn, but then went to play the violin in a gypsy orchestra of his father, Gregor. Hans Vermeulen (ex-Sandy Coast Rockers) would follow him for a short period. Rudie Schoonewelle then came back as bassist. Leo Bennink lasted exactly 1.5 month full, but still prefer to play solo guitar and followed Joop van Heusden in August 1964 with THE BLACK ALBINO'S. Leo was succeeded by Ed Bekking, a guitarist himself a year earlier 'discovered' and had starred in THE SPECIAL FIVE.

In December 1964 Wim Zech left the group and came Louis Blonk (ex-Willy & his Giants) to sit behind the drums. On their latest instrumental single they were playing Italian Galanti guitars. In Eurovision Mars were the characteristic guitar riffs of Rene still prominent and honored 12th.Street Rag got a very distinct timbre through the use of Rene Galanti's 12-string electric guitar. Producer Tony Vos took Rene in 1965 to the studio to the guitar part of the number Kinks A Well Respected Man (A Respectable Man ) for the debut LP by Boudewijn de Groot in play.

In 1965 Rene was also forced to switch to more vocal repertoire. The Nederbeat of the sixties as an explosion. Together with Rudie Schoonewelle he wrote a number of vocal tracks. She Broke My Heart and I Can Wait was this single released in 1965 and also appeared in England. Absolutely a beautiful production, but sales fell against because the real fans of instrumental Rene and the Alligators it off let know. At the 2nd Decca single was already a tag number is assigned, but the numbers Quite A Lot Of Things Can Happen and Laughin 'In The Rain remained stayed until 1999 (CD In The Mood - Rotation) on the shelf. In 1967, still a single released under the name of the Alligators. With very fine singing and guitar playing: I Feel Like Crying and I'm On The Run .

The last occupation of the Alligators with. including Frank Bianchi (vocals, guitar, keyb.) and Kees Groenendaal (drums) was in May 1967 renamed TOBY COLLAR - that's English for the head of a beer. In August 1968, Hans Bianchi to replace bassist Ruud Schoonewelle in the band and they act briefly as THE Dimples, then again quickly TOBY COLLAR and they made the end of 1968 the first single on Polydor with Tallahassee Lassie , which Rene again go back to his early days went. Bea William Stein - Rene his first wife - went in 1969 to work as a singer TOBY COLLAR. Frank Nodelijk, brother of Rene - who are his conservatory training had finished, in 1969 was the keyboardist of the group. In the period 1971-1977 was also a singer Corry Bianchi part of TOBY COLLAR. Occasionally the band made ??another picture, but it was especially during weekends occurred in disco dancing at weddings and evenings and staff. End of 1977 it was curtains for TOBY COLLAR.

In 1978 came RENEE ALLIGIATORS and the back with his current wife Anja Exterkate (Renee) as a singer. Guitar Boogie Boogie Alligator was at CNR single from 1978. The occupation and often exchanged during the period of the solo success of Anja (1982-1985) was the band disbanded. 
Read more about the current band of Rene on his own site:



1960 CNR UH 9488 Knocking On Your Window (v) / So Mad (v) 
1961 FONTANA TF 266.284 The Alligators Dance / The Theme From "Limelight" Rock 
1961 FONTANA TF 266.285 Gipsy Rock / My Happiness 
1962 FONTANA TF 266.344 Heisser Sand / Granada 
1962 FONTANA TF 266.345 Guitar Boogie / In The Mood 
1962 FONTANA TF 266.370 Telstar / Rinky Dink 
1962 FONTANA TF 266.374 Two Guitars / La Comparsa 
1963 FONTANA YF 278.006 Bonanza / Dansevise 
1963 FONTANA YF 278.010 Sweet Georgia Brown / Black Swan 
1964 FONTANA YF 278.018 Wham / Bust Out 
1964 FONTANA YF 278.023 Counterpoint / Let's Do The slop! 
1964 FONTANA YF 278.051 The Alligator's Dance / Gypsy Rock (re-issue) 
1964 FONTANA YF 278.072 Guitar Boogie / In The Mood (re-issue) 
1965 DECCA AT 10.113 Eurovision Mars / 12th. Street Rag 
1965 DECCA AT 10.169 She Broke My Heart (v) / I Can Wait (v) 
1966 DECCA F 12324 She Broke My Heart (v) / I Can Wait (v) (England) 
1966 DECCA AT 10.202 Quite A Lot Of Things Can Happen (v) / Laughin 'At The Rain (v) (unissued) 
1967 DECCA AT 10243 I Feel Like Crying (v) / I'm On The Run the Alligators 
1982 PHILIPS 6017.283 Guitar Boogie / In The Mood (re-issue )

1961 EP 463,247 TO FONTANA - THE DANCE Alligators 
The Alligators Dance / The Theme From Limelight-Rock / Gipsy Rock / My Happiness

1962 EP FONTANA TO 463,272 - Heisser SAND 
Heisser Sand / Granada / Guitar Boogie / In The Mood

1962 EP FONTANA TO 463,282 - RENE & HIS Alligators 
Telstar / Rinky Dink / Two Guitars / La Comparsa

1962 EP FONTANA TO 463,283 - TELSTAR (France) 
Telstar / Rinky Dink / Heisser Sand / Guitar Boogie

12th. Street Rag / Eurovision Mars + THE LORDS: Teddy Bear's Pic Nic / Rodeo

Guitar Boogie (short version)

Telstar (short version)

1964 LP DECCA DU 170,002 to 5 SECONDS OF WOEF 
Alligator Beat

Guitar Boogie / La Comparsa / Sweet Georgia Brown / My Happiness / Two Guitars / 12th. Street Rag / Telstar / In The Mood / Black Swan / Wham / Gipsy Rock / Counterpoint

on the same tracks as LP FONTANA QY 826.401 - GUITAR BOOGIE diff. cover.

1972 LP FONTANA 6428.042 - Revived 
Same tracks as LP FONTANA QY 826.401 - GUITAR BOOGIE

Same tracks as LP FONTANA 6428.042 (QY 826041) - Revived (GUITAR BOOGIE) 
+ 12 tracks of The Jumping Jewels

In The Mood / The Alligators Dance (Phonogram master tapes)

1993 CD SAM SAM CDHL 1014 - THE ROCK & ROLL METHOD vol. 4 
The Theme From Limelight-Rock

1994 CD SAM SAM CDHL 1020 - ROCK & ROLL METHOD Vol. 10 

1996 CD SAM SAM - ROCK & ROLL METHOD vol. 14 
Beat Alligator

1998 CROWN CD 67461 - THE INSTRUMENTAL SIDE OR (bootleg) 

1999 CD ROTATION 546052.2 - IN THE MOOD 

THE TELSTARS + RENE and the Alligators 
1962 FONTANA TF 266.363 Sealed With A Kiss (v) / True Love (v) 
1964 FONTANA YF 278.034 Is not Gonna Kiss Ya (v) / Sally Ann (v) 
1964 DECCA D19.533 tuh Mir Nicht Weh (v) / Lass Die In Lou Ruh (v) 
1964 DECCA AT 10.058 He's Your Lover (v) / We Know (v) 
1964 DECCA D19.601 Mach Mit Mir Holiday (v) / Nur Fьr Mich (v)

THE PARK + FOURYO RENE and the Alligators 
1964 DECCA DU 170,002 to 5 SECONDS OF WOEF 
The Smallest (In 't Green Valley,' t Silent Valley)

PAUL Gimbel 1959 - Sugar Bowl Rock (FONTANA TF 266 022) 
1965 Va - A Respectable Man (A Well Respected Man) (LP DECCA DU 170,011 Boudewijn de Groot (APOCALYPSE)

1968 POLYDOR S 1286 Tallahassee Lassie / Two Girls Are Waiting 
1970 POLYDOR S 2050013 Woke Up Too Slow / Mary's Back Again 
1970 Negram NGS 173 Dirty Poor Old Man / It's Better (DUTCH GARDEN) 
1975 VIP VR 7497 Italy / I Feel Good



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