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lemonade kid Posted - 13/01/2012 : 21:03:51
For you Torb....

Culpeper's Orchard

... is the debut album by the Danish Hard Rock/Blues Band Culpeper's Orchard.

Ode To Resistance..absolutley AMAZING guitar!!!

The album can be described as a 42 minutes Guitar jam. The Guitar, which draws huge influences from Clapton, keeps soloing like there's no tomorrow. The album didn't get almost any recognition internationally unfortunately. Although the album is Danish the lyrics are all in English and you don't even notice that English is not their language.
"Banjocul" is quite funny. A very short song composed of a Banjo and some vocals. From what i knew about this record, Country Folk was quite different from the sound of the band so I thought the download was wrong. It wasn't wrong, this song was probably made to scare people. "Mountain Music Part 1" is an incredible jam. It starts with a quiet Guitar line, only to develop into an insane Solo. "Hey You People" is quite similar to "Banjocul", but this time with a Simon & Garfunkel sonority. My favourite part of "Teaparty For An Orchard" are the vocals. The lyrics are also awesome, very surreal. 'Marie Antoinette has lost her head' is epic. "Ode To Resistance" has a very good Flute work on it, the music is very calm and groovy until it enters an heavier zone, full of Guitars soloing and screaming Vocals. The Riff sounds like a Southern Rock one, sounding like a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. "Your Song & Mine" apart from the Guitar (obvious) has a fantastic rhythm. Great Guitar Solo. The Vocals in "Gideon's Trap" have a very cool effect, this song is very good. "Mountain Music Part 2" is the last song. The continuation of the second song. This song has a much Bluesier sound than the ones before.
The Cover-Art is very weird. It was the reason for me to download it nonetheless.

Culpeper's Orchard:
- Cy Nicklin - Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion.
- Neils Hendrikson - Lead Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals, Harpsichord.
- Michael Friss - Bass, Organ, Flute, Two Finger Piano, Percussion.
- Rodger Barker - Drums, Percussion.



Equitorial Rain

The seeds for ACHE were sown in the early 60's via the Danish beat group THE HARLOWS. When HARLOWS Torsten Olafsson (bass), Peter Mellin (organ) and Glenn Fischer (drums) were joined by former MCKENZIE SET guitarist Finn Olafsson in 1968, ACHE was born.

They spent the next two years working on an extended piece called "De Homine Urbano", which was released as programme music to an experimental "rock ballet" in 1970. Released on the Philips label the same year with an accompanying single of non-album tracks, it netted positive reviews in the Danish press. ACHE's "rock theater" created something of a sensation in the rock underground, and "Green Man" followed in 1971. The next major ACHE project, by a revised six-piece version of the band, was a conceptual work called "Pictures From Cyclus 7", written in collaboration with lyricist Bo Lillesöe in 1975 and released one year later.

Ache have remained active on and off, albeit sporadically, ever since. Their only other major work (i.e.: not counting singles and compilations) has been "Blå som altid", a folk-oriented album released in 1978.

Why this artist must be listed in :
They're important to the history of Danish progressive music.

This Danish band was founded in '68 and featured Torsten Olafsson (bass and vocals), Finn Olafsson (guitar and vocals), Peter Mellin (organ and keyboards) and Glen Fisher (drums and pecussion). They made two albums: "De hombre urbano ('70) and "Green man" ('71). The music is similar to the Early British Progressive Rock Movement (JULIAN'S TREATMENT, RARE BIRD, BEGGAR'S OPERA, ATOMIC ROOSTER), the German Krautrock (early JANE, ELOY, RAMSES, TRIUMVIRAT) and Dutch masters EARTH & FIRE (their early, con-commercial era). In 2000 both albums were released on 1 CD entitled "Ache: De hombre urbano + Green man". The music is based upon splendid keyboardplay (many floods of Hammond organ) and some fiery electric guitar. The first album contains two 'side-long tracks', the atmosphere is typically end Sixties and early Seventies with lots of solos and long, exciting interplay between guitar and keyoards, like jams. The second album includes shorter songs but the climates are in the vein of the first LP. If you listen to this CD, it's incredible that the magnificent keyboardplay is delivered by an unknown Danish musician!

Why this artist must be listed in :
This is very inspired and powerful Hammond organ driven early progrock.

Erik Neuteboom

In May 2003, after a break of 20 years, the Danish rock band ACHE re-united, having committed themselves to creating a new song in support of the world-famous, however still politician-threatened alternative city "CHRISTIANIA" - or "Freetown" - in the heart of Copenhagen, the capital in Denmark.
Finally, in mid-April 2004, ACHE's Christiania song "De skæve drømme" was released on CD-single in Denmark (English trsl.: "The Alternative Dreams").
Lyrics by Steen Toft Andersen. Music by Peter Mellin.
Produced by Finn Olafsson at Olafssongs Studios.


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lemonade kid Posted - 22/01/2012 : 18:38:08


SECRET OYSTER became somewhat of a super group when members of BURNIN'RED IVANHOE, CORONARIAS DANS and HURDY GURDY formed this unit. By the end of BURNIN' RED IVANHOE's career (that spawned seven years), Karsten Vogel started forming a new band taking along with him BRI's drummer Thrige and often jazz-partner bassist Vinding with him. Knowing from the Danish circuit guitarist Claus Bohling, he enticed him into the band that took its name from a track from BRI's second album Secret Oysters Service. The last to join was keyboardist Knudsen, who had never played an electric instrument prior to entering this outfit, but was playing in a piano avant-garde trio. Knudsen would prove particularly helpful as the second songwriter of the group and allowing Vogel to leave the keyboards at will to play wind instruments.

Their sound recalled MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, NUCLEUS, Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi and Sextant albums as well as Miles DAVIS's Bitches Brew. Quite a success and this prompted their record company to release that album internationally but under the title "Furtive Pearl". After a line-up changze that saw the rhythm section get a complete overhaul (Staer for Vinding and Streenberg for Thrige) their second album, Sea Son, is even better but failed to get international public recognition, even if all connoisseur will mostly agree on this album being the band's apex. At one point the line-up of this group was also exactly the same as BURNIN' RED IVANHOE (after it got revived because they also developed rockier material) as well as a third outfit, "Day Of The Phoenix". This did not stop them from writing the music to a ballet "Vidunderlinge Kaelling" released as an album under the name of "Astarte", with very mixed results just a few months before their final album, the much better "Straight From The Krankenhaus" also known as "Orlander".

Aside from their confusion of their album names and general discography, SECRET OYSTER is a great jazz-rock/fusion outfit that deserved a lot more attention for they were almost as good as the groups named above.

All four original albums have received a thorough and outstanding remastering with added bonus tracks on the great label Laser's Edge. Secret Oyster got back together (Bohling, Vogel and Knudsen plus a new bassist and drummer) during the re-issues of their albums, touring the states and Denmark. Also maybe in the works, an un-released studio album (roots in the Astarte ballet deal) and a live album from these years could see the light of day in the following years.



I'm discovering some great bands from Denmark, Torb!!

Secret Oyster ... just fantastic!


We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers & discoverers-
-thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.
Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.

-Peter S. Beagle 1973
lemonade kid Posted - 20/01/2012 : 18:59:10
In A Simple Way

PAN were a Danish prog/psych/blues rock band from the early 70's which featured the following musicians: Robert Lelièvre (vocals, guitars), Thomas Puggaard-Müller (lead guitar), Henning Verner (piano, organ, vibes), Arne Würgler (bass, cello), Michael Puggaard-Müller (drums), and in the group's second incarnation: Jens Elbøl (bass) Torben Enghoff (sax, flute) and Nils Tuxen (steel guitar). Danish Singer Niels Skousen also joined the group for a couple live radio show performances.

The band was named after the Greek god Pan. As the legend goes, Pan was the god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music: paein means to pasture. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. Once Pan had the audacity to compare his music with that of Apollo, and to challenge Apollo, the god of the lyre, to a trial of skill. Tmolus, the mountain-god, was chosen to umpire. Pan blew on his pipes, and with his rustic melody gave great satisfaction to himself and his faithful follower, Midas, who happened to be present. Then Apollo struck the strings of his lyre. Tmolus at once awarded the victory to Apollo, and all but Midas agreed with the judgment. He dissented, and questioned the justice of the award. Apollo would not suffer such a depraved pair of ears any longer, and turned Midas' ears into those of a donkey…

In Copenhagen, Denmark in June 1969, from the ashes of Danish/French/English folk-rock band High Crossfield, former Cy, Maia & Robert folk trio member singer/songwriter/guitarist Frenchman Robert Lelièvre formed Pan with former Burnin' Red Ivanhoe bassist and jazz musician Arne Würgler. They soon added former Delta Blues Band guitarist Thomas Puggaard-Müller, and his brother Michael Puggaard-Müller (also of Delta Blues Band), and lastly jazz organist Henning Verner (from Henning Verner's Trio) to the line-up.

Pan's debut concert was on November 29th 1969 in Dagmar as part of the concert series Middle Session, which also featured Burnin Red Ivanhoe and Free Buffalo. The band however, first recorded music a week earlier on Edmont Jensen's colour TV show The Beat Goes On, with other Danish bands; The Maxwells, Day of Phoenix, and Peter Thorup's Group. The title of the programme they appeared on was called Will The Beat-culture Exist? and was not broadcast on TV until May 21st 1970, but it proved that after only one month of intense daily practise, they were a superior band and already generating interest from Danish radio and television. On December 27th, the group played at Beat 69 Goodbye-Hello Beat 70, with all the well-known groups in Denmark of time, including Alrune Rod, Beefeaters, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, and Day of Phoenix; with a psychedelic lightshow by Andromeda Lightcirkus. Songs from these radio programmes were selected for the PAN ON THE AIR CD released by Karma Music in 2004. The radio broadcastings show with clarity Lelièvre's talent to write music.

The group's official TV debut was on January 7th 1970, as part of Erik Moseholm's music series, Radiobeat. Danish singer Niels Skousen shared vocal duties with Robert throughout the show, most notably on "From A Tree". It was clear however, that Robert was the best one to interpret his own songs, resulting in Skousen leaving to join Peter Ingemann in Skousen & Ingemann. Though the show was recorded January 7th 1970, it was not broadcast until February 21st, already being delayed from the initial January 24th broadcast date. Earlier, on January 14th 1970, Pan went into Wifos recording studio for the first time, and over two days (January 10th and 14th) recorded three songs: "Right Across My Bed", "In A Simple Way" and "To Get Along Alone". The first two tracks were eventually chosen to be the band's debut single, released on the Sonet label. The same night as the first recording to the single, Pan played a gig at Hans-Otto Bisgaard's Brøndby Pop-club, supporting bands: Atomic Rooster and Pete Brown & Piblokto! The single was also presented on Danish television-programme Top Pop on February 7th 1970, though the record did not sell well. Despite the lack of sales, the group were again sent to Wifos studio, this time to record a full album.

The original self-titled PAN LP was recorded between February and March 1970 at the Wifos studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Freddy Hansson served as both producer and recording engineer on the album, while the band they were in charge of production. On February 23rd, the almost-finished tape recordings of Pan's debut LP were stolen from Freddy Hansson's red Morris Mascot, as he was busy catching a show at the Carlton SIC. Apparently two thieves broke into Hansson's car and stole not only the tapes, but also two expensive reel-to-reel tapes recorders. The group's manager, Walter Klæbel, quickly offered a reward of 1.000 DKK for the procurement of the tapes. The group had to re-recorded the entire album at a cost of 25.000 DKK. On March 5th, Pan was soon back on the stage in Falkoner Centre supporting Booker T. & The M.G.'s. During the spring, the group also recorded three instrumental numbers to a short film for the Trafikrådet, again in Wifos studio (though from a 2008 Q & A piece for this site, Pan's 2nd bassist Jens Elbøl recalls the group recording music for a Polish short-film at ASA Studios in Copenhagen around October 1970 - which is correct, who knows?)...

Pan's debut LP was soon released in May that year with a pressing of 1000 copies on the legendary Sonet label. Poul Brunn, along with the band, created the LP's striking cover artwork, while Teit Jørgensen shot the inside cover photographs. The original track listing of the LP features the following songs: "My Time", "If", "Song To France", "They Make Money With The Stars", "Il N’Y Pas Se Longtemps De Ca", "Many Songs Have Been Lost", "Tristesse", "To Get Along Alone", "We Must Do Something Before The End Of The Day", and "Lady Of The Sand". The album received positive reviews in the Danish daily papers. Noted Danish music journalist Erik Wiedemann compared them style-wise to foreign groups like Crosby, Sills, Nash & Young, and thought that the record was, "so far the best realized record by a Danish beat-group". Jørgen Kristiansen from Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende agreed, praising the album and band in a full-page article titled "NY Dansk Topplade". The band also had a pretty good following on the Danish club circuit, along with contemporaries of their era such as Culpeper's Orchard, Alrune Rod, Young Flowers, and Hurdy Gurdy to name but a few. Late that summer, Pan headed to Germany to play the Pop & Beat Koncert Festival in Nordseehalle, Heligoland on August 15th. Golden Earring, Slade, and Made In Sweden were among many other groups who also played at the festival. Radio Nordring sent in excerpts from the festival the same day on the radio's P1 as Helgoland-International sommerradio. Back in Denmark on August 21st, Pan played the Copenhagen Beat Festival '70 in KB Hallen. Black Widow, Humble Pie, Mungo Jerry, Alrunes Rod, and Affinity also played that day. The next day on August the 22nd, Pan were invited to play half an hour of live music on the programme Dansk Beat. Also in August that year, bassist Arne Wurgler would leave to form Blast Furnace, and be replaced by Jens Elbøl. During this era the band also played a vast number of other concerts and were a crucial part of the summer of 1970.

Circa December 1970 - January 1971, Pan recorded just under twenty minutes of original instrumental music exclusively for Swedish director Stellan Olsson's feature film drama/thriller Deadline (aka Sidste Frist), which was a Swedish-Danish film-project released by Omega Film and Nordisk Film. Pan also feature as actors in the film as a band on tour. When first released, the film attracted alot of attention, due to its relatively shocking storyline for the time, and also because it showed how abruptly quiet and tranquil day-to-day life can be changed so much without warning. The music Pan recorded for the film is a departure from their usual prog/psych/blues style, as the group had intentionally created this gentle and somewhat romantic sound to contrast a certain way with the film's action scenes. It was also the last time they recorded as group, before they disbanding later that year.

Despite such glowing reviews from newspapers and various music magazines, as well as interest from TV and radio, the band's debut album did not sell as expected. The results of this left the group disenchanted with the lack of success, and in the autumn of 1970 the band began to disintegrate. According to Arne Würgler, the team spirit was a little tense. The fact that Robert could only speak French and English also made the situation more stressful. The spoken language in the group for the most part was English, yet there were times when someone happened to speak in Danish around Robert, making him feel somewhat left out. As much as he loved living and recording in Denmark, Robert was disappointed that the country never became the springboard for an international breakthrough as he had hoped for deep down. The added stress of Robert's personal struggle with his inner demons also no doubt made it difficult for him to cooperate properly with other members of the band. Prior to the group's split, they managed to record around eight new songs, including "Eternally (aka Sooner or Later)", "It's Such A Hard Way", "Tristesse", "For Me To Cry Is Just Another Way To Say Goodbye", "Don't You Know (aka Remember)", and three others. Four of these tracks, "Eternally (aka Sooner or Later", "It's Such A Hard Way", "Tristesse", and "Don't You Know (aka Remember)" were recently released as bonus tracks on Karma Music's 2005 CD reissue of the 1970 Pan LP. While working on these new tracks, the group were also invited to do yet another 1971 Radiobeat session.

In the last incarnation of the group, Torben Enghoff from Maxwell's played sax and flute also joined the group. The band's line-up now consisted of Robert, Nils Tuxen, Thomas Puggaard-Müller, & Henning Verner. The group dropped Pan as their name and were advertised simply as 'Robert Lelièvre, Nils Tuxen, Thomas Puggaard-Müller, & Henning Verner'. The band's final broadcast was on March 5th 1971, containing both new and old compositions.

Arne Würgler once described Pan's music as: "We play hard beat, with a lot of jazz elements. That is maybe reminiscent of Nice". The group rehearsed with intense daily practising of self-composed material at a backyard practice room at Vesterbrogade. Robert also once said of Pan: "To begin with we try to win the ear in Denmark, after which we'll turn towards the foreign countries, if we can trace one whose progress. All things considered, Denmark is a springboard, because you cannot go so awfully far as a beat-group here. Its land is too small". Many other Danish groups since also acknowledged this fact, but at the same time a small country such as Denmark also has certain advantages. Robert agreed, stating: "It is the only place where you really can live relaxed".

In 1993, Little Wing re-issued the 1970 PAN LP for the first time on vinyl, limited to only 1000 copies. The reissue contained two bonus tracks, "In A Simple Way" and "Ride Across My Bed", which as it happens were the A-side and B-Side on Pan's only ever 7" single release. In 2005, Karma Music also reissued the album on CD, this time with extensive liner notes (in Danish), unpublished photos, the following seven exclusive bonus tracks added: "In A Simple Way", "Right Across My Bed", "To Get Along Alone (alternate studio take)", "Eternally (live on Radiobeat, May 1971)", "Such A Hard Way (live on Radiobeat, May 1971)", "Tristesse (mon ami) (live on Radiobeat, May 1971)", and "Don’t You Know (live on Radiobeat, May 1971)". These live radio broadcast tracks were recorded without original members, bassist Arne Würgler and drummer Michael Puggaard-Müller, yet included newcomer Nils Tuxen on steel guitar. To purchase a CD copy of the 2005 reissue or the equally rare PAN ON THE AIR live album (which features "Far Away From Home", "Freedom", "Time", "I Cannot Keep From Crying", "I Ain't Got No Home (Ramblin' Man)", "Deliverance", "If I Was Another Man", and "From A Tree"), visit Karma Music's official website at:

- This bio was written with various books, and music sites as reference, mainly Claus Rasmussen's extensive liner notes as featured in the accompanying CD booklet to Karma Music's 2005 Pan reissue, the Pan feature/section in Dag Erik Asbjørnsen's Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries (© 2001, Borderline Productions), and from various internet website resources which have no clear authors or copyright restrictions… this is a non-profit fan site after all, and if you do think you need to be referenced for particular piece of information, just let me know and I shall make the adequate corrections at once. All quotes/text where featured in the three biography sections remain the work of both the writers and the magazines/books in which they originally appeared. Please overlook the typos, grammatical errors and downright ineptness of my writing in the above bio sections and elsewhere on this site, thanks… - Ryan H. (7devonapes). Images: 1) Public Domain; 2) © Teit Jørgensen; 3) © Claus Rasmussen (?); 4) Public Domain; 5) © Poul Brunn.

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We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers & discoverers-
-thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.
Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.

-Peter S. Beagle 1973
lemonade kid Posted - 20/01/2012 : 02:03:22

BLAST FURNACE – BLAST FURNACE – 1971 (DEN) heavy progressive
Blast Furnace never became a victim of excessive, long instrumental doling like some of their contemporaries. Superb hard-progressive rock with real strong guitar flashes, wild-tough vocals and razor-sharp instrumental breaks balanced between electric guitar, Hammond organ and flute. With Arne W?rgler (pre PAN) bass, cello and Niels Vangkilde guitar, Thor Backhausen organ, flute and Tom Mc Evan lead vocals drums, all later joined CULPEPPER'S ORCHARD.

Tom McEwan (drums, vocals)
Thor Backhausen (organ, piano, flute)
Arne Würgler (bass, cello, vocals)
Niels Vangkilde (guitar)


Dr Night

Keep your ear to the music!

Goodbye Mister Bobo


We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers & discoverers-
-thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses.
Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.

-Peter S. Beagle 1973
lemonade kid Posted - 14/01/2012 : 19:56:37
Thanks, Torb. One hears of classic Dutch bands, but not so much the great Danish bands!!


I'm just dead, I'm not gone.
-Jim Dickinson
torben Posted - 13/01/2012 : 23:23:07
There are many brilliant danish bands from the end of the 60's beginning of the 70's.
Culpepper's Orchard is one of my absolut favorites. Not just the first album, but all of them
The first albums by Ache are well worth seeking out as well
You might also want to check out: Hurdy Gurdy, Midnight Sun, The Old Man & The Sea,
Alrune Rod
There's also some singing in danish: Skousen & Ingemann, Steppeulvene

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