Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Savage Rose - 1971 - Your Daily Gift

The Savage Rose 
Your Daily Gift

01. Sunday Morning    
02. Listen To This Tune From Mexico    
03. Unfold    
04. Speak Softly    
05. The Poorest Man On Earth    
06. The Waters Run Deep    
07. Lightly Come, Lightly Go    
08. Tapiola    
09. Your Daily Gift

Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Jens Rugsted
Drums, Percussion – Alex Riel
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar – Nils Tuxen
Organ, Accordion, Recorder, Vocals – Anders Koppel
Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals, Painting – Thomas Koppel
Vocals – Annisette

Your Daily Gift opens with an original pop/rocker, "Sunday Morning," which displays Anisette's little granny voice to great effect. This is not the hit song by Spanky & Our Gang, nor does Anisette sound anything like Spanky, but the two bands would have complemented each other nicely on a bill, and had Elaine McFarlane performed "The Waters Run Deep," the first song on side two, it might have been an American hit. The tune is mesmerizing, with a garagey guitar opening and a wonderful chorus ready-made for Top 40 of this time. This European group is the real rock & roll Abba and they should have been huge crafting such intelligent music with smart songwriting and on-target performances. The band's production on Your Daily Gift is very good, but the great Jimmy Miller would infuse his Traffic sounds into their style on the very next disc, the difference making for a more bluesy, Delaney & Bonnie-type sound, perhaps because Miller was traveling in those circles at the time and thought the style would work for Savage Rose. This 1970 release has heavy organ on "Tapiola," which could have fit right on the Tetragrammaton label's Deep Purple albums or the work by Vanilla Fudge. "Listen to This Tune From Mexico" is adventurous with Ten Wheel Drive overtones, while "Unfold" has that harpsichord that sounded so great on "Walk Away Renee" by Left Banke, the difference being Anisette's personality, which comes through to give this band their identity and presence. Speak Softly sounds like the Ronettes doing a ballad with gospel backing and can be summed up in only one word: immaculate. "Lightly Come, Lightly Go" is subtitled "Song for an Unborn Child -- Sarah's song," and nine years later didn't radio personalities say Stevie Nicks' "Sara" was for an unborn child? (Others had assumed it was for Mick Fleetwood's wife at the time.) The title track, Your Daily Gift, could have worked for Fleetwood Mac, and perhaps what Savage Rose needed was a manager who would place their great material with other artists to help generate a buzz. Anders Koppel's simple accordion blends beautifully with Anisette's voice on this mellow folk ballad, concluding a strong, heartfelt album.

The Savage Rose - 1969 - Travellin'

The Savage Rose 

01. I'm Satisfied Mr. Captain     2:37
02. Look Out     3:33
03. Sailing Away     4:30
04. Your Lifetime's A Fairytale     6:12
05. The Castle     4:09
06. Travelin'     2:55
07. Life's Other Side     2:28
08. My Family Was Gay     7:48

Bass, Vocals – Jens Rugsted
Drums – Alex Riel
Guitar – Nils Tuxen
Harpsichord – MariaLead Vocals – Jens Rugsted (tracks: 6)
Organ, Lyrics By – Anders Koppel
Piano, Vocals, Music By – Thomas Koppel
Vocals – Annisette

Their third is mainly somewhat pop oriented, and their material is a mix of soft and slow ballads, and rather heavy rock with some progressive elements and the distinctive, though odd vocals of Annisette. It always takes a while to get used to this voice, especially if you're not familiar with it. I, for one, never stop wishing they would use a different singer, as almost anything they ever did would sound better with someone else singing, in my opinion. But as listeners, we do not have that option, so you takes what you get. Her voice seems to work better (or should I say it's not as objectionable) on the harder stuff. The ballads would be weak even with the best of vocalists, but she is the final nail in their coffin. Some of the marginal material might sound better also if it were slightly more melodic, but they seem to have a profinity for comparatively non-melodic songs. In the end, better than one half of this, I would rate solidly good or better. Worth investigating for yourself

Delta Blues Band - 1969 - Delta Blues Band

Delta Blues Band 
Delta Blues Band

01. The Return of the Pink D.F. 1:02
02. Clouds Covering the Sun 5:44
03. We've Got Hard Times 3:00
04. Shit on My Shoes 5:00
05. Simple Sound 0:13
06. You Don't Know My Mind 5:04
07. Highway 51 5:35
08. Lock Me up in Jail 3:06
09. The King of Denmark 0:24
10. Where the Water Tastes Like Wine 3:14
11. Opus 4 9:17

Troels Jensen: guitar, organ, lead vocals
Søren Engel: bass, vocal
Thomas Puggaard-Müller: vocals, guitar
Michael Puggaard-Müller: drums
Bent Hesselmann: tenor saxophone, flute, writer
Kjeld Ipsen: trombone
Jens Jørgen Gjedsted: trumpet

Dansih rock/blues band. The original line-up at the time of the 1969 debut was: Troels Jensen, Michael Puggaard-Müller, Thomas Puggaard-Müller, Søren Engel. Shortly after the debut release, the Puggaard-Müller brothers left to form PAN (2). They were replaced by Preben Feddersen and Peter Høiler. This line-up released a single in 1971. In 1972 Feddersen left to form Buffalo, Søren Engel to play with Paddy Doyles. For the next year of the original line-up only Troels Jensen continued Delta Blues Band. In this non-recording period the band also included Bent Malinowsky, Peter Kragh Jacobsen and Thor Backhausen. In 1973 the group reformed, now as just "Delta", with Jensen, Malinowsky, Kragh Jacobsen, Knut Henriksen and Max Nutzhorn, vocals. This group began recording an album, but after internal conflicts Nutzhorn and Henriksen took over the group and finished the recordings now as Fly United. In 1974 Troels Jensen re-organized Delta w. Kragh Jacobsen, Søren Engel and Billy Cross (2). Over the next period, several guitarist was involved with the group, but the core of the band was maintained with Troels Jensen, Søren Engel and Feddersen. In 1977 - as Delta - the group released a self-titled album. This line up with Billy Cross and Jørgen Lang released an album, "No Overdubs", ecorded in just 6 hours. The album kickstarted a revival for the band. The reformed as Delta-Cross Band and for the next decade had a very succesful and popular career.

Beefeaters - 2004 - Troels Vanvittige Parkering

Troels Vanvittige Parkering

01. Crossroads
02. No title
03. Night train
04. Parchman farm
05. Now I know (Wonder what goes on in my mind)
06. Got a lot to give
07. Serenade to a cuckoo
08. Troels vanvittige parkering
09. Summer scene
10. Let me down easy

Line Up:
Peter Thorup – flute, vocal
Morten Kjærumgaard – organ
Keith Volkersen - bass
Max Nhuthzhi – drums
Erling Madsen – drums

Beefeaters - 2004 - The Secret Tapes

The Secret Tapes 
(Live Somewhere In Scandinavia November 1968)

01 It's Not That I Don't Now 9.58
02 You changed my way of living  3.59
03 I put a spell on you 10.04
04 It ain't necessarilly so 7.08
05 Mister you're a better man 5.54
06 I Want To Know 4.51
07 Night train 5.02
08 Parchman farm 5.47
09 Tell about my baby 12.18
10 I Thought That I Knew 6.17

Line Up:
Peter Thorup (vocals, guitar, flute)
Morten Kjærumgård (organ)
Erling "Mozart" Madsen (drums)
Flemming "Keith" Volkersen (bass)

Beefeaters - 1969 - Meet You There

Meet You There

01. I'll Meet You There 4.51
02. You Changed My Way Of Living 4.12
03. Night Train 4.26
04. Now I Know 4.56
05. Serenade To A Cuckoo 9.58
06. Stormy Monday 9.54

Line Up:
Peter Thorup - vocals, flute
Morten Kjærumgaard - organ
Keith Volkersen - bass
Max Nhutnhzi - drums
Alexis Korner - guitar & vocals on "Night Train" and "Stormy Monday"

The A-side is straight blues rock, with the emphasis on blues. None of the tracks are terribly exciting. I can't tell which Peter Green composition "You've Changed My Way of Living" is trying to rip off, and I've got no clue what that flute's doing on "Now I Know".

The B-side is... also straight blues rock (what's that psychedelic rock tag doing up there?), albeit jammier. But they're both slow blues numbers, done tastefully. And unfortunately, "tastefully" here translates to "dull".

Alexis gets some nice jabs in on "Stormy Monday", but I love that song too much to hear Mr. Gruff-what's-his-name amble his way through the words as he does here.

Beefeaters - 1967 - Beefeaters


01. It Ain't Necessarily So (3:54)
02. Crossroads (2:31)
03. My Babe (3:35)
04. I Want You (3:40)
05. Hey Little Girl (2:18)
06. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (3:29)
07. Let Me Down Easy (3:41)
08. Shakin' Fingerpop (2:50)
09. Night Flight (3:19)
10. Summer Scene (4:29)

Peter Thorup - guitars, vocals, flute
Morten Kjjærumsgård - organ, piano
Keith Volkersen - bass
Max Nhuthzhi - drums

The Beefeaters were a Danish garage rock band active from 1964-1971.

A precursor to this band was formed in Copenhagen in early 1964, but their strong orientation towards blues-rock began only with the arrival of Peter Thorup in 1966. In 1967, The Beefeaters played as support band for Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Pink Floyd during their concerts in Denmark.

The Beefeaters produced two albums, Beefeaters (1967) and Meet You There (1969). Both albums were top-notch "real" blues-rock efforts to file along albums by John Mayall, early Fleetwood Mac and even Cuby & The Blizzards. The first album was, along with Steppeulvene, the most important Danish album of 1967. The Beefeaters weren't entirely blues purists either, they also displayed beat and soul influences. The sound (very well developed for 1967) was largely based on Thorup's talents as vocalist and guitarist, but Kjærumsgård's Farfisa organ (sometimes replaced by piano) obviously augmented the group’s sound. Burnin' Red Ivanhoe was one of many groups who later copied this distinctive organ sound.[1] In 1969, Povl Dissing left the group, which continued for a while longer with Ole Fick (from Burnin' Red Ivanhoe) as their lead singer. The post-Dissing group recorded the soundtrack to "Smil Emil", but no further vinyl output emerged.

Pan - 2004 - On the Air - DR Sessions 1970

On the Air - DR Sessions 1970

01. Far Away From Home 2:15
02. Freedom 9:54
03. Time 6:27
04. I Cannot Keep From Crying 14:42
05. I Ain't Got no Home (Ramblin' Man) 2:15
06. Deliverance 5:55
07. If I Was Another Man 6:14
08. From a Tree 5:04

Drums – Michael Puggaard-Müller
Electric Bass – Arne Würgler
Guitar – Thomas Puggaard-Müller
Organ – Henning Verner
Vocals – Niels Skousen (tracks: 1 to 3, 8)
Vocals, Guitar – Robert Lelievre

Recorded in Danmarks Radio studie 11,
track 1 to 3 and 8 on January 7th 1970,
track 4 to 7 on July 10th 1970.
Licensed from DR Rytmisk.

This recording from 1970 is Pan at one of their best moments. The prog rock sound is not far from the Sound on their LP but many of the tracks are different from the LP. The sound is great and from the mastertapes.

Pan - 1970 - Pan


01. My Time 0:36
02. If 4:00
03. Song to France 2:09
04. Il n'y a pas si longtemps de ca 5:18
05. Many Songs Have Been Lost 1:43
06. Tristesse 5:00
07. To Get Along Alone 5:44
08. We Must Do Something Before the End of the Day 3:22
09. Lady of the Sand 6:41

Robert Lelièvre: vocals, guitar
Thomas Puggaard-Müller: lead guitar
Henning Verner: piano, organ, vibraphone
Arne Würgler: bass, cello
Michael Puggaard-Müller: drums

Its a little bit fun how the nordic countries did music. Finland were the home of progressive like Kalevala Elonkurjo and Tasavalan Presidenti. Norway had a lot of rock bands and folk music Junipher Green and Folque are good examples for that and Sweden were a mix of all those countrys and a lot of politics involved in the music. But then we have Denmark the home for heavy blues and rock it sounds more like it would be from the US/UK or something take bands like Terje Jesper & Joachim or Tömrerclaus, Moses etc. How ever this band are really good, great guitar work splended vocals. Its really hard to say what it sounds like but I think that all of you would get your own opinion about that. Well the band was formed by the frenchman Robert Leilevre who was travelling around Europe to escape military service and settled down in Denmark. They only recorded one album but it also exists a DR session that also rocks. The group split becuse of Roberts trouble with his demons that made him hard to work with. He later commited suicide in 1973.

Pan were a Danish prog/psych/blues rock band from the early 1970s consisting of musicians Robert Lelievre, Thomas Puggaard-Müller, Henning Verner, Arne Würgler, Michael Puggaard-Müller, and in the group's 2nd incarnation: Jens Elbøl, Torben Enghoff, and Nils Tuxen. Several of these musicians are still playing regular live shows in various different bands, such as Troels Jensen & Kenn Lending Blues Band, Somanden Og Stjernerne, and Survivors.

Gasolin' - 1977 - Gør Det Noget

Gør Det Noget

01. Det bedste til mig og mine venner 4:24
02. Smukke Møller 2:20
03. Jumbo nummer nul 3:25
04. December i New York 2:26
05. Place Sct. Michelle 3:03
06. Strengelegen 3:55
07. Get on the Train 2:17
08. Kattemor 3:25
09. Bob-Shi-Bam 3:53
10. Længes hjem 3:00
11. Gør det noget 3:02
12. Kina rock 3:00

Franz Beckerlee - guitar, moog, e-bow, vocals
Wili Jønsson - bass, vocals, piano
Kim Larsen - vocals, guitar, piano
Søren Berlev - drums, vocals

When Gasolin' released Gør det Noget in November 1977 (translation: "does it matter" or "so what"), they knew it was their last album. After the ambitious Gas 5 and Efter endnu en dag, Gasolin' decided to make a garage-rock album. Therefore, the service of Roy Thomas Baker was not needed and Gør det Noget was produced by Gasolin' and "Rocco" Tommy Bogs.

The sound on Gør det Noget is raw and thunderous and songs such as "Jumbo Number Nul" and "Kina Rock" sounds like Sex Pistols. Sentimental ballads like "Kattemor" and "Længes Hjem" has a rawness due to the minimalist production, but all the songs are still very catchy. Especially "Det bedste til mig og mine venner" and "Strengelegen". From this album "Jumbo Nummer Nul" / "Kattemor" and "Kina Rock" / "Længes Hjem" were released as singles.

Gør det Noget was recorded in Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen and engineered by Freddy Hansson and Flemming Rasmussen. Flemming Rasmussen would go on to produce Metallica. Gør det Noget was released on CD in 1989. It was remastered and included on The Black Box box set in 2003.

Gasolin' - 1976 - Efter Endnu En Dag

Efter Endnu En Dag

01. Pilli Villi 3:24
02. Mamma Cucu 2:30
03. Bella Donna 2:42
04. Kloden drejer stille rundt 4:05
05. De gule enker 1:40
06. Sirenesangen 4:30
07. Twilight Birds 3:18
08. Tantes foto 2:40
09. De fem årstider 3:20
10. Pas på svinget i Solrød 2:40
11. Stenalderjazz 3:02
12. This Is My Life 3:40

Søren Berlev – drums
Franz Beckerlee – guitar
Wili Jønsson – bass guitar
Kim Larsen – vocals

Anne Linnet and Lis Sørensen – backup vocals on "Mamma Cucu" and "Twllight Birds"
Birgitte Lindhardt – vocal solo on "This Is My Life"

Efter endnu en dag ("After Another Day" in English) is the sixth studio album by Gasolin' and was released in November 1976. It was the last Gasolin' album to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker.

In Efter endnu en dag the bombastic rock of Stakkels Jim and Gas 5 was replaced by a more eclectic sound, making this album their Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

"Pilli villi" and "Pas på svinget i solrød" are up-tempo rock songs, while "De fem årstider" and "This Is My Life" are ballads. In between are sing-along pop hymns such as "Sirenesangen" and swing jazz songs such as "Bella Donna". "Stenalderjazz" is an instrumental played by a symphony ensemble and not by Gasolin'. It was arranged by Palle Mikkelborg. The title song and "De gule enker" would surface again on Killin' Time as "Closer" and "Magic Garden". "This Is My Life" can be heard in an up-tempo rock version on Kim Larsen's Kim Larsen og Yankee drengene (1978) and Live i Skandinavien (1978).

Efter endnu en dag was not well received by the critics who accused Gasolin' of delusions of grandeur, but the album attained platinum. It was engineered by Freddy Hansson and recorded in Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen and Trente Mølle in Funen. From this album "Sirenesangen" / "De gule enker" and "Pas på svinget i solrød" / "Bella Donna" were released as singles.

Efter endnu en dag was released on CD in 1987 with Gas 5 but due to lack of space, "Mama Cucu", "Twilight Birds", and "Stenalderjazz" were omitted. In 1991 it was remastered for CD and it is also included on The Black Box (2003). Efter endnu en dag was released in Spain as Al cerrarse un nuevo dia with song titles in Spanish translation, but sung in Danish.

Gasolin' - 1975 - Gas' 5

Gas' 5

01. Rabalderstræde 5:00
02. Fatherless Hill 4:15
03. Lonesome Avenue 3:25
04. Sjagge 3:14
05. Masser af succes 3:33
06. Refrainet er frit 4:15
07. Kvinde min 2:48
08. 1975 3:35
09. Sct. Emetri 4:44
10. Good Time Charlie 4:00

Franz Beckerlee: guitar, Moog
Kim Larsen: vocals, rhythm guitar, music, lyrics
Søren Berlev: drums, percussion
Wili Jönsson: bass, keyboards, vocals, music
Roy Thomas Baker: producer

review by RDTEN1

So be forewarned, produced by Roy Thomas Baker, most 1975's "Gasolin' 5" was sung in Danish which was likely to be a major turnoff to the rank and file American audience.  That said, if you could get over the language issue (remember for most rock fans, English is a second language), the collection was quite impressive.  You could also try to track down a copy of the US version of the album - 1976's 'Gasolin'"  or the UK version entitled "What a Lemon" both which featured the bulk of the album translated and performed in English.

Recorded at Copenhagen's Rosenberg Studio on a 24 track mixing board (the mixing board was featured on the album cover). Thomas-Baker and engineer Freddy Hansson gave the album an incredibly dense sound (try listening to the collection on a good pair of headphones).  I've always been a big fan of Larsen's ragged, powerful  voice; though to my ears he's actually sounded far better when singing in Danish.  Kudos for trying a couple of tracks in English ('Fatherless Hill' and ''Lonesome Avenue'), but the strain of trying to sing English detracted from the overall performances. Featuring an all-original collection, this was prime form Gasolin''.  Thought the ten tracks offered up a mixture of genres including detours into country ('Lonesome Road'), the emphasis was on pop and rock numbers that retained a distinctive commercial sound ('Rabalderstræde' and 'Sjagge').

- 'Rabalderstræde' opened the album with a pounding rocker.  Great tune with some tasty effects laden guitar from Franz Beckerlee.  The song also showcased the band's knack for crafting catchy melodies.   rating: **** stars
- One of the album's few English performances, 'Fatherless Hill' (I'm guessing something got lost in the translation), found the band shifting gears.  A mid-tempo pop number with a killer hook, the track featured some wonderful Beckerlee jangle guitar/sitar.   rating: **** stars  
- Another English performance, 'Lonesome Avenue' found the band taking a stab at a country ballad.  Not exactly my favorite track, but you had to give Larsen credit for turning in a surprisingly good performance (try to imagine an American artist singing in Danish).   rating: ** stars
- Built on an insidiously catchy Berkerlee guitar riff and sporting a slinky, slightly ominous edge, the rocker 'Sjagge' has always reminded me of something Golden Earring might have recorded.  Great rocker.   rating: **** stars  
- 'Masser af Success' (traslated as 'Lots of Success'), was a pretty acoustic ballad, though due in part to the fact the song was slow, you had a tendency to focus more attention on the vocal.  On the positive side, Berkerlee use the song to turn in one of his prettiest solos.   rating: *** stars  
- Side two opened up with another crunching rocker.  Musically it wasn't anything particularly original, but it sure did crank out some energy.  It was tapped as a Danish single.   rating: *** stars  
- 'Kvinde Min' was a pretty acoustic ballad with one of Larsen's most impressive vocals.  Picture something a ,mid-9170s British band like Smokey might have recorded, but with a much tougher vocal.   rating: **** stars  
- '1975' returned to straight-ahead rock with a great rhythm track and one of their more commercial structures.  The song featured Larsen's best sneering vocal.   rating: *** stars  
- No idea what it was about, but the ballad 'Sct. Emitri' was probably the album's most commercial and radio-friendly composition.  It sounded perfect for top-40 radio and I've always been a sucker for Wili Jonsson's harpischord.   rating: **** stars  
- A slow, blues-rock number, 'Good Time Charlie' was the album's third English language performance.  Kind of plodding and predictable, all told it was one of the album's less distinguished performances.   rating: ** stars 

A pair of Danish singles were released off the LP:

- 1975's 'Rabalderstræde' b/w 'Kvinde Min' (CBS catalog number CBS 3555)
- 1975's 'Refrainet er Frit' b/w 'Good Time Charlie' (CBS catalog number CBS 3826)