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    Danish Prog Recommendations ?

    My wife and I have been watching Danish TV series stuff, getting a taste of the culture. Got me wondering what's out there for Danish Prog (old and new) ? Thanks in advance!
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    Old

    Culpeper's Orchard - [s/t]
    Ache - De Homine Urbano and Green Man
    Alrune Rod - [s/t] and Hej Du
    Day of Phoenix - Wide Open N Way
    Blast Furnace - [s/t]
    Old Man & the Sea - [s/t]
    Coma - Financial Tycoon
    Dr. Dopo Jam - Entree
    Burnin' Red Ivanhoe - M144 and W.W.W.
    Secret Oyster - Sea Son
    Thors Hammer - [s/t]
    Savage Rose - [s/t] and In the Plain
    Mo-I-Rana - Loners & Lovers

    Note: MANY of these acts were outright "hippie-rock" rather than "ordinary" progressive bands, often playing wildly psychedelic music and stemming from the very broad Danish countercultural underground movement of the day. Much of it had a pronounced US West Coast-vibe to it, others were obviously marked by British "proto-prog" etc. yet still they were quite refined and sophisticated crafts. There is, however, preciously little "GeneYes-style" progressive to be had from Denmark.

    Newer Danish acts I'd recommend would be Spids Nøgenhat, Etcetera, Lis Er Stille, Slarafenland, On Trial, Eterklang, Causa Sui, Mew and (especially) Under Byen.
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    Not sure about old, but a newer Danish group that some (myself included) consider to be a good modern progressive band is Mew. Their last three albums in particular are quite nice:

    + - (2015)
    No More Stories... (2009)
    And The Glass Handed Kites (2005)


    Not exactly prolific, but the quality makes up for it.

    Edit: And thanks to SS for that post. I had no idea there were that many.

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    There are no prog scene in Denmark today, but there are bands that does proggy or borderline proggy stuff: Robin Taylor, Causa sui, Mew, John Sund. Try this: https://robintaylorsuniverse.bandcam...album/evidence (with members from Coma, Burning red Ivanhoe, Secret Oyster, and a zappa jam band)
    Efterklang is definetely worth following, this their new direction : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl4s1AKU_mw
    There is a small avant scene also with connection to jazz. Like this band 'Selvhenter' a 'noiseband' (consisting only of woman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wtPR12u3AE Great live band!

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    Culpeper's Orchard - [s/t]
    Ache - De Homine Urbano and Green Man
    Alrune Rod - [s/t] and Hej Du
    Old Man & the Sea - [s/t]
    Burnin' Red Ivanhoe - W.W.W.
    Secret Oyster - Sea Son, Krankenhaus and debut

    to a lesser extent Rainbow Band/Midnight Sun



    modern bands: Don't know of any (outside Efterklang, that is), now that I think of it.
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    Use Richard's list as a reference, and start with the first Culpeper's Orchard album. It's an all-timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Use Richard's list as a reference, and start with the first Culpeper's Orchard album. It's an all-timer.
    I agree and I would like to add a personal fondness for Blast Furnace and the 1st Secret Oyster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bake 1 View Post
    And a Secret Oyster relative:

    I scored this one (Coronia Dans , the Steeplechase version) for 8.00€ today, just after getting an earful of Guillaume Perret & Electric Epic at the Brosella festival.
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    I loves me some Causa Sui and Papir - retro-rockers in a krautrock vein.
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    heh... just reading the thread now and just as expected, Culpeper is the fav

    Quote Originally Posted by notallwhowander View Post
    Papir
    I didnt know Papir was Danish... great new band there!
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Choir Of Young Believers is my favourite Danish band from the last couple of years. Got to know them through the song "Hollow Talk" featured in the series The Bridge.



    Their 2012-album "Rhine Gold" is a masterpiece in my ears.

    Tim Christensen has some fine albums out with quite a lot of Mellotron on them.
    Efterklang has been mentioned.
    I also like Our Broken Garden, Pauseland and The Rainfall Years.

    Older stuff: De-Film (progressive synthi-pop).

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu
    Use Richard's list as a reference, and start with the first Culpeper's Orchard album. It's an all-timer.
    This. A big fan of the Danish scene from the 1970s here, and I don't have anything significant to add to Richard's list which covers all the classics. Culpeper's Orchard is one for the ages, with some of the best melodies (and some of the best guitar playing) ever put to tape. But be careful: this only applies to their first LP. The subsequent albums are nice for what they are, I guess, but the spark was not there anymore.

    Not so with Dr. Dopo Jam - another fave of mine. Like Richard, I'd probably mention "Entree" as their best one, but the 2nd LP has its supporters, and overall I'd say they are pretty much interchangeable. The music is very eccentric and inventive, with clear nods to Zappa. They have a habit of putting, like, dozens of musical ideas into one song, and as such, their records can be a bit frustrating - you'd expect them to develop the idea that you just heard, but more often than not you find them quickly moving to something else altogether. Some people are annoyed by that, but not me - I find it a testament to their amazing creativity. Come to think of it, it's even a little Cardiacs-like in a way.

    Blast Furnace is akin to Culpeper's Orchard, maybe not as complex. It also rocks hard and contains what I consider the saddest song that ever appeared on a prog album - "Goodbye Mr. Bobo".

    Coma is like Dr. Dopo Jam who actually started to care about their listener a bit. Great stuff.

    I could go on and on there. What a wonderful scene!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levgan View Post
    Culpeper's Orchard is one for the ages, with some of the best melodies (and some of the best guitar playing) ever put to tape.
    Absolutely true; this is one of THE masterworks of Scandinavian rock music, no matter genre or time period. The sheer atmosphere and quality of song on this album is practically unbeatable. Odd influences from Edgar Broughton Band, Benefit-era Tull, Quicksilver Messenger Service (debut album) and Crosby, Stills & Nash [s/t], yet altogether completely unique.

    Another couple of albums I'd like to recommend from back then are the beautiful records by Pan (Pan, 1970), whose leader/singer/axeman Robert Lelievre (who was French) actually had played with Culpeper's Cy Nicklin (who was British). Lelievre's fate was incredibly tragic, as he committed suicide under extreme circumstances after years of unattended depression with extensive incidents of self-harm. These are two tracks off of their sole album, and you'll instantly detect the underlying melancholy here:



    Then there was the highly underrated (and more uplifting) Barbarella record from 1975, one of the very few ones (next to Alrune Rod and a handful of others) with vox in their native tongue:
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    My recommendations from the 60s/70s

    ACHE De homine urbano
    AKROPOLIS Half a million hours symphony
    ALRUNE ROD Hej du
    BLAST FURNACE Blast furnace
    BLUE SUN Blue sun
    BURNIN' RED IVANHOE W.W.W.
    COMA Financial tycoon
    CORONARIAS DANS Visitors
    CULPEPER'S ORCHARD Second sight
    DAY OF THE PHOENIX Wide open 'n' way
    FLEUR DE LIS Facing morning
    FLOOR 1st floor
    FORENINGEN TIL LIVETS BESKYTTELSE Foreningen til livets beskyttelse
    FUREKAABEN Prinsessevaerelset
    GREEN GRASS Aalborg
    HARA GASH Vandreudstilling
    MAXWELLS Maxwell street
    MIDNIGHT SUN Midnight sun
    MOIRANA Loners and lovers
    OLD MAN AND THE SEA The old man and the sea
    PAN Pan
    RAINBOW BAND Rainbow band
    RODE MOR Hjemlig hygge
    SAVAGE ROSE In the plain
    SAVAGE ROSE Dodens triumf
    SECRET OYSTER Sea son
    THOR'S HAMMER Thor's hammer
    TOMRERCLAUS Tømrerclaus
    VESTENVINDEN Gummimasker
    VINDHARPEN Rejsen til yenan
    YOUNG FLOWERS Volume 2
    Macht das ohr auf!

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    Coma: Amoc - influenced by Zappa, a.o. in the fusion domain - they even made a Magma'ish tune which I heard live, but it never made it to an album. The saxplayer records with Robin Taylor these days

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    My favorite Danish band isn't Prog but rather the indie band Figurines.

    Very much in the sway of Built To Spill or Modest Mouse.

    But better.
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    The Day of Phoenix also illustrate how strangely original an approach much of this music took to harmony, melody and general "vibe". Their first album is fascinatingly different from just about anything else I ever heard out of Scandinavia (or most of Europe) at the time, and particularly in terms of that bizarre mixture of rawness and experimental intricacy. And they had an amazingly talented vocalist in Hans Lauridsen, whose voice here is almost ghostly in its timbre.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    The Day of Phoenix also illustrate how strangely original an approach much of this music took to harmony, melody and general "vibe". Their first album is fascinatingly different from just about anything else I ever heard out of Scandinavia (or most of Europe) at the time, and particularly in terms of that bizarre mixture of rawness and experimental intricacy. And they had an amazingly talented vocalist in Hans Lauridsen, whose voice here is almost ghostly in its timbre.


    Both Day Of Phoenix' albums will be rereleased by Esoteric Recordings as a double-CD end of September titled Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968-1972.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interbellum View Post
    Both Day Of Phoenix' albums will be rereleased by Esoteric Recordings as a double-CD end of September titled Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968-1972.
    This one too

    Culpeper’s Orchard 'Mountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1970-1973' (2CD Remastered & Expanded Edition)
    Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish Progressive Rock band CULPEPER’S ORCHARD, “Mountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1971 – 1973”. Featuring the albums 'Culpeper's Orchard', 'Second Sight'and 'Going For A Song' plus 4 rare bonus tracks two of which are previously unreleased on CD.

    Release Date 30th October 2020
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    This one too

    Culpeper’s Orchard 'Mountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1970-1973' (2CD Remastered & Expanded Edition)
    Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish Progressive Rock band CULPEPER’S ORCHARD, “Mountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1971 – 1973”. Featuring the albums 'Culpeper's Orchard', 'Second Sight'and 'Going For A Song' plus 4 rare bonus tracks two of which are previously unreleased on CD.

    Release Date 30th October 2020
    ECLEC22742
    how are those two albums?? are they even coming to the waist height of their debut album?

    my notes show that I heard one of them, but have no memory at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    how are those two albums?? are they even coming to the waist height of their debut album?

    my notes show that I heard one of them, but have no memory at all.
    Second Sight is excellent, but more laid back and rural. A must-have for me, but not as good as the first. I just got Going For A Song in the last two weeks, and it's still very good, but not up to the level of the first or the second. It has a couple tracks that take on a Funk edge, while avoiding full-on Funk.
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    ^^^One of the first bands I saw live, they were also warm up to The Who in 1970 (Tommy tour) which I also attended.
    They were rather west-coast inspired (Mad River I heard), but made their complete own take on this - the sound reminds me somewhat of Tassavallan too.

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