Midnight Sun was formerly known as Rainbow Band. The band was formed in the fall of 1969 - at this point the band's personnel was Bent Hesselman (saxophone & flute), Lars Bisgaard (vocals), Peer Frost (ex-Young Flowers) (guitar), Niels Brønsted (electric piano), Bo Stief (bass) and Carsten Smedegaard Andersen (drums).
They were actually one of the first Danish supergroups with members from Young Flowers, Beefeaters and Maxwells. Their style is on the border between jazz rock and progressive rock mixing blues, rock and jazz. Of course the line-up wouldn't last and Lars Bisgaard was replaced by Allan Mortensen later in 1971. And due to the rights to the music the band was formed to re-record their second album (which is this) and released it under the name Midnight Sun.
This is an absolutely fantastic album. The vocals are great, the guitar work is awesome, the pianoplaying is genious, the basslines are smooth, the drums groovy and the saxophone and flute delightful. The album is kicked off by a very strong opening song with great guiar solos. It is followed by a softer hymn featuring a melodyline close to "Summer Lovin'" from Grease, which evolves into a fuzzed out heavy jam. Next up is a song with a kind of uncanny piano intro with a Camel-like guitarmelody and then it suddenly becomes jazzy.
The good songs keep on coming with a groovy jazzrocker and much more like the epic prog-suite "Living On the Hill" with an astonishing mix of jazzy grooves and heavy riffs. I think that about does it, there is no need to say more, this album is perfect. The line-up is Allan Mortensen (vocals), Bent Hesselman (saxophone & flute), Niels Brøndsted (piano/keys), Peer Frost (guitar), Bo Stief (bass) and Carsten Smedegaard (drums).
2. King of the Sun
4. Where're You Going To Be
6. Sippin' Wine
7. Living On the Hill
8. Rainbow Song