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søndag den 19. februar 2012

Terje, Jesper & Joachim - s/t - 1970 (Den) Progressive Rock/Experimental

Originating from the beat group "The Unknown" formed in 1968 (some blogs claim earlier formations, but according to Spectator Records it was '68) came a fairly noticeable experimental group called simply Terje, Jesper & Joachim. They only released this album and they split-up in 1973. This is another gem from Spectator Records (that label really had some cool bands). The band consisted of Terje Bandholdt (drums), Jesper Schmidt (guitar) and Joachim Ussing (bass). Ussing and Bandholdt would later play together in the band "Mo-i-ra-na".

This album is very exciting, it's considered one of the best prog/experimental albums from this period in Northern Europe. It is very easy to see/hear why it is. It's a brew of nice experimenting grooves, fuzzy guitars as well as clean guitars with lots of wah, great riffs, that brings to mind Stray and May Blitz. The vocals, who I do not know who is performing, are descent though, they sound like a poorer version of Dave Brock of Hawkwind, but more unserious, but the music makes up for this! There is also some piano and saxophone (from unknown sources as well). If I had to describe the album in two words, those would be "peculiar" and "interesting" it gets very heavy at some points, but also dabbles in melodic pieces of softer origin. Then there is one thing, that I really find funny. In the second track "Like My Sister" the outro is a one of the parts of "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson, but that's okay, at least it's the only thing I recognize from somewhere else on the album.

1. We Got To Leave
2. Like My Sister
3. Between the Shields
4. Ricochet
5. Free
6. If I Needed Someone
7. Sorry It's the End
8. Cheer
9. All Through the Day

Bitrate: 192kbps

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