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    Main » 2010 » May » 2 » Secret Oyster - 1975 - Vidunderlige Kalling (aka Astarte)
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    Secret Oyster - 1975 - Vidunderlige Kalling (aka Astarte)
    Secret Oyster - 1975 - Vidunderlige Kalling (aka Astarte)genre: prog
    country: denmark
    quality : lossless (separate flac, cue, log, hq booklet scans)
    time: 48'56" size: 306 mb
    issue: 2006


     
    Review:
    The esteemed Lasers Edge label relaunches its reissue series with Vidunderlige Kaelling, the first of six titles to be reissued from the heralded Danish jazz-
    rock ensemble Secret Oyster — a collaborative featuring former members of Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe, Coronarias Dans and Hurdy Gurdy. Vidunderlige Kaelling, Secret Oyster’s third album (originally released in 1976 in the United States as Astarte), is the musical accompaniment to an erotic ballet of the same name that is based on the poetry of Jens August Schade. "This was still possible in the mid-70s,” sax man Karsten Vogel writes in the informative liner notes. The ballet production — which featured nude dancers, including the arresting cover image of Vivi Flindt — apparently garnered mixed reviews at the time. And even Vogel admits that "many of the individual scenes smacked of revue, the spiritual nature was not abundantly clear and all the performers on stage were not of the same standard.”
    Nevertheless, this music will appeal to fans of Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever — although listeners of mood-stirring instrumental progressive fusion in general will find plenty to like here. Vidunderlige Kaelling starts out calmly enough, with the orchestral "Intro” and the delicate and spacey majesty of "Stjernerne Pa Gaden.” But on "Sirenerne,” the five members of Secret Oyster show off some of the funk-rock stylings that had some critics comparing them to Miles Davis’ band, circa Bitches Brew. "Astarte,” with its Middle Eastern swirls set against more Davis-fueled inspiration, is the album’s centerpiece (and vaguely recalls prime-period Yes), while "Solitude” is essentially a solo piano piece. "Outro” opens with ominous Moog and string synths before climaxing with a fluttery finale. Three previously unreleased bonus tracks also come from the ballet, although one ("Circus Sax”) was recorded for the performance but never used. They fit in well next to the original album’s material.
    This is a subtly challenging and beautiful work that stands in jarring contrast to the creepy (and arguably non-erotic) cover. Thanks to Lasers Edge, many listeners will now be able to hear Vidunderlige Kaelling and other Secret Oyster albums — Sea Son, Straight to Krankenhaus and the self-titled album are due next — for the first time.

    1. Intro (2:11)
    2. Stjernerne pе gaden (5:43)
    3. Sirenerne (4:58)
    4. Astarte (6:32)
    5. Solitude (4:07)
    6. Tango-bourgeoise (2:43)
    7. Bellevue (3:23)
    8. Valse du soir (1:57)
    9. Outro (5:09)
    Bonus Tracks:
    10. Sleep Music (6:15)
    11. Circus Sax (5:02)
    12. Intro to Act II (0:49)


    Ole Streenberg (harmonica, drums, percussion);
    Karsten Vogel (saxophone);
    Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards);
    Jess Staehr (bass instrument)
    Claus Bohling - el./ac. guitars, Sitar
    With:
    Kasper Winding - percussion (3, 7)
    Palle Mikkelborg - trumpet (6)
    Keld Jenssen - mandolin (8)

     
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