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3.76 | 53 ratings | 6 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Living Dead (7:51)
2. Princess (6:02)
3. Jingoism (6:54)
4. Prelude (1:12)
5. The Monk Song 1 (5:54)
6. The Monk Song 2 (3:36)
7. Going Blind (10:31)

Total Time: 42:00

Bonus track on 2003 CD release (CD starts with this track):
1. Circulation (5:58)

Bonus tracks on 2010 CD release:
8. Circulation (5:58)
9. Lady Nasty (7:49)
10. Nasty Backbone (4:23)
11. Roll The Dice (3:17)
12. The Jam (Live) (7:19)

Bonus track on 2011 and 2019 CD releases:
8. Circulation (5:58)

Bonus tracks on 2013 CD and LP releases (bonus tracks have numbers 4 and 9 on these editions):
4. Lady Nasty (7:49)
9. Circulation (5:58)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ole Wedel / lead (1, 3, 5, 6, 9) & backing vocals, percussion
- Benny Stanley / electric & acoustic guitarS
- Tommy Hansen / piano, organ, guitar (9), backing vocals
- Knud Lindhard / bass, lead (2, 7) & backing vocals
- John Lundvig / drums

- Poul Åge Hersland / flute (5, 7)
- Lasse Laursen / guitar (9)

Releases information

Produced by Freddy Hansson and The Old Man And The Sea

Artwork: Ole Christensen

LP Sonet ‎- SLPS 1539 (1972, Denmark)

CD Dunk Music ‎- 1001 (2003, Denmark, remastered by Knud Lindhard. with 1 bonus track)
CD Sonet - UNI 275 247 3 (2010, Denmark, with 5 bonus tracks)
CD Belle Antique - BELLE 111883 (2011, Japan, remastered, with 1 bonus track)
CD Shadoks Music ‎- Shadoks Music 153 (2013, Germany, with 2 bonus tracks)
LP Shadoks Music ‎- 153, Sonet ‎- SLPS 1539 (2013, Germany, with 2 bonus tracks, hand numbered limited edition of 500 copies)
CD Belle Antique ‎- BELLE 193138 (2019, Japan, remastered, with 1 bonus track)

LP Sonet ‎- SLPS 1539, UNI 477 797 6, 0602547779762 (2016, Europe, remastered by Jørgen Bo Behrensdorff)
LP Sonet ‎- SLPS 1539, UNI 477 797 6, 0602547779762 (2019, Europe, remastered by Jørgen Bo Behrensdorff)

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THE OLD MAN & THE SEA The Old Man & The Sea ratings distribution

(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars This band just made one sole hard-prog-rock album back in the era where Denmark had a lively prog scene (bands like Burnin'Red Ivanhoe, Coronaria Dans, Secret Oyster, ACHE and many more).

They took their name from the Old Tale (seems to be quite popular one around the Baltic Sea) and made their album based on that. All of the songs on the album has been awarded an icon image of this tale on the booklet of the CD. Thge songs are definitely hard rock with a predominent guitar but KB are also quite present . We are also gratified of a few flute interventions. The vocals are in English and quite apt. The Monk Song is the highlight and cut into two section with the first part showing all of the possibilities of the band.

All in all , with this album, we are hovering around Zeppelin, Purple , Heep, Rooster and a few more bands of the genre but this album is far from derivative of those cited here.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The Old Man & The Sea is the sole self-titled studio album by Danish band The Old Man & The Sea. The album was released in 1972. The band enjoyed moderate succes with the album and played lots of live shows in the following years. Most notable on the Roskilde Festival, Denmark in 1973 and 1974. They have also opened for both Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After in Denmark.

The music has Yes influenced vocal harmonies and Kansas like hard rock parts. There are lots of Blues solos but also some soul inspired vocals. Princess is especially in the Yes mold and The Monk Song 1 is also in that vein. The Monk Song 1 also has some great flute. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Atomic Rooster and Deep Purple has also had an impact on the style on The Old Man & The Sea as the music is very organ laden.

The musicianship is excellent on this album. Lead singer Ole Wedel is a very skilled singer with a distinct voice and the rest of the band really knows how to rock but also play more subtle when that is needed. Organ and piano player and main composer Tommy Hansen is today one of the most famous Danish producers of rock and metal and owns his own sound studio called Jailhouse Studios.

The production is very good and really gives the music oppertunity to unfold.

I would probably have put The Old Man & the Sea in the eclectic prog catagory instead of the crossover prog one. The music has both hard rock, jazz and more symphonic influences and it´s actually hard to pin down one specific genre they belong to. I think The Old Man & The Sea is a good album and I´ll rate it 3 stars. This is not my favorite genre and I´m sure that people more into this genre will rate this album higher because this is certainly a quality product.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars I intended to give five star only to those, which caught me instantly (like Scenes From a Memory), or offered me great deal of music when I understaned them (like Goldbluff). I like absolutely everything on this record. But most prominent of them all is keyboard. And vocals. Music is good in general and instruments are just wonderful. I'm afraid I can't rate lyrics so much, because I wasn't listening. Just flying away in a great prog airplane. This "Princess" track reminds me another rock band, much more famous one (name of the song is Lady, I forgot the band. Could it be Uriah Heep?). This is probably my least favourite. I want also mention the last track. Great ending.

OK, second five star today. First one was The Dear Hunter (we understand each other, righ ?)

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars The Old Man and the Sea, taking their name from the novel of the same name, is another one-and-done band, a curse that often befell numerous prog bands of the 70's! Originally pressed in small numbers, frequently boot-legged and eventually reissued on CD, it's much easier now to track down their self-titled album and finally appreciate this terrific band. Probably playing interesting and adventurous hard rock instead of full-fledged prog, their sound was accessible and melodic yet still providing extended instrumental passages between exquisite vocal melodies. Think bands like Tonton Macoute, Skin Alley and Maelstrom for a lazy instant comparison, and maybe a touch of Atomic Rooster with the constant presence of the Hammond organ. Despite being very talented musicians overall, the band had two secret weapons in the confident and powerful vocals of Ole Wedel, and the searing electric guitar playing of Benny Stanley.

The deeply funky `Living Dead', the tale of a heroin junkie, is filled with thick rollicking upfront bass, spiraling Hammond runs and scorching hard electric guitar soloing in the extended middle instrumental section. `Princess' is a sweet country rocker with classy group harmonies before an extended instrumental break in the middle with a long extended guitar solo that highlights the heartfelt lyric. `Jingoism' is a wild and delirious rocker with lots of call-and-response vocal passages with a jazzy run of piano and loose drumming in the middle.

After the short organ solo `Prelude', several sections of the first part of `Monksong' have such beautiful lilting Jon Anderson-like sighed harmonies, dreamy acoustic strumming and chunky bass that it could easily have come from that wonderful first Yes album. The darting flute and Hammond duel in the final minute really goes off, while `Part 02' turns into a grooving heavy stomping rocker with spiky electric guitar and super-thick melting Hammond. Very foot-tapping and addictive, it could have easily been on any of the first three Atomic Rooster albums, if only the lyrics were a little darker and more occult themed! The dirty and brooding finale `Going Blind' is a serious slow-burner that lets all the players unwind and go out on a high. Lots of bluesy guitar soloing, hellfire Hammond, punishing bass and aggressive drumming, an uplifting and joyous piano-driven middle before the band literally goes into raucous meltdown attack mode in the final minutes.

The latest CD version comes with a bonus track, the multi-part strident rocker `Circulation' has a very melodious vocal and swaps back and forth between bluesy electric soloing, lengthy group jamming and a catchy repeated chorus. It's strangely placed at the start of the album on this current edition.

Now given an official reissue by the band themselves (admittedly with the confession in the CD booklet of a few polished vocals here and there!), it's a great opportunity for new listeners to look into this wonderful album for the first time. It's hardly essential, but if you enjoy classy and sophisticated 70's rock with big instrumental breaks, you'll have a great time with this.

Three and a half stars.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 really

The Old Man & The Sea from Denmark made one album selftitled in 1972 and then disappeared untill they disbanded in 1975. Denmark has some quite intresting prog bands in early to mid '70s like Ache, Secret Oyster, Burnin Red Ivanhoe and others with good petential in prog scene around that time. The Old Man & The Sea offers a heavy prog type of music quite typical for that era, organ laden with similarities towards british school of that time like Uriah Heep, Purple or Atomic Rooster. The name of the band is take from the novel with same name, a quite popular tale among nordic peoples I might say, danish band find intresting and opteining for the name. The sound is accesible and melodic but also are some more hard rock parts that is well integrated in the overall prog atmosphere. The opening Living Dead or the ending Going Blind are quite more then ok, hammong melted with bluesy guitars but under prog flag. Nice vocal arrangements, Ole Wedel has a very good tone for such music. So, 3.5 stars, better then average , but not fantastic, still worth some spins from time to time.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This is it for me. This is the apex of what organ-driven prog can acomplish. In line with another poster, I would strongly push for this band to be relocated to the Eclectic Prog category, but at the end of the day categories are just applied labels. The music of The Old Man and the Sea is ti ... (read more)

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