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Kerrs Pink

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3.75 | 33 ratings | 9 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mellom Oss / Between Us (5:36)
2. Tröstevise / Comforting Tune (2:56)
3. Tröstevals / Comforting Waltz(1:02)
4. Östenfor Ord / East of Words (6:06)
5. Hvem snakker til meg? / Who's Speaking To Me (5:29)
6. Elegi / Elegy (3:17)
7. Mens Tiden Forgar / While Time Fades Away (17:17)
a. Dråper / Drops
b. Haven / The Garden
c. Adams sang / Adam's Song
d. Fallet / The Fall
e. Evas Sang / Eve's Song
f. Mens Tiden Forgår / While Time Fades Away
g. Etterspill / Aftermath

Bonus tracks:
8. Marius / Marius (3:16)
9. Parademarsj for Jubilanter / Parade March for Jubilants (1:40)
10. Den Siste Russ / The Last of the Sixth Formers (2:36)
11. Hyllest til Olga / Ode to Olga (3:00)
12. Trömborg Samba / Trömborg Samba (3:27)
13. Fredsmarsjen / Marche de la Paix (3:15)

Total Time: 54:28

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Line-up / Musicians

Vinyl version:
- Harald Lytomt / guitars, flute
- Jostein Hansen / bass, guitars, vocals
- Halvard Haugerud / keyboards, bass, vocals
- Tore Fundingsrud / drums
- Trond Bøhn / keyboards, guitar contributed on two tracks before he quit.
GUESTS:
- Kirsten Hognestad Bøhn / vocals
- Lars-Thore Lande / bass
- Trygve Lahn / violin
- Chris Dankel, family and friends (hand claps and chorus)

CD version:
- Harald Lytomt / guitars, flute
- Jostein Hansen / bass, guitars, vocals
- Tore Fundingsrud / drums
- Per Øyvind Nordberg / Keyboards, chorus
GUESTS:
- Halvard Haugerud / lead vocals re-recorded
- Tormod Gangfløt / viola
- Tore Johansen / chorus

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KERRS PINK Mellom Oss ratings distribution


3.75
(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
48%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
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Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by lor68
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Well this production is excellent, as the sound quality is really good. In fact the re-issue of their second album is absolutely remarkable: in particular I like to make a special mention for the long suite - The 17 minute "Where Time Fades Away", featuring a guest female vocalist, although the immediate comparison to be made for their style is to that one of CAMEL. The "light symphonic" guitar-solos in the vein of Andy Latimer (think for example of the Romantic guitar solo within the splendid instrumental "Ice" by CAMEL) often leading the harmonic structure, are also balanced by a good amount of some simple keyboards. Their mood is always very relaxing, without being involved with complex music explorations. Recommended for the lovers of this particular genre only!!

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Posted Saturday, April 03, 2004

Review by Bj-1
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Kerrs Pink was one of the leading bands of the Norwegian folk-rock movement during the early 80's, their style has often been compared to the mellow and gentle style of Camel along with traditional folk influences and they have a very comforting and melodic style to their songs. "Mellom Oss" is their second release and shows us this very well. The musicianship is steady and songwriting is solid throughout, with a special mention to guitarist Harald Lytomt's clearly Andy Latimer influenced playing. This album shows a few weaker signs in some of the shorter songs, like "Trøstevise" which is rather forgettable, but the wonderful 17 minute closing epic, "Mens Tiden Forgår", makes up for most of it and stands as the best piece on the album as well as being an essential listening to any prog fan. Another highlight is the wonderful instrumental "Østenfor Ord" which combines Progressive Rock with Folk wonderfully and is a standout of the shorter songs. The other material is fairly good and in the same style. A couple of songs have lyrics which are in Norwegian, but that could work as a charming element for non-Norwegian listeners.

The CD version of this album is in a fact a re-recorded one, although very faithful to the original version. The reason for this are that the original album was recorded on a 4-track recorder which (obviously) coulnd't offer a sound quality good enough to be appreaciated. I must say I haven't heard the original version yet, but the sound quality here is really good and you can hear all instuments clearly throughout. In addition to that, you get six bonus tracks which are a treat for fans especially although the album material is more interesting, in my opinion. Although not a perfect album, this is a fine listen if you like bands in the style of Camel or Kebnekaise.

Highlights include "Østenfor Ord" and "Mens Tiden Forgår". The latter one being the best track here and one of Norwegian prog's finest moments. A very good and promising album, worth checking out if you like lighter prog-rock with folk influences, although it might be difficult to find these days it's worth it if you dig stuff like this. 4/5.

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Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
4 stars Having not heard the original 1981 release, I cannot comment on whether the re-recording does it justice, but I can say it sounds great and chrystal clear. It's a beautiful symphonic album with plenty of references to the softer sides of Camel (especially in the lead guitars) and Focus, but with more of a folky and upbeat melancholic, Norwegian bent. Mellom Oss is mostly instrumental but does contain vocals in a few tracks.

The title track opens things up in a representative way. Jangling guitars, languid leads, diffuse keyboards and bouncy generally simple melodies all characterize the sound of this album. "Tröstevise" contains somewhat aggressive vocals set to a eastern European sort of motif. Quite fascinating. "Ostenfor Ord" is one of the real highlights, as it plays to all the band's strengths. It contains a very emotional tune, bluesy lead guitar, crisp 12 strings, and a gentle viola solo by Tormod Gangfløt, backed by convincing percussion. "Hvem Snakker Til Meg?" is another song in a similar vein to "Tröstevise" but contains a harder rhythm guitar that seems to be having fun playing off the organ and drums/bass. Some fantastic runs here. "Elegi" is short for elegant as far as I can tell from its arrangement.

By far the longest track is "Mens Tiden Forgar", which seems to alternate between early 80s style KC guitars, Camel-like flutes, and varied reflective vocals as it goes along. It's a qualified success and certainly does contain a number of interesting moments, taking a few listens to really digest. "Marius" and "Parademarsj For Jubilanter" are both jaunty tunes, and the first sounds like some vocals would enhance its effect. In general if there is a problem here, it is the preponderous of such types of instrumentals. The group could have stretched out more, and it would have helped all the material to be in more diverse company.

Nonetheless, this is a highly worthwhile Scandinavian prog album from a long lived band. Between us, I think it merits 4 stars.

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Posted Friday, September 14, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I have the re-issue which isn't a remastered version of the original recording, but a complete re-recording of that album. The original had mellotron on it, this doesn't. This is fairly mellow with some nice guitar leads.There are only two tracks on this album that really impress me.

"Mellom Oss" is one of those tracks. Melancholic with synths and some great guitar to open. The tempo picks up before a minute. Nice bass followed by some outstanding guitar. That light uptempo melody is back as the contrasts continue. Just a cool sounding tune. "Trostevise" is almost polka-like.Yikes ! "Trostevals" opens with piano and is joined by the violin. Not a fan. "Ostinfor Ord" is the other song I really like.The guitar takes the lead early as bass throbs. Violin takes over 1 1/2 minutes in as the guitar stops. The intro melody is back 2 1/2 minutes in, it reminds me of CAMEL. The guitar lights it up 5 minutes in. Nice. "Hvem Snakker Til Meg ?" is a good song. I like the guitar, and we get some vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. The organ after 4 minutes is a nice touch.

"Elegi" opens with some good guitar before that polka vibe returns. Thankfully it doesn't break out into a "Lookimpickled Polka"-like tune. "Mens Tiden Forgar" is the 17 minute closer. We get some female vocals on this one. It builds to a guitar / drum / bass melody before settling back down 2 1/2 minutes in as flute arrives. Vocals with strummed guitar before 4 minutes.Female vocals follow. Organ before 7 1/2 minutes that comes and goes. The flute is back after 11 minutes. Male vocals a minute later as it continues to be pastoral. Before 15 minutes we finally get a little passion as the guitar and organ come in to end it in style.

I feel like i'm being generous giving this 3 stars, but then i'm not a huge fan of Folk music (or polka).

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Posted Saturday, November 01, 2008

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Ohh, delightful prog folk from Norway! They mix traditional music from their country with some terrific Camel-like symphonic rock. As one might have guessed, lots of great guitar lines here (both acoustic and electric). There are some nice keyboards too, but unfortunalty not much. My CD is a re-recording of the original early 80´s album, with a few line up changes. I guess it would be nice to hear the vinyl version for historical and curiosity reasons, but really the new tracks are very well produced while the early ones were not, according to what I heard. Anyway, the music here is very good, even if not all the tracks are great.

I really loved Harald Lytomt´s guitar playing: very melodic, very fluid, in the best David Gilmour/Andy Latimer tradition. But the whole band is quite good. As for the songs themselves the quality varies quite a lot, going from excellent (Mens Tiden Forgar) to average (the polka-like Tröstevise really was an unfortunate choice for the second track). However none is bad, and the playing is always top notch. Vocals are all sung in their native language, and Halvard Haugerud´s voice is only ok, but they are mostly an instrumental band anyway. Highlight of the CD is obviously the side long 17 minute epic Mens Tiden Forgar, a wonderful piece of symphonic prog that is really worth the price fo the album, with its several tempo and mood changes, captivating melodies and beautiful flute, guitar and keys interplay. The ending solo is one of the most emotional and poignant I have heard in many years.

There are six bonus tracks that although not really outstandig, are a nice addition for they are in same spirit of the original ones.

Conclusion: if you like Camel and prog folk, this is a must have. I´m really glad to have this one and I´d like to thank Kenneth Levine for advising about this interesting norwegian group. Even if you´re not really fond of prog folk, it´s worth checking this one out anyway.

Final rating: something between 3,5 and 4 stars.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Kerrs Pink is one of the legendary norwegians progressive rock bands beggining their career in mid '70s. Their second album from 1982 is considered among their best release if not the best they ever done, named Mellom oss (between us). Musea records re issue the album in 1992 I guess with nice pictures, story of the band and lyrics and aswell has 6 bonus tracks, 5 of them never released before. Well, the music offered is something between symphonic prog of the mellower kind but quite well played, something between Camel and german band Rousseau, with some folk pastoral passages. The title track is more then ok and the ending tune the longest Mens Tiden Forgår clocking around 17, is pure delight, the rest are also quite good. There are plenty of melodic guitar parts and great keyboards passages that will pleases every fan of prog rock music. For me was a good ride and for that reason worth 3.5 stars. Great cover art, simple but so evocative.

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Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars In August 1980 Tore Johansen left Kerrs Pink, feeling he needed a break, followed a bit later by Terje Solaas, who was offered a job far from the area the band was located.The band found a new drummer in Tore Fundingsrud, while they also had built their own studio in Harald Lytomt's barn in Trømborg.They recorded the follow-up to ''Kerrs Pink'' on a 4-track recorded between September and November 81', released on Pottittskiver at the fall of the year under the title ''Mellom oss''.

This was definitely an upgrade to the debut, being a nicely structured, slightly CAMEL-esque, melodic Symphonic/Progressive Rock with a more developed sound, similar to German bands like ROUSSEAU or ANYONE'S DAUGHTER.Again the centerpiece of the arrangements is Harald Lytomt's guitar, which now offers series of melodic solos and impressive melodies, definitely in a more consistent performance than on ''Kerrs Pink''.Some nice folky vibes with the use of acoustic guitars and a couple of more melancholic tunes with a Scandinavian feel appear on a few tracks, led by the viola parts of guest Tormod Gangflot.The vocals are nice, all delivered in Norwegian, and there is more room for some good keyboard textures, although these are still in a secondary role.The biggest achievement of the group though was the addition of a very good epic track, the 17-min. ''Mens tiden forgar''.Quite mellow and atmospheric melodic Symphonic Rock with excellent, warm vocals, folky overtones with acoustic soundscapes and CAMEL-esque flute drives and plenty of electric guitar explosions, based on smooth solos, along with vintage organ passages.

The Musea CD reissue comes with a bonus of six extra tracks, of which five are previously unreleased, pretty much in a similar vein as the tracks of the regular album.Maybe a light jazzy influence is apparent in these cuts along with a more upfront keyboard parts, but no more or less the style remains a relaxed and very melodic Progressive Rock, always with the guitar in evidence.''Fredsmarsjen'' was used actually in the 82' compilation/sampler album ''Jomfrutur'' of Pottittskiver.

Nice, easy-going and sensitive Progressive Rock by the Norwegians.The CD reissue is propably a better purchase due to its very good additional material.Anyway, both issues are great examples of early-80's Progressive Rock with old-school references, strongly recommended, especially if you love CAMEL...3.5 stars.

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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013

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5 stars This album is one of the best in the 80´s, the sound is amazing and beautiful, I don´t remember the firts time that I heard this album but i was a little child I remember the beatiful things that I remember, its highly recomended because it has a lot of interesting things like the sound of Har ... (read more)

Report this review (#69110) | Posted by Rhodes | Saturday, February 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is a great album for me, it remembers something special like some sweet, it has mixtures of folk, simphonic and pieces of tales of another world, the sound is influenced for Camel and David Gilmour but with the Scandinavian tradition watheaver this is a great album. ... (read more)

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