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The seeds for ACHE were sown in the early 60's via the Danish beat group THE HARLOWS. When HARLOWS Torsten Olafsson (bass), Peter Mellin (organ) and Glenn Fischer (drums) were joined by former MCKENZIE SET guitarist Finn Olafsson in 1968, ACHE was born.

They spent the next two years working on an extended piece called "De Homine Urbano", which was released as programme music to an experimental "rock ballet" in 1970. Released on the Philips label the same year with an accompanying single of non-album tracks, it netted positive reviews in the Danish press. ACHE's "rock theater" created something of a sensation in the rock underground, and "Green Man" followed in 1971. The next major ACHE project, by a revised six-piece version of the band, was a conceptual work called "Pictures From Cyclus 7", written in collaboration with lyricist Bo Lillesöe in 1975 and released one year later.

Ache have remained active on and off, albeit sporadically, ever since. Their only other major work (i.e.: not counting singles and compilations) has been "Blå som altid", a folk-oriented album released in 1978.


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They're important to the history of Danish progressive music.

This Danish band was founded in '68 and featured Torsten Olafsson (bass and vocals), Finn Olafsson (guitar and vocals), Peter Mellin (organ and keyboards) and Glen Fisher (drums and pecussion). They made two albums: "De hombre urbano ('70) and "Green man" ('71). The music is similar to the Early British Progressive Rock Movement (JULIAN'S TREATMENT, RARE BIRD, BEGGAR'S OPERA, ATOMIC ROOSTER), the German Krautrock (early JANE, ELOY, RAMSES, TRIUMVIRAT) and Dutch masters EARTH & FIRE (their early, con-commercial era). In 2000 both albums were released on 1 CD entitled "Ache: De hombre urbano + Green man". The music is based upon splendid keyboardplay (many floods of Hammond organ) and some fiery electric guitar. The first album contains two 'side-long tracks', the atmosphere is typically end Sixties and early Seventies with lots of solos and long, exciting interplay between guitar and keyoards, like jams. The second album includes shorter songs but the climates are in the vein of the first LP. If you listen to this CD, it's incredible that the magnificent keyboardplay is delivered by an unknown Danish musician!

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
This is very inspired and powerful Hammond organ driven early progrock.

Erik Neuteboom

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3.42 | 35 ratings
De Homine Urbano
1970
3.31 | 27 ratings
Green Man
1971
3.39 | 20 ratings
Pictures From Cyclus 7
1976
3.09 | 11 ratings
Blå Som Altid
1977

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3.13 | 15 ratings
De Homine Urbano + Green Man
2000

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Shadow of a Gipsy
1970
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1976
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Slaraffenland
1978

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 Green Man by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.31 | 27 ratings

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Green Man
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Ache's first steps into this Symphonic/Proto-Prog Rock style they performed were more than encouraging.From January 70's and until the spring of the same year ''De Homine Urbano'' had been performed in different occasions as a Rock Ballet/Opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen in a show that included classically educated dancers and a psychedelic lightshow.With the confidence at high levels the group moved on to a second album the following year.It was entitled ''Green Man'', again featuring the promotion of Phillips.

Ache left aside the sidelong suites of the debut for the sake of shorter and more flexible compositions, however their style was more or less the same as in ''De Homine Urbano''.They still sound extremely similar to BEGGARS OPERA and THE NICE in a Proto-Symphonic Rock style with strong Psych overtones, which included massive organ waves and a powerful rhythm section, while the vocal parts evoke the style of PROCOL HARUM.Their sound was unbelievably energetic and dynamic regarding the time of the album's release with the guitars of Finn Olafsson supporting constantly the keyboards of Peter Mellin in pounding rhythmic parts.A couple of compositions like ''Shadow of a Gipsy'', which even became a great hit, or the eponymous track still retain a late-60's feeling with even stronger psychedelic vibes along the lines of PROCOL HARUM, featuring melodic organ textures and guitars and choir-like vocal lines.The general style is not actually competitive for today's standards and the new Ache album seems to lack any killer moments, though the talent of the group is more than evident

Good release, fans of early-70's British Progressive Rock will love this album, though the band was Danish.The monster organ moves and the overall very passionate sound is the biggest achievements of ''Green man''.A bit dated yet recommended.

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 Pictures From Cyclus 7 by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.39 | 20 ratings

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Pictures From Cyclus 7
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by gr8dane

4 stars If there is melodic rock,how about melodic prog?

If you look past the first track, which sounds like a bad attempt on a Beatles sounding single,there is indeed some very catchy music to be had here. The harmony vocals are strong,with a very crisp guitar and some great keyboards plus the a great rhythm section.Yes the music and singing/lyrics do become a wee bit twee on occasion,but the greater parts far outweigh the twee. As mentioned Styx could be a reference if you like their Equinox and Crystal Ball albums,which I happen to do.

The song 'Roses' which you can hear here on Progarchives is very good example of this album in general.It moves gently around between different moods.Nice

I can't really add more that has not already been mentioned except that I might be a touch generous,so between 3 and 4 *'s.

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 De Homine Urbano + Green Man by ACHE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.13 | 15 ratings

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De Homine Urbano + Green Man
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A very nice and cheap way to get two Ache albums for the price of one.

Ache was a very good band who operated somewhere between ELP, jazz/rock and space rock. Both these albums is very good.

De Homine Urbano = Two tracks, thirty seven minutes. The rosy smell of symphonic prog. To be more precise, the type of symphonic prog touched by Keith Emerson. ELP ? No. This is far more The Nice than ELP. But it is not quite The Nice either.

Green Man = References to the likes of Deep Purple, Beggars Opera, The Nice and The Beatles. Unfortunate, Ache have included a pretty substandard version of their song We Can Work It Out. The rest of the album is filled with Hammond organs and distorted solo guitars. But mostly Hammond organs and the guitars is just used to add textures. The drums and the bass is excellent too. The vocals is good. The music is pretty hard at times. But it also slows down and becomes Beatles like on several occasions.

In short; this is a two for one album worth checking out if you can find it.

3 stars

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 De Homine Urbano by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.42 | 35 ratings

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Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars De Homine Urbano is an early progressive rock album from Denmark, firmly rooted in the heavy psychedelic rock of its time. There are some progressive ambitions hanging about but they aren't always fully explored.

The instrumental title track is an excellent piece of early organ driven symphonic rock with a very natural rocking sound, close to bands like Focus and the Nice, and it should sure please fans of those bands. The piece is engaging all the way through, only the finale part, which mainly consists of the riff Deep Purple also used on Black Knight, is a bit disappointing. The second track is an improvisation around Every Little Thing She Does from The Beatles and it doesn't offer much thrills. The flat vocals and the drawn out instrumental extensions are rather dull.

De Homine Urbano is a promising but not entirely convincing career start that doesn't immediately motivate me to investigate this band much further beyond this. Not bad but for gem-hunters only.

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 Blå Som Altid by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.09 | 11 ratings

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Blå Som Altid
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Ache exists and splits up with this, their fourth album.

The DNA profile of Ache is still very much present on this album. Excellent Hammond organ passages is scattered around this album. The symphonic prog elements has been replaced with a more jazzy type of pop rock though. I think this is called going commercial. Which is fair enough. The jazz elements here is a good replacement for the symphonic prog elements. There are even some good guitar solos here.

Despite of this, the stuff is pretty good, but nothing more. There are some interesting melody lines scattered around the album, though. This inbetween the dull run-of-the-mill stuff. The Hammond organs and the jazz elements saves this album from being another pop rock album from 1977.

This is a good album, but not as good as their first two albums.

3 stars (barely)

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 Green Man by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.31 | 27 ratings

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Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A nice return to the flower power era, aka the Danish version of flowers & power.

Ache continues with their symphonic spaced out pretty heavy flower power music. The references to the likes of Deep Purple, Beggars Opera, The Nice and The Beatles. Unfortunate, Ache have included a pretty substandard version of their song We Can Work It Out. The rest of the album is filled with Hammond organs and distorted solo guitars. But mostly Hammond organs and the guitars is just used to add textures. The drums and the bass is excellent too. The vocals is good. The music is pretty hard at times. But it also slows down and becomes Beatles like on several occasions. I think this is a good combination. The best songs here are Shadow Of A Gypsy, the title track and Accheron. In short, if you like this kind of music, Ache and their albums is something you need to purchase. I have my reservations. This album is just cosy in my view and just that.

3.5 stars

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 Pictures From Cyclus 7 by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.39 | 20 ratings

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Pictures From Cyclus 7
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars I waited a long time to get this CD (the first one was a mistake and had inside the Pictures... cover Ache´s next release in fact). After all this expectation I can´t really say I was thrilled when I finally heard it. According to one reviewer this album is inlfuenced by Pink Floyd´s Dark Side Of The Moon, but - with all due respect - I can´t hear ANY musical connection with that record (the lyrics, maybe?). To me the music here is a mix of melodic rock and progressive music not very far away from bands like early ELO or Styx. The only obvious influence at this point is latter day Beatles.

Not that the music inside is not good. I found it to be quite pleasing in many parts and it is obvious that those musicians are skillful (the piano and guitar parts are the highlights). Besides, you don´t hear too many bands coming from Denmark at that time, do we? So I guess it is a kind of first in a time most rock bands were either from US or the UK (Holland and Italy aside, prog wise of course). However, this concept album is quite short (39 minutes) and it fails to generate much excitement. It sounds like they could have be a little more bolder and innovative, but they were holding back somehow. That´s the feeling I got. Several tracks seem to go near that prog direction you expect something symphonic or extraordinaire, but rarely it comes near to that. A pity. Production is quite good for the time.

The band would however do a beter job on their next Bla Som Altid.

Rating: 2,5 stars, really, but I will give it an extra half one for the concept and the good musicanship of all involved. 3 stars in total. Good, ok, but maybe essential only for the Danish prog scene sttory.

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 De Homine Urbano by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.42 | 35 ratings

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Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The debut album from one of the best bands ever to come out of Denmark.

Two tracks, thirty seven minutes. The rosy smell of symphonic prog. To be more precise, the type of symphonic prog touched by Keith Emerson. ELP ? No. This is far more The Nice than ELP. But it is not quite The Nice either.

The dominant instrument here is Peter Mellin's Hammond organ. He also does the vocals, but there is not much vocals here. He is supported by Finn Olafsson's guitar solos in addition to the usual drums and bass setup. This is in other words a full band effort where all members contributes on equal footing. This is not a Hammond organ ego trip by Peter Mellin.

If we take the basis in The Nice, the music on these two suites is also influenced by psychedelic rock, pomp pop and a lot of classical music. In other words, Pink Floyd, Genesis (Trespass), Procol Harum and Ludwig Van Beethoven. The music is also pretty dark and brooding throughout.

The problem is the strength of the material. This album only have flashes of brilliance now and then. The rest of the material is good, but not particular great. The sound is though dark throughout with the electric guitars acting as a wall of sound at times. This is a very interesting album, but not an essential album. But it runs a four star award very close in my estimation. This is a good/great album which deserves more attention.

3.75 stars

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 Blå Som Altid by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.09 | 11 ratings

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Blå Som Altid
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Delightul 70´s prog rock band from Denmark. I really didn´t know about its existence before I saw some reviews here on PA. I wanted to start with them with their third album, the conceptual Pictures From Cyclus 7, but when the CD arrived they had mistaken it for this one. Oh well, guess I´ll have to write about that one afterwards. Anyway, Bla Som Altid is far from bad. In fact I liked very much. Although they sing in their native language on this work, their sound is very much international.

The music here is a mix of heavy rock with some folk inlfuences, plus a little bit of jazz and symphonic elements. Sometimes they sound like Deep Purple MK I (around the time of their self titled LP), sometimes like Uriah Heep or Jethro Tull, but most of the time you can say they have a personality of their own. Their main feature here is the guitar talents of Finn Olafsson: the guy is very good. I also loved the keyboards (lots of Hammond!). Vocals are only average, but some backings are very well done. Production is ok. A shame this CD is so short (35 minutes)

Their songwriting is quite good, but not exceptional: there are no fillers, all tracks are good and varied, with tasteful arrangements and nice perfomances by all involved. Nothing is very complicated or bombastic as one might expect from a symphonic band, but it is still good. If you like 70´s prog rock with the aforementined highs and lows, you should check this out. Ache definitly deserved more exposure. Rating: 3,5 stars.

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 Blå Som Altid by ACHE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.09 | 11 ratings

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Blå Som Altid
Ache Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars After countless auditions from ACHE "Bla Som Altid", I realy can't say which this albun deserves figure in my collection. The work from this Danish band ( at least in this disk) is im my opinion, a simple mixture of slow passages (like ballads) with more fast themes (with some riffs and duets between gutars/keyboards). But, is not that fact which makes me unsatisfied, is the manner to link this passages ( the melodic arrangements) which don't creates a impressive atmosphere, and due to this not to get my attention and excitement! However, in some isolated passages (some guitar riffs/solos and a few keyboards passages and vocals ) the musicians demonstrate a good technique., and only for this demonstration my rate is 2 stars !!!

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