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    Posted: November 15 2006 at 03:34
Laser's Edge has released recently an old Danish classic.
 

SECRET OYSTER — Sea Son

Reissued on Cd by Laser’s Edge cat# LE1045.

Bonus tracks on the Lazer’s Edge reissue

7- Sea son (5:25)
8- Alfresco - pt1 (5:39)
9- Alfresco – pt2 (2:07)

After getting the Laser’s edge reissue of this album, I can still tell you that this second secret adventure of the best-kept Secret Oyster (no comparison possible with its Blue Cult cousin ;-), is really them at their apex. Not only surviving a complete overhaul of the rhythm section, but also a will to extend their commitment to excellent and adventurous jazz-rock, but also keeping it instrumental and also a great songwriting coming together, with the actor’s knowing they are reaching certain summits, but not able to break it big. But with this album they sure try and this re-issue, with its three bonus tracks, is definitely upping the ante. The album is also graced with an interesting and fitting artwork design with the group photo on the back of them Waiting For The Sun.

SO’s music is incredibly descriptive (especially the more dramatic and wild moments) that it seems rather absurd to put any kind of lyrics to it (the music), that not many words might actually add or even try to keep up with the quintet playing the hearts out. A good intro funk boogie beat with feelings that Hancock (the Mwandishi “years”) and a surprising strings trio adding drama and even giving it a “Oomph” in the evocative power department on (sadly) only two tracks. But they have further guests on other tracks such as the added wind and percussion. But not everything is calm is in Secret Oyster ocean and there is a Sea son that seems to be a bit disruptive at times but also have more dreamy moments. Generally this creature is more related to Knudsen’s electric pianos. Of course not everything is tit for tat all the time and the odd length or beat is less successful, such as Pajamamafia (that track’s title always looked suspicious suspect to me), but at times Rainforest is mesmerizing in beauty. The 8-min Paella is a prefect scorcher on which to end an album too.

This was the Oyster best effort, although there would be more to come, but for such strange reasons, their record company stopped and it suddenly seemed that the winds had changed again on the Sea Son’s Oyster bed. Coming with this already great album are now coming three bonus tracks that have absolutely nothing to envy (quite on the contrary, actually ;-) this album is even better classic that every proghead should be aware of and even own an album (or two, or three……….. who are we kidding here??? Right??? ;-).  Of those three tracks are the eponymous (or would-be title track) and a two-part Alfresco, all three well in the line of the album but all related with the lengthiest track of the album.

There is a strange logic in Laser’s Edge’s strategy to have started re-mastering the album in a non-chronological order, but this “hit” is certainly forgiving the strange choice and “miss” of Astarte, but finally this second album is out. Can’t wait for the other two (the debut especially) and that possible live posthumous releasing crowning this campaign. Hopefully, more groups like Belgium’s Placebo or Kandahar or France’s Alain Markusfeld, there will be more superb stuff to release urgently before they also get bootlegged.

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2006 at 05:35
Picked up the two Secret Oyster reissues for Laser's Edge in May from Amazon.UK - and welcomed a band I had missed the first time round
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2006 at 05:53

Originally posted by Dick Heath

Picked up the two Secret Oyster reissues for Laser's Edge in May from Amazon.UK - and welcomed a band I had missed the first time round

 
I would suggest you avoid the previous LE release of this band: Astarte is not their best and should be acquired last.
 
The following LE release in Secret Oyster's vault is Straight to The Krankenhaus then their good debut.
 
 
Karsten Vogel and Knudsen were in the previous Burnin' Red Invanhoe whch was also a delightful jazz-rock, but more in the vein between Colosseum and Chicago Transit Authority
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2006 at 10:05
I know Straight to the Krankenhaus so far and it's lovely indeed. Not too complex stuff, mostly guitar driven if I recall well, but also with some keyboard and sax solos thrown in from time to time ("Traffic & Elephants" is my favourite piece). It's a pretty diverse album and quite entertaining, in spite of the dusty production. I'm sure the other albums are worth trying. However, Astarte has one of the most awful covers ever. Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2006 at 10:51
Straight To The Krankenhaus is my favourite of theirs, but you really can't go wrong with any of their releases - even Astarte is quite alright.

I'm glad Laser's Edge is reissuing their albums, they're well worth it. Approve


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2006 at 11:10
Sea son is indeed a classic.But so is Straight.Can't wait for the reissue of that one.Astarte is a little quiet but OK.First one is a goodie also.
Growing up in Denmark I bought their albums but unfortunately never saw them live.I do though have a boot of sorts(recorded for Danish Radio) that is OK,not great,but that may be due to the sound quality .Maybe the LE guys can change all that.Supposedly there is also another album that was recorded but never released(also for a ballet,like Astarte)going to be released later.
Liking Burnin Red Ivanhoe ,I can see the progression from that to this.
The Keyboard player Kenneth Knudsen was in a band called Coronarians Dans,or so.
They were the cream of the crop in Danish music ,no doubt about it.
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