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8 Aug 2016

Povl Dissing & Burnin Red Ivanhoe “6 Elefantskovcikadeviser “ 1971 Danish Prog Psych fourth album

Povl Dissing & Burnin Red Ivanhoe “6 Elefantskovcikadeviser “ 1971 Danish Prog Psych fourth album


Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe was formed back in 1967, and that makes them one of the first scandinavian prog bands. Their style was quite original from the start, blending jazz-rock with R&B, blues, psychedelia etc.. their debut from 1969 (double album) “M 144” sounds somewhat like THE WHO with jazz influences. Most of Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe’s albums have that certain scandinavian touch to it, similar to early 70’s prog groups such as WIGWAM, CULPEPER’S ORCHARD and TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI. In 1971, the band released the album “WWW”, which is probably a good place to start (for proggers), as it contains some of their most progressive and interesting work. The self-titled album they released in 1970 (another gem!), also contains the track “Secret Oyster Service”, and quite soon after that, a new, even more jazz-orientated group was formed, called SECRET OYSTER. Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe was disbanded in 1972 (although they released one more album in 1974), and as a result, most members moved over to SECRET OYSTER. Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe is recommended for fans of early scandinavian prog rock. ….

6 Elefantskovcikadeviser is the fourth studio album from Danish progressive jazz/ rock act Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe. Or rather it´s a collaboration between Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe and Danish folk singer Povl Dissing. Poul Dissing was and still is one of the most prolific musicians on the Danish music scene. Ask any Dane and they will know who Povl Dissing is. His most famous work is called Svantes Viser and it´s an album he did in collaboration with prolific Danish poet and author Benny Andersen.

Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe´s normal progressive jazz/ rock approach has been left in the background on 6 Elefantskovcikadeviser which is basically a folk rock album with Danish sung lyrics. Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe is known for their elaborate intrumental sections, but on this album the instrumentation is a bit more stripped down.

The album consists of nine tracks, but there are really only six real songs on the album as Introduction sigvaldi, Kometen v sigvaldi and Introduction til Medardus are basically only some live talking. Wallifanten is the first real song and it´s great. One of the best songs on the album. It´s also the first song where we´re introduced to Povl Dissing´s characteristic voice. Narrevise is the next song. Again it´s a great folky track but it´s the next song Snehvidekys ( Snowwhite Kiss) which takes the price as the best song on the album for me. It ´s an extremely beautiful and emotionally sung love song that really moves me. Ta fri ta fri us another great bluesy folk rock song and the same can be said about Et Samfund which is the only song on the album where Povl Dissing doesn´t sing. Ole Fick handles the vocals on this song as he usually does on Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe´s albums. Tingel-Tangelmanden is a reworking of the original track from the debut and it has extensive soloing during it´s 10:27 minutes and some great vocals from Povl Dissing. This is probably the song that will be most enjoyable for fans of the first three classic albums from the band ( M144, Burnin´ Red Ivanhoe and W.W.W.).

The musicianship is as always excellent even though this music is much more basic than the more challenging playing which takes place on the first three albums from the band. Povl Dissing will be an aquired taste, first of all because he sings in Danish but also because of his distinct vocal style which will probably scare some people away( he is very famous in Denmark because of his vocal style and his poetic lyrics). Despite of the lineup info here on PA, the sleeve notes on the original album says that it´s the same lineup who recorded W.W.W. who also recorded this album just with the addition of Povl Dissing on the latter.

The production is excellent. Nothing to complain about there…..

M 144, studio album (1969)
Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe, studio album (1970)
6 Elefantskovcikadeviser (with Povl Dissing), studio album (1971)
W.W.W., studio album (1971)
Miley Smile/Stage Recall, studio album, (1972)
Burnin’ Live 1970/72, live (1974)
Right On, studio album (1974)
Shorts, studio album (1980)
Lack Of Light, studio album (1998)

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