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12 Jan 2017

Terje, Jesper & Joachim ‎ “Terje, Jesper & Joachim"1970 Private Denmark Psych Blues Hard Rock









Terje, Jesper & Joachim ‎ “Terje, Jesper & Joachim"1970 mega rare Private Denmark Psych Blues Hard Rock
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…this amazing heavy psych album beats most releases from Denmark, in quality and rarity. Massive guitar action all over, great heavy vocals and pumping rhythms lift this album with out-there grooves. Besides Blues Addicts, the best heavy psych album from Northern Europe.”……….. 

Terje Bandholdt (drums), Jesper Schmidt (guitar) and Joachim Ussing (bass) recorded this album in 1970 for the famous Spectator Records in Denmark (Moses/Blues Addicts/Days). Now reissued in the original cover with a booklet full of photos and band-story, this amazing heavy psych album beats most releases from Denmark, in quality and rarity. Massive guitar action all over, great heavy vocals and pumping rhythms lift this album with out-there grooves. Besides Blues Addicts, the best heavy psych album from Northern Europe….. 

Danish obscure power trio blues rock. Some of the playing here is quite urgent and energetic ("Ricochet”) while some just sort of meanders along. All of the guitar power in their power trio comes from the guitar solos, which are exquisitely fuzzy and warm, but the strumming is lo-power, samey and gets repetitious pretty quick. Songs are OK, recording is pretty poor, burying the vocals while pushing that irritating guitar sound up too far. But for a European 1970 power trio record this is pretty good. …………. 


Legendary psychedelic hard rock album originally released on the Danish Spectator label in 1971. All the master tapes from Spectator were destroyed in a fire hence adding to the rarity of the album - there have never been legit reissues until now. The trio consists of Terje Bandholdt on drums, Jesper Schmidt on guitar and Joachim Ussing on bass. Not really any prog moves here - just lethal guitar solos that are a subtle as a bulldozer. This set comes with 9 bonus tracks taken from Danish radio and concert performance. A real burner… 

The band played for five years before recording this album and their experience together shows in the tightness of their arrangements and their ability to change directions at whim. Unfortunately, the songwriting usually doesn’t do enough to distinguish them from countless other groups of the period. They are at their best when there’s an urgency to their playing, especially songs like “Ricochet” and “Free,” which have the hardest-hitting riffs. Also of note is their cover of George Harrison’s “If I Needed Someone,” a loose but impassioned take on the original. A lot of the other songs, though, are fairly typical psych rock with few moments of genuine excitement. It doesn’t help, either, that the vocals are serviceable at best.In the accompanying liner notes, bassist Joachim Ussing writes that the recording sessions ended prematurely every night because the producer and technician became too stoned to continue. This might explain some of the unevenness of the mix, with the bass in particular all but fading into the background for stretches at a time. With a little more technical attention, some of these songs could have had more impact. As it stands, it is still not a bad album, merely an ordinary one…….. 

Tracklist 
A1 We Got To Leave 4:18 
A2 Like My Sister 5:54 
A3 Between The Shields 3:44 
A4 Ricochet 3:45 
B1 Free 5:50 
B2 If I Needed Someone 3:12 
B3 Sorry It’s The End 4:30 
B4 Cheer 3:40 
B5 All Through The Day 2:26 

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