Saturday, 13 October 2018

Bifrost “Bifrost"1976 Danish Flower Hippie Pop Rock debut album


Bifrost “Bifrost"1976 Danish Flower Hippie Pop Rock debut album
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Bifrost is a Danish rock band. The early band was considered one of the last of the Danish flower power revolution bands, and is best known for the songs Hej Maria (Hello, Maria) and Det er morgen (translated: "It’s Morning”), both written and sung by keyboardist Tom Lundén. While leading Bifrost, Lundén also wrote the 1976 protest song I kan ikke slå os ihjel (translated: “You cannot kill us”) as an anthem for the revolutionary hippie commune of Christiania. Founded in 1974. The early band consisted of Tom Lundén, Ida Klemann, Finn Jensen, Torben Andersen, Asger Skjold-Rasmussen, Mogens Ficher and dancer and singer Annapurna. In 1977 Mikael Miller replaced Finn Jensen on guitar. In 1978 an additional guitarist, John Teglgaard, joined the group. [3] Between 1976 and 1996, Bifrost released nine albums on the CBS and Mercury Records labels…~
Considered the last Danish - Danish flower power revolution bands. The band is well known for the themes Hej Maria and Det er morgen - both written and sung by keyboard player Tom Lundén. He also wrote in 1976 the protest song “I kan ikke slå os ihjel” (translated as “You cannot kill us”), which became the anthem of the revolutionary hippie commune of Christiania (Denmark). The band was formed in 1974 and it is very funny that their only album 1977 (out of 7 published) in the death-metal nomination hangs on spbmp3. Group members: Tom Lundén vocal, keyboards, Ida Klemann vocal, Finn Jensen, Torben Andersen, Asger Skjold-Rasmussen,….~



The debut from last of the important Danish hippe-groups, before punk and new wave made their kind seem terribly obsolete. 
By accident I witnessed their debut-concert as they were support for my beloved Blue Öyster Cult in - I think - 1975, before even this album was out. It was in their first and best incarnation with the guitar-player Finn Jensen, who also was a great singer in the John Lennon-mold. And way before Happy Mondays/Bez they had a guy, who just danced and play various percussion. He was called Anapurna and given a single song as well, “Narrens sang”, which is included here. 
This album is a fairly good representation of the Danish grass-roots hippie movement in its last stage. And as such quite enjoyable. But also almost unbearably in places….by….Drifterdk ….~



Bifrost was one of the very big bands of the late seventies and the starting companies at home. Their records sold for tens of thousands, but Bifrost seems to have gone a little bit in the obscurity opposite contemporaries and spirit-related names like Gasolin, Sebastian and Savage Rose. The group’s first album from 1976 has never been released on CD until now, where it finally appears in a slightly delayed, remastered 30th anniversary edition. Bifrost was a colorful gathering of (at least the debut album) of seven members, where the main power was probably a singer and songwriter Tom Lundén, but not least the choir singer and whistleist Ida Klemann and the dancer and choir singer, Hindu monk Annapurna (yes is a man) lived up, both on record and at the group’s concerts. Here 30 years after, there is an unmistakable aura of unprecedented hippie spirit over Bifrost’s melodic, swinging songs with texts that praised the dream and hope, but were not nearly as political as many of the group’s contemporaries. And thus, liberating is utogmatic to listen to today. The music draws on both American-inspired Westcoast pop rock, folk music and more exotic tones, such asLisom Blade , where the whistle solo almost reminds of any pan-band writer’s favorite song El Condor Pasa . However, this does not sound as bad as you might think, and in general, Bifrost is back as a very nice album, even 30 years after, even though the group sometimes appears to be hippie naive and sad, for example, at Annapurnas Narredans . Conversely, the group deserves to express doubts and pessimism, such as the album opener Fall . The cover is furthermore provided with a very interesting, backward and reflective essay and a poem by Tom Lundén….~


Credits 
Bass, Synthesizer [String Machine] – Asger Skjold-Rasmussen 
Drums, Percussion – Mogens Fischer 
Guitar, Flute, Vocals – Finn Jensen 
Mandolin [With Thanks] – Mikael Miller 
Organ, Piano, Synthesizer [Moog], Accordion, Synthesizer [String Machine] – Torben Andersen 
Saxophone [With Thanks] – Anders Gårdmand, Jesper Nehammer 
Trumpet [With Thanks] – Jens Haack 
Vocals, Flute – Ida Klemann 
Vocals, Performer [Dancing] – Annapurna 
Vocals, Piano, Accordion, Organ, Synthesizer [String Machine] – Tom Lundén



Tracklist 
1 Faldet 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
4:02 
2 Frihedskæmperen 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
2:45 
3 Narredans 
Written-By – Annapurna 
5:16 
4 Hovedvejskapring 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
3:04 
5 Lisom Blade 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
4:30 
6 Osse Jeg 
Written-By – Annapurna, Finn Jensen 
2:35 
7 12 Fælder 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
6:28 
8 Spejlstorm 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
5:48 
9 Idaho 
Written-By – Ida Klemann 
2:31 
10 Vandringssangen 
Written-By – Tom Lundén 
3:22 



Discography 

Bifrost, 1976 (CBS Records)  - rereleased on CD by Sony BMG Music Entertainment 
Til En Sigøjner, 1977 (CBS Records) - rereleased on CD by Sony BMG Music Entertainment 
Læn Dem Ikke Ud, 1979 (CBS Records) 
Crazy Canary, 1980 (Mercury Records) 
Kassen & Hjertet, 1981 (Mercury Records) 
En Tro Kopi, 1982 (Mercury Records) 
Bifrost, 1984 (Mercury Records) 
Vand Jeg Kan Gå På, 1987 (It’s Magic)
Hjerte Til Salg, 1996 (Columbia) 

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