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A REALLY good one...The Old Man and the Sea

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Here is some excellent, little known prog rock from Denmark, ca. early 1970's......the prog scene at the time COULD BE exciting, if the emphasis was placed on the ROCK half of the equation, rather than the (sometimes stodgy and boring) PROG half.

Basically these guys made one proper album, but what an album it is! We hear the usual suspects having their fingerprints on this, LOTS of Hammond organ ala Atomic Rooster, some Tull, and even some harder Led Zeppelin-ish influences. The lead off track does it for me, "Living Dead" an excelent nearly 8-minute story of the bleakness of heroin addiction. The finale, "Going Blind" is also excellent, a 10 minute workout for all of the band members who really show off what they can do in this setting.....in between, we have some good stuff, Yes-like organ soloing, the interesting two-part "Monk Song", "Jingoism" is a fine hard rocker......this is a great album, 4 stars at least on the BigScott62 system, I'd recommend listening to it in it's entirety, seems more effective that way to me at least.


 1972-75 by OLD MAN & THE SEA, THE album coverWe also have a comp of sorts, "The Old Man and the Sea '72-'75" a bit of a hodgepodge of random tracks.....not nearly as coherent nor as good as the debut, but does include some interesting moments, notably the two-part "The Sea Of Green" from and abortive second album....naturally on such an album there will be some throwaways, and and there are, but at least half of it is good stuff,EASILLY half, "Down By The Sea" and "Roll the Dice" are other VERY fine tracks.

Why they didn't make a go of it, hard saying.....can't even really find a reliable personnel listing for them(Best I can tell: guitarist Benny Staley, keyboardist Tommy Hansen, drummer Lars Thygesen/and bassist Knud Lindhard, don't hold me to that!)... But that album #1 and parts of the comp are some vintage early 70's prog-ROCK, and there is nothing at all wrong with that.

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA-01 Living Dead/02 Princess/03 Jingosim/04 Prelude/05 The Monk Song 1/06 The Monk Song 2/07 Going Blind

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA '72-'75-01 Setting back the Time/02 Lady Nasty/03 Elvira (The Night Rider)/04 Sadness/05 Through Your Hair/06 The Sea of Green (Part 1)/07 The Sea of Green (Part 2)/08 Nasty Backbone/09 Old Man Fishing/10 Roll the Dice/11 White Collar Worker/12 Down By the Sea/13 Love 77/14 The Jam/15 Money

Links in a few......please give these a try, if you are maybe a fan of some of the early 70's harder-Kraut rock (Krokodil, maybe, or the recently featured Kin Ping Meh), these may be for you. REALLY enjoy the first album, it's a keeper for certain!

Thanx to Jonman for the link to the Plasmatics video!

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