Fusion/Jazz Rock/Progressive Rock Denmark 1970s (Tracks)
Secret Oyster (Copenhagen, Denmark)
“Mind Movie” (written by Karsten Vogel) A2 track included on the album “Sea Son”
Released on CBS Records ( CBS 80489), in 1974
Claus Bøhling / guitars
Kenneth Knudsen / piano, Moog
Karsten Vogel / alto & soprano saxes, organ
Jess Staehr / basses
Ole Streenberg / drums, percussion
Finn Ziegler / violin (1,5)
Hans Nielsen / violin (1,5)
Bjarne Boie Rasmussen / viola (1,5)
Erling Christensen / cello (1,5)
Palle Mikkelborg / strings score & arrangements (1,5), trumpet (3,6)
Kasper Winding / congas & percussion (3)
Artwork: Peder Bundgaard
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
- Recorded At – Rosenberg Studio
- Mixed At – Rosenberg Studio
- Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders
- Engineer – Freddy Hansson
- Illustration, Art Direction – Peder Bundgaard
- Photography By – Erik Bredahl
- Producer – Poul Bruun
Recorded July 4-7 1974 and mixed September 16-19 1974 at Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen.
℗ 1974 CBS, Inc.
Made in Holland.
The title is sometimes stated as “Sea Sun” though this mis-spelling only occurs on the spine.
Both front cover artwork and center label says “Sea Son”.
1. Oysterjungle (2:57)
2. Mind movie (9:14)
3. Pijamamafia (6:07)
4. Black mist (3:40)
5. Painforest (5:40)
6. Paella (8:23)
Total Time: 36:01
Bonus tracks on 2006 CD release:
7. Sea Son (5:25)
8. Alfresco – pt1 (5:39)
9. Alfresco – pt2 (2:07)
Founded in 1972 – Disbanded in 1977 – Regrouped in 2007
SECRET OYSTER became somewhat of a super group when members of BURNIN’RED IVANHOE, CORONARIAS DANS and HURDY GURDY formed this unit. By the end of BURNIN’ RED IVANHOE’s career (that spawned seven years), Karsten Vogel started forming a new band taking along with him BRI’s drummer Thrige and often jazz-partner bassist Vinding with him. Knowing from the Danish circuit guitarist Claus Bohling, he enticed him into the band that took its name from a track from BRI’s second album Secret Oysters Service. The last to join was keyboardist Knudsen, who had never played an electric instrument prior to entering this outfit, but was playing in a piano avant-garde trio. Knudsen would prove particularly helpful as the second songwriter of the group and allowing Vogel to leave the keyboards at will to play wind instruments.
Their sound recalled MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, NUCLEUS, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi and Sextant albums as well as Miles DAVIS’s Bitches Brew. Quite a success and this prompted their record company to release that album internationally but under the title “Furtive Pearl”. After a line-up changze that saw the rhythm section get a complete overhaul (Staer for Vinding and Streenberg for Thrige) their second album, Sea Son, is even better but failed to get international public recognition, even if all connoisseur will mostly agree on this album being the band’s apex. At one point the line-up of this group was also exactly the same as BURNIN’ RED IVANHOE (after it got revived because they also developed rockier material) as well as a third outfit, “Day Of The Phoenix”. This did not stop them from writing the music to a ballet “Vidunderlinge Kaelling” released as an album under the name of “Astarte”, with very mixed results just a few months before their final album, the much better “Straight From The Krankenhaus” also known as “Orlander”.
Aside from their confusion of their album names and general discography, SECRET OYSTER is a great jazz-rock/fusion outfit that deserved a lot more attention for they were almost as good as the groups named above.
All four original albums have received a thorough and outstanding remastering with added bonus tracks on the great label Laser’s Edge. Secret Oyster got back together (Bohling, Vogel and Knudsen plus a new bassist and drummer) during the re-issues of their albums, touring the states and Denmark. Also maybe in the works, an un-released studio album (roots in the Astarte ballet deal) and a live album from these years could see the light of day in the following years.
Secret Oyster (1974)
Sea Son (1975/2006)
Vidunderlige K?lling (1976)
Straight To The Krankenhaus (1977)
Secret Oyster – “Sea Son” Album cover photo (front)
Secret Oyster – “Sea Son” Album photo (A’ Side)
Secret Oyster – “Sea Son” Album cover photo (back)
Secret Oyster, 1973
Secret Oyster, 1974