4 January 2014


Heads up people - this rare piece of tip top Danish jazz is scheduled for a limited 250 vinyl reissue from seriE:WOC on January 25th.Very highly recommended.

Here's some background :
Danish jazz band founded in 1969. Band line up: Henrik Hove on bass, Ole Mathiessen on piano, Jesper Nehammer (later Thors Hammer, Alrune Rod and Entrance) on tenorsax, and Jon Finsen on drums. Played for a while every Monday in the famous Jazzhouse Montmatre in Copenhagen.
Tordenskjolds Soldater only made this record (1970).
The small record label Spectator Records was founded in 1969 by Jørgen Bornefeldt a former journalist from Danmarks Radio in coorporation with the jazz musician Carsten Meinert. Meinert recorded two albums on the label. He only joined the company in the beginning. Cindarellaistudiet The studio was destroyed august 6th 1972 by a major fire. And that was the end of Spectator Records. From 1969 to the end, the label recorded at least 23 lp albums and 9-11 singles/EP's. The picture shows Henning Kragh Pedersen from Cinderella in Spectators studio. The great Danish rock band Gasolin recorded their first single – Silky Sally - on Spectator Records. It was no success and sold only 155 copies. Silky Sally is now one of the most sought after Gasolin singles among collectors and is of course very expensive.
The music from Spectator Records is mostly jazz, progressive rock and hippie free style. But they also made strange records for children, education etc. Most records were issued in very small numbers (300-500). Some of the best progressive rock in Northern Europe was recorded here.
Quality of vinyl was often poor - even new looking records can have audible problems. Covers and labels are primitive and cheap. On the other hand the creativity could be outstanding - check the Furekaaben cover gallery or the artwork of William Skotte Olsen from Green Grass. Several record from the labels are cult today. A perfect copy of certain records costs a fortune.
Master tapes was never found after the fire in 1972. Unofficial reissues and bootlegs are therefore made on the base of the original records. Recordings that never made it to the vinyl got lost in the fire. Both Cinderella and The Copenhagen based band, Lines lyst, had material ready for lp’s which was never recorded.
Jesper Nehammer - tenor saxophone; Ole Mathiessen – piano;
Jon Finsen – drums; Henrik Hove - bass
Recorded on june 16. 1970
Produced by Freddy Hansen
Cover design: Birgit Schmidt
over print: Ballermanns Eftf., Aalborg


Bacoso said...



Mac said...

Hi! You have so many nice records!
By the way, if you have the one by Jon Eardley "Jazz From The States", could you upload it?
I cannot find this one here, though this one is very fantastic.
Thanks in advance.

g.raf said...

Thanks for the 'heads up' Bacoso.

It's a great album.