Monday, November 23, 2009

A Welcome Reissue of Secret Oyster's First Album

Originally posted on March 6, 2008

In 1973 Danish jazz-rock-fusion heavyweights Secret Oyster released their first LP on Danish CBS. I happened to have grabbed a copy of it then and I am glad I did. They released several records and then faded, but managed to stir up a following and a reputation.

Now after a skillion years Secret Oyster (Laser’s Edge) is back in print and it sounds as good now as it did then. Claus Bohling plays lead guitar and takes some pretty wild solos. Karsten Vogel on the saxes and Kenneth Knudsen on keyboards contribute distinctive instrumental offerings and the whole band clicks. It was that early, hell-for-leather era of fusion and the group crackles with raw power. If you like fusion, here’s a long-lost classic.

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