The Danish music scene is often underestimated but Rock ’n’
Roll, Rhythm and Blues and the Beatles had also arrived in Denmark.
Apart from this there was a small but good Jazz and Folk scene. At
the end of the 60s Progressive- and Psychedelic rock bands developed
from these differing styles with an unmistakeable individuality.
Danish bands were also brave enough to sing in their own language as
well as English.
Erik Asbjornsen's book ’Scented Gardens Of The Mind’ (Borderline)
gives an overview of the Danish Beat and Rock scene and is
recommended reading for music fans. The widespread interest in
Danish and Scandinavian Progressive and Psychedelic music led LONG
HAIR to release a new series from these bands whose music deserves a
eponymous debut album was released in 1971 on Polydor/Denmark and is
our first in the series with the original album on CD plus their
single from 1971 “Lister Du Omkring Hjorner“ as a bonus track.
were 3 lads from Copenhagen and a singing drummer from Britain
called Tom McEwan who ended up in the Danish capital. Arne Würgler
(bass, cello) played previously in Jazz formations and also,
interesting for Progressive Rock fans, with PAN who released a
wonderful LP on Sonet in 1970. Thor Backhausen (organ, piano, flute)
a multitalented musician and the then 18-year-old Niels Vangkilde (guitar)
completed BLAST FURNACE. This was the 1971 line-up who recorded the eponymous
album in Copenhagen’s Rosenberg studios for Polydor/Denmark.
“Lister Du Omkring Hjorner“ was also recorded for a planned
sales did not match the high musical quality of the record and the
fact that every-one in Copenhagen’s small music scene played and
jammed with everyone else meant that the band’s life was
short-lived. Bands came and went and the musicians found themselves
in other groups. Tom McEwan and Niels Vangkilde joined the cult band
Culpeper’s Orchard and played on their third LP, 1972’s “Going
for a Song“ on Polydor/Denmark; also a good and recommendable
Album. Arne Würgler worked with Benny Holst and Thor Backhausen
carried on with Delta Blues Band and Culpeper´s Orchard.
music shines through excellent song writing and musical competence.
Balanced instrumental passages with razor edged guitars, harmonious
Hammond organ and flute with a touch of aggressive singing are the
ingredients for an impressive and pleasureable listening experience.
Contrary to their counterparts, BLAST
FURNACE chose not to indulge in long instrumentals or long drawn
out improvisation. The songs are clearly structured, lively and
rounded off with intelligent and critical lyrics. They are a product
of their time and still, even with their clear structuring,
definitely to be categorised under the label “Progressive-Rock”.
Dag Erik Asbjornsen praised the LP as one of the best Danish
productions, a classic album in the tradition of the Beatles,
Traffic and Jethro Tull.
Steinheuer, February 2002
Thanks to Niels Vangkilde for his friendly support. Translation: