Sunday 2 April 2017

Secret Oyster - Furtive Pearl (1973)

The debut album from this Danish band.

The band was a five piece big band with a lineup of electric piano, guitars, bass, saxophones, drums and organ.

Secret Oyster was a Danish supergroup with members from Hurdy Gurdy, Burning Red Ivanhoe and Coronarias Dans. They released four albums and all of them will be/has been reviewed in this blog.... starting with this review.

It is fair to say that we are in the middle of the fusion and jazz scene here. There are obvious references to Nucleus and in particular Mahavishnu Orchestra here. I would also add Soft Machine here although that Soft Machine period I am referring to was after 1973.
I have noted that others in ProgArchives has noted references like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. I have not heard that much on those two masters so I cannot say anything here.

The fusion on this album is pretty hard and is sometimes sailing pretty close to hard rock at times. The music is in other words very intense.

The use of organ and electric piano on this album is very effective. Even on the more avant-garde pieces. And there is a lot of avant-garde here too. This album is by no means an easy listening album. It has some distorted pieces and some complex melodies too.

At the best, this album is really very good. But it has some rather not so interesting avant-garde stuff too... Hmmm.... I would still rate this forty minutes long album as a very good album as it is very intense and has some very good stuff. The vast majority of this album is very good. Hence my rating.

3.5 points

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