Secret Oyster

Secret Oyster

Under exclusive world-wide license from Sony Denmark, The Laser's Edge is pleased to re-launch their long heralded reissue series with the first of six titles from the legendary Danish jazz-rock ensemble Secret Oyster. Considered a "supergroup" by the Danish rock press, Secret Oyster originally formed in 1973. Notable members include Karsten Vogel (sax) and Jess Staehr (bass) from Burnin' Red Ivanhoe, Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards) and Ole Streenberg (drums) from Coronarias Dans, and guitarist Claus Bohling of Hurdy Gurdy. 

The Laser’s Edge is pleased to release, for the first time on CD, the fourth studio album by the legendary Danish progressive jazz-rock supergroup Secret Oyster. Straight To The Krankenhaus was originally released in 1976 on CBS Records. It is considered by many to be their masterpiece – a seamless blend of progressive rock and fusion. The fiery interplay between alto/soprano sax player Karsten Vogel, guitarist Claus Bohling and keyboardist Kenneth Knudsen parallel the work of their contemporaries Return To Forever, Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. On June 22, 2007, after 30 years apart, a reformed Secret Oyster took to the stage of Nearfest 2007 in Bethlehem, PA. The response to the band’s performance was immediate and thunderous. For the band and their American fans it was a dream come true – Secret Oyster had finally performed in America. With renewed interest in the band, it is quite likely that we have not heard the last from these exceptional musicians. With the co-operation of the band, Straight To The Krankenhaus features 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes from Karsten Vogel. 

The Laser’s Edge is pleased to release, for the first time on CD, the first studio album by the legendary Danish progressive jazz-rock band Secret Oyster. “Secret Oyster” was originally released in 1973 on CBS Records in Denmark. The album was also released in various territories with the title “Furtive Pearl”. At the time the band was hailed as a supergroup of sorts. The individual members came from popular bands such as Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe, Coronarias Dans, and Hurdy Gurdy. This was a true fusion album – a marriage of rock and jazz. While later albums veered featured more of a jazz element, this first album featured wild psychedelic guitar leads from Claus Bohling. His frenetic solos were juxtaposed against the stunning sax work of Karsten Vogel and electric piano of virtuoso keyboardist Kenneth Knudsen. The album was recorded on a surprisingly low budget – direct to two track in fact. There is a raw energy that pervades the album that reminds of their contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever. On June 22, 2007, after 30 years apart, a reformed Secret Oyster took to the stage of Nearfest 2007 in Bethlehem, PA. The response to the band’s performance was immediate and thunderous. For the band and their American fans it was a dream come true – Secret Oyster had finally performed in America. With renewed interest in the band, it is quite likely that we have not heard the last from these exceptional musicians. With the co-operation of the band, Secret Oyster features 2 non-album bonus tracks and new liner notes from Karsten Vogel. 

The Laser's Edge is pleased to release, for the first time on CD, the second album from the legendary Danish progressive jazz-rock supergroup Secret Oyster. "Sea Son" was originally released in 1974 on CBS and is now considered by many to be the pinnacle of the band's catalog. The fiery interplay between alto/soprano sax player Karsten Vogel, guitarist Claus Bohling and keyboardist Kenneth Knudsen parallel the work of their contemporaries Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. With a new rhythm section of bassist Jess Staehr (Burnin Red Ivanhoe) and drummer Ole Streenberg (Coronarias Dans) the band found equal footing in the world of rock and jazz. The track "Mind Movie" offers nine minutes of pure psychedelic guitar driven fury from Bohling. In counterpoint a string quartet appears on "Painforest" presenting a mellower side to the band. Perhaps it's the constant tension between the rock and jazz genres and the band's ability to blend both seamless that is the reason for their success. With the co-operation of the band, Sea Son features 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes from Karsten Vogel. Noted mastering engineer Bob Katz revitalized the original master tapes. 

In 1975 Secret Oyster was commissioned by noted Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt to create the music for "Vidunderlige Kaelling," the provocative ballet based on the erotic poetry of Jens August Schade. With contributions from ECM recording artist Palle Mikkelborg and Kasper Winding, the recording sessions resulted in their 3rd album, also released the following year in the USA as "Astarte." Thirty years later it is considered a jazz rock classic that will appeal to fans of Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return To Forever. 

This marks the first time that the Secret Oyster catalog has appeared in the compact disc format. With the co-operation of the band, "Vidunderlige Kaelling" features 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks and new liner notes from Karsten Vogel. Noted mastering engineer Bob Katz was entrusted to breathe life into the original master tapes. 

In our 17 years of business, Secret Oyster has been one of the most requested bands for reissue. We are proud to be able to thrill progressive and jazz rock fans around the world with their music once again.

 

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