SECRET OYSTER

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Secret Oyster was really a continuation of Burnin' Red Ivanhoe, who split (for the first time) in 1972 following several disputes over the future direction of the band between Karsten Vogel and the other members. With Secret Oyster's excellent musicians (including Bøhling from Hurdy Gurdy and Knudsen from Coronarias Dans), Vogel had a perfect vehicle to explore new directions in instrumental fusion, partly inspired by Weather Report, but also adding Bøhling's magnificent lead guitar!

Secret Oyster's first album became an artistic and commercial success in Denmark. It also sold well in the rest of Scandinavia and gained some recognition in Germany, Great Britain and the USA. In spite of this, Vinding and Andersen left the group. The appearance of Stæhr caused Burnin' Red Ivanhoe to rise again, now with the same line-up as Secret Oyster (but with a different musical style).

“Sea Son” consolidated their popularity, but couldn't match the first album
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SECRET OYSTER Secret Oyster album cover 3.63 | 6 ratings
Secret Oyster
Fusion 1973
SECRET OYSTER Sea Son (aka Furtive Pearl) album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Sea Son (aka Furtive Pearl)
Fusion 1974
SECRET OYSTER Vidunderlige kælling album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Vidunderlige kælling
Fusion 1975
SECRET OYSTER Straight to the Krankenhaus album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Straight to the Krankenhaus
Fusion 1976

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SECRET OYSTER Secret Oyster

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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"Furtive Pearl" is the debut full-length studio album by Danish jazz-rock act Secret Oyster. The album was released through CBS Records in November 1973. Secret Oyster was formed by former members of the acts Burnin´Red Ivanhoe, Coronarias Dans and Hurdy Gurdy, so we´re taking seasoned and quite prolific Danish musicians.

The band play a jamming type of instrumental jazz-rock on this album albeit with strong and memorable themes which provide some hooks to hold on to. The themes are querky and with the driving rocking type drumming on the album I´m reminded a lot of late sixties Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. The high level of musicianship on display on "Furtive Pearl" is also equal to the high level musicianship of that band. The prominent instruments on the album are guitar, organ/electric piano and alto/soprano saxes. The latter mentioned are played by Karsten Vogel who is known for his work with Burnin´Red Ivanhoe. As mentioned the drums keep a steady driving beat throughout most of the album but there are some variation to be found in "Vive La Quelle?", which features a drum solo. The bass playing is also quite prominent and nicely organic.

There´s no questioning the fact that "Furtive Pearl" is a high quality jazz-rock album, but personally I could have done without the most noodling jamming solo parts as I definitely enjoy the music most when those delightfully querky themes are played, but that´s most likely an aquired taste and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is still warranted.

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