Burnin Red Ivanhoe - M 144 (Vinyl)
Burnin Red Ivanhoe is a Danish progressive rock band which was formed by Karsten Vogel in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. After a couple of years touring, the band were signed by the Sonet label in 1969 and released their debut album M144. In the UK, the group's record distribution was done by Dandelion Records after Peel heard their debut album. They also received some positive write-ups in the Melody Maker.
After several albums, the group split in 1974 with Karsten Vogel forming Secret Oyster. One of the earliest (if not the earliest) progressive rock album of Scandinavia and certainly of Denmark (along with Culpepper’s Orchard), BRI’s debut album is also notable for being a double one (fighting with Norway’s Junipher Greene for that title) and is filled with very diverse influences. Resolutely rock in spirit, the album oscillates between the blues, soul, jazz (or more likely jazz-rock) and many more folkloric styles, without actually being folky. When BRI released their debut in 1969 the band existed already for two years. Thus it’s not surprising that they’ve gathered already enough material to fill a double album. Originally their music was rooted in blues-rock with a strong psyche folk influence as demonstrated in most of the shorter tracks. Perhaps one of the most important album from Denmark and for the first time reissued with the original POP-UP sleeve, which was quiet a nightmare to produce. Burnin Red Ivanhoe is still playing live and when you are lucky you can see a concert in Denmark.