Exposé Online banner

Burnin Red Ivanhoe — Canal Trip - An Anthology 1969-1974
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 22395, 1974/2013, 2CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-01-17

Canal Trip - An Anthology 1969-1974 Cover artDuring their initial period from 1969-72, which this compilation covers, Burnin Red Ivanhoe was probably the most important Danish rock band; their sound was a proto-progressive style that blended heavy rock, blues and jazz with a higher than typical presence of woodwinds (sax and flute) and extended jams, and while most bands of the day sang exclusively in English, Burnin Red Ivanhoe also sang in their native Danish, and had no qualms about serving up numerous instrumental pieces on their albums either. The band’s debut album M 144 in fact was a sprawling double LP, an unusual thing for any band on their debut album in those times (only The Mothers’ Freak Out, Chicago Transit Authority and Loosen up Naturally by The Sons of Champlin come to mind), an album whose genesis was in an earlier collaboration between organist, saxophonist, chief composer and bandleader Karsten Vogel, and lyricist Niels Erik Wille. They had written songs together, but Vogel wanted to perform them live, so a band was needed, and Burnin Red Ivanhoe was born. The first ten tracks on disc one of this compilation are taken from M 144, fully half of that album, while the remaining four cuts on disc one are drawn from the six cuts on the band’s second eponymous LP, including the powerful opener and ten minute closer “Across the Windowsill” and “Secret Oyster Service,” respectively. The second disc opens with four pieces from the band’s highly regarded 1971 album W.W.W., then pulls five tracks each from the post-breakup live album Miley Smile / Stage Recall, and the 1974 reunion album Right On. Songs from these last two represented albums are beginning to show a change in the band’s style away from the instrumentally powered jammy sound of the first three toward a more concise songwriting approach, yet the material is still quite good. For those only casually familiar with Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Canal Trip is an excellent starting point, collecting a respectable cross-section of the band’s early material.

Filed under: Archives, 2013 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Burnin Red Ivanhoe

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Zao - Z=7L – For those not familiar with Zao, they were the first true Magma spin-off band, formed by reedsman Yochk'o Seffer and pianist Francois "Faton" Cahen, at a time when their creative role within that band...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues